Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Guest Designer: Sarah Taylor!

It's a new month, and time to meet our new Guest Designer for January. Please welcome Sarah Taylor!

Sarah was part of the original Deedee's Digis design team, when we first opened five years ago, and I had the joy of working with her again for a couple of years as part of the Clear Dollar Stamps team. Sarah has such a sweet, Christian spirit, not to mention a knack for bringing images to vivid life with her paper-piecing and coloring skills, and of always knowing just the perfect combination of papers and accessories to use to create something warm and wonderful.

For her first project share, Sarah has created a darling set of cocoa pouches.  To make these, Sarah used an image from the "Whole Latte Love" set (available HERE for our EU customers or HERE for our non-EU customers). She used a Kraft cardstock base for these, and printed the mug portion of the image on the same, which automatically, in my opinion, gives a warmth to the project. Some sweet shading with her markers and a little pop of red from the matte makes the cocoa cup stand out beautifully. I really like how Sarah shaped the pouches themselves, so that just the corner of the cocoa packets show, and how the colors of the cocoa packets coordinate with the colors that Sarah used for the pouches. Mini candy canes along with bits of jute twine and ribbon tie these packets closed and make the perfect finishing touches. Not only do the candy canes look adorable against the pouch, but they add something yummy to the cocoa if stirred in!

These cocoa pouches are such fun little treats to give, and you can make them up easily and keep them around for easy gift-giving throughout the winter season. With Valentine's Day coming up, they would be perfect to give to nieces and nephews, friends, or hey -- how about the mail carrier? I bet he or she would love to get a wonderful treat like this on a cold winter day! Thanks so much for sharing this idea with us, Sarah!

We'll have another sweet project by Sarah to share next Wednesday, so be sure to visit again then. But you don't have to wait to see more fabulous projects by her -- there's a whole pantry full of them at her blog -- "Aunt Bee's Pickles."


  1. Great project - I'm going to go check out her blog! I love ideas like this!

  2. Well I've seen a lot of cocoa holders, but these are the most precious ones. Sarah did a marvelous job with her coloring and shading. I just love these and hopefully will be able to CASE them.

  3. Love that a candy cane is tied up in the closure!! Super adorable Sarah!!


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