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Blue Ridge Banner Photo - NEWSLETTER - 9
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September 2021 - Volume 1, Issue 8

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
  • Gospel Music Heritage Month

  • National Guide Dog Month

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month

  • National Honey Month

  • National Yoga Month

  • Pain Awareness Month

  • September 10 - Last day to subscribe to Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin kit

  • September 11 - Patriot Day

  • September 12 - Grandparents' Day

  • September 16 - Stepfamily Day

  • September 17 - Citizenship Day

  • September 24 - Native American Day

  • September 30: Last day of Sale-a-bration 2021

Host Code

September Host Code (good through September 30): UFZGEWXX

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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!

Three active catalogs to select great products from!

Choose Stampin' Up! products from three catalogs in the month of September! They are:

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Sales period active through 2 May 2022


Sales period active through 30 September 2021

Sales period active through 3 January 2022

Sale-a-bration! - August 3 through September 30, 2021

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The second Sale-a-bration of the year is happening now! You may recall that starting this year Stampin' Up! is offering Sale-a-bration a second time. Each Sale-a-bration period runs for two months.

How does it work? Choose a FREE Sale-a-bration product with every $50 or $100 you spend (before tax and shipping). Choose from regular and specialty designer series papers, stamp sets, and even die sets!

One exciting item of note is the Summer Shadows Dies (see photo) that match the Shaded Summer stamp set in the 2021-2022 annual catalog. The stamp set is only $23, so buying a stamp set and getting the dies for FREE is absolutely astounding!

Even better, the Sale-a-bration brochure features the Counting Sheep stamp set, a Level 1 reward, with a coordinating Level 1 Sheep Dies set reward. That means you can have a stamp set AND a matching die set for FREE if you spend $100! Amazing!

I'll be featuring both of these stamp sets and dies in YouTube videos during September. Check out the Sale-a-bration brochure for the full array of FREE items!

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Joining Incentive During Sale-a-bration! (Ends September 30)

Join Stampin' Up! as an independent demonstrator during Sale-a-bration, and choose an extra bundle for your custom starter kit! Check my web page for the available bundles, which are from the July-December 2021 mini catalog!


Normally, you pay just $99 to get $125 in beautiful products, PLUS free business supplies. During Sale-a-bration, you get to add a bundle of your choice, valued between $36 and $60.25. That means you get between $161 and $185.25 in product for only $99 (plus your regular sales tax).


Whether you join as a hobbyist who wants to enjoy a 20-25% discount all the time (with no obligation to sell), or you want to build your own business, this is an amazing deal no matter how you look at it!


Questions? Email me at, and let's set up a time to talk by phone. I won't pressure you, but
I WILL answer your questions and talk about my personal experiences with Stampin' Up!

Ready to sign up now? Apply here!

The Kits Collection

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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. In fact, check out the brand new kit that debuting on September 8. 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 - Haunts & Harvest

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Paper Pumpkin is also a great entry point to paper crafting and card making! The September 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit is a perfect segue into fall. Whether you're thinking about crisp red apples or you're ready to carve some spooky jack-o-lanterns (or both!), the Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin kit is a hands-on crafting experience for all autumn lovers!

About the kit:

  • Contains enough supplies to create 12 treat boxes; 4 each of 3 designs; finished size: 2-1/2" x 2"

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

  • Offers a selection of treat box styles: apples, pumpkins, and jack-o-lanterns

  • The Paper Pumpkin box is designed to easily transform into a vintage wheelbarrow to display your harvest!

  • Features a vivid fall palette with coordinating colors: Basic Black, Pale Papaya, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, and Soft Succulent

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

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

Check Out My YouTube Channel

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It's always been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I have several posted videos (moving pictures) on my YouTube Channel that are worth even more! You can watch demos of me making handmade cards and other items from Stampin' Up! products. This is a great way to see new products (and sneak peeks), get

lots of ideas, learn how to make the cards and projects I'm demonstrating, and see how far you can stretch your crafting supplies! I also include links to help you earn or buy project tutorials - or even the projects themselves already made for you!

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!

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 party!

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