Joy to the World – Literally! Stampin’ Up!’s October Paper Pumpkin Kit!

This holiday season, share the joy of Paper Pumpkin! The Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Kit is an exclusive holiday kit that provides a specially-designed box, enough supplies to create eight elegant cards, and an opportunity to connect with the Stampin’ Up! global community. 

With October’s magical kit, not only will you get a head start on their holiday crafting—you’ll get to create Christmas cards, share project ideas, and spread holiday cheer with Stampin’ Up! customers and demonstrators around the world! After you receive your kit, we encourage you to join the Joy of Paper Pumpkin Facebook group to make the most of this month’s kit. How fun will THAT be? I can’t wait!

Here are the supplies your receive with your kit — all for $22 free shipping — if you subscribe to our once-a-month- box. You can suspend your kit for a month, cancel any time, or keep receiving your Creativity in a Box! I love it!

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create eight cards—four each of two designs—and coordinating envelopes.
  • Kit includes die-cut pieces in English, French, and German. This will allow you to create cards you can use to connect with other customers and demonstrators around the world—in their language! To learn more about how to do this, read the “The Joy of Paper Pumpkin” section on this page.
    • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
    • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Just Jade, Soft Sea Foam


Click HERE to get started on a subscription, or Click below to get a 1-, 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription!

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Pals Blog Hop: It’s the Sentiment That Counts!

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created projects where “It’s the Sentiment that Counts.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments! We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Stampin’ Up! does such a great job of providing us with stamp sets that include beautiful sentiments, perfect for a variety of projects. I decided to focus on a sentiment that I have taken to heart these last few months. As a high school teacher, I’ve spent these months during the COVID-19 pandemic experiencing the gamut of emotions, from stress to fear, to concern over my students and family, and finally — to HOPE. We must live with hope in order to navigate through life. This time WILL get better. Here is my slimline card:

I started out a Thick Whisper White card base of 8 1/2″ by 7″, scored at 3 1/2″. I covered the front of the card base with a panel of “In Good Taste” Designer Series Paper to add some neutral texture, measuring 8 1/2″ by 3 1/2″. The lovely tree stamps are a part of the new “Life is Beautiful” stamp set. I wanted to try my hand at making the tree scenes depict the different seasons. To me, the seasons always symbolize HOPE. In the darkest winter days, there is always the hope of spring. The sentiment “Hope Changes Everything” comes from the “Love of Leaves” stamp set.

I cut out four rectangular scalloped panels from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I then stamped four tree scenes — so fun to do some pure stamping! I also used sponge daubers to shade in a little more color around the leaves.

I heat embossed the sentiment in Gold Embossing Powder, punched it out with the Lovely Labels Pick-a-Punch, and then popped it up onto some ribbon and attached to the card. I decided I needed a little sparkle, so I added some Artistry Blooms adhesive-backed sequins to the trees. I love the effect in real life!

This stamp set has to many possibilities, as does the Love of Leaves. I will keep these for many years to come!

I hope you enjoyed my card today! It is my prayer that you are always able to hold onto HOPE!

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! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on October 14th when our theme is “Tag, You’re It!” Participants will showcase tags or 3D items that will be great for gifts for any occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop Line-up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  4. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  5. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  6. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  9. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  10. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  11. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  15. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  16. Dacia Smith at My Creative Days
  17. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  18. Diana Carr at The Secret Life of Paper
  19. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  20. Christine Eck at Dances With Hooves Paper Design
  21. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  22. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  23. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  24. Pamela Sadler at Stampin’ Pink Rose
  25. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  26. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
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Hello, Beautiful Autumn Bundle!

Have you seen the Beautiful Autumn Bundle yet? It’s gorgeous with nature-inspired imagery and a coordinating punch pack. With its Two-Step Stampin’ images, you can choose the lined or filled-in images—or use them together to give your images more depth. While lending itself to autumn themes, the stamp set also includes all-occasion greetings to help you share thanks or simply say hello. The Two-Step Stampin’ images combined with the punches make this bundle a must have for creating quick cards.

When combined with different, and even non-traditional colors, the Beautiful Autumn bundle becomes even more versatile! Take a look at some of these projects:

I just how the addition of a few small leaves or an acorn can bring such a gorgeous ‘fall’ feeling to these projects!

Here’s the stamp set:

And those fun punches! You know I love a punch!

Also, have you noticed that the images in the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set are all on the small side? This is designed to give you the freedom to put the images together in a creative way that suits you. Create an eclectic background by stamping one image repeatedly or mixing it up with a few. Stamp them in an accent line. Or use your favorite image as the focal point of the project. It’s up to you! I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

Use this host code in your online order of over $50 to receive a free gift from me from the new August-December Mini Catalog!

