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Blue Ridge Banner Photo - NEWSLETTER - 9
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November 2021 - Volume 1, Issue 10

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
  • 7 - Daylight Saving Time ends
    (fall back; change clock from
    2 am to 1 am)

  • 10 - Last day to subscribe for
    "Gifts Galore" Paper Pumpkin kit

  • 11 - Veterans' Day 

  • 25 - Thanksgiving Day

  • 26 - Black Friday

  • 29 - Cyber Monday

Host Code

November Host Code (good through November 30): WUB9DYDH

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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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News and Promotions from Stampin' Up!

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.

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."

Kits Collection

Join My Team in November and Enjoy Great Savings!

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Paper Pumpkin - Gifts Galore - Available through November 10

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Paper Pumpkin is also a great entry point to paper crafting and card making! The November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit is a perfect kit for eye-catching treat packages that are sure to spread Christmas cheer!

This month's jolly kit:

  • Includes enough supplies to create 9 oversized treat boxes with coordinating food-safe bags.

  • Is an easy-to-make, and even easier to enjoy, Christmas project!

  • Arrives in a special box.

  • Comes with an exclusive stamp set and a Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Spot.

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


Follow Me on Pinterest: Over 75 Alphabetized Sections Featuring Stampin' Up! Products!

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Are you often in need of inspiration? If so, check out my personal boards on Pinterest! I am always looking for fresh designs and ideas for my paper crafting projects, so I pin ideas frequently.

Because I am a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! I have a Stampin' Up! Pinterest board with more than 75 sections. Each section is dedicated to a stamp set, bundle, designer series paper, technique, or style. I name them by product name and keep them alphabetized for easy browsing. Currently, I have nearly 4000 pins, most of which feature Stampin' Up! products.

My pinning philosophy is simple: If I love a design, I pin it. It may be the stamp set that interests me, or it may be the color scheme, or it may be the layout. Whatever the case, I can draw inspiration from each pin and then make it my own by altering some aspect of the design. Some of my pins are originals; i.e. projects that I designed myself. Others are ones I pinned from other paper crafters.

My boards (and sections) will remain in place indefinitely. Some products are retired, but that doesn't mean we don't use them any more. In fact, I suspect that it is harder to find samples using retired products. I want us all to have inspiration for a long time to come!

I hope you'll visit my site and click the "follow" button to stay up-to-date with what I'm pinning. If you have a special request, feel free to email me at I'll see what I can do!

YouTube Channel

NEW on My YouTube Channel This Month

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I have two new YouTube videos this 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 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!

In Case You Missed It!

Last month, I uploaded a new video on how to make slimline cards (30:15) using Stampin' Up! products. Check it out if you haven't already, and remember that I have a written 6-card tutorial in my Etsy shop for $10, or you can get it FREE with a $50 product order with me as your designated Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

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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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