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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
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It's the final chance to join Song of My Heart's new "no commitment" club, Class of the Month, for July 2017!! All SEVEN (yes, there's a special bonus fancy fold this month!) of the projects created for you this month use Daisy Delight, our adorable new featured stamp set. The deadline is the 25th of each month. PSST...that's today! I hope you'll play along with our fun new program whenever you can--and remember, every fifth time you participate, you get a $30 shopping spree and I pay the shipping! Read all the details about the club and how it works... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Ahhh... today is just one of those days where the coffee/bloodstream ratio is just not optimal! Here's four delightful cups to entertain you today while I'm working TOP SECRET projects for 31 Pages in 31 Days! These are all sample swaps from my fantastic business demonstrator group on Facebook. If you've ever wondered where we all get our ideas... well, now you know! There are tens of thousands of us out there playing and feeding off each others' ideas. Enjoy these CUTE cards using Coffee Break suite from pages 30-31 of the new Stampin' Up 2017-18 Idea Book & Catalog.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
Today I was looking at our bathtub and wishing the Bathroom Fairy would come and redo our shower surround. And fix the water damage next to the baseboard, and replace the floor vent with the chipped paint. Paint the walls to disguise the plaster cracks again, and while he/she was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Song of My Heart's Devotion
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Sharing more samples received from demonstrators during the June 2017 sample share for the new Idea Book & Catalog! Are you a fellow demo? You're welcome to join our Facebook business group here. Card with the Climbing Orchids Bundle, by Rhonda Griffin Happy Birthday Thinlets card with the Daisy Delight bundle, by Kim Dent Colorful Seasons Bundle card by Jani Bingen Falling Flowers and the Daisy Delight Bundle card by Karen Harper. Oh So Eclectic Bundle and Naturally Eclectic Designer Paper card by Kristine John. I can never get enough flowers! A good floral set is hard to beat for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I almost forgot, during the excitement of the last three weeks, that I still had a treasure trove of gorgeous samples to share with you from the demonstrator swap I hosted in June. So here's a bunch of the best ones, with more to come! I probably won't comment on every one of them. Magical Mermaid card with Marbled Background stamp, by Cathy Williams. Message in a Bottle card with Ruffled Embossing Folder, by Tricia Butts. Fabulous Flamingo card with Eclectic Layers Thinlets, by Tandra Boyer Birthday Delivery card with Layering Ovals Dies by Debbie Flattum I'm so glad I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
Why won't our teams recruit? There are many reasons, but I've found that the number one concern demonstrators share about recruiting is a fear of losing their best customers. Many uplines attempt to train on the "long view," which is certainly legitimate. You DO have to take the long view... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Song of My Heart Demonstrators
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You make me happy, it's true! I love having you as a follower and customer friend. However, I can make YOU even happier(and spoil you rotten!) if you're a part of my exclusive demonstrator team. Here's just five of the MANY awesome reasons it's time to join Song of My Heart on a stampin' adventure this month! 1. You can completely customize your Stampin' Up Starter Kit based on what you already have, or a new product line you really want to get into, like Memories & More or the Big Shot home die-cutting system. I'll help you pick it... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hooray!!! it's almost August. WHY am I so excited about that fact? Because it's time for Song of My Heart's annual blog challenge, 31 Pages in 31 Days! I started this challenge years ago based on a brand new concept called immersion scrapping. Traditional scrapbooking, as we used to do it, not longer fits into people's lives. Glancing at our dusty totes brought us so much guilt. And worst of all, precious photos were left unseen in memory cards... year, after year, after year. So rather than trying to carve out consistent time during the crazy-busy week of today's modern... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Oh no she didn't!! Oh yes she did! I added essential oil to my embossing paste before applying, just as an experiment, and to my delight it not only worked, it kept its scent for seven days afterwards. I was SO hoping that would be the case! That timeframe allows you a chance to use the paste to make your background, create the card, AND still have time to send it through the mail and get to the recipient while the scent is still activated. I wish you could smell how yummy this card smells right now! Did you know... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Some of you are not going to be too happy with me for sharing this post, since at the time of writing the Daisy Punch is still on backorder for two more weeks! But those of you who already have the punch or can borrow a friend's punch for now deserve to see some fun layouts, right? And these card designs can be used with ANY large flower punch or die-cut, so there's that... Stampin' Up Suggested Color Combinations: Tranquil Tide Whisper White Mint Macaron Pool Party This month's Class of the Month club for July 2017 has been extremely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Scrapbooking Summer School © registration is now open! Ready to get some scrapbooking accomplished? For several years now, Song of My Heart's Scrapbooking Summer School© has been a fantastic "immersion" course in traditional 12x12 scrapping. Participants return year after year for the great layouts and efficient methods presented in class. You won't believe what you can get accomplished in just ONE month! Each of the four intensive class kits sent during Scrapbooking Summer School© will be jam-packed with fresh design ideas! All papers, die-cuts, punched pieces and embellishments are included. Everything is pre-cut and packaged for each page. Use your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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WOW! Stampin' Up is running BIG Bonus Days in July! Every $50 spent gets you a $5 coupon to use on anything in August! There's no special code to use. Just shop with Lyssa and the coupon(s) will be automatically emailed to you! There is no limit to the number of coupons you can earn per order-- or throughout the whole month of July. An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email. All order types qualify for this promotion except for the Starter Kit--that's it's own giant special : ) All... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Want a real wow for your next summery card? How about a beach, with real sand! I'll show you how simple it is to add a real ka-pow technique to your card in this easy mini photo tutorial. All you need is a clear, quick-drying liquid glue, fine-grain sand (not the gritty, pebbly stuff) and a little drying time. I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set for my saying and my fun little canvas beach chair. The ink colors are Sahara Sand, Bermuda Bay, Tranquil Tide, Soft Suede and Soft Sky. First up, let's talk about the background of this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
