Picked For You — And a Good Laugh at Myself!

Ah, finally a chance to play with some new stamp sets from the Annual Catalog.  I knew the minute I saw this set that I had to have it.  Maybe it’s my teaching background, but I have always loved the association of apples and teachers!  So I made a card this afternoon, and upon examination later, I realized I’d made a big boo-boo!  First, here’s the stamp set called “Picked For You”:

Picked For You

If you look at the apple stamps, they are 3-step stamps, which creates a lot of texture, and gives you many options on how you want the apple to look.  Great sentiments!  Not just for teachers, either.

OKAY……..and……Here’s my card:

Picked For You - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

I seriously liked a lot of things about this card!  The apples were stamped in Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green!  The DARLING ribbon is new.  I love the colors……so have you guessed what I did wrong?

YES!!!  I put the STEMS on upside down!!  Hahahahaa!!  Ugh — and of course, I didn’t notice until the entire card was put together.  So guess what?  That’s the way they are going to be on this card!  No two apples have to be the same, right??

Picked For You Close - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

It just goes to show that cards don’t have to be perfect to be sent.  They’re handcrafted!!  Think of all the teacher gifts, thank you cards, and even fall apple treats that you can make!

Picked for You 2 - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

A wonderful stamp set that I’m going to use a lot!  And next time, I’ll stamp the stems correctly!  Anyway, the supplies I used for this card are below!

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And the arrival of August means Bonus Days!  For every $50 you spend in August, you will receive a coupon for $5 to be spent in September!  Here are the details:

Here are the details!

  • Earn $5 for every $50 purchased before shipping and tax are calculated.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes are delivered via email, so be sure it’s accurate!
  • If you earn multiple codes from an order, you’ll receive one email with multiple codes. If you earn multiple codes from multiple orders, you’ll receive separate emails for each code earned.
  • Don’t lose those codes! They are unique to you and can’t be spent by anyone else.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes you can earn in August!!!
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes you can use in September!
  • Coupon codes may be redeemed for any product (excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions)
  • BEST OF ALL: you CAN use a hostess or club code AND a coupon code on the same order! So if you’re ordering for a club, Class of the Month, or a friend’s party, make sure you enter both before you checkout.

Have a great evening!


Paper Pumpkin 1/2 Price Offer!

Have you seen the adorable July Paper Pumpkin kit? Oh, my goodness, I think it is my most favorite one to date! These sweet little baskets and note cards will make a great summer-time gift for a special friend or co-worker! I may even add a little coordinating fruity treat to them, too! If you missed out on this month’s kit, no worries! Wait until you see what is in store for August! You have until August 10th to subscribe and NEW SUBSCRIBERS can take 50% off the August kit, too! Just use the promo code when subscribing.


And here it is……….. Picnic Paradise! Summer at its finest!
Were you dreaming about summer back in January, making a mental list of all the things you were going to do? Have you been happily ticking off the boxes, one by one? Well, when you’re not riding bikes by the lake, looking for fireflies, or kicking back at a drive-in movie, we recommend that you add a new item to your list: Schedule a lazy afternoon to craft these darling little baskets and matching note cards. They’re perfect for family parties, picnics, or for leaving on a neighbor’s doorstep.
Besides boasting four of the most adorable little berry baskets ever, July’s kit is filled to the brim with twelve fun-size cards, delicious-looking die cuts, and adorable gingham tissue paper in Blueberry Bushel, Lemon Lime Twist, and Real Red. (You may want refills just to get some more tissue paper!) Watch the video now to find out why Picnic Paradise is bound to be your new summer “jam.”
More Ideas
If you’re thinking of throwing a summer bash for the absolute sole purpose of making these little baskets for your friends—we totally get that. (We’re all crafters here! Crafters understand.) But the alternate projects you can make with this kit are equally scrumptious.
Picnic Paradise Refills
Refills for this kit are a must. (Think back-to-school teacher gifts!) But don’t wait. Kind of like summer itself . . . they’ll be gone before you know it!
You Are My Anchor Past Kit
Even if you’re a landlubber, you’ll want to buy multiple You Are My Anchor Kits ($18.00) because . . . just look at all of that sailing-themed cuteness and the soft, summery color scheme! This kit is great for masculine projects, too, so be sure to stock up!
Monthly Stamp Set Case Insert
Did you know that we provide a monthly printable case insert to help you store and organize your leftover Paper Pumpkin supplies and stamp set? Click here to download and print!
Redeeming Prepaid Codes
Got questions about prepaid codes? We have answers! Click here to read the updated instructions.


