Lavender Love

Just a little mini kit but it packs a lot of punch!

Meet Lavender Love…..

Lavender Love

Lavender Love

 

The kit has a family love theme and is really versatile as you can see in these lovely layouts from my creative team

Family Love

Family Love

Together

Together

Every Once in a While

Every Once in a While

Happy 90th Birthday Auntie Winne

Happy 90th Birthday Auntie Winne

Little Angel

Little Angel

Love You

Love You

Happy

Happy

Family

Family

Who would believe you could produce such variety from 5 papers and 12 elements?

Thanks to Ann Linda and Laura for their beautiful work

I think the cork heart makes a great frame and the tripple family frame is pretty versatile too.

And of course everyones favourite scrabble tiles in the large scale wordart.

I hope you enjoy using this mini kit as much as I enjoyed making it

Happy Scrapping

Catherine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freebie Home for Xmas Template plus 2 free kits when you spend $1.99 at CatDesignz

Today I have a freebie template for you – a set of 4 Home for Xmas pages that you can use for stunningly simple Christmas layouts

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Here’s how they look with pictures in them

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thanks to Sharon of my CT for her family history version – loving the picture Sharon!734494_703786186300389_1691713974_n

Download Freebie Template Here

 

Afraid I completely missed yesterdays post for you so we are straight to Wednesdays bonus code – I have a nasty chest infection and slept most of the day away on Tuesday.

To get Wednesdays 2 free mystery kits simply spend $1.99 while you are in my CatDesignz store and use code C2XMAS21 at checkout. Its good for 4th December only

And remember to come back tomorrow to see what goodies I have for you

Happy scrapping

 

Catherine

 

12 Days of Christmas Deals – 30% off album templates & a FREE kit with code 12Days30AT

Welcome to day 3 of my 12 days of Christmas Deals.  Todays cracking Christmas offer is 30% off all my album templates at MyMemories 

Use the promo code 12Days30AT (case sensitive)
to save 30% off Album Templates!

CatzCards 7 x 5 Christmas Card template

These are sets of completely editable templates that are like the turbo big brother of quickpages!

Use the promo code 12Days30AT (case sensitive)
to save 30% off Album Templates! (subject to minimum pre discount order value of $3.99)

They download straight into MyMemories Software and you can edit them, omit what you don’t want, add other elements, wordart or greetings and the best bit is you get all the individual elements to keep for your digi stash too.

CatzCards Christmas Charm

Just been thinking, with these cards you could simply email to all your friends and family and save on all the postage costs – how cool would that be?

Photobooks are excluded from this offer but every other template of mine is included , and that means the fab CatzCards range too – there are 17 different sets in the series.  These 4 page sets are amazing for making printable card toppers or sending as seasonal postcards.  Most are 5 x 7 format with a couple at 6 ‘x 4.. (Note if it says QP or quickpage in the title these are quickpages which are not editable and not included in this offer)

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and here’s what they look like with pictures in….

……and not just for Christmas, there are CatzCards and templates for many occasions including celebrating your sweetheart!

CatzCards La’mour Template

Celebrate the new additions in your family

Honey Bunny Template 1 Sample

How adorable does this little chap look?  Just imagine your own child’s picture in this template!

Don’t forget there is 30% off all my templates at CatDesignz with code   12Days30AT *….and there is no limit to how many template sets you can add to your cart.  Just remember to use the coupon code when you checkout..  And when you enter the code at checkout a completely free kit from Touched by a Blutterfy will also be dropped into your cart – thats 30% off album templates and a free kit!

Don’t forget to follow my blog and call back tomorrow for day 4 of my fabby 12 Days of Christmas Offers at CatDesignz

Happy scrapping

Catherine x

* please note, total order value must exceed $3.99 for the coupon code to work – thanks to Joan for pointing this out

Free Photobook & My NSD Competition Winner

Wow, what a blast National Scrapbooking Day & Cinco de Scrapo was!

Thanks to everyone who visited and especially those who took the time to comment.

So, now I have a winner to announce…………drumroll please………..

you are a winner!

 

Congratulations Joanne K you are the winner of my Creme de la Creme kit featured in my CatDesignz store at My Memories. Please contact me to get your free mega kit.

 

Creme de la Creme


And if you didn’t win I still have something a little special for you – I want to tell you about the free photobook promotion which is ongoing at My Memories

The offer is a free 6 x 6 photobook and you can literally make a complete book in a snap using one of the premade templates that comes free with My Memories Suite Version 3.

