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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: 12-time Incentive Trip Achiever: 2009-2020 Top 100 Demonstrator of the Year: 2011-15 Global Top 100 Demo of the Year 2017-19 #23 United States Demonstrator Overall 2019 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 Heart of Stampin' Up Award Recipient 2019
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Great news! The Holiday mini catalog is here (July-December 2021) and FULL of glorious new toys! From must-have stamp sets to posh papers to sparkling trims, this "mini" is 80 pages of pure inspiration. Here's some quick videos from Stampin' Up to showcase a few of the AMAZING new goodies! SWEET STOCKINGS SUITE COLLECTION (pages 30-31) PAINTED CHRISTMAS SUITE COLLECTION (pages 16-19) GINGERBREAD & PEPPERMINT SUITE COLLECTION (pages 8-10) PEACEFUL PLACE SUITE COLLECTION (pages 36-38) HARVEST MEADOW SUITE COLLECTION (pages 54-56) From Thanksgiving to Halloween, Christmas, New Year's and winter, there's something for everyone's style this fall. Serious or silly--cutesy... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Welcome back to 31 Pages in 31 Days! Excited to have you along for the annual challenge. Every year in August I do "immersion scrapbooking," which is basically leaving a mess out for a month while I plow through as many pages as I can. I don't feel guilty about the mess or the time because on the 31st it all gets packed up! Try it with me and see what you can get accomplished in just 31 days! Today's inspiration pages didn't photograph well--too much going on, I guess! My poor camera didn't know where to focus. This spread... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hi everyone! We're back for Day Three of 31 Pages in 31 Days and ready for some more birthday fun! This cute and cool ice cream themed spread is super versatile, with lots of photos and lots of options! This symmetrical layout gives you four horizontally and four vertically oriented photo mats, which are all quarter sheets of an 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock. No waste! The ice cream punch has a hidden talent... the cone part doubles as a banner! So you can make a cute little pennant in any color you need, or stack up the scoops... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I'm delighted to announce a brand new stamp set and die bundle from the NEW! Holiday 2021 mini catalog as our August 2021 Class of the Month! Nature's Harvest makes me happy... I love wildflowers, and we're having a bumper crop of them in Wisconsin this year. The roadways are a sea of Queen Anne's Lace, chicory and many others I can't name! But I know coneflowers and daisies and black-eyed Susans, so I knew it was going to be fun to color these stamps in a variety of hues to match any look I was going for. I've created... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hip Hip Hooray! It's Sale-A-Bration opening day! Which freebies will you pick first? If you're an old friend of Stampin' Up, you already know what a treat you're in for this month! If you're new, well honey, grab some coffee and concentrate, because there's a LOT going on and you don't want to miss ANY of it! During Sale-A-Bration, EVERY $50 or $100 spent earns you a free reward choice from the exclusive Sale-A-Bration rewards brochure. There's 12x12 papers, glimmer cardstock, dies and of course, lots and lots of stamps! I made this pretty front porch card with the Feels... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Good morning and welcome to Day Two of 31 Pages in 31 Days, my annual scrapbooking blog series. If you are new to 31 Pages in 31 Days, you will enjoy the month of inspiration and the fun concept of immersion scrapbooking. Give yourself permission to make a glorious mess this month, scrap as hard as you can during whatever time you can, and see how many pages you can get accomplished! Today's page is a bright and cheerful birthday page featuring balloons. Balloons are a great way to use up scraps of this and that, and spread your colors... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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August means it's scrapbooking month here at Song of My Heart Stampers, and it's time for my annual blog series, 31 Pages in 31 Days! If you're an old friend of Song of My Heart, you know this month is going to be fun! And if you're a newbie, you're in for a treat. Each day during August I share a single or double-page 12x12 layout for your inspiration. My background in graphic design and layout allows me to share unique tips to help you up your own scrapbooking game as well as seeing new products and trends in action.