Monday, October 10, 2011

Swimming For Katie

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. There is also a donation button on the upper right column of my blog--it will also be there for the duration of the hop.

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!

Barbara Anders (<---you are here!) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Keep Swimming Octopus DIGIstamp (i{heart}papers)
Paper: Sweet Tooth; Baja Breeze, Pear Pizazz (SU!); Copic x-press blender paper; Barefoot and Bliss (Bo Bunny)
Ink: Printer ink; gold Pentel pen
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Rim Holtz); Standard Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders);  Catch a Wave Die-namics die (MFT); button, baker's twine, Copic markers; bling


  1. Thank you for helping! Love the stitching and the panels on your design.

  2. OH I love your combination of papers Bar! This is perfect! Cuter than cute!

  3. Lovely shades of blue and aqua! Very pretty card!

  4. Lovely card!!
    xo I'll keep Katie and her family in my thoughts.

    Jessica Griffin

  5. This is so cute! I love the colors! Thanks for spreading the word to help Katie!

  6. Great card Barb. Thank you for doing this for Katie!

  7. I LOVE this, Bar! The colors are perfect and the design/layout is so great!

  8. What a wonderful card!!! Thanks for helping Katie and her family!!

  9. This is so pretty! Love the combination of colors and the stitching around the edges of the panels.

  10. Beautiful! Love the turquoise and lime green!

  11. Your card is sooo cute, your gorgeous coloring, colors, papers...beautifully done!!!


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