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!

Product List

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!

Product List

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

More Fun News from Paper Pumpkin!

I’m back from OnStage in Minneapolis!  What a fantastic event.  If you want some sneak peeks of the brand new catalog, go to my Up North Stampin’ Gang page, ask to join, and look at my OnStage post.  I have a thread with all kinds of fun photos!

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! from Mitosu Crafts UK

This just in — 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 by May 10 to get this fun kit!

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!

Pretty Baskets All in a Row!

I LOVED creating these fun little baskets in all the gorgeous colors of the Gingham Gala Designer Series papers.  Thanks to Pam Kowalczyk‎ for the inspiration!

Daisy Punch - Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper -

These baskets are super easy to make!  Start with a 6 by 6″ piece of cardstock.  Score the paper at 2″ on all four sides.  Cut four pieces of Designer Series Paper (I used Gingham Gala) into 1 3/4″ squares.  Using a scissors, cut up two sides of the middle score line.  (See photo below)  Attach the DSP squares to the four corners.

basket layout.jpg

Fold all the score lines on the card stock square.  Cut a long strip of card stock at 3/4″ by 7″.  If you’d like ( I didn’t do it on these), cut a smaller strip of coordinating DSP at 7″ by 3/4″ and glue onto the long strip for the handle.

Bring the corners of the baskets together on one side (see photo below) and make sure all the corners cover each other.  Bring in the handle as well and staple together.  (Remember the daisies will cover the staples on one side.  You can also use a hole punch and a brad if you prefer.)

Basket fold.jpg

Stamp two daisy images in a coordinating color (see product list below) and then use the Daisy Punch to punch out the two daisies.  Adhere the two daisies together and then adhere to the baskets.  Tie coordinating ribbon to the basket and fill with Easter grass if desired!  So fun and so cute!!  Click on any of the supplies below to shop with me!

Daisy Punch - Gingham Gala Paper - Daisy Delight - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

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Daisy Punch


Pals April Blog Hop: Families First!

april blog

Welcome to the Pals’ April  Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because we love to put our ”Families First!” Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. 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.

My mom, a retired teacher, has always been special to our entire family.  She only lives about 1/4 mile from me, and at 83, she’s still going strong, involved in church and community volunteer activities.

Incredible Like You - 2 - Butterfly Duet Punch - Petal Promenade - Floral Romance - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'I made this project for my mom as a Mother’s Day Gift Box.  Inside the box will nestle a Gift Certificate to our local garden nursery, where my husband and I will be taking her soon for her spring flower needs.  I already can’t wait!

To make this project, I wrapped two panels of Designer Series Papers around the Kraft box, one at 3″ and one at 2 1/2″ wide.  Both the Petal Promenade and the Floral Romance papers blend so beautifully.  I took a scrap of Floral Romance DSP and stamped the sentiment from the Incredible Like You Stamp Set in Mossy Meadow ink, then punched it out with the Pretty Label Punch.  Then I did more punching!  I punched out two butterflies in Glimmer Paper using the Butterfly Duet Punch, and some leaves in Mossy Meadow card stock and Vellum card stock using the Leaf Punch.

Incredible lIke You - Closest - Vellum - Kraft Boxes - Butter Duet PunchThen I put it all together:  I wrapped some ribbon around the box and tied a large bow.  I attached the leaves to the back of the punched sentiment and mounted it with dimensionals.  Then I added the butterflies and some Artisan Pearls.  So easy to create!  See the bottom of this post to go shopping with me for all the supplies you need to make your own gift box!

Incredible Like You - Basket Background - Kraft Box - Petal Promenade - Floral Romance - Butterfly Duet Punch - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'I can’t wait for Mother’s Day to honor my mom with this Gift Box!  Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. 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, May 8, 2019, when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “More Than One Score” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

  1. Pals Blog Hop Lineup
    1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
    2. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
    3. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
    4. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    5. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
    6. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
    7. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
    9. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
    10. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
    11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    12. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
    13. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
    14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    15. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
    16. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
    17. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
    18. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
    19. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
    20. Jill Killeen at Killeen House Studio

    Product List

Leaf Punch


News Flash! Stampin’ Up! Die Cutting & Embossing Changes

I wanted to bring you some news from Stampin’ Up! so that you’ll be on the cutting edge of “in-the-know!”  As you’re aware, we’re headed into the transition time between catalogs.  So…we’re anticipating the arrival of the 2019-2020 Retiring List – watch for it on 15 April (that’s next Monday!)

We’re also going to see some changes to our product lines!  Though change is hard, I know these are going to be for the better!  Woo-hoo!

Big News!!  Stampin’ Up! has just announced that they’ll be transitioning to a new manufacturer for their dies and embossing folders moving forward!

Stampin’ Up! is moving to a direct-to-manufacturer relationship. This means that they will work directly with the factories who manufacture their dies and folders instead of working with another company who then works with different factories. This gives them greater control and potential in the manufacturing process. Yay!


Here’s a look at how this transition will unfold:

Through June 3, 2019 Die and Folder Supply: While Supplies Last and Interruptions·  Inventory on some retiring dies may be depleted before the end of the 2019 occasions and 2018–2019 annual catalog sales period; Stampin’ Up! will not replenish inventory on any retiring dies and folders that sell out.

