iNSD Mini Blog Hop with my Creative Team & a Freebie

Happy iNSD to all you happy scrappers!

Today I have a mini blog hop for you and you can collect lots of goodies from me and my Creative Team along the way.

They are all featuring my latest kit, new in store today at MyMemories called Spring Comes Softly.

Spring Comes Softly

Spring Comes Softly

Spring is very late here in Halifax this year after the harshest of winters – we still have daffodils in bloom and its May!  I keep looking at the cherry trees (we are blessed with 6 in our garden) and they are trying so hard but probably won’t be in bloom for another 5 or 6 days yet.

So in the meantime I have a soft and pretty kit to show you along with some matching wordart and beautiful clusters and papers (yes, modest went out the window as I am so delighted with the way these kits came together!)

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Spring Comes Softly Bundle

The mini blog hop is hosted by my creative team so you can stop along the way and pick up all your iNSD goodies.   Big hint – if you love my new kit then you’ll adore the blog hop!

Before you dash off for more freebies I also have a super coupon code for you – all my kits at MyMemories are already 25% off for the whole weekend.  If you use coupon code Catz25 you will get an extra 25% taking the discount to a hopping 43.7%.  Its valid on my whole CatDesignz store until Midnight Mountain on 6th July. So you can stock up on everything on your wish list including todays new kit which comes in a super value bundle too.

And if you don’t yet use the worlds best selling digital scrapbooking software why not?

You can get MyMemories Suite v4 with a $10 off coupon – use code   STMMMS26788    at checkout and you’ll also get $10 of free kits of your choice plus a free photobook.

So now to the blog hop, its hosted by my creative team so you can stop along the way and pick up all your iNSD goodies.  Here are the stops for you – do visit them all as they all have a little freebie for you! Anyway, heres the details for you:

You are Here: www.CatDesignz.com (scroll to the bottom for my freebie)

Here are the gorgeous layouts the ladies made with the kits (forgive me for stealing a march on their blogs but they are just so gorgeous I couldn’t resist!)

 

I am giving away 6 copies of the Spring Comes Softly Bundle.  3 will go to people who like my Facebook page and another 3 will go to friends they introduce who post a comment on my CatDesignz Facebook page saying who sent them (or CatDesignz blogpost sent me if none of your friends are fans yet!). Like and Comment here on my FB page and don’t forget to share to be in with a chance of winning – winners will be announced Monday evening.

And I almost forgot I have a freebie for you too.

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Springtime Mini

Download freebie mini kit here

Its the add on mini kit to Spring Comes Softly, Springtime Mini

Your next stop on the blog hop is Ann at www.scrapbookingwithann.blogspot.ca

Have a great day and hope you enjoy your freebies

Happy Scrapping

Catherine

* My CatDesignz Freebies for iNSD will be available until 23.59 10th May .

Discount coupon Catz25 available  until 23.59 6th May (all times Mountain Time)

 

Introducing Keepsake Cards with Bookmarks & win a shopping spree!

New Year, New Product Range!

 

Bridal Card with Bookmark

Bridal Keepsake Card with Bookmark

I am so excited to tell you about my new range of Craftable Templates which is featured in CatDesignz at My Memories.

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Mother Keepsake Card with Bookmark

The first to put in an appearance are Keepsake Cards with Bookmarks in a whole range of themes, including wedding, baby, friend & valentines. These gorgeous templates are designed by Ann Flynn for CatDesignz.  I think you’ll agree she did an awesome job – you rock Ann!

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Girl Bunny Keepsake Card with Bookmark

The templates download straight into the MyMemories software and you can customise them to your hearts content.  at the moment there are 15 in the range but more will be added over the coming weeks (sorry but you may not see all 15 until later on this week)

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Valentine Keepsake Card with Bookmark

As well as getting the template and cutting guide you also get to keep all the individual elements used in them  including background papers, embellishments and wordarts.

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Wedding Keepsake Card with Bookmark

These are the first in a whole series which I know you will love – hint, I’ll be featuring the beautiful matching envelopes in an upcoming post!

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Boy Bunny Keepsake Card with Bookmark

This week I am the featured designer over on the MyMemories blog and to celebrate I am giving away a $20 CatDesignz shopping spree to 5 lucky peeps.  To be in with a chance of winning just leave a comment on the MyMemories blog post telling me which goodies you’d splurge on.

