I Finally Found It!

Have you seen this beautiful FREE set? You can choose the “Happy Birthday to You” set for free when you spend $50 on any products of your choice from our new mini catalog or annual catalog.  I have finally found my go-to birthday card set.  I just love the look of the cake, and the beautiful “Happy Birthday” sentiment! (See Below!)

Happy Birthday to You - Best Dressed Designer Series Paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

Thank you to Teri Pocock for this beautiful design — I totally CASED her use of vellum to create the birthday cake.  I started with a card base of Melon Mambo.  I added a panel from the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the birthday cake image onto a piece of vellum with Versamark after rubbing the vellum with the Embossing Buddy.  Fro there, I sprinkled White Emboss Powder on the image and heat embossed it.

I used Stampin’ Blends to color the BACK side of the vellum.  Sometimes, you may want to go over areas twice with your blends to get the deepness of color you are looking for. Use any colors you want to in order to match the Designer Series Paper you are using.  I cut out the vellum cake using a Rectangle Stitched Die, and made another matching panel in Whisper White, then mounted the vellum cake onto the Whisper White panel, being careful to use liquid glue in a few spare areas that wouldn’t show through too much.  I then put this piece on a panel of Melon Mambo that was 1/4″ larger than the vellum panel.  I finished with some retired embellishments, and I was done!  LOVED the process!

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What a great set which everyone will find useful. Not only does it contain the great cake image which would be perfect for birthdays, anniversaries or weddings, but it also contains greetings! You get “Happy Birthday” and “Celebrate” and “To You.” Perfect for so many celebrations.

Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set

You can stamp, color with makers, alcohol markers, watercolor or even heat emboss. So many options and the Happy Birthday to You stamp set is all you need to create a perfect celebration/birthday card.

Happy Birthday to You - Mantel - Best Dressed Designer Series Paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

All the items I used to make this card are shared below.  Remember, all you have to do is spend $50 in either the Annual Catalog or the new Spring Occasions Catalog, and this stamp set is yours FREE!  Shop with me and maybe this will become YOUR go-to birthday stamp set!

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A Calendar for Katie…

I had a Saturday all to myself last weekend, and I had a blast in my craft room, making a calendar for my 28-year-old daughter for her desk.  Each month’s page is separate, and will go on a clipboard frame that fits the 5 x 7″ pages.

I got the calendar pages (blank at the top) from Taylored Expressions.  Go HERE to visit the site.  The quality of the product is beautiful, the card stock is a nice 100-lb. weight, and their customer service was great.  I will definitely buy from them again!

Calendar Template

Here is my calendar!  I constructed each page with some new, some retired, and some Paper Pumpkin kit pieces.  It was a blast to think ‘seasonally’ as I worked through each page.  I hope you have some time for creativity this week!

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

 

A GREAT Decision Five Years Ago!

Have you ever thought the Starter Kit sounded too good to be true? I felt that way five years ago when I was considering it! Like, there’s gotta be a catch, right? Well, it really is as good as it sounds and more than I ever imagined! Now,  I wish I had done it sooner! I am celebrating five years as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator this month!

Sale-A-Bration is the best time of the year to give all the demonstrator perks a test-drive! All throughout the year, the Starter Kit is the “ultimate bundle,” but it’s an even better deal now through March 31! Check out this short video about all the goodies you get with the $99 Starter Kit:

Here’s a little math for you… For $99 (plus applicable taxes), you will receive the following:

  • Up to $125 in product of your choice
  • Any stamp set of your choice (any price, any current catalog)
  • 48-sheet 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler pack ($11.50 value)
  • Mini Paper Cutter ($26.50 value)
  • Standard Business Supplies Pack ($50 value)
  • A Free Paper Pumpkin Kit ($22 value)
  • Free Shipping (10% of order – up to $28 value)

If I’m doing the math right, that’s $308 in value for only $99! And the best part is all the perks that come with being a demonstrator after making the decision to buy the Starter Kit! My favorites are the 20-25% discount/commission, demonstrator pre-orders (we get to see everything early!), and because I am a member of the Stampin’ Pals, YOU get to be a PAL, a national community with others who are passionate about papercrafting!

I’d love for you to join the Up North Stampin’ team…and no worries, you don’t have to sell a thing — you can be a hobby demonstrator, in it for the fun and savings!

