Friday, May 28, 2010

We are Hiring paper crafters who enjoy scrapbooking or making cards

Join the Stampin Up family on June 1, 2010 for only $99 (mini starter kit price)

Stampin Up has a great Product and a wonderful compensation plan!

Fun people, 20% instant income, 20% Free Hostess goods when you have your own workshop
10-20% additional income as a volume rebate plus an additional 10% in great rewards points. (you cash these in for more free stuff)
We are hiring...The best part is only YOU can lay you off and who in their right mind would fire themselves.

Team members who join on June 1st can still register for stampin up's 2010 July convention!!!

If you are a demonstrator or soon to be one June 1st and you like what you see here....Go Join today This is training for stampin up demonstrators
This training is good for your business and this training is FREE to all stampin up demonstrators!
It helps to print assignments out so you can keep track of your progress.
If you keep them posted near your calendar or above your work area, you will remember to do them.

This boot camp is a newsletter group only. To reply to me e-mail me personally at

Each Monday I'll send a weeks worth of assignments. On Friday please e-mail me and tell me about your progress. Don't stress about doing the assignments in order, you can plan them to fit your schedule. If you get behind don't worry you will have each weekend to catch up.
This boot camp is self paced, go as slow or as fast as you wish.

Happy Business building, Sherrill

First 13 assignments for June boot camp. Please print them out and check them off as you do them. I have often thought that some of the most common little things in our lives are the minutes that pass in each hour of the day. For each human being, time is indeed an indispensable resource. It can neither be ignored nor altered.

We are compelled to spend it at a fixed rate of 60 minutes every hour. No spigot can be installed to regulate its flow, and no refilling device can replenish its quantity.
The question is not one of managing the clock, but one of managing ourselves with respect to the time we have.

Each minute is a little thing and yet, with respect to our personal productivity, to manage the minute is the secret of success.
assignment 1.) Take the time to identify eight 15 minute blocks o f time in each day for the entire week.
Important little things that merit our attention are the small acts of service we perform for our fellowmen

Do you take the time to remember some of the simple courtesies that are so important in relationships with others?
Do you remember the smile, the compliment, the positive note, and the word of encouragement?

We should do these important little things without hesitation.

assignment 2.) Make a list of the people you associate with. Start with the people you see and talk to each and every day. Next make a list of the people you would see each week like your child's teacher, the teller at the bank, your postman and the waitress at your favorite restaurant.
Then make a list of the people you haven't seen or spoken to in a while and would like to take the time to just say hello and see how they are doing.

Spencer W. Kimball said: “I have learned that it is by serving that we learn how to serve. When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective.

When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves. … So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving mundane help with mundane tasks, but what glorious consequences can flow from mundane acts and from small but deliberate deeds!

… God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other ”

assignment 3) Create an assortment little Hello or Thank you cards large enough to hold a business card.
The perfect card example is on page 194 in your Stampin Up catalog. A solid colored cardstock stamped with a background stamp in the same color. A die cut heart, a punched out heart, and the words thank you.
I would use our word window punch to cut out the words thanks so much on page 139, or the words thank you from page 141, or the words thinking of you, thank you or just for you from the teeny tiny wishes set on page 145.
Use slit punch #42 on page 187 to make a place inside to hold your business card.

If you believe in God you will appreciate these words “But behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass”

It's the little thing you do or don't do that will make a big difference in these assignments. The little things you do today when combined with what you do each week, will grow your team and build your business.

... “Do more of what works and less of what doesn't” Could anything be more plain than this? Do not let the simplicity of this strategy make you doubt it. If you are feeling that your business is stagnate or stale, stop and rediscover the techniques you used in times past when you were initially building your business relationships.
With few exceptions, they will still work.

assignment 4) Go back to the list of people you made. If you don't already have your past and present customers on the list, add them. You can also add people in groups like Teachers that go to school with my children, or members in my women's club etc.

Most of us enjoy being around someone who builds us up and makes us feel good.

Using words of encouragement, love, respect, courtesy , appreciation, admiration, and gratitude as we talk with one another wi ll motivate us to spend more time together.

Most relationships die from neglect.
assignment 5) Think of things you can do that will improve or rekindle your relationships. Take the time to think about ways we can touch the lives o f those around us. Write them down and work on them.

Each day you may add to your prayers "Help me to touch the life of others in a positive way. Help me to be inspired to know who to reach out to and who to serve. Then keep track of the little things you do so you can watch your progress. How much do you know about them? Plan to spend time together. What do they like to do?

How many of the people you have listed enjoy activities like stamping or scrapbooking?

How many of them enjoy spending their lunch time with friends? How many enjoy a weekly Friday Night activity? What are their hobbies?
Do you know their favorite color?
Do you know anything about their children?
Do you know what the names of their pets are?

assignment 6) Take the time to write a little "Getting to know you" survey Ask only 5-10 questions .... Keep it simple

Questions may include:
When is the last time you went to lunch with a friend? What is your favorite food? What kinds of greeting cards do you find most needed? example: thank you, birthday, holiday cards What is your favorite childhood memory? If you had more free time each day what new hobby would acquire?
What family activities are your favorite to scrapbook? What are the ages of your children? Would you mind sharing your favorite family recipe?

assignment 7) send this "Getting to know you" survey to your friends and customers. See how many reply. Send this out using e-mail Then, make this survey into a little 1/2 page flyer and pass it out at each event, make sure you add a place for them to write their name, phone # and e-mail address. People you know will be happy to give you this information if you make it fun and less like business.

