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 sample I stamped the Octopus twice. Once on Echo Park Country Drive Patterned paper, once on Neenah Solar White cardstock. The Octopus on the white cardstock was cut and embossed with one of the Picot Edge Circle Dies. The die was placed back on the cut cardstock, cloud die cuts were placed over it and the image was airbrushed with Copic Marker B02.

The image on the patterned paper was colored with Copic Markers (RV0000, RV10, RV13), cut out and adhered on the white cardstock circle. A different paper from the same paper pack was cut with the wave die from TCP. The edges were sponged with Bundled Sage Distress ink before the waves were adhered to the cardstock circle. Stardust Stickles was added to the top of the waves.

Two more pieces of Country Drive patterned paper were cut with the smallest of the Grand Circle Nestabilities dies and stitched to a slightly bigger piece of white cardstock. White Organdy Ribbon was tied around the layers before the image was adhered with dimensionals. It was topped with a button tied on with embroidery floss.

The card base is a piece of Kraft cardstock that was cut and embossed with Grand Scallop Circle Nestabilities dies. Baby Bling Rhinestones on the edge of the cardstock circle finish off the card.

Here are all the items available for sale

Keep Swimming Octopus
Peachy Clear stamp

$5.50 with free shipping

Keep Swimming Octopus DIGIstamp
$3.00 with instant download

Keep Swimming Octopus DIGIstamp with SVG cut file
$3.50 with instant download

Keep Swimming Mermaid DIGIstamp
$3.50 with instant download

Keep Swimming Ribbon Fish DIGIstamp and DIGIpapers
$5.00 with instant download

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

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


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

35 Responses to “Swimming for Katie Blog Hop”

  1. This is SO pretty! I love what you did with the image! It was so sweet of you to help out Katie like this!

  2. Adorable card Beate! I Love the way you paper pieced the octopus and water!
    Thanks for helping Katie!

    True 😀

  3. What a great card and the paper piecing on it looks great. What a wonderful idea help Katie and her family.

  4. Beate, this is so sweet! Great papers and design! Love that nestie! Thanks for all the links! I’m off to shop!

  5. You did a beautiful job with the image!!!

  6. So very sweet Beate. I love that you paper pieced her. The waves and clouds make the cutest scene. 🙂

  7. Thanks for helping! Beautiful card!

  8. What an awesome sample Beate! Love what you did with the octopus!

  9. Love the ocean you created for the octopus Biate – what a wonderful event for helping Katie!


  11. Gorgeous paper pieced, shaped card! Love it!

  12. Hello!

    Another beautiful creation and a beautiful blog hop for Katie! SO MANY wonderful bloggers out there are taking part! I have posted to my blog about the fund raiser with links to the sites. Thank you for this opportunity to help Katie. She is in my heart and prayers every day.

    Wishing you a happy day!


    Barbara Diane

  13. I love your card Beate!! It’s adorable. I’ll keep Katie and her family in my thoughts.

    Jessica Griffin

  14. Your card is absolutely adorable, Beate….the little pink octopus is sooo cute and I love the waves you created!!!

  15. What fun paper piecing Beate! Love those great waves!

  16. Beautiful card!

  17. What a wonderful card for such a great cause. I love the paper piecing, and the waves are perfect, the way you have layered them with the tentacles is really neat! I love the colors and layers, so charming.

  18. This is just so pretty! Love the way you’ve paper pieced the octopus!

  19. What a great idea for a blog hop for Katie. I just love the images. Your card is great. TFS.

  20. Beautiful card, love the coloring and colors. Love the detail with the bling, ribbon, and button. Thank you.

  21. Super cute card love the stamping and paper piecing!

  22. I love your beautiful card! Those layers are just wonderful. Sending love and prayers to Kate.

  23. Absolutely adorable card Beate. Thank you for doing this for Katie!

  24. LOVE the paper piecing and the airbrushed clouds.

  25. This is one amazing card for one amazing friend….

  26. love how you gave this card so many layers of interest which only made the image that much more impacting…lovely

  27. Gorgeous Card Beate!!!!

  28. This is Beautiful Beate!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us!

  29. OMGosh, I LOVE this!!! The colors are so sweet, love the shaped card, the border, the paper piecing… ALL of it!!!!

  30. This is so sweet! Love the paper pieced octopus and the sparkly layered waves.

  31. very cute, love your waves too!

  32. This is just the sweetest, Beate!

  33. Beautiful card!

  34. awww…. this is so sweet, Beate! love the waves you created. darling card!

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