A GREAT Idea for a Virtual Stamping Party with a Friend!

Are you ready for some fun crafting time with friend?? Here’s a thought!  If you haven’t seen this GEM of a medley at 45% OFF, take a look now!  Creativity comes easy when you’ve got amazing coordinating products. The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley is a perfect example. Products in this medley are detailed in rose gold – just gorgeous! You’ll love the happy, rosy feeling you get as you create with these fun and flowery  products. Imagine what you can create! Available now at 45% off!  You get everything you see in this photo, and what a BARGAIN:
Rosy Medley

The Medley includes ALL these exclusive products:

* Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps
* Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies
* 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 6″ x 6″ rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
* Printed die cuts—2 sheets
* Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
* Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″
* Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards
* Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards
* Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz.

Here’s the fun part:  If you and a friend order one, you can have a ZOOM stamping session together, have the same products to work with, give each other ideas, whatever works!  What a great way to spend some time virtually together.  It’ll be like you’re in the same room.  If you have questions about setting that up, I can HELP!

Here is the stamp set that comes with the medley — LOVE the sentiments!
Some gorgeous samples from Stampin’ Up Artisans:

Rosy Stesha bosRosy Stesha 3Rosy Stesha 4Rosy Stesha 2Rosy Stesha 1Rosy Stesha 9Rosy Stesha 8Rosy Stesha 7Rosy Stesha 6Rosy Stesha 5

Just think:  Order the medley and one ink pad or paper, and you’ve reached the $50 mark, and you receive a free ribbon of your choice directly from me!  Be sure to order using this Host Code Number, and I’ll reach out to you:  K94UGH6E
OR Click below to order from my store!

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Pals Blog Hop: A Special Occasion!


Welcome to the Pals’ Blog Hop! While the COVID 19 pandemic is adding stress to our lives, we Pals hope this blog hop will help to lift your spirits. Let us inspire you to take a creative break and relax for a little while. This month our theme is “Special Occasions,” where we have made a project for just about any occasion you can think of! You’ll find the full line-up below to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

As a teacher, I always think of Spring as the time of GRADUATION, which is my featured special occasion today! With all the distance learning in place, our school is scrambling to come up with an alternate commencement event for our seniors.  I do feel bad that all of their dreams about attending graduation have been put on hold.  Regardless, I will have several graduation cards to create for some special students.

Peaceful Moments Bundle - Perennial Essence Vellum - Dressed Up Tassels - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I wanted to create a pretty, feminine card that could be used for a high school or even a college graduation.  This card uses a base of Pretty Peacock with a couple of strips of Petal Pink cardstock added to the border for some visual variety.  Over the base, I added a panel of the lovely Lily Pad Designer Series Paper, now gone with Sale-A-Bration.  I really wanted to use up the little I had left, and these rich colors are perfect for the young lady for whom I made this card.

Peaceful Moments Bundle - Perennial Essence Vellum - Dressed Up Tassels - Slanted - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I used the Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock in Petal Pink to cut out a swirl from the die in the Peaceful Moments Bundle.  This bundle has become my go-to for so many occasions, and is one of the most popular in our January-June Catalog:

Painted Poppies Bundle

The graduation cap is made from two punches, the Tailored Tag Punch and the Balloon Bouquet punch.  I got the design of the Pretty Peacock Kirsteen Gill of Creatin’ with Kirsteen. This is her illustration of how to make one…so clever, and I never would have thought of it!

Two punches

I popped the cap onto the vellum with Dimensionals, but not before I tucked a Dressed Up Tassel behind the cap with a couple of glue dots so the ring would not show very much.  I think it worked, do you?  And I loved that it coordinated with the other Petal Pink accents!

Peaceful Moments Bundle - Close up - Perennial Essence Vellum - Dressed Up Tassels - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I stamped the “Congratulations” sentiment from the Peaceful Moments Bundle using Pretty Peacock ink onto a scrap of Petal Pink paper.  I cut it out one of the sentiment dies, and used Dimensionals on it as well.  I added some Enamel Dots, and I was done!

Peaceful Moments Bundle - Black Background - Perennial Essence Vellum - Dressed Up Tassels - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

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 Wednesday, May 13th, when we will say “Goodbye to January Mini and 2019 Annual Catalog and/or Hello to 2020 Annual Catalog.” The Design Team will showcase their favorites from the retiring catalogs or new products from the new catalog. Don’t miss the fun! And, until then, please stay safe.

