Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Swimming for Katie Blog Hop and Fundraiser

Welcome to one, huge BlogHop and Fundraiser.....I am so glad you are here.

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.
I am lucky enough to have had the chace to work with Katie.  We were on the Limelight Papercrafts DT a few years back.  She's one sweet and super talented chica!

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's my card....this sweet lil' octopus is just darling. I had fun making her festive and encouraging for Katie. 

Papers are Cosmo Cricket. I used the MFT jumbo ric rac and scallop banners to accent the card. I also added a touch of glitter to glam it up!

I'll leave you with that, there is sooo much to see, so I'll send you on your way. The Blog List for today can be found below.

Amy Heller

Jackie Pedro

Julie Masse

Kecia Waters

Sandie Dunne

Susan Liles

Latisha Yoast

Laurie Schmidlin

Lisa Arana

Lisa Henke

Lisa Silver

Lydia Fiedler

Lyn Bernatovich


Maria Gurnsey

Meg Craig

Melissa Bickford

Michelle Woerner

Mona Pendleton

Niki Estes

Robyn Weatherspoon

Sarah Jay

Sarah Martina Parker

Savannah O'Gwynn

Stephanie Washburn

Susanna Boyd

Tobi Crawford

Julie Lacey

Kim Kesti

Shemaine Smith

Danielle Lounds

Debbie Carriere

DoBea A.

Fran Gumprecht

Geny Cassady

Gina K.

Holly McMillen

Jak Heath


Kimberly Crawford

Jeanne Streiff

Trudy Sjolander

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. Very cute card for Katie's cause. I like your octopus and your banner and all the papers you used. :)

  2. What an awesome creation Lisa! Love how, with the banners, it seems the octopus is cheering you on!

  3. So cute!! Thank you for helping! Please be sure to tag your card with swimkatie when you upload to SCS. Thanks!

  4. This is fabulous! I love the banner! Thanks for spreading the word to help Katie!

  5. This is SOOOOOO super cute! LOVE your papers and your design--LOVE how you cut the octopus out! FAB!

  6. This is so cute, love all the polky-dots!!!

  7. This is the cutest card I have seen on this hop.. LOVE this Lisa.

  8. super CUTE all the patterns!


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