Since I work outside of my home I've had to device ways to get my "required for my sanity" creative card-making time. I've had to device a time-saving strategy. The best thing I did was to set a couple of hours out and just die-cut a bunch of backgrounds, flowers, leaves, butterflies, flourishes, and precut and score your base cards. I also stamp a bunch of greetings at one time as well.
Strategy #2 - Store all of these card elements and use a $1.00 bragbook to store them in. Brag book? Is that aging me. I'm talking about those $1 photo albums you pick up at Michael's to store your 4"X 6" photos in. BTW, Michael's $1 bins are up to $1.50. It's still a good deal.
Now when you need a quick card, just go to your photo album with the cut-out goodies and slap that card in no time!