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!
I had so much fun this weekend inventing a new, economical little Easter Basket/tote bag for you! Enjoy this video tutorial on how to make it using just one sheet of 12x12 Designer Series Paper--with ZERO waste!
I really hope you like these, because I thought they turned out great! But you know me and my monochromatic kick... I know it's not for everyone.
I don't even know where all these little punched flowers came from. I was doing some cleaning out of my scrap bin this week and stumbled across a baggie with seriously, like 200 of these tiny punches, all the same color (Island Indigo). What on earth do you suppose they were from???
So I just started playing. I used all but six of them by the time I was done!
If you're looking to make your own version, the little flower punch is from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, and the stamp set is Label Love with the coordinating Artisan Label Punch (which by the way, happen to be on the Weekly Deals this week! Nifty how that worked out).
Shall we have some fun with this one? BLOG CANDY TIME!! Leave a comment below and tell me which of the four is your favorite and what other color scheme you think it would look good in. I'll send you the card you liked best AND a free stamp for the back of your cards!
Now, isn't this cute? I just chose five different fun embossing folders for this card and I love how it turned out! I used the Hexagon, Decorative Dots, Tiny Triangles, Stylish Stripes and Lucky Stars Big Shot Textured Impressions Embossing Folders for mine.
I designed this five-panel card to showcase our retiring 2013-15 In Color Collection of these five discontinuing colors: (L-R) Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding. They are retiring officially on April 21st, but the run has already begun! Be sure to get a pack or two of each color and buy the ink refills for your ink pads so you can enjoy them for years to come.
Specialty 2013-15 In Color Collection accessories you might not think of:
I am here to help you make SURE you get these colors before it is too late--but you have to help me help you, by ordering NOW while they are still available. Be SMART! Every year I have to disappoint people who waited TOO LONG to order and are out of luck. Order here at www,Lyssa.stampinup.net or email me at Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com.
Just can't get enough of the exclusive, limited-time Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Papers. I used the star pattern for this card we made at Calendar Club this month, sponging Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder onto the paper and then buffing the ink off the stars so they really popped against the multi-colored background. I adore this color combo, too! You'll be seeing a lot more of it, for sure.
Ready to make your own? Order these supplies, then check out the tips below for punch out the moon image so you don't have to hand-cut it!
Need a quick way to dress up a check or cash for that birthday or graduation gift? This amazingly simple money enclosure card can be made in about five minutes flat, as you are on your way out the door to the party! Make a simple and practical gift much more fun and personalized. Enjoy this three-minute video tutorial from Song of My Heart's new video tutorial library!
I think I'm addicted to making these short little video tutorials for you all! I hope you love this one as much as I did. This is my GO-TO gift card holder when I'm in a hurry. It never fails to WOW folks. Enjoy!
Make your own! All Supplies Stampin' Up. Click any link below to go shop my online store, or email me your order at Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com
There's a cute new Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin' Up out this month, and this two-minute video will walk you through what comes in it and how to put it together! Not a subscriber? Contact me to get on the waiting list to order any leftover kits! Email: Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com
Wow! If you've been on my blog for more than thirty seconds today, I bet you're really excited about all the fun things going on in the papercrafting world right now. Lots of exciting new products and techniques, tons of great specials, fun events coming our way--there's plenty to distract us from the sad news that a couple of our product lines are going away.
Unfortunately, an issue with manufacturing these markers has caused a failure rate of 30-40%--totally unacceptable, of course... and Stampin' Up was unable to find a workable solution to continue their relationship with that manufacturer. So, in order to maintain the high quality standards you have come to expect through Stampin' Up's 27-year history, the product line has been discontinued, effective immediately. No further Blendabilities will be shipped as merchandise or as Sale A Bration rewards.
I know--I'm sad too! I loved coloring with these fun new tools and it's a bummer that I won't be able to get them in more colors. But you can continue to use the Blendas you already own, and if you still have new ones purchased recently and unused--or new ones that were affected by the product defects--please let me know right away and I'll put you in the system to receive a refund or exchange. We'll make it right. I apologize for the inconvenience!
