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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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Oh, wow! Eighty-one new items are on the Clearance Rack this morning. Past catalog stamps, papers, embellishments, Big Shot accessories and more are available while supplies last, at a steep discount! Guess they're clearing the warehouse for the new catalog! Go check it out--but only if you love bargains! Shop With Lyssa Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I had so much fun with this color combo! I'm in a full-on love affair with Lemon Lime Twist, and when you combine it with Berry Burst, Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum, the results are spectacular! You can get these new colors along with Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and Powder Pink beginning June 1st, 2017! Stay tuned for more sneak peeks from the upcoming Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog--233 pages of pure delight! The stamp set I chose as the vehicle for my Lemon Lime and Berry Burst (ha ha!) was Birdcage Builder, a little-known set that's kind of... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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The 2017 Stampin' Up Retiring List is here and I just can't let it go without reminding you of some dear favorites that are leaving us shortly. Enjoy this walk down Memory Lane, and be sure to pick these up in my online store before it's too late! Here is my favorite card I made with each of these classic stamp sets. It was VERY hard to pick just one!! Strength & Prayers Christian Scripture Verse Stamp Set Strength & Prayers Wood-Mount Stamp Set [141853] $17.00 Strength & Prayers Clear-Mount Stamp Set [141856] $13.00 Make Sliding Action Cards! Shooting Star... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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It's been a little while since I posted some family news. This spring is just FLYING by! Last week was a busy week for the Z family... Natalie (7th grade) was in the school play, and Dan and Mike ran the sound and light boards. I didn't paint the set this year, but was still pretty busy getting everyone fed and ferried to rehearsals on time. I was so proud of Dan (9th grade)! Mike volunteered him for this activity, but we knew as soon as he saw all the tech involved, he'd be 100% on board. I'm so happy... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Oh, wow! Talk about a compelling color... I just KNEW this new Lemon Lime Twist was going to shake things up and revitalize our tired old color combos! When you get yours (available for sneak peek purchase May 2nd, 2017, and full In Color line and new catalog on June 1st!) be sure to try this outrageously fun combination of Calypso Coral, Basic Black, and Lemon Lime. It's SO fun! This first card was made entirely from scraps from the other two! It's my favorite of the bunch. I sat down for a stampin' session with Flower Patch, one of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Realized I neglected to finish this post during Sale-A-Bration 2017, so forgive the retired, no-longer-available stamp set, please! I wanted to share the timeless technique of using a doily as a stencil to create beautiful, one of a kind background papers in any ink color. Doilies are by nature quite fragile, so I found that the new sponge brayer was the best choice for a gentle application of ink. When you're done stenciling your paper, you can use the doily on your card, too, so there's no waste at all! And it will be intensely color from all those rolls... 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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I admit it! I'm a complete convert to the vinyl stickers coming our way in the new catalog! I've been prepping samples for May's Eastern Palace sneak peek promotion (a whole suite from the new catalog, available a month in advance!) and with every card I fall further in love. The best part about the stickers, other than that they coordinate with the matching Thinlets dies, is that they are stackable. So you can layer them up with any circle dies or punches and have something truly gorgeous in minutes. Here's my layers: Gold Foil Cardstock cut to 4.25x4.25 Thick... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I'm so excited to share my new adventure with you--the Class of the Month Club! It's the most flexible online club option out there. I'm so SURE you're going to love it, that I'm not even requiring a commitment to "lock you in." Here's how it works! What Does Lyssa Prepare Each Month for COTM Club Members? I choose a stamp set each month and design 4 beautiful cards with it. They will range from easy to intermediate, with at least one advanced fancy fold or technique every month. There will also be 2-3 bonus designs, giving you even more... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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The sun is setting on our annual and spring catalogs! Everything is while supplies last, except stamp sets, which will be produced until mid-May. Click here to see my organized retirement list, sorted by catalog and by page number! Download Shop Lyssa Stampin Up Retiring_List_US Things to note: When a bundle is listed as retiring, but the individual stamp set and/or framelits are not, ONLY the bundle (and special discounted price) is retiring. The individual items will be in the next catalog, but not bundled. Several items are being reconfigured, such as pearls and rhinestones, the Big Shot die brush,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I can't wait for Calendar Club tomorrow night! We are making these spring-inspired thank you cards plus two other designs, for a total of 12 cards. If you are interested in joining us for the May and June sessions, there is space! Cost is $15 per night and you'll bring your own beverage, adhesive and envelopes. Everything else is provided for two hours of fun! Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com I designed this card around the pretty daffodils in the retiring Basket Bunch photopolymer stamp set and coordinating Basket Builder Framelits dies (see two other designs here and a vintage one here). I'm sad... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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The second week of the month is always Scrapbook Central around here as I prep for the 4x4 Scrapbooking Class each month for both local and online participants. I LOVE coming up with the kits each month! I can't believe May is our final class in this series already. In August, Song of My Heart's exclusive Scrapbooking Summer School begins, however, so there's plenty to look forward to. The third layout for class (see layouts one and two here) was this fun hot air balloon-inspired spread featuring Flirty Flamingo and Night of Navy patterns (from the 2016-18 In Colors Stack... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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At stamp club this month, it's all about saying goodbye to the stamp sets that are leaving us to make room in the catalog for the summer's launch. I'm excited about what's coming up, but there's a lot of things I want to give one last lovin' before they lose focus! Wetlands is one of those sets, a totally classic nature-themed stamp collection that has served me well for masculine cards for several years now. Wetlands comes in wood mount or cling mount and will only continue to be produced through mid-May. So if it's on your last, act now!