Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hey there friends!! Thanks SO much for stopping by and joining me in the HOP for Katie Renz!! It is an honor for me to be a part of this HOP!! She is such an inspiration to me!! She is such an AMAZING person!! Her story really hits home for me, as my family dynamic is VERY similar to hers!! could be ME in her shoes!! I just could NOT even begin to imagine!! I mean, you never know? Do you? No ONE of us is exempt from this HORRIFIC disease!! CANCER!!! If NOT you? Then who else? A sister, a brother? A husband, a child? Your parent or BEST friend?? This REALLY makes you think! Please, be thankful for EVERYTHING!! Please be thankful EVERYDAY I ALWAYS say? ENJOY LIFE!! This is the ONLY one we get!! I have been thinking and praying for Katie, hope you will do so too!Here is what we have all come together to do!

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. That is ONE HUNDRED PERCENT!! You read correctly!! 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.

Keep Swimming Octopus
Peachy Clear stamp

$5.50 with free shipping

Keep Swimming Octopus DIGIstamp
$3.00 with instant

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 dow

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

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

Keep Swimming Octopus,added Verve sentiment, Echo Park Splash DSP,PTI Orange CS,Carribean Twinery Twine,Mike's Red Rhinestones,Copics, I heart 2Stamp sketch


i {heart} papers said...

So bright and cheery! Thank you so much for helping support this cause. Please remember to tag with swimkatie when you upload to SCS. Thanks!!

Ashley Newell said...

So cute! I love the papers you used! Thanks for spreading the word and helping Katie!

Nichole Bryant said...

Adorable card!

Lisa Lara said...

I love all the colors! Thank you for doing this for Katie!

~amy~ said...

great card and event!