Matt is in the earthmoving business, like us (but not in OUR business any more, he has run his own since he was 18!) so I thought the earthmoving theme was appropriate: he bought a truck and another excavator (bigger than his original and both of ours) a few months ago, the excavator is bright orange just like this!
I "dug" a trench out of the fondant and made it look like sand (which is our predominant soil type here) by colouring raw sugar with food colouring. The orange marker pegs are just tiny bits of rolled fondant, as is the staff (with "measurements" drawn in food colouring) and the laser level - the yellow lumpy thing set on (in this case) toothpicks.
Both the truck (I couldn't find a white one like his "real" one) and the excavator were from The Basket in the games room cupboard, they were Matt's when he was young, in the case of the truck, very young! I love to use stuff like this, it gives a further sort of reference to things I make, especially for my boys. I used something from the basket for Matt's 30th birthday card, he loved it!
Anyway, that was Matt's 30th Birthday cake, complete with sand!! Hope to post some papercraft tomorrow, until then, Happy Crafting, Dee