In the dark days pre-Cricut, I had to use scissors to cut shapes out of paper. Oh, and I also had paper punches. Honestly, even with the Cricut, I'll probably still use paper punches -- I do love them so. (Punch! Punch! Punch! Satisfaction!)
I particularly love the ones from Martha Stewart. Check out this cute little card I made with the cupcake punch:
To deliver the cupcakes, I made envelopes out of this Happy Birthday paper:
I love these envelopes -- they're wishing the recipient a Happy Birthday before they're even opened. Yay!