Just click on the blue link above and it will take you straight to the photobook page – do read on first though as there are other promo codes for you later on too!

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

Alternatively you can use one of the hundreds of other designer templates that you can find in store

Here are some that I prepared earlier as they say!

Promise Wedding & Anniversary Photobook

Promise as originally to be a Wedding photobook but it occurred to me it would also be perfect for an engagement or a special anniversary as all the wordarts are about love rather than specific to a wedding day.

Purple Heart Photobook

Everywhere that you see a grey aperture is the space that your picture drops into in the album

The templates are all fully customisable –  you can move and rearrange the element,resize them or even remove them. Then personalise with your journalling and you’re done!

Some are 20 page, all the ones featured in this post are 22 pages including a front and back cover.

And all of them are on offer with 30% off at $6.99 until close of play Friday

Just Beachy Seaside Photobook

The photobook templates download straight into your My Memories software so they really are uber easy to use.

And, as I said earlier, 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

Family Photobook

All these previews show the front cover of the photobook – if you want to see all 22 pages simply click on te picture and it will take you through to the full preview in store.  Of course, another feature of the books is that you can re order the pages so if you prefer a different cover to the one I used simply swap the pages around!

Tropical Patchwork Photobook

Please let me know if you have any special requests for photobook templates and I’ll add them to my list

And have you used your SHOPPING CODE yet??
Use this promo code in the COUPON/PROMO code box at the MyMemories checkout
CincoNSD10 (Case sensitive) 
good for $10.00 off a $25.00 purchase in the Design Shop!
Good for one use only please – expires 5/31/12 (this one can’t be used for the software, please see the code above for that)

Before I go, just one more photobook preview for you and then I’m done

Always Blessed Photobook

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?

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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

 

Happy 80th Birthday Mum

My lovely Mum Therese is 80 today

I’ve been busy scrapping a book for her which she’ll see late Thursday but heres a sneaky preview for you courtesy of www.animoto.com  – just don’t give the game away if you speak to her!

Happy 80th Birthday Mum

I made an album for my Dad when he was 80 and thats essentially how I got started with scrapbooking.

Sort of lost my mojo with hubby’s illness so didn’t really know where to start with Mum’s pages – all I can say is thank goodness for templates – a used many gorgeous ones from www.Scrapgirls.com  and www.HappytoCreate.com  and produced this book in less than 2 weeks

Thats the beauty of templates – you simply can’t beat them for speed.

You can have a look at some of my templates designs here at My Memories – oh, and there is currently 25% off all of my templates

Feedback on Mums album and my templates always welcome!  Oh, and don’t forget to scroll down for yesterdays freebie!

Granny’s Quilt

Now my Grandma didn’t have a creative bone in her body.  We would spend hours talking and playing cards but I don’t have a single memory of doing anything vaguely creative with her. 

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My Nana on the other hand was  a very crafty lady,  She knitted and crocheted – her hands were always busy even when they were crippled with arthritis. 

 I still treasure the blankets she made so lovingly for me.

In my minds eye Grandma did quilt though.  She stitched and sewed the pieces of her life into a real treasure stretched out before me.

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But, bless them both, I think my creative genes have come the Riley route rather than the Whitehead one.

So, my dear departed grandmothers, Grandma Ellen Whitehead and Nana Emily Riley, this ones for you
  – my Granny’s quilt series of templates which you can find over at My Memories

And the colour?  Why, Pink, to make the boys wink as Grandma always used to say!

 Thats for starters anyway, there are plenty more colourways to suit everyone coming soon to a store near you.

And the lovely lady in the picture, is not my gran but my Dad’s sister Margaret.

The Whitehead Girls

You can see Grandma Ellen here in the Whitehead Girls

left to right my Mum Therese, Auntie Joan (D), Grandma Ellen (D) & Auntie Winnie


And here’s Nana, Emily at her 90th birthday party with her children

left to right Aunty Fran, Nana (D), Auntie Margaret, Auntie Mollie, Dad Peter, Uncle Jim (D)

Seeing this picture again has put me in mind of pictures of the siblings as children in the 1930’s, but thats for another day!

Have fun whatever you are doing this weekend and don’t forget to check out yesterdays post for the My Memories scrapbooking Software givaway