Friday, January 30, 2009

Sale and new files...

Howdy! And Happy weekend!!

If you are looking for anything regarding the challenge which is due March 7th, please scroll down to yesterdays post.
If you are here because it's almost the weekend and you want to see what's going on....

A Sale is going on. I am running 30% off everything in the store. And I uploaded some new files today. Woohoo! Most with a musical theme. Love them.

Also put a new one in the QMC at the forum. Having issues with 4shared, but will get it up there as quickly as possible.

And then here are some of the new files I uploaded today.. hope you can find one you'd like during the sale... Have a wonderful weekend!!
I will be off with the family riding horses and enjoying the super bowl. :-) Hope you do to!

MISSPELLING! I am aware there is a misspelling in the word Tickle in the file. My apologies. I will send out a new file to anyone who purchases the file or the collection after the weekend. If they would like to purchase when on sale. Thank you for your understanding. Thank you to Kris for sending me a note right away when she noticed it. Thank you!!


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Challenge Details.. Chris's Cutter File Challenge

Challenge Details
First here is the preview picture

This will be due March 7th.

So lots of time to create.

For those who now how my Eclectic Pick Cutter File Challenges works

you can email me and make sure to put the word Challenge in the subject.

It will expediate your email much quicker!! Thank you Thank you!

I will be sending out links starting on Sunday. I want to give everyone time
to work the files in their minds before they start downloading.

For those who are new...

First you email me with the word Challenge in the subject.

You will receive a download link which contains all of these files in it.


You must commit to create at least one project with at least one of the files by the due date.

That's it. And the rest are yours.

No sharing allowed. All these files are governed under my Personal TOUs.

For those who committed but didn't complete last time
I have kept a running list of participants and their projects. If you would like to participate this time and didn't finish last time, please send me a picture of your project from last time before requesting this challenges files. Usually I ask folks to sit out a challenge if they don't complete one, but this time around I would be happy to see your project from last time. Thank you.

This has become an awesome challenge and a highlight for me. So thank you to everyone who has participated in the past.
Below I have included some of the slideshows of all the great past projects.

After much request...

If you would like to purchase the past collections..

They will be on sale this weekend...

Challenge 2 link

Challenge 3 link

I have a class to take this afternoon, but will be back this evening. If you have any questions ask in the forum. Lots of folks there to answer or give you their thoughts. Here is a thread for the January Challenge and chit chat.


Especially those who have emailed me and asked me about this challenge. Thank you!

Don't forget if you visit the forum, we have a sketch challenge and a challenge using one of the QMC files. The sketch challenge includes the die cutter files because why not?? We have cutters woohoo!!. The Make it your own way Challenge will get a complimentary file to the QMC file chosen: Music Jumbles.

Not part of the QMC?? Jump on in.... Lots of files for teeny tiny cost.

Have a wonderful day!


Chris Durnan, designer
The designer of the original QMC - aka Chris's Cutter File Club. Files available in SCUT GSD KNK WPC & AI. Multi-layered, Test Cut files. 20 plus files, but every membership so far has had 29 files for $10. Join today and get that icing on the cake of 9 extra files over 20 for $10.00
For more info... Don't miss out before it closes!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Charming me off my feet.. puppy oinks..

Okay... Howdy everyone! Doing well here. Working to cover a few extra spots in life as well as keep my creative side going. I am in that frantic frenzy again where I have to many file ideas in my head. I need a full day of just getting them down and then a full day of test cutting.

So we spent the weekend at a Villa. A nice two bedroom getaway. It was on a golf course. And it was close to my Sister in Laws house. So we got to drop off the kiddo to play with his cousins for two days and then we just spent it relaxing and talking and chatting .Hard to do sometimes when you have a 4 year old who wants to be heard all the time. So we spent some time shopping. We got a few wii games, other items and winter boots for my hubbies upcoming ice fishing trip in Wisconsin. Watched the Dark Knight batman movie (we weren't impressed. I must be the odd one in the bunch of movie viewers because it didn't do a whole lot for me. nor for my hubby) We went to dinners and ate to much. We basically took all the gift cards we have and stacked them in a stack. We have a few random ones from here and there and we just went and blew them. It was fun. It wasn't monies for bills and it wasn't monies for groceries. It was just fun to do some shopping. Although my hubby can shop. Shop Shop. Wow! I sat down towards the end of the day and said "lets just get a cold drink" hahah. So I had a jamba juice. Love my hubby and the man can shop. wew! Lots of different shops and malls and wondering and even a run through an antique shop we had never been to. I think he was charming me. Charming me off my feet and that he did well! Just the time together was wonderful.