Capture keepsake cards launch

Keepsake Cards with Bookmarks by Ann Flynn for CatDesignz at MyMemories

Hope 2013 has got off to a good start for you,

Happy Scrapping,

 

Catherine x

Introducing CatzCovers – Stunning Quickpage Album Covers

I often get asked ‘How do I make my scrapbooking album look super special?’

So I put on my thinking cap and came up with CatzCovers, a range of brand new and gorgeous album and photobook covers.

They come in pairs of matching front and back covers in high resolution 300dpi at 12 x 12 size.

That means not only are they perfect for printing onto book covers but they also make amazing photo canvases too.

Ann of my CT even suggested that they could be printed out and displayed at special family events like parties.

They are so easy to use – just drop your own picture into the aperture.

Within MyMemories import them as an embellishment (they are all quickpages) make yourself a frame a little larger than the aperture, import your picture and send it backwards behind the cover page – simples!

You can use the pages in pairs or as stand alone pages.  All of them have plenty of room for journalling so that you can add your own unique stamp to the page.

I’d love to see what you do with them and how they look with YOUR pictures in them – feel free to post them on my CatDesignz Facebook page

So heres a little slideshow that I put together for you to see them all in one place

CatzCovers are live in store exclusively now at MyMemories.

If you haven’t used this yet…
don’t forget the
FUN SHOPPING CODE just for  you!

Enter the code: Summer5 in the PROMO code box at checkout
– good for $5.00 off a $15.00 purchase at  MyMemories.

Watch out over the next couple of weeks for matching complete photo albums!

Happy scrapping

 

Catherine x

CatDesignz Summer Stroll Blog Hop, Freebies Galore!

Welcome to CatDesignz Summer Stroll Bloghop,  our bimble through digi scrapland

CatDesignz Summer Stroll Blog Hop – freebies Galore!

We have  a bunch of goodies for you to collect and heaps of inspiration along the way – even a couple of surprise stops ….without giving too much away we have quickpages and papers, overlays and templates so plenty to suit everyone

But  just before we go any further I want to invite you to a party, well a baby shower actually….

The Newest Unroes Baby Shower Invite

My wonderful friends Amanda and Brent Unroe are holding a shower for the adoption of their 5, yes 5, Bulgarian Blessings.  They travel this week to spring their beloved children from their orphanages in Bulgaria and bring them home to their forever family in Ohio.  You Can read about them on Amandas blog and their adoption story on their  God’s Rainbow in our Lives  Adoption Blog

I have kept vigil with them these last few months as they waited for the complex and frustrating legal process to complete so that these these angels can join their family.  And now the countdown is on – this week Ahnja, Keith, Nicholas, Anita and Aleshia will be orphans no more.

I made a kit specially for adoptive families – digi scrap for adoptions can be so hard to find.  Actually you might recognise it prettying up one of Amandas blogs!

Child of my Heart Adoption Kit

You’ll see in my right hand side bar that theres a chip in for the nursing fund for Pleven orphans – thats for the orphanage where little Keith has been imprisoned his whole life (I use the word advisedly as you will see in Amandas adoption blog) Until the Unroe children are home all proceeds from the sale of this kit will go to the Pleven Orpahns nursing fund.

All of the kits you’ll see on this page are available at My Memories and to celebrate our blog hop I have a sweet summer code that you can use in MyMemories store if you want to pick up some kits for your stash


Enter the code: Summer5 in the PROMO code box at checkout
– good for $5.00 off a $15.00 purchase in the Design Shop 
good ONLY until July 31 – so hurry!
(good for one time use per customer)

And because all todays blog hop freebies are hosted at My Memories they’ll download right into your software!!  What could be better?

And if you don’t already own the MyMemories Suite v3 Software then

                    THIS COUPON CODE:
                      STMMMS26788
                          will give you
$10 off the software and $10 in free merchandise
                from MyMemories.com
Well, I know you are itching to get off on our stroll, the outlook is sunny (even if the weather here in the UK is most definitely not lol!)

Just in case any of you get seperated from the main group heres the whole list of our blogs so you can catch up with us again

www.CatDesignz.com Catherine – You are here!

www.scrapbookingwithann.blogspot.ca Ann

http://321Scrap.blogspot.com Diane

http://linda-mommiesplaceofplay.blogspot.ca Linda

http://www.secretsmilephotography.com/news/ Lisa

http://throughmylensdly.blogspot.com/ Dawn

http://www.byhelengullett.blogspot.com/ Helen

www.crafts-n-fitness.blogspot.com Rachel

http://designsbymarieh.com/blog/ Marie

http://coastalscrapbooks.blogspot.com Sharon

http://magsgraphics.blogspot.com Mags

 

So pack up your picnic, grab your sunnies and lets go!

