Stamps sing to me, Paper whispers my name. Welcome to all who craft--I hope you're glad you came!
Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and life-long craftin' addict!
Welcome to Song of My Heart! I'm delighted you visited today. Happy browsing, and let me know if you have questions or need help ordering some fun new supplies for your next project. You can email me directly at Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com. Chat with you soon! ~Lyssa
Oooh, I've been WAITING. FOR. EVER. to feature these fabulous snowy papers in the Suite Sampler, and it's finally time!!!
We've got beautiful hand-painted snowflakes, soft blue, aqua and heather color scheme, and glimmering bling like you wouldn't believe. If you love wintery watercoloring and iridescent icicles, December's Suite Sampler subscription box is going to be a perfect fit!
Not sure what a Suite Sampler is?Click here for complete deets! The $29/mo invoices go out on the first each month via PayPal and must be paid by the 10th to participate. Please email me to sign up (or rejoin): Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com
You'll be so glad you didn't skip this one! Snowflake Splendor is the featured paper pack for December 2020. Be prepared for an avalanche of gorgeous, glittery goodies! You do NOT want to miss this box! It's the perfect answer for crafting away the winter.
Will you be getting this card from me? I made a bunch of these beauties for my Class of the Month Club participants in November. 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 their free samples. They love getting happy mail! Order the supplies to make these!
Click here for complete details on my online rewards club or here for more sneak peek pics from the November 2020 Love of Leaves projects. To join, all you have to do is place a $35 or more order with the club code and I'll automatically email the projects, start your benefits, and keep track of how often you play. Five times gets you a $30 shopping spree! http://bit.ly/shopwithLyssa NOVEMBER 2020 CODE:
Can't wait to spoil YOU in my online rewards club!
if you LOVE Jesus and you LOVE to make cards to cheer people up, you're in the perfect position to start a card ministry in your church! No matter the size of your congregation, there will always be those who are sick or hurting. Every Sunday we see their names in the bulletin or hear them from the pulpit and think, "I should send them a card."
If you're like me, you don't always remember later, however! If that happens to you, it's time to gather the papercrafters in your church and be a little more systematic about your cardmaking!
Here's some of my best tips for putting together an official card ministry for your organization!
Get permission from your church authorities, and become an authorized key-holder if necessary.
Settle how/who is paying for the supplies and postage expenses.
Get it on the calendar! That way you have a start date and can work towards your first gathering.
Have an announcement added to your bulletin or website. Print up postcards to hand out or mail.
Invite EVERYONE. And keep on inviting them even if they don't come at first.
Make sure it's clear that the cards will be EASY and there will be work for them to do even if they "just aren't creative."
About the projects:
Keep the cards SUPER SIMPLE. The cards are not really the point; the encouragement is. Simple and sent is better than a big stack of half-completed cards still waiting to be mailed.
Design the cards in advance. Otherwise it turns into a free-for-all with the supplies. Crafting newbies freeze up without guidance or samples to look at.
Cut everything in advance so it won't slow you down at the event or waste cardstock with inaccurate measurements.
Assembly-line crafting is more efficient than individuals making cards one at a time. This also has the advantage of creating many steps along the way that "anyone" can do, regardless of their crafting abilities.
Keep the cards gender-neutral or have two color options or two different focal point images.
At your first meeting, consider the following ideas to solidify the plan:
choose a set night of the month or quarter, so people can plan in advance
pass around a sign up sheet for snacks.
assign the writing to people with a gift for encouraging words.
assign the mailing tasks to someone reliable.
choose who will design and bring the cards each month on a rotating basis.
assign clean up and lock up duties. Leave the place looking better than it did when you arrived.
Keep the main thing the main thing!
cardmaking is a ministry not only to those who get one of your creations, but to those who come to chat and pray while crafting together. Make it a sweet time of creative fellowship. Have snacks!
In my former church, our monthly card night was also the time we prayed for missionaries and read from an inspiring missionary biography. If your church is very busy you might be able to add cardmaking to an existing schedule by combining it with an auxiliary club or group.
cardmaking nights can be an outreach activity! Challenge your regular attendees to bring a friend from the community along with them. Developing those friendships may lead them to feel comfortable visiting for one of the services or allowing their kids to come to fun activities.
Have at least 2-3 people in charge (that way it doesn't all fall through if you are ill). Consider having "officers" only so that you can rotate the duties when it becomes a chore. It's exciting now, but mid-winter when you're scrambling for a design and no one signed up for the snack, or you're left with a giant stack of cards no one wants to write in, you'll need the help!
NEVER criticize anyone's finished card, even if it's not up to your standards. God is not concerned with the perfection of our papercrafts, but the compassion and humility in our hearts.
Do you have a tip for card ministry? Leave a comment below! And please feel free to use any of my easy card designs in your own efforts to spread sunshine. I'd love to know if they have inspired you to send more cards on a consistent schedule. Chat soon!
I can't wait for everyone to get their Suite Sampler this month! I really enjoyed myself making 8 scrapbook pages and more than 20 cards from the November box. Not only was it the highest-value box since Suite Sampler began, it was full of inspiring textures and patterns that made it really easy to play. I am READY for Christmas now!
