more cake practice & a matching card!

good afternoon y’all!

i am a NEW WOMAN today!!  my fabulous hubby got up with Pezzy the Wonder Tot today (AND she slept until 6:15 – SHUT the F…ront door!) and i got to spend the ENTIRE day so far in my craft room ACK!!!!!  it is unbelievable what some art time does for me.  it’s a hobby but a necessary one!  and then Pezzy goes to the neighbor’s house so hubby and i can go out to eat LONE for our anniversary (that was 6 weeks and 4 feet of snow ago) oh bloomin’ onion here i come baby!


couple things before i show you some fun things i have been up to!  our newsletter subscriptions are blowing me AWAY!!!!  apparently Suzanne and I were right – y’all need something fun & new & exciting!  we are humbled at the number of folks on board so far and can’t wait to knock your socks off!

next up – we have a new design team to talk about!  i know right, how many can i go through in a week.  but this is not NEW news – I have been helping my friend Molly – creator of the fabulously shimmery Inspirations Paints – pick out her first ever design team!  we had alot of applicants to go through and there were SO MANY good ones!!!!!  it was a tough decision!  but we have narrowed it down and you can see the list as well as a pretty little card i did using the paints over on the CI blog  >>HERE<<

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i have a super fun post today.  Since i could not get down to my studio Pezzy and I did another practice cake!  This time we used Fondant to cover the WHOLE THING!  woohoo!!  NOT as hard as i always envisioned……to make it relevant i made a card to go with it for y’all hee heeeee!

LOOK ANN i made a cake!  (ann is my most faithful blog follower and commenter of all time!  and she teaches cakes ACK!)

here is just the cake:

i used the wilton pre-made fondant – i did not think i could handle making it myself yet.  it was SUPER easy to work with – i was so surprised!  pie crust is way harder than this!  i did not roll it out thin enough but i was beginning to lose patience as we did this in the late afternoon & she was into EVERYthing!

i used fondant for the flowers too.  i colored it with food coloring gel and cut it with a set of graduated cutters that look like cookie cutters.  it was VERY much like playing with polymer clay!

look ma no crumbs!  for those that saw my first cake with gum paste hearts i had a terrible time with crumbs mixed into my icing.  WELL i did several things different but i think the main thing is i used homemade buttercream frosting – WAY less sticky!  i also put it on thick and then spread it and i used an actual icing spatula.  then for the finish i used this flat square smoother tool – oh what a difference!  what was Pezzy the Wonder Tot doing back there with her big smile?

pretty much covering my ENTIRE kitchen in powdered sugar…..

we made the cake from scratch using a recipe from martha stewart – i was NOT impressed to be honest – but this is pretty much what the kitchen looked like after the cake, after the buttercream AND after the fondant!  we filled it with Strawberry preserves….too sweet…..

my card covers several challenges:

Page Maps – March Card Sketches
Practical Scrappers – use Ink
Papertake Weekly – Buttons, Bows, Brad or Bling
ABC Challenge – P is for Paper Piecing
Paperplay – Just Because


When i first showed the cake to Catherine she said it reminded her of a magical fairy mushroom top so i made this card to go with it.  i stuck with the purple, green & white color sheme.  Isn’t this stamp ADORABLE!??!?!  i got it in a big box of surprise stamps Molly sent me – what a SWEETIE!  i paper pieced the mushroom caps and colored the rest with copics.  each lady bug has a bit of glossy ccents on top so they have some dimension.  the patterned papers are from a gorgeous collection from Kaisercraft called Lilac Avenue – available at SCACD.  i HAD to use this fun ribbon from Michaels – i made a 3 loop bow with my bow easy.  a few sparkly pezabling finished it off!

and now i am off to take a shower and put on some *real clothes* for a change and go out with my hubby all to myself!

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17 Responses

  1. Awesome cake, Marti, love it! The card is super cute, I love the layout.
    Hugs, Christine
    PS Now I want cake! 🙂

  2. Yum, the cake looks great and so does your card. Adore the colour combo. Beautiful image too.

    Thanks so much for joining us on Paperplay this week and especially as it is my first time setting the challenge. ♥

  3. Love your cakes and the matching card. Thank you for playing along with the Papertake Weekly challenge

  4. Glad to hear Pezzy is sleeping in & you got some crafting time.

    That’s an awesome cake M! You did a fantastic job with keeping the crumbs out of the frosting! The colors are great too. But you didn’t say how it tastes this time?

    I’m very jealous of your PRETTY KA mixer. It matches the cake! I just have black.

    And the card is really pretty too. I like that sketch.

  5. The cake is beautiful!!! You could be the next Ace of Cakes! 😉 LOVE the card, too. Gorgeous colors and the sketch is fabulous!

  6. Wow, what a successful day, Marti!! I love the cake – those flowers would have to be picked off and eaten first!!! And the card is gorgeous – lovely and shiny!!

    Thanks for joining us again this week on PaperPlay.

    Julie :o)

  7. So cute! The cake and the card…

    Practical Scrappers DT

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