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Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek
Watertown, WI
Lyssa is a blessed and blissful "stamp at home mom" of two adorable kids and wife to the best husband on the planet. A 10+ year demonstrator for Stampin' Up, she loves Jesus, world travel, black & white movies, her Keurig, decorating for any kind of party, and Doctor Who.
Interests: Stampin' Up Awards: 9-time Incentive Trip Achiever: 2009-2017 5-Time Top 100 Demonstrator of the Year: 2011-15 Stampin' Success Magazine Featured Artist: October 2010 Advisory Board Member: 2013-2014 Regional Conference Presenter: 2010, 2012, 2014 National Leadership Conference Presenter: 2010, 2013, 2014 National Convention Presenter: 2011, 2012, 2015
Recent Activity
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Have I got a treat to share today! I recently participated in a sample swap with my sweet Stampin' Up Advisory Board alumni sisters, and guess what? Great minds think alike, because three of them used the Star Blast Edgelit dies on their cards. But what's really cool is, they're all totally different, and each has something fun to teach an observant crafter! I love how this first one uses bright Real Red, tempered with a cool Pool Party aqua blue and a smattering of rhinestone sparkle. it's straightforward but the look is anything but simple. The extra "whahoo!" sentiment... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Let's face it--money cards are the go-to gift of choice for both givers and recipient, these days! Why not make a rather perfunctory gift something extra special, with a quick gift card holder? Dress it up with the Easiest Gift Card Holder Ever--so simple it can be done on your way out the door! Ready to begin? Here's what you'll need: 4.25 x 11 inch cardstock base Simply Scored or other scoring tools Tear N Tape or other strong adhesive Duet Banner Punch or other large, gently curving circle/oval punch patterned paper, stamps and ink to decorate (B.Y.O.P "Buy Your... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Happy first day of (official) spring! I hope where ever you are, the sun is shining and there's a promise of green things beginning. My family and I are in Florida right now, hopefully in shorts and flip-flops, enjoying our Spring Break. But never fear--I've scheduled all sorts of fun things for you this week to keep you busy and not TOO envious of our sandy toes! As soon as I spotted Easter Message (available in wood-mount or cling-mount) in the Spring 2017 Occasions Catalog, I knew it belonged on my shelf. The beautiful artwork and meaningful sayings are classics... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Sale-A-Bration 2017 is almost over! Boo hoo!!! But it's not too late to get your free Avant Garden set with any $50 purchase. See the complete list of all 15 reward choices here! One is already sold out, however--and they are ALL "while supplies last" from Stampin' Up. So don't wait to put that order in: Shop with Lyssa I guess I've been on a little fussy-cutting kick, lately! Normally I might cut out the large watercolor-look flower image, to pop up with Stampin' Dimensionals, but I actually cut a couple of those leaf stems out as well, for even... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Did you get your free Inside the Lines specialty Designer Series Paper yet? It's a Sale-A-Bration reward choice, free with any $50 spent this month! But it's while supplies last only... so it could sell out at any time. Don't wait to place those final SAB-qualifying orders! As you probably know, if you're a regular around these parts, I'm not a huge fan of coloring extensively. I like this card because I only had to 1. color the large leaves in the foreground, 2. quickly cut around the tops, and 3. attach it to a plain, uncolored background with dimensionals.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
It happened again yesterday. Someone I haven't seen in a long time asked me how I was. Next comes the part where I ramble my way through an answer that is both honest and not too depressing for either of us. Then I admit I'm still having major problems with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Song of My Heart's Devotion
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I'm crazy about this brand new fancy fold that I learned at our last demonstrator stamp night! The Fanfare Fold is so stinkin' easy, but a real WOW. You won't believe how addicting these are to make! And they fit in a regular envelope, too. Extra sweet! Ready to try it? Here's what you'll need: 4.25x5.5 inch cardstock base (Very Vanilla shown here) 4.25x11 inch cardstock strip (Blushing Bride shown here) Simply Scored or other scoring tools Tear N Tape or other strong adhesive patterned paper of your choice (Falling in Love, shown here) Score the cardstock strip at 1.5,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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These were my favorite pages from class last week--I am crazy about the gray and yellow color scheme. And I can't get enough of the sunshine motif--it's just SO cheerful and inviting! I knew I wanted to try a scrapbook layout with my new Sunburst Thinlets--I like all of my craft purchases to do double-duty both as stamping and scrapbooking tools. I'd say the Sunburst works pretty well as a unique mat or page element! Suggested Color Combination: So Saffron Whisper White Soft Sky Smoky Slate Basic Gray Want to make this layout at home? Complete Supply List Here! Need... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Enjoy these free, generic social media graphics I've created from the flyer as you close out your Sale-A-Bration 2017 efforts in the next three weeks! More SAB graphics, including a recruiting image in all countries' prices, are located here. To use, right-click on the image and select "Save As" and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Song of My Heart Demonstrators
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Hey friends! Have you given my new "no commitment" Class of the Month Club a shot yet? You really should! This month's featured stamp set is one of my all-time favorites. There's so many reasons to--just a affordable $30-35 Suggested Order once a month, a six-page full-color PDF chuck-full of projects, complete instructions and measurements, free Product Sample of the Month, and a shopping spree every fifth time you participate. You'll love being a part of this exclusive, spoiled VIP shopper group! Full details available here. This card and six others are the stars of the show using the March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Song of My Heart Stampers' e-newsletter lets you easily stay abreast of all the news! It highlights the best blog posts and my most important upcoming events. You'll find all the specials in one convenient location without scrolling or visiting different places. Cut to the chase and sign up today for this free once-a-week digest! Want another reason to sign up? You'll get a FREE set of my cardmaking resources, Cheat Sheets Collection #1, totally free--that's a $10 value! This is an easy, no-risk way to try out these papercrafter's helpers that you've heard every one talking about. You'll soon... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Congratulations! You're a brand new direct sales consultant. It's exciting and also a little overwhelming, right? I bet you're wondering where to begin. I've got some tips for you that will get you off to a fantastic start. You'll be all ready to hit the ground running before your Starter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Song of My Heart Demonstrators
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We had a great time at 4x4 Scrapbooking class last night! It was a long, tough day for several of us and it was so good just to reconnect and relax and craft. This was everybody's favorite project of the night, a summery, ice cream-themed layout with a cheery color scheme. Suggested Color Combination: Flirty Flamingo Peekaboo Peach Pear Pizzazz Soft Sky Early Espresso The Frozen Treats Framelits are the perfect addition to the adorable specialty papers and cute stamp set in the Cool Treats suite. I just love building cones and making sundaes with it! It has 17 different... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Oh, friends, I've had my eye on this Sunburst Thinlet die since it came out last year, and it never quite made it onto an order until last week. I am SO glad I got this! It makes me SO happy! I mean seriously, who could see a card like this and not smile? It's the tail-end of winter here in Wisconsin and I need all the sunshine I can get, whether it's a cheery color of cardstock, the result of a color-based personality quiz, or a "folded hug" in my mailbox. If you'd like to make this at home,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
Sale-A-Bration 2017 shows no signs of stopping! We've been going strong since this first week of January, but as we near the end (deadline March 31st) I'm not surprised the Card Organizer Tin was the first Sale-A-Bration 2017 item to sell out! If you were late to the Sale-A-Bration party, never fear! Each item below is free with any $50 order--no limits--and I'll keep us all updated on which ones are low or out of stock as we near the finish line. Complete Listing of all 15 REWARD CHOICES here: Avant Garden Photopolymer Stamp Set [143272] BESTSELLER Carried Away Designer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Two weeks from today we'll be in Florida for our spring break, and I can't wait! I think I'm more excited than the kids. I was smiling the whole time I created this spread for our 4x4 Scrapbooking class series this week. It's optimistic, casual, and no-stress--just what we're hoping for from our week in the sun. My favorite part is the headline! Isn't this fun? It's just kraft rope trim twined among the Large Letter Framelits. SUPER easy, but it packs a lot of nautical punch and texture. Ready to make these pages at home? You're welcome to copy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
For some reason, my mom's blog reader service only updates her of new posts via email like once every two weeks (note to self: check her settings next time I visit). So, depending on when I write an article for this devotional blog, it can be up to a month... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Song of My Heart's Devotion
