A Garden Trellis Background

What better time than summer to create a background of a garden trellis with Stampin’ Up!’s new Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#143741, $7.50)?  Jar of Love Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Mary Hanson Stampin' Up! Up North Stampin'

The beautiful embossed background was created using the embossing folder and my Big Shot.  So easy!

Garden Trellis Texutred Impressions Embossing Folder

The Jar of Love stamp set (#141587, $27.00).  and Everyday Jars Framelits Dies (#141490, $33.00)  created the fun bouquet using Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, and Sweet Sugarplum inks.

Notice the two-step stamping process where the background of the flowers were stamped off once and the details of the flowers were stamped in full strength ink.  The jar was stamped using the new Fresh Fig ink pad, one of the 2017-19 In Colors.

Jar of Love Close Up Fresh Fig Garden Trellis

I popped some gold foil leaves and gold sequins amongst the flowers, just for fun!  The corrugated oval and the oval greeting shape are from the Coffee Cafe Bundle!

Such a fun card to put together!  Click on the “Let’s Go Shopping” Button above to get your Jar of Love Bundle!  Happy Stamping!

A Quick Summer Party Popper!

One of my favorite new In-Colors 2017-19 is Lemon Lime Twist.  What a fun and summery shade!

lime popper

I made this party popper with the FRESH FLORALS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK (#144131, $22.00).  You will get 40 sheets: 4 each of 2 double-sided designs in the five new In Colors — a great value.


The Sentiment is punched out with the Pretty Label Punch (#143715, $18.00) and its coordinating greeting from Label Me Pretty Clear Mount Stamp Set (#143861, $17.00).

Close up Lime popperI added a little embellishment on the label with the a green-tinted Glitter Enamel Dot (#144200, $7.00).  Love these — they’re my favorite embellishment!

Glitter Enamel Dots

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Can’t stop playing with paste!

Another card using the new Embossing Paste from Stampin’ Up!  The Embossing Paste from Stampin’ Up! is to die for!  If you haven’t ordered it, do so!  I used the diamond pattern from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks (#144103, $6.00) and the Embossing Paste (#141979, $8.00).

Detailed Dragonfly Embossing Paste Beautiful Bouquet Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

I built a bouquet of flowers using the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set (#143666, $27.00) and the the Bouquet Bunch Framelits (#143659, $30.00).   I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits (#142749, #31.00) to create a beautiful dragonfly that sits atop this bouquet.

The card base if Dapper Denim, and the bouquet is built using Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, and So Saffron, and Tranquil Tide.

I am highly recommending the Embossing Paste!  And if you don’t have the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle featuring the stamp set and framelits, now is the time!   (#145297, $51.00).  Click on the “Let’s Go Shopping! button above to start shopping!


Foil Frenzy Treat Bag

I just love the new Foil Frenzy papers by Stampin’ Up!, found in the 2017-18 Annual Catalog.  With these papers, I created a treat bag using the Butterfly Thinlits and my Big Shot to cut out a butterfly ‘peephole!’  I dressed up m Lemon Lime Twist butterflies with the stamp from Butterfly Basics.

Treat Bag Foil Frenzy Berry Burst

Here are the measurements:

Card stock cuts: The card stock is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Score the long side at 1 1/2″, 4″, 5 1/2 ” and 8″.  Score the short side at 1 1/2″ ( this is the bottom).  Adhere the sides with Tear & Tape Adhesive, then the bottom.  The ribbon I used is already one of my favorites — the Berry Burst 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (#144133, $7.00).  Your treats will fit beautifully into a 3X6″ Gusseted Cellophone Bag (#141704, $4.50).

The papers come in foil patterns using Soft Sky, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tangerine Tango!  Take a look — I know I’ll be getting more soon!


I dressed up my Lemon Lime Twist butterflies with the stamp from Butterfly Basics (#137154, 24.00).

Butterfly basics

Thanks to Jari at Card-iology.com for the pattern idea for the bags.  Her acorn bag is just darling!  Click on the “Let’s Go Shopping” button at the top of this page to get your own beautiful Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper!  Way to go, Stampin’ Up!  Another home run with the DSP!

Embossing Paste + Butterfly = Love!

Finally, Finally…..I had a chance to try out the new Stampin’ Up! Embossing Paste (#141979, $8.00), and might I just say….LOVE IT!! It is so easy to work with, and creates such beautiful effects!  For this card, I mixed it with two drops of Lemon Lime Twist Ink Refill and it just slid right through the Decorative Mask and onto the card.  It dries so quickly, and creates this beautiful 3D textured effect!

