February 2021 - Volume 1, Issue 1
Greetings! Welcome to my newsletter. Thanks so much for giving me a moment of your day. Click any bulleted item to jump directly to an article. Here's what you'll find in this issue:
Upcoming Holidays and Important Events
Spread a little love by sharing a card or other handmade item with someone else. Here are some upcoming opportunities:
American Heart Month
Black History Month
National Bird-Feeding Month
10 - Last day to subscribe to February Paper Pumpkin kit: Bouquet of Hope
14 - Valentine's Day
15 - President's Day (US federal holiday)
16 - Mardi Gras Festival
17 - Ash Wednesday
28 - Final day for my monthly card sketch challenge
28 - Final day of Stampin' Up!'s January-February 2021 Sale-a-bration and Joining Incentive
March 8 - International Women's Day
February Host Code (good through February 28): 66DCZKSE
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 email@example.com 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.
Don't forget! It's Sale-a-bration month, and you can get additional FREE product by ordering this month!
Many companies, including Stampin' Up!, have angel policies that stipulate the terms by which you may make and sell your handmade items using their
copyrighted images. For more info, visit
You'll often run across this term in crafting videos. It's an acronym for Copy And Share Everything. Crafters know that others will use their ideas and put their own creative spin on them. Sites such as Pinterest and Split Coast Stampers are a great place to find some of those ideas! You will find me on both of these two sites:
Split Coast Stampers: Search for NC_Karen (long-time user)
Tip of the Month
Stampin' Up! cling stamps arrive on your doorstep on a single sheet of rubber inside their storage case. Here's how to get them ready to use. Please read all steps before starting. Or, if you prefer, visit this web link for my YouTube video on the process: https://youtu.be/Pea7J8AzFVQ,
1. Break apart the images from the sheet.
2. Choose a stamp and find its label on the label sheet. Start with a small- to medium-sized stamp if you're new to this. Peel away the backing, using the cut lines on the sheet. If you don't see the cut lines, try the other side. Be gentle to avoid pulling the
actual label off the sheet with its backing.
(If you have a really large stamp, you may want to peel away only half of the label at first.)
3. Peel away the thick white paper on the back of the stamp; you'll uncover a thick piece of foam. This is the side that receives the label. Note that once you touch the foam with your label, it will be stuck firmly and may rip the foam if you try to move or remove the label.
4. Now, carefully place the stamp on the label sheet so that the contours of the stamp match the label on the sheet. Your accuracy may affect your ability to
stamp a straight image when you're ready to use your stamp! Press the stamp firmly to ensure the stamp and the label adhere to one another.
5. Now, pick up any small corner or part of the stamp and gently peel it away from the label sheet. Your stamp and its label should now be in place.
6. Repeat these steps until all stamps are labeled. You're all set!
February Card Sketch Challenge
One of the easiest ways to make cards is to CASE them or have a card sketch to use for design. Have a little fun, and join my monthly card sketch challenge through February 28. If I have at least five subscribers submit one or more cards to this first monthly challenge by the end of this month, I will use a random generator to select a prize winner!
Here's the sketch for this month:
From bottom layer to top (see rules below for variations):
Solid green layer: cardstock base (5.5" w x 4.25" h)
Black layer: Additional cardstock mat (5.25" w x 4.0" h)
Green marble: Designer series paper (DSP) (5.0" w x 3.75" h)
Top black layer: Same cardstock as bottom black layer (3.25" w x 2.125" h)
Yellow circles: decorative element; proportional to layout (1.75" here)
Bright green layer: sentiment (2.75" w x 0.75" h)
Use the card sketch as the basis for your design. While you should stick to the "spirit" of the sketch, you may alter your design in a few ways:
All colors in the sketch are illustrative only; you may change them to anything you wish!
You may change the orientation to make either a portrait or landscape card, but keep all design elements from the sketch.
You may use different shapes for your focal point and greeting; i.e. you may change a circle on the sketch to a shaped flower or other design element.
You may change dimensions (measurements) slightly to fit your desired design.
The card sketch challenge gives you the freedom to use whatever card stocks, colors, and stamps you may already have.
Once you complete your card, please email a jpg/jpeg to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject line Card Sketch Challenge, before midnight EST on February 28. Your submission gives me permission to share your design on my website blog at my discretion and also to enter you in the prize drawing! No other compensation is offered. If you win the prize, you'll need to provide your physical mailing address to receive it.
What's New on My YouTube Channel
I've been paper crafting for decades - and even making videos - but my YouTube channel dedicated to paper crafting is just getting underway. The number of videos will increase in the coming weeks, with a focus on process for making cards and other paper crafting projects!
