Wednesday’s only speaker was Ruthie Williams with Stampin’ Up! in Golden, CO. Ruthie started her talk today telling us how she started her Stampin’ Up! business.  She had a girlfriend that invited her to a card party.  She did 3 workshops a year for Ruthie over the next 3 years.  Then in September of 2006 Ruthie signed up to be a demonstrator, nearly 11 years ago!  Ruthie has had at least one class a month since then (except for December occasionally she won’t) and sometimes more.  Since she has the health and physical restrictions now, she can no longer to do parties at your home but you can come to her. She can do it all at her house!

Stampin’ Up!’s year end is May 31 – so the NEW catalog/Ideabook will go Live on June 1st! Ruthie is having her Catalog reveal/card class this Sunday and  Ruthie’s ladies can’t wait to get their hands on the new catalog (she passed the catalog around and mentioned the ideas of finished projects also in the catalog) to see what all is new. With the new catalog they introduce new stamp sets, new dies, punches, embellishments, accessories and of course the FIVE NEW IN COLORS!  Every year Stampin’ Up! comes out with 5 new In Colors, they are here for 2 years before they are retired.  The In Colors that came out 2 years ago are retiring now so everyone is busy ordering the paper, re-inkers for stamp pads, and markers for those retiring In Colors before they are gone for good!  The 5 In Colors that came out last year will continue for one more year!  Ruthie made up a monochromatic card in each of the 5 new In Colors to show at her class and also showing some of the new designer series paper in the new In Colors! The 5 new colors are: Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon-Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide.  Beautiful!  Stampin’ Up! also have the matching bows available. Which is great as many of her ladies are “bow” challenged! In the classes that Ruthie teaches she always end up tying everyone’s bows! She passed around the bows for us to look at.  The next item Ruthie passed around was an IN COLOR bookmark that she created that she will be teaching in class.  She inked her stamp once, then stamped once, then moved up just a bit stamped again, and up just a bit more and stamped again.  That is called stamping off and it shows the 3 shades of color you can get from one inking of the stamp.  The bookmark comes in really handy when making a selection of colors for a card.  It is a great way to lay it next to other colors to see what really looks best.  Ruthie passed around one of the cards that we will be making in class.  The stamp set is called “Daisy Delight” and has matching designer series paper and a Daisy punch!  Ruthie stamped and punched out 2 daisies and layered them on the card, a fairly simple process.  She also made 3 other cards to show a new die set of 3 that she just got.  It has a heart with the word “lovely” in the middle, a circle with the word “hugs” in the middle, and an oval with the word “friend” in the middle.  Ruthie used some of the new “color theory” paper stack for these 3.

Ruthie then mentioned that Stampin’ Up! has the best paper on the market AND it is all color coordinated with the paper, ink and markers in all the same colors!  She passed around a piece of non Stampin’ Up! paper and a sheet of Stampin’ Up! paper so we could “feel” the difference in quality.  Also, Stampin’ Up! paper is colored all the way through, you can tear it and it is all the same color all the way through… most other papers are white when you tear it on the inside.
Ruthie also brought a box of cards here that are for sale today that she passed around – the cards are $4.00 each. She also showed the four cards the Ruthie designed for the “special class” she had last month.  All done with one Suite of products called Eastern Palace. The Suite comes with a stamp set, dies, designer series paper, vinyl stickers, tassels, everything you need to create that special card. This Suite was a Sneak Peak and available for customers to order in May… one of the new Suite sets in the new upcoming catalog!

Questions Ruthie was asked:
· Do the dies get dull?  No, the punches do sometimes but I have never had the dies get dull.
· When we place a custom card order with you, how much in advance do you need to know?  Typically, 2 weeks is best.  If I have a class I am preparing for, that is all I do that week…so at least 2 weeks is best.  More if a larger order.

If you are interested in taking a class, let Ruthie Williams know and she will add you to her email class list.  Class size is limited so RSVP’s are required.
Ruthie LOVES her stamping creativity and it shows when she talks she gets so excited!
Ruthie Williams * Stampin’ Up! * 303.278.3520 * ruthiemarykay@gmail.com *  www.ruthiewilliams.stampinup.net