Stampin Friends Summer Fun Hop

It’s time for some summer fun!!.  Have you ever been lucky enough to catch lightning bugs???  If yes …. you have come to the right place … read on!

If you have arrived from Steph Jandrow’s amazing blog … welcome.  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.

Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  If you take the time to comment on each blog with “#SFJulyHop” as you travel through, you will be entered to win a prize from each of us … One lucky winner gets LOTS of surprises in the mail.  Details are below.

As usual, this month we have three talented Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to say hello to them as you travel through the hop.

 Here are my projects.  Everything I used is from Stampin’ Up!  

It’s the peak of summer.  Time for fireflies.  I loved those hot, humid nights, growing up, when lightning bugs lit up the grasses in the backyard.  I would catch a few in a mason jar and watch their abdomens magically light up.  As soon as I saw the Jars of Love stamp set and Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, I knew I’d be making this card and project.

I used Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and Thick Whisper White card stock.  This is a typical side fold card, with a daffodil base, a navy layer, another daffodil layer and topped with a navy strip representing the evening sky that I punched with the Confetti Star Border Punch.

I stamped the fireflies, jar, lid and sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink.  The coordinating dies and Big Shot made this card very easy.  I used Crushed Curry ink for the fireflies stamped as a background.  A Daffodil marker colors in the abdomen of the fireflies.  I used the Classic Label Punch for the sentiment.  Linen Thread is wrapped around the neck of the jar.20160712_181418_wm

The inside of the card has a smaller jar and a few escaped fireflies.  I used a sponge dauber and Daffodil Delight ink and pressed a glow around the butt of the little lightning bugs.

I used this card in my class last week.  My 6 year old grandson, Miles, stopped by earlier that day, saw the tables all set up and announced he was going to make a card for his Auntie Steph.  (Good thing I had and extra kit!)  Miles loves using the big shot.  I think he did a mighty fine job on this card!!!

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What goes better with fireflies than a firefly luminary???  .

The Night of Navy cardstock is 10 1/2″ x 8″.  I scored at 2 1/2″, 5″, 7 1/2″ and 10″.on the long edge.  On the short edge, score at 2 1/2″.    I punched a top star border with the Confetti Star Border Punch.  (When the luminary was complete, I decided to put in a strip of Daffodil cardstock to back the stars.)

Using the Big Shot and Everyday Jars Framelits, I cut a tall mason jar opening in each side.  I cut 4 pieces (4″ x 2 1/4″) of Vellum Cardstock and stamped a tall mason jar in Stazon Black ink   I also stamped fireflies in Stazon.  On the reverse side of the stamped image, I added the daffodil marker and “butt glow” with a dauber.  I used glue dots to adhere the vellum behind the cutouts (Stazon Ink side to the outside).  A few random die cut lightning bugs add a pop of wow!  I wrapped a length of linen thread around the entire luminary a few times, then added a linen thread bow to each jar.  Pop in a tea light and you are good to go!

I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog in the hop, using #SFJulyHop along with your comment by midnight on July 24th.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop!

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Melanie Coverston and her fabulous contributions.


  1. Kathie Rotti – You Are Here!



43 thoughts on “Stampin Friends Summer Fun Hop

  1. #SFJulyHop I will definitely will have to make this project Thanks so much. I lived back East as a kid and remember catching fireflies in jars, I always hated letting them go!


  2. WOW Kathie i love, love , love this card and luminary. I used to love catching fireflys also when i was a kid. Now you have made me want this set for sure so looks like i HAVE to place another order. LOL #SFJULYHOP Thanks for some great inspiration.


  3. wow kathie! you know i love these already since I got to see them in person, but they are awesome! So perfectly put together and stinking cute! i love your little stamper too! you’re awesome


  4. #SFJulyBlogHop
    I love this! my boys loved helping/making when they were younger too – now, not so much 🙂


  5. #SFJulyHop Love the luminary. Here in Missouri, lightening bugs are everywhere. This just may bring kids to catch them and set them free again!


  6. #SFJulyHop. Love how you used this set for a candle holder. Now I think I need to buy it and steal your design. Fun!


  7. Great projects! I especially love the lantern! I would love to share this on my blog for My Crafty Friends Monday (of course I give you full credit and link back to your blog post). Let me know if you would prefer that I did not share it.


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