Swimming 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.

Here are all the items available for sale.

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

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

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Pretty in Pink

mftstamps, key to my heart

Today’s card is brought to you via Lori’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge over on Splitcoast. It was SO much fun to get inky again!

You can find the challenge gallery here. Come and play along!

Stuff I Used:

Stamp: Key to My Heart from My Favorite Things

Ink: Copics + Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found, Blush (glittered paper is from the same collection, but in 12 x 12), chocolate brown base, black layers

Accessories: Bling (colored with a copic), lace and pink ribbon from May Artz, Tim Holtz heart, Tim Holtz key

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Why, hello there.

Summer’s always been busy, but this summer’s been an especially crazy one that’s caused me to pretty much disappear off the face of this blog! Lots of fun with the kids, traveling a little, and to cap it all off before we get back into a real routine, a quick trip up to Oklahoma City this weekend for a Copic Certification with Lori Craig. It was so much fun to sit and color for a while with Sharon and Beate and catch up with everyone.

If you’ve been looking for more information on Copics and are interested in completing our certification program, check this list! You can get more information (and register for updates) here.


8 Savannah GA taught by Colleen Schaan Open to Public
18 Ottawa, Canada taught by Sherrie Siemens Open to Public
22 Orlando, FL taught by Jenn Balcer Filling FAST!
30 Portland ME taught by Lori Craig Cancelled


13 Knoxville, TN taught by Colleen Schaan Open to Stores & Designers
17 Sacramento, CA taught by Debbie Olson Open to Stores & Designers
28 Portland, OR taught by Colleen Schaan applications have not gone out yet


4 Honolulu, Hawaii taught by Marianne Walker Open to Public*
5 Honolulu, Hawaii taught by Marianne Walker Open to Public*
*Note: There is a non-refundable deposit for Hawaii Classes

Intermediate Certification
Intermediate Papercrafting Certification classes are popular! These classes are open to ANYONE who has taken the standard Certification class, and who wants to learn how to color and design more like an artist.

Sept 14 Minneapolis, MN taught by Debbie Olson now accepting applications
Sept 17 Ottawa, Canada taught by Sherrie Siemens now accepting applications
Sept 22 Orlando, FL taught by Colleen Schaan now accepting applications

Oct. 16 Sacramento, CA taught by Debbie Olson now accepting applications
Oct. 22 Langley, BC taught by Sherrie Siemens now accepting applications
Oct. 29 Portland, OR taught by Colleen Schaan applications have not gone out yet.

Nov. 6 Honolulu, Hawaii taught by Marianne Walker now accepting applications

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