I'm still using up scraps and old designer series paper; this time it's last year's First Edition. However, you could accomplish the same basic effect using the current Modern Medley dsp (126926).
For the first one, I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslits (118138, $11.95). I've never chosen a plain strip of card stock as a stand-alone design element before, but I love what it added to this card. I had thought about adding words, but I think this is actually more impressive.