Here's a card I made inspired by the soft shades used by Elly. (See Elly's Card Corner)
I love the idea of using the same/similar paper and varying it with ink - and it saves no end of messing around, looking for matching papers. I made a couple more out of slightly stronger colours but stupidly took them round to friend's before I'd photographed them. Doh!!
This involved lots of hand cutting, when I prefer the neater look of die cuts, but over all, I'm quite pleased with it.
And here is another version of the box I posted before. This one is actually deep enough for the present to go in.