Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter Goodies!

Can you believe Easter will be here before we know it? Here's a cute litte bunny I CASE'd from Jill Olsen, one of my Stampin' Up! upline. Isn't he adorable! I filled them with Easter Grass and candy and sold them at the Craft Fair last weekend for $4.  I will have them again this weekend at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylorville on Sat. from 9-4. Come on out and join us!!!

Now for #9 of the Top 10 Things you should never say to a SAHM.....
#9 "That Explains Why Your Son is So Clingy!"
Well, that wouldn't explain any of my kids, so, that to me is kind of a dud. Oh well, stay tuned tomorrow, it's my favorite saying that I use all the time!!!

It's gonna be a super great day! Get outside and enjoy it! I think my weeds are calling me, then my hammock with a good book!!!

Have an awesome day!

There's still time to order the supplies you need to make your Easter Goodies!!! Go to my Stampin' Up! site to Order today!

Supplies Used: (All Stampin' Up!)
Petal Cone Die
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Big Shot...what else!!
Whisper White Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Pretty in Pink Cardstock
Full Heart Extra Large--nose
1 1/4 Circle Punch
3/4 Circle Punch
1/2 Circle Punch
Pink Ribbon (non-SU!)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I'm still Alive!

Yes, I am still alive! I have been buried under an avalanche of craft fair projects! Stay tuned for pictures!  I had to post this article that made me laugh out loud!!! 10 Things You should never say to a Stay At Home Mom.
Today, you get #10........

#10. Weird...I assumed your house would be superclean!
Really?!?!?!!?  Why clean when I can stamp and sew?? Seriously! This list is hilarious! It is in the March 2011 issue of Redbook, from Candy Kirby of picture came out at the top...sometimes I don't know what in the world I am doing! Oh well, I am a mom...we lose brain cells when we get married, and more with each kid! I am convinced of that!!
I just wanted to post a photo today for you and tomorrow, I'll have top 10 Things #9. Don't worry working moms, your list is next!  One of the SAHM top 10's is one I joke about all the time! It's #8! I bet you can't wait to see what it is!

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful April day!!! If not, turn your frown upside down and make it a great day. (not sure where that corny little ditty came from...I am in a strange mood today I guess! Too much coffee!)


Monday, March 21, 2011

Wish Big!!

What's your wish? Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday to my cousin Kyle! Anniversary? Happy Anniversary to my cousin Michelle and her hubby Jason as well as to my dear friend Connie and Big Jim. (I miss you guys!) Today, my wishes go out to you, but also for healing and peace in Japan. 

I can't believe it's been over a week since I've posted.  The past week just flew by! I keep telling myself if I had only stuck to my New Year's Resolution, I'd be atleast 15 pounds lighter by now...oh well, I will start up the running again today! My wish is also that my kids stay healthy! I don't know about you, but we've had more than our share of sickness in the Duenas' household this year!

I am off to get my runnin' shoes on and set off into the streets of Stonington.  I really hope the IPod is charged. I am going to need the music blarin' today!  Then I get some pamper time for myself...Chiropractor and cut and color. I love getting my head washed.  It's about the best 5 min. of bliss I can imagine! I know, crazy!

Don't forget, there are only about 8 more days to take advantage of the great deals for Sell-a-bration. Head on over to my website here to check out the catalog and order online today!

Today, wish big! I read a saying last night that just popped into my mind and I'll leave you with that.  "Why wish for the sky when there are footsteps on the moon."

Have an awesome day!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set:  Word Play
Cardstock:  Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Celebrations Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Real Red and Pacific Point Markers
Misc.:  Scallop Border Punch

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Super Sunday!

What a weekend! We had an awesome day yesterday stamping and scrappin' all day! I did not leave the Hall for over 12 hours. I heard it was really nice yesterday! We had so much fun and I met so many awesome people! They kept making fun of me for "working" the room! You guys know how friendly and social I am!  I didn't scrapbook a single page, and didn't touch a single ink pad or stamp set! I did show how to make a flip album as well as a covered notebook.  I will show you the flip album stayed tuned!

This was one of the make and takes we did! I brought stuff to make for an upcoming craft fair. I never in a million years though we would make covered notebooks at a scrapbooking retreat! Goes to show how much I know! LOL  Here's a close up of the flowers:

I am soooo addicted to making these things! I love them! I used both scallop circle punches, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi and Very Vanilla cardstock as well as the Vintage Brads.  I am so in love with the Vintage Brads!

Don't forget, there are only 16 more days to take advantage of Sell-a-bration specials! The paper on the Daffodil Delight notebook is Ice Cream Parlor, which you can get for FREE when you order $50 or more in Stampin' Up! merchandise! Click here to go to my Stampin' Up! website and order today!

Enjoy the short, one hour less!, day and the freezing cold temperatures of Central IL! I am going to stay inside and stamp all day!

See you tomorrow!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla.
Designer Paper:  Ice Cream Parlor, Woodland Walk
Accessories:  Vintage Brads, 1 3/4 Scallop Punch, 2 3/8 Scallop Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch
Jr. Legal Pad, Sticky Strip

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fabulous Friday!

It's a fabulous Friday here in Central Illinois! Spent the morning with my friend, mapping out our business plan and just having fun!  The sun is shining, the birds are singing and I don't have to work my "other job", I get to stamp and play today!

I am working on scrapbooking our Disney vacation from 3 years ago. We spent 4 wonderful days at Cocoa Beach and then 8 at Disney. It was heaven! It amazed me the most how much my kids have changed in three years! I will post a mini album for you tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the all day scrapbooking retreat, so I'll have tons of pages to show you next week! Today, I am posting another card made with a set you can get FREE through the end of the month. I used Punch Bunch again. I love the owl and really love anything that I can add googly eyes too.  I know, I can still be a kid at times!
Stamp Set: Punch Bunch and Something to Celebrate (free hostess only set)
Paper: Ice Cream Parlor Designer Paper (FREE for SAB)
Ink Colors:  Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Punches: Two Step Owl Punch, Two Step Bird Punch (leaves)
Accessories: Silver Brads and Googly Eyes

Click here to order today and get your FREE Sell-a-bration set!

Have an awesome day! I hope the sun is shining as brightly were you are too!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dream Big!

Today's card seems fitting. I have the awesome opportunity to follow one of my lifelong dreams of opening my own little artsy shop.  It is super exciting and super scary at the same time. You start to doubt yourself, worry about money, and of course, making it work with my awesome friend! I don't want to ruin a friendship over a failed business...see, my doubt is kicking in again!  The hubby says go for it and my heart tells me go for it, but the little devil on my shoulder says, no, don't, you can lose money, you will fail, etc....Shut up little devil!!!  We are going for it...with confidence!!!!

Today's card uses the stamp set, Word Play, from the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Catalog and Idea Book.  I love this set, full of great saying!  I also used the Celebrations Designer Paper, Real Red and Pacific Point Cardstock. I also used the Scallop Border Punch, which I seriously, can not live without!

Don't forget, Sell-a-brations ends soon!  Check out my website to order today! For every $50 you spend, you get a FREE SAB stamp set or accessory!  Gotta love FREE!!

Going confidentally in the direction of MY dreams!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Scrapbooking Fundraiser

On Saturday, March 12, I am participating in an all day scrapbook event.  The even runs from 8-8. For $25, you get three meals, snacks, drinks and door prizes!  The event helps support an area Food Pantry and the Senior Citizens Van.  Below is my make and take for the event. It is a fold out mini-photo album using the Sell-a-bration Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack as well as Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Peach Parfait and Pacific Point cardstock all from Stampin' Up!

The cover is the top picture, with a belly band. It opens up to see my three beautiful children, then each one opens up again to journal and another picture.  The bottom picture isn't very clear, I apologize for that!

If you want to join us on Sat., email me at and I will give you all the information.

Go to  my website to order today. Don't forget, SAB runs through the end of the month! Order $50 and receive FREE product!

Have an awesome day!