Coffee with a Friend

Cup of coffee, anyone?  I finally had a chance to play with the new bundle “Coffee Cafe” and coordinating Designer Series Paper called “Coffee Break.”  I used a panel of the designer paper that resembles coffee rings – isn’t it great? –  and mounted that on a card base of Crumb Cake.

The Stampin’ Details:  I stamped a Chocolate Chip cup and cut it out using my Big Shot and the Coffee Cup Framelit Dies. I used a Powder Pink ink pad to stamp a straw and a coffee lid, then cut them out using the corresponding dies.  Finally I stamped a smaller square and the awesome sentiment in Chocolate Chip and cut those out using my Big Shot.  Pink coffee rings Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

By hand, I cut a Delicate White Doily in half and mounted it at an angle on the card base.  I then began to assemble the cup, ‘popping’ the cup up using some Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I finished the card off with two Glimmer Enamel Dots and wow!!  A quick and easy card.

You simply MUST try this Stampin’ Up! Bundle.  The possibilities with it are truly endless — you could make friendship cards, thank you cards, birthday cards, or a number of fun projects.  Don’t be without this set.  Simply Click on the “Shopping” button above, and you can start having fun with one of our favorite things — COFFEE!!



Pals Blog Hop: Pick a “B”

2017badge-peachWelcome to the June 2017 Pals Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month’s theme, Pick a “B,” features projects inspired by Babies, Birthdays and Brides to name few. You may just get a glimpse of new catalog products while you hop with us today.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

My card contains a couple of “B’s,” if you haven’t guessed it already.  I actually chose the BLUE vase as my “B,” but my husband said adjectives don’t count (haha!).  However, I knew I had a back-up plan with the “B” in BIRTHDAY!

Tranquil Tulips Blue Patterned Vase Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

I combined the photopolymer Host stamp set called “Tranquil Tulips” (#143767) with the “Jar of Love” photopolymer stamp set (#141587)  and Everyday Jars Framelits (#141490) to create this card.  Using my Big Shot, I cut out the jar shape from the framelits using the Pool Party patterned sheet from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper Stack (#144155).  I also cut a 1 1/4″ by 4″ strip from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (#144177) to create a ‘table’ surface.  I adhered that strip to a 5 1/4″ by 4″ Whisper White card panel.  I guess-timated where my blue paper vase would be adhered in order to stamp a bouquet of tulips that would fit into the vase.  I used Calypso Coral, Berry Burst, Melon Mambo, and Peekaboo Peach ink pads, and created a lighter shade for the base of each tulip by stamping off once before stamping the flower onto the white panel.  The second stamp of the two-stamp process uses the coordinating full-strength ink.  I then used Pear Pizazz ink to add stems and leaves to my bouquet.

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up my vase onto the card front.  I tried to create a ‘raffia’ look for the natural bow on the vase by taking a few inches of Burlap Ribbon and peeling the ribbon into strips.  I then put the strips together to make a bow and adhered it to the vase with a glue dot.  The sentiment is from the “Balloon Celebration” stamp set (#140675). I used Berry Burst ink on Whisper White card stock, and then punched a banner using the Triple Banner Punch, one of my go-to’s!  The Whisper White front panel was adhered using some SNAIL to a Peekaboo Peach card base.

Tranquil Tulip Blue Cup Close Up

To add some dimension, I re-stamped two tulip top stamps in Calypso Coral, cut them out with my snips and popped them up with a dimensional.  This helped create balance to the already popped-up vase!  The card is finished off with some Glitter Enamel Dots in Old Olive to add some sparkle and whimsy!  I had SO much fun creating my “B” card.  I hope you give this lovely new Host Set a try.  The shading is so artistic and pretty!  Remember, this Host Set can be yours for only $10.00 when you order at least $150 in Stampin’ Up! product, OR if you host an event, and the event orders total over $150.  Easy!

It’s time to get your hands on these beautiful products, and all the other wonderful new items in the 2017-18 Annual SU! Catalog!  Use the “Shopping” Button above to go to my site and start the shopping fun!  Please let me know if I can be of any assistance as you order!

Tulips Stamp Set

Tranquil Tulips Pick a B Flat Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

Thanks again for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on July 12th. We’re having a pattern party! Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. See you on July 12th for the next Pals Blog Hop! You are now on Mary Hanson’s Up North Stampin’ page!

