Sunday, November 18, 2012

Homemade caramel is not just for the holidays anymore

I got this from Jenn's Blog

These caramels are the real thing!  They are not too good to be true!  Homemade caramel is not just for the holidays anymore.  

They are made in the microwave!

They are done in 6 minutes!

No thermometer is needed!

They are rich and creamy and melt in your mouth!

    Super Easy Microwave Caramels
5 Tbl. butter
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
4 oz. sweetened condensed milk (about 1/4 cup + 2 Tbl.)
***It has been suggested to me to use 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk, which is 2 Tablespoons more than I have used.  I am going to try that next I make these, but until then, you will have to decide which measurement you use***

Put all ingredients in a large microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.  Spray an 8''x8'' dish with cooking spray and pour mixture in.  Let cool and cut.  Wrap in wax paper.  

Jenn's Notes: Seriously AMAZING!  Since cans of sweetened condensed milk only come in 14 oz., I measured 4 oz. using my kitchen scale and it ended up being about 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons.  So, I have to find something else to use the rest for.  I poured my caramel into an 8''x6'' dish and we ate one row out of it the first night, then when I woke up the next day, it was completely filled in again, like I didn't even eat any.  So, eventually it will spread (it takes quite awhile for this to happen).  If you individually wrap them and are planning on taking them somewhere, I would keep them in the fridge and bring to room temperature just before serving.  They will hold their shape for several hours, before they start to flatten.    

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to use Pintrest and My Digitial Studio to attract more blog viewers

How to use Pintrest and My Digitial Studio to attract more blog viewers

Why do we want more blog viewers?
More viewers means
More sharing
and sharing is what we do best.

When you use my digital studio to create page, post it to your blog. Then PIN it!
once it's pinned other demonstrators will repin your post. 
Before you know it you will have a bunch of new views.

This page is an exact duplicate of another demonstrators art work

all I did was open my digital studio. Drop the page into a blank canvas.
expanded the image to fit my photo and changed the wording and 
added the pumpkin polka dot background.

It's that simple.

I love my digital studio, don't you?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

First 13 assignments for Late Night Stamper Business Builders 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 of 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.

Take the time today to tell 10 people you appreciate them. 
Thank them for blessing your life. 

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 ofsimple encouragement or of giving mundane help with mundane tasks, but what glorious consequences can flow from mundane acts and fromsmall 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 in the kingdom

assignment 3) Create an assortment of little Hello or Thank you cards 
large enough to hold a business card.

The perfect card example is on page 141 (top right) in your current Stampin Up catalog.
Remember to keep your cards simple.

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.

Once you make your little cards keep them with you and give them out throughout the week.
If you wish to make a big impact you will need a large quantity of these cards.

At the end of each day look over your list of people from assignment 2 and mark the ones you gave thank you cards to.


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 will 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.

November is the Prefect Month to reach out to family 
and friends and let them know you are thinking of them.

Take the time to think about ways we can touch the lives of 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 or a few handcrafted cards. 

assignment 8) add one more fun event to this weeks calendar
The answers to your survey may help you see what type of activity to add.
A no brainer is to add a card making activity if you added the question, What kinds of greeting cards do you find most needed? example: thank you, birthday, holiday cards to your survey.
Or you may chose to add a Family Favorite scrapbook event to your calendar if your customers need to make some quick and easy scrapbook pages to get caught up.

Assignment 9) e-mail "Save this date" invitations to your friends (with photos)

Please mark your calendar for November 20th for "Best Friends Birthdays" card making activity. We will be making quick and easy card and projects.
Please bring your adhesive.

This event is FREE to everyone who brings one friend or to everyone who places a small order.
Keep your refreshments simple like M&M's and pretzels with lemon water.
This quick and easy workshop should only take 1 1/2 hours from start to finish. I have found when I have shorter events more people come more often; they like not having to use up and entire evening!