Click here to Join Now

 

CONTACT ME with any questions! Have a great week!

 

Mary

This New Stamp Set is “Music to MY Heart!”

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It’s the one I have been waiting for!  “Music From The Heart” is a new stamp set found in the Spring Mini Catalog, and it speaks to me.  Music has always been an important part of my life, so this set was naturally one of the first I ordered.  Take a look at all the pretty sentiments and modern drawings:

Music from the Heart Stamp Set

The images lend themselves to many occasions — have some fun with them.

I used a Mossy Meadow card base, and a background panel from the Pressed Petals  Designer Series Papers.  On a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock, I stamped the piano images, a heart note, and the sentiment using Mossy Meadow ink.  I tore the edges of the sentiment panel.

I then cut a strip of glimmer paper from the retired Joyous Noel glimmer papers — I loved the copper look against the Mossy Meadow card stock.  I finished the card by adding a few assorted sequins.  An easy and fun card using a brand new set that speaks to the HEART!

Music from the Heart - Portrait - Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper - Mossy Meadow - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

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Pals Blog Hop: Time To Sale-A-Brate!

Blog Hop BadgeWelcome to the Pals’ Blog Hop! We’re so glad you’re here because it’s “Time to Sale-A-Brate!” We’re showcasing our favorite new products from 2020 Sale-A-Bration brochure. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Because I haven’t yet received a stamp set from the gorgeous Sale-A-Bration brochure, today I am featuring my favorite products from the Spring Mini Catalog instead — the Painted Poppies Bundle.  For my card, I wanted to recreate a field of poppies against a background of green, kind of like this painting I found:

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Needless to say, here’s my project:

Peaceful Poppies Suite - Bouquet - Portrait Mode - Mary Hanson - Up north Stampin'I started with a basic Whisper White Thick card base folded to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, a panel of Old Olive at 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″, and a panel of Shimmery White cardstock measured at 5 1/4 x 4″.

On the Shimmery White panel, I created a color-washed background using my Aqua Painter and some Old Olive ink.  To do this, I wet the paper with the aqua painter, and liberally spread ink back and forth until I achieved a wash of green. I let this dry for awhile.

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I then stamped a number of leaves onto the background of washed color in Old Olive. Next I stamped a variety of poppies on some Whisper White scraps, using Petal Pink, Poppy Parade (love that color!) and Grapefruit Grove.  The two-step stamps make beautiful poppies, and don’t worry about lining up the stamps directly over each other — they’re not perfectly aligned.  Experiment with ‘stamping off’ sometimes, to create varied flower hues. I stamped some leaves in Old Olive ink on Whisper White as well.

Here’s the beautiful stamp set and dies from the new Spring Occasions Catalog:

Painted Poppies Bundle

I then did some die cutting.  I cut out all the poppies, both styles, the leaves, and also a decorative border from the dies in Old Olive cardstock.  To put it all together, I simply built a bouquet on top of the washed background, popping some poppies up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Peaceful Poppies Suite Close Up - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

To make the sentiment, I stamped one of the lovely sayings from the Peaceful Moments Cling Stamp Set in Old Olive ink. I used the Timeless Label Punch to punch out the sentiment, trimming the top and bottom edges slightly, and then using Dimensionals to adhere to the card.  I love every one of the sentiments in this set!

Peaceful Moments stamp set

Peaceul Poppies Suite - black - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

To add the finishing touches, I used some Baker’s Twine and (retired) Old Olive ribbon tied together in a bow.  (I do have new ribbon on my wish list!)  I added some pretty sequins, and done!  The list of all the wonderful products I used for this project are found at the bottom of this post.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 12th, for our Art From The Heart blog hop when our Design Team showcase projects made from the heart for any occasion. Don’t miss the fun!

Pals Blog Hop Line-Up

      1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty!
      2. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
      3. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
      4. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
      5. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
      6. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
      7. Linda Suarez at Lucky Dog Stamper
      8. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’——YOU ARE HERE!
      9. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
      10. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
      11. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
      12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
      13. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
      14. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
      15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
      16. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
      17. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
      18. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
      19. Leah O’Brien at Ink, Paper, Stamps, Oh My!
      20. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
      21. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
      22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose

Product List

Whisper White Thick Baker's Twine

Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine
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$3.50

Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon

Old Olive 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon
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$6.00

Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration has Begun!

