The Light You Shine

With all the amazing and new products in Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog, there are still some returning favorites that grab my attention and tickle my fancy.  For today’s card, I combined a great new Designer Series Paper with two stamp sets that work well together for this uplifting card.  Here’s my card:

Jar of Love, High Tide, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Fireflies or Lightning Bugs?  What do you see in the card above?  Do you see fireflies or lightning bugs?  The term you use to describe these bioluminescent beetles probably defines where you live.  Growing up in the South, we loved when the lightning bugs came out at night in Summer – we would have never called these little bugs fireflies.  What did you call them?  I stamped these lightning bugs in Archival Basic Black ink.  As soon as the ink dried, I added a little Daffodil Delight to their shiny posteriors with a Blender Pen and added a little Smoky Slate to their wings with a Blender Pen.  Also – I promise that the lid of this jar has a jillion holes in it so that the captured lightning bugs can breathe.  I’m kind that way!Jar of Love, High Tide, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Two Great Returning Stamp Sets.  If I didn’t tell you (or if you didn’t already know because you are so smart), you’d think this jar of fireflies was designed to coordinate with this great sentiment.  They just seem to go together perfectly!  Jar of Love was introduced last year in the annual catalog – with three Mason jars and a whole bunch of accessories that can go inside the jar, this set and coordinating Framelits are a must-have, versatile bunch.  Here’s a look at this fun stamp set:
    Jar of Love, Stampin' Up!

    Jar of Love, Stampin’ Up!

    The sentiment, which pairs perfectly with the little lightning bugs, is from a stamp set about lighthouses that was introduced in this year’s Occasions Catalog.  Here’s a look at High Tide:

    High Tide, Stampin' Up!

    High Tide, Stampin’ Up!

  • Color Combination.  While this spotted panel of Night of Navy Designer Series Paper from Naturally Eclectic could easily be rain or a random pattern, it provides a lovely, nighttime backdrop for these lightning bugs.  I added a layer of Daffodil Delight cardstock to accent the yellow in the shiny bugs.  The touch of Smoky Slate in the lid and the wings adds a grounding neutral to the mix.  What a great combination of colors!  If you also like these colors together, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate

Stamp Sets:  Jar of Love, High Tide  Papers:  Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White  Inks:  Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Blender Pen, Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

What do you think?  Don’t you adore these little lightning bugs?  Don’t they work wonderfully with this sentiment for a fun, uplifting card?


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  1. Great card! Brought back wonderful childhood memories of hot summer nights growing up in rural Virginia. Catching lightning bugs after family supper of homegrown vegetables and meat, hand churned ice cream, and us kids playing freeze tag was an every Saturday night event at my grandparents’ home.

  2. Same here, especially memories of my grandchildren chasing the lightning bugs in our back yard. We of course, let them all go, every time!
    Perfect sentiment for this sweet card.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Adorbs! I love navy, yellow and white together. It’s such a crisp, classic color combination. The little lightening bugs are precious. They remind me of summer evenings as a kid, racing through the yard to catch them.

  4. Sweet sweet card with your lightning bugs!

  5. They are lightning bugs in the midwest too. Still love to see them flit across my yard on summer nights. Love the simplicity of your card.

  6. Love this card Brian. The colors are meticulously set and are so crisp with well defined images. Blue and yellow in any form seem to just scream “happy”. We in the Northeast also call them lightning bugs and, because I live I an area with no ambient light, their light dances across our yard just about every night in the spring and summer. They put on quite a show for us. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous card with us Brian..

  7. Lightning bugs of course! Love this card!

  8. Awesome card!! I love everything about it!! I loved catching lightening bugs here in Ohio:-). Glad there are holes in that lid – I always fret about thatπŸ˜†

  9. Love this card and the memories it invokes… hot summer nights in Florida with a jar and hope of a great catch πŸ™‚ . Thanks once again for your great designs! Wish I lived in your area so I could attend your classes.

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