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July 2021 - Volume 1, Issue 6

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
  • National Ice Cream Month

  • July 1 (through August 2) - Designer Series Paper Sale

  • July 4 - Independence Day in the USA

  • July 10 - Last day to order July Paper Pumpkin kit

  • July 15 - Free Zoom Crafting Social: Summertime Fun

  • July 21 - Free Zoom Crafting Social: Christmas in July

  • July 25 - Parents' Day

  • July 31 - Free Zoom Crafting Social: Sneak Peek!

  • August 3 - Launch day: July-December 2021 Mini Catalog

  • August 3 (through Sept 30) - Sale-a-Bration!

Host Code

July Host Code (good through July 31): EJATJVJX

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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.

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News and Promotions from Stampin' Up!


Stampin' Up! is having a Designer Series Paper (DSP) Sale from July 1 through August 2, 2021! There are 9 select packs on sale from the 2021-2022 annual catalog, pages 130-134. You can enjoy 15% off the regular price. The selected packs are:

12" x 12" DSP - Regular Price $11.50  - Sale Price $9.78:

155841 Beauty of the Earth

155696 Bloom Where You're Planted

155499 Hand-Penned

155817 In the Wild

155807 Pansy Petals

155605 Sweet Symmetry

155686 You're a Peach

12" x 12" DSP - Regular Price $21.00 - Sale Price $17.85:

152494 In Good Taste

6" x 6" DSP - Regular Price $11.50 - Sale Price $9.78:

155718 Tidings of Christmas

Grab your favorites now on my shopping site!

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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.

Here's a little taste of what you can get at the time of this writing:

Stamping Kits (stamp set, ink spot, adhesives, cards and envelopes)

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06.01.21_Lets Party Treat Packaging Kit.
06.01.21_No Matter the Weather Card Kit.

Non-Stamping Kits (cards and envelopes; no stamping; assembly only)

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."

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Visit my Shop/Host Code page to order!

Coming August 3!

The first half of 2021 is in the books, and we're gearing up for the launch of our July-December 2021 mini catalog and the second Sale-a-Bration event of the year! Stampin' Up! made the decision to postpone launch of these new products until August 3 to ensure all products are on-hand for the big day - despite the many global challenges of this past year.

In the meantime, I have seen a preview of both the mini catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure, and I can tell you there is plenty to get excited about in the coming weeks! 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!

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The Sale-a-Bration brochure features new designer series papers, stamp sets, and even a couple of coordinating dies! What's Sale-a-Bration? Place a minimum $50 product order (before taxes and shipping) and receive a Level 1 reward of your choice for FREE!!! Place a minimum $100 product order and receive a Level 2 reward (or two Level 1 rewards) for FREE!!! Can't beat THAT price, can you?

As soon as my pre-order rolls in, I'll be posting sneak peeks with projects I've made from the new catalogs. If you've subscribed to my website, you'll be notified as soon as these projects go live on my website blog. Not subscribed? Scroll to the bottom of the home page and add yourself to this site! You'll be so welcome!

Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin - The Adventure Begins

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Life is full of big adventures that are best experienced together! Spark inspiration and share encouragement with a card inspired by nature itself. Celebrate those exciting new chapters with The Adventure Begins Paper Pumpkin Kit!

This month's kit contains enough supplies to create twelve (!) cards and coordinating envelopes. It comes with a Stampin' Spot, plus an exclusive stamp set. The kit includes inspirational sentiments and adventure-themed imagery. Coordinating colors include Basic Black, Basic White, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Night of Navy.

Paper Pumpkin is a great entry point to paper crafting and card making! The July kit is available for purchase through July 10 only. Hurry! Head on over to my Paper Pumpkin link to order your kit.

Zoom Events

Register for My FREE Stampin' Up! Zoom Crafting Socials in June and July!

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. EDT US

Summertime Fun

Register through Monday, July 12

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. EDT US

Christmas in July

Register through Sunday, July 18

Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT US

Sneak Peek! (July-December Mini Catalog and Sale-a-Bration)

Register through Wednesday, July 28

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Register now for my FREE Stampin' Up! Zoom Crafting Socials! Each social will have a main theme, but you are free to use any Stampin' Up! product you have on hand. I will give a brief demo on the theme for the event, but there is no set agenda otherwise. My primary goal is to host a fun virtual event for everyone present. I will be happy to answer crafting or Stampin' Up! questions about techniques or products. You can find a few additional details on my Events page on this site. Let's have some crafting fun!


Here's the schedule for July:

Not familiar with Zoom? No worries. You don't need a Zoom account to join in the fun. I have a subscription, and I'll be providing a private "room" where we can all interact. If you've never attended a Zoom event, you may need to download the Zoom application to join the room, but that's a short, easy process. If you have a webcam or smartphone camera, we'll all be able to see and hear you on-screen, and you'll be able to see and hear others as well. It's the next best thing to being there in person! (You can also opt to turn your personal camera off, but I hope you'll feel comfortable with it on.) It's a great way to meet fellow paper crafters right from the comfort of your own home!

To register: Email me at, and I'll send you the official registration link!

Registration limit for each event: 24

Host a Party

Host Your Own Stampin' Party! Earn Great Rewards!

You can host your own Stampin' Up! party via Zoom or in person! 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. 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!

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