Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Date Night

On Saturday night Jake and I had a night off as my friend tooks the kids for a sleepover at her house and I was given tickets from my work. We turned it into a fun date night and decided we need to do this more often! We started out by having dinner at Market Street Grill. They are mostly seafood and fish, but have some great chicken, steak and rib dishes on their menu. Right next door is the Market Street Oyster Bar which Jake loves!

Look at those delictable rolls of sourdough! You get half a roll to start off and I swear I could have eaten just the bread alone! Which I did because I didn't get a picture of the bread at our table. ;)

We ordered some fried calamari for an appetizer and within a matter of minutes we cleaned this plate! The breading was really light so it didn't feel like you were just eating batter and grease, but you got the full flavor of the calamari. Their cocktail sauce was simply amazing, it had such a great flavor!

Then we both had the spinach salad. I don't know quite how to describe the flavor of the dressing on the salad, but it was sprinkled with fresh cracked pepper and had a subtle taste. It almost reminded me of tzatziki but wasn't as bold of a flavor...if that makes any sense!

Jake ordered the Alaskan Halibut with roasted potatoes and said it was the best he's ever tasted! "It was unbelieveable," were his exact words when I just asked him. :)

I ordered off their spring menu and had this Chicken and Wild Shrimp Curry. I loooooove anything with coconut milk in it, haha, and this was a perfect curry for me. Not too spicy, but enough flavor to pack a punch. I loved the slivered almonds and shredded coconut on top!

It came with rice, mango chutney, a strawberry and....a fried banana! Too fun! It was sooo good! I kept trying different flavor combos, ha! I'd try the banana with rice and chutney, then go for rice, curry and chutney, then curry, rice and banana, and get the idea I mixed it up a lot!

Jake's dinner came with either ice cream or a cupcake so we decided to split some caramel ice cream. So delish! I'm not sure if I've ever had carmel ice cream before, but it tasted like vanilla with carmel topping, only better!

Being a cute husband and letting me take his picture before digging into our ice cream.

One of the great things about Market Street is they have a shuttle that would take us to Energy Solutions Arena, which is were the Jazz play and was next up on our date night! Even better is they would bring you back too!

One action shot from the game... I'm sure I have better ones but I'll just put this one up since I wasn't really into the game. ;) Well let me rephrase that...when they were winning I enjoyed it, but once they started losing in the 4th quarter I zoned out.

And one of the two of us on our date night!

After the game we went to The Red Door, one of the best martini bars here in Salt Lake! They have some amazing martinis (Monkey Love, Banana Split, Butterscotch Sundae - all from the Decadent menu and way more amazing drinks too) and a great atmosphere. It's very chill and so relaxing! It's not overly large which keeps the noise level down, and they always have great jazz bands playing live.

It was so great having a night out with my husband!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Butterfly Kisses

It's Tuesday and you know what that means! This is our last sketch from our oh so talented sketch artist Heidi Blakenship. It has been so fun having her and our other guests his month, they've totally rocked every sketch and it has been a pleasure having them all join us! Before we get onto the sketch and my card, I wanted to announce the winners from the Blast from the Past blog hop! From my blog, the winner is: #13 - Rose said... LOL this is too funny! and true!! have a wish list and need to get on the ball and order some SS stamps! I choose to pick a winner from Wendy's blog as she put this whole hop together! The winner from her blog is: #5 - Scrappychick said... what a hoot! cute set and I LOVE the way you used the layout and the colors you chose...excellent!! Congrats ladies! You have won a Free Stamp set! Please email me (kandipants21 @ gmail . com) your mailing address by Friday 4/1 and I'll get it popped in the mail for you! Now onto our sketch challenge this week! Here is SSD sketch #70!

For my card this week I pulled out one of my favorite sets Dandelion Dreams and a fun color combo of Baja Breeze, Basic Grey and Pretty in Pink.

It's been snowing here and FA-REEE-ZING so I'm all for the springtime vibe from this card! Tomorrow I have a fun post about the "Date Night" Jake and I went on Saturday full of pics so I hope you'll join me! Make sure to visit the other "Stamp Tramps" to see what they created, or visit the SSD Blog! Amy Tsuruta Ann Kranitz Barb Turpin Brenda Weaver Gladys Chia Jennifer Ingle Tammie Beaton Wendy Jordan

Monday, March 28, 2011

Project 365: 3/20-3/26

Vowing to not get behind on my installments of Project 365. Not very talkative this week...shocker I know. ;) 3/20 - 3/26

3-20 - And sick kid #2 (sick Brady was the previous pic). She was either sleeping or throwing up over the next few days, poor kid. Two sick kids and a sick husband is no bueno.

3-21 - Ok yes another cat picture, ha! Roxy loves heat! She'll burrow under blankets, snuggle to us and yes, even lay on heater vents. Crazy.
3-22 - It was a Ben & Jerry's kinda night...

3-23 - Doing a last minute project and the mojo has been lacking. Maybe if I cleaned up my desk and my studio that might help.

3-24 - Doing my 40 bags in 40 days challenge and am behind the count, but so far I've been able to toss out these 7 (yes 7!) bags of garbage and 3 others for donation. Decluttering feels so good!

3-25 - I had a stamp party at my house so Jake took the kids to Airborne. They just opened up and have trampolines all over and a foam pit for both big and little kids to jump into! :)

3-26 - Gwynie's first Softball game! They won 4-3, but it was a nail-biter! They were tied and went into an "International Tie-Breaker" to win. It was soooo cold that morning, I can't wait for nice weather to watch her games in!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Blast From the Past Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Skipping Stones Design "Blast From the Past" Blog Hop! Today the Stamp Tramps are "dusting off" their older sets and giving them some love to jump start an all NEW feature you'll see on Fridays at the SSD Blog! You should have arrived here from Amy's blog and if you did you're in the right place! If you didn't, make sure to start at the beginning at the SSD Blog!

Did you know that you can scroll to the bottom of the Stamp Store to see the order in which the stamps came out and were released in? The further down they are the older they are!

I've pulled out two fairly older sets Blocks and Borders Swirls and Funny About Men for my card today. The argyle pattern was stamped in gray onto celery cardstock and comes from the blocks and borders stamp set. It's full of fun swirls, butterflies and this great pattern which is great to add another "manly" touch to your card!

The funny thing about this card though is the inside as you can see it's for a girlfriend! :) I think I know just the person this needs to go to! (And she'll probably know it's for her once she reads this!)

So how old is your oldest SSD stamp set?! We love to see your creations week after week so make sure to join in on our current sketch challenge! You can also link your creations to our Facebook page. Every Friday, we look into our photo galleries and choose a Facebook Featured Friday Stamper. Once a month, those Featured Stampers have a chance in winning a FREE Skipping Stones Design set, JUST for uploading their SSD creations on our Wall....sweet deal right?!

You're next stop on the hop is the always amazing Wendy, but before you go I have TWO stamp sets up for grabs! This week the DT used either Chick Chat or Gray Hares in their sketch cards so I have one of each of those sets to giveaway! Here's how to win!

1. One winner will be picked from comments on my blog.

2. One winner will be picked from another DT members blog, so make sure you leave comments for everyone to increase your chances of winning!

Here's the hop order in case you get lost along the way! Happy stamping!

Tammie -
Amy -
Kandi -
Wendy -
Jennifer -
Barb -
Gladys -
Brenda -

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tips & Tricks - Reverse Stamping!

Hi everyone! I'm here today to show you a fun way to use your stamps with a twist to get more bang for your buck! One of the things I love about stamping with is clear stamps of course is being able to see all the way through, but did you know you can also use the reverse side of your clear stamps? You can "fill in" the negative part of a stamp without coloring and add a solid outline to your stamped image!

This flower from Stitched Stamps is perfect for demonstrating this technique! Start out with a stamp that is similiar on both sides in shape and a light and darker ink color.

Flip the stamp over and ink up the back side of you stamp.

Ink up the regular side of your stamp in the darker color and line up the two images before stamping.

You're left with a great solid outline of the flower and the detailed center of the flower!

Here are some other stamps you could use to create this effect.

Since it's NCAA "March Madness" (and my bracket is doing horribly thanks to Lousiville but I'm still beating my husband in points) I decided to use the basketball image from All Star to create a quick and easy one layer card.

Start out by inking up the reverse side of the basketball and stamp down some circles and then (not shown) stamp back over that with the regular side to create basketballs in half the time.

Here I've finished my card off with some brads and sentiments included in All Star.

What stamps could you think of to use with this technique?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Long time no Chick Chat

It's another SSD sketch Tuesday and we have one more amazing sketches coming up this month! You'll want to check back to see what our fabulous sketch artist Heidi Blankenship has whipped up!

Here is sketch #69!

The DT is featuring Chick Chat or Gray Hare Birthday in anticipation of the upcoming Easter holiday! I wanted to show you that Chick Chat can also be used for other a missing you/thinking of you card. Doesn't that little chick look so lonely by itself? The sentiment plays to this sad looking chickie and could be given to a friend or someone you've been missing lately!

Make sure to visit the other "Stamp Tramps" to see what they created, or visit the SSD Blog!
Amy Tsuruta
Ann Kranitz
Barb Turpin
Brenda Weaver
Gladys Chia
Jennifer Ingle
Tammie Beaton
Wendy Jordan

Monday, March 21, 2011

Project 365: Catching Up!

I have taken a huge hiatus from blogging and crafting in general these last few weeks. I'm hoping that judging by these photos you'll see exactly why! ;)

2/27 - 3/5

2-27 - Brady and Gwynie love helping out in the kitchen! So glad they have Jake to show them the ins and outs of cooking! ;) Brady helped peel a cucumber for our Mandarin Orange Spinach salad...soo good!

2-28 - And the craziness begins! Corporate Games officially started on 2/26 and the events started tonight with 3 on 3 Men's Basketball. Our team took 1st place - great job guys! It was a long night (I got home after 10pm) but it was fun cheering them on and seeing them take gold!

3-1 - Another night of Corporate Games! Tonight was Volleyball and our team took 3rd place!

