Sunday, October 9, 2011

Swimming for Katie with a Freckled Octopus

I have the great privilege today to join in something really big for someone special.  Most of you who are here regularly know that my husband has had cancer twice and has fought to remission both times.  So this cause today is close to my heart.

Keep Swimming Octopus
Peachy Clear stamp

$5.50 with free shipping

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. 

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.

And here's what I made to honor Katie and encourage her to keep swimming!

I've given this adorable octopus some very fun color with Copics adding lots of dots with the markers and my blender pen to give it the feeling of freckles.  Very fun together with this great Yacht Club paper from Webster's Pages. 

If you would like to send Katie a card, her mailing address is:

Katie Renz
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913

Here is a list of all the fantastic Stampers who are participating today please go and visit!  

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


Marisa said...

Fabulous card. Love the DPs and how you used them and the octopus is darling :)

KarinsArtScrap said...

what a adorable and sweet card christine.

greetings karin

Jingle said...

Super adorable!

Conniecrafter said...

very cute, neat coloring and design of the card!

i {heart} papers said...

Thank you for helping! Your card is adorable!

MissScrapAlot said...


whoistracy said...

What a cute card! Love how you framed the digi.

NinaN said...

Beautiful card!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

This is so fun and vibrant Christine.

Debgem said...

Such a sweet octopus - I do like the backing papers too! Just gorgeous!

Jessica Griffin said...

Beautiful card, I love the blue!

xo I'll keep Katie and her family in my thoughts.

Jessica Griffin

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

This is awesome! I love the colors you used! Thanks for spreading the word to help Katie!

Heather Jensen said...

I love what you did here Christine. The way you colored the Octopus makes it look like it has texture. :)

Nichole Bryant said...

awesome card!

Lisa Lara said...

Super cute Christine. Thank you for doing this for Katie!

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

OH my WORD! Your coloring is FABULOUS Christine and the papers/layout too. Gorgeous card! Thanks for being part of such a wonderful cause and outpouring of support for our Katie!

Keely Yowler said...

WOWZA! Your card is fabulous, Christine! Sending love and prayers to Katie.

Tenia Nelson said...

Super cute card!! Thanks for helping Katie and her family!!

Joan Ervin said...

Your card is sooo cute, the coloring, colors, and paper you used...absolutely adorable!!!

Lori said...

This is adorable, Christine! Love the dotted octopus! Thanks for participating in the hop.

marilyn said...

Beautiful creation. Love the designer papers you chose and all of the layers.

Julia Aston said...

Wonderful coloring on this Christine! love the papers you used and fun buttons!

Lizscraps said...

actually looks like she's dancing with how she's placed and colored. Nice job.