Host Code: 3A99EW6T

Shop below by clicking on any of the images below, or go HERE to see all the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! fall bundles and products!

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Hooray! A Clearance Rack Update and Much More!

I woke up this morning to lots of fabulous news from Stampin’ Up! Check this out:

  1. The Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack has been updated! I LOVE getting a great deal on products I already love! Just so you know — items do sell out, and many of these will go FAST! So get them while you can! Here’s the link to go shop for Clearance! Some of the items are up to 60% off! LINK HERE!

We have a brand new month, and a brand new host code: Please use this HOST CODE: 3A99EW6T when making an online order of over $50 with me, and you will receive a FREE GIFT from the new Mini Catalog from me!

2. Stampin’ UP! just announced a great promotion for anyone interested in becoming a demonstrator.  Our starter kit is just $99 and you can customize your kit with $125 worth of merchandise that you choose.  But that’s not all!!!  New demonstrators will also receive enough cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels, the So Much Love stamp set, and the Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set.  This is a fabulous deal!!! 

3. The new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (standard only) is now available for purchase.  I have heard nothing but great things about it, and I can’t wait to get mine! It cuts like butter! You can also add the machine to a starter kit (see above) which is incredible. 

Starting TODAY! September 1, 2020, the STANDARD Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (Item 149653, $120), along with the optional Magnetic Platform (Item 149656, $24) are available for customer purchase!   You can read all about the new machine’s benefits and must-have features here

So what sets the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machines apart from the rest?  Here are some favorite features:

  • Durable machine with high-quality results.  Solid steel construction frame and rubber feet.  Produces crisp, clean, precise cutting and beautifully detailed embossing.
  • Easy to use. The machine and tools are designed for an intuitive die-cutting and embossing experience. For example, all plates are labeled with a number and are color-coded for easy reference and use when building your sandwich.  And just like the name suggests, Stampin’ Up! Magnetic Cutting Plates have fully-magnetic surfaces to make it easy to securely position your dies and keep them in place.
  • Simple to store. The platform folds for space-saving storage and the clean design suits any crafting space.
  • Portable. You can use the machine on the go with its folding platform and ergonomic carrying handle.  Great for those who like to attend crops or other crafting get-togethers.
  • Click HERE to see a great video on this new product!


Just email or call me for more details, or if you have any questions! Email me here!

Woohoo! What a Month!!

“All You Can Tag” Buffet!

It’s that time of year to get your tags and cards ready, because from now until the end of the year, you won’t be able to get enough! The Tag Buffet Stamp Set and Kit is perfect for every one of your gift-giving needs. The Kit plus the Stamp Set have everything you need to create 30 darling tags! Here’s what you get:

And here are some of the fun tags you can create:

The Tag Buffet Stamp Set is darling, and can be used to create so many holiday projects, including tags, cards, and 3D projects!

I love the sentiment on the lower right — perfect for the inside of a card!

And if you’re looking for a simple way to add variety to your projects, with just a few sheets of card stock and your trusty Paper Trimmer, you can easily create three unique cards to highlight multiple stamps from this set!

For all of the cards above, you need:

  • Tag Buffet Stamp Set
  • The same ink colours (Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Poppy Parade, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink)
  • Wonder of the Season Ribbon Combo Pack (gold cord)
  • Poppy Parade card base (3-1/2″ x 5″; 8.9 x 12.7 cm)
  • Coastal Cabana Card stock (3-1/2″ x 1″; 8.9 x 2.5 cm)
  • Shimmery White Card stock (3″ x 3″; 7.6 x 7.6 cm)
  • Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper (2-1/2″ x 4″; 6.4 x 10.2 cm)

Ornament Card
Stamp, color, layer, adhere. This card is sure to please everyone.

’Tis the Season Card
No trimming necessary. Switch the orientation of the card, stamp different images, and tie a bow.

With Love Card
Trim the Designer Series Paper into two 1-1/4″ x 4″ (3.2 x 10.2 cm) pieces and cut notches into the Coastal Cabana Card stock.

Another great example of how to use one great SU! product in many different ways! Long after your tags are gone, you’ll still be using this great stamp set for years to come!

Be sure to use this Host Code with an online order over $50, and you will receive from me a free roll of 1/4″ In-Color 2020-22 ribbon. Here is the code: AHSTXDAV

I will contact you to get your choice of ribbon! Happy stamping!


Pals Blog Hop: My Favorite Season of the Year!

