One of my favorite ways to create cards is to gather up some favorite sketches from past challenges, and then pull out all of the different items from the collection(s) I want to use. Then I just start pulling papers & products, and layer them to the card base as I see fit. My Mind's Eye makes it so easy to for me to create cards this way by offering so many amazing embellishments & accents for each collection!
I also wanted to share how I use "daily life" product on my cards quite often as well! As card makers, they might not be the first thing you would grab for...but I don't like to waste anything in my supplies. Daily Life product can also add such a fun & more personal touch to your cards, and isn't that exactly what giving handmade cards is all about?