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The biggest sale of the Year!  Earn exclusive products with every qualifying order of $50.  Check out this fun video:

2020 starts a new decade and so it’s only right that we start with something fresh and new – the newly re-imagined Mini Catalog! My favorite new things about the Mini are:

  • NEW LAYOUT – A bold new layout that gives us more room to show off great project ideas.
  • EASY TO FIND PRODUCTS – A helpful new Catalog at a Glance index at the back that makes it easy to find products by category
  • MONEY SAVING BUNDLES – A fresh look at Bundles at the beginning that features even more project ideas for these popular pairs.

My favorite thing that hasn’t changed? How the pages are packed with beautiful, coordinating, quality products that will help you make your creative dreams come true.

Plus, during Sale-A-Bration, all the great new products help you earn FREE New Products rewards! 

  • Spend $50 (before tax and shipping) and pick a free item from the Sale a Bration Brochure.   You get one free item for every $50.
  • Spend $100 and choose a Level 2 item (or two Level 1’s).
  • If  your order reaches $300, you will receive the exclusive Little Ladybug Stamp Set!

Join for $99

Not only that, but there’s this great deal…. Buy the Stampin’ Up! Starter kit and get an exclusive mini trimmer, 6 x 6″ sampler of our new papers, AND any stamp set of your choice!  That’s on top of the already great deal the Starter Kit is!

What is the Starter Kit?  You pick anything you want totaling $125, and spend only $99 plus tax, no shipping.  Get the exclusive mini trimmer, the paper sampler, AND an additional stamp set of your choice in addition.  Oh, and FREE SHIPPING on the whole thing!

This is truly one of the best Starter Kit deals I’ve seen!  Here’s more:

**Enjoy a continual discount of 20% (net) off your purchases
**You can increase that to 25%
**Join the Up North Stampin’  family! (in person gatherings, incentives, training, FUN, swaps, a NATIONAL Facebook group, and more!)  I’d love for you to join my team…and no worries, you don’t have to sell a thing — you can be a hobby demonstrator, in it for the fun and savings!

Click here to Join Now

 

Questions?  Just call me at 218-280-1559 or email me HERE.

Two More Days Until Sale-A-Bration! And a Valentine Sneak Peek!

Have you received your New Spring Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure yet?  If you haven’t, send me a quick email and I’ll get it out to you right away!   I am so excited about these new resources.  They’re both FILLED with beautiful new products from Stampin’ Up!

Today I’m featuring a card I made from some of those wonderful new products: the From My Heart Suite. I Love Valentine’s Day, and this new suite absolutely fills my heart with joy!  Here is the card I created:

From My Heart Suite 2 - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

Isn’t this fun?  There are two coordinating heart punches, both of which I used on this card.  The Designer Series Papers are wonderful — everything about this suite just OOZES Valentine Love and Friendship!
Our stamping countdown continues as we anticipate the NEW Mini Catalog and Sale-a-Bration flyer going LIVE in 2 Days—January 3, 2020!
I’ll have the full details about the Sale-a-Bration 2020 promotion on January 3, but here are the basics on how you can earn FREE STUFF!
  • SHOP—For every $50 or $100 in purchases, you can select a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration Flyer!
  • HOST—Have a $300 workshop or individual order and you’ll earn a FREE Little Ladybug stamp set!
  • JOIN—Purchase a $99 Starter Kit, select $125 worth of products, get FREE Shipping, plus receive a FREE Mini Paper Cutter, FREE 6×6″ Paper Sampler and FREE your choice of ANY stamp set from the catalogs!

Remember Sale-A-Bration is a great time because you earn FREE products for every $50 you order, so don’t miss out on the fun!  Let me know if you need help with your online order.  I will be happy to make sure you’re getting all the freebies you deserve!

Not only that, BUT there’s only TWO days left before this special starts!  Buy the Stampin’ Up! Starter kit and get an exclusive mini trimmer, 6 x 6″ sampler of our new papers, AND any stamp set of your choice!  That’s on top of the already great deal the Starter Kit is!

