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Blue Ridge Banner Photo - NEWSLETTER - 9
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February 2022 - Volume 2, Issue 1

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 Heart Month

  • Black History Month

  • National Bird-Feeding Month

  • National Pet Dental Health Month

  • 2 - Groundhog Day

  • 10 - Last Day to subscribe for
           monthly Paper Pumpkin kit

  • 14 - Valentine's Day

  • 28 - Jan-Feb Sale-a-bration ends

Host Code

February Host Code (good through February 28): 6XK96APP

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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.

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Newsletter Changes for 2022


Hello, dear readers! Thanks for stopping by!

I want to let you know of some changes coming for 2022. First, you may have noticed there was no January newsletter last month. That's because I've made a decision to move from a monthly newsletter to a bi-monthly newsletter. To be sure you don't miss any important time-sensitive promotions, I'll step up the frequency of my blog posts to let you know what's happening!

For 2022, the nature of my newsletter will change, as well. I'll be dropping some of my regular features - and adding some new ones! You'll still be seeing some of the Stampin' Up! promotions when they coincide with my publication dates, but you'll also be seeing more of my personal crafting and business news.

I hope you enjoy these changes! I'll continue to announce my newsletter publication from my blog page, and I'd love to hear your feedback on these changes throughout the year. So, on we go!

SU Corporate News

News and Promotions from Stampin' Up!

New in the Kits Collection: Celebrate Today Magnet Board Kit

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The latest addition to the Kits Collection by Stampin' Up! is a fun one! With the Celebrate Today Magnet Board Kit, available February 9, you can create and customize your very own magnet board with included stickers to organize daily tasks and put positive affirmations on display. Since when have daily chores looked so cute?

These make great reminder boards for your office, a kid's room, or anywhere you want to stay organized. Get some for yourself or for gifts throughout the year.

The kit includes one framed magnet board; sticker sheets in English, Dutch, French, and German; double-sided cards, and double-sided paper to decorate with; six magnet clips; and two pocket envelopes to attach things to your board. See supplies in the right photo above. The finished magnet board (left photo) is 12" x 12" inside the frame, and you can use the 12" x 12" double-sided paper in the kit to choose your own background. Items in the kit coordinate with Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, and Smoky Slate. This kit (item 159335) is a great deal at just $25. Click the photos above to order yours today!

Early Release from the Upcoming 2022-2023 Annual Catalog: Waves of the Ocean Collection

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Check out the new Waves of the Ocean Collection coming March 1 to May 2! This gorgeous collection will have you longing for that first beach trip of the year!

This collection features blue hues, sparkles and swirls, and paper with imagery of hand-poured paint. Tropical tones will have you swimming in a sea of inspiration.

While the Waves of Inspiration bundle (stamp set and dies; below) will be featured in the upcoming 2022-2023 annual catalog, additional items in the

collection are available only while supplies last. Don't miss this GORGEOUS 12" x 12" designer series paper, blue foils specialty paper, and colorful jewels!

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While cardmaking is the general fare at Stampin' Up!, can you imagine the beautiful scrapbook pages you could make with the Waves of the Ocean 12" x 12" DSP? What a perfect backdrop for your favorite photos and memorabilia from a long-deserved vacation on the coast! Coordinating Stampin' Up! colors include Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, and Night of Navy.

Order early for your chance to pick up these beautiful products starting March 1. Item numbers for papers and jewels are listed in the photo above.

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To get the Waves of Inspiration Bundle (stamps and dies), order item 158841 at $51.25. To pick up the WHOLE collection, order item 161797 for $79.25. If you order at least $50 in product with me as your demonstrator, you'll also qualify for an extra gift from me! Just check back on March 1 to pick up my host code and add it to your order! It's that simple!

March 2022 Paper Pumpkin Kit: Beyond the Horizon - Available February 11 through March 2

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This month's Paper Pumpkin kit expresses gratitude to subscribers by adding a SECOND stamp set to the kit! The Beyond the Horizon Kit features beautiful hand-crafted watercolor prints and designs from in-house artists. The set coordinates with the New Horizons Suite Collection in the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog - another crowd pleaser!

Beyond the Horizon contains enough elements to create 9 cards - 3 each of 3 designs - and has 9 coordinating envelopes. The all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, a Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin' Spot, and more! Sentiments include "thanks," "hello," "thinking of you," and more that will work for stamping year-round.

Coordinate colors are Bumblebee, Calypso Coral, Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, and Pale Papaya. Order yours now at this link.

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."

What's Happening in My Studio!

In the Studio

I've been busy in the studio this month making kits, creating card packs, and making interesting cards! I opened an Etsy shop some time ago, but until recently I had not completed a sale. Now that's changed! I've had a flurry of customers lately, and it has encouraged me to list more items.

Items you can find in my shop include 6 x 6 paper packs of DSP and specialty DSP (12 sheets each, double-sided); boxed card sets featuring beautiful DSP; hand-pieced cardmaking kits with 3 cards each; 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock grouped by color family; and one

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digital 6-card tutorial on making slimline cards. More items will be posted soon!

The cardmaking kits are ideal for getting together with friends and having a crafty afternoon! They include color card bases, pieced or cut DSP, scrap paper 2.5" x 2.5" or larger in color and white, a white piece for the inside greeting, and in some cases recommended design options. You supply your own stamp sets, inks, adhesive, and envelopes. This is a great way to get your friends and family interested in paper crafting!

The digital tutorial is available for immediate download - no waiting and no shipping! Stampin' Up! recently included some slimline products in their January-June 2022 Mini Catalog, but the cards in the tutorial do NOT require any special products. Just use what you have for regular rectangular cards. I also recorded a YouTube video that complements this informative tutorial.

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Finally, I've been having fun trying new techniques. I made this cute pop-up flower box for a friend's birthday card. She was thrilled to get it and couldn't imagine the care it took to make it. While it did take some time to color and construct, the process is not too complex for a crafter with just a bit of practice behind them! I have no video at this time, but let me know if you're interested in one!

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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