  1. Pals Blog Hop Line-Up
    1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
    2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    3. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
    4. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
    5. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
    6. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
    7. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    8. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, Ink
    9. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
    10. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
    11. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
    12. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
    13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
    14. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
    15. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    16. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
    17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
    18. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
    19. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
    20. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
    21. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    22. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
    23. Leah O’Brien at Ink, Paper, Stamps, Oh My!
    24. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards

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The Brand New Ornate Garden Suite – Available Today PLUS My Ordering Bonus to You!

Today is an exciting day ~ It’s the early release of the Ornate Garden Suite! This beautiful suite is from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! 2020-2021 Annual Catalog that won’t be released until June 1st. But customers can buy this suite TODAY!!  If you are in the mood for something fresh to uplift your spirits, this suite will do it for you, as it has for me!  Here’s a sample from Stampin’ Up!


And here’s the first project I made, a version of that card:

Garden Suite - 1 - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

Below is a card I made for a challenge my Stampin’ Gang and I did recently — simple, yet so pretty with these gorgeous papers!

Ornate Garden - Challenge - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin

And finally, here’s another card I made — love these intricate borders!

Ornate Garden - 3 - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

Learn more about the Ornate Garden Suite with this video for your enjoyment:

Don’t do anything else until you take at look at this full size beautiful flyer! Now you have an idea of what these separate elements look like!

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD the Product PDF Flyer!

Don’t you love sneak peeks and early releases? This one does NOT disappoint!  Note that you can buy the entire collection, or you can buy just the different parts of the collection, whatever you want to do!  Here’s a list of all the items in the suite that are available to order starting today, and their photos are down below in the products list as well:

Ornate Garden Suite Collection 154153 $136.75
Ornate Thanks Bundle 154115 $46.75
Ornate Style Bundle 154119 $52.00
Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder 152725 $9.00
Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack 152479 $7.00
Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper 152488 $15.00
Gilded Gems 152478 $7.00
Ornate Thanks Stamp Set 149471 $18.00
Ornate Style Stamp Set 152572 $21.00
Ornate Layers Dies 152726 $37.00
Ornate Borders Dies 152724 $34.00

Here are some more beautiful project samples for you to enjoy:

Below is a shopping list — just click on an item, and you’ll go right to my store! 

AND for shopping with me this month, for any order of $50 or more, you can choose any ribbon from any current catalog, FREE!!  I will contact you to get your ribbon choice after I receive your order.  Here is the HOST CODE you should use:


~ The Ornate Garden Suite ~

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A “CASE” of Botanical Prints

I’ve been having a great time working with the Botanical Prints Product Medley.  Click HERE for my earlier post of a project from this wonderful set of products. This product medley is unique because, although it is NOT a kit, it contains an array of products that all coordinate with each other, with a beautiful, rich palette of colors and fresh botanical designs.

Botanical Prints Medley - Rich Razzleberry - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

This card design is not mine!  It was on the Stampin’ Up Official Facebook page (which you should be sure to LIKE so you can see all their great posts!).  But that’s the beauty of Stampin’ Up!  They share so many beautiful ideas and designs, and encourage us to copy them, or as a place to start and create our own version.

Have you seen everything that’s included in this medley? It’s such a beautiful array!

Botanical Prints Medley

Yes, you get all of that, with ONE order number!  I loved this card from Stampin’ Up! so much, I wanted to re-create it almost element for element.  I started with a Whisper White card base, and then added a panel of black 1/4″ smaller.  I then cut another white panel and ran it through using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I love the effect!

Botanical Prints Medley - 2 - Rich Razzleberry - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

I then stamped some floral sprays using the stamp set in the medley, on a scrap piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock, and colored them with our Stampin’ Blends.  So fun!  I cut out the stitched circle with the Stitched Shapes Die.  I used a strip of paper from the DSP included in the medley, and added a panel of ribbon.  I tucked both under the white textured panel before adhering to the black.

I popped the colored floral circle onto the card using Dimensionals, and added a sentiment using one of the included punch-out labels – so easy!  The little golden bees are included as well, and created a great finishing touch!

