Lots of Lavender Sneak Peek

Just a few more days until the SU! Occasions Catalog goes live (January 3), and Sale-B-Bration begins!  Here is a sneak peek at a new Sale-A-Bration set called Lots of Lavender, and yes, the best part about this set is that it is FREE with a $50 purchase!

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I used an embossing folder on a 5 1/4″ by 4″ panel to create wavy texture as a backdrop for my lavender bouquet.  On a 2 1/8″ by 4 1/4″ panel, I stamped the lavender bouquet in Basic Grey ink.  I then started using the two-step stamping process to ‘color’ in the flowers with Wisteria Wonder, the ribbon with So Saffron, and the leaves with Pear Pizzazz.  I used a Paper Pumpkin sentiment for the large Thanks across the bottom.  The two-step stamping makes it so fun and easy to get a watercolor feel to the  bouquet!

Lots of Lavender Close up - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

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A Merry “Cuppa” in Traditional Christmas Colors!

I LOVE the Merry Cafe Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!  And I especially love the way it coordinates with the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies and the Coffee Cafe stamp set.  There are so many ways you can use these three products!

Merry Cafe - Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I mounted a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock on a card base of Thick Whisper White.  On a smaller Whisper White Panel, I used the Winder Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with my Big Shot to add that cute snowflake pattern.  Again with my trusty Big Shot, I cut out the holly leaves and coffee cup from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper. I used Real Red Glimmer Paper to cut out a few small berries.  So cute!

I stamped the sentiment “Christmas Cheer” with Real Red and Garden Green, and then cut out using the framelits dies.  Finally, I stamped some yummy whipped cream with Crumb Cake ink and a cute straw with Graden Green ink and cut them out with the Big Shot.

Close Up 1 Merry Cafe - Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

I jazzed up the whipping cream with some Wink of Stella, and assembled the entire card!  Love it!  Check out the Retiring List on the Stampin’ Up! website — both the Merry Cafe and the Winter Wonder embossing folder are retiring soon!  Get them now — they’ll be classics you can use year after year!

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Christmas Pines & Merry Little Christmas!

I’ve made a simple yet elegant card using the Christmas Pines stamp set with the coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.

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I started with a base of Whisper White thick cardstock and then a layer of Old Olive Cardstock on top of that.  The Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Papers are so versatile.  I love the black and white plaid look with the Old Olive — very trendy!  I created a shiny gold foil pinecone to go with the delicate olive green pine boughs.

The sentiment was stamped on an oval cut out from the Stitched Shape framelits and backed with a black scalloped layer from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  I accented the card with an Old Olive Mini Chevron ribbon.

I love the simplicity of this card.  I hope you do, too!

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Merry Patterns for a Merry Christmas!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I don’t remember a busier November/December! School, craft fairs, and spruce container production has really taken a chunk out of me. But I’ve finally gotten a chance to do some creating.  And wow, have I had some fun!
Merry Patterns - Half Full - Foil Snowflakes - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin

This first card is heat embossed with gold embossing powder and the fun deer from the Merry Patterns stamp set.  I have loved this set from the moment it became available as a special promotion by Stampin’ Up!  Since it never appeared in any catalog, I expect this set to become a collector’s item.  I’ve seen so many special projects using it!

Here’s another version of the card, using a different paper.  Same idea and layout, but an entirely different look, don’t you think?  The leaf is from the November Paper Pumpkin kit, and is perfect to match the Old Olive in the DSP

Merry Patterns 2 - Half Full - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

The gold embossing really adds a rich touch, don’t you think?  The sentiment is from the “Half Full” stamp set, which I really love as well!  Let me know which one you like the best!

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Color Me Happy!

And yes, these cards do make me VERY happy!  Take a look at this brand new kit, called “Color Me Happy,” available November 1, that will showcase your artistic coloring talents using the brand new STAMPIN’ BLENDS!

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I did the coloring with the brand new Stampin ‘Blends!  I have never owned alcohol-based markers, not even when Stampin’ Up! featured them a number of years ago.  So I was very excited about trying them myself.  The new Stampin’ Blends, in a brand new, improved formula, come in 12 gorgeous Stampin’ Up colors, in both a light and a dark shade.  Click on the video below to see the Stampin’ Blends in action!

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The “Color Me Happy” Kit and Stamp Set are available in a bundle while supplies last, starting November 1.  I had SO much fun putting these cards together!  You get supplies to make 16 beautiful cards.  The markers make it so easy to blend and shade, even for an inexperienced ‘blender’ like me.  They’re so smooth and rich!

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Click on the photo below for the brochure you can download:

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The colors used in this kit are Powder Pink, Pool Party, Night of Navy, and Pumpkin Pie.  Those are the ones I ordered first, but notice you can get the entire set in one package as well!

Be ready to order this bundle and the Stampin’ Blends on November 1.  Happy Coloring!

Merry Patterns and One Regal Deer!

I knew I wanted the Merry Patterns stamp set the moment I saw it.  I love every single stamp, and the versatility the entire stamp provides.  You can go with the deer thing, you can go with the candle thing, you can use the beautiful big sentiment….or any combination thereof!

Merry Patterns - Merry Little Christmas DSP - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

This card is built on a Basic Black card base with a layer from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Papers.  LOVE the Old Olive and Black combination!  The reindeer is heat embossed in gold, and the sentiment is heat embossed in white on Basic Black card stock. I added some gold mini sequin trim and Metallic Enamel Shapes to add a little bling.

Merry Patterns - Merry Little Christmas DSP - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

Merry Patterns Stamp Set is still available FREE until the end of the month with a $300 order.  It is exclusive and it won’t be found in any catalog.  Get together with some friends and have a card-making session.  When your party sales reach $300, the set is yours!  Or make a single order over $300, and you automatically get the set!  I will help in any way I can.  Click on the “Let’s Go Shopping” button above to get started!

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Notecards – Give the DSP the Spotlight!

The Stampin’ Up! Notecards are a true bargain, and the perfect size to send little notes and holiday greetings.  Pair that with our gorgeous Designer Series Papers, and you have an easy, quick, and beautiful way to keep in touch with your loved ones!

Today I’ve featured four notecards that use the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Papers, and two punches that make it easy for you — the new Leaf Punch and the Everyday Label Punch, both from the 2017 Holiday Catalog.

I punched the leaves from coordinating green card stocks — Old Olive and Tranquil Tide.  The sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.  I love the beautiful font!  The Metallic Enamel Shapes and the Glitter Enamel Shapes are the perfect embellishments to finish off your cards!

Designer Series Paper is on sale this month at Stampin’ Up! Buy three packages, and get one free! See all the details here!

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Leaf Punch