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 the styles of cards that she creates.
Ruthie makes cards and loves making cards! She loves bringing a smile to someone’s face through her art. Ruthie puts a lot of her heart into each and every card that she creates. Her creative time also brings a peaceful balance to her life.

Ruthie start her talk today with a couple questions:
By show of hands how many of you have received a card in the mail? How did it make you feel? Most answers were happy and special.

How many of you have ever received a card for no special occasion, a “just because” card? How did you feel when you received it? Most of us said special.

When you send a card to someone else, do you spend time looking for just the right card that will express what you want to convey? Something that feels like you are sending a piece of your heart with that card? with your own special words?

If your answer is yes, here are a few options!

  1. Perhaps you would consider a $22/month investment in Stampin’ Up’s Paper Pumpkin. With your first kit you get a stamping block that can be used with each monthly kit. You get everything you need to create 6-8 cards. The kits come with all the stamps, ink, embellishments, adhesives, and instructions you need to create your own beautiful cards. Here is the link to sign up – https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/category/102300/paper-pumpkin
  2. Or, Order 10 or 20 custom beautifully made cards from Ruthie.   You can be that friend that sends a wonderful “just because”, get well, birthday, congratulations, thank you, thinking of you, Valentine, Easter, Christmas, Halloween, anniversary, wedding, baby, or sympathy card. With Ruthie’s special-order cards or your own Paper Pumpkin Kits you will never be without a card. No more trips to the store, no more forgotten birthdays or special moments. Cards created by Ruthie or by you or both for those people you care about. What a wonderfully personal gesture.
  3. card Kits – there are several in the catalog, each kit has a theme such as Thank you or Birthday and comes with everything you need to create from 12 to 20 cards depending on the kit.


The last link is to the Stampin Up! Catalog so you can order your own creative packages!

What would you prefer to receive? a thank you text, a thank email, or a thank you card? Which one do you remember the longest? Do you appreciate handmade cards? Which Seems more personal?
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 took her time today to speak about the Mind Body Connection, and what health is. First, she handed out a Holistic Health Questionnaire for us to take at home and see how healthy we are. Our personal health is the combination of physical, mental and spiritual, in the past and with Eastern medicine the doctor will treat the illness as well as the spiritual to unite the whole self. Holistic medicine practitioners believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health.
Barbara also spoke about trauma and how trauma can freeze us in to a sensory motor loop – which creates PTSD. When we experience a trauma, we go into the fight or flight mode – our heartbeat accelerates, respiration increases, and adrenaline floods our veins. In animals when they go through the fight or flight as soon as the danger is over the animal will start shaking and then progress on to relieve itself (poop and pee), releasing the body/mind from the trauma. We as humans, generally don’t fully release the trauma there for creating a loop that repeats every time we go to the place the trauma occurred, this is called a sensory motor loop. Dr. Peter Levine works with people on breaking this loop and discusses much of this in his book “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma”. Which asks and answers the intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed. “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma” normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them.
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