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I am, as I know each of us are, greatly humbled to be a part of this cause:

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.

All the items available for sale are located HERE.

I hope you will join me in supporting Katie through a purchase or donation. 

Donations can be made here:

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!


AJ Otto
Carolyn Mustopa
Dawn Burnworth
Deb Felts
Gretchen Belknap
Heather Jensen
Jen del Muro
Julie Ranae
Kate – i {heart} papers
Kendra Wietstock
Lisa Johnson
Loretta Lock
Lori Tecler
Lynn Mercurio
Marianne Walker
Michele Gross
Stacy aka Twinshappy
Tracy Schultz
Debbie Olson
Cindy Lawrence
Cindy Haffner 
Julie Koerber
Christine Okken
Tammy Hershberger
Danielle Kennedy
Barbara Anders
Makiko Jones
Ashley N Newell
Shannan Teubner
Taylor Usry
Jen Tapler
Jenn Balcer
Jenny Chesnick
Jess Larsen
Jessica Knutsen
Jimmi Mayo
Joan Bardee
Joan Ervin
Julia Aston
Julie Day
Julie Ebersole

  1. makes you think you’re cruising and outside your portal there she is swimming in all her glory.
    thanks for sharing such a lovely card.

  2. Love it!

  3. Your card turned out adorable! I love your window, doodled border and waves.
    Hugs and smiles

  4. Sooo cute!

  5. Hi, Kathy–i{heart}papers is collecting the funds, so their banner runs along the top of the donation page there at PayPal. HTH!

  6. Seriously?!?! OMG. I LOVE your card. The colors are awesome. I love the kraft with the yellow and that blue ribbon. Your window idea was FAB and I love the waves, too!!!

  7. sooooooooo CUTE!!!! Such a fab event!

  8. Very cute card! I tried to make a donation using the button you have and it directed me to PayPal, but then it didn’t have an address or anything for the money to go? Kathy

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