Perennial Birthday Classes

What could possibly be in a box this beautiful?  How about 16 coordinating birthday cards and beautiful file dividers — one for each month?  I am offering two upcoming classes for you to create this beautiful kit!

Perennial Birthday Box - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

Do you ever get that panicky feeling when you realize someone’s birthday is here, and you forgot to get a card in the mail?  The Perennial Birthday Kit is a great way for you to get organized!

Perennial Birthday Open Box - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

This gorgeous lined box has twelve file cards, one for each month.  How easy to put the names of those loved ones for whom you need to send a card, right on the correct day!

You will make sixteen cards, four of four different designs.  Here they are:

2 More Cards - Perennial Birthday - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

2 cards - Perennial Birthday - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

Aren’t they beautiful?  And they’re even nicer in person, with lots of shiny gold accents that make the cards so rich-looking!  And of course, you receive 16 envelopes! The dates for the classes are Thursday, January 18 at 6:30 pm, and February 24 at 1:00 pm.   The cost is $37 for 16 cards and the decorator box, which includes the use of my stamp set, inks, adhesives, and other supplies.  Just let me know if you want to sign up! Make a date with a friend!


Lots of Lavender Sneak Peek

Just a few more days until the SU! Occasions Catalog goes live (January 3), and Sale-B-Bration begins!  Here is a sneak peek at a new Sale-A-Bration set called Lots of Lavender, and yes, the best part about this set is that it is FREE with a $50 purchase!

Lots of Lavender 2 - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!


I used an embossing folder on a 5 1/4″ by 4″ panel to create wavy texture as a backdrop for my lavender bouquet.  On a 2 1/8″ by 4 1/4″ panel, I stamped the lavender bouquet in Basic Grey ink.  I then started using the two-step stamping process to ‘color’ in the flowers with Wisteria Wonder, the ribbon with So Saffron, and the leaves with Pear Pizzazz.  I used a Paper Pumpkin sentiment for the large Thanks across the bottom.  The two-step stamping makes it so fun and easy to get a watercolor feel to the  bouquet!

Lots of Lavender Close up - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

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A Merry “Cuppa” in Traditional Christmas Colors!

I LOVE the Merry Cafe Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!  And I especially love the way it coordinates with the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies and the Coffee Cafe stamp set.  There are so many ways you can use these three products!

Merry Cafe - Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I mounted a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock on a card base of Thick Whisper White.  On a smaller Whisper White Panel, I used the Winder Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with my Big Shot to add that cute snowflake pattern.  Again with my trusty Big Shot, I cut out the holly leaves and coffee cup from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper. I used Real Red Glimmer Paper to cut out a few small berries.  So cute!

I stamped the sentiment “Christmas Cheer” with Real Red and Garden Green, and then cut out using the framelits dies.  Finally, I stamped some yummy whipped cream with Crumb Cake ink and a cute straw with Graden Green ink and cut them out with the Big Shot.

Close Up 1 Merry Cafe - Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

I jazzed up the whipping cream with some Wink of Stella, and assembled the entire card!  Love it!  Check out the Retiring List on the Stampin’ Up! website — both the Merry Cafe and the Winter Wonder embossing folder are retiring soon!  Get them now — they’ll be classics you can use year after year!

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Christmas Pines & Merry Little Christmas!

I’ve made a simple yet elegant card using the Christmas Pines stamp set with the coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.

Christmas Pines - Stitched Shapes Framelits - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

I started with a base of Whisper White thick cardstock and then a layer of Old Olive Cardstock on top of that.  The Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Papers are so versatile.  I love the black and white plaid look with the Old Olive — very trendy!  I created a shiny gold foil pinecone to go with the delicate olive green pine boughs.

The sentiment was stamped on an oval cut out from the Stitched Shape framelits and backed with a black scalloped layer from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  I accented the card with an Old Olive Mini Chevron ribbon.

I love the simplicity of this card.  I hope you do, too!

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Merry Patterns for a Merry Christmas!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I don’t remember a busier November/December! School, craft fairs, and spruce container production has really taken a chunk out of me. But I’ve finally gotten a chance to do some creating.  And wow, have I had some fun!
Merry Patterns - Half Full - Foil Snowflakes - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin

This first card is heat embossed with gold embossing powder and the fun deer from the Merry Patterns stamp set.  I have loved this set from the moment it became available as a special promotion by Stampin’ Up!  Since it never appeared in any catalog, I expect this set to become a collector’s item.  I’ve seen so many special projects using it!

Here’s another version of the card, using a different paper.  Same idea and layout, but an entirely different look, don’t you think?  The leaf is from the November Paper Pumpkin kit, and is perfect to match the Old Olive in the DSP

Merry Patterns 2 - Half Full - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

The gold embossing really adds a rich touch, don’t you think?  The sentiment is from the “Half Full” stamp set, which I really love as well!  Let me know which one you like the best!

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