So honestly, kid you not, out of our purchases, I had to walk back in with my receipt at three locations to say. Hey the price on the sticker is not the same. At each place there was no hassle and it was fixed automatically. So when I got groceries today I paid serious attention to the checker and what was being rung up. 2 items in my groceries were a almost dollar more the marked. Wow. So I will be watching that little check out machine a little bit closer for sure.

And what did we do on Sunday after we picked up the kids. Well went to look at puppies. Friends of ours have border collies. We will be bringing one home in a few weeks. Right now they are about 3 weeks old. Super cute and still make the little puppy oinks. And smell so good. My little one can't stop chatting about it. Here are some pics..

And that's it for me. I am back at it. Have a wonderful Tuesday!


Monday, January 26, 2009

Fun Fun Fun

Wew. Wonderful weekend. Tons of emails to get through. Trying to catch up. A bunch of file ideas in my sketch book. FUn Fun Fun Fun!! So gotta run. More tomorrow on what an awesome weekend. Have a great evening! Enjoy!Chris

Friday, January 23, 2009

It's friday... yeah yeah!

Well folks if you need me this weekend I will return your emails after the weekend. I have some wonderful plans with the hubby which I will tell you more about when I get back. Needless to say my little one gets to spend a few days with his cousins. Yeahoooo...

So if you have some questions, visit the forum many folks there to answer them. If they are specific to me, I will get them when I get back.

Really it isn't much different then what I do on most weekends. But this time I am really going to try to steer clear of the internet and spend some quality time with the hubby! Yeahooo!!

So you have a wonderful wonderful weekend!

PS I do have some new uploads in the store for those who want peruse.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Yeah it's almost Friday.. 2 new QMC files.

So wow. Is it Thursday already? It is a little damp here today, but the little one is out running around and enjoying it. Might as well before it hits 110 and you can't move outside. So time just disappeared this week. I have kinda sat back and thought wow. What did I get done and how much more do I need to do?? Here are two new files I posted to the QMC for those who are members. For those who aren't it is a great time to join and get one of the files being used in a challenge at the forum. These were fun to create. the bottom one can be used for a card by putting the score line right along the middle of it. Or use it for journaling. Lots of fun.

And off I go to get more done on the list... almost the weekend and I have busy busy plans then. woohoo!!

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

wednesday wednesday..

So really today will just be my ramblings about life... Lots of challenges going in the
forum and I will have files to give to everyone for participating. I am blessed with the
best Creative Team ever!!

But back to life... So last night I disappeared. Did you miss me? My hubby got home in the late afternoon. So we threw on our jeans loaded up the horses and headed out to team sorting. It starts at 730 which is kinda late especially since my kiddo goes to bed at 830 but he was game to go. So we got there at 630 and rode around. I went over and checked the list and ... :::GASP::: Here I am signed up for 4 runs. I am not the best horse back rider. I love to read horse vet books. (a trivia fact about me for sure) I love to watch horses pass by me running walking etc.. But me riding at break neck speeds pushing cows from here to there. AHHHHH. I am a benchwarmer of riders. So I bit the bullet. First I went to the truck and got my zip up sweatshirt. Because alas I took the older horse to ride and didn't expect to be doing some trick riding. Hence I did not have a bra on that would withstand bending jumping moving and bouncing around. So I wanted to be covered in case we have any wardrobe malfuction. And honestly if I threw up on the sweatshirt from anxiety I could throw it in the back of the truck for the ride home. Oh that's right. I can't puke anymore since my surgery. lovely. Well I went in there on my turns. Smiled. beamed it up. listened to my 4 year old son yelling. You can do it Mom. you can do it. you can do it in slow motion. Get that cow. go faster..... So yeah Wow Serious cheering session. I "peeled" the first cow off the herd of 12 and my hubby on horseback behind me went to go in to the herd and the one I peeled off followed him over. So didn't work so well. I road two runs with the hubby and one with a friend and one with my son. Each of them very supportive. I finish my runs And my husband... Grinning from ear to ear. I had to look down to check to make sure he was grinning over the skills I had on horseback or the wardrobe malfunction. Wew. Nope he is grinning the proud grin because I blocked the cows and did a good job. My hubby is my hero! Just his smiles lift me up. My little one fell asleep on the way home. Pure exhaustion. He did excellent. I road home in the middle of the front bench seat in our big 'ol pickup truck. My guys on either side of me. Just enjoying the moment. The family feel and my hubbies hand on me knee. Wonderful. Got the horses put away. the kiddo in bed. Wonderful. Well needless to say. I made it through. Had a good time and will probably sign myself up for a run or two next time we go. I think the first time might be the most nervewracking. Well I hope.. If not, I'll let you know how it goes next time and will definitely prepare with more functional undergarments. Have a wonderful day!Enjoy!Chris