Need ideas for your events? Look in our catalog!
Demos who use the catalog for their ideas seem to also teach their customers how useful our idea book is as well. If you don't give away a catalog with every order, you may consider doing so.The more people who own your catalog the more potential orders you may get.

Consider asking them to bring a candle to make the project on page 115 of the Stampin Up catalog.
Have them make one card and one gift bag similar to the one on page 7 of our Holiday CatalogIt's a great way to use up DSP scraps

If you wish to have a better turn out include photos of what you will be making in your invitations!

I had a friend say to me on two different occasions, "my husband will be happy that I'm getting home early"
It was only 8pm and he didn't expect me until 9:30
If you are going to keep your friends out on week nights, Keep it short and sweet!!!!!!

I have noticed she is coming more often now that our events are only 1 1/2 - 2 hours including driving time!
I challenge you to make your events quick, easy and more often!


Do what you can - Just Ask
We don't have to be better than someone else. All we have to do is to be the very best we can.
We don't have to be fast; we simply have to be steady and move in the right direction. We have to do the best we can, one step after another regardless of your disabilities, limitations, or insecurities.

Most motivation on the part of a customer, potential downline or current downline member has to be tied to a need. Identify the needs of your customers and downline so you can help them find the answers to their questions and problems.

The best way to find out if they have a need is to ask.

assignment 10) Send an e-mail to your customers asking "How can I help you"
what gift giving or greeting card needs will you have over the next few months?

We are all engaged in the process of finding and retaining new customers
Customers and Downline members need an opportunity to serve.
At your next event, 
Provide an opportunity for your customers 
to bring canned food to donate to your local food bank.

assignment 11)
Add another event to your calendar and invite your customers.
Have your customers bring a small 3X3 shoe box swap card project to share. 

As your customers get used to sharing, they should feel good about helping out.
Getting your customers involved in your workshops will help them see how fun and easy it is to do what you do.
Compliment them on the things they do well, be sincere.

assignment 12) Write an e-mail to them after each event and thank them personally for their help. Let them help a few times always thanking them for sharing their talent.
If they continue to show an interest in helping ask them to host a workshop or event. Remind them that they can have their event in a restaurant or library if they don't wish to use their home.

assignment 13) After every workshop ask the hostess to join your team. Have faith in your products and your abilities.
Don't be afraid of offending somebody. Just ask!
Stampin Up has a special going on this month when customers join your team

Continue to work with those who express interest even if they have declined your offer. Most of the time they are unsure of their abilities and need a little more encouragement.

May God bless you and your family,
Sherrill Graff 702-293-1386  

Stampin Up Demonstrator Christmas Party Las Vegas Nevada

The Gift that shows off the BEST use of product 
from our Current Stampin Up catalog
will win a prize

PLEASE e-mail Tami and let her know 
you plan to attend

I asked Cristena Bagne to share her tips on blogging

Cristena Bagne said: "The problem I see most when I am installing peoples blogs is that they have the order button at the bottom or email me some where people can hardly find it. 

Mostly what I ask my clients when I am doing the install - or I try to remember to ask anyway - is what is most important to them , order online, events, their kits... stuff like that because you want what is most important to you at the top. 

And if you are going to advertise for other people always make sure the link opens in a new window so that it doesn't take people completely away from your blog."

Cristena's work...

Something Beauitiful for Sherrill

Sherrill Graff  has touched our hearts in one way or another through the years. And is always willing to help anyone. So it was such a wonderful feeling to give her something pretty for her blog.  So far I have done her SOS Stuck On Stamping blog. Which I thought was fun because when I first saw that I thought “Sherrills Online Support” lol since she is always doing demonstrator bootcamps and more to help support other demonstrators…haha!
But Sherrill is great (and easy) to work with on this one. However I just did something that made me think of her, and this is what I came up with.
Doesn’t that make you think of Sherrill :) it is so pretty!
Thank You Cristena, I love it!