2020 August Blog Hop BadgeHello! Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team is showcasing “My Happiest Season.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments! We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Autumn in Northern Minnesota can sometimes be elusive.  There are years when summer seems to turn to winter way too quickly; yet, Fall continues to be one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the smells of fall, and the gorgeous, rich colors.  As a teacher of 39 years, I even still like the smell of the first day of school!

Stampin’ Up! has knocked it out of the park again this year with their 2020 August-December Mini Catalog.  The Autumn season has been royally treated, and today, I’m featuring a new suite called the Gilded Autumn Suite Collection. The colors are rich and warm, and the accompanying punch will make it a favorite, in my mind!  Here is my project:

Beautiful Autumn Suite - Rock 1 - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

The Gilded Autumn Suite is a collection of products featuring the rich colors of Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake.  The suite also includes the new Brushed Metallic papers in Gold, Copper, and Brass — I love them!  Here are all the products included in this gorgeous suite:

Gilded Autumn

Check out those luscious papers with foil accents, and yes, there are punches!  I love the size of the punches– not too small, and not too large!  They work perfect with some of the papers to stamp out the images, which is what I did with all of my punched leaves and acorns:

Beautiful Autumn Suite - - Hearth - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

This card was constructed in the Double Point Fold style.  There are many great videos out there to help!  I followed the famous Frenchie’s (at Frenchie Stamps) instructional video found HERE. For those of you already familiar with this fun fold, here are the measurements I used, although there are many variations:


  • Card base 5½” x 4¼”
  • Inside layer 5¼” x 4″
  • Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper 2 panels of 3″ x 4″ scored at 1″ and diagonal at 2,″ 2 strips of 5¼” x ¼”
  • Stitched Nested Labels 4-7/8 x 2-5/8 and 4¼ x 2¼ (the biggest two sizes).
  • Punched-out leaves and acorns from the Designers Series Papers.

I used a background of Early Espresso, and a smaller layer of Mint Macaron. I then used the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Papers as instructed in the video, both as a background, and also as punched-out images.  This paper is so delicious!

Gilded Autumn Paper

The two strips of Designer Papers cut at 1/4″ by 5  1/4″ are a great way to conserve on this beautiful paper.  Adhere the two strips down the side to make it appear as if the panel is the entire width of the card!  See them at the sides of the project?

Beautiful Autumn Suite - Rock 2 - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

Here’s how it looks open — I left the card blank inside for now:

Beautiful Autumn Suite - Rock - Open - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'Beautiful Autumn Suite - Open Flap - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso on an oval die from the Stitched Shapes  Dies.  I then took all my little punched out images, arranged them, then popped on a darling Acorn Trinket, along with a bow of Linen Thread and the Metallic Ribbon that comes in the Combo Pack with the Suite.

Beautiful Autumn Suite - Featured Image - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

Beautiful Autumn Suite - Portrait Last View - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I hope you enjoyed my Autumn Card today, created with all the beautiful products from the Gilded Autumn Suite, available NOW in the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog!  All products used in this project are found at the bottom of this post!  Have a wonderful Autumn, wherever you are!

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! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on September 9th when our theme is “It’s the Sentiment that Counts.” The Design Team will showcase a sentiment as the focal point of their project. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

Pals Blog Hop Line-Up
  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  9. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  10. Karen Buttery at Karen On The Lake Stamper
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  13. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  14. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  16. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  17. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  18. Diana Carr at The Secret Life of Paper
  19. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  20. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  21. Pamela Sadler at Stampin’ Pink Rose
  22. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  23. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  24. Dacia Smith at My Creative Days
  25. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  26. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  27. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  30. Lori Webb at Clever Copies

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“Hello, Pumpkin” Stampin’ Up! September Kit!


There’s so much to love about fall—some love the haunts that come with Halloween, many love the special time to express gratitude, and others love the ever-changing beauty of the season. Whatever you love most about fall, September’s Paper Pumpkin kit has everything you need to celebrate the season your way! With reversible patterned paper, a multi-occasion stamp set, and a variety of die-cut shapes, creating custom fall crafts is a piece of pumpkin pie.

September’s kit is a must-have for those who love to celebrate all things spooky. But, for those who don’t enjoy the Halloween haunts, the multi-occasion stamp set combined with a variety of die-cut and reversible paper pieces offers many ways to customize your fall crafts!

The Hello Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough supplies to create projects celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the autumn season. Make them all the same, or mix ‘n’ match!


  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 20 cracker box treat packages.
  • Each cracker box treat package can be customized to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, the autumn season, or all three!
  • Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Cinnamon Cider, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, white

While this kit was designed to offer a unique treat packaging experience to subscribers, the supplies can easily be used to create cards for any autumn occasion. Don’t worry—we’ll be sure to provide plenty of project inspiration to spark your creativity!