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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My 4x4 Scrapbook Class was this week, and we enjoyed making this cheerful "Best Day Ever" layout using Project Life cards in a non-pocket-page, traditional scrapbooking style! I still prefer good old 12x12 layouts. We cut apart some of the cards and punch pieces out of others to make our spread with a brand new color scheme of Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry and Lost Lagoon. All the current Project Life by Stampin' Up products are on the retirement list and while supplies last. The Sunburst Thinlets (which I JUST got, whew!) are also being retired, so get them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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This past weekend I was able to attend the Stampin' Up conference held in Minneapolis, a busy weekend of training, fellowship and fun! It got off to a rough start for me health-wise, but we switched around some plans, Penni took over the driving, and we managed to get there. It was worth the effort to get all those hugs... and free stamps! : ) The first event was a leadership-level, fancy sit-down dinner, and hearing inside news from headquarters and a fantastic presentation from our great keynote speaker, Lisa Robbin Young. We had yummy raspberry cheesecake, received an adorable... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Isn't this sweet? So thankful for friends and family that "fill my bucket" with their thoughtful words and actions. 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 DRMQAATZ during April 2017 is getting this handmade "Lyssa Originals" card and the sample of the month, along with their club project PDF files. The featured stamp set is Jar of Love, a versatile and trendy set designed around Mason jars and flowers and cute things to put in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Instructions for “Celebrate 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: Happy Celebrations, Gorgeous Grunge Ink: Archival Black, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, So Saffron Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Subtles Enamel Shapes, Clear Glimmer Wink of Stella brush pen. Instructions: 1. Card base is 5.5 x 8.5 inches folded in half to form horizontal card. 2. Stamp the "celebrate" in Archival Black ink, dead center on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Sniff, sniff, boo-hoo! We can't keep everything forever... and we need room in the warehouse for new stuff! So these items are being cleared from the shelves and will no longer be available. Everything is WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, so make your list and get your orders in today! Best news? Select items are up to 50% off! Be sure to peek to see what's an even better bargain. PS: if you're ordering anyway, why not use my April 2017 club code DRMQAATZ and get a shopping spree point? Details here! Ordering more than $150? You'll get hostess benefits! Whoo hoo!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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We laugh, but it's true! A session of creativity relieves stress, relaxes tense muscles and boosts endorphins. There's another great way to reduce stress, too, and it's by becoming a VIP subscriber of Song of My Heart! My weekly 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. 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!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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The sayings in the new Eastern Palace bundle (available to order beginning May 1st--or NOW if you sign up to be a demonstrator on my team!) are so sweet! I love this one--"to think of you is to smile." Another one says, "Let's be friends forever." They are the perfect sentiments to go with this gorgeous new stamp set from the upcoming 2017-18 Stampin' Up Catalog. I have NEVER seen dies that coordinate with a line of vinyl stickers before, let alone gorgeously intricate, layered in detail like this. And it's a good thing I gave in and decided to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Oh my!!! See that NEON LIME green? It's one of the new 2017-19 InColors from Stampin' Up! I got my preorder box to prepare samples for the sneak peek of the Eastern Palace bundle (available EARLY for EVERYONE beginning May 1st!) and three of the colors are from the newest collection. Lemon Lime Twist is BRIGHT and FUN to work with. It is perfect in small pops--really packs a punch. I can't wait to play with this one in different color combinations. I think it's going to be really trendy this summer. And Eastern Palace? New stamps, new dies, new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Oh, you guys are in for a HUGE treat in May! We demonstrators have been given access to the Eastern Palace product suite early so we can prepare for it to be available to you on May 1st as a special preorder from the new 2017-18 Idea Book & Catalog! I have been playing with it all day. Check out what I've pulled together already just since my box arrived yesterday! Love how everything coordinates. Yes, those are vinyl stickers that coordinate with thinlet dies! So you put the sticker on your cardstock first, and then position the dies over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Jar of Love is the featured stamp set for the Class of the Month for April 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 $35.50 before shipping and tax. I hope you'll Shop with Lyssa using the club code for the month-- DRMQAATZ --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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
Hey guys--you knew it was coming! Every year Stampin' Up comes out with five new, on-trend colors, and retires a previous set of five. This year we'll be losing Mint Macaroon, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon and Tip Top Taupe. You can get these separately 2015-17 In Colors separately or in an assortment/bundle, now until the Retirement List posts on April 10th--after that it's all while supplies last! So don't hang around waiting too long and wind up missing out, ok? Click any link to Shop with Lyssa! Thanks for your support that keeps Song of My Heart up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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There’s a big surprise coming in April to Paper Pumpkin! The kit was inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! new CEO, Sara Douglass (Shelli's daughter!) You won’t want to miss this exclusive kit, a first for Stampin' Up's monthly craft subscription service. “Bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” is how Sara describes the kit she designed. Even though I haven’t seen what’s inside the April Paper Pumpkin box, I know Sara’s signature style, so I already know I’m going to love it! Go big or go home, right?! BONUS: Every April Paper Pumpkin kit celebrates the anniversary... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Song of My Heart Stampers