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  3. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  4. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  5. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  7. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  11. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  12. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  19. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  22. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  23. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  25. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  26. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  27. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art


I Love a New Challenge!

tttc-challenge-board-001Especially when the challenge is SO fun!  I am playing the Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week with a great team of designers.  The idea is to choose a row, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, and design a project using all the elements in that row.


I chose the top row going across, so my elements were stripes, a circle, and gold!  What fun!  Here is the card I created:

Sending Love and Coffee 2

I chose a brand new Stampin’ Up bundle, the photopolymer Coffee Cafe Bundle (145331), which includes the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set, and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.  I used the striped paper from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (#144155) to add to my Whisper White card base (11″ by 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″).  Using my Big Shot, I cut out a coffee cup using another pattern from the Coffee Break DSP — love every one of these papers!  On Whisper White card stock, I stamped the whipping cream, a straw, and the cup lid on Whisper White card stock using Chocolate Chip ink, then cut the lid to make just a border for the top of the cup.  I adhered all the cup elements to the card base using SNAIL, and then stamped some coffee beans in Chocolate Chip as well.

I stamped a sentiment from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set (#143855 rubber mount) onto a scrap of Pool Party card stock in Chocolate Chip ink.  I unwrapped another new SU! product — the Starburst Punch (#143717) and punched out the sentiment “Sending Love and Hugs to You.”  I also punched a circle out of the wood grain paper from the Coffee Break DSP as a backing to the Pool Party circle — I thought it added some pop!

Close Up Sending Love and Coffee

I then looped adhered gold baker’s twine to the back of the sentiment circles and popped them up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Lastly I added two Glitter Enamel Dots (#144200) in Old Olive toward the top of the card.

Flat sending love and coffee

This bundle is super fun, and I know I’m going to use it constantly!  Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this awesome challenge!  Let me know if you need any help getting this bundle into your hands.  Click on the Shop Now button above to get started!



Coffee Cafe


A Retirement Reminder: Just Breathe!

I recently had some co-workers retire from teaching.  Together, the four teachers had well over 100 years of service to our school district — an admirable group for sure.  I made this card for all four retiring colleagues.  It’s simple and yet serene.  I hope!

Retirement Colorful Season Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

I used the new Colorful Seasons stamp set from Stampin’ Up!, found in the fabulous 2017-18 Annual Catalog, now available to order from!  This stamp set features stamps and coordinating dies that highlight all four seasons.  I think this set will be a bestseller because you can literally use it ALL year long!

Project Supplies

Stamps and Bundles

Colorful Seasons Bundle (Stamp Set and Dies), #145348 $54.00

Timeless Textures (Stamp Set), Wood Mount #140514 $28.00 Clear Mount #140517 $20.00

Swirly Bird (Stamp Set) #141749 $25


Shimmery White cardstock, #101910 $8.00

Pool Party 8 ½” by 11” cardstock, #122924   $8.00

Crumb Cake 8 ½” by 11” cardstock, #120953 $8.00

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, #144177 $10.00


Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad, #126982 $6.50

So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Pad, #126957 $6.50

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad #126975 $6.50

Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad #126974 $6.50


SNAIL Adhesive, #104332 $7.00

Fine-Tip Glue Pen, #138309 $7.00

Stampin’ Dimenstionals #104430 $4.00


Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, #143263 $110.00


Crumb Cake Card Base 5 ½” X 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”

Pool Party cardstock panel 5 ¼” X 4”

Shimmery White cardstock panel 5 1/8” X 3 7/8”


On the Shimmery White cardstock panel, stamp the ‘ground’ by using the Timeless Textures stamp in Crumb Cake. Stamp a ‘sun’ using the round stamp from the Swirly Bird stamp set in So Saffron.   Use the Timeless Texture stamp to create a spattering of blue with Pool Party ink pad. Stamp the “Just Breathe” sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in Chocolate Chip ink across the bottom of the Shimmery Whisper White panel.

Using the Big Shot, cut an Adirondack chair using a sheet of paper from the Wooden Textures DSP. Adhere to the Whisper White panel using Fine Tip Glue. Adhere the Whisper White panel to the Pool Party cardstock panel using SNAIL. Use Dimensionals to adhere top of card to the Crumb Cake card base.  Embellish with other dies from the bundle as desired.

I hope this Tutorial and card has helped you get inspired — there’s SO much in the new catalog to try!  Just email me at for help with ordering!  Or click on the button on the stop of this page to start the fun!