I drew a complete blank trying to design a card for my 10-year-old granddaughter's birthday (nothing new there). Ten is such a transitional age, stuck somewhere between princess dolls and boyfriends. I pulled out one of my favorite Cricut cartridges, Paisley, because I knew I could find something cute and girly, but not too babyish for a girl about to start her final year of elementary school. This little frog "jumped" out at me. I used mushroom-patterned paper from a Heidi Grace pad for the background and glitter cardstock for the frog's shadow (a little bling never hurt anybody). I added sparkly trim and a flower brad. Done.
It was simple and quick and finished on time. She "ooh"ed and "aah"ed over it and that's what keeps me crafting.