For my project, I used this fab design by Lisa A. at the I'm in Haven blog. I saw her card on Pinterest and had to use it. I think the cutout design is very eye catching. It caught my eye, anyway.
Star dies by Quickutz. I ran them through the crimper for extra dimension and added interest, and used one different button to make it stand out even more.
Here are my two pattern papers. Sentiment is from the MCT Wow, So Many Candles stamp set; banner dies are Die-Namics by My Favorite Things. The background is not a pattern paper but a background stamp by Market Street Stamps, Bit of Burlap. Love that subtle design. It's perfect for masculine cards, I think.
My Creative Time, Wow So Many Candles
My Favorite Things, Fish tail tags
Market Street Stamps, Bit of Burlap
Quickutz, nesting stars