3-2 - Wrestling Banquet tonight and of course I didn't get hardly any shots of Jake with any of the wrestlers...oops. But I did snag this cute photo of the tags I made for the Mat Maids (they help out with scoring, etc.) gifts. ;)

3-3 - Jake and Brady skipped Peak practice so they could go for the last night of their 3D Archery league. The kids love to shoot and while I stayed late at work they got to have some extra time with Jake!

3-4 - Ice skating with the family! As part of Corporate Games there was a "Wellness Skate" and you could earn points for your company for every person there, plus the whole event was free for everyone! We got our full 10 points and had a blast! The kids did really well and I'm betting we do this again soon!

3-5 - The night of nights.....our annual Winter Party for CLEARLINK. This was such an incredible night and we had such an amazing evening. Words can't describe this evening, it was just magical.

3/6 - 3/12

3-6 - Cuteness overload! Watched the adorably cute Payton and her super sassy and funny big sister Bailey while my friend Stephanie got some sleep before their vacation! Payton was so scared of my cat Roxy when she first got there but after awhile warmed up to her, it was too funny and oh so cute!

3-7 - A lost tooth at school! The top tooth on the left to be exact, and then the tooth right next to it fell out the following Monday. Funny enough only a day after losing each his teeth are already coming in super fast so he shouldn't be wishing for his two front teeth come Christmas. ;)

3-8 - A night at Peak practice and Gwynie wrote on the white board in the coaches office. Her and Jim (Coach Burton to the kids) are always teasing each other and telling each other to "Shoosh" so this was her jab back at him and bringing Jake into the mix by blaming it all on him.

3-9 Dodgeball champs for Corporate Games! Jake was the captain of the team and put together a pretty talented (ahem, stacked) team full of past college athletes and a couple former pros...hey they all work for us so it was totally legit! ;)

3-10 - A giant can of CLEARLINK "CL" made today at work by some of my awesome co-workers! We did a food drive for Corporate Games and turned in what we needed in order to get points, but will be donating the remaining 1000+ cans along with a $5000 check to the Utah Food Bank. The check was a result of the positive change our employees made from the fitness competiton, we had over 500 pounds of positive change (muscle gained and fat lost) as a group!

3-11 - The photo today could have been from our 1st place Soccer team, and then I could tell you about the fight that broke out among two other teams resulting in the police being called, but instead.....This photo of Gwynie as she fell asleep in the car on the way home wearing her brand new mit. If you can't tell, someone is clearly excited for Softball season to start. ;)

3-12 - We won the Corporate Cup at the Closing Ceremonies today - 1st place baby! Not only that, but Jake and I competed in Trivial Pursuit for our team and took 1st place too, woot! It was set up where you had keypads to enter your answers so it was super fun and was also based on quickness. We wagered all our points at the end "Go big or go home" we said since we already knew we'd win the corp cup no matter our score, and brought home the gold!

3/13 - 3/19

3-13 - Snowboarding at Canyons Resort with the family! Gwynie ended up not liking it so I failed miserably at getting any photos of the family together, but did get one of Jake and Brady - the true boarders of the day! Brady is a total natural and Jake's taking him out again in two weeks to which Brady is estatic!

3-14 - Mystery item ruined a load of laundry....everyone's light colored shirts are stained with a blue which I later found was a crayon only after discovering the wrapper several days later. So many cute clothes ruined. We're all pretty saddened by the loss of some of our favorite things. Oh well, now I get to do more shopping, ha.

3-15 - Over 800 photos were taken at the CLEARLINK Winter Party and I put them in these three albums so people could pick out the photos they would like emailed/printed. It was so fun doing this because I got to relive the night all over again...

3-16 - My 40 bags in 40 days challenge isn't going too well. I've done 3 so far counting this one, but we're planning on a full de-junking cleaning party on the weekend of the 26th so I can clear out tons of excess junk lying around our house. Jake's even on board as he's the one that suggested we take the weekend to do it - I love this guy!

3-17 - Talked to my Mom the other day and she knew we were super busy but didn't know what our schedule looked like. This is my calendar. This is why I'm going crazy right now. Out of 31 days this month, there are only 3 days that we don't have something planned, and incidentally I've managed to fill up those open Friday nights, butwith fun happy things at least. :) By May both Wrestling and Softball for the kids will be over...maybe I can sleep and breathe then???

3-18 - Date night with the girlfriends! Steph, John and their girls, along with Jake and I and our kids met up with Mel and went cosmic bowling! It was so good seeing everyone and just hanging out talking and catching up. It was a fun night just being together - we need to do this more often!

3-19 - Poor sick Brady! After wrestling only one of his brackets Jake knew Brady was feeling really sick. Jake took him to the doctor Sunday and we found out he has a major sinus infection (we were worried it was strep since some of the kids at Peak had it) so he got an antibiotic and will hopefully feel better really soon. The thing he hates the most - no voice! It freaks him out that he can't talk right, but being the good Mom I am I drugged him up with Motrin and he fell asleep watching his new favorite show Man vs. Food.
Whew that was a huge undertaking trying to get all caught up! I hope to not do that again! ;) Anyway, as you can see it's been crazy at our house lately and hopefully we'll get some R&R soon!