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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Day 3 of the "Swimming For Katie Renz" Blog Hop ~ BLOG CANDY and a Digi Stamp Set I Donated for the Fundraiser

Hi Everyone!

I am so honored to be a part of the "Swimming For Katie Blog Hop". Katie is a design team sister and is such a sweet soul and an inspiration to so many people. I just had to do what I could to help out.

I will be giving away a $25.00 gift certificate that I bought from Simon Says Stamp to a lucky random person who leaves a comment below, telling me what you have done to help Katie. Whether it be purchasing a stamp, making a donation, creating a card for the hop, or even just spreading the word on your blog or Facebook page. Soooo....make sure and read all of the way to the bottom!

My card is a little different than the sweet octopus cards you have been looking at on most of the other blogs, because I made one for Katie with the "Swimming With Katie Ribbon Fish" digi set that I designed to help raise funds for her and her family.

This card is a bit of a hybrid because I stacked the digi papers in MS Word then added lots of "friend" ribbon fish and a personalized sentiment. I also printed a couple of extra "Katie" fish then fussy cut them out and stacked for a 3D effect which is visible in the lower picture.

About the 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, Jak Heath, and Trudy Sjolander of True =D Doodle Designs, 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. 

~~~This is the set I created for Katie's fund raiser. ~~~
Designed by Trudy Sjolander - True :D Doodle Designs
$4.00 with instant download.

Keep Swimming Octopus in 3 formats
Designed by Becky Oehlers

Keep Swimming Mermaid DIGIstamp
PNG and PDF files (one mermaid and one sentiment) included in a zip file for immediate download.
Designed by Marianne Walker

Keep Swimming Bubble Digipaper and Fish Digistamp

Set includes 3 bubble backgrounds (JPEG's), A5 in size and line art fish in a zip file for immediate

Designed by Jak Heath

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

If you would simply like to make a donation to Katie's fund, please click below.

Here are links to the rest of the day 3 hoppers:

Amy Heller 

Jackie Pedro 

Julie Masse 

Kecia Waters 

Sandie Dunne 

Susan Liles 

Latisha Yoast 

Laurie Schmidlin 

Lisa Arana 

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 

Jeanne Streiff
Trudy Sjolander -You Are Here! :)

Thanks so much for dropping by and a special thanks to those who are donating and/or spreading the word about our friend Katie! Please keep her and her family in your prayers!

Don't forget to leave a comment below to be eligible for the random drawing for the $25.00 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate. I will draw and announce the winner on Sunday, October 23rd.

True :D

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.

The winner of the free ticket will enjoy 3 days of non-stop fun and creativity with fellow scrappers, stampers and paper crafters, and can choose between the Charlotte, NC Scrap & Stamp Ritzy Retreat at The Ritz-Carlton on October 21-23 or the Orlando, FL Scrap & Stamp Retreat at the Marriott World Center on November 4-6. Both retreats promise to spoil you and provide 48-straight hours of creating, camaraderie and fun!

To learn more about the events, please visit: http://www.creatingforcauses.org/our-events/scrapbook-events/.

Not only will you be raising money for Katie by making a donation, you get a chance to win a wonderful weekend getaway for yourself! And, because all of Creating for Causes' events are charity events that raise money for local charities, you'll be giving back twice!

Wow, a weekend retreat for you and two chances to help others. Does it get any better than that?

Here's how it works:

Simply make a $33 donation (or more) for Katie and indicate that you want to be entered in the Creating for Causes Retreat ticket drawing. Everyone who makes a qualifying donation will be entered into the drawing and one lucky person will be attending this 3-day retreat for FREE! That lucky person could just be you!  (If you have already donated and wish to be included, just email kate(at) iheartpapers (dot) com)

DEADLINE TO ENTER FOR THIS GIVEAWAY IS FRIDAY 9PM EST, although other donations will be accepted for weeks to come.


Marsha said...

Katie and I live only 30 minutes apart from each other so I have on occasion brought the Renz family a meal or cookies, and help her out with laundry. I also made her a card this week that I will be sending her way tomorrow. Thank you to all who help her. She is a sweetheart.

Anonymous said...

How generous of you True.
I love Katie. I've sent a care package and bought stamp packages and have tons of people praying for her. We all do what we can!

Take care,

i {heart} papers said...

Adorable! Thank you so much for helping support this cause with your post and your giveaway and of course, your digis. Please remember to tag with swimkatie when you upload to SCS. Thanks!!

Allisa said...

I only recently came across Katie's story and was truly touched. I have made a donation and will be sending cards her way.

Linda said...

Have been following Katie since last year, praying, words of support, enlisted prayer, donated to each fundraiser and now, a card. I am so glad to see everyone come together for her and her "boys"

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Thank you for your wonderful gift of your art to benefit Katie and the Renz family! I'm part of this hop, have bought a stamp, donated, and I'm hosting a challenge for people who have used one of the images from the Swimming with Katie hop to enter and win a prize. It's amazing to see everyone come together for my beautiful friend!

Nichole Bryant said...

Beautiful card!

Allie Cat Beads said...

Hi True, I just learned of Katie's struggles today from Gina K's blog. I am heartbroken for her and her family. My family and I will be praying for her and adding their family to our prayer list at church. I've been reading her blog for the last hour and a half and can only find tears on my keyboard. I can't imagine the pain (physically & emotionally) they all must be going through. I shared her blog page and fundraiser links on my facebook fanpage (www.facebook.com/AllieCatBeads.fanpage) and want to post this afternoon on my own blog. I hope she has an amazing turn out. My thanks to you for your efforts.. without the support of friends and family where would we be?

zehra said...

Beautiful card, praying that she feels better, got her stamp and ribbon fish. Take care

Lisa Lara said...

This is absolutely brilliant True. I love all the fishies. Thank you for doing this for Katie. I love your digi.

MicheleV said...

I've been following Katies blog since March of 2008 when she posted a Halloween card! lol Her personality shines right through her blog! I love your fish and that is the set I purchased (5 of them!) all for Katie. My card is heading out to her shortly. Wonderful blog hop that was put together; I hope lots of money will be raised for the Renz family!
Take Care.

Pam said...

What a beautiful card you have made for Katie! It's amazing, just like this wonderfully caring community we are all a part of.

marilyn said...

LOVE the card and I actually purchased the digi set you made. I love that ribbon fish. I made a card and plan to send it to Katie!

Anonymous said...

I just made a card with your set. LOVIN IT!

~amy~ said...

FABulous card and event!