Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Swimming for Katie Blog Hop

Relay.php_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.

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

And we have a  HUGE prize that was just gifted yesterday!!
To help raise money for Katie, Creating for Causes (www.creatingforcauses.org) has generously donated a FREE ticket (value: $249.95) to one of their upcoming 3-day Scrap & Stamp Retreats.

The winner of the free ticket will enjoy 3 days of non-stop fun and creativity with fellow scrappers, stampers and paper crafters, and can choose between the Charlotte, NC Scrap & Stamp Ritzy Retreat at The Ritz-Carlton on October 21-23 or the Orlando, FL Scrap & Stamp Retreat at the Marriott World Center on November 4-6. Both retreats promise to spoil you and provide 48-straight hours of creating, camaraderie and fun!

To learn more about the events, please visit: http://www.creatingforcauses.org/our-events/scrapbook-events/

Not only will you be raising money for Katie by making a donation, you get a chance to win a wonderful weekend getaway for yourself! And, because all of Creating for Causes' events are charity events that raise money for local charities, you'll be giving back twice!
Here's how it works:
Simply make a $33 donation (or more) for Katie and indicate that you want to be entered in the Creating for Causes Retreat ticket drawing. Everyone who makes a qualifying donation will be entered into the drawing and one lucky person will be attending this 3-day retreat for FREE! That lucky person could just be you! (If you have already donated and wish to be included, just email kate(at) iheartpapers (dot) com)

DEADLINE TO ENTER FOR THIS GIVEAWAY IS FRIDAY 9PM EST, although other donations will be accepted for weeks to come.

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

Here is the list of all of the designers joining in the hop today:

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 Lynette 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 Gumprecht Geny Cassady Gina K. Holly McMillen Jak Heath Javablustamper/Jacquie Kimberly Crawford Jeanne Streiff Trudy Sjolander

Thank you!



~amy~ said...

sooooo sweet and for such a great cause!

Kate (i {heart} papers) said...

Love all your layers and papers. Thank you for helping! Please be sure to tag your card with swimkatie when you upload to SCS. Thanks!

Geny said...

Super cute card Niki! Love all those layers!

Ashley N Newell said...

Such a pretty card! I love the black and the flowers! Thanks for spreading the word to help Katie!

Nichole Bryant said...

Beautiful card!

Lisa Lara said...

This is sooooooooooooooooo gorgeous Niki! Thank you for doing this for Katie!

jen shears said...

a beautiful creation for a great cause...