The Christmas card uses white with bits of red and green, and a doily. The doily is a die-cut (Cheery Lynn), the backing paper is from Craft Creations and the stamp is an old one from Elusive Images. I coloured it with Kuretake pens, I have quite a collection now, so need to practise using them LOL. I didn't add a separate sentiment as I don't think it needs one.
The birthday card... well, it does have a doily .... and white.... but it did kind of evolve from the starting point! The stamp is from Indigo Blu (more colouring!) and I cut round the image to mount it onto the doily (Hero Arts?). The background is embossed with a damask folder. I put ribbons behind the poppies and the sentiment tag is done with Stampin' Up oval punches.