Swimming For Katie Renz blog hop

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. Here are all the items available for sale. I hope you will join me in supporting Katie through a purchase or donation. Here is the card I made to share with you today, followed by 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!”

I paired that darling little octopus with the chevron background stamp from Papertrey Ink. The zig-zag border along the bottom of the octopus just looked like it needed some fantastic pink chevron to accent her cuteness. I colored her very lightly with some watercolor crayons, paying special attention to bring some rosy color to her cheeks. The crown on her head, bedecked with jewels, add to her princess-y style. I love the expression on her face! It’s like she knows just how fabulous she is!

Please check out what these amazing designers have created using the darling Keep On Swimming image.

Ashley Harris

Clare Buswell

Jessica Diedrich

Lisa Somerville

Charlene Merrick

Eva Dobilas

Judy Rozema

Sharon Doolittle

Tifany DeGough

Windy Robinson

Ashley CannoNewell

Connie McCotter

Heidi Van Laar

Karen Maldonado

Lori Craig

Melissa Phillips

Tosha Leyendekker

Amy Kolling

Angela Thomas

Angelica Saurez

Angie Blom

Becky Oehlers

Betty Wright

Bev Gerard

Brenda Weaver

Carolyn King

Chari Moss

Charlene Driggs

Claire Brennan

Corinna McGregor

Craft Critique

Karen Hunsaker (Rubbernecker Stamps Designer)

Keely Yowler

Kelly Schirmer

Keri Lee Sereika

Kim Hughes

Kimber McGray

Kittie Caracciolo

Kristin Eberline

Wendy Price

I hope the projects shared today have inspired you to help out Katie and her family. I’m so honored to have been able to be a part of this event to help out a fellow paper crafter in time of need.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Keep on Swimming:

card stock: Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!

stamps:  i {heart} Papers (Keep on Swimming, Papertrey Ink (Chevron)

ink: Stampin’ Up!

watercolor crayons: Stampin’ Up!

patterned papers: Basic Grey

pin: Making Memories

gems: Michael’s

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