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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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So some of you have been asking me about "color clubs." I always take requests seriously, so I did some research. And I'll be frank--I don't get it! And I don't ever plan to start one, at least not a traditional one. Why? Because I'm totally not into delayed gratification! And I don't like how it adds to YOUR overall expenses. Let's talk this through. The new colors were designed to go together. They come bundled together already to help you save money. They're actually NOT some "giant financial investment," for most of us. And who wants to wait five... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I sell my cards at a great little antique/artisan shop here in Wisconsin (Roost Mercantile), and recently I sat down to make a bunch of baby shower cards for them, since that category was totally sold out. I love an excuse to play with sweet images and soft pastels! It was a joy to play with my favorite baby set, Something for Baby, with the matching framelits. I just can't get enough of that onesie! Something for Baby is retiring on May 31st, 2017, so be sure to snag it before it's too late! It's a classic you should have... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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The Color Theory papers and I are getting along like a house afire... I've always been a monochromatic/ombre tones fan, and I just can't get enough of these patterns! You all can order them beginning June 1st, 2017, at my online Stampin' Up store. Today I turned my attention to the Dapper Denim papers in the stack. I had used up all the ombre and ombre striped ones making these beach cards I shared earlier, so I focused on the paint swatch ones for this craft session. If you remember, I did a whole post about the Old Olive paint... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Ready for some NEW colors? Me too! Many demonstrators offer a five-month "color club to help you get the new In Colors in an affordable fashion. But who wants to wait weeks for them to arrive, or get the colors s l o w l y doled out one at a time? Unlike other "color clubs" out there, with Song of My Heart's new "Imagine InColor" deal, you'll receive ALL your colors up front--no waiting! I've got a deal that will allow you to enjoy ALL the benefits of a "color club" without the waiting. On June 1st, the new... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I'm pleased to announce the release of another Collection of Cheat Sheets cardmaking helpers! Meet the brand new Cheat Sheets Collection #22! Can you believe we're up to twenty-two collections already ? I can! If you've already become a fan of these handy layout helpers, you know how EASY and painless good design can be, when you have a little "cheat sheet" at your fingertips! Get yourself a cute binder and start your "Cheat Sheets" library, because this is just the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship! MORE THAN JUST SKETCHES, Song of My Heart's exclusive "Cheat Sheets" make... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Thank you so much for the lovely comments you left about my new stationery box project! If you missed the original post, click here. You were so excited, it made me excited to work on the instructions for you. I am delighted to provide a really fun addition to the 100% Free Photo Tutorial Library, the Super Easy Stationery Box with Pen. There are lots of stationery boxes out there, but this one has a fun built-in pen holder and is super-economical, paper-wise. Here's the inside--this box holds four cards and envelopes, comes with the matching pen, and sports an... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Who loves freebies? I do, I do! If you do, too, you're in luck, because I have a great freebie this month! I'm giving my brand new Eastern Palace Class of the Month to anyone who orders the May 2017 bundle special from Stampin' Up. What a sweet deal! To get your free class during May, all you have to do is purchase either the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle or the Premier Bundle when you shop with Lyssa using my club code for the month (TUAUDWT6). You'll receive your class project files via email within 24 hours, and a handmade... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hey friends! I'm playing once again with the Control Freaks, a special group of stampers committed to producing top-notch work to share with others. Welcome to the May 2017 blop hop, featuring sneak peeks from the NEW 2017-18 Idea Book & Catalog. You may have come here from Melissa's blog, or this may be your first stop--either way, just click the button at the end of my post to go to the next stop on the hop. Keep going until you wind up back here, or as long as you can before you have to quit! Now, on to my... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I've been playing with my AWESOME demonstrator pre-order goodies, getting samples ready for you from the new Idea Book & Catalog (request one now!) and I had to take a break from stamping and show you one. You'll see a whole bunch more of them tomorrow when the Control Freaks Swappers blog hop starts! I chose to focus on this bundle exclusively so you can see how versatile it is. The brand new Label Me Pretty stamp set and matching Pretty Label Punch are probably going to get overlooked with all the other shiny new toys on your order on... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Instructions for “Birthday Candles in Color” card designed by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek for Song of My Heart Stampers. 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: Build A Birthday stamp set Ink: Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Lemon-Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Daffodil Delight Cardstock: Lemon-Lime Twist, Whisper White, Berry Burst Accessories: Tranquil Tide Finely-Woven Ribbon, 2017-19 In Color Bitty Bows, glitter. Instructions: 1. Card base is 5.5 x 8.5 inches folded in half to form horizontal card. Background mat is 4 x 5.25... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I chopped up the PDF flyer to use for social media graphics. To use, right-click on the image and select "Save As." Save to your computer's social media snag file as a JPEG and use on Facebook, blog, newsletter, etc. Best wishes on selling a buncha bundles! Also, this graphic... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Song of My Heart Demonstrators
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Feel free to use this generic graphic I created to introduce the new In Colors for 2017-19. Best of luck in the new selling season! TO USE: right-click on graphic and select "Save As." Save to your social media snag file as a JPEG photo file and use on your... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Song of My Heart Demonstrators
