Man I was not joking around when I stated that this years new years resolution was to express my creativity more often! I've been crafty. Check out my 2012 calendar I made, posted on etsy. I printed the calendar for the text and then painted each one individually.
When I got married, 2 years ago, I made our invitations and I used gold embossing powder like crazy. I enjoy embossing for the effect and the simplicity of the process. Super cool. If you haven't done it yourself, head to Michaels and get geared up.