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Blue Ridge Banner Photo - NEWSLETTER - 9
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June 2021 - Volume 1, Issue 5

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 Safety Month

  • 10 - Free Zoom Crafting Social: Masculine theme; register by Tu, June 8

  • 10 - Last day to subscribe to June Paper Pumpkin kit: Expressions in Color

  • 14 - Flag Day

  • 14 - Free Zoom Crafting Social: Diversity theme; register by F, June 11

  • 18 - Free Zoom Crafting Social: Floral theme; register by W, June 16

  • 20 - Father's Day

  • 21 - Free Zoom Crafting Social: Focus on my retiring favorites; register by F, June 18

  • 24 - Free Zoom Crafting Social: Dog days of summer theme; Register by Tu, June 22

  • 29 - Free Zoom Crafting Social: Last chance showcase of retiring products; Register by Sa, June 26

  • 30 - Last day for Last Chance Products Sale and ordering from January-June 2021 Mini Catalog

  • July 2 - Free Zoom Crafting Social: Stampin' Up! Kits Collection; Register by W, June 30

  • July 9 - Free Zoom Crafting Special: God and Country theme; register by Tu, July 6

Host Code

June Host Code (good through June 30): FSE6GQJV

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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.

News and Promotions from Stampin' Up!

SU Corporate News
Last Chance Products Sale Up to 50 Perce
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June 30 is the final day to order from the January-June 2021 mini catalog. Lots of products are retiring with the catalog and, to send it off in style, we're offering a Last Chance Products sale! Hop on over to the Promotions page on my website to see a sampling of items you can get at 50% of their original price! Other items are also available at 10-40% off, so don't forget to click the shopping link to shop the many great bargains! Score!

Final month to get Hey Chick Bundle (stamp set and dies): The Hey Chick stamp set and coordinating dies promotion ends on June 30; after that, they're gone! Order the bundle (10% discount), just the stamps, or just the dies.

Hey Chick Bundle: Item 158627;
    $44.00 USD

Hey Chick Stamp Set: Item 158190;
    $17.00 USD

Chick Dies: Item 158199; $32.00 USD

Hey Birthday Chick! These coordinating products are included in the new 2021-2022 annual catalog, but the 10% bundle discount ends with the promotion on June 30. Get it now at the special discounted price!


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

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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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I'm excited to share with you a 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)

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Visit my Shop/Host Code page to order!

Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin - Expressions in Color

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The theme for this month's Paper Pumpkin subscription service is Expressions in Color. This kit coordinates beautifully with the new Expressions in Ink suite that graces the cover of the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog (details on catalog pages 96-97) - but you don't need the whole suite to make beautiful cards! The kit is all-inclusive, with enough supplies to create 9 cards - 3 each of 3 designs. And, this month's kit features TWO Classic Stampin' Spots!

Coordinating colors for this month's kit include Bumblebee, Evening Evergreen, Fresh Freesia, and Polished Pink. Three of these are brand new In Colors for 2021-2023!

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

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

Host a Party

​​Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. EDT US

Masculine Cards and Ideas

Register through Tuesday, June 8

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT US

Focus on Diversity

Stampin' Up! digital images will be provided to all who register

Register through Friday, June 11

Friday, June 18, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT US


Register through Wednesday, June 16

Monday, June 21, 2021 - 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT US

A Few of My Retiring Favorites

Register through Friday, June 18

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. EDT US

Dog Days of Summer

Register through Tuesday, June 22

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT US

Last Chance Showcase of Products

Register through Saturday, June 26

Friday, July 2, 2021 - 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT US

Stampin' Up! Kits Collection

Register through Wednesday, June 30

Friday, July 9, 2021 - 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT US

God and Country

Register through Tuesday, July 6

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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 may 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 if anyone has them! 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 June and early 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

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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