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today is the day..

Today is the day that you have to take a pause and think History has been made. There is a new president. You do not have to agree with all his politics or can you full fledgely agree with everything he says. But you can feel Pride in Our Nation, as I do. Pride that we can come together and vote and have a process where we voice our opinions and elect those in charge. Some countries deal with bloodshed and death over those in charge.

I have the tv on in the background and I cannot imagine the energy that there must be today in that crowd. I don't think the President alone can push us on the upswing. I think it comes down to all of us as well. He can guide it, but truly as it was up to all of us who vote. It is up to all of us to surge towards a better way. We are responsible for our destinies with our actions and our words. If all the smiling joyous faces that pass over my television screen is a testament to that then we will continue on as Americans. A Nation that when things get tough we help one another, we reach out our hands and support one another. We show what it means to be Proud to be an American.

One Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.
God Bless our Troops, Our Families,
Our Leaders and
Those who Have come before them.
God Bless America.

Monday, January 19, 2009

They are doing it again...wwwoohooo!!

My Creative Team has gone above and beyond. They couldn't be better. I have one more person being added to the Creative Team this week. So excited to announce her, but gotta get her setup first.

But next let me say.... Dana has come to us with a challenge. For more details visit us in the forum. This is an awesome challenge cause most of the folks who visit the forum already have the file needed. And It's called Make It Your Own. I think those Creative Team Ladies are gearing up to help you keep up on your scrappy projects this year. Between Bingo, Sketch Challenges, Make It Your Own Way Challenge, and my Eclectic Cutter File Challenge. Wow! We should be putting that cutter to great use!

Tomorrow... More pictures and stories On Life as a Mom of a Little Cowboy and lots more. Have a wonderful day!!


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

Sunday, January 18, 2009

these ones ....


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

Friday, January 16, 2009

Wow.. is it really

Wow. IS it really 5 pm on Friday evening!
Holy Smokes time flew today!
Well I am just gonna say.
Have a wonderful weekend!
and most of all

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sketch Challenge with Cutter Files included

So happy to announce that Rosalie is going to host monthly Cutter File Sketch Challenges in the forum. And what makes those Challenges different then your typical sketch challenge is we will be including the cutter files to help you facilitate those challenges. These will be ongoing throughout the year. So you can keep up with your projects. I have added the files in SCUT GSD KNK WPC AI. A bonus file will be available for those who commit to join in on the sketch challenge. Thank you to Rosalie for stepping up to be a hostest with the mostest.

Our Sketch comes to us from Becky Fleck. Becky happily gave us the opportunity to showcase her sketch.

A little bit about Becky Fleck..
Becky Fleck is a graphic designer and illustrator by trade and has owned a design agency for more than 15 years. Memory Makers has published Becky's book Pagemaps. Also, She has been published in numerous scrapbook magazines, and she teaches extensively throughout the US and Canada at expos, scrapbook stores and conventions. Becky is also a freelance artist for the following manufacturers: BasicGrey, Melissa Frances and Pink Martini Designs. Her web site,, is a destination site for anyone interested in using sketches for their scrapbooks. (from

Head on over the forum and check it out. Thanks again Rosalie!

UPDATE: The files for the Cutter File Sketch Challenge have been uploaded to the forum. Please follow this link. HERE. to get there and download them. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

I thought I would show you another project that I worked on over the holidays...

For my niece who is a Softball Champion. I think she really liked it and will hang on her wall. I got this idea from my Creative Team Member Wendy. (Thanks Wendy)

Have a great day!! I am back to uploading files to the store for the weekend Fresh Files Discount.

