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Happy Friday!

Although I just wanted to stay in bed this morning, I don't have the luxury.

I have a wedding cake to finish.... so I have to get up and get moving. I'm sitting here with my morning cup of coffee watching the news waiting for a glimpse of the royal wedding cake. So far, I haven't seen it..... that's what is going to give me inspiration for my cake decorating this afternoon.

There is snow on the ground in Idaho this morning, so that is going to put a hamper on my outside running. I did, however, go to the gym last night and ran 2 miles of in and outs (run and walk intervals) with my sister. It was cold outside yesterday jogging in the wind, but the snow on the ground is a whole different story! I'm not freezing my fingers and nose off again for no stinking reason!

Plus, I've done cardio for 4 days straight now, so I think that I deserve a day off, right?

My diet wasn't all that great yesterday. I had cereal fro breakfast, then a piece of toast before my jog. Fo…

Is it Friday yet?

Actually, if it was Friday... I'd be in panic mode!I do have a lot of work to accomplish today. I have a 4 tiered wedding cake that I must bake, ice and cover with fondant. I will be decorating it tomorrow. So that will take up the major part of my day. I am excited to do this wedding cake, although it is going to be a VERY traditional cake, and that usually isn't my style. Wish me luck!

I would also like to get a run in today, no matter how short it is... I just seem to be going in a good direction with my exercise lately, so I want to keep the momentum rolling. It's also nice that the past few days have been better, weather wise, so that I can run outside as opposed to running laps around the track in the gym.
So, all things considered, I'm doing pretty well here. I have found time to work out a bit each day, and there has been no fast food in my diet at all.I have been snacking on fruit instead of over processed junk and I'm staying away from the candy. I do need…

I need a good app

So, my quest has been to find a good app to put on my BB Torch so that I can track how far I've been jogging. I've tried a few (thanks Pal) but none seem to be working well, if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears!

That being said.... I went to the gym twice yesterday! Yeah, two times!!! I know, I'm nuts, but before you go passing judgements, I have a great excuse. Evan has Gymnastics classes in the morning and then swim lessons in the evening. So instead of sitting on my duff, I decided to do some walking/jogging. Now his classes are only a half an hour, so I didn't really get a lot done, but I did manage a total of 3 miles yesterday, so that's not too bad.

I didn't do the greatest job of eating well yesterday. But any day with no fast food is an accomplishment around here. So I had cereal for breakfast, red beans and rice filled tacos for lunch, and salad with Italian pinwheels for dinner. I do need to remember to drink more water, a lot more water, b…

Back to the grind

OK, so I admit that I haven't been keeping up on my weight loss posting. So, in an effort to re-visit why I actually created this blog, I'm going to get back to the grind.

Today I went to the gym after a bowl of shredded wheat (not the best breakfast, but not too shabby either). I dropped Evan off and headed to the weight room. I worked upper body (arms, back, chest, and shoulders) and then I did some abs. Ugh, I hate doing abs.... but it is a necessary evil. After doing that I headed to the cardio room.

I chose an eliptical as my machine of choice today. The one that I jumped on was one of the ones that simulates running, so not a true eliptical, but you know what I mean. I was on there for 20 minutes and decided that this running in one place just wasn't doing it for me. Plus, this lady came and got on the one next to me, she is getting ready for a body building show I think. I swear to you, she's Miss Olimpia!!! So my self esteem sorta fell through the floor. I decide…

Gasp! No pink? Aaaahhhh....

A non pinkie Cheekie???These people are pushing the limits!!! The challenge at The Greeting Farm was to make a card that did not use the color pink, at all!!!GASP!!!!! So, here's what I did: Blue! Ha ha ha! So you will be proud to know that her skin didn't even use peach (which has pink in it), I used orange and blended it with my watercolor brush, very well, to fade it out enough to make her flesh tone. I figured, next to the blue, it would come across as such, and I think it did!

I got this really neat gel pen that is bright blue and has glitter in it, pretty shimmery glitter. So I used that to make her shoes and eyes sparkle, and I embellished the heart on her mirror with it. I also used a sentiment sticker that was sparkly to add to the shimmer of the whole card. I have had this sentiment sticker for a few years now, and I have been waiting for the perfect card to put it on, and I think I finally found it! ha ha ha OK, have a great Easter Sunday everyone, I'm off to wat…

Down to the wire!

