Tuesday, 11 October 2011

...Swimming for Katie...

Good morning! I have scheduled this post and I sure hope it's up at the right time!! Yesterday Kate at I(heart)papers began a huge blog hop in aid of Katie Renz, and today it's my turn to play along. You can read the details below, and I will just give a quick note on my card  - I cut an aperture in a kraft card base and doodled around it in white gel pen, before mounting my copic coloured octopus image behind it, and a little more doodling with a kraft coloured copic on the image. I have known Katie for a while now and every time I think of her I'd love to give her a big hug, so it somehow seemed appropriate to spend some time doodling little hearts and arrows around this sweet image. I hope you can join in the fundraising efforts by spreading the word and maybe popping over to get yourself a cute stamp.

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!"

List of participants

Ashley Harris
Clare Buswell
Jessica Diedrich
Lisa Somerville
Charlene Merrick
Eva Dobilas
Judy Rozema
Sharon Doolittle
Tifany DeGough
Windy Robinson
Ashley Cannon Newell
Connie McCotter
Heidi Van Laar
Karen Maldonado
Lori Craig
Melissa Phillips
Tosha Leyendekker
Amy Kolling
Angela Thomas
Angelica Suarez
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


  1. Claire - I really like the hand drawn doodles around the aperture and the bright and beautiful octopus! It's a lovely card.

  2. FAB card..LOVE your doodling!

  3. This is lovely! You doodled that!?! I am insanely jealous of your talent. Thanks for helping! Please remember to upload and tag swimkatie for online galleries! Thank you!

  4. love the doodles!!! Adorable!

  5. Absolutely beautiful! Love it. So unique. Thank you for doing this for Katie!

  6. So pretty! I love the purple! Thanks for spreading the word and helping Katie!

  7. This is a fab card, full of fun and life!

  8. LOVING the doodles and I'm sure Katie will too. Fabulous card.

  9. I will be thinking of Katie and saying a special prayer for her today. God bless her.

  10. SUPER SUPER CUTE!!!!! TFS!!!! Hugs and prayers her way!!!!!!


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