July Specials Almost Gone, and a new August Sneak Peek!

Stampin' Blends

Can you believe the end of July is almost upon us?  Just a reminder that during July, if you order online with this Host Code, you will receive from me a FREE roll of 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon in the new In Color of your choice!  Here is the code:  6MP4UWMQ  Just let me know if you need help making an online order.  Once you get the hang of it, it’s a piece of cake!

I just got the new colors of Stampin’ Blends and WOW are you are going to fall in love when you try them.  They are called “Blends” because you have a light and a dark marker.  These are alcohol markers so when you ‘blend’ them together you get the most beautiful shadowing ever!

Speaking of Blends, you’re going to fall in love with the beautiful NEW Blended Seasons Bundle and NEW Watercolor Pencils being released August 1st!! These cards give you a sneak peek that show just some of these new products!


While the Blended Seasons Stamp Set works great with the Watercolor Pencils, it also works well with our other coloring tools too, such as the Aqua Painter, Brusho, Blender Pens, and more.

There are 10 exclusive wood-mount or clear-mount stamps that are for every crafting season (Fall, Holidays, Spring, and more). With the framelits, you get flowers, leaves, a bell, and three great “frames.”

The Blended Seasons Bundle is available for a limited time (until August 31st) and while supplies last only. That’s why I want you to see them now! I can’t wait for August 1st when you can order these wonderful products!


I absolutely LOVE to create with Designer Series Paper!  Whether it’s creating cards, boxes, or projects, Designer Paper makes every paper craft a little more amazing. Stampin’ Up knows you love Designer Series Paper and with the release of our new Catalog & Idea Book, they want to give you the opportunity to stock up on our most popular Designer Series Paper and SAVE you some money!

We have ten papers on sale for you, Buy 3, Get 1 Free.  Here they are in all their glory!  Click a pic to order your favorites.

A few things to know when ordering:

  • Only the ten patterns of Designer Series Paper are included in this sale.
  • Your fourth package of qualifying Designer Series Paper will automatically show up free. Should you forget to add the fourth package, a prompt will remind you.
  • If you order four packages of the same qualifying Designer Series Paper, you will need to enter three together and then order the fourth free item separately.



Pals July Blog Hop: A Pattern Party


Welcome to the Pals July 2018 Blog Hop. We’re having a “Pattern Party.”  This month, our creations will feature our favorite Designer Series Papers and coordinating embellishments from the new annual catalog from Stampin’ Up!

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.

Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers are on sale this month – Buy Three, Get One Free!  It’s a great time to stock up.  Every one of the beautiful sets contains high-quality, two-sided papers you can use in so many ways.  My card features the Petal Promenade Designer Series paper — in fact, I used two sides of one beautiful design!

Broadway Birthday - Rose Glimmer paper - Petal Pink Jewels - Rose metallic Thread - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin - Stampin' Up!

The background of the card is a marbleized pattern that creates a neutral, beautiful look of natural stone and is easy to build upon.  I then made a banner about 2 3/4″ wide, using the opposite side of the marble paper, a beautiful floral pattern, with a Soft Suede banner beneath that is 1/8″ larger.  You can make your banner as wide as you’d like, depending on how much of the DSP you want to show, and, of course, you can use any pattern you’d like — there are so many to choose from!

I then switched gears and used the WISH thinlit die from the Broadway Birthday Photopolymer Bundle to cut out two WISH sentiments — one in Soft Suede cardstock, and one on Rose Glimmer paper — so pretty and sparkly.  I used some all-purpose glue to attach them to the card front, offsetting them slightly.