The challenge at TGF was to CASE the card that is on the left, in the background. The card in the front (right)is my take on it. After cutting a few times, I decided to go geometric on it.... I think that it makes the cheekie stand out more. I got the card-makersnod of approval from my Pal because I matted all the rectangles AND I actually used half pearls. Ok, I concede, you are correct, half pearls are awesome and matting everything is the way to go. hahahaha Hope you all have a great Easter!Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

CASE-ing Markies' Mom

The challenge at the Greeting Farm was to CASE a markies mom card! She is absolutely Amazing!!!! She uses a gagillion embellishments, and does everything absolutely perfect!!!!! So here's my attempt...
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Sparkle Creations

Isn't this the cutest image?? I love it! So I decided to do the sketch challenge for Sparkle Creations! Yeay!
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Let's Hear it for the boys!

OK, last one for The Greeting Farm today... this challenge was to make something for the boys! Well what's a better gift for a boy than a cookie with a hot girl on it??? How about one that loves your team?!?!?! My husband and I are HUGE SF Giants fans!!! So naturally I thought orange and black! I know he's going to LOVE these!

Its Spring!

Get me baking and I just can't stop!!!

Here's a cupcake and cookie duo for the spring colors challenge over at The Greeting Farm! I just adore their images, this one is no acception, this is Cheekie Glamour. She's just a doll! I painted her onto a circle of fondant and placed her onto a sugar cookie with buttercream around the edges then rolled the cookies in springtime sprinkles! I added a coordinating vanillabean cupcake with vanilla buttercream!
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The Greeting Farm Strikes Again!!!

Ok, so for the challenge this week on TGF, we are supposed to CASE a card made by MommaMaxa. Here is her card:Well, for those of you who know me well... I don't exactly always use paper as my first means of creativity.... I use SUGAR!!!!! So in CASEing this card... I went to my kitchen!!! Here's what I came up with:

Yes, That is a cupcake and a cookie! A vanillabean cupcake with chocolate buttercream and candy dots, then a vanilla sugar cookie with a fondant overlay and a handpaintedCheekie Rockabilly on it (I painted her with Wilton paste food coloring and a tiny paintbrush) along with vanilla buttercream and little icing dots with flowers piped on them.
I tried to CASE her layout as well as her colors.... how do you think I did???
Have a sweet day!

Everything New

So, I took the "All things new" challenge from TGF a little too seriously I think..... I went to IKEA this week and got new shelves for my craft room. (Well, it was just an office, but I'm taking it over and making it into a craft room!) Anyways.... I'm not sure that they meant it on this scale.... BUT it was a great excuse for my husband, "But Honey, TGF said I needed to do All things New, so I HAVE to get new shelves for the office, I just HAVE to!" It worked... here's a pic of the old.... and the new!

Mind you... it's a work in progress... I am getting red bins to put in the shelves to house all of the scraps and things... but it's a start!I wasn't aware of how many stampin' up sets I really had. And there's a special home for all of my cheekies... RIGHT ON MY STAMPING DESK!!!!
Ok, on with the card challenge.... Everything new.... well... when I got home from IKEA, the stamps that I ordered on the Farmer's Market.... they were h…

Sweet and Toxic

Here's my latest challenge card for TGF! The challenge was to CASE a card that they had posted.... the card was all black and white... so that's the part that I "Copied." I JUST got my Sweet and Toxic set in the mail... sooooooo naturally I HAD to figure out a way to use it! I thought a black and white card was a PERFECT way to ink it up for the first time. After playing with the lay out a few different ways.... I settled on this one! I don't know if you can tell in the picture... but the distressed black paper at the bottom has little skulls on it, and the tag at the top with the sentiment is actually felt! I didn't know that my Big Shot cut felt, and other materials for that matter, and I tried stamping directly on it, and low an behold.... IT WORKED PERFECTLY!!! (Wow, talk about a run-on sentence!)
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