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Back by popular demand, the newest collection of resources designed exclusively for scrapbooking is now available to order through Song of My Heart on Etsy! In the same simple, easy-to-use format that Cheat Sheets Collections users have come to know and love, Scrapbooker's One-Sheet Wonders Vol. 6 will delight those looking for real-life papercrafting solutions for ordinary, busy scrapbookers. These handy scrapbooker's helpers contain six different sketches all using just ONE sheet of patterned paper plus the 12x12 base pages. They come complete with measurements, step-by-step cutting instructions, and tips for assembly. I even include design hints to teach you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Back by popular demand, the newest collection of resources designed exclusively for scrapbooking is now available to order through Song of My Heart on Etsy! In the same simple, easy-to-use format that Cheat Sheets Collections users have come to know and love, Scrapbooker's One-Sheet Wonders Vol. 5 will delight those looking for real-life papercrafting solutions for ordinary, busy scrapbookers. These handy scrapbooker's helpers contain six different sketches all using just ONE sheet of patterned paper plus the 12x12 base pages. They come complete with measurements, step-by-step cutting instructions, and tips for assembly. I even include design hints to teach you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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We go to a BIG church here in Watertown, with a lot of young people and growing families, so I'm constantly making wedding and baby shower cards. Sometimes I'll even make a set of 20 shower thank you notes to match, as gift for the new mom or bride to be! The Umbrella Weather stamp set has been fantastic for me--I'd rank it up there with my top ten most useful stamp sets of all time. Not only is it amazing for new babies and bridal events, it's got several great sayings to cheer up friends on rainy days, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I must confess something to you... I have not appreciated this Sale-A-Bration reward choice like many of you have. I don't really "get" the adult coloring phase, probably because my own personal need for relaxing creative activity is totally fulfilled by my Stampin' Up cardmaking and scrapbooking! But I have tons of friends who really enjoy this everything-old-is-new-again hobby. So I was happy for you all when I saw these Inside the Lines papers because I know you love coloring sheets, and the patterns were really quite neat. This weekend I had some time to play, and decided to focus... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Who doesn't love FREE papercrafting guides?! I am so excited to announce my latest resource for cardmaking! I've created an exclusive new file for beginning stampers, Common Cuts for Cardmakers 101. Each sheet comes with a full-size basic card design, broken down into measurements for each part. When you've mastered that one, there are five variations that show you different ways to put together those EXACT same pieces and get a totally different look! Not a beginner? THIS IS THE RESOURCE you wished you had when you started! Remember when you had trouble cutting a sheet of cardstock in half... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Isn't this adorable??? I'm so glad I had time to play this week. I was feeling crummy last week (recovering from adrenal fatigue is a long road with MANY ups and downs along the way!) and something about these colors just really spoke to me. Rainbows make everything better! These are the thank you notes for my Class of the Month club members! Everyone who purchases at least $30 (this months Suggested Order or the dollar equivalent) using the code NAZT3DEE during March 2017 is getting this handmade card and the sample along with their club project PDF. The featured... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Everyone who knows anything about Stampin' Up knows that Sale-A-Bration is the BEST time of year for getting freebies for your order--boosting your hostess benefits--and joining with the Starter Kit bonus! If you're an old hand at this, just ENJOY the ride. The sale goes until the end of March, so there's plenty of time to plan and space your orders, decide which reward choices you want most, and shop online here. For those of us who are new or need a refresher, here's a quick run-down. First things first! Shop during Sale-A-Bration 2017 and get a free reward of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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A little-noticed gem of a stamp in the Cool Treats set is the adorable little strawberry... it gets totally overshadowed because of the awesome ice cream and popsicle stamps. I've been having some fun with it this week while making Etsy thank yous! Here's a couple of versions for your enjoyment. At first I was using up scraps of the Tasty Treats specialty Designer Series Paper, but when I ran out I just kept going and stamped right on the card bases. This set is clear photopolymer, so no worries about lining things up! The pre-cut Whisper White Note Cards... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers