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!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Three days in a Row!

 I am so proud of myself!  I have posted everyday that I've had my blog. Granted, it's only three days, but it's three days more than last time! 

Today's card uses the Sell-a-bration set, Bliss.  This is not my style, but once I saw all the fantastic samples, I HAD to have it!  The card uses Stampin' Up!'s new In-Colors, Poppy Parade and Peach Parfait,  as well as Sunny Garden Designer Series Paper.  I also used Poppy Parade Stitched Poly Ribbon.

It's the last month of Sell-a-Bration!  Place your order now to receive a FREE stamp set or accessories with every $50 order.   Click on the link below to check out the catalog and order today!
Alisha's Creative Chaos!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Stampin' Up!

Until I can figure this out, I wanted to give you information on how to order Stampin' Up!'s wonderful products.  You can go to my Stampin' Up! website at to order anytime, day or night! When you order, it ships right to your front door! You can  also view the 2010-2011 Catalog and Idea Book, the Occasions Mini Catalog as well as the  Sell-a-bration catalog (this is the FREE ones!).  Check it out  today!
Remember, through the end of the month, when you purchase $50 in merchandise, you get to choose a FREE item! 

Have an awesome day!

Thinking of Spring!

It's such a rainy, dreary day here, so I thought a little spring card might be in order. Excuse the watermark. I am still learning and for some reason, I couldn't get it to layer. Oh well, it will be better next time!

Punch Pals is quickly becoming my favorite Sell-a-bration stamp set! You can choose it for FREE with your $50 order!  I also used Greenhouse Gala Designer Series paper. This paper is beautiful! You get  12 total sheets, each double sided for only $9.95.  For those who know me, know I HATE yellow, but Daffodil Delight paired with Pumpkin Pie might make me change my mind. If I had to wear it on the other hand.....

I hope you all have a wonderful day as we all await the arrival of spring in Central Illinois!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Hooo Hooo's Birthday is it?

Whose birthday is it? It's mine! Today is the birthday of my blog! I am so excited to share with you the results of the time spent in my Stampin' Studio! (thanks to my son for the new name! He's been home sick all week with the flu! :( 

I love this new Owl stamp the the Coordinating punch! You can get both the owl and the Happy Birthday FREE with your $50 order this month. It's Sell-A-Bration time at Stampin' Up!  

The stamps are from Punch Bunch and the designer paper is Ice Cream Parlor, both from the Sell-A-Bration (SAB) flyer. (FREE by the way!)  I also used the Two Step Owl and Scallop Edge Border Punches as well as Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight Cardstock. And, who can resist googley eyes? I love them and think they really make the card!

Enjoy the card and check back soon! I will be adding an order now button to direct you to my Stampin' Up! website so you can take advantage of FREE stamp sets this month!

Have an awesome day!



Stay tuned later today for my first blog entry!