Fable Friends Part 3 — Getting ‘Squirrely!’

I’ve been featuring projects from the new stamp set found in the SU! Occasions Catalog called Fable Friends.  This third project is a pillow box perfecting for gift cards or small presents, even party favors!  The Kraft Pillow Boxes from Stampin’ Up! are perfect for this kind of project!

How do you like this Mr. Squirrel??  Cutest squirrel EVER, right?

Fable Friends - Squirrel 2 - Kraft Pillow Box - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper

I built this Birthday Gift Box from one of our Kraft Pillow Boxes.  They’re so easy to work with.  I took a strip of paper from the Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Papers and wrapped around the pillow box.  I then cut a strip of Glimmer Paper and placed across the front of the box.

Fable Friends - Squirrel 1 - Kraft Pillow Boxes - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Varied Vases

From there, I cut an oval from a scrap of Thick Whisper White card stock using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  I stamped the squirrel stamp from the Fable Friends Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and used Stampin’ Blends to color him in.  (See colors below)

I punched a butterfly out of the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Papers with the Butterfly Duet punch — so easy!  Using a glue dot, I popped the butterfly onto the oval and used a small embellishment.  I tied a bow with the Braided Linen Trim and frayed the ends of the bow, popping that on with a glue dot as well.  The sentiment is from the Varied Vases stamp set, and I used a banner from an older Paper Pumpkin Kit.  You can use any banner you’d like, and any sentiment you’d like, depending on what your Pillow Box is for!

Fable Friends - Squirrel - Close Up - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Kraft Pillow Boxes

The product list I used for this project is at the end of this post!

THE ULTIMATE STAMPIN’ UP! BUNDLE IS EVEN BETTER!  The TWO 2019 Sale-A-Bration $99 Starter Kit offers are hard to resist!  This is the best bundle and value of Stampin’ Up! products you can get!

2 kit choices

$50 FREE PRODUCT BONUS DURING SALE-A-BRATION (Jan. 3 – March 31).  There are two ways to purchase the Starter Kit and join Stampin’ Up during Sale-A-Bration!

Option A ($50 Stampin’ Up! product bonus):  Choose $175 in products for $99 (that’s $76 in FREE products) and it ships FREE for another 10% savings.  Host sets and Sale-A-Bration gifts are excluded.

Option B ($50 Stampin’ Up! product bonus & craft tote):  Choose $175 in products for $129 (that’s $76 in FREE products) and it ships FREE for another 10% savings.  This kit option includes a beautiful Craft & Carry Tote Bag valued at $50.  Perfect for on-the-go crafting.  You save $20 on the tote bag as part of the kit.   Host sets and Sale-A-Bration gifts are excluded.

George from Stampin’ Up! shares a close up look at the Craft & Carry Tote Bag in this video.  View the Craft & Carry Tote Bag in this brochure.

Save 20-25%


  • Create your own kit!  Choose ANY Stampin’ Up! products (including bundles) to fill your kit.  Host sets and Sale-A-Bration FREE gifts are excluded.
  • GET THEM NOW!  Add Sale-A-Bration Coordination products (through March 31 or while supplies last) to your starter kit.
  • Happy shopping!  Purchase the starter kit and receive a 20% discount (up to 25%) on additional demonstrator purchases thru a minimum of July 31, 2019.  This window of time includes enjoying your discount on the new annual catalog pre-order (May) and launch (June)!
  • Perfect timing!  You will have the same amount of time (through July 31, 2019) to reach your first $300 sales minimum and renew for the Stampin’ Up! July – September quarter.  Renew with $300 in sales for each additional quarter.
  • Test drive demonstrator discounts and benefits while you are active with no risk and no penalty to drop.
  • Be first!  View new catalogs and pre-order products a month (or more) before their release (and at a discount) – one of my favorite benefits.
  • A good fit!  I welcome hobby stampers!
  • Do it just for YOU!  There’s no obligation to host workshops or parties, sell products to others or personally purchase anything beyond the kit!

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  • Purchasing the starter kit and joining Stampin’ Up! includes access to exclusive Stampin’ Up! ideas and resources
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Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad

Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad

Fable Friends — Think Spring!…A Little Harder This Time!

Honestly, someone is not sending enough Spring VIBES to Mother Nature!  Another stormy, blizzard-y day here in Northern Minnesota.  I have a second card in my three-part series featuring a new stamp set called Fable Friends.  This one starts a Mama Duck with her three spring ducklings!

Fable Friends - Ducks - Gingam Gala Designer Series Paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

For this fun card, I created three rectangle panels using the Rectangle Stitch Framelits Dies.  Any size will do, depending on what you want them to look like.  I stamped the figures in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and then colored the in with Blends — the sky’s the limit, depending on what color combo you want to use.

The card base is made from Grapefruit Grove cardstock.  I put another rectangle of Grapefruit Grove through my Big Shot using the Subtle Dynamic Textures Embossing Folder.  I LOVE the soft texture it gives the card stock — so rich looking! I also adhered a panel of the Grapefruit Grove Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper onto the card base.  If you haven’t gotten your hands on this paper yet, do so before it runs out!  It’ll carry beautifully through the entire summer!


I then popped the three rectangle panels onto the card after stamping my cute sentiment onto one of the rectangles.  The sentiments include an Easter Greeting, a Spring Greeting, a Friend Sentiment, and a Baby sentiment.  So so fun!

