Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year!!

I can't believe we are now in 2012...where did last year go? I hope you all had a good Christmas and haven't got too much of a hangover this morning. If you have, or even if you haven't, get a cuppa, put your feet up and relax coz I've got a mega long post for you today!

Since changing jobs just over a couple of years ago and returning to full time work, my spare time has diminished considerably. So it has been lovely in between all the festivities to have a bit of me time. I've been working on this l'il project over the last week, popping into the craft room at every opportunity.

I feel the lack of crafty time has sapped my creative energy recently and I feel I have got a bit stuck in a rut, especially with colour. So what better way to kick start my mojo with a photo that has inspired this collection.

Isn't this a fab colour combination? I don't think I've ever put pink, yellow and black together. I love it.

The Midas Touch

First up is a photo of a few of my creations...

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I've used a B Line leafy stamp that I've had for ages to stamp the background. The ribbon is by Papertrey called Lavender Moon...a lovely pinky lilac. I've coupled with some mustard coloured ribbon from my stash.

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The sentiment is also by Papertrey as is the die cut "you". A little punched heart highlights one of the words to add a bit of extra interest. The heart punch was part of a whole load of SU stash that I received from mum as a Christmas pressie! Thanks mum.

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Next up is a lovely little gift envelope made using a free downloadable template which you can find here. I've resized it in Paint Shop Pro to measure approx 10cm x 11cm, but of course can be resized to suit.

This time I've added some leaves using my new Sizzlets Little Leaves die and the tag is from Papertrey's Tiny Tag set. The little glass bowl is from a charity shop.

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Just for fun I decorated a tin using another Papertey Tiny Tag.

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I started to carried away and looked around the house to see what else I could adorn and found this bottle from Lakeland. I may use it just to put flowers in but it does come with a cork so it could easily used to put something lovely in like bubble bath etc.

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The next photo shows my lovely little mini cake stand with a dome lid from The Range. Isn't it just adorable?

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I've simply attached some ribbon and a sentiment by SU called You're Sweet.

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The doily was die cut by hand using a Cheery Lynn doily die called "English Tea Party". Measuring 5" x 5" it fits perfectly inside my cake stand. It did take a few goes to get it to die cut cleanly as it so intricate.

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I was wondering what to put in it so I handmade some chocolate bark with glace cherries and walnuts. Very simple to make...just melt dark and white chocolate, swirl the light and dark chocolate together to create the bark effect and add the topping before it cools.

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Perfect to put in my cake dome.

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I had enough leaft over to store in a another jar, this one is by Laura Ashley.

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I created the tag using a Waltzingmouse sentiment.

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Phew, well done if you got to the bottom of this post. It may be a long time before I can create a collection like this again, but I hope you have enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by!


Fiona said...

Wow you HAVE been busy Sarita. All fabulous creations (especially the chocolate bark!) Would never have occurred to me to use that colour combo either but you've made it look so classy as always.
All the best for 2012 x said...

Eyecandy alarm again on your blog, heehee. Happy new year to you, Sarita and thank you for starting it with these lovely pieces of art.

Hugs, Tina

Juls said...

wowzer!!!! such a gorgeous stylish set!! hugs Juls

Andrea said...

Gosh, what a stunning collection - looks as though you've been having some fun. I have used pink and yellow together before (I think it looks so bright and fresh), but would not have tought of adding the black - it looks gorgeous.
I hope you had a good New Year, and best wishes for 2012. I hope you manage more time to craft.
Love, Andrea xx

Sharon said...

I have to agree, that I would not have thought of putting pink, yellow and black together, but WOW! I love it! and you did a fabulous job on creating the perfectly pretty collection! TFS

Dotty Jo said...

Happy New Year Sarita, these look magical - I love the colour combo and elegant design! Jo x

Rufus said...

You certainly have been making good use of your time off! What a pretty collection. Wishing you a Happy New Year,

Jackie said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful array, all so beautiful and stylish.
Happy New Year to you too :o)
Jackie xx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Absolutely STUNNING gifts. Love your style.

Happy 2012 to you xxx

Margaret said...

Hi, I've just come across your blog as I've been doing a little bit of hopping. the further down your blog I looked the lower my jaw was dropping! All I can say is that your designs and projects are simply stunning!!!!!! You are one very talented lady
Margaret :o)

Tracey said...

Stunning. The colour combination is an unusual one but works perfectly. I love all the projects you have made and just wished I lived a little closer to you as the chocolate bark looks delicious. Thank you for the continued inspiration Tracey x

Michelle said...

Totally and utterly wonderful Sarita.
Hope you have a better year! Heres wishing you gentle thoughts and special moments
x Michelle

mani said...

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Georgia said...

Wow, wow, wow Sarita - these are absolutely stunning! You're right, the colour scheme is so gorgeous and I love everything you've made! The chocolate bark looks yummy too! :) Love, Georgia xx

Riet said...

Wowww Sarita,This is so beautiful set.

Hugs Riet.xx

Kelly S. said...

The colors and patterns on these are SO lovely, Sarita! What a wonderful ensemble...even your candy matches it :)! Love how you used those soft pastel ribbons with your black and white patterns. Just BEAUTIFUL!

Faith A said...

this is an amazing set

Paula Gale said...

WOW Sarita - this is just stunning as usual. Everything is so exquisite - it belongs in some high-end posh place!

I agree about the colour collection, something you wouldn't think of but works so well and adds to the 'designer' look of your makes. I particularly like the bon bon jar with your bark chocolate in - fabulous. I love coming here - I haven't blogged for ages, but just needed to catch up with what you've been doing as it is great stimulation for the eyes and mind.

Hope you are well, take care

Paula x x x

Elaine said...

Wonderful selection beautiful art ...well done Hugs Elaine