A friend went through her enormous RUB box of card blanks and sorted them out. She donated a lot of the waifs and strays to my charity efforts for breast cancer, so I was really appreciative of that.
I would never buy aperture cards now, but I use what is to hand. I do think it stretches your creativity and challenges you to come up with something different.
For the first blue and brown card, I stitched around the aperture once I had chosen my patterned paper, which is this example is Rhonna Farrer.I used up the scrap of paper mosaic (or whatever you call it) and some various flowers and a bit of stamping. The copper snaps add a bit of contrast to the flowers.
The aqua card couldn't have been easier - I found a bit of pp big enough to fill the square (Fancy Pants, in this instance) and added a stamped flourish by Woodware.
I found a template in a magazine, and thought it was very on trend and good for using up some of those smaller scraps.
Added some finishing touched with a Hero Arts owl coloured in, and some butterflies. Those stickers are Mrs Grossman again - still trying to use them up! I could be here some time ...