{10.12.2011} a day for Katie

Today, I’m Swimming for Katie

My heart jumped at the chance to be apart of this fundraiser for Katie and her family.

Keep Swimming Octopus DIGIstamp
Splash papers (Echo Park)
twine (The Twinery)

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 AND to help raise money for Katie, Creating for Causes (www.creatingforcauses.org) has generously donated a FREE ticket (value: $249.95) to one of their upcoming 3-day Scrap & Stamp Retreats.

  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 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

Amy Heller

Jackie Pedro

Julie Masse

Kecia Waters

Sandie Dunne

Susan Liles

Latisha Yoast

Laurie Schmidlin

Lisa Arana (ME)

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

Trudy Sjolander

Thank you so much for stopping by and/or going through the hop for this special lady.


  1. lostinpaper

    Amazing card for a wonderful cause!

  2. Wendy ten Hove

    Love your card for Katie, Lisa! So funny the little octopusses in the back! And love that you kept it white, looks stylish this way, but fun as well! Will surely put a smile on her face!!
    Hugs, Wendy

  3. ~amy~

    LOVE what you’ve done with the image…such a wonderful event!

  4. Kary

    This is a wonderful card, Lisa!! I’m so saddened by Katie’s story and yet so inspired by all the crafters who have joined hands to support her. What a marvellous community!! God bless!

  5. Kate - i {heart} papers

    What a great way to use the digi! Love it! Thank you so much for helping. Please remember to tag your card when you upload to SCS with swimkatie. Thanks!

  6. Ashley N Newell

    What a fabulous use of the digi stamp! This is awesome! Thanks for spreading the word to help Katie!

  7. Pryn Garritan

    Adorable card!!! Such a wonderful thing you are all doing for Katie. I am sure that with friends like you she finds strength and courage. I will have Katie and her family in my heart and prayers. Off to check out the site!

  8. lynn

    cute! love the diffferent sizes, lisa!

  9. Lisa Lara

    This is so creative and adorable Lisa. Thank you for doing this for Katie!

  10. Anne t

    Cute card and GREAT cause!!

  11. Lindsey

    This is a beautiful card, Lisa, and for such a heartrending cause.

  12. Savannah O'Gwynn

    This is AMAZING! I love the idea of having lots of little octopuses! I love your color choice too!! FAB!

  13. Jessi

    What a lovely inspiration for Katie & her family, Lisa. I love that you included them all in your creation 🙂 {{{hugs}}}}

  14. Jocelyn

    Love your card, and I love that everyone is pulling together for Katie. It’s so nice to see the papercrafter love! 🙂 The different sizing of the octopuses looks so cool!

  15. Jackie

    Adorable card for a great cause! I agree with Jocelyn the different sizes are awesome!

  16. Lisa Henke

    sooo cool and unique. love the design…so fun!

  17. Jackie

    What a sweet card for a wonderful cause!

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