Botanical Prints Product medley - sign - Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'I hope you are finding JOY these days.  Stay safe, and spend some time for you. Remember, buying this Product Medley will early you a FREE PRODUCT through Sale-A-Bration, but only through March 31! The Product List is found below!

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A Simple Card and a Virtual Hello!


Bird Ballad Notecards - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

This has been quite a month, and I hope you are healthy and not feeling too anxious.  I am trying to combat my own stress (we’ve had huge changes to overcome at the high school where I work!) by looking for the silver lining as much as I can.  Many of us are getting extra time to craft, which is one of the best ways I have to relax and enjoy.  Extra time with family is precious in our busy lives and it’s been uplifting to see how our communities are coming together and helping each other.

Personally, I’m quite a homebody,  and don’t mind being here for longer periods of time.  However, as time goes on, “people who need people” will begin to feel isolated quickly. It’s the ideal time to make and send cards to friends and family who may not be getting out and having those important social interactions.  It’s amazing how ONE handmade card can make someone feel happy, special, and connected!

Above and below are some cards I made for the residents of our Assisted Living Center in my town:

Under My Umbrella - Notecards - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

Under My Umbrella 2 - Mary Hanson

Cards for Assisted Living

They’re clean and easy, but will hopefully brighten someone’s day!  It’s a great way to use up materials you already have.  With Sale-A-Bration ending soon, now is the perfect time to get some goodies from your wish list and stock up on crafting essentials to earn extra rewards.  There has been another batch of products Go HERE to see all the free items you can earn by spending increments of $50!  Remember, Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st!

Stay safe,


A Fresh Medley of Products

I had my eye on the Botanical Prints Product Medley for awhile before I pushed the old Order Button, and I’m so glad I did! I finally had time to play with the medley this last weekend.  SO fun and pretty!  Here’s a project I created:

Botanical Prints - Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends - Old Olive Stampin' Blends - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

The options with this medley are many!  Here’s what you get with the entire medley:

Botanical Prints Medley

The medley includes these exclusive products:
* Botanical Prints Cling Stamp Set—6 stamps; suggested clear blocks: c, d
* 48 sheets of 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper: 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 4 sheets of die-cut accents: 2 each of 2 designs
* 4 sheets 3-11/16″ x 5″ (9.4 x 12.7 cm) laser-cut overlays: 2 each of 2 designs
* Old Olive 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Twill Ribbon, 10 yards (9.1 m)
* 12 copper-colored metal bee embellishments, 1/2″ (1.3 cm) each
* 7-piece Botanical Prints Dies (use with a die-cutting & embossing machine)

So here’s how I made my project: I started with a card base of Daffodil Delight.  I cut an Old Olive panel at 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and adhered it to the card base.  I then took a panel of the Designer Series Paper from the medley and colored it with my blends. Notice that the background of the paper is already colored — this time in Terracotta Tile — and then you can do whatever you want with the flowers and leaves:  leave them black and white, color them, whatever!

Botanical Prints Designer Series Paper - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

I then cut three 1″ by 4″ strips of the DSP and popped them up with dimensionals onto the Old Olive panel.   I then added a bow from the beautiful ribbon that’s included in the Product Medley.  I stamped a sentiment from the included stamp set onto a Whisper White scrap, and punched it out using the Pretty label Punch.  I added a couple of pretty rhinestones, and the card was done.  So easy and so fresh.  I love, love this medley!  Shop below by clicking on any of the products!

Botanical Prints - Portrait - Daffodil Delight - Old Olive - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

Don’t forget that you have a few more days before Sale-A-Bration is over.  Buying this product medley will earn you a free product!  There are so many beautiful things to choose from! Go HERE to see all the options!  And hurry!  Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31!

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Sale-A-Bration: New Free Items Added for the Last Week!

Greetings to you all!  As you may be spending more time at home, I hope you’re finding time to just breathe and do something creative!  Although I’m still working at my high school, I am determined to use my at-home time to do things for me and my family.  I used to spend a lot of time at home working, but now I am trying to compartmentalize a little more, in order to keep my stress level down.  CRAFTING does that for me!  How about you?

