Fab Freebie Artscow Makeup Bag with 99 cents postage – use coupon code Z099PLAYZXREC

 

I just had to share this offer with you. Use code Z099PLAYZXREC at checkout to get one of a whole host of gift ideas for free with only 99 cents postage.

There is a huge list of Artscow products that you can get for free – just pay 99 cents postage and use coupon code Z099PLAYZXRECThe list includes all the makeup bags including the hugely versatile extra large size

Design your own or use one of the hundreds of free templates

Also playing cards

again, design your own or use one of the many templates (sorry, only the single rectangle cards are in this offer)

Even the popular ceramic ornaments are included!  I just love these!

Mousemats too….

again, here are the freebie templates

 

Keychains, dogtags and the amazing 3D cards are in there too!

This is the medic alert dogtag I made for hubby who is diabetic

 

You can even take advantage of all the free templates and just drop your own pictures in!

The makeup bags are normally $19.99 including shipping so its a great bargain.  I just ordered one with Nathans pictures on.  We use them for all sorts including storing chargers and adapters for ipods, DS’s cameras and phones etc as well as makeup and cosmetics..

The offer is good until 31st August (but don’t forget its Hong Kong time so its way ahead of US time, order by 30th just to be safe.)

Its a great chance to start your Christmas gift shopping – these all make great stocking stuffers!

Feel free to share this code and spread the happiness!  You can order more than 1 item, the first is 99 cents for postage, subsequent ones are $4.99 which is still a great bargain.

Oh, and one last thing, I am 2 ‘likes’ away from 500 on my CatDesignz Facebook page and when I get there 5 lucky likers will get a lovely surprise.  so if you didn’t already like my page now would be a great time!

Happy scrapping

 

Catherine x

Christmas In July 50% sale at CatDesignz

Yes, I know its July 1st, but I simply couldn’t wait to bring you all the Christmas goodies in my CatDesignz store at MyMemories at 50% off.

Jolly Santa Kit 50% off – gotta love this cute Santa!

I know, you can’t even think about Christmas yet but if you snag all the goodies NOW while they are so cheap you will be glad come November and December when you are wanting to make all your Christmas cards and gifting goodies.

So, a few reminders about whats in store for you:

Theres holly a plenty

 

Jolly Holly Embelishments 50% off sale.  You might recognise some of these – I used them to pretty up my blog for Christmas in July.  Also watch out fr the brand new matching Jolly Holly papers in store soon – and yes, they will be half price too!

And greetings

Christmas Gilt – perfect for Christmas card paper crafters 50% sale the whole of July.  These wordarts are all separate so you can ring the changes with them. The matching add ons are half price too.

Wordarts at a snip – a ridiculous $0.49!!!!!

Happy Holidays wordart only $0.49

Even mini tags

Christmas Tags & Stickers 50% off

and baubles

Wish Upon a Star Overlay in old gold – the red version is included in The Night Before Christmas kit

Want templates?  here’s one for you thats hot off the press

Jolly Santa Set of 4 Templates

All my Christmas goodies are on sale at 50% off for the whole of July!!!

Twas the night before Christmas…..

Yes, you read it right – the whole of July – thats so everyone has the opportunity to pick up their goodies.

And I’ll be making random reductions in store the whole of July so watch out for extra special prices on your favourite kits…….you can get the skinny from my CatDesignz Facebook page every time theres a random reduction posted

Happy Christmas in July and Happy Scrapping

Catherine x

 

A Special MyMemories Template Freebie for you

Wedding Layouts by Karen using Naranja Dove Template 5 in MyMemories Suite V3

I just turned 400 fans over at my CatDesignz Facebook Page so heres a freebie set of 4 templates to celebrate

Freebie Set of 4 Templates to downoad straight into MyMemories software

Download Freebie Templates Here

You can download them straight into MyMemories software which is super easy to use.  There is even a free trial version of the software available.

Try it, you will love it!!!

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

And if you do decide to buy don’t forget you can use the code STMMS26788 at the checkout

 

Just so you know, the templates are infinitely editable.  You can add and subtract elements, use the copy and paste functionality to duplicate embelishments and frames, resize any of the elements and even change the background paper to suit a different colour scheme.

Wedding Layouts by Karen using Naranja Dove Template 5 in MyMemories Suite V3

This is an example of how the uber talented Karen Duffy used the set of 4 templates to create some gorgeous wedding album pages.  Aren’t they stunning? Thanks for allowing me to share your beautiful work Karen

Enjoy the templates and happy scrapping

 

Catherine x

Enjoy!!

 

Stop press….want to win a custom designed messenger bag from CatDesignz?  Check out this post to enter

Sweet & tender Messenger Bag by CatDesignz

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

 

Timelines….A Freebie and an Auction

So, It’s a little while since I last blogged, mainly as I’ve been busy making Facebook Timelines for charity.