Here's a little sneak peek of some of my favorite creations from November's Suite Sampler:
I hear you asking....
What on earth is a Suite Sampler subscription box? Well, basically, I do a little shopping for you! Each month I use the box contents to create about 15 projects, both cards and pages, to show what you can do with a well-designed, color coordinated selection of Stampin' Up products.
There are no stamps or ink included, so you can either work with what you already own, or decide if you want to purchase the coordinating stamp set and/or dies to go with it all. The flexibility stays in YOUR hands!
The Suite Sampler is NOT A KIT-- although I do love to prep headlines and die cut all sorts of fun things in advance for you. Your box will be FULL of fun parts and pieces plus FULL sheets of 12x12 and 8.5 x 11 to coordinate. You can use my inspiration samples as a guide, or set out on your own and see where the mojo takes you!
Here's a sneak peek of SOME of what is in this particular box, just to give you an idea of how fun it is to receive. My goal is to pack a box that you can't WAIT to open! I want you to say WOW--every month!
***Please note this is the November 2020 Box, no longer available. Sign up to start your subscription with December's box!***
1/2 pack of Heartwarming Hugs patterned 12x12 papers
1/4 pack Wonder of the Season specialty paper
Red Velveteen cardstock
Red & Green Foil cardstock
12x12 cardstock in Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White
8.5 x 11 cardstock in Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow
Whisper White pre-cut cards & envelopes
Mossy Meadow striped ribbon
Red braided linen trim
Real Red wide ruched ribbon
Real Red Rhinestones
Mini clips and brads
Die-cut journaling boxes/focal point pieces
month of free access to My Layout Library
I hope you've enjoyed a sneak peek into what it might be like to join my new monthly subscription service (it also comes with free access to My Layout Library, a $7 additional value!) For complete details on what's included in My Layout Library and what your options are for subscribing with or without the Suite Sampler box, click here!
And the price for all that product plus inspiration? Just $29 per month that you choose to participate! Pause or cancel your invoice at any time.
I hope to be sending YOU a fun Suite Sampler box next month! Sign up for the December 2020 box featuring the NEW 2020 Holiday Mini Catalog suite "Snowflake Splendor" no later than December 10th by emailing me.
Then we can create with it together next month! Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com
While my team's Make A Difference project is making Honor Flight cards for every Wisconsin veteran, we didn't want to forget a very special group of people who make their special trip to Washington, D.C., possible in the first place. Each flight takes massive organization and an entire fleet of volunteers, along with lots of donated time and money from local groups and individuals. The work of fundraising and organizing goes on even though the flights are not going out in 2020 and possibly 2021.
I'm saying a BIG THANK YOU to all of the workers who make these flights happen! What you do makes a difference, and I am proud to have been involved in getting the word out to Stampin' Up and their demonstrators all over the United States about Honor Flight's efforts.
On election night 2020 I popped on Facebook Live for a little patriotic stamping to get our minds off the voting day craziness. I made all the backgrounds for these cards using one-inch scrap strips of red and blue patterned papers (blue from the Boho Indigo pack, red from the Heartwarming Hugs pack).
You can watch the Live on replay here!
Ready to make some thank-you cards of your own for the heroes in your family or community? Here's what I used. Click any link to order the supplies from my online store (thank you so much!)
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I made 40 of these cards to share with my team members who were attending the Stampin' Up convention online this weekend. It was a big project, but super fun! And not tooooo messy. And they loved it!
When I was done I realized I'd dyed way too much embossing paste pink (just add inker refill drops to tint it any color you like!) and I had a LOT left over. Since it doesn't last forever and it might be a long time until I needed pink again, I gave myself permission to play, and I did it LIVE on Facebook! Watch it here.
After the Live I made up the pieces into cards after they dried, and here they are!
If you'd like to try embossing paste, it's an easy and inexpensive technique to start with. All you need is a tub of paste, a palette knife, some basic pattern stencils, and ink refills in any color of the rainbow. Oooh, rainbow--now I want to try THAT and see if I can pull it off!
Want to try it? Click any link to shop with Lyssa!
Instructions for "Three Strips" 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
I just love fall, so I knew right away I'd be getting the Love of Leaves bundle from the Stampin' Up Holiday 2020 mini catalog. I'm pleased to announce it as my Class of the Month Club featured set for November 2020!
This class makes four cards plus four bonus layouts to make sure you get the most from every stamp and die in the bundle. Use it with rich fall colors, bright greens in summer, soft pastels in spring--and the sentiments all year 'round!
Never participated inmy online rewards club before? You're in for a treat!
The perks begin when you place an order of at least $35 or more at my online Stampin' Up store: http://bit.ly/shopwithLyssa and use the special November club codeRXKHYJNKI get notification of that order and automatically email you the club project files for the month!
I also send you a handmade "Lyssa original" card using the same stamp set, so you have yet another cute idea! Inside you'll find samples of brand new products for you to try and see if you'd like to add to your wishlist for next time.
