Friday, June 21, 2013

When I was a Little Girl I used to Catch Fire Flies for The Digi Bells!

Remember the feeling of having your wet hair in a braid or pony tail just after taking a bath and it being just about bed time?  Do you recall the cool fresh night air on your skin?  My sister, brother and I used to sit on the small front porch and just wait to see the air light up with that neon yellow glow as the lightening bugs lit up.  When we saw them, we'd race to see who could get to them first.  It always seemed that once you saw that first fire fly, they were everywhere!  We'd catch them and put them in one of Mommy's canning jars and see who could collect the most bugs. What a great way to spend a summer evening!

Today we're adding another sweet, adorable digi to the Elisabeth Bell Digital Collection and it's a beauty!


Please welcome ** Fire Flies ** to our little family of Elisabeth Bell Digi's....

We're celebrating this precious image with a blog hop that starts today and ends on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 9:00 am (Arizona time).  If you've come to my blog from my oh so talented designing sister, Linda's blog, then you're on the right track.  If not, please go back and start at Rose's blog, (everyone on this team is so talented that I pinch myself every blog hop because I feel so darn lucky and honored to present with them!) at the very beginning because I'd hate for you to miss out on one single design or the chance to win this cutie pie!  You can find all the details of how to win at The Digi Bell Design Team at the end of the hop.  So on with the show!


This cutie pie pair is colored with copics and I addedsomestickles to the bugs and her flower in her hair and some Diamond Glaze on the jars and lanterns.  The papers are from BasicGrey, the flowers from Recollections, the branches from my Martha Stewart punch, and the fence is from a Tim Holtz die.  The seam binding and cheese cloth are from my stash and the pearls from Studio G.




Each time I see on of Elisabeth Bell's images, I always say it's one of my favorites!  This one just brings back such fun memories that it really is one of my favorites!




And no, my copic didn't go crazy or  I didn't color out of the lines when I was doing my lightening bugs!  I love that glow that these sweet bugs put off, almost like an aura around them, and I tried to convey the brightness and light they put off.




I painted the sky using a combination of blues from my distressed inks and then used it to dye the seam binding and the cheese cloth.  I plan on entering this adorable thing in the following challenges:


Cute Card Thursday - In the summertime

DRS Designs - The great outdoors
Little Miss Muffet's Challenge- Happy families
MilkCoffee Challenge - Summer fun
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamp Challenge - Use a digi
Crafting by Design - Favorite season
House that Stamps Built - Summer



Now hop-scotch over to my designing sister, Wendy's, fabulous blog and see her wonderful project using this cutie pop!  And even though we're all so busy with the coming and goings of life, please take a minute to stop and remember the simple joy of something like catching lightening bugs.  It might just bring some peace and joy to you if only for a moment.  

30 comments:

Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Susan! I love the colors and beautiful flowers! Terrific coloring of the adorable new image!

Sharman said...

Adorable and yes you did capture the brightness of them lighting up. Great job

Jane said...

Simply gorgeous, love EB and your card is just beautiful. Jane x

kbrandy4 said...

Gorgeous card, beautiful image!!
Hugs, Hazel xx

Rhonda Miller said...

What a wonderful card.

Denise Goeldner said...

Wonderful story so lucky to have been able to catch them yourself, lovely card showcases the new digi beautifully hugs xx

Bettina L. said...

This is absolutely darling. Love the design with the cheesecloth, fence and flowers. Bettina xx

~ Barb said...

Beautiful layering and I especially love the lanterns and jars. Such a dreamy image.
{Hugs} Barb

Danielle said...

What a fun card! We have lightening bugs where I live, too, but I didn't see them until I was in a different area of the state when I was in my 20's! You're right, they're a lot of fun to watch.

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

That's wonderful and it's a great Elisabeth Bell image too. Lovely work. Cheers, Holley

Judy Garrelts said...

Oooooo I remember catching them too! This is a great card and super cute image!
Thanks for sharing,
Judy

aussie aNNie said...

Each card I see with this adorable image brings a smile to my face...just love the gorgeous colours you have used and the life like card, you can almost see the fire flies glow in the dark.xx

Vanessa said...

Thank you for sharing your memories with us. It jarred my memory and I remembered my own firefly adventures. :) beautiful card.

stampingwithpeggie.blogspot.com said...

Great card! I love watching the fireflies.

Ea Christiansen said...

What a great card.
Hugz
Ea

Judy McMullen said...

Such a pretty card showcasing this adorable Fire Flies image. Love the fence border on the side and all the stickles highlighting those marvelous fireflies...the perfect touch!

Sparkly Engineer said...

Your right. This sure does bring back happy memories of both myself and my children chasing fireflies.

Love how you used the image. It feels so magical.

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Sweet card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our MY HEART PIECES challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
~DEANNE~
A Little Bit O' Paper

Fran said...

Susan you are right that is the cutest image. And you card is so darn cute. And after reading your write up you brought back so many warm memories for me. Hope you are feeling better. Hugs, Fran

CraftinGranny said...

It is adorable for sure Susan. Love your stories and the memories. We use to do the same thing when I was a child and then my children followed suit. Ahhhhh so sweet! "Hugs"

Mary Lou said...

Super cute Susan!!! Hey I was driving home from my daughter's last night and you are right...I saw one firefly and LO and behold...they were everywhere!!!! I TOO loved catching them as a kid but we would rub them on our arms and legs and we would be lit up for alittle while:)
Hugs and hope you are feeling better!!!

Shelia said...

I agree, this reminds me of summer nights when I was a kid - too cute!! Thanks for playing along with us at DRS Designs this week!

julieprice3 said...

So sweet, pretty colour choice, very nicely done
Hugs Julie P

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

fabulous card!!!

Pop's Cards said...

Morning sweetie Love the colours on this one so gorgeous hugs Pops x

Stephanie said...

Beautiful card! I am loving your color combo, and embellishments. Thank you for joining the LMM challenge.

Karen said...

Your story is as lovely as this new sweet image! :o) I'm crazy in love with this stamp and you have showcased it so beautifully. The colors are so pretty and I love that you chose blues for the flowers.. like a twilight sky! Marvelous creation. I hope you have a sparkly day. :o)

Hugs and blessings!

Cuttin' and Stampin' Cards said...

Oh my!! What a cute card. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafting by Designs.

Tammy S.

CTgirl said...

Adorable!! So sweet & pretty!

Thank you for sharing your lovely creation in our ‘Anything goes - Show your Season’ Challenge
Do join us again!
Hugs
Rene (DT Crafting by Designs)

Cheri said...

What a great way to bring back some fond, fond summer memories, Susan. Thank you for sharing that story. The image on your card is adorable and your coloring rocks. Thank you for playing along with the DCC at The House That Stamps Built.