“My Favorite Season” Pals Blog Hop 2016

2016badge-cucumberWelcome to the Pals Blog Hop for September 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects represent our favorite year end Season. It may be Autumn, Winter, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas (and maybe even a combination!) We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

In my home, my annual Christmas tree is decorated with copper ornaments.  I love the copper tones against the dark evergreen branches and the white sparkly lights.  This card is inspired by my tree — when I saw the new Twinkle Trees stamp set (#142173), I thought of a modern, whimsical card using the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#141636) to make round copper ornaments — simple and clean.


The background paper with copper dots is from the gorgeous Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (#142017). The copper dots coordinate with the copper ornaments beautifully, in my opinion!


The green paper with the simple retro-feel snowflakes is found in This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper (#141628).  The tree is stamped in Garden Green to coordinate.


I topped it all off with the copper metallic thread.  The entire card shines with my favorite metallic tone — copper!  

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  3. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  4. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  5. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  6. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  7. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  8. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  12. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  13. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  14. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  17. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  18. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  19. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’  (You are Here!)
  22. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  23. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  24. Jeanie Stark at www.juststampin.com
  25. Sue Becker at www.RnRStamping.com
  26. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  27. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts

PPA 316 – Oh What Fun This Christmas!

I made a simple yet sparkly and fun card for the Pal’s Paper Arts challenge this week.

Oh What Fun This Christmas Stampin' Up North Mary Hanson  I used Very Vanilla cardstock and This Christmas Designer Series Paper to create a card base.  Then it got glittery!  I broke out the new Stampin’ Up! Red Glitter Embossing Powder and used Versamark to heat emboss snowflakes from the Tin of Tags Stamp Set.  A great way to add sparkle without the glitter falling all over your house!  (Well, I don’t mind that as much as some might!)


It’s difficult to photograph what a beautiful red this glitter embossing powder really is, and how it makes the card just come alive with holiday sparkle!  I used a sentiment from the Oh What Fun! stamp set and a little red metallic thread to finish off the card front.  So easy with the DSP and embossing powder!


Halloween Treat Bags with Designer Series Paper

The Halloween Night Designer Series Papers are a great start for all kinds of Halloween Treat Bags.  The possibilities are endless when you add the bundle of Halloween Scenes thinlits and Spooky Fun stamp set, all from Stampin’ Up!  Check out the super sparkly Paper Pumpkin glimmer paper circles.  The bags are cut from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies.  In person, they are so yummy!

There are so many ways to build little scenes of spookiness — the moon, witch, bat, pumpkin, ghosts, fence, and lovely tree — on and on!

Halloween Treat Bags Spooky Fun Halloween Scenes Up North Stampin'

Fun Halloween Stuff in 2016 Holiday Catalog!

The new 2016 Holiday Catalog is STUFFED (get it? I said stuff in the title) with Halloween goodies for you to use on your projects.  Each year, I am struck by how many people really LOVE Halloween as a holiday.  It is tons of fun, with less pressure, don’t you think?  The Halloween Scenes bundle, which contains thinlits and the Spooky Fun stamp set, has so many possibilities for spooky little scenes — the cool tree, the fence, the cute pumpkins, the bats….and so forth and so on!  This shaker card builds a scene behind little window using the Hearth & Home Thinlits.  Some elements are stamped, and some are simply cut out using the thinlits and the Big Shot to create silhouettes.  I added some gold thread and a couple of fun spider webs on the wall.  Halloween Scenes Spooky Fun CardClose Up Halloween Window

Copper Foil Paper and Flourishing Thinlits

It’s been a busy time for me with school just around the corner.  I finally had a chance to do some stamping, and had such a fun time with a card inspiration from Stampin’ Up! Artisan Cindy Schuster.  I used my own combination of colors and decided these beautiful leaf thinlits needed the Woodland embossing folder as a backdrop.  The colors are Raspberry Ripple, Perfect Plum, and of course the beautiful copper foil paper in the center of the three leaves.  This card, in person, just GLOWS.  The colors are beautiful, and the copper foil paper is so rich!Copper Flourish Crumb Cake Woodland Embossing FolderClose Up Copper Raspberry Flourishes Up North Stampin

We’re over halfway through the month of August, and the Thoughtful Branches August Free Card Kit has been a huge hit!  Don’t forget to get your Thoughtful Branches exclusive bundle from Stampin’ Up!, available only in August.  I cannot tell you how versatile and lovely this stamp set and thinlits are.

