Swimming for Katie!

I enjoy participating in many hops and challenges in our papercrafting community. It’s because stamping makes me happy. Today, however, I’m not happy, but humbled to be participating with over 125 designers as we band together to support one of our own…one of our fellow stampers who could be any one of us…A vivacious, funny, caring and crafty mother of 3 was dealt a crippling diagnosis of inoperable gastric cancer.  Today, I’m swimming for Katie Renz!

If you are not familiar with Katie’s story, it began just before Christmas last year. She was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer after a few tummy aches. Stage 4 gastric cancer. Her first post about the cancer is here. The idea of ‘Swimming for Katie” came from her recent post here, just 3 weeks ago.

This is my card created with the exclusive stamp designed by Becky Oehlers. It’s available as a clear stamp, digi and even SVG cut file. 100% of the profits from the sale of these items got to Katie’s fund to help her and her young family. In addition to the Keep Swimming Octopus, Marianne Walker and True = D Doodle Designs both 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 info and the full list of 3 day hop participants, as well as a donation button.

Here are all the items available for sale.

And here (if you need any more encouragement) is a list of today’s hoppers with an ocean full of inspiration:

I’m loading this card to my Splitcoast gallery, and I’m going to keyword it for swimkatie and Lydia’s Pink Animal Hope You Can Cling To challenge. I’ll be back soon with more for Hope You Can Cling To!

Swimming for Katie ~


6 responses to “Swimming for Katie!

  1. Oh, Lori–the color gradations on this are just loverly!!! Darling design!

  2. Love this! Thank you so much for helping! And you’re one of the few people I don’t need to remind to upload! 🙂

  3. Cute card!

  4. The coloring on this is STUNNING! And I love how you re-did the sign! It’s lovely! Thanks for spreading the word to help Katie!

  5. SUPER SUPER CUTE!!!!! TFS!!!! Hugs and prayers her way!!!!!!

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  6. Thank you for sharing Lori, I love your card and ordered my image too. I’ll post as soon as I get it and have time to create.

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