The best part about making homemade cards is the designer paper. I am using Stampin Up designer paper from the last year Spring Catalog. It is super cute because the paper is embossed/ glittered. It has a great texture. Something else every crafter should have is a cd with different wordings/sayings. I picked this up at Joann's over the summer and I never use it. I looked through a lot of my stamps and could not find what my heart wanted to say. So I went through the contents of this cd and found tons of quotes. This cd was on $5. You cannot beat that price.
Have a creative day!