If you order the bundle from me, you will receive a kit to make 8 cards, two each of the four designs below — FREE!  You supply the ink and adhesives.  Email me at marya2hanson@mail.com, or click on the Let’s Go Shopping button above.  I’ll take care of the rest!Final Thoughtful Branches Collage


It’s Here!

What’s full of wonderful papercrafting ideas for Fall, Halloween, and (of course) Christmas? Yessssssss…the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog has arrived. Please let me know if you’d like one, and I’ll send it your way. If you’re a customer of mine, you’ll be receiving one soon!


Here’s a sneak peek at Stitched with Cheer, a stitched card kit in which you’ll make 18 darling cards with — yes — stitching!  Everything is included for assembly, and I will provide the stamp set, inks, and adhesives!.  This kit gives me that warm feeling of handmade and old fashioned Christmas past!  SO on trend!

Thoughtful Branches — Even Prettier than I Hoped For!

I am SO impressed by the Thoughtful Branches Bundle, the limited edition stamp set and framelits by Stampin’ Up!  I saw the photos and sneak peeks, but could not be happier with what happened when I got the set in my own hands — it is THAT pretty.  So versatile year round.

Big Thoughtful branches Graphic2nd Big Thoughtful Branches Graphic

If you order the Thoughtful Branches Limited Edition Stamp Set and Framelits Dies BUNDLE, you will receive this Free 8-Card Kit, with all the supplies you need to make EIGHT cards, 2 of these four designs, including envelopes. You supply the ink and adhesives.

144328 Thoughtful Branches Bundle (ENG) $52.00

If you order the Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set only, you will receive the supplies to make these FOUR cards, including envelopes, with you supplying the ink and adhesives.

143539 Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set (ENG) $27.00

Here are the four designs you will create — stunning in person!

Final Thoughtful Branches Collage

Please let me know if you have any questions, or would like to place an order with me. I can’t wait to see what YOU create with this gorgeous bundle!


Don’t Forget the Designer Series Paper!

It seems like there are so many beautiful items to be found in the Annual Catalog that we might forget about the very BASE on which our cards can be built — in this case, the many beautiful Designer Series Papers that Stampin’ Up! carries.  Affectionately Yours goes so beautifully with my favorite COPPER accents.  This card, inspired by Stampin’ Pal Windy Ellard, uses coordinating colors of Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party, along with copper thread.  The big sentiment is a part of the Tin of Cards stamp set — love the fun script!  Notice how the paper just shines with the copper foil accents!  LOVE!Affectionately Yours Tin of Cards Copper Embossing Up North Stampin2nd Affectionately Yours Tin of Cards

Mint and Plum Jar of Love

Okay, I know I need to move on from the Jar of Love cards, but it’s difficult when the stamp set and accompanying thinlits are so versatile, and so darling!  This set is built from a card base of Mint Macaron and Perfect Plum cardstocks.  Any colors you choose for flowers will go with this warm and pretty combination.  There are NO WRONG answers!

Jar of Love Mint Plum Up North Stampin

Just a few more days to take advantage of the July Free Card Kit — if you buy this stamp set and thinlits bundle, you receive the ingredients to make 8 cards from me — embellishments, flowers,  paper, envelopes.  You supply the adhesives and ink pads.    Click on SHOP NOW at the top of this post!

jar of love collage

A Dapper Jar of Love!

If you’re feeling dapper today (I’m feeling a little warm at 90 degrees here in northern Minnesota – that’s a little hot for us!) then this color combination using the Jar of Love bundle is for you!  I used light and dark shades of Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, and So Saffron to create the flowers that adorn this darling jar.  A little touch of Gorgeous Grunge creates the dapple color around the jar, just to give it some depth.  Sometimes the white space is more desirable – it’s totally up to you!Jar of Love Thanks Dapper Denim Up North Stampin' Stampin Up

Don’t forget about my July Card Kit, FREE with the purchase of the Jar of Love Bundle.  You receive the materials, embellishments, cardstock, and envelopes to make 8 cards, 2 each of four different designs.  It’s a great day to SHOP with me here by clicking on the link at the top of this post!

jar of love collage