Broadway Birthday - Close Up - Rose Glimmer paper - Petal Pink Jewels - Rose metallic Thread - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin - Stampin' Up!

I stamped the “Make A” sentiment from the bundle onto a scrap of the marbleized DSP, and then punched it out using the Duet Banner punch.  I LOVE punches — so quick and easy!  The banner is popped up with dimensionals.  I cut several strands of the Rose Metallic Thread and one strand of Nature’s Twine and made a bow, attaching with a glue dot.  I rather like the different textures and LOVE the sparkly metallic thread against the natural-looking twine!  Finally, I added two Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems.

Broadway Birthday - 2 - Rose Glimmer paper - Petal Pink Jewels - Rose metallic Thread - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin - Stampin' Up!.jpeg

This card is perfect for that flirty, feminine female birthday card — any age!  And I let the DSP do all the work.  Every pattern is useable and gorgeous!


Click on any of the products at the bottom of this post to start shopping with me!  Don’t forget to use the July Host Code for an online order of over $50 — you will receive the 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon color of your choice!  Host Code:  6MP4UWMQ

Now it’s time to use the Blog Hop Line-up below to see what the rest of my Pals have chosen as their “favorite.”  Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations.

Mark your calendars for August 8, 2018 when we Cut it Out!  Participants will showcase projects featuring “cuts” from punches, Framelits, Edgelits, or Thinlits. Don’t miss the fun!

Blog Hop  Line-up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  3. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  4. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  7. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  8. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  11. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  12. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  13. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
  14. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  15. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  16. Rachael at Bluebonnet Stampin
  17. Lisa Milligan at Stamp Create Share
  18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  19. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  20. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie

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Start July with a Bonus!

Wow, what a big week we have had!  We celebrated the 4th of July and our Fosston All-School Reunion!  I hope a good time was had by all! Lots of fun stuff happening at Stampin’ Up! as well.

I want to add this reminder early in the post so you have it!  Don’t forget that if you make an online order with me for over $50 in ​July, you have only to use this Host Code:  6MP4UWMQ in order to receive the 1/8″ new Grosgrain Ribbon in your choice of the new In Colors — FREE!!  If you don’t know how to do this, call me at 218-280-1559, or write to me at marya2hanson@gmail.com.  I’ll walk you through it the first time, and then you’ll have it down!  Why not get a free little bonus?  🙂

You’ve heard about the sale on Designer Series Paper this month?  If you haven’t there’s more info below on the great July Sale.  I thought I’d create a card featuring some of my favorite paper — the Garden Impressions 6″ by 6″ DSP.  Take a look:

Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies - Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper - Varied Vases - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

There are actually two different designs used in this project from the Garden Impressions DSP.  Every single sheet of this set is so beautiful — and colors are just gorgeous in person!  I actually used one design for the butterfly itself, cutting it on the Big Shot with the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies.  Then used a pretty floral one for the background, along with Blueberry Bushel and Soft Sea Form cardstock.

The sentiment is from the Varied Vases stamp set, and I used another new product I’ve been very excited about:  the 2018-20 In-Color Embossing Powders.  The heat embossed sentiment adds a touch of class to any project!

Abstract Impressions Close Up - Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper - 2018-20 In-Color Designer Series Paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin - Stampin' Up!

This Designer Paper is a keeper!  See the product list below to start shopping for any of the products needed to make this project.

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The More The Merrier

If you remember back in October when the Stampin’ Blends were firsts announced they were not on the market very long, because we couldn’t keep up with the demand.  But now…they are back and are joined by eleven new colors.  The possibilities are endless.  Check out the beautiful new variety of color.  Here’s a video on how Stampin’ Blends work, and why they are special!


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Click on any product below to shop with me for your own Stampin’ Blends!  Try a few of your favorite colors.  I want to hear how you like them!  They truly are awesome!

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July Design Series Paper Sale!!!

Check out all of these awesome projects using the fun design series papers that are on sale in July!

Then choose your favorites and order them before time runs out.

Enjoy Life!

