Pals Blog Hop: My Favorite Holiday!

2017badge-emeraldWelcome to the Pals September 2017 Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month our theme is “My Favorite Holiday.”  Sit back and enjoy the view while the Pals treat you with projects for the upcoming Autumn and Winter holidays.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.  It really didn’t take very long for me to decide what holiday I would feature in this blog.  The Christmas holidays have always been special to me: family get-togethers, a few days off from teaching to be home with the people most dear to me.

Season Like Christmas 1 - Stampin' Up! - Merry Little Christmas - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

This card features a beautiful Christmas tree from a new stamp set called “Season Like Christmas.”  The tree is actually a three-step stamp.  The larger base stamp was stamped in Old Olive ink.  Over that, I put a darker accent layer of Tranquil Tide.  The last layer was created to look like red Christmas ornaments or lights.  Here’s what I did: I stamped first with Versamark, and then stamped a second layer in Real Red.  I sprinkled a mixture of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter over, and tapped off the excess, then heat embossed it.  The result was shiny and sparkly red tree decorations!

Season Like Christmas Close up 3 - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I cut the tree out with an oval framelit from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, and then cut a coordinating scalloped oval in the same size to offset the white oval.  

The paper layers included a base of Whisper White cardstock and then a 4″ by 5 1/4″ layer of Old Olive.  Finally I added a layer from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Papers.  I love them all – look at the beautiful and timeless Old Olive, black, and white patterns.  

merry little christmas papers

The banners across the bottom of card were created with one of my favorite staples — the Triple Banner Punch.  The black and white plaid creates The sentiment is from the “Season Like Christmas” stamp set as well.  I love all the sentiments from this set!

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Season Like Christmas

Season Like Christmas 2 - Stampin' Up! Merry Little Christmas - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on October 11, 2017 for “Wicked Folds.”  Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our Favorite Holiday.  By the way, what’s your favorite holiday?

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  3. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  6. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  7. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  8. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art
  9. Stesha Bloodhart Stampin’ Hoot!
  10. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  11. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  12. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  13. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Corinne Blake at The Creative Compendium
  16. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  17. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  18. Patti MacLeath at Paper Crafts by Patti
  19. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  22. Becky Retzer at Just In Thyme Crafts

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It’s Half Full, For Sure!

Today I’m sharing a couple of cards that I’ve been waiting to create, with a new stamp set I couldn’t wait to share!  The “Half Full” stamp set has a wide appeal.  I have lots of friends who enjoy an occasional glass of wine, and even if you’re not a wine drinker yourself, it’s easy to see the appeal in these stamps.  What’s not to like with these fun images and even better, the wonderful sentiments about wine and friendship?  Here are two using the same tag-like sentiment inked in black and cut out by hand:

Stampin' Up! Half Full - Holiday Catalog - Gold Foil - Painted Harvest - Leaf Punch - Up North Stampin' - Stampinup

Stampin' Up! Half Full - Colorful Seasons - Gold Glitter paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampinup

I stamped some leaves in Lemon Lime Twist with the second leaf layer stamped in Old Olive. I punched those out with the Leaf Punch, along with some leaves punched in Gold Foil paper.  I layered the card over  a panel of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.

Look at the other fun sentiments and wine stamps in this set, and notice how it’s going to go RIGHT into Christmas!

Half full stamp set

Each card was built using banners made with the Triple Banner Punch.  The second card uses three banners to offset the sentiment.  The beautiful leaf in the upper right corner was created used my Big Shot and the leaf thinlit from the Colorful Seasons bundle in gold foil paper.

Half Full Mary Hanson Up North stampin'

No matter what banners, colors, or embellishments you decide to use doesn’t matter! You’ll have so much fun creating your own cards using this awesome Half Full Set!

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Leaf Punch

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Painted Harvest Mini Boxes

The new Mini Pizza Boxes in the 2017 Holiday Catalog are going to be a year-round staple.  I designed these four boxes for an upcoming class.  (More about the class later!)  Here are the four box designs created using the Painted Harvest Bundle and the Mini Pizza Boxes:Stampin' Up! - Painted Harvest - Pizza Box 1 - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - StampinupStampin' Up! - Painted Harvest - Pizza Box 2 - Ideas - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - StampinupStampin' Up! - Painted Harveset - Pizza Box 3 - Ideas - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - StampinupStampin' Up! - Painted Harvest - Pizza Box 4 - Copper Foil - Ideas - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin - Stampinup

I think you’re getting the idea that no matter what Designer Series Paper you use, there is really no wrong answer in decorating these boxes.  More about the Mini Pizza Boxes:

  1.  They fit 3 X 3″ notecards and envelopes.
  2. They’re food safe, and therefore perfect for a nice yummy cookie or other home-baked treat.
  3. They will also fit most gift cards.  Such a cute way to give a gift, and for every occasion — birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.!

Ordering on the beautiful Painted Harvest Bundle and the Mini Pizza Boxes starts September 1.  Get your wish list ready!