What is the Starter Kit?  You pick anything you want totaling $125, and spend only $99 plus tax, no shipping.  Get the exclusive mini trimmer, the paper sampler, AND an additional stamp set of your choice in addition.  Oh, and FREE SHIPPING on the whole thing!

This is truly one of the best Starter Kit deals I’ve seen!  Here’s more:

**Enjoy a continual discount of 20% (net) off your purchases
**You can increase that to 25%
**Join the Up North Stampin’  family! (in person gatherings, incentives, training, FUN, swaps, a NATIONAL Facebook group, and more!)  I’d love for you to join my team…and no worries, you don’t have to sell a thing — you can be a hobby demonstrator, in it for the fun and savings!

Click HERE to join on the 3rd January!

I’ll be back on the 3rd with the new catalog, Sale-a-Bration promotion details and more!

Happy New Year!  I hope 2020 is your best year yet!

Mary

 

“I’ll Bee Yours” January Paper Pumpkin – Get Yours!

Happy New Year, Friends!

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January 2020 SNEAK PEEK VIDEO: Paper Pumpkin’s first kit of 2020 is all about L-O-V-E. Whether you want handmade favors for Valentine’s Day, a bridal shower, or a remarkably romantic wedding, this month’s kit has everything you need to help you celebrate your favorite friendships and love stories. So make it a “LOVE”-ly year with Paper Pumpkin!

Watch the Video

Sign-up to subscribe to January’s I’ll Be Yours Paper Pumpkin by January 10.  

KISS KISS!  Kit details: Makes 20 treat bags + 10 mini cards and envelopes. Card size: 3″ x 3″ (7.5 x 7.5 cm), Envelope size: 3-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ (7.8 x 7.8 cm), Bag size: 3-1/4″ x 4″ (8.2 x 10 cm)

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Crushed Curry, Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, and Rococo Rose

I LOVE PRODUCT COORDINATION!   It’s “BEE”-yond QUESTION:  Get more from the I’ll Bee Yours kit when you buy the Heart Punch Pack (item 151292) from the 2020 January–June Mini Catalog (AVAILABLE Jan. 3).  Both punches coordinate with the heart stamp in the kit so you can craft for love-filled occasions now . . . and later! Think weddings, showers, birthdays, and more!

Surprise! Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Update!

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Stampin’ Up! has updated the Clearance Rack with lot of new goodies!  Yay!!!  Head over there TODAY to get your hands on some great deals.  But hurry!!  Clearance Rack deals are only while supplies last!

There are lots of new dies, punches, designer papers and embellishments!

Click here to head over to my online store to shop those great deals now!!  Have fun shopping! Use the Host Code below for a free goodie with a purchase of over $50!


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January Paper Pumpkin Kit: Feel the LOVE!

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Paper Pumpkin’s first kit of 2020 is all about L-O-V-E. Whether you need favors for Valentine’s Day, a bridal shower, or a remarkably romantic wedding, this kit will help you celebrate your favorite friendships and love stories in style. So make it a “LOVE”-ly year with Paper Pumpkin.

Our research tells us that Paper Pumpkin subscribers love cards. And while January’s kit is project-based (with 20 treat bags), it also includes 10 mini cards.   It’s a Win-Win!

Not familiar with Paper Pumpkins?  They’re fabulous kits that come to you in the mail once a month, around the 18th-20th.  Although we do not know the exact contents of the kit, we always a few hints throughout the month.  January’s kit contains everything you need to make the month’s projects — in this case, 20 treat bags and 10 mini cards.  You get the ink, stamp set, papers, embellishments, envelopes, adhesives….EVERYTHING!  AND new subscribers receive an acrylic stampin’ block with which to use your stamps.  There are two ways to buy:

PRE-PAID SUBSCRIPTIONS

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  • 1 Month = $21
  • 3 Month = $63
  • 6 Month = $114
  • 12 Month = $220

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

 

MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION

  • $22.00 per month (shipping included!!)

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

 

Give it a try!  With the monthly subscription, there’s no risk to you!  You control your account, and can skip, suspend, or cancel anytime!  (Not that you’ll want to, with each month’s kit better than the last!)

P.S.  If you buy the Heart Punch Pack from the new 2020 January–June Mini Catalog,  the January kit will help them get more from their punch purchase!  I’m having one sent to all my customers from this last year. Let me know if you need a catalog!  I’ll get one in the mail to you right away!