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.

For my sample I stamped the Octopus twice. Once on Echo Park Country Drive Patterned paper, once on Neenah Solar White cardstock. The Octopus on the white cardstock was cut and embossed with one of the Picot Edge Circle Dies. The die was placed back on the cut cardstock, cloud die cuts were placed over it and the image was airbrushed with Copic Marker B02.

The image on the patterned paper was colored with Copic Markers (RV0000, RV10, RV13), cut out and adhered on the white cardstock circle. A different paper from the same paper pack was cut with the wave die from TCP. The edges were sponged with Bundled Sage Distress ink before the waves were adhered to the cardstock circle. Stardust Stickles was added to the top of the waves.

Two more pieces of Country Drive patterned paper were cut with the smallest of the Grand Circle Nestabilities dies and stitched to a slightly bigger piece of white cardstock. White Organdy Ribbon was tied around the layers before the image was adhered with dimensionals. It was topped with a button tied on with embroidery floss.

The card base is a piece of Kraft cardstock that was cut and embossed with Grand Scallop Circle Nestabilities dies. Baby Bling Rhinestones on the edge of the cardstock circle finish off the card.

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

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

Thank you!

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

The Cat’s Pajamas Tuesday challenge as well as the next challenge on Moxie Fab World is to use Felt on your project. I decided to create a scene with it. I cut grass, clouds and a flower with TCP’s CutUp dies and the background with the smallest Classic Square Grand Nestabilities die.

The background, the clouds and one grass layer were stitched to a 3/16″ bigger piece of white cardstock. A second grass layer was adhered over the first one. The flower was taped to the left side of the grass layers and topped with an orange Want2Scrap Rhinestone.

The girl is from the set Wet Puddle. It was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Neenah Solar white cardstock. It was colored with Copic Markers (jacket: Y13, Y15, Y17, W2   boots: R24, R27, R39   skin: E000, E01, E11   Hair: YR31, E33, E37) and cut out. The raincoat and boots were covered in Glossy Accents. Once it dried, it was adhered to the scene with dimensionals.

Another row of clouds was cut out of white cardstock. One cloud was cut out and a sentiment of the set was stamped in Tuxedo Black ink in its center.

For the inside of the card two pieces of grass were cut out of Echo Park Country Drive patterned paper, clouds out of the blue felt I had used on the front for the background. The pieces were stitched to a 3 7/8″ square of white cardstock.

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I love The Cat’s Pajama stamps. I need to use them more.  I love the cute characters and the hilarious sentiments! I had stamped and colored this cute bunny from Kick some Grass at the CHA Supershow. Once I got home I cut and embossed the image with a Classic Circle die and the out of the box technique. It layered it on a piece of black cardstock that had been cut and embossed with a Scallop Circle die and paper pierced the edges.

A strip of Echo Park Country Drive paper was cut with TCP’s grass die. The strip as well as another 1″ x 4 1/4″ strip of Country Charm paper were stitched to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of the same paper pack. The top two corners were rounded. The image layers were slipped under the grass strip  and adhered to the image layers with dimensionals. White Organdy Ribbon was tied over the paper strips before the layers were adhered to the card base, a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock folded in half.

A piece of Solar White cardstock was cut with TCP’s cloud die. The clouds were cut apart and one of the sentiments from Kick some Grass was stamped on the clouds with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  the edges of the clouds were sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress inks, adhered with dimensionals and covered with Stardust Stickles. Orange Rhinestones on the upper right and lower left finish off the card.

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Today’s Waltzingmouse Challenge is a fun one. More pennants, but this time just one big one! I cut my pieces with TCP’s CutUp Pennant dies out of Neenah Solar White cardstock and October Afternoon Ducks in a Row patterned paper. The pieces were stitched together and topped with green buttons that were threaded with embroidery  thread.

The card was created for this weeks Way to Use it Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Kim challenged us not to use black, brown or white ink. I stamped the little sheep from L’il Buddies in Ocean Depth VersaMagic ink on Solar White cardstock that had been cut and embossed with Classic Circle Nestabilities dies. The image was colored with Copic Markers (R000, R00, No, N1, N2, YG01, YG03, BG0000, BG000) and the layer was adhered to a piece of Kraft cardstock cut and embossed with the next size circle die.