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Ever needed a single stamp set to say about 300 different things? Crazy About You is that stamp set for me. Whenever I need something truly unusual to say, I pull out this set and start combining the saying starters with the coordinating Thinlets. It's amazing what combinations you can come up with when you have four big words and 46 little ones to work with! Add in two gorgeous flowers that coordinate with punches and a classic leaf stem image, and you have a set that's pretty much matchless in terms of versatility. Get this stamp set and the... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Oh, I've got a FUN sneak peek for you today! The new Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack in the upcoming Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog is going to blow your mind! It comes in four basic colors--olive, denim, berry and daffodil-- and I could tell right away I was going to have fun with three of those colors. But I wasn't sure about the green! It seemed like it might be the lonely color left in the pack after I used up all the others, know what I mean? Well, I love a challenge, so I grabbed the... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Song of My Heart Team Stampin' Up demonstrators live all over the United States--over 20 different states are represented in our group! While we enjoy our big Facebook group with daily themes, advice, challenges and contests, and love a good virtual pajama party with lots of projects and giveaways, there's nothing like actually getting together with friends to stamp. I encourage all our SOMH demos to gather regularly, wherever they live! Once a month I host an area-wide demonstrator gathering in Watertown, Wisconsin, and we do fun things like put together business tools such as paper shares, and learn to... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I had a blast with this scrapbook layout for the final week of the 4x4 Scrapbooking Class Series. I LOVE to paint, rearrange and freshen up rooms and it's fun to catalog the process with some before and after pictures. I was working on this yellow, gray and white layout using up my old Project Life card collection (they're being discontinued by Stampin' Up) when suddenly, the addition of a strip of the new Color Theory the size and shape of a hardware store paint swatch gave me a great direction to head in. The Color Theory papers will be... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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It may sound funny, but a white permanent "chalk" marker is one of my favorite coloring tools! The white marker allows me to use color papers for my base, do all my watercoloring, and then go back in and add highlights. I used it here on the downy necks of the geese and i the reflections on the water. I also used it extensively on these honeybee cards last week. The stamp set (Moon Lake) I used for this card is no longer available to order--so it's the perfect time for a reminder that the 2017 Retirement List is here... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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We are excited for the new colors headed our way! It's always so invigorating to tired old color ruts we get ourselves into. I will have lots of combos for you to try out as soon as you can order the new In Colors on June 1st, 2017. Whether it's elegant Fresh Fig, calming Tranquil Tide, fun Berry Burst, sweet Powder Pink or shocking Lemon-Lime Twist, you're sure to find several new favorites in this year's trendy new collection. Coming Soon! 2017-18 Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog I would love to be your demonstrator if you do not already... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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These cards are the thank you notes for my Class of the Month club members! Everyone who purchases at least $35.50 (this months Suggested Order or the dollar equivalent) using the code TUAUDWT6 during May 2017 is getting a variation on this handmade "Lyssa Original" card and the sample of the month, along with their club project PDF files. I love to spoil my online club members! TIP: (Sorry about the glare from my lamp--I did this late last night and the lighting wasn't wonderful at that hour!) I wanted to share this tip for making really cool-looking corners from... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hey everyone! Welcome to Song of My Heart Stampers! I've got the cutest, easiest little stand-up card fold to share with you today. You're going to love how simple it is to make a card that will WOW your friends. They'll want to display it proudly on their desk or mantle! This card has several features that make it qualify for my STRICT GUIDELINES about what constitutes a "real-life papercrafting" project! First, it is ECONOMICAL because it uses no more paper than a normal card, and requires only small pieces of patterned paper. Secondly, the measurements are NORMAL--no putzy 1/16ths... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I am going to tease you with new stamps, dies and papers you can't order yet... #sorrynotsorry! I LOVE this card. It makes you want to take a deep breath and step through the frame, and into the scene. Here's the supply list for when these products go live on June 1st at Shop with Lyssa: Color Theory 6x6 Designer Series Paper Stack (ombre Dapper Denim paper) Colorful Seasons stamp set (just breathe saying) Seasonal Layers Thinlets (Adirondack chair die cut) High Tide stamp set (sand, birds and sea grass images) Blender Pen and White craft ink (weathering on chair)... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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This week is our final session of the spring 2017 4x4 Scrapbooking Class, and we're going out with a bang with some really great layouts. These over-the-top pages using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and coordinating Thinlets use a sheet of the coloring papers from Sale-A-Bration 2017 (more designs coming in the new 2017-18 Idea Book & Catalog!) TIP: I originally planned for these pages to be black, white and gold, but the addition of Island Indigo ink, cardstock and patterned paper as an accent color made the gold pop even more. It will also help soften the page if... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Custom Tee is a great stamp set that's on SALE right now for $19.50 instead of $26, and I wanted to share some designs I made using it, before it retires for good on May 22nd. It's too bad we can't just keep them ALL, you know? But there's still time for you to add this versatile set to your permanent collection. It also has coordinating Framelits for the Big Shot (on SALE for $15 instead of $25), but if you don't mind a little hand-cutting, they're not necessary. I made this Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay bachelorette or "hen... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Eastern Palace is the featured stamp set for the Class of the Month for May 2017, so this card and six other ideas complete with detailed instructions and full measurements are available in a collectible full-color PDF file just for placing the Suggested Order (or the dollar equivalent) of $35.60 before shipping and tax. I hope you'll Shop with Lyssa using the club code for the month-- TUAUDWT6 --and enjoy the free project PDF, emailed to you within 24 hours. The Product Sample of the Month, generously-sized and immediately useable, will be mailed to you with a handmade thank you... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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We're trucking towards the May 22nd cut-off date for retiring stamp set production, so I'm sharing as many cards as I can with discontinued stamp sets. Some of them need to be seen in action to really be appreciated! See the updated retirement list here. Here's three different "Sweet As Can Bee" designs I made yesterday with the Shooting Star stamp set. I didn't use the coordinating Sliding Star Framelits, which turn all the images in this set into slider "action" cards, but it can also be used just fine by itself or with homemade slider card techniques. The paper... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers