Monday, October 10, 2011

Stamping 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. 

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

I have followed Katie's blog from the very beginning of this journey.  I admire her courage and strength at a time when I would have folded completely.  I created this card with my son doing all the coloring.  As he was working on this picture I just kept thinking about Katie and her boys and all that they must be feeling at this time.  I am humbled by her attitude and courage.  Keep on swimming Katie we all love you. 

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

Bloggers for Katie:

AJ Otto
Carolyn Mustopa
Dawn Burnworth  (you are here )
 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


  1. Daring card, Dawn. Love the ribbon you used.

  2. This is so cute! I love the ribbon! Gorgeous! Thanks for helping Katie!

  3. Adorable card. That big plaid bow makes me smile!
    Thanks for helping Katie!

    True :D

  4. This is fabulous! I love the glitter!

  5. Just perfect for such a great cause x

  6. Thank you so much for helping! Adorable card!


  8. Dawn, your card is darling! Love the scene you created.
    Hugs and smiles

  9. Love the glittery octopus and that big plaid bow :)

  10. She is just precious, Dawn, and how touching that your son did the coloring...your card is beautiful!!!!

  11. Beautiful card!! I love the ribbon!! I'll keep Katie and her family in my thoughts.

    Jessica Griffin

  12. What great ribbon girl! This is so fresh feeling!

  13. What a beautiful card Dawn.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  14. Fabulous card - the colouring is super - well done to your son! And the ribbon looks amazing!

  15. Love the ribbon on the card, great accent. Thank you.

  16. So sweet! I love the pink glitter Octopus and how you let your son help you. :)

  17. Wonderful coloring by your son on the octopus Dawn - love the ocean!

  18. I love your beautiful cards, Dawn!!! Sending love and prayers to Kate.

  19. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Dawn this is just soooooooooooooooooooooo sweet. Love that ribbon. Thank you for doing this for Katie!

  20. The ribbon is beautiful and LOVE that your son colored it! Great job by both of you.

  21. Darling card- love the ribbon. Thanks for being a part of such a great cause!

  22. I love that you had your son working on this card. It will mean a lot to her to know a child's hand was instrumental in brightening her day. thanks for being a part of this cause.

  23. So so cute!! Thanks for helping Katie!!!

  24. Oh I love this card! so sweet!
    Thank you for sharing with us for such a great cause!

  25. Love your card with this little cutie staying afloat and that ribbon is FAB!!!

  26. You and your son did a beautiful job on this card! Love the coloring and the pretty bow.

  27. so beautiful, Dawn! loove that ribbon and your sweet octo.


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