I always love anything with birds. Birds to me are so cheerful and happy.
Simple cards from a little while ago, these were from a $1 thrift shop book that I cut up. To make ruffles I cut strips of crepe paper and dye them in tea or coffee to get a bit of an antique look. Then apply a line of glue and gently squish the paper into gathers to your liking.
Keep an eye out for images you love. They are everywhere. Anything old or with a vintage or aged feel appeals to me. Saving trinkets like old jewellery or keys, stickers, lace... anything really and you have little additions to tie on and embellish.
Keeping a box full of cards ready means never having to buy a card. When I look at cards in the shop I nearly fall off the perch when I see the price, many are ten dollars or so.
Making cards is easy and great fun... and very inexpensive.