My final two cards that I made and will post are not using pre-made chipboard embellishments but are more "from scratch" as I find I enjoy making my own embellishments more. It gives the cards a much more homemade look, which I prefer.
I found a wonderful card in PaperCrafts magazine that I loved, and I had to try to make one very similar to see if I could make a card from a picture and change it a bit here or there where I saw fit. I do not remember who the original author was, so I am sorry I am not able to give her credit. I specifically went out and purchased the Sizzix Candy Cane die that I used for my card. This card is for my daughter, who always loved to have as many different flavored candy canes as she could find. She would take a box to school and trade with friends until they all ended up with a variety of different colors and flavors.
This last card was made by fussy cutting patterned paper and piecing and layering them together to create my own scene of the birth of Christ. I cut out my own snow-covered ground to place by images upon. I thought my daughter Michele's in-laws would really appreciate this card, so it was sent their way.