Embossing Paste Beautiful Bouquet Butterfly Thinlits Mary Hanson Up North Stampin

I used the new 2017-19 In Colors to create this card, with a Berry Burst card base and Tranquil Tide and Powder Pink accents.  I embellished just a little with a Clear Faceted Gem (#144142, $5.00).

I encourage you to give the new Embossing Paste and Pattern Party Decorative Masks (#144103, $6.00).  Click on the “Let’s Go Shopping” Button above, and let the fun begin!



Garden in Bloom with Watercolor Background

I went back to a tried and true set today.  I used the “Watercolor in Bloom” stamp set (#139433, $25.00) and a watercolor wash background.  Don’t you love these colors together:  Peekaboo Peach and Bermuda Bay!

Garden in Bloom Bermuda Bay Peach Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

The sentiment is from the “Colorful Seasons” stamp set (#143726, $27.00).  The fonts are so beautiful in this set!

Colorful seasons

I added a fun new embellishment from the new annual catalog:  the Mini Sequin Trim (#144259, $6.00).  YES, those are strings of tiny black sequins – super sharp!

Close Up Garden in Bloom Colorful Seasons Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

The Garden in Bloom stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is so versatile.  Use it as single stamp to create beautiful sharp floral images, or soft watercolor images.  Add color accents with a second stamp.  Use it as a three-step stamp set to add defining lines and put it all together!



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Feeling “At Home With You”

I had the chance to open my new Stampin’ Up! bundle called “At Home With You,” a really fun set with lots of possibilities for year-round use.

At Home With You Tranquil Tide Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

This bundle comes with a ton of stamps and of course, the matching thinlits.

At Home With You Bundle

Did you notice how the Tranquil Tide door opens?  I put the sentiment “I feel at home with you” on the inside when you open the door — a cute little surprise that makes this card rather interactive!

I used summery flower baskets for this card, but you can move this card into fall with pumpkins, or holiday greenery.  This bundle (#145351) is a bargain at $50.25 when you can use it all year round!

A Bridge Fold Card!

Hi, everyone!

I tried a new Fancy Fold card called a Bridge Fold Card using the Daisy Delight Bundle, which includes the stamp set and punch.

Daisy Bridge Fold Mary Hanson Up North Stampin

Fun, huh?  I found the instructions on Song of my Heart Stampers and, honestly, her instructions are so clear, I’m not going to repeat them on my blog — here’s the link for the how-to!

Bridge Fold Card Tutorial

The Daisy Delight Bundle is hopefully going to be available again very soon!  It sells out as soon as it goes on the website — that’s how popular it is!  But you just can’t miss this.  The punch makes it easy to create beautiful daisies, WITHOUT the Big Shot!

In the meantime, the Daisy Delight Stamp Set (#143669, $17.00) is still available, and it is super pretty!


I’d love to see your Bridge Fold Card, so try it, and share it with me!

Love and a Mason Jar

My friend and I recently made fifty of this simple yet elegant card for a bridal shower invitation.

Amy's Shower card

Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay look so lovely together, don’t they?  The jar and stamped images were made from the Jar of Love stamp set (#141587, $27.00).

jar of love stamps The flowers were stamped first using the Jar of Love stamps in Bermuda Bay inks (I stamped off to create the first layer, and then stamped full strength to create the accents.)  I then cut them out using the big Shot and the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies (#141490, $33.00).  I popped some of them up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Isn’t it a darling bouquet?   The LOVE sentiment is from the Weather Together stamp set (#141543, $21.00).

To make fifty invitations, I went into full flower-making mode, stamping and cutting 150 of them.  The rest of the card went quickly once the flowers were cut.  I love how it turned out!

Click on the “Let’s Go Shopping” button at the top of the page to find this lovely bundle.  Happy Stamping!


Sending Love and Hugs

Just stopping by with one more card from the Coffee Cafe Bundle — Okay, Okay, I’ll try to stop!!  I used the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies to cut out some elements for a coffee cup, including a cup made from another pattern in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (#144155, $11.00).  The background of the card is also cut from a different design in that series.

Sending Love Coffee

I used the new Starburst Punch to create a bi-colored layered sentiment, which actually comes from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set (#143855, $17.00).  This punch (#143717, $18.00) is going to be a staple — so handy!

Close Up Sending Love and Coffee

The little sparkly green accents come from my very favorite Glitter Enamel Dots (#144200, $7.00).  Once again, the possibilities from this Coffee Cafe Bundle are endless — I hope you’ve gotten yours!

Click on the “Let’s Go Shopping” button at the top of this page!  Happy Stamping! I need to go get a cup of coffee….  ❤