Swimming for Katie!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm so delighted to be taking part in this very special blog hop for Katie RenzFrom 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. 
Here's the card I made using the Swimming for Katie digital image colored with acrylic paints. I am a little terrified of coloring images but I gave it my best shot!

I wasn't even sure what color an octopus was supposed to be, I think grey but that's not very cheery so I went for a bright yellow instead. I added some fishy friends and bubbles from Half Pint Heroes from Waltzingmouse Stamps. 

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Live and Laugh. The banner I made using the banner stamp from Bitty Banners from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

The background paper I stamped using Pic-Nic Patterns. I really hope you'll join me in supporting Katie through a purchase or a donation. Katie really is a special lady, she inspires me so much. (Katie, if you're hopping I hope you realize how much we all love and support you!)

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

The following is a list of everyone who has projects posted today. I hope you'll be inspired by them and moved to purchase or donate. If you'd like to send Katie a card, here's her mailing address:

Katie Renz
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913,


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

Cindi Bisson

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. Hi Cutie!! I don't know why you are terrified of coloring, because I think you did a great job!! I especially love your color combo of orange and blue :-)

  2. Love your card! Those fishies are so cute with the octopus.

  3. You did a great job coloring! Thanks for helping out!

  4. This is gorgeous! I love the blue, green, and orange! Thanks for spreading the word to help Katie!

  5. A work of art Clare. Should be framed! Love it! Thank you for doing this for Katie!

  6. I was just on Katie's blog yesterday trying to find an address to send her a card. Thanks for sharing it. Your card is so adorable and cheerful!

  7. the little fishes.

  8. Such a sweet little octopus! I do like the background stamping and the lovely sentiment!


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