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Leaf Punch

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Mini Pizza Boxes: OH So Fun!

Here is my first project using the new Mini Pizza Boxes, found in the 2017 Holiday Catalog, open for ordering starting September 1.  Is your Wish List ready??

Stampin' Up! - Pizza Box - Butterfly Thinlits - Label Me Pretty - Leaf Punch - Ideas - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampinup

I started by creating a bellyband using a 2″ strip of Designer Series Paper from the “Naturally Eclectic” Designer Series Papers.  I attached that around the box, and then built my butterfly scene.  I used a Lemon Lime Twist butterfly cut from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies.  I created a label using the Label Me Pretty Stamp set and Punch in Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist Inks.

The leaves are in Tranquil Tide, stamped with Tranquil Tide Ink from the GORGEOUS Painted Harvest Bundle, which includes the absolutely awesome Leaf Punch.  I stamped the leaves and then punched them out.  Can you say, “I’ll be using these every day?”

The project is finished with a little rhinestone.  So easy and fun!!  Let’s talk about the Mini Pizza Boxes!  They are food safe — perfect for a cookie or treat, a gift card, or 3″ by 3″ notecards, which is what I did.  I created four notecards and envelopes to go inside.  Would you love to receive a gift like this?  I know I would!

Be READY — shopping begins super soon — September 1!

Do you need a Holiday Catalog?  Call me at 218-280-1559, or email me at marya2hanson@gmail.com to get yours!

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Leaf Punch

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Pals August Blog Hop: Cut It Out!

2017badge-denimWelcome to the August 2017 Pals Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month we’re going to “Cut It Out.” Participants will feature projects with “cuts” from punches, dies, Framelits, Edgelits, or Thinlits.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Final Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet Embossing Paste Ideas - Mary Hanson, Up North Stampin' Stampinup

For this tag card, I started with a Shimmery White Card Stock base and then a layer of Lemon Lime Twist and a layer of Berry Burst cardstock upon which I built my tag.  I used the Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer Bundle to create a small bouquet using the ink colors listed below in the Supply List.  There’s no wrong answer — you create a bouquet using the flowers and colors that you’re in the mood for!  After stamping the flowers, I cut out the various shapes using the thinlits from the bundle.   I cut a two-inch strip of Shimmery White Card Stock to create the tag base.  I punched the top and bottom with the Tag Topper and Triple Banner punch.  I stamped some stems with Lemon Lime Twist ink, and then mounted the flowers — some with SNAIL adhesive, and some bumped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals to create some visual variety.  So fun!

The new Embossing Paste is a MUST-HAVE!  I mixed a small amount of the paste (two drops or so?) with Berry Burst Re-inker to create a monochromatic but textured background.  It is so fun to use the Pattern Party Decorative Masks — this time I chose the diamond-shaped trellis.  Doesn’t it add excitement to the background? I like the fact that not every diamond is filled in uniformly — rather eclectic!

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet Bundle Embossing Paste Ideas - Mary Hanson, Up North Stampin' Stampinup

I used the Triple Banner Punch again to create a small banner for the sentiment, and made an identical banner with one of the lovely wooden-textured pieces from the Wood Textures DSP pack.

I stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiment, but honestly, this stamp set has SO many beautiful sentiments, you could create this card for any number of occasions, and it would be just as lovely!

I added a couple of embellishments to finish off the card.  YES, that’s glitter!

Stampin' Up! Close Up Beautiful Bouquet Bundle Embossing Paste Ideas - Mary Hanson, Up North Stampin' StampinupI used the Fine-Tip glue to place some glue lines, and then sprinkled the Dazzling Diamonds glitter on top.  Be sure to carefully brush off the excess back into your container if you want the lines on the flowers to be more defined.  A touch of Lemon Lime ribbon at the top of the tag — along with a quick bow from some baker’s twine I had in my treasure box — and a Glitter Enamel Dot finished things off nicely!  There you have it — a fresh, summery bouquet to wish your loved one or friend a beautiful day!

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet Bundle Embossing Paste Ideas - Mary Hanson, Up North Stampin' StampinupClick on the “Let’s Go Shopping” button at the top of the page or any of the items in this Product List to get your Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer bundle and other supplies today!  Call me or email me with questions, or comment below!  I’d love to hear from you!

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Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on September 13, 2017. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our creative “Cuts.”

  1. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  2. Becky Retzer at Just In Thyme Crafts
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Corinne Blake at The Creative Compendium
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  7. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  10. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  11. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  12. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  13. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  14. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  15. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  16. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  17. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  18. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  19. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts.com
  20. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  21. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  22. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art
  23. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  24. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs

A Whole Lot of Lovely!

I combined two beautiful products from the new Annual Catalog to create this card!  This is an example of letting the Designer Series Paper do ALLLLLL  the talking!  Whole Lot of Lovely Friends Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

This background paper, mounted on a Basic Black card base, is from the “Whole Lot of Lovely” Designer Series Paper set (#144110 $11.00).  Each design in this set is indeed lovelier than the last!