I also keep track of who played along. Each time you participate (skip a month anytime!) by using the club code when you order, you get a point towards a shopping spree where I pay the shipping! Play five times and redeem $30 worth of new toys. Play ten times and get $60 in products of your choice! I LOVE spoiling my club members. Complete online club details here
****All you have to do to join my club is use the monthly codeRXKHYJNK before you checkout****
OR any Stampin' Up products totaling at least $35 before shipping and tax.
I can't wait to see what YOU make with the eight different layouts in our class this month! I love seeing your versions and hearing what you took away from our time together. This is the next best thing to stamping with you in the same craft cave!
I'm in love with this gorgeous new fancy fold! The arrowhead fold looks complicated but it's super easy. All you need to make it work is a pencil and ruler. The base is just an ordinary a-2 medium card, and it fits in a regular envelope, too!
Watch my quick video to see this Christmas card come to life, then hit my Stampin' Up store for the supplies you need to make your own!
There were just too many cool holiday accessories and papers to pick just ONE suite for November's Suite Sampler subscription box! I chose Heartwarming Hugs for our base 12x12 papers, but you will also get samples of the velvet, foil and specialty papers from Wonders of the Season along with the usual coordinating cardstock, trims and goodies in your Suite Sampler next month.
You do NOT want to miss this box! It's the biggest one yet! Not sure what a Suite Sampler is? Click here!
The $29/mo invoices go out on the first each month and must be paid by the 10th to participate. Please email me to sign up (or rejoin): Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com
Hello, crafty friends! Welcome to Day Three of our annual blog series by besties Penni & Lyssa, featuring lots of not-so-spooky Halloween crafts you can make quickly and easily. Today we're starting off with a double-page scrapbook layout to feature those funny costumes you worked so hard on!
I love making Halloween pages because there's no other time of the year you get to use such ghastly color combinations, set off in black and white! Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie and Granny Apple Green are the perfect combo for October 31st.
Festive Corners is a fun new stamp set for all your fall and winter occasions. I used it here to make a photo/journaling mat with the cobweb corner. You can use the corner stamps to make squares or rectangles, too. Or even stamp directly on your photos, using Stazon ink.
Yesterday I shared this tip on a quick Facebook Live. Making fake paper candy corner is so easy! I used the 1.5, 1.25 and 3/4 inch circle punches in Pumpkin Pie, Pineapple Punch and Whisper White, stacked in a circle. Then cut that circle in half, then in half again, and each of those pieces in half again. Eight pieces of "free" embellishments for your pages and cards!
Our last project is really cool AND really easy! This card uses the Ghoulish Goodies stamp set and a Rich Razzleberry purple set off with black and silver to heighten the chill factor.
Recognize the punch? You got it, it's that crazy versatile Rectangle Postage Punch which I have highlighted MANY times on the blog. We just keep finding new images to fit in it!
My favorite part of this card, though, has to be that awesome silver mesh ribbon. It's sooo gorgeous in real life. I wish I could send you all a piece of it to play with! And I really like that it is not Halloween-specific, so I'll be able to put lovely wisps of it on Christmas cards, wedding congrats, etc. What a great trim!
Don't forget! Penni and I are holding a Mystery Hostess Party!
Place a Stampin Up order with us using the code: AMKYN4PY during this week's blog series, and we'll draw one name at random to win the hostess benefits plus some of the projects from the photos. Everyone else who participates will receive a handmade Halloween card in the mail and a free month of My Layout Library!Offer open to US residents only, sorry.
That's it from us for this year's BFF blog series. I hope you've enjoyed the quick, inexpensive ideas and are thinking of ways to adapt the crafts to other holidays, too. Be sure to scroll back to Day One and visit the list of past years' Halloween blog posts, too--there are tons of really great projects to get your monster mojo going.
Who wants a 12x12 delicious box of crafting goodies in the mail each month? I do! I do!
But... I'm also on a budget!
Not a problem! I'm excited to share my super inexpensive Stampin' Up Suite Sampler subscription box from Song of My Heart!
Every month I pull together coordinating embellishments, matching ribbons, accent papers and complementing die cuts for a different Stampin' Up suite each month! The supplies are 99% Stampin' Up products (they're the best!) but occasionally there's other pieces or embellishments I just really felt belonged with that month's collection.
I use my background in graphic design and layout to use the same box you'll get to create each month's inspiration pages and cards so you have plenty of ideas to dive into when your Suite Sampler arrives.
I love packaging everything up and making sure each Suite Sampler box just feels so EXTRA when you open it. I created the subscription box I wished was out there--one that works for both cardmakers AND scrapbookers, AND comes with amazing inspiration for both.
Best of all, YOU CHOOSE when you want to participate, knowing the next month's Suite Sampler theme in advance.
Email me today to ask for your $29/mo. invoices to begin on the first of the next month. Cancel anytime or skip a month if needed. I can't wait to make up your very first Suite Sampler box. You'll be so glad you gave it a go! Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com
PS--did I mention each Suite Sampler subscription comes with free access to My Layout Library? And its own monthly gallery? Yeah, baby!
PS (again)-- let me know if you need the latest Stampin' Up catalog and I'll include it in your next Suite Sampler at NO additional cost!