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!
My Stampin' Up demonstrator team had so much fun this weekend at the OnStage conference! While we're still in the "safe at home" mode and only gathering online until next year, it was still very exciting to see the new Spring 2022 mini catalog, meet up with friends who could watch together locally, and take in awesome stamping demonstrations from all over the world.
And of course... there was lots of chatting, crafting, and chocolate!
Awards Night was so inspiring! The Top Demonstrators of the Year are announced and I landed at #39 out of more than 40,000 United States demonstrators. That just blows me away! God is good! And I'm so thankful for the customer friends and team members He has placed in my life.
Special shout out to my extra fab bestie assistant Penni, and my handsome history professor Mike for their support. I love you both for bearing with me in the ups and downs and overthinking!
Even better was watching so many of my team members celebrate promotions, anniversaries and milestones. We had a fantastic year despite struggles with health, loss of family members, lack of ability to gather in person, and even job loss.
I am so proud of these ladies for hanging onto their dreams when their candles flicker and threaten to go out. God put that spark in you, girlfriends! Don't let anyone blow it out. It's there for you to use to light the candles of others all over the world.
We stamped a LOT over three days! Everyone brought a project for everyone else to make. It was so nice to be in the Studio where we could just go and grab whatever product was being used on the big screen and play with it along with them. We also worked on holiday cards for use by local nursing home residents.
On Saturday we made Christmas ornaments all day! And since the Studio is right downtown, during the daily lunch break we went shopping in the cute little boutiques along Main. It was so fun.
We used the new stamp sets from the swag boxes to practice our Stampin' Blends coloring techniques while we brainstormed ideas for classes and stamp camps in the new year. We're really fired up to spread this crazy fun hobby and the opportunity to make a business out of it in 2021!
If you'd like to be a part of my team and enjoy not only the perks of being a demo but also the sisterhood and support of Song of My Heart Studios, the Starter Kit is on sale right now for just $75 bucks. You can begin getting the discount (even on top of items already on sale!) and all the resources from Stampin' Up as well as free membership in My Layout Library and my team's hilarious and active Facebook group.
You would have the time of your life eating it all up and learning like crazy. Let's chat about this before the sale is over on November 30th! [email protected]
Whoo hoo!!!! Another Stampin' Up incentive trip is in the bag! Thank you so much to all my sweet customer friends and team members who ordered, watched, partied, liked, commented, purchased, attended, pinned, shared, encouraged, promoted and joined!!!
Biggest thanks to my sweet family, who has put up with my obsession for almost 16 years now.....
my hubby, who never complains even when he maybe should....
my fabulous BFF and assistant Penni, without whom I would not be in business today...
my CEO and friend Sara Douglass for her example of courage, heart and style I hope to live up to....
and my Father GOD from Whom all blessings flow, and Who made all these glorious destinations to which I feel extremely blessed to get to visit!
We'll be celebrating shortly--be sure to subscribe to my once-a-week newsletter so you're in the loop! Thanks again, friends.
UPDATE: In an effort to streamline the look and get some of the clutter out of my sidebars, I'm sticking all my fun little award badges in one widget. You can click on it any time to see what I've been up to lately, if you like! And if you want news from the latest Stampin' Up incentive trip or national convention, I have a category just for that, too.
Thanks for YOUR part in making Song of My Heart what it has become over the course of a few years! I love what I do--and YOU are the very best part of all that I love about Stampin' Up and papercrafting.
My first Founder's Circle was earned during the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up year. Founder's Circle is a private retreat in gorgeous St. George in southern Utah, gifted to the top 100 Demonstrators in the United States. I was so sure they had made a mistake when I got this award! Couldn't believe I had made it to the top 100 (I was #83!) just five years after joining the company.
Lightning struck twice when I earned Founder's Circle a second time! Since the criteria are different every year depending on what everyone else is doing, all you can do is work your hardest and hope for the best. I was so blessed to be able to spend five relaxing days once again, with the best and brightest Stampin' Up demonstrators in the country.
It's a three-peat! Here we are at Founder's Circle once again--and did I mention that each Founder's Circle recipient also gets a fabulous purse on Awards Night at convention, as well as a charm for our Pandora bracelets as a pillow gift during the retreat? I'm so spoiled! And so thankful for this honor, capping off what was a pretty difficult year health-wise.
Now this is just crazy! I had my best year ever, but everyone was so on fire this year I thought for sure I'd lose my spot in the Top 100 Demonstrators of the Year. Feeling incredibly blessed that the Lord has allowed me to continue doing what I love as I help meet my family's needs and stay open to His leading me to use my talents for the ministry.
