I made these cards a while back, which made me feel quite "accomplishy" since I rarely make my own cards anymore. I have a whole craftroom full to the ceiling with papercrafts, some beads, and a few sewing supplies. It's pretty sad.
Most of what I own (and really love) is older Stampin' Up! stuff. I used to be a demonstrator. These cards used one of my all time favorite stamps. I quite literally bought the All Holidays stamp set just for this stamp. Not that I didn't *like* the others, there are just a bajillion and three other sets out there for the same holidays.
I didn't really have a plan before I started. I just wandered the room grabbing stamps, ribbon, and punches that I really love, then I came upstairs and chose my paper. Probably kind of backwards, but I think it really worked here. I created three friend cards and one birthday card while I was at it, as well as bookmarks.