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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Firefly Delight

Hi all,
I was born in Georgia but left two weeks after my birth. My dad was in the air force and was getting out so he  and my mom and my Big Brother, came back to California where he was raised. Consequently I have never seen some of the jewels that you all have seen that live that side of the country. So I have never actually seen for myself a firefly. But my son had the pleasure last year and the picture my daughter in law snapped of the pure delight and wonderment has stayed with me and probably will all the days of my life. I do not feel sad I have not seen one myself because I have lived it through my son and his delight.
I was showering and thinking about that photo and Mary's free firefly when the idea came into my head to make this lantern. I hope you like it and it makes you think of all the great things you can make just on this idea alone.. Halloween eyes would be spooky, or snowflakes shining through. As I said let your imagination take you and help you create. Here are the instructions everyone enjoy!
On SVG cuts blog are the freebees we are blessed to get them every week so grab the firefly Mary made.
If you don't already have the Stars and Stripes SVG go ahead and get it too. That is in there store under patriotic,
Cut the lantern as the pattern is. but use the insert size for your "windows"  to add your fireflies. I added just the wings and the butt to cut out of my insert. Then I cut the outside frame for the top and I did cut the whole solid cut out of the firefly but then decided to just use the head I cut that in a v shape into the body and glued that down first on the outside. then the wings on top. Turn your inserts over and I used the cut out of the butt and the wings to cut vellum which I colored with pigment ink on my cardstock vellum from Stampin up.
 outline cut out of the wings is W 1.507 H0.966
Body Solid peice is W1.564 H1.304
Butt for Yellow Vellum is W 0.420  H 0.418
I went ahead and cut the frames for the windows and then inked them with Brilliance Copper ink. the whole  thing is inked in the same. Then added them to the outside "windows"
I Cut the accents out of colored cardstock Vellum and applied that to the back so it would "glow" more. then made a firefly for the top ( actually he was the practice one shhh) I as others had done made a small holder for the inside and inked it as well to hold my battery operated candle.
The wire was from the jewelry section at walmart and I wound it around a glue stick to get the coiled affect add some ribbon and some light green bling and your good to go. That was pretty much it. Nothing fancy to be sure but I like how it turned out and yep I don't think I will part with this one just yet I need to look at it for a while. The kit can be had at the link below. Be sure a have a look around you surely will be amazed! Happy Crafting everyone, be sure and leave me some love.. Hugs to all of you!


  1. Super cute!! What kind of paper did you use? thanks for sharing!!

    1. Unikmo,
      I always use American Craft Cardstock on all my projects. I love the way it cuts and the colors are just great! thanks for visiting!;)

  2. Thank you for sharing your story, Sharalyn. Your lantern is beautiful. You are so creative! I'm going to have to try your technique! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Debra

    1. Thanks Deb, your by best cheerleader! Hugs!!! I forgot to mention in my blog that mom was surprised after my birth that there were two of us in there not just one so she was doubly blessed with twins. My brother looks nothing like me but is just as cute! LOL hugs again my friend! Sharalyn

  3. Beautiful Project Sharalyn! BTW, I just nominated you for versatile blogger award. Check it out.. Just a simple recognition of how much I enjoy visiting your blog.

    1. Thank you so much Ilda,
      Thank you for the nomination I don't even know what that is but thank you. I enjoy writing and I LOVE paper crafting. It sure explained a lot to me when I found this area of crafting. As I never knew why I would get so excited when the school stuff came out when my kids were younger and all the paper craft stuff was around. I felt like I was just weird but now I understand it was something I was meant to do and more than that to share. I love making the items Mary creates and GIVING them brings me even more joy than I can explain. Thank you again for your kind words I so appreciate them.Blessings Sharalyn