I know, I know... I'm really late posting this, but here is the "card" I made for my mom on Mother's Day. Actually, it's more like a mini-book.
First I created a template from chipboard for my own 3 X 3 envelope. I used this template to trace and cut out matching patterned papers in various black and white designs to make seven identical envelopes. After scoring the folds and glueing them down (except the flaps) I made an accordian-style book by glueing them together and attaching them in a cardstock cover, stamped, wrapped with ribbon and decorated with metal embellishments. Inside more stamping, stickers and a silk flower were added.
Inside each envelope I placed a photo of me growing up with my mom. Each photo is mounted on colored cardstock with matching ribbon "pulls" and the words, "Always there, always loved".
This was added to her Mother's Day gift and she was so surprised!