January Pals Blog Hop: From the Heart

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Welcome to the Pals monthly blog hop. We’re so glad you’re here! January is all about making “Art from the Heart,” featuring projects for Valentines Day, Thinking of You, Get Well, or Sympathy. 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.

I’ve had a couple of precious dogs over the last 25 years, both of whom lived for over 15 years, including Daisy the Springer Spaniel!


We dog lovers agree that pets are family members.  The new “Happy Tails” stamp set and punch bundle from Stampin’ Up is so cute, and can be used in so many ways!  A new puppy?  A friendship card? And we know there are times when a friend’s dog is sick or dies.  This stamp set can say all the right words FROM THE HEART, even when they’re hard to express.

happy tails - coastal cabana - mary hanson - up north stampin'

The inspiration for my card came from Regina Andari from the UK.  I started with a Whisper White Thick cardstock base and then added a panel of Early Espresso at 4″ by 5 1/4″, torn at the bottom.  The next layer is Coastal Cabana, measured at 3 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ and torn at the bottom as well.  I used Coastal Cabana ink to stamp some full strength pawprints all over the paper, and then I ran the panel through the Big Shot using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I love the tweedy texture it adds!

happy tails - dog closeup - mary hanson - up north stampin'

I stamped the dog stamp onto Whisper White cardstock with Early Espresso ink.  I used the Coastal Cabana ink to stamp the little collar on his neck, and then added some small Basic Rhinestone Jewels to it.  I then punched the dog stamped design out using the Dog Punch, brand new from the 2019 Occasions Catalog. So quick and so cute!

The next layer comes from a panel of Wooden Textures Designer Series Paper.  I cut a strip 2 1/2″ x 4″ and tore the bottom again.  Using White Embossing Powder and Versamark, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Happy Tails stamp set.

happy tails - white embossing powder - mary hanson - up north stampin'

Take a look at all the sweet sentiments in this stamp set!

happy tails bundle

I wrapped some Silver and Pool Party Baker’s Twine around the wooden textures panel and tied a bow.  Then I mounted that onto the Coastal Cabana panel.  I adhered the stamped and punched dog onto the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and then added a punched-out heart from the Myths and Magic Glimmer paper.  The Happy Tails Bundle is SO fun to work with, and so versatile for all the dog lovers in your life!  See the product list below to shop for all of these awesome products in my online store.

happy tails - 2 - up north stampin - stampin' up! - mary hanson

More inspiration awaits!  Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team, starting with the wonderful and talented Jennifer Michalski.  My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 13, 2019, when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “It’s Time to Sale-A-Brate” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

Pals Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  5. Linda Suarez at All Night Stamping
  6. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  7. Leah O’Brien at Stamping by the Bay
  8. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  9. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  10. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art
  11. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  12. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  13. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  14. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  15. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  16. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  17. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  18. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  19. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  20. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’      You Are Here!
  21. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  22. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  23. Patti MacLeith at Paper Crafts by Patti
  24. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit

Remember to use the January Host Code SGTH9URA with your order of over $50 and receive an entire package of Tutti Frutti Adhesive Sequins free from me!  Once you’ve placed your $50 order using this code, your name will also be entered into a special drawing to kick off Sale-A-Bration:  A brand new Darling Label Punch Box, valued at $45! 

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24 thoughts on “January Pals Blog Hop: From the Heart

  1. Thank you for the inspiration. I need to make a card today for a gentlemen who just lost his 18 year old kitty. I will simply switch out for the Nine Lives set. Your colors and layout are perfect. Thank you!


  2. Mary, the rhinestone collar, sparkly heart and paw print background are such lovely little details on this special card.


  3. Super cute! Love the collar & color combo. I don’t think I would’ve thought to use the DSP, but it really adds a nice texture w/the other elements.


  4. Mary you are so right that our pets really are pieces of our heart, they love us unconditionally 🙂 I adore the card that you made with all of the different elements. I am loving that blingy collar 🙂 Thanks for sharing.


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