And then I ‘ve been making new friends and reading their blogs and trying, in a small way, to make a difference in the lives of some seriously needy children.

Let me tell you a little more….my friend Katrina Morriss is adopting a little girl from Eastern Europe – you can read about it on her blog Operation Orphan No More 

Her Facebook page also contains regular updates too – why not hop over and ‘like’ it?

operation orphan no more fb

Operation Orphan No More Facebook Page (3 guesses who made the Timeline Header!!)

Sadly the adoption is stalled due to problems in the host country but I offered to make timeline headers in return for a $10 donation to Katrina’s fundraising effort – you would not believe how these adoption expenses run away for a family – I believe the average cost to adopt a child from abroad runs at $25,000.  By the way, if you want me to make a Timeline Header for you in return for a minimum $10 donation to Katrina’s fundraiser please message me or leave a comment on this post.

Reading Katrina’s blog led me to numerous other families who have opened their hearts to children and are working to bring them home to their forever families – all wonderful generous people making a real difference to not only their own family lives and those of their adopted children, but to everyone their stories touch including me.

One of those families is the Unroe family who are currently working to bring 5, yes 5, children into their family.

The Unroe Family Christmas 2011

The Unroe Family Christmas 2011

 

Keith aged 4

Keith aged 5 today

Little Keith is in a truly desperate situation in the notorious Plevin orphanage in Bulgaria – left in a cot on his own, often with only 1 diaper change a day – weekends are the worst time.  This poor mite may not even be fed today.  It breaks my heart to know that today, his birthday, is no different from any other day.  No cake, no candles to blow out or birthday wishes.  No hugs and kisses.  This baby needs to be home with his new forever family soon. Please do what you can – donate, pray, share, advocate – all of these things help

Ahnja aged 10

Ahnja Aged 10 today

Today is Ahnja’s birthday too. She is 10 today – that’s 10 long years with no family to love her and keep her safe.  Her situation in the orphanage is somewhat better than Keith’s but she should still be with her family having fun on her birthday instead of waiting, waiting, waiting for Mommy and Daddy – she knows they are coming for her but doesn’t understand why it all has to take so long

Interactive Aleshia

Aleshia

Her new family call her ‘Interactive Aleshia’!  Please pray that she will be with them soon, hugging, kissing, hearing bedtime stories and whispered ‘I love you’s

 

anita aged 6

Anita aged 6

Click on Anita’s picture and it will take you to the Unroe family blog with some wonderful pictures and video’s of when they got to visit with her.  Just imagine how much this sweet girl will blossom in the heart of her new family?

And number 5 is Nicholas

nicholas aged 9

Nicholas aged 9

Nicholas needs to be running around and playing with his brothers and sisters – he too is not in a good situation at the orphanage and needs your prayers.  His new Mommy and Daddy worry so much for him while he too is waiting.

These children have a loving family waiting for them.  Keith is in desperate medical need.  And while I type this and you pray for these children the paperwork to bring them home is ‘lost’ on someones desk. Please pray that the blockage is removed and the process can be speeded up.

So, now you’ve met the children what can you do to help?  The first thing is pray, for the children to be safe, for the Unroe family who are anxiously waiting to bring them home and for the government agencies in both countries that the beaurocratic process is speeded up.

Next, advocate for them – share this on your twitter feed, your blog, your Facebook page – tell everyone you can about their situation and get them to share it too.

Donate – this is the one where a little can make a big difference.  The family are fundraising to buy the air tickets to fly their angels home – yes, wings would be cheaper but sadly thats not going to happen.

You will see in my sidebar there is a chip in where you can donate direct to their fundraiser.  If you want you can snag the chip in and add it to your blog too.

Or you could bid for one of the items in the Hidden Treasures Auction.  The auction starts today and runs for a week.  There are 35 wonderful items that you can bid on including an iPad.  All have been donated by and many have been handmade with love. Click on the link or the picture in my sidebar to go straight to the auction

I’ve donated a custom set of 4 Facebook Timelines – you provide me with your pictures and I provide you with 4 unique and personal timeline headers

Here are some examples of how they might look – yours will be 100% unique to you and made with unique elements from amongst my CatDesignz kits.  4 Timeline would normally sell for $40 but don’t let that stop you from bidding more!!

Hidden treasures auctio donation

Let me make 4 unique Facebook Timeline Headers for you

 

The auction to fundraise starts today, April 1st which is little Keith and Ahnja’s birthdays. – hopefully it will help raise some dollars to contribute to the cost of the air fare home for the children. Let’s make this the last birthday that they spend without their forever family

Now, I know some of you are simply here for the freebie, that’s ok too as I haven’t given one away in a while

I’ve picked this one in honour of Amanda Unroe who is the most fantastic Mommy to her growing family.

