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December 2021 - Volume 1, Issue 11

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
  • 1 - Last Chance Products Sale

  • 7 - Pearl Harbor Day

  • 10 - Last day to subscribe for
    Lots of Pun Paper Pumpkin kit 

  • 25 - Christmas Day

  • 26 - Boxing Day

  • 26 - Kwanzaa Begins

  • 31 - New Year's Eve

Host Code

December Host Code (good through December 31): Q6SHQK9V

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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 monthly host code, 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.


News and Promotions from Stampin' Up!

SU Corporate News

Eden's Garden - Early Release Collection Available Starting November 2!

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The story of the Garden of Eden transcends the boundaries of a single belief system. Numerous accounts and adaptations of Eden's events have appeared in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, legends and lore, ancient mythology, and more! No matter how the story is shared, the essence of Eden remains the same: it's a place of paradise. Filled with fruitful and flourishing foliage, stillness and serenity, and an air of mystery, Eden is an ethereal utopia!

Enter and explore Eden with the Eden's Garden Collection! This delightful and desirable collection includes early-release products from the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog - a bundle of stamps and dies that's blooming with beauty and bounty. Plus, exclusive products you can't uncover anywhere else - a pack of paper patterned with green and gold, a set of specialty sheets for gift-giving and textured touches, and a sparkling set of gleaming gems!

Just as the timeless story can be told in a variety of versions, these beautiful products can be used to create projects for any occasion - and they make the perfect papercrafting companion. Eden's Garden is offered as a collection only through January 3 and only while supplies last! After that, various elements can be ordered separately.

Use my demonstrator shopping link and order the collection with item number 160849 for $82 U.S. You'll get the Eden's Garden Bundle (10% off), the Ever Eden 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper, Ever Eden 12" x 12" Cotton Paper, and Garden Gems.

Stampin' Up! Responds to Global Shipping Crisis


As you may have heard reported in the news, unprecedented shipping and logistics issues have resulted in a global supply chain crisis. This is affecting businesses worldwide and Stampin' Up! is no exception. Due to extreme difficulties caused by these issues, starting 1 December 2021, Stampin' Up! will no longer take orders for products that are not in stock. In other words, Stampin' Up! will no longer accept backorders. This change will help to reduce frustrations from unpredictable product availability and allow you to order products that will be delivered right away, rather than products that may not be delivered for months.

If you'd ever like to know if a product is available, please check my online store. The online store is a great resource to browse products, determine availability, and place orders for in-stock items with me. I would love to help you find the right products so you can start creating without waiting! As products are received, Stampin' Up! will fulfill outstanding backorders.

Last Chance Products Sale from the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog

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Don't miss out on picking up some of your favorites before they're gone! Visit my promotions page here to see what's going - and what's staying. Some products are deeply discounted and many will run out fast! Shop early for best selection.

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 - LOTS OF PUN - Available through December 10

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Paper Pumpkin is a great way to test the paper crafting waters to see if you like making cards, scrapbook pages, or other paper projects! The December 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit is a perfect kit to tickle the "pun-ny" bone!!  :-)

This cute and quirky kit includes:

  • Enough egg-citing elements to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes.

  • An exclusive stamp set packed with playful puns! Add a little light-heartedness and humor to any paper project you stamp with the set.

  • The set has completely customizable characters for a very versatile creative experience! Match each die-cut snack to its coordinating stamp, then mix up the faces and accessories for an absolutely adorable accent.

  • One-of-a-kind patterns and designs! From giddy gingham to splatters and stripes, December's delightful kit features a fun, fresh look.


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

YouTube Channel

NEW on My YouTube Channel This Month

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Check out my new YouTube video this month:

How to Make Easy Opposing Triangle Cuts for Cards (18:25) is a great video for beginners who may struggle with design, or for advance crafters who simply like the look or need to have some ready-to-go card bases when they're pressed for time. This video has a complementary blog post and step-by-step tutorial here.

In Case You Missed Them Last Month!

Coordinating Designer Series Paper with Cardstock for Beginners (18:10) shows you how I make color choices for my cards and other paper projects. This video may be useful to paper crafters at all levels, but I have recorded it specifically for beginners.

How to Make a Custom Organizer from a Spiral-Bound Notebook (29:21) is suitable for paper crafters at all levels! This video gives you tips on how to turn an ordinary notebook into a beautiful, handmade organizer that will help you get organized quickly. I first learned how to cover spiral binding a decade ago

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from my best friend, Lisa, and I always reap the rewards when I take the time to make one of these for myself!

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 Virtual 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 create together!

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