I agree. This is one of my favorite sets. I'm so happy to be able to use it another year (as a demo - I'll be keeping it even after it is eventually retired!).
I did a card somewhat similar to this, except with a leaf and a lady bug. It just begs for the checkerboard style, doesn't it? If I get up the gumption, I'll post it. Hmmm... in fact, I wonder if I CASED it from someone here? I'll have to check out the other posts for this set and give credit if it's due.