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Blue Ridge Banner Photo - NEWSLETTER - 9
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August 2021 - Volume 1, Issue 7

Hello and welcome! Click any bulleted item to jump directly to an article. Here's what you'll find in this issue:

Upcoming Holidays and Important Events

Holidays and Events
  • American Artists Appreciation Month

  • Arr-gust International Pirate Month

  • Boomers Making a Difference Month

  • August 3 - Launch Day: Stampin' Up! July-December 2021 mini catalog

  • August 3 (through Sept 30): Sale-a-bration

  • August 10 - Last day to subscribe to August Paper Pumpkin kit

Host Code

August Host Code (good through August 31): WECP9PQ2

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How it works: Place a Stampin' Up! product order for $50-$149.99 (before tax and shipping) using my Stampin' Up! shopping link, enter the code in the host code box on the order, and I'll send you an additional reward! If your product order totals $150 or more, Stampin' Up! will offer you host rewards, and you should not enter my host code. I'll still reward you, though. Simply email me at to request your reward from me!

Note: The host code is for a Stampin' Up! order only. It does not apply to orders through Paper Pumpkin or Karen's Online Store. I can serve USA customers only.

SU Corporate News

News and Promotions from Stampin' Up!

July-December 2021 Mini Catalog is active!

The launch of a new mini catalog is always a great time for Stampin' Up! customers! While we hate to say goodbye to retired products, we always look forward to seeing all the many NEW products available for purchase. The second mini catalog of the year, also known as "the holiday catalog," has wonderful stamps, dies, and papers for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more. The 80-page mini catalog is packed with bundled savings, witches and ghouls, pumpkins, wise men, pets and wildlife, gingerbread, peppermint, pine cones, snowflakes, peaceful scenes, and the Big Guy himself!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as I demonstrate how to use many of these wonderful products. You'll always find my YouTube link in the footer of this website! If you enjoy the videos, I hope you'll subscribe to my channel and click the little notification bell. That means you'll be notified every time I upload new content!


Sale-a-bration! - August 3 through September 30, 2021

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The second Sale-a-bration of the year is happening now! You may recall that starting this year Stampin' Up! is offering Sale-a-bration a second time. Each Sale-a-bration period runs for two months.

How does it work? Choose a FREE Sale-a-bration product with every $50 or $100 you spend (before tax and shipping). Choose from regular and specialty designer series papers, stamp sets, and even die sets!

One exciting item of note is the Summer Shadows Dies (bottom left) that match the Shaded Summer stamp set in the 2021-2022 annual catalog (top left). The stamp set is only $23, so buying a stamp set and getting the dies for FREE is absolutely astounding!

Even better, the Sale-a-bration brochure features a Level 1 stamp set reward, with a coordinating Level 1 die set reward. That means you can have a stamp set AND a matching die set for FREE! Amazing!

I'll be featuring both of these stamp sets and dies in YouTube videos during August and September. Check out the Sale-a-bration brochure for the full array of FREE items!

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Joining Incentive During Sale-a-bration! (Ends September 30)

Join Stampin' Up! as an independent demonstrator during Sale-a-bration, and choose an extra bundle for your custom starter kit! Check my web page for the available bundles, which are from the July-December 2021 mini catalog!


Normally, you pay just $99 to get $125 in beautiful products, PLUS free business supplies. During Sale-a-bration, you get to add a bundle of your choice, valued between $36 and $60.25. That means you get between $161 and $185.25 in product for only $99 (plus your regular sales tax).


Whether you join as a hobbyist who wants to enjoy a 20-25% discount all the time (with no obligation to sell), or you want to build your own business, this is an amazing deal no matter how you look at it!


Questions? Email me at, and let's set up a time to talk by phone. I won't pressure you, but
I WILL answer your questions and talk about my personal experiences with Stampin' Up!

Ready to sign up now? Apply here!

The Kits Collection

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Don't forget to check out the new line of creative products called the Kits Collection by Stampin' Up! These kits launched on June 1, and they take the guess work out of creativity. They are perfect for beginning paper crafters who want to try their hand at card making without investing in craft supplies up-front. Each kit is all-inclusive and includes the pre-designed projects, pre-printed pieces, and even the adhesives you need to complete the projects. That allows you to start crafting right out of the box!

There's a wide variety of kits for all different occasions, and new kits are being added regularly. If you see one you like, don't wait! These are available only while supplies last! There's no back-ordering for these, so once they're posted on the website, they're available - and when they disappear, they're gone.

Visit my Shop/Host Code page to order!

Fussy Cut

Use a pair of Snips or fine-point scissors to cut manually around a stamped image. This is often done when there is no die-cut available for your image, or you simply want to eliminate some part of an image. The hummingbird at right was fussy-cut before being mounted on its card.


Dancing Baseline

Every line of text has a baseline. It is a real or imaginary line upon which the text is grounded. The bottom of each letter generally sits on a baseline, except when letters have descenders that fall below the main body of the letter (x-height); i.e. g, j, p, q, and y.

Dancing baselines are often seen in modern calligraphy, where letters are drawn for artistic interest. (See the "Sorry for your loss" sentiment at right.) Not only are dancing baselines visually interesting, but they are a wonderful friend to people who have trouble getting a stamp straight on a card or other project. The dancing baseline makes perfect stamping rather irrelevant! If you have this issue, consider buying stamps with this feature, and no one will ever be the wiser that you are "straight-challenged."

Paper Pumpkin - Hope Box

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Paper Pumpkin is a great entry point to paper crafting and card making! The August 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit was inspired by Stampin' Up! co-founder  Shelli Gardner! Its purpose is to share hope and encouragement in a fun and easy way.

The Hope Box (see at right) is designed to be a keepsake box for mementos of cherished memories or reminders of what's to come. It can be used to store treats or trinkets that represent what hope means to you - and then look inside for inspiration or to get a needed lift.

This month's kit contains enough supplies to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes. It comes with a Classic Stampin' Spot (mini ink pad), plus an exclusive stamp set. Coordinating colors include Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Bumblebee, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, Pool Party, and Poppy Parade.

The August kit is available for purchase through August 10 only. Hurry! Head on over to my Paper Pumpkin link to order your kit.

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YouTube Channel

Check Out My YouTube Channel

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It's always been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I have several posted videos (moving pictures) on my YouTube Channel that are worth even more! You can watch demos of me making handmade cards and other items from Stampin' Up! products. This is a great way to see new products (and sneak peeks), get

lots of ideas, learn how to make the cards and projects I'm demonstrating, and see how far you can stretch your crafting supplies! I also include links to help you earn or buy project tutorials - or even the projects themselves already made for you!

If you like what you see, please consider subscribing to my channel. And, if you click the little notification bell beside the Subscribe button, you'll be notified every time I upload new content! I hope you'll join me!

Host a Party

Host Your Own Stampin' Party! Earn Great Rewards!

You can host your own Stampin' Up! party via Zoom! Stampin' Up! offers great host rewards for qualifying parties of $150 or more. You'll be able to join with your friends and family to have a good time. And I'll be there to guide you along the way, regardless of your past experience.

New to Zoom technology? No worries! Most people with basic web skills can download the free Zoom app on a desktop, laptop, iPad, or even a smartphone, and be connected with friends and family quickly. I'll be there to help!


I'd love to earn your business! Contact me today to select an available date and time. Email or call 704-325-3096. I can't wait to hear from you! Let's party!

You have received this newsletter because you opted-in to the website for Karen's Blue Ridge Stamping. Karen is an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up! If you would like to unsubscribe, please click here. I would be sorry to see you go, but everyone has their priorities. Thanks for reading! Hope to see you next month!

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