What a great thought, and what a great new Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! in the new Annual Catalog!  Here’s a card I made with the “Enjoy Life” stamp set, found on page 58. By the way, do you need a new catalog?  I’d love to send you one!  Just email me at marya2hanson@gmail.com!

Enjoy Life - Delightfully Detailed Note Cards - Mint Macaron - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

Do you love the silhouette image?  I think the black ink over the soft Mint Macaron is so pretty!  This simple card starts with a Delightfully Detailed Note Card with matching envelope.  So easy, because the cards are already watercolored with Mint Macaron or Blackberry Bliss — no mess, no fuss!

Delightfully Detailed Note Cards

Because I wanted a full-sized A2 card, I cut the front off the notecard. I then used Memento Ink, which produces a sharp black image, to create my silhouette scene.  It was that easy.  Then I mounted the inked scene onto an 8 1/2 X 5 1/2″ card base scored at 4 1/4″,  of Very Vanilla.  I cut one more panel of Mint Macaron card stock at 5 1/4″ X 4″ and adhered to the Very Vanilla card base. I offset the inked panel, and then tied a piece of Mint Macaron Nature’s Twine around, forming some little knots just for fun.

Enjoy Life - Delightfully Detailed Note Cards - Mint Macaron - Faceted Dots - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Close Up

I added some Faceted Dots to the bush image, and I was done!  Soft and lovely!  This stamp set has some of the most beautiful sentiments, don’t you think?  Think of all the occasions for which you could send a card with these sayings.

Enjoy Life Stamp Set

Here are some more samples buy Stampin’ Up!  Aren’t they gorgeous?  I love the silhouette effect!  The one on the right is also created with the Delightfully Detailed Notecards — you cannot be without these!


Click on any image below to start shopping with me!  Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything from me!

Don’t forget to use the Host Code if you make an online order with me for over $50 in ​July. You have only to use this Code:  6MP4UWMQ in order to receive the 1/8″ new Grosgrain Ribbon in your choice of the new In Colors — FREE!!

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Happy 4th of July!

I wanted to post something patriotic today in honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday.  I opened up a new product, and immediately was inspired by the beautiful wavy texture of the Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Detailed with Love - Enjoy Life - Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Basic Rhinestones - Abstract Impressions Designer Series Paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin

These special embossing folders create a deep impression into your cardstock.  I find if I spritz the paper lightly, it ‘takes’ the impression even better.  I started with a Thick Whisper White card base, and then cut a Real Red cardstock panel at 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″.  After spritzing,  I ran it through the Big Shot — the effect was so cool!  I cut the embossed panel at 3″ and adhered that piece to the top of the white card base, EXCEPT that before sticking it down completely, I took a 1″ X 5 1/2″ strip of the Blueberry-shaded Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper and affixed it underneath the top red embossed panel.  Over that, I took part of the red cardstock I had trimmed and put it back on the front of the card.  Although I didn’t measure, it is about 3/4″ or so!  That part is up to your ‘feel’ of how much blue you want to show!

Detailed with Love - Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Tailored Punch - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Close Up

From there, I stamped the sentiment from the Detailed With Love stamp set in Blueberry Bushel ink on a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the Tailored Tag Punch.  I put Basic Rhinestone Jewels where the little dots on the sentiment were already stamped to add some bling!  The fonts in this stamp set are so beautiful!

Detailed with Love Stamp Set

I popped the punched sentiment up with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and added some Thick White Bakser’s Twine around the card.  I stamped what I think it is a fitting sentiment for the 4th of July inside the card:

Arise in the morning

I’m sure you’ll agree that the 4th of July is the perfect time to realize how lucky we are to live in such a great country!

Detailed with Love - Ruffled Dynamic Impressions Textured Embossing Folder - Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper - Tailored Tag Punch - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I hope you enjoyed my card today!  Have a great week!  Click on any button below to shop for any of these wonderful products.  Remember, if you make an online order with me for over $50 in ​July, you have only to use this Host Code:  6MP4UWMQ in order to receive the 1/8″ new Grosgrain Ribbon in your choice of the new In Colors — FREE!!


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