Healing Hugs: So Many Need One!

Hello, Fellow Stampers, and Happy Monday!!

I’m featuring a beautiful stamp set today called “Healing Hugs” that is indeed returning in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  Aren’t you glad this wonderful set is back?  SO many people need a “hug” in the form of a card — make a commitment to send out even a card or two a week.  You CAN and WILL make a difference in someone’s life by sending them a HUG!

Healing Hugs - Coastal Cabana - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I created a Coastal Cabana rectangle and then a smaller Whisper White rectangle from the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies.  Before adhering together, I used the large flower stamp to make beautiful floral images on the white panel in Flirty Flamingo, Pineapple Punch, and Grapefruit Grove.  I stamped a few leaves in Granny Apple Green.  I wrapped some Baker’s Twine around the white panel twice and tied a bow.  I then adhered the white panel onto the Coastal Cabana, and then onto the white card base.

Healing Hugs - 2 - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

Then I stamped the sentiment in Coastal Cabana on a scrap piece of white and cut out with the Stitched Shape Framelits Dies.  I just LOVE the beautiful images achieved with the Distinktive stamp sets!

Healing Hugs - Close Up - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

I added some sequins to ‘bling’ it up, and it was done!  Easy Peasy! Click on the product list below to SHOP WITH ME!!  Yay!

So happy this stamp set will be sticking around in the new Annual Catalog, going LIVE on June 3.  My customers will be receiving a catalog from me free!  But if you don’t have a regular demonstrator, I’d love to get a catalog in your hands – just let me know, and I’d be happy to send you one, no charge!

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Wednesday is May Day – Are You Ready to Go Back in Time?

In a couple of days, it will be the first of May.  In some parts of the world, May Day is a traditional spring holiday, a day that signals rebirth and new beginnings.

Unfortunately, May Basket Day is a tradition that has become lost over time. Back in simpler times, people rang in the first of May with a particularly charming and delightful tradition. People would take all the flowers they gathered at the end of April’s showers, arrange them in a homemade basket, along with small gifts and candies, and then hang them on the doors of friends and neighbors as a means of friendship and welcoming them into warmer weather.

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It was also a way for young love to blossom. Boys would hang baskets on the doorknobs of girls they liked. They would knock on the door and quickly run away. If the girl caught the boy leaving the basket, she would chase him down in an effort to steal a kiss. Girls hung baskets on their favorite beau’s door, too.  I love the nostalgic look of these vintage images, don’t you?

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I made some May Baskets in the traditional cone shape today — a great way to use some retiring Designer Series Paper and ribbon!  I used the beautiful All My Love Designer Series Paper – soft pinks and Soft Sea Foam accents….yum!

May Basket 1 - Daisy Lane - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

The template I used for the cone pattern can be found HERE!  It’s easy to trace and cut once you print a master template!

I used Tear and Tape from Stampin’ Up! to attached the cone together.  The Daisy is from the new Daisy Lane Stamp Set, coming out in June in the annual catalog — it goes with our existing Daisy Punch!  Love it!  I thought I’d give you a sneak peek!  Our current Daisy Delight Stamp Set works perfectly.  I punched the double daisies after stamping with Flirty Flamingo and added some punched leaves in Soft Sea Foam cardstock.  (Do you like my wine glass holder?  haha)

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I challenge you to make some fun May baskets with your kids — or for your own friends –and then celebrate a holiday that may be lost from our history forever!

May Day Basket 3 - Daisy Lane - Leaf Punch - All my Love Designer Series Paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

Happy May Day!!

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Daisy Punch

Leaf Punch


Wow — April’s PP is a Touch of Spring!

Stampin’ Up! and Paper Pumpkin hit it out of the ol’ ballpark with their April kit!  We made three full-sized cards of three different designs — NINE cards total with lovely matching envelopes, and each design is just beautiful.

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The stamp set we received in the kit is going to be useful all year long for lots of general occasions, and I loved the Mother’s Day stamp.  Isn’t that flower beautiful!  And yes, it’s in the “Distinktive” style!

April PP stamp set

A bonus:  we got a cute acrylic box to store the cards in, OR to give as a boxed set.  See the box at the left?  Super cute!  What a beautiful gift!  Who wouldn’t love a handmade gift from you?

All April Paper Pumpkin

Did you like what you saw?  Have you been thinking about trying Paper Pumpkin?  OR maybe you used to receive it, but have since taken a break.

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! from Mitosu Crafts UK

Well, May is a great month to get started again!  There will be an exclusive Paper Pumpkin Kit inspired by Shelli Gardner that will be available around the world.
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! from Mitosu Crafts UK

A look at May’s Paper Pumpkin kit – WHAT WE KNOW!