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I love the large sentiments in the stamp set I used, called “Lovely Friends,” (#143763, $27.00), don’t you?  They really speak for themselves on the card!

Lovely Friends stamp set

I used So Saffron and Soft Sky inks, along with Basic Black to create the center part of the card.  The three-step flowers are super fun — try them yourself!  The embellishments I used were the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (#141487, #7.00) and the new Mini Sequin trim in Black (#144259, $6.00).  The little sequins are really beautiful in person, and add a little sparkle!

Lovely Friends Close Up Whole Lot of Lovely Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

These products are all found on my Stampin’ Up! website.  Click on the “Let’s Go Shopping” button above, and you will find yourself with a WHOLE LOT OF LOVELY products!

It’s Farmer’s Market Time!

I created these tags for a relative of ours who sells delicious homemade goodies at our local Farmer’s Market during the summer.

Label me Pretty Pacific Point Watermelon Wonder Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

I just love the colors and the beautiful sentiment that will hopefully reflect the pride she feels when selling her wares.  The sentiments were made using the Label Me Pretty bundle, (#145305, $31.50)  and guess what?  YES, it involves a punch!

Label me Pretty

I used Cameo Coral ink to stamp the KITCHEN image onto Whisper White paper.  I punched it with the awesome Pretty Label punch.  I used the new Starburst Punch (#143717, $18.00) (LOVE) and Pacific Point cardstock to make the starburst.  I mounted the KITCHEN sentiment to the to the the starburst.

To create the back piece of the tag, I used a 2″ by 5″ strip of Designer Series paper from last year’s Annual Catalog, but any beautiful design will do, depending on the effect you’re looking for!  I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (#133324, $23.00) to create the tag, and then used the Triple Banner Punch to create the banner effect on the tag.

The tag was finished off with a small knot of Lemon Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (#144135, $7.00).  LOVE this color!  Lemon Lime twist ribbon

The Stampin’ Up! Punches to so much to shorten our prep time, and create such lovely projects!  Get yours now by clicking on the “Let’s Go Shopping” button above!

A Garden Trellis Background

What better time than summer to create a background of a garden trellis with Stampin’ Up!’s new Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#143741, $7.50)?  Jar of Love Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Mary Hanson Stampin' Up! Up North Stampin'

The beautiful embossed background was created using the embossing folder and my Big Shot.  So easy!

Garden Trellis Texutred Impressions Embossing Folder

The Jar of Love stamp set (#141587, $27.00).  and Everyday Jars Framelits Dies (#141490, $33.00)  created the fun bouquet using Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, and Sweet Sugarplum inks.

Notice the two-step stamping process where the background of the flowers were stamped off once and the details of the flowers were stamped in full strength ink.  The jar was stamped using the new Fresh Fig ink pad, one of the 2017-19 In Colors.

Jar of Love Close Up Fresh Fig Garden Trellis

I popped some gold foil leaves and gold sequins amongst the flowers, just for fun!  The corrugated oval and the oval greeting shape are from the Coffee Cafe Bundle!

Such a fun card to put together!  Click on the “Let’s Go Shopping” Button above to get your Jar of Love Bundle!  Happy Stamping!

A Quick Summer Party Popper!

One of my favorite new In-Colors 2017-19 is Lemon Lime Twist.  What a fun and summery shade!

lime popper

I made this party popper with the FRESH FLORALS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK (#144131, $22.00).  You will get 40 sheets: 4 each of 2 double-sided designs in the five new In Colors — a great value.

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The Sentiment is punched out with the Pretty Label Punch (#143715, $18.00) and its coordinating greeting from Label Me Pretty Clear Mount Stamp Set (#143861, $17.00).

Close up Lime popperI added a little embellishment on the label with the a green-tinted Glitter Enamel Dot (#144200, $7.00).  Love these — they’re my favorite embellishment!

Glitter Enamel Dots

Click on the “Let’s Go Shopping” Button above to get all you need for this fun Party Popper!

Can’t stop playing with paste!

Another card using the new Embossing Paste from Stampin’ Up!  The Embossing Paste from Stampin’ Up! is to die for!  If you haven’t ordered it, do so!  I used the diamond pattern from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks (#144103, $6.00) and the Embossing Paste (#141979, $8.00).

Detailed Dragonfly Embossing Paste Beautiful Bouquet Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

I built a bouquet of flowers using the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set (#143666, $27.00) and the the Bouquet Bunch Framelits (#143659, $30.00).   I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits (#142749, #31.00) to create a beautiful dragonfly that sits atop this bouquet.

The card base if Dapper Denim, and the bouquet is built using Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, and So Saffron, and Tranquil Tide.

I am highly recommending the Embossing Paste!  And if you don’t have the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle featuring the stamp set and framelits, now is the time!   (#145297, $51.00).  Click on the “Let’s Go Shopping! button above to start shopping!