Jar of Love Light-Up Fireflies Card

by Joanne James7. August 2016 10:00

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host this week and I have a fun theme for you to play along with:


I decided to choose something really open-ended with my 'you light up my life' theme - from sunshine to light bulbs and everything in between, so long as your card includes a source of light, real or artificial, it will fit the bill for my challenge this week! I decided to try something that I've been wanting to have a go at for a while - an actual light-up card! Take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

A Jar of Light and Love - I decided to watercolour a little scene for my card, stamping my large Jar of Love as the temporary home for my fireflies. I did all my stamping in Archival Black ink onto watercolour paper, then coloured my image using my inks and an aquapainter. I didn't worry about being too precise with my watercolouring as I wanted that fluid, loose feel. I also added a few tiny dots representing more fireflies in the distance with my white gel pen and some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to my firefly wings with my fine tip glue pen. 

A Fire Fly Glow - Mr James is passionate about electronics and the James Juniors are really into circuits and creating things and, amongst other things, they have made cute light-up houses with their circuit pens previously; I have been wanting to have a go at 'drawing' my own circuit and using it to incorporate lights into my card for a while so for today's card, I raided hubby's electronics supply of LEDs, circuit pens, copper tape and batteries to create my very own circuit and give my fireflies a bright glow. The circuit sits behind the image panel and when you press on the sentiment tab it completes the circuit and the fireflies light up like this:


Isn't that just so much fun?! It really wasn't that tricky to do and does create a fun element to your card, although it can work out expensive if you need to purchase lots of electronics supplies, so this is definitely a card to send to someone special.

Meadow Grass - To create the grassy ground for my jar to sit on, I used the flower stems stamp and grass from the 'In the Meadow' stamp set. The loose, sketchy style of this set fitted perfectly with my jar and watercoloured scene. I stamped the flower stamp twice, masking the stamp the second time I stamped it so that my grasses would taper away across my card.

I'm linking today's card up with the team over at Just Add Ink where the theme is 'Just Add F' or things beginning with F - in my case, fireflies.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Linda Callahan
Hannelie Bester
Colleen Begley
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 


I look forward to seeing what you create with my theme this week. I am spending the day at home today, taking it easy; the James Juniors had a friend each over to camp in the garden last night so a late night and early morning will undoubtedly have been had by all! Daddy was on camp out too, so he will have fared the worst; I suspect much of today will be spent surviving until we can all have an early bedtime, but this kind of fun is most definitely what summer holidays should be about!

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (11) -

LaurieUnited States
8/7/2016 6:14:16 PM #

WOW!!!! That is so awesome. You rule on the theme this week with an actual light up card. So creative!

Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
8/7/2016 6:19:40 PM #

Absolutley fabulous!  Love how the jar sets in the field of flowers......the night sky is gorgeous.....and the fireflies reaaly light up!!!! Wowza!

Nikki Spencer
Nikki SpencerAustralia
8/8/2016 7:17:20 AM #

Fabulous Joanne, totally love your fireflies for the Just Add Ink challenge this week. Thanks for playing along.

sandymUnited States
8/9/2016 2:31:46 AM #

Joanne... well I was going to tell you what a great challenge this is and what an adorable firefly card you had created, but you totally knocked my socks off when I arrived at your post and saw that the card lights up! Amazing!!!

Christine Blain
Christine BlainAustralia
8/9/2016 8:30:09 AM #

Well, Joanne, you are pretty clever!  This is a fantastic card!  Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week. Smile

Patrice Easton
Patrice EastonAustralia
8/9/2016 8:59:04 AM #

Wow, lots of fun and super clever, Joanne.  Awesome card.  Thanks for sharing it with us at Just Add Ink this week.  x

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
8/9/2016 1:50:03 PM #

NO WAY!  An actual light-up card!  How clever you & your family are!!!  I would maybe do glow-in-the-dark paint...that would be the extent of my "lightning" a card, LOL!  This is just adorable and would still be so even if it didn't light up!  I love the little scene you created...something I always struggle with.  Favorite childhood memory, too!  We always caught them in jars too!

Chantell Randall
Chantell RandallAustralia
8/10/2016 4:01:55 PM #

This is very cute - I love the way you have used the colours - so you can tell that its a dark sky - but you can still see the colours around you.  Chantell JAI

Di Australia
8/11/2016 4:43:00 AM #

This really made me smile, Joanne & that was even before I realised you'd actually lit it (clever!). I love the natural scene you've created. It has such a peaceful & somehow dreamy quality. Did I mention I really love it. Glad you could join us at Just Add Ink this week.
Di Smile

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
8/12/2016 12:54:39 AM #

Joanne, I am blown away by your card!  It brought back so many fond memories of catching lightning bugs or "fireflies" as they are called in the south!  But, then I realized they lit up!  I am sooo amazed at your talents and creativity.  This is one of my all time favorites!  I love the theme this week, but your card is the bomb!  XXX

Colleen Begley
Colleen BegleyUnited States
8/13/2016 3:47:15 AM #

Great scene! Love how you've made the jar sit in the grass. Love the watercolored sky through the jar too. Super, super great card, Joanne.

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