What a lovely surprise I had when I visited the Playground to see that my card from last week had been chosen as one of Di's 'picks' along with several others in varying styles so it is well worth hopping along to take a look I'd say. For my card this week I've gone down the die cutting route, starting with a fairly large snippet of blue background, then a striplet die was used twice to cut out of the white pearl layer. I then used another fancy die to cut out two layers in the same colours of card, followed by a couple of ovals for the sentiment which I did on the computer. It so happened I had two stray stamped and embossed flowers which I popped on along with some matching pearls. Di mentioned that buying dies to match stamps is not always necessarily the best option and I'm inclined to agree, especially when the outlines are easy to cut with scissors. This means of course that you can cut closer to the outline without ending up with (often in my case) an uneven white border around the design and money saved can then be spent on something else crafty!!
Dies - Lattice Striplet and Vienna from the Austrian collection by Sue Wilson
Flowers - shaded peony stamps Sue Wilson cut with scissors
Sentiment - produced using Designer software from Docraft (discontinued I think)