Our first speaker today was Ruthie Williams, a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! in Golden, Colorado.

While Ruthie was speaking, she passed around cards that she had created, that are for sale.  If you want to buy one, just hang onto it, fill out a tip sheet to me with number if cards and size.  Regular size are $5.00 and the smaller note card size are $4.00.  She had only a few that were passed around that were not for sale, but she wanted to showcase all of the styles of cards that she creates.

Ruthie signed up as a demonstrator on September 14, 2006, and has monthly classes plus more, since then.  And why did Ruthie sign up? She signed up because it is the perfect outlet for her creative side.  She has always done crafts… and Stampin’ Up! has become not only a creative outlet but a wonderful business where she can share and help people find their creative side.

So, what is Stampin’ Up?  Stampin’ Up! was founded in 1988, by two sisters who dreamed of finding a way to express their creativity while creating new relationships. Together they created the concept of Stampin’ Up! and now after nearly three decades later there are thousands of people around the world who are creating handmade cards, memory books and home décor using the Stampin’ Up! products to express their own creativity. The company base is located in Riverton, Utah.  What do they sell?  They sell stamps and paper crafting supplies.
Ruthie brought the current catalog for us to look through. They have the best card stock on the market! They gave beautiful Designer series paper that most have a different pattern on each side.  Ruthie passed around a couple packs so we can see the difference and feel the different weights. There is also the specialty DSP that is heavier and on occasion there will be a couple pieces that are one sided.  Stampin’ Up! also has foil papers and glimmer paper – which is very glittery along with their Vellum, colored vellum and high-quality watercolor paper. The ink pads are color coordinated with the papers as well as the markers and alcohol markers.  They have cutting dies that match some of stamp sets.  They have embossing folders, that you put through die cutting machines to dry emboss the paper.  There are tools to score your paper, stamperatus to get perfect stamp placement, storage organization, paper punches, awesome scissors, adhesives, heat embossing powders, embellishments like ribbons, rhinestones, buttons, envelopes, kits, Paper Pumpkin, Albums, page protectors, journaling pens, memories and more card pack for scrapbooking or making cards like the card Ruthie made for Rick, that she passed around.
If you are looking for a creative outlet and need help to get started or need a card for a special occasion give Ruthie Williams a call.
Ruthie Williams  * Stampin’ Up! * 303.278.3520 * ruthiemarykay@gmail.com * ruthiewilliams.stampinup.net


Our second speaker today was Barbara Salage, LMT, our groups’ massage therapist and aromatherapist with her office in Arvada, Colorado. Barbara spoke today about Reflexology, a part of massage that she does not do much anymore because it is very hard on the practitioner’s hands. Reflexology may have existed in most of the historical periods. Practices that resemble Reflexology have been documented in the histories of China and Egypt. Reflexology was introduced to the United States in 1913 by William H. Fitzgerald, M.D., who was an ear, nose, and throat specialist, and Edwin F. Bowers. Fitzgerald claimed that applying pressure in certain areas of the foot had an anesthetic effect on other areas of the body. The practice was modified during the 1930s and 1940s by a nurse and physiotherapist, Eunice D. Ingham. She claimed that our feet and hands are especially sensitive, she then mapped the entire body into the  “reflexes” of the feet and then renamed it to “zone therapy” Reflexology. This Zone Therapy is used by most reflexologists today, including the similar technique developed by the reflexologist Laura Norman.
The Zone Therapy that Reflexology was originally based on the hypothesis that the body is divided into 10 zones, five on each side. Zone 1 would be the section from the big toe (head) straight down the body to the pelvis. Any area of the body that is compressed within this zone will affect every other area within the zone. An early article published in the 1900’s by Dr. Fitzgerald who was an ear, nose and throat surgeon, stated “To stop that toothache, squeeze your toe”. The Reflexology we know it today began within the medical profession. It was sidelined into the complementary sector because, although it was acknowledged that it worked following substantial anecdotal evidence, there was more money and less time involved in writing a prescription.
Reflexology is continually developing and progressing into a very effective therapy for holistic care. Most people find Reflexology an incredibly relaxing therapy and a good highly qualified and experienced Reflexologist can work out a tailor-made treatment plan to encourage the body’s own healing response – Reflexologists treat the person and not the disease.
If you are looking for a massage therapist or aromatherapist that knows a wide variety of modalities and will work with you to find the right combination to help you, give Barbara Salage a call.
Barbara Salage, LMT * 720.495.6658 * barbarasalage@hotmail.com * barbarasalage.com