I hope you'll visit my channel and subscribe. (You can unsubscribe at any time you wish.) Also, hit the little notification bell to the right of the subscribe button. That means you'll be notified any time I add new content. And, of course, a thumbs-up ("Like") will help me gain new traffic so that I can continue offering these frequently. Thanks in advance. I hope you'll enjoy learning some new and exciting ways to create!
Featured this month:
My Stampin' Up! Showcase - This 6:23 video is a slide show of some of the cards I've made thus far from the current catalogs, as well as a few I've made from now-retired products. I hope it gives you inspiration!
Easily Label Your Stampin' Up! Cling Stamps - This 3:59 video reinforces the tip of the month given previously in this newsletter.
My goal is to publish several new videos every month. Please keep an eye on your notifications, or check out my YouTube Channel periodically.
What's New at Paper Pumpkin (a subscription service of Stampin' Up!)
Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription service through Stampin' Up! Subscribers have two options:
A monthly subscription is currently $22,
which includes shipping. Once you subscribe, a new Paper Pumpkin kit is shipped direct to you on or about the 11th of each month.
These kits are packed with everything you
need to complete projects from the box.
They're especially great for beginning crafters who don't have a lot of tools and supplies. Even better, if you aren't loving the monthly offering, you can suspend your subscription for the month and pick back
up the next month! Subscribe at https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2243574.
The February Paper Pumpkin kit is called "Bouquet of Hope." This month's kit provides a way to offer comfort, care, and condolences to those enduring life's challenges. With beautiful blooms and supportive sentiments, the Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Kit will soothe sorrow and share sympathy in a heartfelt, handmade way. While you can create nine cards of comfort and coordinating envelopes with this month's kit, the kit's exclusive, versatile stamp set can be used to uplift loved ones during trying times, any time.
About the kit:
Includes enough supplies to create 9 cards and coordinating envelopes.
Features pretty pastel shades and rich jewel tones, floral patterns and pieces, and a thoughtful, versatile stamp set.
Coordinates with the exclusive Flower & Field Designer Series paper (item 155223) we're offering during Sale-a-bration! Spend $50 USD on any of our products before February 28, and you can earn the paper for free.
Subscription offer ends February 10 for Bouquet of Hope!
News from Stampin' Up!
Back by popular demand for a limited time: Hey Chick stamp set. This stamp set first appeared during Sale-a-bration 2017. It was so popular that Stampin' Up! has brought it back from February 2 to June 30. And now, there are even more coordinating products! The Hey Chick stamp set (left) was originally a standalone; now there are matching dies. Order the bundle (10% discount), just the stamps, or just the dies.
Hey Chick Bundle: Item 158627; $44.00 US
Hey Chick Stamp Set: Item 158190; $17.00 US
Chick Dies: Item 158199; $32.00 US
But don't let the fun stop there! If you're about "all things chicken," Stampin' Up! has a brand new coordinating set called Hey Birthday Chick!
The Hey Birthday Chick Bundle shares the same style as the Hey Chick Bundle. It has brand new images and sentiments, as well as its own set of matching dies. Both of these sets have a whimsical, country feel and can be mixed and matched with other stamp sets to create a wide variety of cards and projects.
Hey Birthday Chick Bundle: Item 158631; $43.00 US
Hey Birthday Chick Stamp Set: Item 154464; $21.00 US
Birthday Chick Dies: Item 158200; $27.00 US
The images below are a few completed projects using these amazing bundles! Visit my Shop/Host Code tab on this website to order.
Who Doesn't Love a Discount?
Where are you in your Stampin' Up! journey? Are you a beginner? Experienced? Long-time customer? Regardless of your answer, you may just love a good discount! I'm not kidding!
I'm sure you are already thinking this is too good to be true - but it really isn't! Whether you make cards
and paper crafts as a hobby, or whether you're looking for a side gig, there has never been a better time
to join Stampin' Up as a demonstrator! There are NO obligations or commitments to sell a product -
ever! Just purchase a minimum amount per quarter, and you'll enjoy discounts, as well as early access
to new products.
During this month's Sale-a-bration event, Stampin' Up! is offering an amazing
incentive to join as an independent demonstrator. Here's how:
Build your own custom Starter Kit by choosing $125 of products for just $99,
plus your regular sales tax. Join during Sale-a-bration and you get a FREE, exclusive gift from the upcoming catalog - an assortment of five 6" x 6" stacks of Stampin' Up!'s newest designer series paper (DSP). Business supplies and free shipping are included. That's more than a $175 value for $99 and tax! What are you waiting for?
To join my team, email me at email@example.com, and I'll get you started! I'd love to have you on my team!
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