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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: 10-time Incentive Trip Achiever: 2009-2017 6-Time Top 100 Demonstrator of the Year: 2011-15, 17 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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You're invited to a retirement party!! No, no, don't freak out--I'm not qutting! I love my job. Honestly, I bet I'll be the world's oldest living stamper someday. But, every year, we do have to say goodbye to all the discontinuing accessories and sets that are not carrying over into the new Idea Book & Catalog. Happy Celebrations is one of those sets. I'm not ready to part with this one! The first few times I looked at this set I wasn't sold... but I'm glad I eventually did get it (for scrapbooking, actually) because there's really no limit to... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Say farewell to our beloved Watercolor Wings stamp set and the matching framelits die cuts! This beautiful set is being discontinued and will not appear in the next catalog, so snag a set quickly before it's too late! With two sizes of butterflies, layering die cuts, and sentiments included with the set, this is a really great basic to have in your collection. Click here for my free tutorial on how to create this amazing pop-up card with three of the butterflies! I hope you're enjoying the featured retiring items each day in April. If you missed it, be sure... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hi there! Welcome back to our April 2018 retirement blog series! I hope you're enjoying taking a look at each of these specific stamp sets, papers and accessories that are leaving our main catalog line in May. I've been enjoying sharing the great card samples I got at Onstage earlier this month, some of which use stamps I didn't purchase for myself, like Party Hat Birthday. Isn't it cute? Party Hat Birthday uses three different layering stamps to get the effect of a birthday-patterned paper hat in any color scheme you could want. It comes in clear photopolymer, so it's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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You know what a sucker I am for ombre, so you can bet I'm stocking up on the Color Theory papers, with their gorgeous variations on Berry Burst fuschia, Dapper Denim blue, Crushed Curry yellow and Old Olive green. I've seen so many outstanding samples, like this swap card I received at OnStage 2018. This layout is especially suited to the cherry blossom branch, too, don't you think? That's from the Seasonal Layers thinlet set. The 6x6 stack of Color Theory and ALL of our other patterned papers are retiring, with the exception of Wood Textures, so snag a pack... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I laughed out loud when I read the crazy birthday sayings in this fun stamp set, Birthday Wit. You know exactly who these cards would be perfect for. I bet their faces popped into your minds as you read them, too! Isn't this a great layout? My favorite sample swaps are ones that give me new ideas for placement. After all this time, you'd think there'd only be so many ways to combine shapes and paper... but Stampin' Up demonstrators just continue with boundless creativity! Here's the images in this retiring set--will it be going on your wish list? If... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Posted 5 days ago at Song of My Heart Demonstrators
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Truly Tailored didn't make the cut for the next catalog, I'm sad to say! I'm hoping everyone takes another look at this great product suite before it's gone for good. The Tailored Tag punch is staying (mum's the word on that, but you'll love WHY!) but the guy stamps, masculine prints and patterned papers and accessories are all saying goodbye. True Gentlemen retiring coordinating tools & accessories: Click any link to Shop with Lyssa and support your favorite stampin' blog!! True Gentleman Designer Series Paper [145593] Truly Tailored Wood-Mount Stamp Set alone [145732] Truly Tailored Wood-Mount Bundle w/punch [146089] Truly... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Aww! Aren't they sweet? These tiny little fruits on this sample swap card are hardly big enough to be away from their momma! The Tutti Frutti suite from the spring catalog is being discontinued, along with the matching punch pack, papers, embellishments, ink spots and washi tape. The 6x6 paper pack features fun additional fruits like kiwi, apple, pineapple, citrus, guava, watermelon, bananas and raspberries. Tutti Frutti suite going away: Fruit Basket Photopolymer Stamp Set alone [145833] Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack alone [145657] Fruit Basket Photopolymer Bundle w/punches [145977] Tutti-Frutti 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [145606] Lemon Lime... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Wow! There's been a ton of holiday items from the last seasonal catalog put on the Clearance Rack today! 