Click HERE to subscribe, and start planning who will be the lucky recipients of all your DARLING cracker box treat packages!!  Remember, by subscribing to Paper Pumpkin your monthly kit arrives with FREE SHIPPING, and you can cancel, suspend, or even skip a month any time!

Happy Stampin’!


Blossoms In Bloom Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

Today I want to tell you about a set of products I absolutely adore: the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle! This beautiful, versatile bundle includes the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set and the Many Layered Blossoms Dies. Even better? You’ll receive a 10% discount when you buy the bundle!  Here are some great samples!


My favorite thing about the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle is the simple watercolor effect. Painting with standard watercolors can be tricky, but with the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle, achieving the artistic look of watercolor is a breeze!


Here’s a look at everything you get in this fabulous bundle:



Beautiful blossoms are for any occasion with the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle! If you’d like to discover what else you can do with the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle, let me know! I’d be happy to place an order for you. Which project is your favorite? Comment below for a chance to win a free card that you can send to a friend!

Use this host code in an online order and receive a free 1/4 ” 2020-22 In-Color Ribbon: 9XDFPSWH

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The SU! August-December Mini Catalog is LIVE!


Not only that , starting at 7 am today, your online shopping experience will be a little different!

IMPORTANT TO KNOW!  Your saved login and passwords will not automatically apply due to a new URL.  If you do not remember your password, you can use the forgot password link to reset it.  If an email does not hit your inbox shortly after resetting, please check your junk folder to ensure delivery.


GET YOUR FREE COPY!!  Need a copy of the 2020 August – December Mini Catalog?  If you do not have a current Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and plan to place your next order with me, you can request a catalog FREE by emailing me HERE!


Stampin’ Up!’s Got a Brand New Online Store! And New Host Code!

08_01_20_OMAIN_NEW-STORE-FINAL_EN_DESKTOPExciting News!!  Starting TOMORROW, Aug. 4, 2020,  Stampin’ Up! is updating the look and function of the online store!  The store will be updated beginning TOMORROW on August 4th with a new look and feel to help you better navigate it while you shop!  Here is what you need to know so that you’re all set to shop on the 4th!

What else is so exciting about August 4?  It’s the same day as the 2020 Holiday catalog goes live!  Please be aware that the online store will be offline temporarily early on August 4 as they transition to the new store.  It should be back up and running no later than 7:00 AM MT for ordering from the new August-December 2020 Mini Catalog!

7-01-20_dmain_bonusdays_naspukbf3dac1b0be1686086dbff0000ec372dDO NOT FORGET about your Bonus Days Rewards.  When you make your online order in August, there will be a place for you to type in the codes you received in an email direct from Stampin’ Up!  Those $5 codes are good for AUGUST only, so cash them in!

A few things to know about the new :

  1. Your account information and passwords will still work with the new site.
    • Be sure that you know your current login information so that you can log in right away on Tuesday!  You won’t be able to count on Auto-Fill!
    • If you don’t know your login information by heart (or if you do like I do and have it saved to your browser so that you don’t have to remember it every time):
      • Log into your SU! account today and click on “my account” and then “email/passwords” and either record the information that is shown or, if it’s not shown, update your password and then write it down.
  2. While old bookmarks and links will forward you to the new store, your browser will see it as a “new” site. If you rely on your browser to remember your login information, the first time that you log in, it will not associate the new site with that saved information.
  3. Be sure that you see my name at the top on the right when you are shopping with me to earn my rewards and benefits for ordering! 😉

If you have trouble logging in on Tuesday:

  1. Once the new store is up and running on Tuesday, if you have trouble logging in, you can click the “Forgot Password” link on the new online store’s sign-in page and follow the steps to reset your password. The password reset email will come from Adding this email address to the contacts list in your email program and/or searching for your email program’s spam settings can help you ensure that you receive the email.
  2. If you don’t see an e-mail pretty quickly – be sure to check your Junk or Spam folder – it MIGHT have gone in there!
  3. Should you run into any problems, there is a link in the password reset window to a page with additional information.
  4. If you have trouble accessing your account, Stampin’ Up! can also help you reset your password.  Just call them at 1-800-STAMPUP and they’ll be happy to help!  Unfortunately, I’m not able to assist with password changes as it’s a security issue for you. But Stampin’ Up! can definitely help you!

Hopefully this will be a seamless transition for you on 4 August! This new design sounds so great!  I can’t wait to see it as well!

If you make an online order for $50 or more, I will send you a bonus gift of YOUR choice of the new In-Color 1/4″ ribbon found on page 164 of the Annual Catalog.  Here’s the code:


Have a great week!  Mary