 

The first goodie is a 4 page template for all you My Memories divas. Its made for you by Ann of my CT (she’s your next stop on this hop) The gorgeous butterflies are from my Celeste kit which is on sale all this week for you

Celeste Kit on sale this week

The wordarts are from the extesive Creme de la Creme Range and I’ve put the main kit on sale for you this week too – grab it while its reduced as I don’t know when it will ever be this fab price again!

 

Creme de la Creme on sale all this week

so, heres the template set for you.  Like I said it will download straight into your MyMemories software.  All the individual elements are included and you get to swap and change them around to your hearts content.

Butterfly Love Template

 Download Freebie Template here

For those of you who don’t have the software you can download a free trial version and have a play (follow the link and see the try it free button on the right hand side)

Then if  you decide to buy There is a sweet $10 discount code STMMMS26788  that you can use at checkout

well, the next stop on the hop is Ann www.scrapbookingwithann.blogspot.ca and I know you will love what she has in store for you!

And I leave you with the sweetest names you will see this month – Amanda and Brents new family members

Ahnja Joy Unroe – Orphan no More

Aleshia Noelle Unroe – Orphan no More

Anita Faith Unroe – Orphan no More

 

 

Nicholas Cole Unroe – Orphan no More

If you click on the pictures you will see the kits I used to make the Childrens names.

Leave me a comment on this blog post for a chance to win one of these kits – you chose which one.  To double your chances go ‘like’ my CatDesignz Facebook Page

Happy Scrapping and Happy Hopping!

Catherine x

PS  And don’t forget the whole month of July is Christmas in July with 50% off all my Christmas goodies for the whole month – yes, thats why Santa is whizzing round my header and theres holly busting out all over!!!

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Congratulations to the Mickschl family whose son Andrew came home to his forever family 7th July 2012 as I was writing this blog – Blessings to you all and welcome home Andrew

 

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afraid there has been a hiccough with Diane’s blog post so until we can contact her I am going to post her freebie here for you so that you don’t miss out.  Afraid I can’t show you her layout as she has that on her hard drive but I can show you the freebie and give you the link to it!

Its part of the Totally Tropical Range – this is the main kit which is on sale in MyMemories this week only.

Totally Tropical on sale this week

 

Totally Tropical Bamboo Overlays Freebie

Download Freebie Overlays here

 

CatDesignz Creative Team Call

I’m looking to add a bunch of talented digitally active people to my small & friendly Creative Team.

CatDesignz Quick & Dirty CT Call

So, if you are a Facebook Diva with an eye for design and a love of digiscrap you could be just the person I’m looking for.

Essential qualification is that you are a user of MyMemories Suite software, proficiency in PS or PSP would be a definite advantage.

Please apply via my CatDesignz FB page – just message me http://www.facebook.com/CatDesignz

Call closes 28th May

 

Happy Scrapping

Catherine x

 

Dream, Hope Pray and a Quickpage Freebie

I don’t really know where this layout came from – it just kind of popped into my head but I like the way it turned out – what do you think?  I made it with the Creme de la Creme Pastels Kit

Creme de la Creme was originally in the pipeline as a wedding kit – think I mentioned that in my last post.  As the kit came together I realised that the colour were a distraction from the monochrome beauty of the kit and I put them to one side.

They actually became a mini kit in themselves which is how Creme de la Creme Pastels was born.

As well as a dozen pastel papers there are 10 wordarts to match the original kit and some golden embellishments to pull everything together.

Of course all the elements complement their parent kit perfectly as you can see in the layouts using both kits.

But where’s the freebie I here you ask??!

well, I saved the best for last………

Here it is – it’s a gorgeous quick page made for you by Ann – please hop over to her blog and leave her some love!

download freebie quickpage here

I think you could use this page for just about any occasion – all the paper strips are simply perfect for your journalling.

Thanks for this gorgeous page Ann x

Enjoy your freebie

Happy Scrapping

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Meet Seraphina…..

In keeping with the heavenly theme for my new kits I’d like to introduce you to Seraphina

The kit is named after my cousin Eleanors youngest daughter Seraphina.