Shelli Gardner worked closely with designers and concept artists to create a Paper Pumpkin kit that is uniquely hers. It includes an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, paper, and crafting materials to create 12 mailable cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs), 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes, and a Classic Stampin’ Spot.

Coordinating colors: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock (NEW 2019-2021 IN COLOR), Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla

Be sure to check out the video as well for even more information on this kit.  You must sign up at paperpumpkin.com by May 10 to get this fun kit!

Here was a sample card we got to make at OnStage in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, from the kit.  LOVE!  The colors and the nest…the spring flowers!  So cute!

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I hope you love the upcoming NEW products from Stampin’ Up! as much as I do. Remember to let me know if you would like a copy of the new 2019-2020 annual catalog as soon as it’s available.  I would love to be your preferred Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Everything is Rosy! A Surprise Suite for May!

Hope you’re having a GREAT weekend!  In just four days, on May 1st, Stampin’ Up! is unveiling a brand new suite of products – “Everything is Rosy,” and oh my goodness, I am IN LOVE.  If you sometimes wonder what to order that goes with other products, this is a great way to get a set of products that ALL go together – no guesswork!  The suite is a UNIT PRICE — the products will not be sold ala carte.  Wait until you see the beautiful samples at the end of this post!

Product Medley

This is a limited-edition suite, only available from May 1 to May 31 (or while stocks last and we know they’re going to fly fast!) and it contains the most incredible set of products:  Stamps, dies, embellishments, foil, shimmer paint, foiled designer paper, die cut shapes, accents and more! It’s incredible.

As demos, we usually get a chance to order a little earlier in order to prepare samples; however, as this isn’t a ‘kit’ but instead a full suite of products, we are going to get access to it at the same time as everyone. So seriously, order on May 1st if you can, I can’t see this hanging around.

So here’s the list of what you get. If you start adding up everything you get, you’ll see the value is definitely there for the price.  It’s amazing!

  • Everything is Rosy stamp set
  • 10 coordinating dies
  • Melon Mambo Ruched Ribbon (10 yards)
  • Night of Navy ribbon with Rose Gold metallic edge (10 yards) (This is SOooo pretty!)
  • Rose Gold shimmer paint
  • 6 x 6″ stack of Foil Accented DSP (48 sheets, 8 each of 6 double-sided designs)
  • 6 x 6″ Rose Gold Foil (8 sheets)
  • 3 sheets of die cuts, 2 are Foil Printed
  • Rose Gold Die Cuts – 4 sheets, 2 of each design
  • Rose Gold Mirror Embellishments (adhesive backed)

At OnStage in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, we got to watch Stesha Bloodhart, a Stampin’ Up Artisan, present this suite, so I can now show you her samples.  She made some full-size cards and then a set of three-by-three cards with a coordinating pizza box.  Just sit back and look at these beauties…

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$80 for everything!!  Great price, huh?  So don’t forget, it will be Wednesday, May 1st that you can get your hands on this. I will be sharing a link here on my blog.  Here are a few more samples from Stampin’ Up!  Stay tuned for the link on May 1!



Clearance Rack has been Updated!

Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Has Been Updated!!

Stampin’ Up! has restocked the Clearance Rack with loads of new goodies at up to 60% off!  I saw lots of new punches and dies and lots of Holiday items!!

Click here to head over to the Clearance Rack to start shopping those deals now.  Hurry, the Clearance Rack deals are only available while supplies last!!

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

A Fond Farewell to a Classic!

We knew it couldn’t last forever, but I am still sad at the upcoming retirement of an all-time classic stamp set from Stampin’ Up! — Lovely as a Tree.  It has graced the catalogs of so many paper crafters since 2001 — 18 years!  It will be retiring on June 3, and will surely be a valuable treasure for years to come!

Lovely as a tree

Enjoy some samples by artisans over the years.  And if you don’t have it yet, now is the time to get it, while supplies last, as it will only go up in value, and be way overpriced on sites such as E-Bay once it retires!  Click below to go shopping with me!

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May Day: A Forgotten Tradition!

What is May Day?

In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made for May Day, a celebration of Spring. May Day Baskets are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away before the receiver can catch them and give them a ‘kiss!’

May Baskets 1 - Country Home- Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Papers - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

I remember making May baskets as a little girl.  We’d fill little paper cups with handles fashioned on them, and then fill with candy.  We’d climb into the car, and my mom would drive us around the neighborhood.  We’d stop at a friend’s house, run up to their front door, ring the doorbell, and leave the basket, running back to the car as fast as we could!

Daisy Lane - Sweet Cups - Country Home - Floral Romance Designer Series Paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

According to the NPR, “Perhaps considered quaint now, in decades past May Basket Day — like the ancient act of dancing around the maypole — was a widespread rite of spring in the United States.”

Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper - Sweet Cups - Country Home - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

We made our May Day baskets out of paper cups with pipe cleaner handles.  I made a couple of May Day baskets using the Sweet Cups from Stampin’ Up! along with some spring-like Designer Series papers.  I used two punches to punch out the butterflies and daisies for my handles.  All supplies are found below, where you can just click on the products and go shopping with me!

May Day Baskets 2 - Daisy Lane - Floral Romance Designer Series Papers - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson


Whether or not you practice the rite of Spring called May Day, I’m happy to be experiencing warmer weather and seeing signs of spring up in Northern Minnesota!

Have a blessed Easter, one and all!

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Daisy Punch

Sweet Cups


Updated Stampin’ Up! Retirement List

Yay!  Stampin’ Up! has helped us out and updated the retiring list for the 2018-19 Annual Catalog with the current stamp sets that will be carrying over to the new catalog (just in cling-mount rather than clear-mount or wood-mount) highlighted in gray.

  • Click here for the updated 2018-19 Annual Catalog Retiring List.
  • Click here for the 2019 Occasions Catalog Retiring List.  This list was not updated as it did not change.

Sorry again for all of the confusion!!

Click the images below to head over to shop the specific retiring items:

Please note, some of the bundle items may be carrying over into the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.  However, the bundle pricing will go away, so get them while you can at the discounted price!!

Or click here to go to my online store to start shopping the entire list of retiring products!

Brand New Storage & A Brand New Catalog – (Do you need one?)


Get your Classic Stampin’ Pads, markers, Stampin’ Blends, ink refills and more neatly organized to make your crafting time easier and more fun with the new Storage by Stampin’ Up!
I used the Storage by Stampin’ Up! Configuration Chart to know exactly how many of each module I needed to get organized. Click HERE to view and download it.
Stack them tall, stack them wide, stack and store to fit your space. All are available to order now in my online store HERE!
*The new Storage by Stampin’ Up! is for the new Classic Stampin’ Pads only. The old style will not fit.

I can’t believe it’s that time again…

The New 2019-2020 Stampin’ UP! catalog is coming soon! Do you want one? Here is the beautiful cover, and believe me, the inside is even better!

2019-20 Catalog Covert

How to get a NEW 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! catalog:

  • If you are one of my regular customers, you’ll automatically receive the new 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! catalog in your mailbox from me in May!  I’ll have them all out in the mail sometime around mid-May, my gift to you!
  • If you have a demonstrator already, please check with them for your catalog.
  • If you need a demonstrator, I’m happy to send you a catalog and help answer your questions and assist you with your online orders.
  • ALL customers & New requests: Click HERE to request a Catalog so that I can verify I have your correct mailing info, thanks!


  • April 15, 2019, approx. 1pm MT:  Retiring List Available here on my blog!
  • Around May 15: New catalogs arrive at your home!
  • June 3, 2019, 11:50 pm MT: last day to order from the current catalogs
  • June 4, 2019 approx. Noon MT: online ordering begins for the 2019-2020 catalog



Stampin’ Up!’s Retiring Product List Is Here – Get ’em While They’re HOT!



The retiring lists are here! You can see them by clicking on the link buttons below.   I wanted to get the list to you first.

One thing I do know…The Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set is retiring after around 18 years! If you’ve been putting off getting this beautiful stamp set, you need to order yours right away!  It’s going to be a collector’s item.  It’s been around since 2001, can you believe it??

Order ASAP! Your Favorites Could Sell-Out Quickly!
It happens every year, and I don’t want you to miss out!  Click HERE on my site to start shopping!

Click Here to See the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog Last Chance List

Click Here to See the 2019 Occasions Catalog Last Chance List

By the way, it looks like every single stamp set from the 2018-19 Annual Catalog is being retired and that isn’t the case!  The carryover sets are being transitioned to Cling Mount.  So check below to see if a favorite of yours is still hanging around but in CLING MOUNT instead!  Remember, too, all the Wood Mount stamps are retiring.  Everything will be PHOTOPOLYMER or CLING MOUNT.

Stamp Sets on RETIREMENT LIST but will be carrying over to new Catalog in CLING MOUNT:

Accented Blooms
Animal Outing
Artisan Textures
Barn Door
Beautiful Day
Beautiful You
Bee Thankful
Birthday Backgrounds
Bokeh Dots
Botanical Bliss
Country Road
Crafting Forever
Dandelion Wishes
Dashing Deer
First Frost
Flourishing Phrases
Gallery Grunge
Healing Hugs
Hold on to Hope
Itty Bitty Greetings
Kindness & Compassion
Label Me Pretty
Lilypad Lake
Little Elephant
Little Twinkle
Love You to Pieces
Magical Mermaid
Painted Glass
Peaceful Place
Perennial Birthday
Pop of Petals
Rooted in Nature
Sea of Textures
Sorry for Everything
Special Celebrations
Stitched All Around
This Little Piggy
Tropical Chic
Winter Woods