International Women’s Day and a Freebie

Happy International Women’s Day!!

I had the privilege of attending a celebratory lunch hosted by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Naveeda Ikram – Britain’s first female Muslim Lord Mayor.

The event was also the presentation of the awards for Bradford Women of the Year 2012 and the Kirkgate Shopping Centre Bradford where I work sponsored the Woman of Courage Award.

The winner was the wonderful Maralyn Adey who campaigns tirelessly for disability rights.  Her son Kristian and husband Alvin were there to see her pick up her award and they were both glowing with pride.

we are so proud of you Maralyn

Kristian & Alvin

 

and the winner is

with the Lord Mayor

 

As you can see from the pictures it was a wonderfully happy occasion with everyone there to celebrate the amazing women who had won the awards.

Sadly I left my programme at work so I don’t have the list in front of me of everything that Maralyn is doing in her work for disability issues – although I do have the details for her new Charity Venture Learning Disability Hospital Support .  She is on a mission right now to raise the £5000 necessary to register with the Charity’s Commission – thats the amount that the Charity needs in its bank account before the Commission will even consider the application!  So if you can donate or know of anyone who could sponsor the charity please do help – every penny counts!

 

Maralyn Adey collects her prize

 

Such a Happy Occasion

 

So Maralyn, this ones for you – Many Congratulations on a well deserved win!

Seraphina Quickpage by Ann

and to celebrate International Women’s Day I am giving away this gorgeous quickpage designed by Ann Flynn

Seraphina Quickpage

Download Freebie Quickpage Here

There is also a lovely matching single feature photo quickpage that you can pick up for 99 cents

Seraphina 2 Quickpage by Ann Flynn at My Memories

Maralyn, I promise to add all your achievements just as soon as I get home from work tonight

Maralyn with Kristian & Alvin

In the meantime ladies, have a wonderful day and happy scrapping

 

Catherine x

 

Its Friday – Fabulous Freebie Friday!

Yes, its already Friday in the UK and I am calling it fabulous Freebie Friday…..but more of that later!

This week I got the images from Nathan’s mini photo shoot with Philip Fearnley of Capture Photography in Sowerby Bridge.

We had been working with Philip on a Bonny Baby competition at work and I took the oportunity to pop Nathan in front of the camera while he was setting up and getting his lighting sorted out.

The pics were rattled off in a very few minutes – no long studio session – just natural and spontaneous
To say I am delighted with the results is an understatement.

My baby is so grown up I can’t believe it.  Aged 11, he’s already taller than me and taking the same size shoes as his  Dad

So of course I had to scrap some of the results and I’ve been showing them off to anyone who will look at them since Monday and now its your turn!!

The electric guitar was his birthday pressie and he was sooo reluctant to take it along but I’m glad I managed to persuade him otherwise

 

Live laugh love

The page was scrapped with my Creme de la Creme Kit and I really love the way it turned out.

 

Nathan is one cool dude!

This page was done with elements of several kits – the zebra mask is from Animal Magic Zebra Masks (unsurprisingly!) and the hint of pink to match his t shirt comes from Pinkadink Simply Embelishments with the wordart created from a style in my ever growing digital designer stash….oh, and the swirls are from Cupcake Heaven – and I deliberately left them a different shade of pink to add a little depth and tone.

Anyway, I’m rattling on about my gorgeous son and what you are really wanting is the freebie!!!

So here it is, its another quickpage for you made by Ann – yes, I did promise more of the same last week!

This one is called Beautiful Dreamer and is made mainly from Celeste kit with the separate Beautiful Dreamer which you can get individually or as part of a combo kit with 5 other matching worarts

downloaded quickpage freebie here

I think you’ll agree its another beauty and a great one to add to your collection.  I started out my own stash with quickpage freebies so I know just how useful they can be when you are in a hurry.

I hope you enjoy using this one – please leave me some love as it’s great to get your comments

Happy Friday and happy scrapping

Catherine x

 

 

Competition – win a CatDesignz kit of your choice

This is your chance to try out my designs without it costing you a cent

My competition for this week is to win a kit of your choice from my store at My Memories – whichever takes your fancy. The second prize is a wordart, again chosen from my CatDesignz My Memories store

The comp itself is hosted here and on my CatDesignz Facebook page – just look for the Win! Win!! Win!!! on the home page of my blog and the same on CatDesignz.

It’s like a treasure trail – you can earn more entries for liking me, leaving me love and sharing on FB and tweeting about the competition.  You can also enter more than once to increase your chances of winning.  The competition runs for a week.

Of course the other way to try my work is to snag this weeks freebie quickpage made for you by Ann Flynn – thanks for sharing your lovely page with us Ann.

download the freebie quickpage here

 

 

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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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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

New Year, New Software Givaway

Whats your favourite new thing that you want to do this year?

For me, its going to be the year that I achieve my weight loss goal (yes, I know, you are going to hear a lot about this in the next few months!)

 

This lovely page was made by Ann with my New Year New Me Kit

 

But if this is the year that you want to finally do something with all your precious photographs then you are in the right place…….

BEACAUSE  I am GIVING AWAY a copy of  MY MEMORIES SUITE V3  software on 16TH JANUARY.

 

The software is the world’s favourite digital scrapbooking software and its so user friendly and easy to learn that you will be producing masterpieces within days.  It’s really intuitive – no steep learning curve like Photoshop – just download it, open it up and you’re off.

 

Why digiscrap you might ask – and you wouldn’t be the first

  • well, all the cool kids are doing it!
  • theres no mess to clear up
  • you get to use all your supplies time and time again
  • the digiscrap world is full of gorgeous inspiration, oh, and freebies!!!

if you really needed any more reason check out Digiscrappin with Jen for a whole list of reasons!

 

How to Enter:

To be in with a chance of winning you simply have to leave a comment on this blog post.  To double your chances follow my blog and to tripple them like my CatDesignz Facebook Page and post a comment on there about this givaway and you’ll have 3 entries.

Good luck and please tell all your friends who are interested in digi scrapping

 

And talking of givaways here is a freebie to get you started off with your digital supplies.

 Download the freebie here

 

It’s a png file so its suitable to use within any graphics programme not just My memories Suite v3.   And yes, it’s a new format – I mostly scrap in 12 by 12 so this is a diversion for me.  It’s so easy to just drop your photo in though  especially within My Memories Suite.  Have a look at the finished version which took me less than 30 seconds just to add the date and place details

 

 

You will find other freebies here from time to time so its really worth following if you want to start or add to your digital stash.

So, don’t forget to add a comment to this blog post then follow this blog and finally hop over to CatDesignz FB page, like it and add a comment there.  The lucky winner will be announced here on the blog after entries close on 16th January.

By the way, all the pages featured in this post were made with my kits and/or using My Memories Suite v3 software

If you are wanting to add a header to your FB timeline its perfect for doing that…..

or maybe you want to build your own blog header – Celeste from my Creative team did that using one of my kits Purple Heart (though rumour has it she’s about to update it with a little birthday gift I made for her!)  You can see it at Celestes blog Touched by a Butterfly where you can catch up on all her wonderful paper crafting – have a look at her forthcoming blog hop while you are there.

 

 

I just spent the last few days making new kits and wordarts which will all be in store at My Memories soon so I’ll let you know about them as they become available.  In the meantime heres a perfect one for capturing all those new year images, its my Celebration Wordart

 

 

Thats all for today folks, happy scrapping and good luck with the competition

I’m back on line, yay! & Wicked Wednesday Givaway part 4

mmmmm, I may have spoken too soon, every time I try and save a draft of this blog I am being booted out without a save……

The autosave function seems not to be working and the mobile dongle sent me by my ISP  (or non provider in the case of Sky) is really unstable and drops out without any warning – the link that is not the dongle….

So, I’m saving this every sentence to try and get it published but its painfully slow.

Still no sign of the modem that sky were promising to send out last Thursday, that could be because they’ve not sent it of course.  According to my latest contact it will now be ANOTHER 3 – 5 working days before it arrives.  I am not holding my breath

Its enough to make me resort to chocolate, but I won’t ‘cos I’ve now lost a total of 25.5lb and I will absolutely not let Sky’s incompetence knock me off track.

So now I can get on line I can see that my 2 Christmas mini Tags & stickers kits are available in store over at My Memories

Oh heck, every time I try and save a picture or a link the whole post is cleared – looks like I am going to have to go to McDonalds again to post this blog for you…….

 

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The kits make perfect centre pieces for seasonal cards and invites or just cute little additions to your Christmas and holiday layouts

You know, I’ve been so upset over this whole internet outage that I could have done with some real cheering  up

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so, in the hopes that there is someone out there who could do with a good dose of pre Christmas  cheering up……….. I am going to give you not 1 freebie  but 2 freebies this week.

Both are double page spreads, perfectly matched and you can either use the complete pages or the individual elements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heres the first one

DOWNLOAD HERE

 

and the second freebie

DOWNLOAD HERE

they make a perfect quick way of doing a fast album if you are on a time limit.

 

Hope you enjoy using them

Sometimes venting does help…..

So, after convincing myself that my email to Sky had disappeared into the ether I was staggered to get a phonecall this morning from customer services.

Somebody somewhere has been reading my email….could it be that Jeremy has broken off from counting his payrise to read an email?

Anyway, now it seems it is a BT problem at the exchange so no, they won’t be sending a new modem out.  But yes, they will be sending a dongle out to get me back on line pro temp.

 

I was so shocked I didn’t ask whether it would cost me to use said dongle or when I could expect to have a proper connection again but hey, its actually some progress.

I will let you know when the dongle arrives…….

A just because Freebie….

just because I made 100 fans on my new CatDesignz Face Book page that is – in fact I sailed past it with over 50 new friends in an hour so just had to give out a freebie to celebrate

download here 

don’t delay though, its only free for 24 hours

heres a sweet layout that Nicole made with the kit

thanks for allowing me to share this lovely peek into your family Nicole x

Happy scrapping

Wicked Wednesday Freebie Givaway Part 2

Hope you enjoyed using last weeks freebie

Here is this weeks, isn’t it lovely?

You can download it here

The kit contains 2 complete pages and  9 seperate elements for you to swap and change to your hearts content and mix and match with the rest of your digital scrapbooking stash.  The pages co-ordinate perfectly with last weeks freebie and there are another 2 pages to come every week for you.

Please tell your friends and send them here to get their digital freebies!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so that you can have the fresh download links every week!