Isn’t she beautiful!

Ok well, if I can’t be a teeny bit proud who else will shout her praises?!

She is packed full of purples and aquas – my two favourite colours – can’t believe I never got around to combining them in a kit before…..

Its a bit of an unlikely mix but I think you’ll agree they go together really well.

The kit will be available from My Memories store shortly but for now its exclusively available from my own Facebook Boutique on my CatDesignz page.

The name is that of a type of Angel BTW –

‘Feminine form of the Late Latin name Seraphinus, derived from the biblical word seraphim which was Hebrew in origin and meant “fiery ones”. The seraphim were an order of angels, described by Isaiah in the Bible as having six wings each. This was the name of a 13th-century Italian saint who made clothes for the poor. As an English name, it has never been common.’
 
thanks to Behind the Name
 
 
 
 
And as ever here are the gorgeous layouts that my CatDesignz Creative Team team have put together with Seraphina.  As you’ll see it’s really versatile with everything from the boys boys to Disney Princess featured.
 
 
 
 
 
 
How stunning do these black and white photos of Linda’s look?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lovely Lailynn with her Christmas gifts
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fun in the snow!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Disney Princess!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
and last but not least my own beautiful boy Nathan
 
 
 
 
 
I hope you enjoy using it as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
coming soon,  the tale of a Grammar school boy……….

Happy Birthday Celeste

Well, hadn’t planned on launching another large kit so early in the new year but sometimes you just have to go with the flow

So please meet Celeste……

Named after Celeste Lombas who gave me the initial inspiration for the kit.  And it just sort of came together over a couple of days right in time for her birthday this week.

Celeste loves butterflies and the colour pink so its packed full of flowers and butterflies. I used goodies that I’ve designed some time ago but saved up for that special kit, not really knowing what I wanted to use them for so putting it together was really quick (well for me anyway!)

The colours are modern and bright with black and grey as a foil for the pink and green but I think the lace and gentle butterflies give it a kind of vintage feel.

The Celeste kit is available now at My Memories and is also my debut kit on my Facebook Product page at CatDesignz
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In the future my kits will be available on my Facebook page even before they hit the My Memories store!! Over the next few weeks I’ll be unloading my whole product catalogue there including some excusives that you won’t be able to get anywhere else.

Take a look at some of the layouts by my CT, Linda, Celeste, Ann & Rachel they are simply stunning

I only managed to make a single layout with it myself so far  as I got a little sidetracked into making add on wordarts and frames and didn’t really get chance to draw breath yet!  Also I got caught up in a digital piracy issue when a friend informed me that my images were being shamelesly used as their own by a business on facebook ( but more of that in another post on another day, my gorgeous kits are my priority now rather than some unrepentant thief whose only defense is ‘I don’t know what you mean’ when patently she knew exactly what she was doing!)

the gazebo is available as a standalone mini kit and it makes a perfect whimsical frame don’t you think? This is Nathan waiting for bride Helen to arrive at her wedding to my Brother-in-Law Andy. Cute or what!?!

The Separate floral frames were a little sidetrack too!

 

5 Generations By Rosemary Kanspendos

 

Talking of getting sidetracked here are the Celeste wordarts. You can get them as a money saving bundled pack or each one standalone

Now I happened to know that Celeste was planning a blog hop over on Touched by a Butterfly for her birthday so I made her a little matching wordart and she updated her whole blog to match

Before

After

I love both versions – the first was made with Purple Heart and Pinkadink Simply Papers Kits and the second with Celeste of course!!

I hope you have as much fun using these kits as I had designing them.

Thanks to Rachel, Ann, Celeste & Linda for their gorgeous samples – you rock girls.

And of course, Happy Birthday Celeste – thanks for the inspiration and have a wonderful day on your birthday!

While you are here don’t forget to enter my competition to win a copy of My memories Software V3 – all the lovely layouts on this page were made using the software – it really is simple and intuitive to use.

Happy Scrapping

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just Discovered that Linda updated her blog Mommies Place of Play with my new kit too – I am so honoured, thankyou Linda x

The Night Before Christmas

This timeless classic story poem was the inspiration for my newest kit ‘The Night Before Christmas’

Its timeless and traditional with a soft vintage kind of feel and all the colours co-ordinate with my other seasonal kits, Jolly Holly, Jolly Santa, and the wordarts Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

I’m so excited to show you some of the layouts and projects made by my fabby creative team so here goes: