October 11, 2011

Swimming For Katie Blog Hop Day #!

Hi there everyone!  I am so proud to be participating in the Swimming For Katie Renz blog hop and fundraiser!  Today is the final day of blog hops so I hope you'll take the time to hop around to see what everyone has made using this image created just for Katie!

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 LOVE how the stamping community comes together when someone is in need.  You see, I don't personally know Katie....I know her as a stamper, a great one, and I know about her battle with Cancer and about her family through her blog.  I pray for Katie everyday....I pray that she will get better so she can stand beside her husband and watch her kids grow.  It's so hard to see anyone, especially a Mom, deal with so much.  So here I am.....doing just a small part to raise money for such a GREAT cause.  So if you're the praying type, pray for Katie.  I know she can use all our prayers in her fight.

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

Today's Participants:

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 Gumprech
Geny Cassady
Gina K.
Holly McMillen
Jak Heath
Kimberly Crawford
Jeanne Streiff
Trudy Sjolander

Thanks for stopping by!


Francie G. said...

Oh my goodness, this is beauty and cuteness all in one! Fabulous details!

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Luanne said...

Oooo! This just makes me squeal with delight! Love how you intertwined his legs and waves!! Love it!!

Debbie Carriere said...

Jackie, this is soooo adorable!!!!

i {heart} papers said...

This is beautiful! I love your waves. Thank you for helping. Please remember to upload to SCS and tag with swimkatie. Thank you!!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

This is adorable! I love the yellow and the fun papers! Thanks for spreading the word to help Katie!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Amazing, Jackie. I love how your project turned out. Thanks for helping promote this worthwhile cause.

Nichole Bryant said...

Gorgeous card!

Lisa Lara said...

Absolutely adorable Jackie. Love all those gorgeous papers. Thank you for doing this for Katie!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

LOVE this Jacks! FAB coloring and I LOVE the layout and papers!!!

~amy~ said...

oh such a cute card!