Catz Random Reduction day 5 – Together Forever Wordart 99 cents plus a freebie!

This s a quick and dirty post as I’ve been watching the London 2012 opening ceremony when I should have been blogging…..and I have to be in work tomorrow so can’t be burning the midnight oil any longer, especially as I’ve been up since 4am…..

So here is todays random reduction, I picked the Together Forever wordart set for you today

its a really versatile little set for you – enjoy!

 I’m a great fan of wordart since journalling is my biggest digiscrap shortcoming and a well placed wordart or oversized title has redeemed many a layout of mine.

So. just because I’m feeling a little stir crazy right now with only a few more sleeps before a much anticipated vacation, I have a freebie for you as well – My Favorite Waste of Time wordart

Download freebie quickpage here

And don’t forget that theres still chance to collect your Christmas in July goodies at 50% off til the end of the month.  All my Christmas kits are reduced through 31st July

There is also a cheeky coupon code that you can use in my store 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 in the Design Shop 
good ONLY until July 31 – so hurry!

And now I REALLY must get some sleep

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

 

Messenger Bag Winner and a Quickpage Freebie

And the winner is…………

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Lisa please contact me to discuss the design of your custom made messenger bag – I am so excited to be designing a bag for you!!!

I wish I could design a bag for everyone that entered – thanks for all your lovely comments and shares and tweets.

I’ll be running another competition soon so do check back regularly.

Til then I do have a little freebie quickpage for you

Download Freebie Quickpage here

Hope you have a great weekend

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

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

 

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

 

A Grammar School Boy Part 2

This week has been a good week for our family

March 1st is National Schools Allocation Day when all the secondary school places are communicated to parents here in the UK.  Long time readers of my blog will know that hubby tutored our son for the entrance exam in December and we were informed in January that he’d done really well and was guaranteed a place at one of the Grammar schools.

Well, for us the waiting and hoping and praying is over.  Our son has been offered a place at his first choice of school which is the Crossley Heath Grammar School.

The Crossley Heath Grammar School

We are delighted and so is Nathan

Just need to start saving up now for his new uniform and the school trip in September!

I’ve been really busy designing kits for you this week.  More of them in my next post though

I know you are dying to see which quickpage I’ve chosen for you this week, well here it is, Rose Love by Ann.

Its made with a paper from Celeste recoloured and the wordart is taken from the Celeste Wordart Combination

A romantic quickpage for you
Rose Love Quickpage

Its a png file so you can use it in any graphics programme – just add your picture behind the aperture. You can also download it straight into MyMemories software if you prefer

The Riley's Connels, Greens & Delia's

My wonderful family

Download Freebie Quickpage here

This is my family – Nana Emily Riley with her brood including my parents, Aunts and Uncles.  I simply love this picture.  I really do need to get around to adding some journalling!

Thanks for gifting us this lovely page Ann

You can checkout Ann’s blog here

That’s all for now folks – a quick post for a quick page!  I promise I’ll write more in my next post!

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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