Craft Your Christmas Retreat

Fourth Annual Ruthless Stamping
"Craft  Your Christmas" Retreat

October 13,14,15  2017
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Santa Ana, California 

Welcome to the fourth annual Ruthless Stamping Retreat! 
I am so excited about this upcoming retreat! 

Does the thought of getting away for a weekend with other women, while you stamp and craft to get ready for the Christmas holidays, sound wonderful to you?
Then come away with Ruthless Stamping for our fourth annual
"Craft your Christmas" retreat!
You'll be relaxing in a lovely setting while having your meals deliciously prepared and served for you!  You'll make new friends!  You'll go home with wonderful completed paper crafting projects that will help you celebrate Christmas while reducing the stress! 
Come and join me at this "Craft Your Christmas" event! There will be great door prizes for all, fun and inspiring WOW demonstrations, and lots of fun surprises!  
You are going to love our venue!  The location is great, because you'll feel like you really got away, and yet you won't spend hours on the freeway on Friday night! You'll be pleased with the meals and their presentation.  You'll be excited about the lovely and clean rooms, the exercise room, the pool, the pond, our meeting room, and the great customer service in the hotel. 

All your projects will be prepared for you, so you can come and learn techniques and assemble your projects without the delay of doing your own measuring and cutting. You'll be pleased with the variety and creativity of all the projects.  
 Check out all the details below for the proposed agenda.
NOTE:  Registration is limited to the first 35 people!
Here's the proposed schedule:
Friday, October 13
  • Check in to your room anytime after 4 pm.  Receive your Welcome Bag upon arrival.
  • Warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival!!
  • Meet up at 7 pm downstairs in the California Ballroom and and get to know your fellow crafters!  Then start crafting your Christmas! Bring your welcome bag with you. 
  • This will be an easy evening: Craft Your Christmas with gift tags and creative gift card holders.
  • Feel free to stay in the ballroom and work on projects you bring with you, or relax with friends
Optional: Bring a favorite snack to share.  We'll have a microwave for popcorn, and coffee, tea, water, and iced tea for all. We will enjoy these snacks all weekend.

Saturday, October 14 
  • 8:30-9:30 Breakfast Buffet- at your leisure
  • 9:30 Continue to "Craft your Christmas" with Cards, Cards, Cards
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:45 "Craft your Christmas" with a unique album to preserve your holiday memories
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 7:00 Pajama Party! Wear your fun and favorite pajamas (optional),  come and relax, and do just a bit more crafting.   
  • "Craft Your Christmas" with a special gift item 
  • Stay in the ballroom afterwards and relax and have fun:  
    Have some crafting or stamping you'd like to bring and work on?  Or bring some table games or cards to play with your new friends... or just head on back to your room.. or go out to the movies... or ???
  Sunday, October 15
  • Su
    nday - Breakfast, 8:30- 9:30- at your leisure
  • 9:30  "Craft Your Christmas" with ??? (I'm still planning!)
  • We'll conclude officially around noon, but the room will be open until 2 if you want to squeeze in a bit more crafting.  
  • Check out of your room by 12 Noon
Additional Information
  • WOW presentations - Throughout the day on Saturday,  we'll have some WOW presentations from other Stampin' Up! demonstrators.... Great ideas to inspire your creativity!
  • Swapping:  Would you like to swap with your other retreat buddies?  Demonstrators LOVE to swap, and I think you will too! Create a card (or 3 D project) to swap with others.  It must be made entirely with Stampin' Up! product (current or retired).  This is entirely optional.  However,  I'll need to know by September 15 if you are planning on swapping, so I can report to everyone and let them know how many projects to make.  Join the fun! 
  • Display boards for you to be further inspired (picture taking encouraged)
  • "Try It" centers around the room to try new products
  • Registration is limited to the first 35 people
What do you get with your registration?
  • Lovely room with all taxes included
  • Spacious meeting rooms with view, lots of room to spread out and stamp
  • Free parking 
  • Free Wi Fi in room and meeting room
  • Warm Chocolate Chip cookie on arrival
  • Access to pool
  • Access to exercise room
  • Four wonderful meals.. Large buffet breakfast (Saturday and Sunday), buffet lunch and aserved dinner. 
  • Beverages throughout the day and evening in meeting room
  • Lots of surprises throughout the weekend
  • Lots and lots of projects, all prepared for you ahead of time!
Hundreds of dollars worth of door prizes! Everyone is a winner!
Go home with: 
  • Lots and lots of hand made projects
  • Lots of fun ideas
  • Great pictures 
  • New Friends
  • Refreshed spirit
What to bring:
  • Adhesive (double sided tape like Stampin' Up!'s SNAIL is recommended)
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Dimensionals
  • Glue Dots
  • Your Stampin' Up! Catalog
  • Your Stampin' up Holiday catalog
  • Snack to share for Friday night (Optional)
  • Fun (modest) pajamas for Saturday night (Optional)
REGISTRATION ENDS on Friday, September 15.  Room availability is limited, so sign up today to guarantee your spot, even if you are not submitting payment at that time.  
Single Room $459.00
Double Room $349.00
Triple Room $319.00
Quad Room $299.00
When submitting registration, please submit
all the names of the people in your room.
When registering, please 
send at least 
 a 50% deposit to hold your place.  
All payments must be received by September 15.  
   Complete payment is by check or cash by September 15 so that the hotel and myself have accurate counts for rooms, food and supplies.  
 Click here to print and fill out and mail the registration form, along with your payment.
Send or deliver to Ruth Bingle,1118 E Glenwood Ave,
Fullerton, Ca. 92831

NOTE:  I realize that you have till September 15 to register. 
However! I need to start preparing your projects!
So, if you are hoping and planning to attend the retreat,
could you let me know now?  Thank you!

