Monday, October 10, 2011

Sharing our hearts for Katie Renz

It's the start of a brand new week here at 
The Open Window and a very bittersweet post to share.
If you have visited my blog in the past few days, it will
be no secret to you that the papercrafting community is
one of the most caring on the planet.
We are now coming together to as a family once again...
Although I don't know her personally, Katie Renz
has been an inspiration to me since I've learned of
her story....she has been battling an inoperable cancer
since just before Christmas of 2010.
It was diagnosed in a matter of days .... and you can
read of her diagnosis if you visit her post here.
This wife and mother of 3 had her world forever changed
and has shared her story during her struggle.

The theme for this blog hop came after she recently
posted on her blog and I hope you will visit this post
to see why we are all 'Swimming for Katie'.

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. 
All of the information you need 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.
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.  
So much inspiration...I hope they will inspire you
to donate too.


Unknown said...

Fun card Julie!
Thanks for helping Katie!

True :D

i {heart} papers said...

Thanks for helping Julie! I hope your event was a huge success as well!

Jessica Griffin said...

Nice card Julie. xo

Jessica Griffin

Ashley Newell said...

Super cute! I love the glittery tentacles! Thanks for hopping to support Katie!

Deborah Frings said...

A super cute octopus - love the sparkly tentacles!!

Julia Aston said...

Nice embossing and coloring on this!

Keely Livings said...

I love your beautiful card, Julie! Sending love and prayers to Kate.

Lisa Lara said...

I love the embossing Julie. Thank you for doing this for Katie!

Jessica Diedrich said...

Such darling glittery tentacles ;) What a cutie pie! Thanks for being part of such a wonderful cause and outpouring of support for our Katie!

Lizscraps said...

I like the background embossing, makes it feel like underwater bubbles

Tenia Nelson said...

Beautiful card and thanks for helping out Katie!!

Mary Friederichsen said...

Love the contrast of the blue and white and the embossing! Thank you for sharing Julie!


Vanessa Middleton said...

Geez, Katie's story breaks my heart. We used to sell CTMH together... well, at the same time. I read her blog from time to time and it breaks my heart completely. I bought the stamp and hope many others do, too. How can you NOT? It's adorable and so is your card! xoxo

Unknown said...

Sweet card!

Lori said...

This is too fun, Julie! Love the eye-catching sparkle. Thanks for participating in the hop!

Erum Tasneem said...

so adorable!

Shawna said...

Great card. It is really nice seeing the crafty community come together to help someone!

Mona Pendleton said...

Cute card Julie! Love the embossed layers! Surely Katie will appreciate this jewel!