Stampin’ Up! has a 3rd release of Sale-A-Bration items you can choose from for $50 (Level 1) and $100 (Level2) purchases!  These items are current catalog items that Stampin’ Up! is offering for FREE with qualifying purchases for the FINAL WEEK of Sale-A-Bration! Click the images below to check out the new items added (indicated by the text “REcently Added” on the new product images!)!


There are 9 new items you can redeem for free with qualifying purchases of $50 or $100, depending on the product level! Click the image below to download the flyer!


Please note that the item numbers from the Sale-A-Bration Third Release flyer must be used in order for the products to be redeemed as Sale-A-Bration items. These products have different item numbers in the catalog and don’t register as part of Sale-A-Bration.

Here are the 7 products you can redeem for free with a $50 purchase:

Did you notice that you will get TWO of the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels or Mini Shipping Boxes with a $50 purchase?!? Woo hoo! Here are the 2 products that you can redeem for free with a $100 purchase:


Happy shopping! Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you are finding some creative time while you shelter in place!

Have a question or comment about today’s post? I’d love to hear from you!

I Love to Craft at Home with Paper Pumpkin!

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I am planning on enjoying a LOT of crafting time for the next few months, and what’s better than having an all-inclusive kit that contains EVERYTHING I NEED?

Paper Pumpkin believes in making a difference—especially when it comes to helping people build relationships through papercrafting. For April, we created a fun, family appreciation-themed card kit that will make it easy for you to share your hearts with those you love most: mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, and brother. April’s kit even includes Mother’s Day and Father’s Day sentiments, giving you the perfect way to show your appreciation for beloved parents on their special days. With eight mail-able cards and envelopes, this exclusive kit is a can’t-miss.  Click here to learn more and get signed up! You must order by April 10 to get this “fam”tastic kit!

Watch this video!

  • Kit contains supplies for 8 cards and envelopes
  • 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: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam

My Blog Candy Winner!

Thank you to all who posted on my Blog during the Pals “Critter” Anniversary Blog Hop!

Blog candy

I made a video of the Randomizer Wheel spinning with all the names of those who responded to this blog, but the video would not load with the blog program I have.  So here is a screenshot of the lucky winner!  She will receive her own free “Lovely Lily Pad” stamp set!

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Rachel, I have emailed you.  Please respond with your mailing address.  Happy Stamping, everyone!


So Many Free Gifts in Your Starter Kit!

12.01.19_SAB_DEMOSHARE_JOIN_USI just wanted to remind you that Stampin’ UP! is offering a ton of extra free gifts in your Starter Kit, that it’s really difficult to pass up this great deal!

When you join Stampin’ Up! as a new demonstrator (or rejoin if you had previously dropped), during Sale-a-Bration 2020, you get these extras!


That’s right!  You Pay $99 (plus tax only) and receive:

  • $125 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise of your choice – that’s $26 in free product
  • PLUS any extra free stamp set of your choice (excludes Sale-a-Bration and Hostess sets) (up to a $46 value!)
  • PLUS the mini paper cutter — this little guy is a super cutter!
  • PLUS a 48-piece Designer Series paper sampler pack (6×6″ sheets)
  • PLUS a business supply packet with extra catalogs to give to your friends!
  • membership into the Up North Stampin’ Facebook Group – AND the nation-wide group the Stampin’ Pretty Pals!!  We have SO much fun, and it’s such a great group of people!
  • 20% off your purchases
  • ability to earn extra commission as you increase your sales or add crafters to your own team, but ONLY if you want to!
  • attend Stampin’ UP! events, like the upcoming events in May and November
  • see and order from the new Annual catalog early!!  Plus the Holiday catalog, too!
  • so much more!

When you join as a Stampin’ UP! demonstrator between January 3 and March 31, 2020, not only do you enjoy ALL of those benefits I’ve listed above, but you are only required to submit $300 in Stampin’ UP! product orders by June 30, 2020 and you’ll enjoy the 20% discount the entire time!!!

You are NOT required to teach classes, hold workshops, or sell to anyone.

Enjoy the 20% discount all to yourself if you wish!!!  Or, build a community of crafty friends and offer them one of the free catalogs in your starter kit, and the opportunity to shop with you!  It’s as simple as that, and SO much fun!  No obligations, nothing to give back, no penalties, just fun!

Click HERE to Join, or call me at 218-280-1559 with any questions.