Friday, December 9, 2011

Retiring Butterflies

At Just Add Ink this week we have a gorgeous photo to take some inspiration from.

I had been asked to make a retirement card for a teacher at the girls’ school and I decided to use this photo challenge to inspire me.


I chose similar colours to the bags in the photo for the butterflies and I really liked the way it turned out.  I would never have chosen them myself, so hurray for the challenge!  I also angled the butterflies in the same way as they have with the bags and I have used more and bigger butterflies at the bottom and got smaller and smaller and less and less butterflies as they go up into the sky. I then just used one rhinestone on the biggest butterfly of each colour, to mimic the silver beads on the bags.
I attached them with mini glue dots and lifted the tops of the wings upwards.

Ingredients :
Stamps : none!
Card : white, black, poppy parade, pool party, regal rose, limeade
Ink : none!
Other : big shot, beautiful butterflies, beautiful wings, elegant bouquet ef, rhinestones, vintage wallpaper ef

As this was a card for the whole staff to sign I made it a very big one but I’m sure it could be recreated to make a smaller card with fewer butterflies. I always feel a little stressed making cards on behalf of the school and I wasn’t sure what they had in mind exactly for a teacher’s retirement card, but I found the Irish blessing which I thought was beautiful and all those beautiful butterflies just fit with the blessing perfectly.  I think it was appreciated by everyone.
Please take a look at what the rest of the JAI team have created this week and let the photo inspire you to create something beautiful.



  1. This turned out very nice, Kathy! I love the progression of your butterflies! Gorgeous and I bet everyone loved it!

  2. What a great idea for a retirement card! Looks great Kathy.

  3. Gorgeous, my sis would love this card as she loves butterflys, and the verse is beautiful. Bet the retired teacher will love it. Kezzy x

  4. You did a great job Kathy, l'm sure it was well received.
    A beautiful use of the inspiration!

  5. Oh this is so elegant love your take on the color inspiration - I have to add that I had catch my breath though before posting cause when I read your post title I thought you knew a secret that the Beautiful Butterflies might be retiring from Stampin' Up and well I LOVE them and would miss them so - glad to know it is for a retiring teacher - may they enjoy the peace and quiet they have earned after such a career in such a giving profession!

  6. This is really beautiful, Kathy. I love your interpretation of the challenge, and love the serene feel of this card. I am sure it was very much appreciated; so special.


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