The Unroe Family

The Unroe Family

 

 

I know that all her children would pick her – please keep Amanda and her amazing  family in your prayers and if you can find it in your heart to donate to them in lieu of the freebie I’d really appreciate it.

Mommy Dearest wordart at CatDesignz

Mommy Dearest Wordart

Download Freebie Wordarts here

I’m leaving it free longer than usual for the duration of the Hidden Treasures Auction

Please do share this by email, Twitter, blog, Facebook and any other means you have

God Bless and Happy Scrapping

Catherine

 

Unclaimed Prize……I have a new My Memores Winner!!!!

Ok folks , my New Year New Software givaway prize remains unclaimed after 9 days so I have drawn another winner – no point in having that great software sat unused!

As usual the draw is done with a random number generator so here it is:

Debi Tullier  is the new winner –  Debi, congratulations, you are now the proud owner of a copy of My Memories Suite V3 Digital Scrapbooking software!!!  Please contact me to claim your prize!

And talking of prizes I am now running a weekly competition to win a kit from my boutique.  This week its Celeste

Its really easy to enter

All you need to do is jump over to my Facebook Page and follow the instructions.  You can enter as many or as few of the categories as you wish and you can even enter each day to increase your chances of winning.

I will be offering a different kit as the prize each week.  And if you already own the kit on offer you can chose another instead!

While I think about it, if any of you would like to host this givaway on your own blog please get in touch with me as I’d love to talk to you.

And just when you thought I was done giving things away I will be adding a freebie just as soon as my Facebook Likes top 300 which should be sometime this weekend……..be there or miss out!

Happy scrapping

Digital Piracy is Theft

I have read that phrase hundreds of times – literally every time I have downloaded a digi kit from the internet (yes I buy them as well as selling them!!)

But what does it actually mean?

It basically means that if  you use the kit outside the specified terms of use that come with the kit then you are stealing the intellectual property of the designer – and thats theft.  Its effectively stealing the ideas expressed in digital form. The theft could be by claiming them as your own (be that expressely or by ommission) or by passing them on in a way that is not permitted -that may for instance be by passing on a download link rather than directing another customer to the designers source blog or website.

In the past I have been able to spot pirated work and actually inform the designer in a couple of instances. Never ever gave any thought to being affected by it myself though.  That is until I got a FB message from an Artscow customer who is familiar with my work.  She had spotted several of my fleece blanket designs (of which I am rather proud) being passed off as the work of another Facebook user.

When challenged the thief protested her innocence – like a small child who whines ‘I didn’t do it’ when caught redhanded.  The truly disappointing thing for me, aside from her plastering my images and those of my family all over her facebook page was the barefaced lies she still persists in telling. An admission and an apology would actually have been sufficient at one point.  In the face of her obstinate and arrogant lies I am now considering taking legal action along with the other designers whose work she stole.

Unsurprisingly she has blocked me from commenting on her FB page and I won’t demean myself by mentioning her name here or that of her ‘store’ but if you were to imagine a ‘kicking & screaming‘ naughty child with a vulgar exaggerated hairbow bought on FB perched on her silly  head you wouldn’t be far from the mark……I guess her customers would be distinctly unimpressed with her thieving ways and lack of integrity.

This thief has actually done me a favour though as I harnessed all my anger and outrage that weekend and opened a store of my own on FB which is now doing very nicely thankyou. A big shout out to Celeste Lombas of Touched By A Butterfly who did all the work loading it onto my  CatDesignz Facebook Page

Of course I also had to really focus on my own Terms of Use which are now detailed within all of my kits rather than relying solely on the blanket TOU issued by My Memories.

I’ve added a page here on my blog too so that they are easy to find – no excuses!

My parting thought for today?

This blog and its content are protected by international copyright

All rights reserved

DIGITAL PIRACY IS THEFT

happy scrapping

And the winner is……….

Congratulations Tammy Evans, you are the lucky winner of a full version copy of MyMemories V3 digital scrapbooking software

Random number generator

Please contact me so that I can let you know how to claim your prize

You are so going to love playing with this software

Thanks to everyone who entered – I wish I had a copy to give to each of you.

If you hop over to my CatDesignz Facebook page and like it I will post there if I here of any other peeps doing a givaway.

In the meantime I will be posting a freebie there as soon as I reach 300 likes which should be this weekend sometime – use it to add to or even to start your digi scrapping stash

Have a great weekend

 

 

 

stop press, just found out my friend and creative team member Ann is giving away a copy of the software on her own blog so if you are wanting another chance hop over to Scrapbooking with  Ann and get entering!

 

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……….

Win Celebration Wordart

a quick mini post for you….

hop over to my CatDesignz facebook page

I am running a quick and dirty 48 hour competition to win a copy of celebration wordart.

To be in with a chance of winning just post on my facebook thread and share the page on your profile – simples!

Winner will be announced on Facebook after midnight Friday UK time.

Good luck and happy scrapping