Hello! I am so happy you are joining us for the Pear Blossom Press Light Up Hop using EZ Lights. Trust me when I say, “you will be using these all the time once you see how EZ they are to assemble.” Please hop along with all of our wonderful designers. You should be coming from Nicole’s blog. If you are just starting the hop, please make sure you start at the top at Amanda’s blog. Please note that affiliate links are used in this post, at no cost to you. I have a real treat for you today because I am not only sharing a card that I made, but Phoenix (age 13) made a card for the hop as well and it is so cool. Let’s start by checking out a video of how our cards light up. Turn up the sound for details!
So now that you’ve seen them in action, how about taking a look at the insides of our cards so that you can see just how simple EZ-Lights are to add to your cards and other projects.
It looks like a hot mess, right? But that’s actually a good thing in my mind! No copper tape, no worrying about circuits, which wire goes where, etc. I just chose where I wanted my lights to go, and taped them down with regular tape. I mounted my decorated layer with foam tape, and I left open the area where the battery goes, so that if I ever need to, I can easily change it out. Seriously, they’re called EZ-Lights for a reason!
Since Phoenix used a Reveal Wheel on his card, he had to be sure to not let the wires get tangled when someone spins the wheel. So he taped his wires to the top layer of his card, which I think is so smart.
So let’s back up a bit so I can tell you a bit about the cards. For mine, I used the Build a Lighthouse Stamp and die set from Stampendous. I masked this entire 1 layer scene, so the dies were only used for creating my masks. I colored everythin with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, except for the sky and water, which I used my Koi watercolors on.
I added velum to my 3 cut-out areas, to help diffuse the light. It’s got a beautiful glow when the lights are on.
Hi, it’s Phoenix. I’m excited to do this hop with my mom for Pear Blossom Press’ EZ-Lights. I thought that the “Build a House” die set from Lawn Fawn was really cool so I wanted to use it with the lights. I decided to have the lights turn on when you pressed on a book with the word “Lumos” in it, which is the spell in Harry Potter for light (as in, to get illumination).
I wanted to make the house look old and shabby, so I decided to use the some of the dies from the “Halloween Build a House Add-On“. I added faux texture on the door, windows, and roofs by lightly pressing my die cuts into Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Those pads have a great texture and help things to look old.
For the Lumos book, I didn’t want it to simply be sitting there on the card, so I decided to put it on a “Reveal Wheel” so it would seem to appear out of thin air as you spun the wheel. However, I didn’t want to have empty windows, so I die cut window frames and attached them to small hinges that I created. I also used door knobs from the Build a House set so that you would have a knob to grab on to when you opened the windows. The window on the first floor has candles that I drew and cut out myself.
I used the pumpkin stamps from Lawn Fawn’s “Pick of the Patch” and used small hole punches to cut out the faces, which is where my lights are. After that, I used a piece of yellow vellum behind each of the pumpkins to diffuse the light like my mom did on her card. To make the grass, I used a Fiskars border punch with a few types of green paper. I used pieces of foam to give everything dimension.
I am extremely happy with how this card turned out. I had been working on it for a while, and I thought that it would be perfect for this Blog Hop. I like that you have to lift the window frame and push the Lumos book to get the lights to work, because it adds another interactive quality to the card. Thanks for having me in this hop, Pear Blossom Press! -Phoenix
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Thank you so much to Amanda (owner of Pear Blossom Press) for putting this hop together. Phoenix and I were really thrilled to play along, and we will definitely be making more light-up cards in the near future. Below is the full hop list, and you should be headed over to Sue’s blog next. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Alison (you are here!)
Tanna LoHouse says
I just love that lighthouse, beautiful ?
Karthikha Uday says
Wow these cards are awesome! Love the scenes you have created and the perfect addition of lights! The lighthouse one is my fav 🙂
Your lighthouse card is so pretty. And I had to chuckle at the “lumos” on your pumpkin patch card.
Mary Holshouser says
Love your cards. Fantastic scenes – so much
detail. These lights looks so easy to use – I
think even I could do them. thanks for sharing
Sharon Gullikson says
O loved seeing both of them. The pumpkins lighting up are SO COOL. This would be great for Halloween, too. I love seeing how you all have used these lights.
Amanda Stevens says
Wow! Alison and Phoenix, your cards are simply amazing!!! I can’t get over how beautiful the lighthouse scene is. And the reveal wheel/light up card, with windows that really open!!! Phoenix, you’re speaking my language! I love all of the interactive elements. ❤️❤️❤️
Wonderful points for a light up feature. I’m loving the pumpkin card and the reveal wheel connection for the light point. Very fun!
Dawn Rodriguez says
Love these! Lighthouse is beautiful! And Phoenix’s card is Stunning!
Denise Warren says
These cards are adorable!! great job.
Erin Reed says
such a cute set of cards!
Diana B says
Great cards! I think any Harry Potter fan would be thrilled to receive Phoenix’s card!
Evelyn A. Tranbarger says
Love your lighthouse!
Denise Bryant says
Love your beautiful lighthouse scene, and Phoenix dis a fabulous job on his card! The lights add so much to the cards!
Love the lighthouse. Phoenix is very talented, that’s a fabulous card, great concept too.
Rachel Winn says
Alison, your card is stunning! I want to visit that lighthouse. Phoenix, your card is just awesome! I love the interactive element you added in addition to the lights too!
Sabrina Sandburg says
Absolutely awesome! Way to go Phoenix for double interactions!
Tanya C says
Nice lighthouse scene!
Tanya C. says
Nice lighthouse scene!
A lighthouse with a light and pumpkins that shout Halloween. Great cards!
Joyce Whitten says
Justin Averill says
These projects are both so fun!! I absolutely love the styling of your lighthouse card!!