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I am a stay-at-home mom. I have been married to my handsome and wonderful husband for over 14 years. Right now he's battling stomach/esophagus cancer. So I do my best to craft when I can. I have two wonderful boys. My oldest, Garett, is 24 and served 5 years in the Navy. He's been home since the beginning of the year (2014). We are very proud of him. My youngest, "DJ", is 13 and in the 8th grade. I have two Border Collie mix dogs (Koda and Rugu), one Calico cat (Hydie), one orange Tabby cat (Bosley), one Tea Cup Chihuahua (Gigi...I LOVE her sooo much), a Chiweinnie (Lily....sweetest dog ever), and a Jack Russell/Chihuahua (Connor....AAALL boy).

Friday, June 21, 2013

Father's Day in the Mountains

Happy Friday

I hope everyone had a great week and had a wonderful Father's Day the other weekend.  I spent my Father's Day with my In-laws up in Estes Park.  I LOVE going there. The peace and quiet of the mountain air and the wind blowing through the pine trees is so relaxing.  My father-in-law has Elk on his property that has become his own...and are actually free to come and go as they please but don't.  They love their home.  Below are a few pictures of my visit, but first here is my card for my father-in-law...

Stamps:  Unity April 2013 KOM.
Dies:  Cottage Cutz Bridge, Trees.  Memory Box Deer, Nesting Bird, Pine Tree Border.  Tim Holtz Labels.
Punches:  Martha Stewart Pine Branch
Misc:  Ink-Studio G Blues and Greens.  Flower Soft.  Punched dots for mini flowers. Stickles for water.

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As soon as you walk up the walkway to the front door...you can SMELL the lilacs growing in the garden here...which, by-the-way, I was married in :).

This elk is Juniper.  She and her sister, Destiny, are the 3rd generation in a family of elk that live on the property.  My in-laws were having a hard time thinking of a name so I thought of Juniper since she was born in June.  She is called Junie for short.  Happy Birthday Juniper!!

That's Destiny sticking out her tongue...

This is mama...Anna.  She came to my FIL as a baby to be rehabilitated because she was sick and suffering from malnutrition as her mom abandoned her.  Once she was nursed back to health my FIL went to release her back into the wild and two days later she returned.  This happened several more times until he gave up and allowed her to stay on his ranch...able to leave whenever she wanted (capable of jumping the fence if she really wanted to leave). 
 She NEVER left and never wanted anything to do with those nasty boys that tried to have their way with her.  But 7 years later...one finally got to her and Hanna was born.  Hanna grew up and became the mama of Destiny and Juniper.  But Hanna wanted to explore the elk world and left the ranch 3 years ago...but everyone else stayed.  So grandma Anna is home with her granddaughters.
 There she is way off at the top of the hill :)  By the way...Anna knows how to "shake" and "give kisses".  When you ask her to shake she hands you her hoof.

Columbine....the Colorado state flower.  Absolutely BEAUTIFUL and come in a variety of colors.

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed the photos.


  1. Fabulous card design! Your scene looks so real.

  2. your card looks like a photo so pretty I love that awsome scene.

  3. Great card. Love your photos of Estes Park.

  4. LOVE your card! That scene is awesome.

  5. The card is gorgeous and thanks for sharing the lovely photos. It is a really pretty place.

  6. Oh my giddy aunt Sheryl your inlaws place sounds like heaven!!
    Loving the pictures and your card is brilliant!!!
    Have a great weekend.

  7. Hi Sheryl! Your card is so Amazing!! LOVE every detail on it, what a great card for your FIL! Thanks for sharing the photos too - I really had fun looking at them esp the Elks. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Thanks for asking about the new job, it's starting in a week's time. A little nervous but I think it'll be ok, I have worked with some of the new colleagues before.

  8. What great pictures and a wonderful story, love that card

  9. Gorgeous card!!! All your details are just amazing!!!!!

  10. Wow! What a fabulous card! I am loving the wooden bridge and water especially but the fact that it captures for you and the recipient such a special place is truly wonderful!

  11. Your card is amazing, Sheryl! Your pics are fabulous.

  12. I love the dimension of your card!! I wanted my clouds to turn out fluffier, like yours. I didn't even noticed that there was another card with inked clouds til you pointed that out!! Ha! Great minds think alike! I love the pics! Makes me want a vacation REAL BAD!

  13. I love the scene of your card, but I love your pictures even more. What a great elk story, and fantastic columbine pics!

  14. i really loved your photos. how amazing that all those elk have become part of the family! your card really blew me away... all that detail is amazing and the scene is lovely!
    -Rachel w k

  15. Pet Elk...that's pretty unique! I love your card and your family's property looks amazing!

  16. Oh Sheryl. I had to ask google what an elk was. LOL. It is not an animal you see around in a tropical island. Loved yhe pictures you shared. And loved your card. TFS.

  17. Gorgeous card, Sheryl! Wow, fabulous use of dies. And the photos are beautiful!

  18. Great card and wonderful photos of the elk! They are beautiful!

  19. I think this is a wonderful scene that you have created here. Sure makes for a perfect card. :)