‘Pick Your Potion’ for The Remarkable Inkbig Blog Hop!

The-Remarkable-Inkbig-Blog-Hop-610x483-300x238Welcome to the Blog Hop for September 2017. This month our theme is Halloween!  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Up North Stampin,’ or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’!  So glad you stopped by!

Festive Phrases - Half Full - Stampin' Up! - Spooky Night - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampinup

Here is my Halloween card — a toast to some very mysterious Halloween punch!  The background panels of the card were created with Basic Black card stock and pieces of the Spooky Night Designer Series paper.  I love every design of this Halloween variety pack!

Spooky night paper

I combined two stamp sets to create this fun Halloween card.  Festive Phrases is a new stamp set from the SU! Holiday Catalog.  With its variety of sentiments, it’ll be fun all year long!

Festive Phrases

I stamped the ‘Potion’ stamp on a Very Vanilla piece of card stock and then cut it out using the Stitched Shape Framelits.  I added the wine glasses by stamping them in Basic Black and cutting them out myself.  I watercolored the Mystery Liquid with Lemon Lime Twist ink, and then sparkled it up a bit with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  The bubbles were made with the new Black Rhinestone Jewels — fun, fun!

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Half Full - Festive Phrases - Stampin' Up! - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog – UP NORTH STAMPIN’, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.

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Tic Tac Toe Challenge Half Full #tttc016

Having fun this week with a Tic Tac Toe Challenge from my fellow Stampin’ Pals.  We could pick three items in a line, either horizontally, diagonally, or vertically, just like Tic Tac Toe!

TTTCI chose to go right down the center with Glow, Paper Piece, and Doily!  I used one of my favorite sets from the 2017 Holiday Catalog — “Half Full,” a very fun holiday set that could actually be used all year long.  It’s a great set of wine images, with a Christmas angle.  I love the sentiments “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…but if the white runs out, I’ll take red.”  Haha love this!

I also used the holiday Designer Series Paper called Merry Little Christmas to accent the Cherry Cobbler card base.  Love the black and white with the Cobbler!

Half Full - Merry Little Christmas - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

You might be wondering where the GLOW part is on the card — the top square of our challenge.  Well, it’s difficult to photograph, but the white ‘wine’ in the glasses is accented with Wink of Stella, as are the fun holly images.  They glow and sparkle — really fun!

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Pals Blog Hop: My Favorite Holiday!

2017badge-emeraldWelcome to the Pals September 2017 Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month our theme is “My Favorite Holiday.”  Sit back and enjoy the view while the Pals treat you with projects for the upcoming Autumn and Winter holidays.

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.  It really didn’t take very long for me to decide what holiday I would feature in this blog.  The Christmas holidays have always been special to me: family get-togethers, a few days off from teaching to be home with the people most dear to me.

Season Like Christmas 1 - Stampin' Up! - Merry Little Christmas - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

This card features a beautiful Christmas tree from a new stamp set called “Season Like Christmas.”  The tree is actually a three-step stamp.  The larger base stamp was stamped in Old Olive ink.  Over that, I put a darker accent layer of Tranquil Tide.  The last layer was created to look like red Christmas ornaments or lights.  Here’s what I did: I stamped first with Versamark, and then stamped a second layer in Real Red.  I sprinkled a mixture of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter over, and tapped off the excess, then heat embossed it.  The result was shiny and sparkly red tree decorations!

Season Like Christmas Close up 3 - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I cut the tree out with an oval framelit from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, and then cut a coordinating scalloped oval in the same size to offset the white oval.  

The paper layers included a base of Whisper White cardstock and then a 4″ by 5 1/4″ layer of Old Olive.  Finally I added a layer from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Papers.  I love them all – look at the beautiful and timeless Old Olive, black, and white patterns.  

merry little christmas papers

The banners across the bottom of card were created with one of my favorite staples — the Triple Banner Punch.  The black and white plaid creates The sentiment is from the “Season Like Christmas” stamp set as well.  I love all the sentiments from this set!

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Season Like Christmas

Season Like Christmas 2 - Stampin' Up! Merry Little Christmas - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on October 11, 2017 for “Wicked Folds.”  Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our Favorite Holiday.  By the way, what’s your favorite holiday?

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  3. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  6. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  7. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  8. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art
  9. Stesha Bloodhart Stampin’ Hoot!
  10. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  11. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  12. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  13. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Corinne Blake at The Creative Compendium
  16. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  17. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  18. Patti MacLeath at Paper Crafts by Patti
  19. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  22. Becky Retzer at Just In Thyme Crafts

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It’s Half Full, For Sure!

Today I’m sharing a couple of cards that I’ve been waiting to create, with a new stamp set I couldn’t wait to share!  The “Half Full” stamp set has a wide appeal.  I have lots of friends who enjoy an occasional glass of wine, and even if you’re not a wine drinker yourself, it’s easy to see the appeal in these stamps.  What’s not to like with these fun images and even better, the wonderful sentiments about wine and friendship?  Here are two using the same tag-like sentiment inked in black and cut out by hand:

Stampin' Up! Half Full - Holiday Catalog - Gold Foil - Painted Harvest - Leaf Punch - Up North Stampin' - Stampinup

Stampin' Up! Half Full - Colorful Seasons - Gold Glitter paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampinup

I stamped some leaves in Lemon Lime Twist with the second leaf layer stamped in Old Olive. I punched those out with the Leaf Punch, along with some leaves punched in Gold Foil paper.  I layered the card over  a panel of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.

Look at the other fun sentiments and wine stamps in this set, and notice how it’s going to go RIGHT into Christmas!

Half full stamp set

Each card was built using banners made with the Triple Banner Punch.  The second card uses three banners to offset the sentiment.  The beautiful leaf in the upper right corner was created used my Big Shot and the leaf thinlit from the Colorful Seasons bundle in gold foil paper.

Half Full Mary Hanson Up North stampin'

No matter what banners, colors, or embellishments you decide to use doesn’t matter! You’ll have so much fun creating your own cards using this awesome Half Full Set!

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