This is a picture heavy post! Be warned!
Spring is trying hard to come out and it definitely is influencing me. My friend Marsha just had her birthday and I made her a beautiful spring lantern to celebrate it. This is my first attempt at a lantern and I think it turned out just wonderful. (Remember, this is paper. Use a flameless candle)!
Isn't this just gorgeous?! The tutorial that I started with for this lantern is on 'From my Craft Room'. I did some changes, ie: windows in all 4 sides, slight changes in size, added a shelf with a holder for the flameless candle inside the lantern, etc. The basic frame is almost the same though.
This beautiful butterfly is one of my new dies from Mariannes Creatables. (see last post for another die cut from Mariannes). I cut it out of white cardstock and colored it with my copics. All of the flowers are cut out with my cricut, shaped, sponged and assembled with brads. All of the leaves are a sizzix die cut.
The ribbons are from Michael's. The papers and brads are from my stash. The windows all have acetate (fastened on the inside with ATG adhesive). I use overhead transparencies for this. To access the inside to place/replace the flameless candle, the top comes off. Didn't Norma do an amazing job designing the top to this great lantern!?
Including the top, this lantern stands close to 7 inches.
I can't think of a better celebration of spring than flowers and butterflies. What better way to say happy birthday to my friend!