I discovered Spellbinders online has an archive full of tutorials and ideas for cards. Sometimes when the crafty mojo is absent its nice just to look at a tutorial and create something where you can see the end result. The first card was done by following a tutorial, adapting a bit and using my own choice of materials. The second follows the same idea of cutting a diecut in half diagonally. I think the papers are from the 'once upon a time' paper stash.
I was quite happy with the way the black glue dots on the second card turned out today, usually mine are a bit wobbly. This was due to a happy accident. I sewed around the black card (no thread in machine) using quite a big stitch rather than piercing through a ruler which takes ages. Unfortunately I left the length too long and I didn't like the spacing of the holes so I put the dots directly over the holes.