A 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Ducks in a Row paper was stitched to a 3/16″ bigger piece of white cardstock before the layers were adhered to the card base, a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Kraft cardstock folded in half. The sentiment is also from the L’il Buddies stamp set. It was stamped in Ocean Depth ink on Solar White cardstock, cut into a banner and topped with a pink button.

Hint: When stamping with VersaMagic ink, don’t touch the lines with your Copic Markers. The ink will smear and stain your tip.

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I created this card for the Free For All Challenge on Splitcoast last week. We were to use a stamp set with a pun sentiment. I knew right away that I wanted to use The Cat’s Pajamas stamps for that. TCP has the funniest sentiments.

I picket the stamp set Mwah! and stamped the Dracula in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on X-Press It Blending card. That cardstock is really growing on me. It blends well and the ink doesn’t feather. That’s pretty SWEET! I just bought a whole ream at Ellen Hutson’s store. I was excited to see that she got it in.

The image was cut with Label 1 Nestabilities and colored with Copic Markers (Cape and hair: N5, N7, N9 Collar: R24, R39 Skin: W1, W3, Shirt: N0, N1, N3 Grass BG93, BG96. The background was airbrushed with BG72. Before the layer was attached to a piece of black cardstock, cut and embossed with the largest Lacey Square Nestabilities die. 


The card base is a 5 ¼” x 10 ½” piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock folded in half. A 2” x 4 ¾” strip of Mitten Weather Cosmo Cricket paper was adhered over a white cardstock strip cut with Inside Pinking die from The Cat’s Pajamas.  The edges of a 4 ¾” piece of Mitten Weather Cosmo paper were sanded and the paper strip was adhered over the lower half of the square. It was then stitched to a 3/16” bigger piece of black cardstock. ¼” wide May Arts Silk Ribbon was colored with R39 marker, then tied around the layers and topped with a Recollections Brad (Michaels). Red Kaisercraft Rhinestones on two of the image edges finish off the card.

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P.S.: I am sorry I was not visiting and commenting on blogs. My internet is out and Time Warner won’t come out to check it out until Wednesday. Not happy with my Internet provider here. The internet goes out EVERY month, but usually at least they can come out earlier. Working at Chick-Fil-A for now.


Remember a few month back, SCS Technique Lover challenge was to create a tent card. That was such a cute idea, I thought it would be nice to have a tutorial for it in our resource section. So that’s the tutorial I wrote for Splitcoast today.

For my image I picked The Cat’s Pajama’s new set called A Whale of a Time. I stamped the cute big guy in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on the new Xpress it paper from Copic. I received a few sheets at CHA and can’t wait to order more. It blends as well as the Neenah cardstock, but the ink doesn’t feather as much. Good stuff!

The whale was colored with Copic Markers (N0, N1, N3, N5, BG11, BG13, E01) and cut out. I saw Leigh O’Brien add little spots of texture on the bottom of the whale and I thought that was a cute idea. I totally cased that from her. To add those little dots, just hold your Blender Pen down a bit. The clear solution of the pen will “push” the colored ink away….leaving small white dots. For more texture tips with Copic Markers check this tutorial on SCS.


My card base is a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock folded in half. A 4″ square of Seaside October Afternoon paper (my 1/2 stack is almost gone….I need it to be available in stores so I can get more!!!) was stitched to the card front and a window was cut with Classic Circle Nestabilities. Next I cut and embossed  a frame with Circle Nestabilities and adhered it over my window. Waves were cut with the new Wave CutUps die out of Seaside October Afternoon paper, then cut to match my window and adhered to the lower part of the frame. My sweet Whale was taped in between my waves.

The sentiment is from the same set. It was stamped on Neenah Solar White cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and cut out with Petite Oval Nestabilities. The inner part of the die cut was colored with E01 and E00 Copic Markers. Lippy Red Kaisercraft Rhinestones finish off the card.

Here is a video for the visual learner:

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