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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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Join My Layout Library during August, leave me a review, and get a free $5 coupon to use in the Stampin' Up store! Yep, you heard that right! I want you to experience My Layout Library's AMAZING collection of resources SO BADLY that I am BRIBING you to join! You're going to love it so much you'll want to tell all your friends about it so they can join, too. And I'll use your review to better my offerings and make the Library and even more amazing place for papercrafters. It's a win all around! Read all about My Layout... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Click here to go browse and shop with Lyssa Zwolanek! Click here to page through the Holiday 2020 Catalog online! I have been waiting for today!!! The Holiday 2020 mini catalog is open for business, AND we have a gorgeous, brand-new storefront for shopping it! Stampin' Up's online store got a makeover and it's lush and lovely... and FULL of everything your little crafty heart could desire for fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, New Year's and wintery fun cards and pages. Couple things to note about the 2020 Holiday mini catalog: Pay attention to the bundles--you'll save 10% over ordering the... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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It's hard to see the gold gleam in these pictures, but this page is who I'd like to be... cool, serene, trendy, perfectly accessorized and totally organized! Instagram-worthy, right? Alas... when I made this I was in coffee-stained pajamas, barefoot and in need of a shower. Dinner was probably burning in the background. It usually is. Not Insta-ready... but having fun! And hey, during Coronavirus everything is pretty much pajamas anyway, right? I've been raving about the Forever Gold laser-cut specialty papers since they hit the market, but this is my first use of them on a scrapbook layout. They... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Grab your sunglasses, hat and flip flops for today's inspiration page! I was inspired by the strips on these scrap strips I had leftover from a huge project last month. The pattern and colors reminded me of a beach towel, and the whole page came together around that. The only bad thing about this page is that I do not have any recent beachy photos to use with it! Boo hoo!!! I miss traveling! The colors in the strips are all 'hot" colors, so I needed to introduce some "cool" tones to make it easier on the eyes. Two shades... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Hi everyone! Welcome back to 31 Pages in 31 Days, my annual blog series for scrapbookers! If you are solely a cardmaker, I hope you'll still gain plenty of ideas and inspirations from these projects, all made with Stampin' Up papers and stamps. I'll still be posting plenty of cards during August, especially since we have a brand new 2020 Holiday mini catalog to play with! This is Day Two, and here's our inspiration layout! I'm proud of today's 12x12 spread! I needed to make a sports team page, but I have ZERO sporty supplies like patterned papers or stamps.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I've been waiting for August so I could share these projects with you! Celebrate Sunflowers was a no-brainer purchase for me when the new Stampin' Up catalog came out, because my mother is CRAZY about sunflowers. I knew she'd love anything I made with it. Do you know someone like that? I don't think I know anyone who ISN'T in love with these sunny, smiling flowers. They're just contagiously cheerful. I've pulled together four gorgeous sunflower projects and two bonus layouts for this month's class, all featuring the Watercolor Pencils. You'll want to make sure you have Water Painters or... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Got something pretty to share with you today!!! I recently did a massive challenge with my team where I sent them all specific papers to play with. The mailers I used were just a little too small for a 6x6 sheet, however, so I would up with hundreds (!!!) of 1 x 6 inch strips. Time to get creative! I've made lots of strip backgrounds before, but this one's special. Once you're done making the background, you cut it up, mix it with a mirror-opposite of itself, and reassemble the resulting pattern back onto a card base. The result? Super... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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There's just a couple of days left in a great Stampin' Up special that is going to pay off big time in August! I just love this deal. I am going to order fun new catalog goodies in July anyway, right? So earning coupons is just bonus! For every $50 you spend in July, you'll get a $5 off coupon code you can use in the NEW Holiday 2020 mini catalog that begins August 4th! I have seen it already and holy cow, you're going to be so happy you have some coupons to use, because you are going to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Song of My Heart Stampers