My Digital Studio
Due to the continuously-evolving nature of scrapbooking as a modern art form, and an upsurge in the technological capability to preserve memories in less traditional ways, Stampin' Up is retiring the My Digital Studio software and product line. New options and partnerships are being explored that will continue to combine the color coordination and stamp images we know and love from Stampin' Up with the ease and convenience of the digital age.
While you can continue to use the software and downloads as long as you like (I use mine for all kinds of stuff!) the product line will be discontinued on May 31st, 2015, so purchase what you want to have before then. www.mydigitalstudio.net will be taken down, and you should save and back up all your downloads as they will no longer be cached on the Stampin' Up site after May 31st. I will try to send regular reminders to get those downloads permanently transferred to a safe spot before the deadline.
"If you are brave enough to say goodbye,
life will reward you with a new hello."
Of course, every time product lines depart, new ones take their place! I'm excited to see what new "hellos" are just around the corner for Stampin' Up. Bottom line--I'm proud to represent a company that refuses to put junk on the market, and is willing to make tough decisions like this one, even when the easy thing to do would be to ignore it. Pulling the plug on a promising software that quite a few people loved dearly was also a difficult choice, not easily made. It's just another reinforcement in nearly ten years of realizing that Stampin' Up is a quality company to work for. If you'd like more information on becoming a demonstrator yourself, I'd be so honored to walk you through it and answer your questions. Let's chat!
Something pretty we made at my March workshops... One stamp, one ink pad, some markers and a little bit of vintage Designer Series papers. Add in a little antique touch and gain even more versatility out of your stamps! I balanced the vintage paper with a modern accent of chevron ribbon.
Just foolin' around in the stamp room the other day... not too much foolin' going on right now because we have family in town for a play that Natalie is in this weekend, plus major events at church, and two stampin' clubs coming right up as well. It's a good kind of busy, though.
PLUS, it's Sale A Bration, after all. Who needs sleep? You can sleep when you're dead! There's stampin' to be done!
Penni and I are busy making more than 70 of these Calypso Coral ones for my entire Stampin' Up team. I try to send a card out every quarter just for no good reason, just to encourage and support my demonstrators. Thankful for her assistance as I am dealing with a lot of carpal tunnel pain right now.
It's so fun being part of a team of enthusiastic, inspiring women like my demo team is. We just feed off each others' creativity. Our meetings are a barrel of laughs as we learn new techniques together, brainstorm game ideas to make our workshops even more fun, and stamp the night away. I'd love, love, LOVE to have YOU on my team! DO IT DO IT DO IT! : )
Right now you can join for just $99 and get all kinds of goodies, including free Sale A Bration items or free kits from the Spring catalog. Let's chat about the Starter Kit, the low sales minimum, and all the many perks of becoming your own demonstrator!
Cheat Sheets Collection #5 is going out to happy stampers all across the world!
Crafters are loving these old-school, no-nonsense, real-life cardmaking helpers that make you look and feel like a pro. I specialize in practical layouts using easy-to-remember measurements and tips that you will use over and over again. Each Cheat Sheet comes with design tips and alternate layout ideas, too!
Here's what one satisfied customer had to say this week:"I look forward each month to the arrival of your newest set of Cheat Sheets. I can't wait to get into the craft room and try out the designs. There is always at least one that I am crazy about! My friends don't know what got into me. They all love the new cards I have been making. Thank you so much for offering these for purchase."
I'm so nervous!! Here goes! Sharing my very first video tutorial with you all. I made a Pinwheel-Fold Card video, and boy did I learn a LOT... like the fact that I need to turn off the auto-focus on my cell phone camera....that I apparently thump the table a lot when I talk... and that I need to not be so nervous because you all are my friends and you'll love me no matter what. Right??!!
Thanks for taking a peek, and if you liked it and want more, please leave me a comment either here or on YouTube, and subscribe to the Song of My Heart YouTube Channel so you don't miss future releases!
