Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunshine and Mud

Hi blog friends! I know I've been absent for a few days, it was not my intention to neglect my blog, but over the weekend my fitness buddies and I completed a 10K Beast of the East obstacle/mud run at Fort Dix Military base here in New Jersey. This was the first one I had ever attempted and I'm happy to say completed it! There were 25 obstacles spread out over 6.3 miles in the woods, swamps, trails, forest and other outdoorsy conditions. It was a definite eye opener for me as I challenged myself and found out how strong I really am. I had trained all summer and the result was I finished the race in just under 2 hours. Anyway, I know you're here to see my Mojo Monday card and I do have it here as well as some pictures of the race below:


I figured that some MME Sunshine papers would be appropriate considering the sentiment I chose, which is a new one from Verve, this set is called Doodled Occasions. I cut out a Curvy Bookplate die, sponged the edges, dotted the perimeter with liquid pearls and laid that atop a Quinn Flourish die cut. The perimeter edges are distressed and sewn. I wanted the yellow fabric flower to really stand out so I added some muted tulle accents around it.

Here's the sketch I used:


And here's a picture of me crawling underneath the netting in a huge mud puddle. I'm the one closest to the photographer with my legs sticking out the back:


After the last obstacle, they had a fire hydrant set up with a massive sprinkler attachment and it felt absolutely glorious to go through it. In fact, we turned around and did it a few more times:


And at the finish line, 6.3 miles, 2 hours and 25 obstacles later. I'm #765:



We all plan on doing this again next year...in fact, my daughter told me she wanted to be my "muddy buddy' next year. 
I wanted to take a minute to let Cheryl (our fitness instructor) from Bella Body Fitness to know that if she wasn't such a great instructor, super cheerleader and all around wonderful person, I know that I would not have pushed myself to do this. She has given my confidence a huge boost and I can never thank her enough!

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!




Stamps: Doodled Occasions (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found Sunshine collection (My Mind's Eye), Confetti Cream, Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Frayed Burlap distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Curvy Bookplate die (Verve ~ A Cut Above dies), Quinn Flourish die (Memory Box), Buttercup Liquid Pearls (Ranger), CRB-05CA-114 (Fancy-Jet Crystal) Zva Creative, Fleurettes, yellow pearls (Recollections), paper distresser, sewing machine, corner punch, tulle accents, dauber, dimensional
Size:  5 1/2" X 4 1/4"
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13 comments:

  1. Way to go Andrea! Sounds like all of your training and hard work paid off. Pretty card today, do I spy some of my fav (insert hoarded) MME paper in those banners!

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  2. Wow...Wow...Wow... Both the card and your beast of the East!!!!! Fabulous job on both!

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  3. Love your take on the mojo sketch. Always love that die in the BG of the sentiment panel.

    You go girl! So proud of you for doing this!! Three cheers for the person who though of having the fire hydrant "wash off" after the mud bath!! Have loved seeing the pics on FB.

    Some freinds of ours did one of these up at Whistler and it was wicked!! Part snow, running across freezing lakes where they cut out some of the ice, crawling under cargo nets that had some electrical wires that would zap you if you bumped the cargo net, big upright wall they had to help each other over etc. Was a fundraiser for charity and boy did they work!! Took them 4 hours plus.

    Your foundation has been laid for next year so now you can build on it even more :)

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  4. Hi Andrea,
    Sorry I have been unable to get here sooner. It's been awfully hectic here of late.
    Anyway, big congratulations on the 'expedition' what a fabulous job you did. I bet you all felt truly exhilarated on completion, well done to you all.
    I love you card, such a lovely interpretation of the sketch for this weeks Mojo Monday Challenge.
    I hope you are keeping well and you are having a good week too. Hugs Linda xx

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  5. Congrats on finishing the Beast of the East! It looks like such a great opportunity. You go girl!


    I love your beautiful card toO!

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  6. Love your card - so pretty! A Liquid Pearls question - how do you like the new formula compared to the original and do you have any good tips for working with it?
    Way to go with your mud adventure!! And how neat that your daughter is already "gung ho" for next year.

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  7. Congrats on your race! It is interesting to see your elegant and feminine card with the beads and tulle and then the contrast of your rugged pictures of your crawling through the mud. I'm sure it was a great achievement on both ends!

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  8. Well done Andrea, that's an amazing achievement. Love your card today. Christine.

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  9. Love the sweet happy sentiment and its curvy font on your card! The bright yellow really stands out. Gosh, a well deserved congratulations to you for accomplishing such an amazing feat!! So happy for you!

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  10. Wow... that was something! Congrats, girl... who knew you were so tough! And then you make these beautiful creations, as well. A woman of many talents I'd say!

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  11. Gorgeous..says it all, love your card Andrea and well done with the obstacle challenge..yucky mud

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  12. Wow Andrea completing that obstacle course was amazing!! Congratulations!! Love your card too, love the black swirly frame around the sentiment. Very pretty..

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  13. I am soooooooo proud of you! You are definitely an inspiration! (so this is what has been keeping you extra busy!) I enjoyed seeing the pics of your smiling face, happy to have completed this amazing race.

    And your card is beautiful, too, as always!

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