I had a lot of fun making cards this week and ended up really loving most of them. But I think this is my favorite. One of those rare times for me when papers, colors and elements all really fall together well. I started with the JUGS #130 Zipper embellishment challenge--can you believe that a zipper can make such a gorgeous flower?! I also used the rest of the zipper as the "ribbon" strip across the front of the card--and decided that the flower was perfect for the Sweet Sketch Wednesday #197 sketch. And since the card is a 5.5x5.5 size and I was going to have to make an envelope for it anyway, I used the Paper Variety challenge to create a card and matching envelope that have at least common elements. You can see my envelope in the next two pictures.
On the front of the evelope, I used the same stamps as on the card and added a few matching pearls in the center of the green flowers. I think the flourishes create a nice frame for the name to be added later.
Then I got inspired and added "Happy Mother's Day" and a different flourish from the same set. I jus got this set last week. It is Elegant Flourishes by Clear Dollar Stamps and right now it is 50% off because it is retiring! So, if you like it, go grab it up before it's gone. The flourish, flowers and "love" are all from the set. It might have just become my favorite set. Very similar to SU!'s "Baroque Flourishes" (?) set that I have drooled over for years, but it's about 1/4 the price (or less)! The sentiment is from SU!'s "Messages for Mom" set.