10 October 2011

Swimming For Katie!!

Today I have the privilege of participating in an event for a wonderful woman and her family.  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. Here are all the items available for sale.

I hope you will join me in supporting Katie through a purchase or donation. At the end of this post 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 

I used the Cosmo Cricket Salt Air paper to pair with my sweet little octopus.  My card is going in the mail to Katie today!! Before you head off to see all the other fabulous creations these amazing artists are sharing today, I'd like to offer you a bit of incentive to donate or purchase one of the items for sale:
Don't you want to win this Cling Jumbo Tree Gifts set?  All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me you've donated to Katie and her sweet family no later than Friday, October 14 at 9:00 PM EST.  I'll announce a winner on Saturday, October 15.  You don't have to tell me how much you donated, but I'm counting on the honor system that if you SAY you donated or purchased, you did! Any amount will help - there is no such thing as too small.

You can donate here, or using the button at the top right of my sidebar.
And now for the list of fantabulous women who have some together to help Katie keep swimming today:

Taylor Usry  (you are here)

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for helping Katie and her family!!!

Supplies: 
Stamps: Keep Swimming Octopus (i {heart} papers)
Card Stock: Black (Recollections), White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Salt Air (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Coloring Medium: Copics (G20, YG63, YG67, R81, R83, R85); Spica Atyou Glitter Pen
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities, Word Window Punch 

21 comments:

True :) said...

Adorable card!
Love the green! I've seen lots of pinks and purples but yours is the first green!
Thanks for helping Katie!

Hugs,
True :D

Jingle said...

Beautiful card, Taylor!!!

i {heart} papers said...

Thanks for your help and extra incentive. Love the rich green!

MissScrapAlot said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! HUGS AND PRAYERS HER WAY!!!!!

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Julie Day said...

Oooo I love your card in green! Great design :)

NinaN said...

Beautiful card!

Debgem said...

I just love your octopus - shades of green - perfect!! And I'm geting a couple of these digi sets - they really are lovely!

Jessica Griffin said...

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

Jessica Griffin
http://www.canyoupixelthis.com

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

What a fabulous card, Taylor! I love the green that you used, really unexpected and pretty! I donated directly and bought the stamps. Thanks for spreading the word to help Katie!

Julia Aston said...

Love the papers you used Taylor and the green colors!

gramma jacki said...

I've followed Katie's heartbreaking blog since diagnosis last December. This is the BEST kindness you artists are doing for her - each blog I visit today makes me smile because you are all coming together for such a special lady. I already bought the mermaid this morning but after seeing all these adorable ocupuses - octupi? I'm off to buy her too! Bless you all.

Lisa Lara said...

Absolutely magnificent Taylor. Thank you for doing this for Katie.

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

LOVE this color scheme...love your card...love your heart. Thanks for being part of such a wonderful cause and outpouring of support for our Katie! You are awesome for offering up blog candy too!! xoxo

Tenia Nelson said...

I love this card dearie!! Thanks for helping Katie and her family!!

Lori said...

This is fabulous! Love the earthy color scheme.

marilyn said...

Fabulous card. Love the colors!

Nichole Bryant said...

love the greens on your card!

Rochelle said...

Awesome!

Lizscraps said...

great incentive and beautiful card.

Jessica said...

great card! I ordered the stamp yesterday. thanks for helping with this great cause!! :)

Gramma jacki said...

I'm hoping to find the stamps I ordered in my mailbox tomorrow! You girls have done an amazing job with this blog hop! Thank you all. <3