·  Inventory on some dies and folders carrying over into the 2019–2020 catalog may be depleted; if this happens, they may go on backorder or may not be available to order until they have replenished the inventory.

April 15–June 3, 2019 Retiring List·  The old-style die-cutting & embossing machine will be on the retiring list while supplies last. This also includes related products such as plates and platforms.

·  Dies and embossing folders included on the retiring list will not be offered in the new catalog in any format.

·  Dies and standard embossing folders NOT included on the retiring list will be carried over into the 2019–2020 annual catalog. Stampin’ Up! will use up their current inventory before starting to ship new-style dies, so even if you place an order in 2020, you might receive an old-style die or folder.

Beginning June 4, 2019 2019–2020 Annual Catalog·  All new dies and embossing folders (denoted with a “New” icon in the catalog) will be produced by their new supplier and made in the new style with a different and high-quality product design.

·  For carryover dies and non-3D embossing folders, Stampin’ Up! will use up their current inventory before starting to ship new-style dies, so even if you place an order in 2020, you might receive an old-style die or folder.

·  All new and carryover 3D embossing folders will be produced by their new supplier and made in the new style with a different and high-quality product design.

·  Carryover 3D embossing folders (previously named Dynamic) will not be available to order beginning with the catalog launch but they are in process on getting these ready to go and they’ll be available as soon as possible. Stampin’ Up! will let you know when they are ready.

·  No die-cutting & embossing machine will be available for purchase from Stampin’ Up! in the 2019–2020 annual catalog.


Since Stampin’ Up! is using a new supplier for their dies and embossing folders, they’ll be manufactured differently, which means the way you use them will be a little different. A few of the changes between the old-style and new-style products are listed below. In the future, Stampin’ Up! will also provide videos to show how to craft with the new-style dies and embossing folders and better showcase the features described below.

Here are some of the changes you’ll notice with our new-style dies and embossing folders:

  • The new-style open dies (those that coordinate with stamps) use a high-quality metal that’s thinner than before but still as strong and durable.
  • The new-style dies have an added lip to the inside of the blades.
  • On old-style dies, when you place an open die (dies that coordinate with stamps) over a stamped image, a small border of cardstock is visible around the stamped image. With new-style dies, the die hugs the edge of the stamped image. Instead of aligning the die to the space around the stamped image, you will align it to the edges of the stamped image. When the image is cut, there will still be a cardstock border around the image.




  • They’ve improved the adhesive that secures the dies to the insert sheet in the package so that it’s not too sticky. It’s easier to remove dies from the insert sheet, and the adhesive won’t cling to the dies.  (1,000 Yay’s for this update!!)
  • They’ve standardized the size of the die inserts for easier storage. There are now only two insert sizes: 5″ x 7″ (12.7 x 17.8 cm), which coordinate in size with the stamp cases, and 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm). The standard sizes will allow uniform storage in whatever system you use. The envelopes that the dies come in will be slightly larger.
  • With old-style Dynamic folders, they recommended that you spritz cardstock before embossing to soften the fibers so you got a better impression. Now, that extra step will not be necessary because the new-style folders usually create a crisp impression without spritzing. The way the new folders are manufactured also gives options for more detailed and intricate designs in the future.
  • 3D folders are thinner than the old-style Dynamic folders. Because they are thinner, you will need to use a shim, depending on the die-cutting & embossing machine you use.

YAY!!!  I’m really excited about the new product line and can’t wait to get my hands on them this weekend!  I’ll be sharing photos and details just as soon as I can!

Stampin’ Trimmer Discontinuation

Stampin’ Up! will be retiring the Stampin’ Trimmer as of June 3, 2019, including all accessories—replacement cutting blades, scoring blades, and cutting mats. As most of you know, they’ve experienced challenges with their supplier and are taking the opportunity to research and explore a replacement option for this product, which will not be the same as the current Stampin’ Trimmer. There will be a gap in time between when the current Stampin’ Trimmer retires and when a new product becomes available, but they do not currently have an estimated timeframe.

While the replacement cutting blades will also retire with the trimmer and will not be featured in the annual catalog, Stampin’ Up! has ordered what would normally be six months of inventory based on recent historical patterns to help customers during this transition away from their current trimmer. But please know that this news could cause faster inventory depletion.

  • When the retiring list goes live on April 15, the order limit for the blades will increase from three to six (and the limit will remain at six until they’re no longer available).
  • From now until September, intermittent shipments of blades will be received from the supplier. Throughout these months, Stampin’ Up! anticipates times when the blades will not be orderable (and not offered as a backorder). During those down times, you will have the option to enter an email address to receive notification when the blades are available again.

Click the images below to head right over to my online store to start shopping for the Stampin’ Trimmer and the replacement pieces:

Price Increases in the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog

Stampin’ Up! will also be doing so pricing changes in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. Here is the note that they’ve posted and you can find a link to the new price list below:

We regularly review our pricing, taking into account the cost of doing business, global exchange rates, increased supplier costs, and market comparisons. When it comes to making changes, we are conservative and put off price increases for as long as we can because we know they impact demonstrators and their customers.

Click here for a complete list of individual product price increases in the 2019–2020 annual catalog.

Lots of updates today!!  Let me know if you have questions.  I’m thrilled that we’re going to have some new products coming our way soon!!