As a card maker, I'm ashamed to admit that quite often I leave it that late, that I end up buying a card from a shop. I then just want to kick myself, especially as I have enough craft stuff to keep me crafting for a lifetime. I attend enough craft fairs and buy enough magazines for inspiration.
Anyway, my biggest challenge is that I find it hard to make cards for my Mum. As a fellow crafter we share a lot of ideas, we go to the craft fairs together and usually buy similar sorts of products when we see them (or we each buy something, with the intention of sharing it), so I feel under immense pressure to create something she 'hasn't seen'.
http://www.liliofthevalley.co.uk/acatalog/Stamp_-_It_Takes_Two.html. A bit of colouring in, and I was really pleased with the outcome.
I mounted the image on a Kraft card blank and used a piece of pattern paper I found in my stash which just seemed to bring it all together. I can't for the life of me remember where the paper came from and am certauin it was a download... my next mission is to find it!
Anyway, Mum was delighted.