Ah, thanks peeps, you have cheered me up! It's great to get words of encouragement from you all. I'm pleased to hear you are liking the cakes! I have been in the studio this morning, trying out different techniques, and seeing which looks best. What do you think?? As usual, when faced with a decision, I can't make up my mind! I think I like the stitch effect with the collage, (I really need to sort thru all my huge box of paper, but I think if I start that today I won't get anything else done!). I also like the idea of making the black outline a softer colour (see the bottom three here), it just looks a bit more subtle, but then again, I also like the three cakes above the bottom ones , where I have used water-colour effects as the 'fill' colour for the cakes.
Hmmmm, well, at least I can't say I haven't achieved anthing today. Better mood plus 9am run had definitely got my day off to a flying start.