SOSN – Summer Camp doodles and alpha
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Today was the last day of term for my kids so summer has officially started for us, at last! We’re looking forward to six weeks of relaxing and enjoying the sun together (fingers crossed the weather cooperates!!). This week’s SOSN special deal is on one of my favourite summer packs! Both the Summer Camp doodles and the coordinating Summer Camp alpha are 50% off all day today  - no coupon necessary, just add them to your cart! The sale ends at midnight EST Wednesday 23rd July.

Summer Camp doodles

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SOSN – Sunshine and 100 in the Shade
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I’m busy making the most of the last few days of school before my kids finish for the summer by working on some top secret projects! Although I don’t have any good goodies to tell you about today, I do have two of my summery favourites in the SOSN half price sale! Both 100 in the Shade and Sunshiney are 50% off all day today  - no coupon necessary, just add them to your cart. Sale ends at midnight EST Wednesday 16th July. Watch out for more 50% off deals throughout the summer!

100 in the Shade by Kate Hadfield

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JULY CHALLENGE | CHANCE TO WIN A $15 GIFT CARD!
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I am excited to announce the winner of last month’s blog challenge! The random number generator chose Dora’s Go To 2014 Brazil! layout as June’s winner! Congratulations Dora, please check your PMs over at The Lilypad for details of how to collect your prize. Many thanks to everyone who entered, I always love to see the different ways you use the templates popping up in the gallery!

And now, on to this month’s challenge! This month’s template was created by my creative team member Iva and is another fun one! I love the strong geometric design and the potential for using another big photo – I’m looking forward to seeing what you all create with this one!

Kate Hadfield Studio Damayanti blog challenge template

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Joodle Strips 2
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Earlier this week I shared this photo of a corner of my desk over on Facebook and Instagram and gave everyone a little sneak peak of my new BYOC doodles in progress!

Kate Hadfield Joodle Strips work in progress

Here are the finished, scanned and extracted Joodle strips, all ready for you to use on your pages and projects! These little painted pieces are fun to tuck in behind photos and elements on your pages, or you can go wild and create your own colourful patterned backgrounds with them! Joodle Strips 2 is part of July’s BYOC collection and is 20% off all weekend!

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Football Crazy
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World Cup fever has arrived at my house, despite the disappointing England results so far! Today’s new releases are there result of my passion for football and are also the last of my Custom Doodle Contest winning packs! There were so many great suggestions from the contest that although I’ve created doodles for all the official winners, I will also be working on lots of the other theme suggestions too so if you entered the contest, you may see your idea being doodled soon!

Football Crazy is on sale at 20% off over the weekend with stamps and doodle/stamp bundles also available in the store!

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WOYWW 263 – World Cup edition!
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There’s a decided World Cup flavour to my What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday photos this week! It has been good to get back to some doodling after concentrating on some other projects for the past few weeks. Here’s what’s been on my desk this week: Kate Hadfield Designs WOYWW 262 Kate Hadfield Designs WOYWW 262

  • Football doodles
  • promarkers and pitt pens (as always!)
  • World Cup wall chart (my daughter and I are diligently filling in all the scores after every match – keeping my fingers crossed for a better England result on Thursday!)
  • England deely boppers and flowery lei thing to (a) show support for our boys and (b) embarrass the male members of my family by doing (a)

The England paraphernalia even made a trip to Old Trafford earlier in the month to watch Soccer Aid: Kate Hadfield Designs WOYWW 262 Soccer Aid Come on England!

June Challenge | chance to win a $15 Gift Card!
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I’m excited to announce the winner of last month’s blog challenge! The random number generator chose Keri9040′s Cole layout as last month’s winner! Congratulations Keri, please check your PMs over at The Lilypad for details of how to collect your prize! Apologies to those of you who were struggling to leave comments, since the latest wordpress update more comments seem to be getting caught in the spam filter, whether they are spam or not!  I’m looking into the issue at the moment but I do check the comments every day so it shouldn’t take too long for me to approve your entry if the spam filter does grab it! Thanks to everyone who got in touch to let me know there was an issue.

And now, on to this month’s challenge! This month’s template was created by creative team member Jenna and offers LOADS of scope to personalise your page and really make it your own (I especially like the big circle – perfect for a special photograph or for telling a long story!):

FREE template by Kate Hadfield and Jenna Robertson

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Graduation & Little Graduates
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Every year the end of the US school year seems to catch me unawares (my children don’t finish for the summer until the end of July!) but this year I managed to create a new Graduation themed collection, almost on time for those first US graduates! I have two new doodle packs out today, with coordinating stamp packs and some big bundle offers to help your pennies go further! Graduation is a new set of fun and colourful graduation themed doodles, whereas the coordinating Little Graduates is a multi-cultural collection of happy little graduates (and was created for one of my Custom Doodle Contest winners)! The doodle packs and stamps are all 20% off over the weekend!

Graduation doodles by Kate Hadfield

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donate for doodles 2014
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If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you might remember me telling you about my friends Beth and Tracey a few years ago:

“I hope you will forgive me for this next post, it’s not about a new product, or a layout or a hybrid project. It’s not about photography or P365 (although there are embarrassing personal photographs!) It’s about something that means a great deal to me and I hope you will forgive me hijacking my design blog to talk about it.

You might remember just over a year ago I posted a freebie here on my blog that I had created for one of my customers, a lovely lady by the name of Beth. Beth had asked for some cancer themed doodles for the cards and journal she was working on while she underwent various anti-cancer treatments, we chatted and emailed and PM’d and these doodles were the final result:


Click here to download: Beth’s Belief

(The original blog post, including a couple of Beth’s cards can be found here).

Tragically, less than 6 months later Beth lost her fight with cancer. We had kept in touch, exchanging emails and layouts, PM’s and memories and we had a lovely cyber friendship that I hold very dear. I had never met her, never even spoken to her on the phone but she touched my heart very deeply and I miss her very much.

A few months after Beth passed away, our next-door neighbour also lost her battle with cancer. Tracey was a fun and bubbly character, the same age as me and her youngest son is in the same class at school as my daughter. Every day (weather permitting!) my kids play with hers, playing dodgeball over the fence.

Since then, this dreadful disease has touched more amazing women in my life, both in my own family and in the Lilypad family (you can read about Pollywog Melissa’s story and marvel at her utterly beautiful photography on her blog Life as a Lewis).”

Since writing that post one of my closest friends (a mother of four, two of her children are in the same school classes as my kids) has also been diagnosed with cancer. It has been a real shock to everyone who knows her and we’re all still reeling from the diagnosis. In the last year my mother-in-law has been through chemotherapy and surgery and has come through it all with a smile on her face, as she always does! She is a shining example of how early detection and treatment saves lives and we are all so proud of her. 

In honour of all these women I know and love, and in the hope that with enough fundraising and research I’ll never have to add another name to my back-sign again, my daughter and I took part in Cancer Research UK’s fundraising Race For Life again this year and – for the first time ever! – the sun was shining! Continue reading