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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Swimming for Katie Blog Hop



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.


For my card, I stamped and colored this cute octopus image with Copic markers.  Using a circle Nestability, I employed the "out-of-the-box" technique by having a portion of the Keep Swimming flag outside of the circle.  I matted this circle image with a Brocade Blue Fleur de Lis Motif Nestability.  I used the small Fleur de Lis square Nestability and cut it in half for my corners.  The background designer paper is by American Crafts and reminded me of water with its wavy lines.  I finished off the card with these pretty blue pearls.

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

Here are all the items for sale.

And here is a list of everyone participating in today's blog hop:

12 comments:

Betty Wright said...

Sweet, Charlene! LOVE the blushed cheeks! Adorable!

Carolyn King said...

Love how you framed that octapus! So sweet!

marilyn said...

Love the blue and black. Fabulous card.

i {heart} papers said...

Love the little dimple blush cheeks! Thank you for being part of this!

Loretta said...

Charlene, your card is darling!!

MissScrapAlot said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! Tfs!!!!
Hugs and prayers her way!!!!!!!!
wyme98@yahoo.com

Nichole Bryant said...

Cute card - love the blue and black!

wendyp said...

love the blues with sweet octopus! Adorable card!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

How adorable! Thanks for spreading the word about this event!

Lisa Lara said...

Absolutely beautiful Charlene. Hope you are recovering and doing well. Thank you for doing this for Katie!

Mothermark said...

Your card is wonderful and so is the cause! Good job Bertie! I love this!

Debgem said...

Such a charming and shy octopus! It's fab!