If you want to get more of these surveys back add a line on the bottom that each returned survey will be adding into your monthly drawing.
The prize could be as simple as some dies cut from your big shot.

May God bless you and your family, Sherrill Graff
Join the Stampin Up family on June 1, 2010 for only $99

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tips for a enjoyable stampin up convention - Late Night Stampers and friends

I have been a demo for 19 years and have attended countless conventions!

Most important, good walking shoes. I bring 2 pairs and switch off every other day, that way me feet never get blisters.
I'm not a big walker, so to prepare I get on my tread mill and work up to "3 miles a day" by July.
The convention center is huge and even though our hotel is right next door, we get a lot of walking in!!!!
I also like to soak my feet in the Jacussi or tub when I can.

Bring a photo ID, you will need it to pick up your convention bag.

My advice is go to momento mall first thing because the line is very long!!!! You will NOT need your credit card at momento mall, they will use the card you have on file with stampin up.

The next most important thing to me is bring a name tag, and a bright colored ribbon for your convention bag. It's hard to pick yours out of a sea of 7 thousand.

Bring a camera, instead of taking a photo of the entire display board, zoom in and take photos of the samples you believe you will duplicate. If a photo is too far away, it will do you no good. Charge your battery each night and make sure you put it back in your camera before you go back to the Salt Palace convention center each day.

About swaps, it really does not matter if you have 50 or 400 or even what stamps you use.
Just be sure and use current product and do your best work.

My SWAP advice is
Swap with everyone who asks until you run out of cards.
Be kind- It's important that each participant have a good swapping experience, if someone does not wish to swap, don't let that person ruin your entire day. I have yet to meet a swapping snob.... I have been very blessed to receive wonderful cards in return for mine. I take my favorite ones and put them in cello envelopes and put them on my display boards for my customers to see. A good sample sells stamps!!!! I take the others and make them into full cards and use them in my business or donate them to our Ronald McDonald House cards for kids charity events.

Make sure to save your very best swap card for the stampin up display card basket. Stampin up will put your card on display so everyone can take a photo of it. It's fun to see how many demos post your artwork on their blogs!!!!

For the past 2 years I have been hiring sample makers to create my swap cards for me in exchange for stampin up merchandise. I hired over 20 sample makers last year and went to convention with over 400 swaps! This year due to the economy I have only hired half as many sample makers but their cards are wonderful and they put a lot of time into them. I really wish I could afford to hire more but I decided to pay the way for 2 of my team members who have never gone to convention before so they could have the experience.

I believe going to convention and leadership has helped keep me motivated, has helped keep me In LOVE with our products and has helped me sell over $176,818. in product over the years. I try each year to better my best and sell a bit more then I did the year before.

I love the stamp sets they give us at convention, I love making the card samples and projects during the make-n-takes.
I love seeing all my good friends at convention, many of us try and stay at the same hotels and a handful of us come 2 days early to stamp and play! We do shoe box swaps and enjoy a stamp camp together. It's so much fun, I can't wait for July!!!!

Hope these ideas help you have a better convention experience
Sherrill Graff

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

FREE Stampin Up merchandise given to blog readers and customers of Sherrill Graff

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Thanks for the FREE Stampin Up Big Shot from Cristena Bagne to Sherrill Graff

Hi Sherrill!

First I would like to say THANK YOU for the AWESOME SUPER FANTASTIC Big Shot that I now own! WOOHOO I don’t have to borrow my friends anymore! J I have to say I have been having a GREAT time with it! So much I am wondering if they ever wear out.. because I might just do that ha-ha!

Second, I am getting ready to package up and send off your white cardboard that you asked for. .... I do have A LOT to send you still.

However! a friend of mine do up some build-a-bears with their own set of clothes for a craft show to give to kids. Well, as in a busy life she forgot to take them and I didn’t want her to throw them out and immediately thought of you. Could you use them for your project? I also have some extra bear clothes that I cut out using her big shot ages ago and have not finished the project I started with them… I am so busy now with my business after taking your boot camp that I probably won’t get the time to finish it to be honest so if you would like to have some pre-cut build-a-bear things let me know and I will put them in the box with the cardboard as well.

Inky Hugs,

Cristena Bagne

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Blog Tour for all friends of stampin up products - enjoyed by demonstrators and customers world wide

Susan Colamonico and Sherrill Graff created this art for you
(Visit after the tour is over for Susan's blog link)

Elements of Style
Stamp the images in so saffron, more mustard, soft suede, then Stazon black.
The flower above is punched out then crumpled to give it a vintage look.
For the inside of this envelope I used the suede DSP from the Thoroughly Modern Pack.
The flower is from the pretties kit and was dyed using the so saffron ink pad and a dauber.
Just lay the flowers on the ink pad and press it into the ink pad with the dauber. Allow the flowers to dry completely before adding them to your project.

Five scallop circles were punched out, wrinkled up, and layered to create this flower. I rubbed the edge of each circle in the suede pad. Make sure to stamp both sides of the paper before you punch out your circles.

The center for the flower above came from the baskets and blooms die.
Images stamped in so saffron, more mustard, soft suede, then Stazon black.
The black flowers look nice colored in using your saffron marker.

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