Flirting with Flamingos & Butterflies

I hope you’re all having a great President’s Day Weekend.  I’ve been cleaning out my Craft Room, organizing and tossing!  It feels so good to do that every once in awhile!

Fabulous Flamingo - Botanical Butterfly - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

My card is a combination of products from our Annual and Occasions catalogs.  The card base is made of Lemon Lime Twist card stock, with a panel from one of the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Papers measuring 5 1/2″ by 3 1/4″.   I used the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies to cut a rectangle out of Whisper White and then stamp a flamingo using the three-step process in Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo, and then Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set, stamped in Lemon Lime Twist.

I wrapped some ribbon from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack around the back of the rectangle panel, and then popped the flamingo onto the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I then finished off the card with some Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins.

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I had fun combining ‘old’ and ‘new’ into a fun and bright card!  The list of products I used is below.  Click on any of them to start shopping with me!

Happy President’s Day!


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2nd Release Sale-A-Bration Starts Today!

More FREE Sale-A-Bration Product Choices with Qualifying Orders Starting TODAY, February 15th!

EARN FREE!  Starting Feb. 15, Stampin’ Up! will be offering more Sale-A-Bration product options you can EARN FREE with qualifying $50 and $100 orders (total before shipping and tax).  Learn more about Sale-A-Bration and see the 1st release Here.

CLICK to view the Sale-A-Bration 2nd release brochure with NEW products Here.  Available Feb. 15.


  1.  Watch this Stampin’ Up! video presentation with tips for the All Adorned stamp set.  It is meant to be used with the Stamp-A-Ratus.  Take a look at this sample:


2.  This Country Floral Embossing Folder is absolutely breathtaking in person.  The photographs do NOT do it justice! You won’t regret the beautiful textures you get from this folder!


3.  Painted Seasons Stamp Set & Designer Paper Bundle!  This bundle is ON FIRE at the moment.  Those demonstrators who were able to pre-order are knocking it out of the park with their samples. The paper is gorgeous, and represents four seasons.  The stamped images are rich and deep.


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Please let me know if you have any issues with finding WHERE to enter your free Sale-A-Bration items.  Remember, the items come after you spend $50, $100, $150, etc.  There are NO limits to how many free products you can get!

Have a great President’s Day weekend!


Painted Season Bundle Coming Soon!

Stampin’ UP! is offering 3 new gift choices for Sale-a-Bration this year starting on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019!!  One of the items in the new offering is the Painted Seasons Designer paper.  It is truly beautiful!

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Sale-a-Bration Second Release Brochure

Click to download your brochure featuring the 3 new Sale-a-Bration gift offerings!

Sale-a-Bration Second Release starts Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 and products are available as your free gift choice while supplies last.

  • All Adorned Stamp set – gift choice with $50 order
  • Country Floral Embossing Folder – gift choice with $50 order (see card idea here)
  • Painted Season Bundle – stamp set and Designer Paper – gift choice with $100 order

Watch the Stampin’ Up! Video below to see the amazing products in this bundle!

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Isn’t that gorgeous designer series paper and a stamp set that is perfect for all occasions.  Even better, you can get it FREE with a $100 purchase!  I’ll be sharing samples made with this bundle soon.

Home to Roost:

I finally got a chance to play with one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp sets called “Home to Roost.”  This set can be used for all kinds of occasions.  I chose to take the country route with a woodgrain background and a tin tile embossing effect.

Home to Roost -- Wood Textures Designer Series Paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

Here are the stamps featured in this stamp set:


For my card, I simply used some Tranquil Tide ink to stamp the grass stamp a couple of times right onto the wood.

I then stamped the rooster on Whisper White Shimmery Card Stock.  I cut it out with the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Then I used an aqua painter to ‘gather’ ink from the following ink pads and ‘watercolor’ the rooster:  Tranquil Tide, Pumpkin pie, Night of Navy, and Poppy Parade.  I LOVED blending the inks and playing with the colors.  There is NO right or wrong way to color Mr. Rooster!

Home to Roost - Close Up - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

I used a strip of silver foil paper and embossing it with the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder, adding it to the woodgrain DSP.  I love this folder!   I then popped up the rooster circle and added a bow of Braided Ribbon Trim (I shredded the ends!) and a single Frosted Epoxy Droplet.

I added a sentiment from the stamp set, and this card was done.  It came together really fast, and SUCH fun to experiment with the coloring of the rooster!

This stamp set is FREE with a $50 purchase only during Sale-A-Bration.  Click on the items below to go shopping with me!

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Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad

Pals’ February Blog Hop: Time to Sale-A-Brate!

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Welcome to the Pals’ February blog hop. We’re so glad you’re here because it’s “Time to Sale-A-Brate!” Our Design Team created projects using Sale-A-Bration items 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 project features more than one product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure, which makes it all the more fun!  I used the Sale-A-Bration stamp set called “Hello Cupcake” to create a soft and feminine birthday card with a little shine.