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Welcome to Tricia Cole!


Welcome to our new Creative Team member Tricia Cole. Tricia comes to us from the awesome Wishblading Well design team. We are happy to have her a part of our creative team. Below is a little about Tricia and you can see a few of her first projects at the Creative Teams Blog. Welcome Tricia! (while your there check out Rosalie's use of the latest QMC file. See you later Alligator)

And many of you have already commented on her great work in the forum! So thank you for welcoming her with all your positive comments.

About Tricia...

I’m a 37 year old mother of one Autistic daughter named Alexandria, step mother to a 25 year old son named William and a 22 year old daughter names Judie as well as a very young grandmother to one 18 month old grand daughter named Chloe. I have been scrapping for about 12 years now, and I love every minute of it. I use the QK Silhouette and love it. There is not a layout that I don’t use it on. My scrapping style is eclectic. I love everything and am not scared to try anything. When I am not scrapping I am behind the camera taking pictures of my family and the world around me. I just recently started making cards seriously where it used to be a one time thing that I did quickly and didn’t care how it turned out.

Lots of things happening at the end of the week at VDBC.. So check back again... see ya then!!


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

Monday, January 12, 2009

Thank yous.. new QMC files.. and just fun stuff.

First a few Thank Yous... Thank you to all the familiar faces I am seeing in the store. I really appreciate your support.

Thank you to my hubby for hanging out on a Sunday and watching football while I work and rework new files. And just lending me that smile when I look over at him. I couldn't do it without him.

Thank you to all the new members to the QMC that I am seeing. It is fun to see all the new folks with cutting machines sharing their excitement.

Thank you to all those who have referred others to me. It really helps me to continue working on new files.

Because I could never completely express my appreciation to everyone. So I will just keep plunking away and trying to provide the best files and club and a helpful community. I truly am blessed. Thank you.

Now on to it...

Been to the membership area lately?
Well there are a few new files in both 4shared and the forum. I try to create files that you can use together or pull them apart and use them how you'd like.

If you are not a QMC Member, I will post the links as I get these loaded to the store in the Fresh Files Discount area. But for now.. here are some pictures...

Party Hardy.

Make a Joyful Noise

Musical Jumble

Also, been to the forum lately? Wow Karen is running a fun game of Bingo. Just to see everyones beautiful birthday cards is worth the visit.

And the creative team members are churning out some awesome pieces which you can see on their blog or you can see in the forum.

We have a new Creative Team Member that comes to us... I will be announcing her this week, but you may have seen her in the forum posting already. We are excited to have her join our team. Beautiful work. She will fit in nicely with our other CT members.

Also, speaking of CT members have you seen Joni's Crop & Cop story. This story just made me giggle. I was worried about her in the beginning and then it comes out with a happy ending and even re-enactment photos for her scrapbook. I posted it at the forum. or you can visit her blog. to see it. Wow! thanks for the smile Joni. My hubby liked the story and even said. Wow you guys are nutz! ha! Nah just happy!

This week I will be posting info on the Commercial License that has been requested of me. It has gone through a total revamp after listening to many folks on what they would like.

Yes, I will be posting a picture of all of us on horse. My Father-in-law came out to watch us ride on Saturday and probably got the only picture in existence of all of us on horse back. I am hoping it is nice and will post it as soon as he sends it my way.

The current Fresh Files discount is coming down from the store as I reload more files to the store. Thank you to everyone for their specific requests. They will be a coming and will get the discount for the first few days in the store. That's how it works. You will find them on the front page of the store.

Have a wonderful day! Make it a great week!


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

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Pics of hubby and son on a horse

So we spent yesterday having a wonderful time! The organizers of the team sorting allowed my little one to go in an sort for his first time when they were all done. He was so excited to "push the cows". here are some pictures of it with Dad on two different horses and Dalen enjoying it to!

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Woohoo! Weekend is here...

I added a few files to the store and they fall under the new to the store discount for a few days. I will be putting them back at regular prices in a few days. Below are some of them and hopefully by the time you read this there will be more added!

Have a wonderful weekend!! I am hoping to ride horse, hit the craft room, and maybe spend go out to get a bite to eat with friends and the hubby. Life is good! Lovin it.
Enjoy! Chris


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