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The 28th of the month is our deadline for participation--so today and tomorrow are your last shot at getting this fun Nothing's Better Than cardmaking class free with order. You will LOVE the one-of-a-kind designs in this Class of the Month! If you're unfamiliar with Class of the Month, this is a great one to start with! Every class contains four complete projects plus 2-3 bonus layouts. Measurements, instructions, full color photos and any templates or scoring guides you need--all provided! This month also comes with instructions on a fun little punch art chocolate box! July 2020 class details Ready... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Some things never change! The world may be going a little nutso right now, but scrapbookers gotta scrap! Song of My Heart is hosting our annual 31 Pages in 31 Days challenge for scrappers world-wide during August 2020. I've got special swag bags, free Suite Samplers and complimentary My Layout Library memberships to give away! This is going to be so much fun. Bookmark this page now and prepare to Pin daily inspiration pages beginning on the 1st. See past years' pages here. I can't wait! See you here! Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Here we are in August already! For a world that has slowed down, this summer seems to still be moving at top speed! But August means it's scrapbooking month here at Song of My Heart Stampers, and 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I am just having way too much fun with my new Nothing's Better Than stamp set. Seriously. I cannot put the thing away! I love that it works for chocolate, coffee and cookies, I love the fun retro flair of it, I love the colors I get to pull together with it... I just love it all! I need to move on and start playing with fall papers and stamps and I just keep finding excuses to make more chocolate cards. Well, one of my FAVORITE excuses to make cards is legit--I send themed thank you cards every month to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Oh my GOODNESS you guys. I just found the MOST amazing laser-cut paper pack from Stampin' Up! it's called Forever Gold, and it's absolutely stunning!!! I was just paging through the stack of 16 cards I made with it in one sitting(!!!) and was tickled all over again by who effortlessly elegant they are! I still can't believe there's no die-cutting involved on cards this beautiful. Well, I did cut the pieces for the sentiments. But those gorgeous leaves, sprigs, and ferns are already laser-cut (which means no "hanging chads" to poke out!) and ready to use. It saves SO... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I have the BEST friends.... another one just donated a giant box of retired Stampin' Up sets for me to sell to raise money for my brother's double adoption (read about it here!) I'm so blown away by the generosity of the papercrafting family. I think our hobby just tends to attract people who take the chance to do something tangible to improve the lives of others, whether it's a simple card, a handmade gift, a book of memories, or using their talents to raise money for a great cause. Thank YOU for being that kind of person--our world needs... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I created the subscription box I wished existed. Here's my impossible wish list that I never found with other companies! Designed for BOTH scrapbookers and cardmakers, with both 12x12 and 8.5 x 11 cardstocks. NOT a pre-cut kit, which limits me creatively and makes for lack of versatility. All color and theme-coordinated, so that pulling projects together was a no-brainer. Consumable, so that I wasn't contributing to an ever-growing stash. QUALITY products--no cheapo stuff, no flimsy paper, no 'close enough" colors. Fun and exciting to receive, with the LATEST colors, patterns and textures. INEXPENSIVE enough to be a real bargain...... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Many stampers and scrapbookers have carved out a niche for themselves in the basement or garage of their house where temperatures and humidity can fluctuate. It can be especially bad in certain regions or in older homes that don't have central air. Nobody enjoys working with limp paper and soggy cardstock! Not to mention a musty smell, or worse, signs of mildew. Fortunately, there are easy and inexpensive ways to suck the moisture out of the air and your supplies and have a more pleasant crafting experience. Here's some tried-and-true tips for fellow papercrafters! Cheap and natural DIY tricks: Invest... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I really love the July 2020 Suite Sampler--the colors are right up my alley! Based around the Playing with Patterns papers from the 2019-2020 Stampin' Up main catalog, this suite was super fun to work with. The papers have quite a few coordinating colors, so each project turned out different. I was able to create 8 scrapbook pages and seven different cards in a couple of 1-2 hour sessions. I can't wait to see what the rest of you Suite Sampler subscribers do with YOUR boxes! What is a Suite Sampler subscription box? Well, basically, I do a little shopping... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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This weekend I got to play with the new Drybrush background stamp from Stampin' Up, and I love it! You get the cool look of a painting technique without any of the work or mess. I can't wait to play some more and experiment with color combos. Highland Heather Pool Party Whisper White Just Jade www.songofmyheartstampers.com Isn't that an adorable saying? A card is a hug with a fold in the middle. So true! It's from a fun new thank-you set called Massive Thanks. So I guess that's four new things I used on this project--two new stamp sets, a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Instructions for "Cookie Monster" card designed by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek for Song of My Heart Stampers. All supplies Stampin’ Up! "Ready to Make It?" cards can be created in fifteen minutes or less, with limited supplies. Try one today! #simplestamping Stamps: Nothing's Better Than Ink: Early Espresso, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Cinnamon Cider Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White Accessories: large scallop circle punch or dies Instructions: Cut Pacific Point card base to 8.5 x 5.5 inches (half sheet of 8.5 x 11). Fold in half to form card. Cut Whisper White to 4 x 5.25 inches. Use the scallop circle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Look at that fun shading and watercolor look going on! That's the Blender Pens for ya... I've recently rediscovered this inexpensive coloring tool and I'd forgotten how nice they are to use. Seaside Notions was a great choice for a little relaxing coloring, too. I recently had to pick out a stamp set and color combo to use sight unseen! My Stampin' Up team holds a Mystery Stamp Night every month and Lynn T walked us through step by step from start to finish of a fun fold card without any knowledge of what the final product should look like.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Guys! There's a great Stampin' Up special during July that is going to pay off big time in August! I just love this deal. I am going to order fun new catalog goodies in July anyway, right? So earning coupons is just bonus! For every $50 you spend in July, you'll get a $5 off coupon code you can use in the NEW Holiday 2020 mini catalog that begins August 4th! I have seen it already and holy cow, you're going to be so happy you have some coupons to use, because you are going to love it ALL! There's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I could seriously play for hours and hours with this new set and not get bored!! In fact, I HAVE played for hours and hours with it, and compiled the best of my cardmaking session into this month's class. The July 2020 Class of the Month features the adorably retro Nothing's Better Than stamp set and coordinating dies (optional). It is a MUST for any coffee addicts, chocolate lovers, and cookie fans! This month's class has four complete projects, plus three bonus layouts AND a bonus sheet on how to make the cutest little chocolate box using punches and a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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I'm so excited to announce a brand new short-term club from Song of My Heart, featuring the 2020-2022 In Color Collection! Club members will receive an exclusive package of goodies, every month, featuring one of the 5 new In Colors plus a bonus Neutrals package. By the end of the 6 month club, each club member will have all of the following goodies: In Color full-size Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads (Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, Bumble Bee and Cinnamon Cide) In Color 6 x 6 Designer Series patterned paper pack (40 sheets, 8 each in five colors) A full... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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The 28th of the month is our deadline for participation--so today and tomorrow are your last shot at getting my Jar of Flowers cardmaking class free with order. You will LOVE the unique designs this month! If you're unfamiliar with Class of the Month, this is the perfect one to start with! Every class contains four complete projects plus 2-3 bonus layouts, but this month's also comes with another super-easy and fun pop-up card you will love making to surprise people. Need to be thrifty with your Stampin' Up purchases? Click here to read the whole deal about Song of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers
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Instructions for "Sending Love Your Way" card designed by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek for Song of My Heart Stampers. All supplies Stampin’ Up! "Ready to Make It?" cards can be created in fifteen minutes or less, with limited supplies. Try one today! #simplestamping Stamps: Posted for You bundle with punch, $31.50 Ink: Basic Gray or Tuxedo Black Memento Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Accessories: Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals Stampin' Blends Markers: Old Olive, Seaside Spray, Petal Pink, So Saffron Instructions: Cut Whisper White card base to 8.5 x 5.5 inches (half sheet of 8.5 x 11). Fold in half to form card. Stamp... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2020 at Song of My Heart Stampers