Hello Cupcake - Mantel - Picture Perfect Birthday - Floral Romance Designer Series Paper - Stampin' Up! - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I started with a card base of Whisper White Thick card stock.  I added another Sale-A-Bration product to the project:  a 5 1/4″ by 4″ panel of the beautiful Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheets, FREE with a purchase of $50 in Stampin’ Up! product.  The depth of colors in these foils is spectacular in person!  Look how the foil even changes colors!  I cut another panel of Thick Whisper White at 5 1/8″ by 3 7/8″, and stamped the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set in Soft Suede toward the bottom of the panel and adhered it to the foil layer.

Hello Cupcake - Leather - Picture Perfect Birthday - Floral Romance Designer Series Paper - Stampin' Up! - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

After building the base, I used a scratch piece of Soft Suede card stock, and stamped the base of the cupcake with Versamark.  On a scratch piece of Petal Pink card stock,  I stamped the ‘frosting’ of the cupcake with Versamark and then used White Embossing Powder to heat emboss both parts of the cupcake.  I fussy cut those separate cupcake pieces.

For the background circle, I used my Big Shot to cut two circles of the largest circle die from the Stitched Shape Framelits, one in Whisper White card stock, and one in the Petal Pink floral vellum paper from the Floral Romance Designer Series Papers.  I backed the Vellum with the white circle and adhered them together.

Hello Cupcake - Close - Picture Perfect Birthday - Floral Romance Designer Series Paper - Stampin' Up! - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

Before mounting the circle to the card base, I took a length of Petal Pink/Whisper White Variegated Ribbon, folded it in half, and tied a knot in the loose ends.  I adhered it to the back of the circles. I then cut the largest square from the Grapefruit Grove Foil paper using the Stitched Shape Framelits Dies.  I set the square askew on the card base, and then mounted the circles. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the cupcake, and then finished it off with a single frosted embellishment.  One more flower embellishment by the sentiment, and I was done!

Hello Cupcake - handheld - Picture Perfect Birthday - Floral Romance Designer Series Paper - Stampin' Up! - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'I hope you enjoyed my birthday card created with some very fun Sale-A-Bration products.  The best part:  they’re FREE just by purchasing other Stampin’ Up! products we all love so much!  The list of products I used can be found below our list of blog hoppers.

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, March 13, 2019, when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Spring Has Sprung” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

February Pals Blog Hop Line-up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  4. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  5. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  6. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  7. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  8. Jill Killeen at The Killeen House Studio Blog
  9. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  10. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  11. Linda Suarez at All Night Stamping
  12. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  14. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  15. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  19. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  20. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  21. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  22. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
  23. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  24. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  25. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  26. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  27. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot
  28. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  29. Christine Eck at Dances with Hooves

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Are You a Savvy Shopper?

If you are wanting the best deal in the catalog, then you need to join the others who have joined my team!  You get $175 in merchandise for the $99 kit, or upgrade to the $129 kit and get this amazing bag.
Craft n Carry Tote
Did I mention that shipping is FREE on either kit?  Another 10% savings! Now, why wouldn’t you want $175 in products of your choice?

If you haven’t heard, it’s true! You can get the SOON TO BE RELEASED 2nd phase Sale-a-bration items without spending $50!  Until February 14th you can choose them as part of a demonstrator starter kit that we just mentioned above.   See more info HERE!

BUT wait..

It’s even better – you can also choose our March Sale-a-Bration Coordination products as well (which do not debut until March 1st to the public).

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Save 20-25%

What else can you benefit from?  How about a 20% to 25% savings on all your orders?  Yep, your demo discount is perfect, even if it’s just to take care of some items on your lengthening Wish List!

How long can you be a demonstrator?  If you join this month, you’ll have NO obligation through July 30th.  You don’t have to sell a thing.  Buy with your discount for FIVE MONTHS.  If you want to remain a demonstrator after July 30th, you need a total of $300 in sales and/or personal purchases (not counting the kit) by then.  If you’re not interested in maintaining your demo status, there is no obligation, no giving back anything!
Stampin’ Up! loves and supports all kinds of demonstrators.  You can choose to build a business, or just use the products you put in the kit for your own personal use and never hold a workshop or sell to others.  The choice is yours!
The best part:  You will gain access to a national group of stampers (through me and my upline)  in the form of private Facebook groups.  This wonderful bunch of paper crafters will inspire you, encourage you, entertain you, and awe you.  We have a blast in a very non-threatening, fun venue!  It’ll change your life!
Call me at 218-280-1559 or email me HERE if you have any questions.
Otherwise, just to go HERE and start the process.  You will be walked through the process — super easy!
Happy Stamping!

New Sale-A-Bration Products are Coming!

Hello, Friends!

Starting February 15, there will be two more level 1 choices (a stamp set and embossing folder) and one more level 2 (a stamp set/paper combo) choices.  CLICK HERE to see the new products in the Second Release brochure. Again, these additional Sale-a-Bration choices will be available starting February 15th. Yippee!

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The Level 2 bundle, as mentioned above, is called ‘Painted Seasons.”  Take a look at this video to see how delightful the new Painted Seasons bundle is!

Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 9.50.00 PMAlso, new this year, Stampin’ Up! will be offering six additional products that coordinate with several 2019 Sale-a-Bration products (four sets of dies, a punch, and a stamp set). These additional products will be available during the month of March only while supplies last. Click here for the informational flyer with images of all the products.

Take a look at some of the beautiful samples from Stampin’ Up!Coord 1Coord 2Coord 3The Sale-a-Bration Coordination products will be available for purchase. The Sale-a-Bration 2nd Release products will be available free with qualifying orders.  February 15 is just around the corner!

Be ready with your next Stampin’ Up! order, and decide on your FREE Sale-A-Bration items!





Sale-A-Bration Items Running Out!

I’m back again with some important news!  If you’ve had your eye on the beautiful Sale-a-Bration Foil Sheets or the Precious Parcel card kit from the Stampin’ UP! 2019 Sale-a-Bration gift brochure, please be sure to get your order in SOOON and select these items as your free gifts because they are running low and will run out before the end of Sale-a-Bration.  Here is a card I made with the Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets — it’s hard to photograph how really beautiful they are!

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You get FOUR 12×12 sheets of Lovely Lipstick, and FOUR sheets of Grapefruit Grove, FREE with a $50 purchase, and these will not be here very much longer.

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Here’s a card I made with the Grapefruit Grove foil sheet — the color is so so pretty!

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The Precious Parcel card kit has become a favorite FREE Sale-A-Bration item, and is so lovely in person!


I ADORE these soft, vintage colors.  You get enough to make 8 cards with designer envelopes.  Love these!  And AGAIN — FREE, but selling out!

It’s a win-win!  Buy in January (today or tomorrow), spend $50, get a FREE Sale-A-Bration item like the ones above, and be entered automatically into a drawing with ME to win a brand new Darling Label Punch Box, worth $45!

Don’t forget to use the Host Code GTH9URA

You’re One in a Chameleon!

I’ve said this before, but I LOVE Valentine’s Day, even the cheesy Valentines with puns in them.  LOVE them!  Here are the January Paper Pumpkin treat boxes I made.


And here are three alternatives I created with some extra stuff:

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janpp alternative 3

This last one is a CASE of Mary Fish’s, with my own twists.  Love those birds that come in the stamp set.  You ALWAYS get a stamp set with every Paper Pumpkin kit!

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Did you know that right now is the absolute best time to sign up for a Paper Pumpkin Subscription? That’s because if you get a 3, 6, or 12-month prepaid subscription, you qualify for Sale-A-Bration rewards! That’s right! FREE stuff just for getting your crafty subscription box delivered to your mailbox every month!

You are definitely going to want to sign up before February 10th to get in on February’s box. From the sneak peeks we are getting, it’s all about spring and SUCCULENTS!  Want a sneak peek at Stampin’ Up!’s creative process when designing their kits? Take a look at a short video by clicking the Paper Pumpkin graphic below!

CLICK HERE to sign up by February 10th so you can get in on the next kit.  Don’t have a demonstrator? I’d love to help you!  If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, I invite you to give it a try.

With Paper Pumpkin Kits, you’ll save time and money while you build a collection of crafting supplies. Every month you’ll receive a unique stamp set with an ink spot (that won’t repeat a color in a 12-month period).  You’ll receive all the paper, embellishments, envelopes — everything you need to start creating!  In no time at all, you’ll have a variety of stamps and ink to use on other projects. In addition, your first kit includes a free clear stamping block that you’ll use every month!

CLICK HERE to sign up by February 10th so you can get in on the next kit.

To renew your subscription, click here and log in to reactivate. Are you on Facebook? Then be sure to join the 19,200+ members in Rachel Tessman’s PAPER PUMPKIN FAN CLUB to get lots more inspiration:

And in Other Important News: 

Stampin’ Up! just let Demonstrators know that supplies of the following Sale-A-Bration Level 1 items are getting a bit low.

  • Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets, page 12 of Sale-A-Bration Brochure, item 149712, available FREE with a $50 purchase
  • Precious Parcel Card Kit, page 16 of Sale-A-Bration Brochure, item 149750, available FREE with a $50 purchase

Once supplies of these products are depleted, the item numbers will be turned off and you will no longer be able to order them.  So, be sure to place your qualifying Sale-A-Bration orders soon so you can get these great products for FREE before they disappear!

Don’t Forget: this month ONLY,  I’m offering a super prize drawing.   Once you’ve placed your $50 order using this code, your name will also be entered into a special drawing.

Drawing Prize, this month only:  A brand new Darling Label Punch Box, complete with stamps, a punch, and a stamp set – valued at $45!  Don’t forget to use the Host Code GTH9URA

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Get $76 in FREE Stampin’ Up! Products!

Do you have HUGE Stampin’ Up! wish list? If so, I have 2 great solutions to choose from!

Starter Kit Deal Option 1:
Pay just $99 and choose $175 (an increase of $50) in product


Starter Kit Deal Option 2:
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PLUS FREE SHIPPING and receive the new craft tote bag exclusively made for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators ($50 value)

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