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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The AUGUST theme is Simply Elegant! These are specialty papers with copper, gold and silver foil embossed patterns on a variety of neutral backgrounds. Everything is shiny and gorgeous!!! This month's box will include half a pack of the Simply Elegant 12x12 specialty papers, a selection of coordinating cardstock in both 8.5x11 and 12x12, coordinating foil cardstock, metallic twine, metallic dots, shimmery ribbon and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait for you to be blown away by this stunner and everything I managed to fit inside your box! I can't wait to put your box together! Are You New to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I got one of these cute favors from a fellow demonstrator and took it apart to learn how to make it the minute I got home! A few of my attempts were a little wonky, as you can see from the photo above, but by the last one I had it down pat! So here it is in photo tutorial format, or you can watch me create it live here in this short video. To begin, you'll need: Chapstick or Burt's Bees style lip balm in a tube 8.5x11 cardstock Simply Scored board or a paper trimmer with scoring blade.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Will you be getting VIP club member treatment from me? I created this fancy fold tutorial as part of the BONUS projects for my Class of the Month Club participants in July 2021.That's right--it's just a bonus on TOP of the class projects for the month! When they choose to play along for the month, they always get a handstamped "Lyssa original" in the mail using the featured set of the month, along with FREE samples. They love getting happy mail and free stuff to try out! I'd love to begin spoiling YOU, too! Click here for more details on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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The second I laid eyes on this adorable squirrel stamp set in the 2021 Holiday mini catalog from Stampin' Up, it shot straight to the top of my wishlist! I love watching the squirrels in our neighborhood, and the whimsical art style the artist used on these little critters made an irresistible stamp set. We used Nuts About Squirrels in my local stamp club last week and everyone was so delighted at how easily the two-step stamps lined up (ok, ok, I obviously need more practice on the acorn.) But this stamp set is going to get LOTS of practice,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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We did an easy trick at Calendar Club this month and I had to share! All you need is two colors of ink, a leaf stamp, and a sponge dauber (get them here). I used the Love of Leaves stamp set (it has the prettiest matching dies!) and Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen for my colors. Finally had a moment to play with my new Bark embossing folder--love it! It's deeply texture and feels like real bark. In the quick video below I also share a technique with the White Craft Ink pad for bringing out the grain to weather... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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******************* PLEASE NOTE: The 2021 class is FULL. Please contact Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com if you are interested in a possible second session. ********************** Ready to get some scrapbooking accomplished? Past participants have returned year after year for the great layouts and exclusive methods presented in this online class! You won't believe what you can get accomplished in just two weeks! The intensive class kits arriving at your house 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, punched and packaged for each page. Follow my samples closely, or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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August means scrapbooking month here at Song of My Heart Stampers, and my annual blog series, 31 Pages in 31 Days! I have been running it for EIGHT years straight and made hundreds of pages during a single month of the year. It's called immersion scrapbooking (more on that later) and it works for me! If you're an old friend of Song of My Heart, you know this month is going to be fun! And if you're a newbie, you're in for a treat. Each day during August I share a single or double-page 12x12 layout for your inspiration. My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Want to make and send more cards this year? Send folded hugs faster than ever before! It's easier than ever with the ideas, inspiration, tips and tricks in the Song of My Heart e-newsletter. My once-a-week email highlights the best blog posts and tutorials, and reminds you of the most important upcoming opportunities. You'll find all the specials in one convenient location without scrolling or visiting different places. Exclusive color combos, highlights from the archives, FAQ's and motivation for your mojo will drop in your inbox once a week for a little escape from the ordinary! Want another reason to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I love a good paper sale! And Stampin' Up has one going on right now. I'm also offering a little "sweetener" as I'm shooting for a milestone by the end of the Stampin' Up year and I LOVE giveaways! Use my code 93HFSUMN when you order at least $40 or more with me in July, and I'll mail you a FREE 6x6 sampler of a hostess-exclusive paper pack PLUS a brand new One-Sheet Wonder class that will teach you how to get 4 cards from 1 piece of 6x6! WOW! Have your cake and eat it too, amiright?! Here's the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Had to wait for these popular new stencils to come back in stock before I shared my samples! I didn't want to make you mad that I had them and you couldn't