Somebody pinch me! For the fifth year in a row, somehow I made it into the Top 100 Demonstrators once again. I think I was more humbled by this one than I ever have been before. Just a real awareness that I have been placed where I am by God's graciousness, and "for such a time as this." Founder's Circle had an extra bittersweet tang to it that year, as the program was discontinued. So thankful I had the opportunity to go to the very last one!
Grand Vacations we've been on:
(2009) The Big Island of Hawaii is a magical place, and I got to experience that with my favorite husband, thanks to Stampin' Up. We just walked around in a daze the first few days because it just didn't ever really sink in that we were in this fabulous place. It still seems like a dream... a dream come true!
(2010) Mike couldn't go on this one due to conflicts with his school schedule, so I took my momma along! We had a wonderful week relaxing, getting spa treatments, eating way too much yummy cruise food, and soaking up the scenery in St. Lucia, St. Croix, St, John, Barbados and Antigua.
(2011) I'm so glad Mike didn't miss this one! Later in the year due to the cruising season up north, we went on our first cruise together to the incredibly wild and gorgeous land of Alaska. Glaciers, sled dogs, gold mining, White Pass Railway, the Yukon--one adventure after another, all courtesy of Stampin' Up. It was truly the trip of a lifetime.
(2012) The kids got to go on this one! Stampin' Up flew us in and put us up at the wonderful Boardwalk hotel right on the resort at Disney' World in Orlando Florida. My mom came along to help out since Mike could not come, and we all scrambled to keep up our whirlwind tour of Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios (my favorite). We were exhausted from all that fun--and determined to take Daddy back with us the next time. We were able to use Stampin' Up bonus money to come back as a family in May 2013 (and snuck in a visit to Legoland Florida as well).
(2013) Who in the world gets to go to FIJI??!!! I DID!! Mike and I will never, ever, EVER forget the enchanting land of Fiji, the incredible beauty and restfulness, the sweet welcoming spirit of the people there. Our visit will remain one of the brightest spots in a life brimming with blessings... something I will remember as long as I live.
(2014) My sister in law was my partner in crime on this fabulous Western Carribbean cruise to Haiti, Jamaica, and Cozumel in the spring of 2014. We partied hearty all week long! We were supposed to be relaxing but there wasn't time between the rock wall, the zip line, the ice shows and all the other truly astounding features of the world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. No calories were counted on that trip, let me tell you!
(2015) It's just too much--not only did Stampin' Up take me to Hawaii with my husband in 2009, they took me there again in 2015 with my good friend Kristin We explored Oahu, child-free, for five days and had the time of our lives (remind me to tell you about the red convertible day, sometime!) I still can't quite believe this jet-setting lifestyle is mine... Mike and I just hang onto our hats for the amazing ride that has been my Stampin' Up journey.
(2016) In 2015 I earned the free trip for two for a Mediterranean Cruise, with stops in Barcelona, Cannes, Marseilles, Florence/Pisa, Naples/Amalfi Coast, and Rome!! Can you imagine? And this time, my history-professor-hubby Mike got to go, too. We stayed an extra week on our own dime and really DID Italy, with two extra days each in Rome, Florence and Venice. A highlight for me was seeing Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius... talk about a dream come true. THANK YOU, Stampin' Up!!
(2017) Turns out, THAILAND was next up on the incentive trip global rotation. Can you imagine?! What kind of direct sales company goes to such fantastic locations? I for sure never dreamed that travel to Asia could even be a possibility. Thank you, thank you, Shelli and Sara! Stampin' Up can make your wildest bucket-list fantasies come true! https://bit.ly/joinSUnow
The 2018 trip was a week-long cruise up the Alaskan Inside Passage in July. We were very excited as my parents were coming along and paying for our kids to have a cabin as well. I am just blown away by God's goodness to allow them to have this experience of a lifetime and just at the perfect ages to appreciate it. It was their very first cruise and they LOVED it!
The 2019 trip (number 11 for me!) was picture perfect! It was another cruise, this time departing from Rome and visiting the enchanting Greek Isles! It was so precious to watch my handsome history professor hubby geeking out the whole time. The Parthenon and Acropolis and Olympia were everything we dreamed for, and the Aegean Sea really is THAT blue. Crazy!
Where in the world will we go next??? Turns out it's Maui in 2020! I earned a trip for two to the Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea for six days. Holy cow! Now's my chance to get Mike to see Pearl Harbor, too.
Contact me today if you want to join a team that's going places--literally! The next trip we can earn is a 7-day Caribbean Cruise aboard the Symphony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world. [email protected]https://bit.ly/joinSUnow