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel by September 15, you will receive a full refund.  No refunds will be issued after that date, but you will receive all the products for the projects two weeks after the retreat. (Per Stampin' Up! policy, we cannot stamp for you, but we can supply the products for the projects as they are prepared for the attendees) Registration is transferable to someone else up till September 27.
Please contact us for assistance with this.

Don't wait! Sign up for the retreat now!  

Questions? Feel free to contact Ruth at,
or 714.943.4102.

Here's what some previous attendees have said about the retreat:

"A wonderful third retreat for me! The hotel, food, and total package are great.  Ruth is the best!  Thank you for all you do to make our Craft your Christmas weekend so lovely!!"

Jean said:
"This was my first retreat and it was definitely beyond my expectations! 
So many beautiful things to make and take home.  Very inspirational when I see all you had to do to make this such a wonderful weekend.  I had no idea we would be making so many beautiful cards, gifts, tags and decorative items.  Meals were wonderful and my room was very comfortable.  Lots of fun.  I might add, the gals are all so friendly and helpful.  This was definitely an A+ event and I think you for all your hard work, creativity, and inspiration!!"

Carol shared:
"This is really great, that's why I returned.  The people, projects, and instruction-what a combo.  Thank you. As Arnold said, "I'll be back!"
Here are pictures of a few of the cards we made last year. 
This can give you an idea of what our projects are like. 
Come back tomorrow to see pictures of the gift tags we made last year! 

Ruthless Stamping Bingo!

What a great time we had at the first ever Ruthless Stamping Bingo!  WOO HOO!  

Here's a few memories of the morning!


Cindy is loving the lemons! Everyone enjoyed the three projects we made!


We were all pretty intent on our Bingo games! 

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Good friends love to play Bingo together! 


Drea won a Delightful Daisy bundle.. stamp set and punch! 

Jenni won a bundle of Designer Paper stacks, ribbon, and a Wink of Stella!


Flossie won the giant In Color paper stack, and the matching Bitty Bows! 


And Pat won the Daisy Designer paper, the matching card stock pack, ribbon, and gems! And then! Pat won the final game .. and a $50 shopping spree! 


The next Ruthless Stamping Bingo will be Saturday, Sept 2, at 10:30 in our home in Fullerton! Would  you like to come and play?  There are just four spots left! 

Contact me at

More Christmas Retreat Projects!

Are you thinking about the upcoming Ruthless Stamping  Craft Your Christmas Retreat? You would LOVE it!

Just to give you and idea of some of the project we make, here's a look at some of the gift tags we made last year: 








This year we will make completely different projects... this is just to give you and idea! Come back tomorrow to see more! 


Did you know you can PIN these to your Pinterest board?  Just click on the Pinterest image below! 



Happy Anniversary to Me!


On July 31, 2006, I signed up to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! I never intended to teach classes, have Open Houses, or retreats, or clubs.. I just signed up for the discount!  But I had seen a project that I really liked, and I wanted to share it with a few friends... so I did, and by the end of August I had sold $1200 worth of product, and put $240 in our joint checking account.  I was so surprised and delighted that I had been able to do that, and I was loving all the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!  In April I called Stampin' Up!  and asked what I would need to do to earn the cruise to Bermuda... and I did!  I set a record with the company for earning it earlier than anyone before me.  What a great time we had when Mark and I cruised to Bermuda!  

So, on July 31, it will be my eleven year anniversary!  It's time to celebrate!

Would you like to win this blog candy?  Here's what you can win...a Christmas stamp set, "Pines and Poinsettias"; "Suite Sentiments" stamp set; "Serene Scenery" 6"x 6" Designer Series Paper Stack; Silver Satin Ribbon Spool; and Two Tone Natural and Old Olive Ribbon. 



Just leave a comment below, sharing how we met! 

On July 31, I'll draw a winner!  

So.. leave a comment!  Can't wait to hear from you! 


Christmas Class


Have you started making your Christmas cards yet?  

Its really a good feeling to get started early! 

Come and make TWELVE cards!  
There are five choices. 
Pick 1, and make 12,
Pick 2, and make 6 of each.  
All 12 cards for $35!

SOMETHING NEW:  Bring someone new to me to class, and
receive your class for free, and she can get her class for 1/2 price! 

Thursday, August 10, 10 a.m.  
Thursday, August 10, 5:30 p.m. 
RSVP Tuesday, August 8

It really is fun making these cards in the summer!  

Colorful Seasons Class

I'm loving the new annual catalog! There are so many new things to play with there, and I'm thinking that the new "Colorful Seasons" stamp set is my favorite!  I love that all four seasons are included in the stamp set! And I love that the "Seasonal Layers Thinlet Dies" match up with the stamp set, but also have a few thinlets that are special, and aren't included in the stamp set! 

Don't miss this opportunity to come and play with this amazing bundle! 

Colorful Seasons Class
Thursday, August 3, 5:30-8:30 pm
Saturday, August 5, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm
RSVP by Tuesday, August 1

SOMETHING NEW:  Bring someone new to me to class, and
receive your class for free, and she can get her class for 1/2 price!