Fable Friends stamp set

Fable Friends - Duck 2 - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'I’ll be back tomorrow with one more project in my series.  I hope you enjoy Fable Friends as much as I am!  The list of products is found below — just click on a product to SHOP WITH ME!!

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Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad

Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad

New Fable Friends and 2nd Release Sale-A-Bration Free Products!

I’ll be featuring a three-part series on a new stamp set called Fable Friends.  How about this bunny?  Doesn’t it look like something straight out of Aesop’s Fables?

Fable Friends - Bloom by Bloom - Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

The sweet animals in this set captured my heart the moment I saw them in the Occasions Catalog!


I started my card with a card base of Coastal Cabana.  I added a panel of Flirty Flamingo of 5 3/8″ by 4 1/8″, and then made my own ‘designer paper’ on a panel of Whisper White Cardstock measuring 5 1/4″ by 4″.  I used the Bloom by Bloom stamp set to make stamp flowers in Flirty Flamingo with leaves in Lemon Lime Twist and little slowers in Pineapple Punch.  Fun to stamp!


Fable Friends - Rabbit on Stripes - Gingham Gala Designer Series Papers - Bloom by Bloom - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

The bunny was stamped on a scrap piece of Shimmer White Card Stock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I think had a lot of fun coloring the rabbit with Stampin’ Blends — have fun using any color combination you want to!  I cut the rabbit out using the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies and then mounted it onto a panel of Coastal Cabana.  I popped it onto the card after adhering a 1 3/4″ by 4″ piece of Lemon Lime Twist Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper to the card base.

Fable Friends - Rabbit Close Up - Gingham Gala Designer Series Papers - Bloom by Bloom - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

Tons of fun!  I finished the card with a few Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins and some Flirty Flamingo ribbon.  The Fable Friends is going to be a spring staple for a long time in my craft room!  The supplies I used are at the bottom of this post.

2nd release sabReminder:  New Sale-A-Bration products are here!

It’s still Sale-A-Bration time, and don’t forget the new release of some NEW Sale-A-Bration products… yours FREE with qualifying purchase.

Choose 1
With a $50 purchase, you can choose a Level 1 product.  How gorgeous is the Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder? Lots of lovely dimension and detail to add to your projects instantly!
There’s lots of fun to be had with the All Adorned Photopolymer Stamp Set, including corner stamping, mixed fonts.  You can even create your own backgrounds with this set.  This set is particularly suited for your STAMPARATUS!

Choose 2

You won’t be surprised to hear that I absolutely adore the Painted Seasons Bundle.   The 7 DistINKtive stamps are so beautiful!

Want to see more?  Check out this short video:
*Note: The Four Seasons Framelits Die in this video is part of the Sale-A-Bration coordination promotion which goes live to customers 1 March.

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Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad

Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad

Give Stampin’ Up! A Test Drive with This Great Bargain!

The ultimate bundle

January/February/March is the BEST time to get the Stampin’ Up ULTIMATE BUNDLE!  What does that mean?

It means you get to choose $175 in ANY Stampin’ Up! products for just $99 and no shipping (you simply pay a little tax!)  You may shop from the Annual Catalog or the Spring Occasions catalog.  Just think what a dent you can make in your Wish List!

OR you can spend $129 (free shipping) choose $175 in product and get the new Stampin’ Up! Crafting Tote (valued at $50!)

Either way, your Bundle will also contain a sample Paper Pumpkin kit and catalogs as well!

20 %

From there, you enjoy a 20% discount all the way through July 31st!  No selling, no workshops, no commitment!  What you do as a demo is up to you.  In fact, 90% of SU! demonstrators are HOBBY DEMOS — only in it for the discount and the LOVE of CRAFTING!

You will also have Facebook access to a national group of stampers, get catalogs and other opportunities earlier than regular customers, and don’t forget that discount!

This offer on the Ultimate Bundle will go away on March 31st.  Don’t miss out — join my Up North Stampin’ Team, and START THE FUN!

Go HERE to get started right away!



Have you Ordered Your March Paper Pumpkin Yet?

PP FREE Stamp SetWe don’t want to give away too much, but here’s a little bit about the March kit to get you excited! Because it’s our birthday, we decided to create a kit that is perfect for making birthday cards!

  • The March kit features eight full-sized, mailable cards
  • Coordinating colors are Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, and Poppy Parade
  • This kit has an element that is sure to “pop”!
  • The FREE stamp set is even bigger and better than your typical Paper Pumpkin stamp set and can be used on a variety of crafting projects.

March Kit Insider Info directly from Stampin’ UP!

  • It’s one of nicest Paper Pumpkin kits we’ll get this year
  • The EXTRA free stamp set is going to be useful for many projects
  • The EXTRA free stamp set is one you will use over and over
  • You will want the March kit just for the EXTRA free stamp set
  • The EXTRA free stamp set goes with the March kit but can also be used separately

You have until March 10 to order the March kit!  Give it a try!  There’s nothing to lose — by starting a subscription, your Paper Pumpkin kit each month features FREE SHIPPING!  Suspend or Cancel anytime if it’s not for you!  My daughters each have a subscription and they LOVE it!  A great opportunity for a little bit of “ME” time.

Go here to get your Subscription!  Or email me HERE with questions!

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.

Flamingo close up

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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