One of my dear friends retired this past week, so this is what I came up with to send her off into the wonderful world of retirement (I am only guessing that it is wonderful, as I wouldn't know from personal experience!). The base is Quick Quotes' Julie je t'aime JT100. On top of that is a layer of lavendar card stock and an old card front cut from the two largest Spellbinders Nestabilities Label Eight.
After the pieces were cut and embossed with the die, they were left in the die and Milled Lavendar Distress Ink was blended onto the edges. A triple-loop bow using that great peg bow maker was made from Sugar & Spice ribbon (purchased at Michael's) and wrapped around the top layer.
The top layer and the sentiment were foam taped onto the lavendar layer.
Butterflies were punched with a three-layer butterfly punch from EK Success (see it at Jo-ann). The centers were adorned with purple bling and the wings of the single-layer butterflies were accented with aqua nailhead stickers from Mark Richards (Hobby Lobby). The three-layer butterfly on the top right of the card was embossed with an embossing folder (all three layers together).
This is the inside of the card.
An envelo-box was made from more JT100. A belly-band was made from a strip of Quick Quotes Andrew Avenue AA200 - loved that paper line - good thing I still have a great stash of it! :), along with a strip of JT100 and a layer of ribbon. A tag was punched from the reverse side of the JT100 and attached to the triple-loop bow with purple scrapper's floss.
A special personal note to my friend was written on a couple of journaling notes and attached to the inside left of the card, in case she wanted to remove them.
To all my blogger friends out there, have a safe, happy and labor-free Labor Day!
Until next time...Be Inspired! Jules