Win a $100 shopping spree at CatDesignz MyMemories Store

This week has been mega busy for me and I cannot believe I didn’t tell you all that I am Featured Designer of the Week over on the MyMemories Blog.

I remembered to tell you about my sale with 30% off my whole store and forgot to tell you I am giving away a $100 shopping spree!!!!!!     How stupid am I!!!!

So, to enter and be in with a chance of winning $100 to spend at my CatDesignz store at My Memories all you have to do is enter today by adding a comment to the MyMemories Blog post and liking my CatDesignz Facebook page – simples!

The winner will be announced on the MyMemories Blog tomorrow so you won’t even have to wait long either!

And just so you know that I realy have been busy take a look at Amanda’s blog where you will see I have done a couple of short guest posts whle she has been in Bulgaria springing the Fab Five from their orphanages.  I am so excited to tell you that she is travelling home with them as I write this post.  Nicholas, Ahnja, Anita, Aleshia and Keith are Orphans no more. They are in Germany waiting for their flight to DC right now and then its only a short internal flight to home and the rest of their new family in Ohio. That is going to be one special homecoming!!

If you follow Amandas blog you will see her many posts over the coming weeks showing you how well the children are already doing.

I was priveliged to Skype with her a couple of times this week while we were in the same time zone  –  got to say hello to Aleshia and Keith and got a little wave from Ahnja.

Amanda and Brent you are one amazing family!

So, just a reminder to enter my competition to win a $100 shopping spree and don’t forget today is the last day of my 30% off sale too! Use coupon code Catz30off at checkout – it even works on my Christmas in July reductions which are already 50% off making them practically a givaway!

Godspeed Amanda and the Fab Five – Happy homecoming day to you!

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!!!

Stop Press

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

 

Stop Press Again!!

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

 

Child of my Heart Adoption Kit and a Freebie

Afraid I have been awol for longer than usual – mainly been waiting to get my newest kits in store and linking through for you but there are some hiccoughs still at My Memories following a massive server outage at their ISP.

So, for once, my kits are in my Etsy Store and the links will take you through to there.

Many of you will know I’ve been busy advocating for the Pleven orphans in Bulgaria.  My friend Amanda Unroe, wonderful lady and uber Mom is adopting 5 children from Eastern Europe and has been fundraising to cover the costs of bringing them home

Child of my Heart adoption Kit

Child of my Heart Adoption Digital Scrapbooking Kit

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I decided to pitch in and help her and the result was Child of My Heart which is sort of an adoption kit but not exclusively….the wordarts are adoption focused but everything else could be used for everyday or family layouts.  The kit is on sale in my Etsy store with the whole $6.99 purchase price going straight to the Pleven Orphans Nurses fund, every cent so please do pitch in and buy a copy. Its 125 gorgeous elements including 20 papers and over 30 wordarts.

You can read more about the atrocities perpetrated on innocent children at Pleven in this blog, there is also a chip in button that you can use to make a direct donation to the nurses fund if you wish

Wortsart

Child of my Heart Wordart

 

The papers are really versatile and include Mother, Father, brother & sister options – oh, and family too!

Child of my Heart Papers

Papers

There are even some add on stacked papers available as a seperate kit but more of that later….

Hearts & Swirls

Hearts & Swirls

Detail

So you will be wanting to see some sample pages and I have some particularly special ones to show you.

Keith, the littlest Unroe, aged 5

 

Nicholas

Nicholas, aged 9

 

Anita aged 6

 

Ahnja aged 10

 

Aleshia aged 6

These are the pics I did especially for Amandas blog.  The children are all the adoptees that the Unroe family are in the process of bringing home to their forever family. I used the kit for all these layouts as I wanted them to match the look of the whole blog.  As the adoption process progresses the blog will get many thousands of hits so it needs to be looking its best while people are hungry for information on the newest Unroe’s! I so enjoyed working with these pictures.

Can you believe that the Unroe’s are adopting 5 little ones, all with special needs and one in particular, little Keith who has urgent medical needs due to systematic neglect and starvation during his time in Pleven.  He is 5 years old and weighs a tiny 14lb – yes, thats right, you didn’t read it wrong and I didn’t type it wrong….

Please pray that the adoption progresses a pace – these children need a loving family to nurture them and allow them to realise their full potential and become the people they were always meant to be.

I wanted to show you the add on kit which is also be in my Etsy store – 5 simple Family Stacked Papers to stretch your kit even further.

Family stacked papers

Family stacked papers, pack of 5

Oh, and I have a few more word arts up my sleeve too but thats for another day.

So, yet again I saved the freebie for last.  Its one of those catch it while you can freebies – here today and gone tomorrow so I hope you are reading this while its still free!

Its my Creme de la Creme Pastels Kit – hope you like it – please leave me some love if you do!

Creme de la Creme Pastels

download freebie kit here

I chose this kit because its the one that my Creative Team Member Celeste Lombas used to sprinkle a little magic on Amanda Unroe’s family blog.  I think you’ll agree she did a great job.  Celeste also kindly freshened Amanda’s adoption blog with Child of My Heart – doesn’t it look wonderful?

So, for 48 hours only you can snag it for free.  After that you can buy it in store at My Memories

Before I go could I please ask you for 2 things?  Firstly to share this blog on FB and twitter and link into it from your own blog?  We need to get the word out about these children so that new families can be found to care for, nurture and love them.   And secondly if you can find it in your heart to make a donation to the Peven Orphans Nurses fund?  You will find the chip in on this blog post

Thank you so much

And to make you smile another peek at the kit and sample layouts including the  lovely ones made by my CT

Happy scrapping

 

Catherine

 

 

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