My children have heard the short version many times. It's one often told around here, the student and teacher who fell in love at first sight. I'll admit to a tingle of anticipation when awaiting my turn at parties where the topic of "how did you two meet?" comes up,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Song of My Heart's Devotion
(Note from Lyssa: I began this post four months ago; not sure why I never finished it. Probably the adrenal fatigue "brain fog" interfered. Thankfully, I don't feel quite that wretched physically any more. My body has made the progress I wish my mind would make. But here it is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Song of My Heart's Devotion
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Psst, papercrafter... THESE ARE THE RESOURCES you wished you had when you started! Remember when you had trouble cutting a sheet of cardstock in half to make two cards? Or when you wasted a whole sheet of paper trying to cut a layer that fit your card base correctly? Common Cuts for Cardmakers 101 and the BRAND NEW 102 would have saved you so much time and exasperation! Let's make cardmaking EASY and FUN again. We're reclaiming papercrafting for busy modern crafters who "ain't got time for that!" I've created an exclusive NEW system for beginning stampers, called Common Cuts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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We Stampin' Up demonstrators have to think pretty far ahead... we are already working on finding fun new Christmas designs and layouts for the 2017 holiday season. It's a LITTLE bit hard to work on Christmas projects when it's this hot and muggy outside, let me tell you! Ha! One of the ways we prepare is to do a big sample swap with other demos all over the country. I made this card for one I'm doing with my team of Song of My Heart demos. I hope they like it! I can't wait to see what I get back... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I had so much fun making these! I made a whole bunch of them at once. I am really getting into that new Embossing Paste. It's a lot less messy than I thought it would be, and it really IS as quick-drying as it claims. See my official Product Review plus another adventure with it here. Good cheap fun! These cards are the thank you notes for my Class of the Month club members! Everyone who purchases at least $34.50 (this month's Suggested Order or the dollar equivalent) using the code M4GRT6WB during July 2017 is getting a variation on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Ok, now, this is just too much fun! My friend Linda H. recently shared a card sample with a fun new "bridge" fold I had to try. Four quick scores and one "bridge" strip later, I had a great addition to my fun-fold library... and couldn't wait to share the tutorial with YOU! This is a really impressive looking card. if you're like me, you'll find yourself opening it and flattening it over and over because it's just kind of mind-blowing how simple it actually is compared to how cool it looks! To begin, you'll need: Sturdy 4.25 x 8... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Instructions for “You Dazzle Me” sunglasses card designed by Dawn Kloman, a Song of My Heart Demonstrator Team Member. All supplies Stampin’ Up! "Ready to Make It?" cards are designed to be created in fifteen minutes or less, with limited supplies. Try one today! Stamps: Pocketful of Sunshine Ink: 2017-19 In Color Collection Ink Pad Bundle: Tranquil Tide, Lemon-Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig Cardstock: thick Whisper White, Whisper White Accessories: Decorative Label punch; Metallic Enamel Shapes; silver metallic ribbon; dimensionals. Instructions: 1. Card base is Thick Whisper White Cardstock 5.5 x 8.5 inches and folded in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Oh, phooey, you guys!!! The best laid plans of mice and men... this month's Class of the Month featured item is on such a big backorder that Stampin' Up had to turn the item numbers off for the Daisy Punch and Daisy Delight stamp set and punch bundle, in order to keep up with demand. I guess "WAY TO GO demonstrators" is more appropriate to say--I'm told we sold through an entire year's worth of projected inventory just since the catalog started! Which makes the Daisy Punch the most popular punch in the last five years. I'm not surprised--it's sooo... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Being a parent or working with children teaches you so many life lessons, doesn't it? I don't allow my children to get upset and frustrated when they fail at their first attempt trying something new. Of COURSE they "failed" at it--they've never done it before! No one is perfect at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Song of My Heart Demonstrators
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This stamp set and punch bundle are already favorites of mine since they debuted in June with the new Stampin' Up catalog. It was SO fun coming up with the seven (yes, there's a third bonus project this month!) cards to share with you for Class of the Month Club. This punch is a must-have in your collection! Daisy Delight is the featured stamp set for the Class of the Month for July 2017, so great ideas such as this fun embossing paste card, complete with detailed instructions and full measurements are available in a collectible full-color PDF file just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Scrapbooking Summer School © registration is now open! Ready to get some scrapbooking accomplished? For several years now, Song of My Heart's Scrapbooking Summer School© has been a fantastic "immersion" course in traditional 12x12 scrapping. Participants return year after year for the great layouts and efficient methods presented in class. You won't believe what you can get accomplished in just ONE month! Each of the four intensive class kits sent during Scrapbooking Summer School© will be jam-packed with fresh design ideas! All papers, die-cuts, punched pieces and embellishments are included. Everything is pre-cut and packaged for each page. Use your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Ready for fun? Me, too! Let your imagination soar to new heights with some fun new cardmaker's resources this summer! If you've never tried any of Song of My Heart's Classes-to-Go, Cheat Sheets Collections, Class of the Month, or Scrapbooker's One-Sheet Wonders, you're in for a real adventure. See why papercrafters all over the world LOVE our Instant Digital Download project files! Use the code UPANDAWAY all this month to take half off your shopping cart total at http://bit.ly/SOMHetsy You're going to have SO much fun and be SO productive and efficient! ENJOY! Save Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers