Wednesday, March 30, 2011

KNK Retreat Announcement!

I am posting this KNK retreat info on my blog and forum because I have had so many emails asking me about the KNK recently (and because I have one of these machines so I can speak personally of its use.). Part of this I think is because of the Make the Cut changes and some of this is because of the ever growing need for those of us passionate about machines to want to grow and expand. I have been to one of these retreats and if it works out and comes to the Arizona area, I will attend again. I purchased a KNK many many years ago and it is a big yellow beast as I call it. It runs all the time and gets put through its paces. I am looking toward an upgrade in  my near future, but more on that later. For those of you interested this is a class limited to 20 participants, if you would like more info you can visit Sandy’s site. (And if you are interested in the machine visit Sandy’s site, I know she has a slide show of all the things she has cut on their somewhere. This is important for all those  who run a business as well. )

If you are serious about the full use of your machine, this is a great way to get started, refresh and get lots of time with your cutter.

I took my hubby to the retreat I attended. Well he came with the little one to hang out at the hotel. Having him there to ooh and ahh over the bigger machine and what it can do just made me grin from ear to ear.  Let’s face it folks. Guys like tools. And this is the ultimate male + woman bonding collection a paper cutter that looks like a real tool/machine. Haha. My craft robo was such a let down for my hubby. My KNK beast came and my hubby said “that is a machine, Nice!” woohoo!

Enough yacking from me. Here is the information.  

Come join us in Columbus, Ohio for a weekend filled with Klic-N-Kut classes, demo’s, and loads of fun!

Event: “Explore Your Klic-N-Kut - Columbus Retreat!”

Date: Friday, June 3, 2011- 4:00 pm – Sunday, June  5, 2011-1:00 pm

The cost of the retreat, excluding hotel, is $395. For this price, you receive 5 excellent meals, free goodies, 6 – 7 classes, 3 – 4 demos, class notes and files, dozens of free videos to take home, cutting materials and prizes! The room will open at 1:00 pm with the Meet and Greet starting at 4:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6 pm, followed by a class, demo and workshop. Saturday the 4th will be action-packed with classes, demos, challenges, games, and 3 full meals. On Sunday the 5th, after breakfast, we’ll have one more class and workshop or demo and then have our closing and parting prizes. Participation in all classes and demos is optional, so you can head out, at any time, to enjoy some local attractions. We also encourage you to bring your laptop and/or cutter, but it’s not a requirement to join us, as we will have extras available and will seat everyone for sharing, as needed.

Your hotel room and travel expenses are separate. We have a wonderful deal with the Holiday Inn of $89.00 per night plus tax, single or double occupancy. If you live locally, you are not required to stay at the hotel. If you want a roommate, please note it in the application that will be sent to you. We will help match up attendees. You must mention  Klic n Kut  when you call the Holiday Inn directly at 614-221-3281. If your spouse would like to join us for one or more meals, let us know as soon as possible, and we’ll find out the cost for that.

This weekend retreat is available for up to 20 attendees and we’ll have a waiting list in case of cancellations.  So reserve your spot by:

(1)  Emailing me back to let me know you PLAN to attend. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, then please email again to  Sometimes emails get lost! I’ll then send you an application form to complete.
(2)  Sending a $100 deposit to our event organizer, Diane Daniher. I will provide you her mailing address after you let me know you plan to attend. If you prefer, we also accept Paypal payments.

The deadline for making your deposit is April 15th.  The $295 balance will be due by May 25th.  

Details on classes and demos will be provided after I have gathered information about all of you and what you want to learn!   : )

Can’t wait to see you in Columbus!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Stickles wall

This is my Stickles wall. A few people emailed me and asked how I store
mine. This way the air bubbles are out and they are ready to go. I am
addicted to pegboard. This tool holder holds the little ones perfectly! I
think for the tools you are supposed to hang them in the other slots but the
wider are perfect for the stickles. On one of them I had to spread it to
hold a bottle.

I had a few emails asking where I got them and some of the colors. I asked
for them for Christmas from abc distributing. They had 8 I think for $8.00.
My mahvelous Mother in Law got them for me. So they are so much fun to play
with. And my kiddo has been adding to the decorated heart. When he is done
filling it in with all the stickle I am gonna hang it on the wall above the
stickle wall for show. Haha. Anyways I went to check abc and they had 8 for
6.00 right now. ( I am an abc distributing junky!)

I am working on QMC files and have been uploading them. By today I should
have 20 up and then the last "icing on the cake".

So that's my update from me for now!
Have a wonderful day

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Who doesn't love Stickles?

Gave my kiddo a wooden heart and told him he could decorate it. Apparently we really wanted to try as many stickles colors as possible. Love it! Enjoy! Chris
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Welcome to Monday!!

The last week of Spring Break and this morning my son says… “ I had a dream about school.. I miss school.” I had to smile. He said this from bed buried under his blankets and blankets. And it was 9 a.m. he would have been very late for school, but he went to bed late. Thursday we are getting back to our schedule for now I am glad to be a little more relaxed. Last week we didn’t spend a lot of time doing fun spring break things, but this week should be better. We have plans to visit the news station with scouts, skating, visit Aunt Nannees and see her new camper, and go to a friends house, and Scout A Rama. Somewhere in there I will fit in some work.  So it should be a great week before going back to school.


I hope you had a great weekend! We celebrated St. Patty’s Day at my “in-love’s” house. I could not be more blessed with such a great set of parents from my hubby.  It was a ton of fun with lots of family there and things to play and do. My hubby missed his St. pat’s day songs. O-Danny-Boy and the like, but he dealt. No one else wanted to sing. J My kiddo would have. We listened to his Karaoke machine off and on all weekend. On Saturday, my kiddo took first place in the Raingutter Regatta for Scouts. Raingutters sealed at the ends and filled with water. The boys ran two at a time against eachother blowing them with or without straws down their raingutter to a win! Very cute and very fun. Then there was a birthday party for a friend’s son. My kiddo had so much fun and he got to decorate a soda bottle for a rocket that works with a combination of air from a bicycle pump and water. I was elated to see this. Yeah! We are doing this next month for Scouts for Rocket Derby. All I could think was “cha-ching” mark that off my to-do list for April yeahooo!! Nice to have something done before the month even begins.


I did a lot of sketching and noting this weekend for my final files for the QMC. This made me happy. I felt a little stumped, but think I have the last few set and plans of what to do. Now to get them all up. Yeah!


Well I wanted to welcome you to another week!! I hope it is a wonderful one and you find lots of time to craft and create!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

March Grab Bag Giveaway

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***WINNER***Jmrempe... I am emailing you the download links. Congratulations!! Thank you to everyone for playing! Enjoy! Chris PS. keep an eye on your spam folder. The download links will come from the store. :-)

I am giving away a March Grab Bag this weekend. Post a comment on this post on my blog and I will have a drawing on Sunday. Please include your email address. So I can send you this great set of files. (For those who have already purchased or purchase this weekend... you will win the April grab bag: Theme is pop-ups and 3d's. woohoo!)

The Sales .....
My friend Lori is on a roll She is having a sale and giveaways visit her on her blog. And Sharon from RSMobley Designs is also having a sale going on.  Don't forget to check out those two ladies.
This is a super cute grab bag filled with baby files. perfect for creating a gift for a new Mom, new Grandma, adoption and so much more...

And on to us ...

We have a Scouts event . Raingutter Regatta. Our first time. So much fun!!
Also, celebrating St. Pat's Day with the family! also, a fantastic time. My green Rice Krispie treats came out awesome. I always have to up the ratio of marshmallows to rice krispies. I think you should see the marshmallow goo. yum.
And then just the time with my guys and finishing up 7 year old birthday invites for the kiddo!Woohoo!
My kiddo has been home with me this week and next for Spring break. he is such a good kid. He has been skating on the patio, scootering, working on Scouts Belt Loops, reading Junie B Jones and just understanding that Mom has to work some. Really a great week.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Uploads to QMC

I uploaded these files to the QMC today. If you still would like to join, please do so. I am preparing to take the current quarter down from the store. $10.00 for 20 plus files. And my goal is always 29. I love that extra “icing on the cake.”  Also, the Perks section was added this year. So if you missed a freebie on my blog. They are listed in the perks section for 2011. So grab those to.


If you are a member already.

Here are some of the files already loaded to the forum and 4shared below.

Have a wonderful day!




Member Access Only to the Forum Private Area


1. CD00807 - Tending my Heart - UL
2. CD00806 - Heart Card Fronts 806 - UL
3. CD00809 - Your Smiles Make - UL
4. CD00808(_2) - Love Bird Card Set - UL
5. CD00811 - Groovy - UL
6. CD00814 - Fun Gals Group 1 - UL
7. CD00813 - Fun Gals Group 2 - UL
8. CD00816 - HUnting & Fishing - UL
9. CD00815 - Cupcake Wrapper Football - UL
10. CD00817 - Pram Set - UL
11. CD00818 - Mr. Blockhead - UL
12. CD00819 - Shamrock Set - UL
13. CD00820 - Good luck goodie bag - UL

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Coupon and Sale

I am having a sale for 30% off through Sunday the 13th.
and on top of that you can use this discount one time per customer.
This will give you 50% off when stacked with the current sale. You are interested in Easter items
or a few Shamrock ones or how about Spring. This is a great deal for you.

I hope you find some time to craft this weekend and Enjoy!

* Not applicable towards Rhinestones, Licenses or QMC

Must be logged in to see discounts from coupon.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Busy busy emotions

The dog is mad at me cause she is old and her skin is sensitive so I am in the process of her trimming her little bits at a time so she doesn't have a seizure from the stress of it. Every room I come into she seems to leave. Such great attitude. Doesn't she know its going to be 85 tomorrow and it's only going up.

And the kiddo is nervous because he can tell I am on the warpath for his room and have already started moving things and talking about... Would that make a good sand box toy? He comes home from school and runs in and checks it.

Hubby is happy with me. So no complaints there. Yeah!! Someone isn't emotional around me. However, he and I both need a quick vacation of some kind. Been a little frazzled.

And I am making cool ice for the birthday party coming up. Wish I had bought an extra tray. 8 at a time is a long haul! But its fun to do.

Hope you are doing well and having a great week so far!

Enjoy! Chris
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

March Grab Bag : Baby

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Chris Durnan, designer at GSD KNK WPC AI SVG DXF  files for your personal digital cutters for use with scrapbooking, cardmaking and other hobbies. Whatever your creative mind can come up with!

My files work on many machines. Some of them are: Klik-n-kut, Pazzle, Wishblade, Silhouette, Cricut, Craft Robo. Some of the software involved with these machines are: Funtime, Scrapbooking, WinPC/Signlab, Inkscape, Create & Cut, Illustrator, KNK Studio, Robomaster, DesignMaster and the list goes on..... Enjoy!

And our cutter file "freebies" are kept in the forum. We add to them as we can.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Freebie Friday: Shamrock Tree

 Here are two files I uploaded to the QMC today. I also uploaded some other files previously this week as well. so if you haven't been swoop in and get them. If you haven't joined there is still a little bit of time.

One is a group of cuts that can be layered for a gift or for on the side of the "Good Luck Bag" I also added to the QMC today which you can see the picture. I plan to fill mine with Lucky Treats for the little boy on St. Pat's Day.

If you are not a member yet, here is the link to join. you can download at 4shared or the forum.

This is the Freebie I am offering today. This files goes with the others offered in the QMC and can be layered with it. If you are a QMC member. This can be downloaded in one zip from the "Perks 2011" section which holds the freebies offered during 2011 and available to current members so if you missed it here. You can still get it there for current members. This file is Terms Restricted. it is free to you, but is governed by my Personal Use TOU's. You can download it here. and enter the password iagreetou which is your digital signature you agree to this. And grab the new coupon while you are there. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to visit our new gallery for inspiration. It is filled with wonderful work.