Check out the hysterical sayings from the newest release in Stampin' Up's quality line of photopolymer stamp sets! I can't wait to tickle my friends' funny bones with sassy cards made with these silly stamps.
HEY! Haven't tried our new photopolymers yet?
Allow me to enable you... with a FREE photopolymer stamp with every Sale A Bration order this week! From now through March 15th, receive a free stamp from me when you place a Sale-A-Bration-sized order ($50 or more before tax and shipping) on my website, www.Lyssa.stampinup.net
Your stamp, which will be my choice, will arrive in the mail within 7-10 business days in a cute card. Who doesn't love happy mail?? Get yours today!
Can't get enough of the exclusive Sale A Bration papers, Irresistibly Yours!At Denise's party we sponged Calypso Coral, So Saffron and Wild Wasabi inks onto the pre-embossed Designer Series Papers to make this gorgeous, springy background. The Hello You Thinlets for the Big Shot and the Scallop Circle and Flower Medallion punches coordinated with the Crazy About You stamp set to create a variety of sayings so we all were able to make the card say whatever we wanted it to say. So much fun!!! Let's do something like this at YOUR party! Now...
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Big Important News!!!
All Sale A Bration reward choices are now WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, so hurry and get your SAB orders in before these sell out! Sale A Bration officially ends on March 31st at midnight. Contact me to place your order today: Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com
You can't imagine how fast and easy this adorable baby card was to make using the new Bow Builder punch from Stampin' Up. I love it! And the best part is, it takes just scraps of paper to use, so it's a wonderful way to clean out the scrap bins and turn all those bits and pieces into something useful.
I found myself so addicted to making these little bows that I now have a bunch pre-made in a little jar that I can just grab and stick on cards, packages and tags. How fun is that?
Have you heard about my new "Cheat Sheets" Collections? These handy card-maker's helpers contain six different sketches ranging from super easy to moderately difficult, complete with measurements, step-by-step instructions, and alternate layouts. There's even design hints to teach you why things look better placed in certain areas instead of others and how to choose colors that will enhance and complement your work instead of compete with it.
WOW! FINALLY... resources for for "real-life" papercrafters... just like me.
Song of My Heart's NEW exclusive "Cheat Sheets" make measurements a snap! They come through the "snail mail," in non-glare page protectors, ready to go. Unlike other inspiration to be found online, which tends to lead to lots of unproductive browsing and not much actual creating, Cheat Sheets are right there physically at your crafting table, with practical but pretty projects that ordinary, busy papercrafters will enjoy and appreciate. Get yourself a binder and start your "Cheat Sheets" library, because this is just the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship!
Song of My Heart is making it affordable and FUN to stamp again.
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Each Cheat Sheet Collection is just $10, which includes shipping to the U.S. or Canada (other countries upon request). All measurements are in inches, just FYI : )
New to Cheat Sheets? SAVE $10.00 on your Starter Collection!
Because I'm SO POSITIVE you'll love these new guides and will want to collect them all, I'm offering the original three Cheat Sheets Collections (November 2014, December 2014 & January 2015) for just $20.
Ready to revamp your crafting? Email me to order!
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More ombre... I think I need an intervention! I just love the gradient-color techniques out there, and I can't get enough time in the craft room to try them all. This one was SO easy, just sponging on the new Irresistibly Yours specialty paper, dark on the bottom, light on the top. I used Rich Razzleberry ink and cardstock, and Blackberry Bliss for the flower punch. The new Crazy About You stamp set and coordinating Thinlets set Hello You (available separately or as a bundle for 15% off) make for endless combinations of things I can say to friends and family in need of a special card.
Love this card? You can make it at home! Purchase the supplies below or any combination of products that equal $50 or more before shipping and tax, and get the Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper totally free. Click on any link below to go shop, or email me at Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com
Check out this card in the free These Are My Stamps gallery/inventory manager: tams# 2728