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

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
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • National Arts & Humanities Month

  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month

  • National Pizza Month

  • 10 - Last Day to Subscribe for "Peaceful Christmas" Paper Pumpkin Kit

  • 11 - Columbus Day

  • 16 - Sweetest Day

  • 16 - National Bosses' Day

  • 31 - Halloween

Host Code

October Host Code (good through October 31): 4TTG9CAV

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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.

SU Corporate News

News and Promotions from Stampin' Up!

Two active catalogs to select great products from!

Choose Stampin' Up! products from two catalogs in the month of October! They are:

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Sales period active through 2 May 2022


Sales period active through 3 January 2022

The Kits Collection  - Check out the New Christmas Whimsy Card Kit!

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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 will be added periodically. The new Christmas Whimsy Card Kit premiered just recently. 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.

Visit my Shop/Host Code page to order!

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."

Paper Pumpkin - Peaceful Christmas

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Paper Pumpkin is also a great entry point to paper crafting and card making! The October 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit is a perfect kickstart for your Christmas card making!

About the kit:

  • Contains enough supplies to create 10 elegant Christmas cards with coordinating envelopes

  • Comes with an exclusive stamp set and a Classic Stampin' (Ink) Spot

  • Arrives in an enchanting evergreen box

  • Coordinates with products from the Peaceful Place Suite Collection (item 156277)

  • Coordinates with silver, red, and green

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

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Follow Me on Pinterest

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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 dozens of 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 over 3000 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: Slimline Cards!

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I've been busy this month designing cards, recording video, and writing a tutorial for the currently-popular slimline card design! You can use your current Stampin' Up! stamp sets and dies to make these beautiful card designs. Be sure to check out my channel to learn how!

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!

If you're interested in the 6-card tutorial, you can purchase it for $10 in my Etsy shop, or get it FREE with a $50 product order with me as your designated Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Host a Party

Host Your Own 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!

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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