12x12 cardstock, Framelits, Christmas kits, papers and punches galore are on sale for up to 80% off original price. Click here to go see the bargains! http://bit.ly/shopwithLyssa I'm off to stock up on Treat Tubes--the perfect classroom goodie--12x12 paper for scrapbooking, and the gorgeous Merry Music papers I loved so much last year. I want to make one of those quilted paper wreaths for Natalie's music teachers! What will you make with your bargain Stampin' Up sale goodies? Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I'm so glad everyone's been enjoying the April 2018 Class of the Month! From your enthusiastic response, I can tell you've been wanting some practical layouts and ideas for masculine cards. While these projects will work with any patterned papers, they look especially good with the True Gentleman suite. And it's retiring, my friends... so you'll want to get it while you can! This exclusive card design in particular is going to be a favorite layout for years to come. It's just one of the seven projects and two fancy folds in this month's club. If you like systematically learning... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Every day through the end of April I'll be showcasing a retiring stamp set that you might want to take one more look at, before it's gone for good! Today's sample swap card features Bird Banter, a hilarious limited-edition set That I have really been enjoying. I especially needed the belated birthday sentiment!! Tomorrow we'll be announcing the return of an awesome special you are going to be thrilled to see again! So... stay tuned for more Retirement Party fun! And make sure you're a newsletter subscriber so you don't miss anything during the excitement of the catalog changeover period. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I spotted sooo many yummy new things on the display boards at OnStage last weekend! I could barely wait to show you some up-close detail on these gorgeous new items. We are in for SUCH a treat when the new catalog debuts on June 1st! Here's some sneak peeks to tide you over while we wait for Day One of ordering : ) First up is this incredibly detailed laser-cut lace paper called Delightfully Detailed. This has my bet to go on backorder first!! The 12x12 sheets range from large pieces for scrapbooking to full-size cardfronts, border strips and smaller... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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It's back! Just in time for the retirement of the 2017-18 hostess exclusive stamp sets, I'm once again offering you a chance to get one FREE, without having to actually hostess a party! Check out these details and place your order with the code M9WXAUTK, emailing me with the name of the exclusive host reward set you want as your freebie! You won't find this special anywhere else! Tranquil Tulips (shown in the sample swap above) is just one option. Get any of the hostess sets below with a $60+ order! Head to the back of your catalogs or click... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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The gorgeous Rose Wonder stamp set is retiring from the catalog this spring! Get your set of this lovely and meaningful stamps before they are discontinued. This one is a MUST HAVE! Love this card I received in a sample swap. Stop back in every day this week for more cards showcasing what I think are the sets you'll want to take one more look at before we say goodbye! And stay tuned for more Happy Retirement Party giveaways, sales and freebies during April. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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One of the hottest bits of news we got this weekend at OnStage was that we're in for a color redo! I'm super excited about this and actually agree with MOST of the colors they decided to pull... I know they will never be able to please every single crafter out there, but I love what Stampin' Up pulled together with the 53 colors that made the final cut. In a nutshell, here's the new Color Families! Be in the know! Basic Black, Whisper White and Very Vanilla will be their own category, so that freed up space in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hoo boy! It's that time again, and we're starting the goodbye party a little early this year to give you time to get all your discontinuing favorites before they retire. Without further ado, here's the lists! Download AC Retired List-US Main 2017-18 Idea Book & Catalog Download OCC Retired List-US Spring Occasions 2018 Mini Catalog These are in page number order, so it's easy to look through your books and make your choices. If you have any questions, well HELLO, that's what I'm here for! Don't hesitate to email me at Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com Couple things to note: There's a little mark... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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We had such a fantastic time this weekend at Stampin' Up's Onstage event in Milwaukee! So glad so many of my teamies were able to attend this full day of training and sharing. We saw the new InColors, heard some exciting announcements, played with new products, and celebrated the 30th anniversary of the company we've all come to love. Look at these smiling stampers! The first event of the weekend was a leader-level 80's theme dinner, and I promised you a picture of my outfit, embarrassing as it is! I took it in the hotel mirror, so it's not the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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This weekend we're celebrating the 30th anniversary of Stampin' Up at our spring OnStage conference. I can't wait to stamp together with NEW products as well as new friends and old. One of my favorite aspects of any Stampin' Up event is sample swapping... and I made these to share in honor of the event. My Stamparatus came in SO handy for making multiples! Hard to beat rainbow colors.... there is just something so pleasing about them. Usually I like 2-3 colors for a combo, but rainbow order is just a different story.It was fun to love on all my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Love punch tips? Me too! I inadvertently designed this month's class to showcase the Tailored Tag punch. I wasn't planning on it, but once I started playing, there were just so many different ways to use this punch, like creating the banner ends on these patterned paper strips--it turned out that April's Class of the Month is chock full of exclusive ideas for it! Learn to make this card and six other designs--one of them a fancy fold!) when you participate in Class of the Month using the shopping code VAX7VJH2 with any order minimum of $34. Your club benefits... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I just got the new Marbled background stamp, and it's sooo pretty! I love the marbled paper technique but it's so messy I haven't done it in years and years. This gets me the look without any of the hassle or cleanup. AND.... guess what? You can use background stamps in your Stamparatus! I kid you not! It was SO easy, got great coverage, and the best thing is the ability to re-stamp exactly in place again if it didn't ink well in an area. This will revolutionize background stamps, I'm telling you! Not to mention how fast it is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Are you going to be totally mad at me for showing you this gorgeous card that my friend Lee sent last week? Because we can't get the Blends markers right now??? I'm sorry! The Blends busted all expectations for sales and they had to be taken off ordering to prevent massive backorders. They are expected to be back in stock and available to order sometime around the end of May 2018. So we don't have long to wait... but I promise not to rub your nose in it by showing you TOO many amazing samples with them! Lee did such... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I am delighted to announce the April 2018 Class of the Month, featuring a fantastic masculine set, Truly Tailored. The patterns in the paper pack had us at hello. Plaid! Houndstooth! Stripes! Then the funny sentiments in the stamp set--WITH a matching punch--won us totally over. I have been waiting for three months to share these projects with you! Read about how my one-of-a-kind online club works! There is no commitment--play along ONLY when YOU want to! I'll keep track, and when you've participated five times, you'll get a $30 shopping spree, on me! Accumulate 10 points and pick out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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So, this happened today... feeling pretty star-struck right now! I was sooo excited to inform the handsome history professor today that we have earned the 2019 Stampin' Up incentive trip! We're going out for gyros tomorrow : ) I am just overwhelmed with God's goodness, to allow me to gift this once-in-a-lifetime trip to the love of my life. These kinds of dreams don't come true on a Christian college teacher's salary, you know? And yet here we are. God has used Stampin' Up to bless my family SO abundantly. I appreciate YOU, my darling reader friends, everyone who made... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I accidentally discovered a cool new technique with Brusho Color Crystal this week! And I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for. Doesn't the background here remind you a little of Monet or VanGogh? I didn't have any waterlilies but I did have dragonflies, and I loved the way it all came together with the gleam of gold thread and gold embossing, with the texture of stitching. This is one of those cards you just HAVE to run your fingers over! So here's how the fun background happened. I sprinkled my Brusho (yellow, green and mostly blue) on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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If you've had your eye on the versatile Celebrate You Thinlets, let me encourage you to act now and get them for free. Yes, they will be in the next catalog, BUT you'll have to pay full price for them. Based on similar sets of dies, they'll be about $20-25. So it's definitely worth taking a look to see if you can manage to get them FREE with any $100 order. This offer is only good through midnight on Saturday, when Sale-A-Bration 2018 comes to an end. And don't forget, any order over $150 gets hostess benefits, too! I know,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Song of My Heart Stampers