Monday, October 10, 2011

Swimming for Katie Blog Hop & Fundraiser

Today I have another special blog hop for you and I hope you will swim along with us over the next three days to help out Katie and her family! Please read on for Katie's story...

From October 10-12 some of the best stampers are joining together to support and encourage our friend and fellow stamper, Katie Renz, who is currently battling inoperable gastric cancer.  If you're not familiar with her, Katie’s cancer story started just before Christmas last year.  This young, beautiful, healthy, vibrant mother of 3 with her infectious smile was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer, virtually overnight.  A few tummy aches and then stage 4 gastric cancer.  Her first post about it is here.  The idea of “Swimming for Katie” came from her recent post here.

This exclusive stamp used in my sample, designed by Becky Oehlers is available as a clear stamp, as well as a digis or a dig and SVG cut file.  100% of the profits go to Katie's fund to help her and her young family.  Her husband Kevin and her three young children need our help and support.  In addition to the Keep Swimming Octopus, Marianne Walker and True =D Doodle Designs both also donated digis that are for sale.  Direct donations are also being accepted.  Information central is HERE.  This is a permanent page that will stay active at i {heart} papers with current information and the full 3 day blog hop listing, as well as the donation button. 

Keep Swimming Octopus
Peachy Clear stamp

$5.50 with free shipping

Keep Swimming Octopus DIGIstamp
$3.00 with instant download

Keep Swimming Octopus DIGIstamp with SVG cut file
$3.50 with instant download

Keep Swimming Mermaid DIGIstamp
$3.50 with instant download

Keep Swimming Ribbon Fish DIGIstamp and DIGIpapers
$5.00 with instant download
I hope you will join me in supporting Katie through a purchase or donation.  The following is a list of everyone who has projects posted today.

I hope you will be inspired by them and moved to purchase or donate.  If you would like to send Katie a card, her mailing address is:
Katie Renz
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913

Thank you!


  1. Thank you so much for helping! Cute card!


  3. Adorable Julie! The texture really shines on the octopus!

  4. This is super - I do like the linen effect texture on the pretty lilac octopus! Lovely!

  5. Beautiful card!! xo I'll keep Katie and her family in my thoughts.

    Jessica Griffin

  6. What a cute card! I love the purple! Thanks for spreading the word to help Katie!

  7. Wow - great fussy cutting on your pretty purple Ms. Octopus! love the air bubbles too!

  8. VERY cute card! Thanks for doing this for our friend Katie xoxo

  9. This card is SOOOOOO cute!! Thanks for helping Katie and her family!!

  10. Just adorable! Love the look of the textured cardstock.

  11. Absolutely adorable Julie. Love the bold colors. Thank you for doing this for Katie.

  12. Ooooh, I sooo love your purple octopus....sooo pretty!!!!!


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