get them : ) Stencil masks are such an easy way to make AMAZING background papers, add interest to envelopes, and that certain little something to the edges of a plain card. Thanks to the new Blending Brushes (also back in stock, hooray! Covid-era shipping is SUCH a pain!) stenciling is not as messy as it once was--and the ink blending results are absolutely gorgeous. I made a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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This card design is so easy! And seriously, the Simply Elegant stamp set is practically MADE for this fold.it's one of those card ideas that once you know the trick, you don't even have to write down the measurements or instructions, it's THAT simple! My kind of project. I made a video so you can see it in action! If you want to skip the Mail Call intro, begin watching at about the 3:40 mark. Here's links all handy to the Stampin' Up store, if you decide any of these elegant supplies need to find a new home on your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Wondering if my monthly goodie boxes are for you? Don't take my word for it--my happy subscribers will tell you themselves! "Every month it is still like Christmas when we open our Suite Sampler boxes. We have always been thrilled with each one. Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into creating these magical packages for us!!"--Sharon S "I received my package and I was so pleased. Beautifully packaged and full of great things. I don't know how you do it! I know that the packaging alone takes you tons of time. I loved it." --Marti... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I've created the July 2021 Class of the Month projects using the beautiful bundle Hand-Penned Petals. I could not believe how easily the cards came together--the images are a perfect match for the paper and coordinating dies, and each soft & subtle color scheme is prettier than the last! Feminine, summery and cheerful, Hand-Penned Petals is a great addition to my stamp shelf. It's perfect for those who like to do coloring techniques, but it also has filler stamps for a quick watercolor look when you're in too much of a hurry to putz. I know you'll enjoy the class... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Ready to party with some patterned paper? Me too! I love how quick it makes cardmaking. And the gorgeous designs from Stampin' Up are super inspiring to me--sometimes they even make me want to hand-cut stuff! All during July I'll be sharing ideas for using up your stash- --so you can buy the new stacks without guilt! Here's the skinny on the sale: There are NO LIMITS to how many packs you can order NO CODE is necessary to get the discounted price SELECT papers are on sale (see list below) Click to shop with Lyssa! Beauty Of The Earth... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I learned a new fancy fold this week and had to share it with you! I actually show two folds in this quick live video. Both can be done without any fancy tools, or even without scoring if you have to! But I do recommend a good paper trimmer with a scoring blade for the most professional-looking results. The above card fold is called a Z-fold. It's probably the absolutely simplest way to turn a regular card base into a fancy fold. All you have to do is make a card, then fold the front cover back on itself. Just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I'm so excited to announce the July 2021 Suite Sampler theme! It is so beautiful it went on backorder as soon as the catalog came out, but a new shipment has arrived, so we're in luck! This month I have chosen the summery florals of Hand-Penned Petals as our inspiration. You will receive 1/2 a pack of this beautiful hand-watercolored 12x12 paper pack; cardstock in both 12x12 and 8.5 x 11 to coordinate; and an assortment of trims, embellishments and die-cuts to mix and match. I'm also including the new Paper Lattice and my favorite Square Vellum Doilies. There's even... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I'm loving the simple paper lattice pieces for quick cards in just about any style! They made my Plentiful Plants cards super quick and easy. Check out these designs and see how fast a layout comes together when the pretty 3-D background is done for you! isn't that so fun? And the lattices are very easy to attach with just a glue dot or dot of glue on some of the joins. I had lots of ideas for these pre-cut lattice pieces including sponging over them as a stencil--antiquing them with a Whisper White craft ink pad--and coloring them with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I almost didn't show these cards at all because the punch is on backorder! It's been enormously popular. However, you can still order it and it will ship when it gets back in stock, so here's some more ideas for this absolutely stunning bundle! It makes the MOST elegant cards and scrapbook pages effortlessly.... in any color! My camera had a little trouble capturing the pink just right... these are all Blushing Bride cardstock and ink on Very Vanilla, believe it or not! Funny how it can look so different. There are nearly endless ways to combine the Elegant Label... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2021 at Song of My Heart Stampers