Chris Durnan, designer at GSD KNK WPC AI SVG DXF files for your personal digital cutters for use with scrapbooking, cardmaking and other hobbies. Whatever your creative mind can come up with!

My files work on many machines. Some of them are: Klik-n-kut, Pazzle, Wishblade, Silhouette, Cricut, Craft Robo. Some of the software involved with these machines are: Funtime, Scrapbooking, WinPC/Signlab, Inkscape, Create & Cut, Illustrator, KNK Studio, Robomaster, DesignMaster and the list goes on..... Enjoy!

And our cutter file "freebies" are kept in the forum. We add to them as we can.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Rambling Thursday.

So I have been working on my couponing and shopping. Last night my kiddo had “church” class as he calls it.  And so I ran my errands and picked him up and hit the grocery store near the church. Which isn’t near me. They had some great promos for meat.  So my goal has been to only use coupons for things we’ll eat unless I am giving it to the foodbank. We are on a non-processed kick. So the more simple the food the better. And yum the better it taste. Other then cereal. We are trying to avoid boxes and cans. Or only use the items I have canned. By doing this we are feeling sooo much better. I normally live this because of my gluten free but we are pushing the limits more. So on Weds the sales ads come out for the grocery store and this is “church” class day. So I can take the time to peruse them and hit the best deals while the kiddo is having fun.


I was super happy with my trip last night.


*3 family packages of steaks about 4 steaks in each. (promo buy 1 get 2 free)

*1lb of steelhead trout

*1 package of big shrimp (for D)

*2 snacksize tollhouse cookie choco chip mix – for my little D to make while on school break for his cooking belt loop for scouts

*24 bottles Flat of Arrowhead water – for the bday party

*4 boxes of cereal

*1 box of frozen pops real fruit by dole (to keep the fish cold on the way home) – impulse and waste of money purchase. But we’ll eat them.

*2 cans of frozen fruit juice (to keep the steaks cold on the way home)- these were a $1.00 a can. I am trying to find a replacement for my simply raspberry lemonade which is so pricey. This was yum. I made some up when we got home.

*1 water to go

*1 nestle pink milk to go – (I miss watching Charlie and Lola and her “pink milk”)

*2 Milks


Total $114

After coupons discounts bonuses promos etc





Fish was a big expense on the total but I was craving it. And I figured we would cook it that night. I don’t buy fish unless we are eating it that day. It goes bad to quickly on the drive home. My hubby cooked it up expertly. And my kiddo wanted the fresh shrimp. So he got half a dozen of the big shrimp variety that were GRAY! He was totally engrossed with the fact they were gray and would turn pink. I think he wished he could see it in the tinfoil.  They smelled so good I wished I had bought a few extra. But he chowed them down and decided that he may not like Broccoli cooked. However, Broccoli raw with ranch dressing is acceptable and much like being a giant eating mini trees. Haha.


and you won’t see any veggies here because I ordered from bountiful baskets again this week. We seem to be going through it every week now instead of every other. I need to finish up the extras we have left before Saturday and go pick up another basket. We got some extras this time. An Asian Pack (I have never used most of these ingredients. So should be interesting) and the 27 lbs of green beans. So I will be canning on Sunday. The rest of the Strawberries we have in containers and the green beans sliced for the freezer or canned.


Monday is the deadline for mailing in submissions to the Fair. I am considering entering one of my canned goods. But nervous about it too. D is going to enter his art projects from school. The art teacher is going to coordinate it for him. Yeah! So I need to send in his form to her as well. The Fair should be fun this year and my little one will get a participation ribbon. He is very excited about that.


Well I was so happy about my purchases last night that I had to post it. I am getting better about the coupons and even doing better about only buying what we need and not because it is cheap.


Well that’s my rant and ramble for today… Oh and my hubby bought me some new pants and shirts yesterday on the way home. HE IS THE BEST!!! Love him. I hate to clothes shop and he keeps buying me the next pant size smaller. Which I would be afraid to do just in case. But he does yeah! Love it! Anyways I modeled his purchases this morning before he went to work.  They all fit. YEAH! He is the best.


I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!!! I am off to work on my next QMC files.