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, 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.

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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!

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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!

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Lovely Amazing Copper!

Okay, I promise I’ll stop posting copper cards!  After this one.  This color combination of Watermelon Wonder and copper embossing is just so warm — it feels like it glows!  I used a Tip Top Taupe card base and then I cut the watermelon ‘flourish’ from the Flourishing Thinlits Diecuts using my Big Shot.  I also stamped the flourish from the coordinating stamp set called “Flourishing Phrases” in Versamark and then used copper heat embossing powder to make it seem like molten copper.  I also embossed the sentiment, from the set called “Lovely Amazing You” in copper as well.  The strip of DSP is from the ‘Affectionately Yours’ Designer Series Paper group.  Let me know if you have any questions, or want to try any of these AWESOME products yourself!



July Paper Pumpkin — What a Gem!

My July Paper Pumpkin kit came, and it’s a GEM! Eight darling gift boxes with jewels and tassels. SO cute! If you’re interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin yourself, you can either sign up for a subscription where you are billed monthly for your kit or you can purchase a prepaid subscription in my online store. Just $19.95/month, and that includes shipping! To see more information and to sign up for the monthly subscription, go to To see the options for prepaid subscriptions in my online store, go to and then to Order Now. Join the fun! Form your own Paper Pumpkin Group!PaperPumpkinJuly2016



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We’ll Weather it Together!

Weather Together — This set is going to be SO versatile, I can already tell, although I’ve barely had a chance to play with it!  I decided on a shaker card, hoping for a cheery, encouraging tone to this first card.  I used Peekaboo Peach cardstock for the background, and Perfect Plum to stamp with black ink for the umbrella.  I used some of the fabulous sequins from the June Paper Pumpkin kit to put into the ‘shaker’ part of the card.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Playful Palette series — such bright and fun designs!  If you want further instructions on how to make a shaker card, just email me using the link on the right!  I’d love to help you make your first shaker card.  After that — believe me, you’ll be hooked!Weather Together Up North Stampin' In Colors Stampin' Up!

Free July Card Kit!

Hello, Friends! Just letting you know of my new monthly special — Each month you’ll receive a free gift when you order a featured stamp set or bundle.  This month’s special is a fantastic bundle called “Jar of Love.”  Just LOOK at the number of stamps and framelit dies you get with this bundle.  The possibilities are endless!  I have visions of fall bouquets and pine boughs in these darling jars as well.  It’s going to be great ALL YEAR LONG!  Jar of Love Bundle

Well, if you order this bundle or stamp set through me, you will receive everything you need to make TWO EACH of the four card designs below, except the ink pads!  It is your free gift when you order the Jar of Love bundle or stamp set from me by July 31st!  Here are sneak peeks of the four cards:

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The kit includes:

  • “Jar of Love” Bundle — Photopolymer Stamp Set and Framelits Dies #142342, $54.00
  • “Jar of Love” Stamp Set Only — Photopolymer #141587, $27.00

Just email me with any further questions you might have.  Do NOT miss out on this fabulous Stampin’ Up! bundle!