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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rebounding from the Flood

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving, with plenty of family, food, and most of all a season to remember how much we have to be thankful for. I have been on a "eucharisteo" journey, a journey of being deliberate about having eyes to see how blessed we are, a journey giving thanks for 1000 gifts. Please know how much you are a part of that journey.

We are taking this opportunity to respond to so many of you who have been so kind to remember and care for us since the Flood of 2013. It still amazes us to remember the morning of September 12 and how, even though we had heard the strong rain all night, we had no idea what lay ahead of us. Now that Highways 7, 34, and 36 are reopened, we are seeing more and more of our friends who are coming back to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain Memories. The resounding question has been "How can we help?". So we've put together a letter that attempts to answer that question. From our heart to yours. With thanks.

Estes Park
Flood Recovery Update
December 3, 2013

Dear RMM friends,

Since the September floods, we have heard from many of you with this question: "How can we help RMM overcome its newest challenges?" From our heart to yours, abundant thanks. Here is a list of action items that would a big help.

Remember Colorado. In your thoughts and prayers.
Visit Estes Park. Shop RMM on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 10 – 4, all winter. Beginning in March, we'll be back to our seasonal hours of Monday - Saturday, 10 - 5.
Shop by Phone. If you are unable to travel, but need supplies, call us with your phone orders at 970.577.1415. Every little bit will help. Flat rate shipping & handling is only $7.95.
Shop On-Line. We have re-launched RMM's ON LINE STORE. It is stocked with top picks from RMM’s brick & mortar shop. All items have been selected to make great gifts for anyone who loves Estes Park, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, & the Great Outdoors. Our flat rate shipping & handling is just $7.95.
Follow RMM on Facebook. From any page at, click the Facebook icon at the top right corner, or search "Rocky Mountain Memories" on Facebook and “Like”.
Like our Pages & Products. Check out RMM’s New ON LINE STORE & New GALLERY pages. Then help us extend our reach. Click “Like” at the bottom of each page or product you believe others might like to see.
Share our Story. From any page within, click “Share” in the left hand column.
Plan a Class for you and your friends! Call Cheryl @ 970.577.1415 for details or to arrange.
We also need your feedback to debug the redesign of our new site and tell us what we missed. Hey, feel free to tell us what you like, too!

We are working long & hard to make Rocky Mountain Memories a better experience for you. Thank you all for your patience, friendship & loyalty. And, thanks for making RMM a place for doing the things we love with the people we love, like you!.

Our best hopes, and a blessed Christmas season, to you.

We are all looking forward to a GREAT 2014!

Rick & Cheryl

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wow, what a week!

Rick and I are so amazed and thankful. Firstly, because of God's protection as we found our little shop safe and dry from the flood waters that swept through Estes Park on Thursday, September 12. And secondly, because of all the prayers and notes and thoughts and texts and emails from you, our very dear friends.

It had rained all night, but we just thought the river would be up. We woke up to news the the schools were closed and that Highways 34 and 36 were closed. Little did we know that Estes Park, along with communities all over the state of Colorado were to experience a historic flood.

We want to give you an update on things directly related to the shop:

Fall Festival: We regret to say we will have to cancel Fall Festival 2013. We are so sorry to have to make this call, but it is necessary for the safety of our customers and due to restricted access over Highways 34 and 36. The store is fine, but you won't be able to get to us. We'll be contacting students who have already paid for classes to refund your class tuition.

Store Hours: Once its announced that the roads are open to non essential traffic, we'll be back on our normal schedule. Until then our hours will be limited, but we are still open. Visitors who are still here and Estes Park residents can call or email me and we'll make an appointment to be at the store for you.

Thank you so much for your support. Colorado is a collection of resilient, amazing people and are showing that now every day. I'm proud to be a part of this community. As we learn more, we will update you on the website, on Cheryl's blog, Facebook and by email. Everyday things are getting better. Hold on to the best thought with thanksgiving! Mountain strong!

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Location:RMM: Dry, Thankful & Open!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Lyric Mini Book

Hi, friends.  I'm very excited to highlight the features in Candy's Lyric Mini Book that you can complete in a class with her on September 21.   I have other mini books in my collection I've made over the years and I can't wait to add this one.

Pretty details include this shimmery blue butterfly that you'll make to grace the cover of the album.
I couldn't believe when Candy told me how she created this aperture for the arched gothic window.  Clever girl.

You can see in this close up of the pocket on this page the lacey effect created by Tim Holtz On the Edge Distressed Doily die.
Every page includes a pocket for you to tuck away tags, photos, ephemera, and other bits for your pretty book!
LOVE this tag!  Made with B Line's Elegant Home stamp and cut with a Memory Box die.
Tim's Photo Wheel creates the pocket on this page.  How about that crown on the "queen bee"?  :-)
Hope you'll join us for this class.  You'll treasure this one for a long time!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Dimensional Frame

Hey, here's the first in a series of blog posts to give you a better look at the upcoming projects for Fall Festival 2013.  Candy Colwell is so excited to teach her Dimensional Frame at Rocky Mountain Memories.  She's filled 2 big classes already in Missouri and she is sure you're going to love it, too!  "The ladies just really got into how fun it was, adding layers of gesso, ink, flowers and embellishments.  The art and techniques can be used for all kinds of art projects.  You can add the embellishments YOU like and choose your own colors.  Customize it for your style!"
Click on any of the photos below for greater detail.
This close up of the upper left corner of the frame highlights trims, a grungeboard heart, and resin embellishments from Melissa Francis.  We've ordered a whole new selection of Maya Road trims, just in time for Candy's classes!
We have Maya Road antique skeleton keys and a selection of ink sprays to choose from.  This sample was made with Dylusions Mist, or you can choose from a selection of Maya Mists or Ranger Color Wash sprays.  If you have ink sprays at home in colors you like, feel free to bring those along!
Your kit will include a selection of embellishments for decorating your frame, but you can also purchase pieces you want to add.  We'll have a whole new selection of flowers and embellishments from Prima as well as old favorites from Tim Holtz and Ideaology.

Classes are filling so call the shop at 970.577.1415 or email to sign up!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Meet Candy Colwell!

I can't wait for you all to meet my dear friend, Candy Colwell. I've known Candy since April of 2011 when we attended Ranger U together. I know you'll love her talent and grace as much as I do. Be sure and check out her blog,, to see her work.

Candy showing her handiwork at Ranger U. I don't know who that guy is standing behind her. ;-)

Candy will be teaching at Rocky Mountain Memories during our Fall Festival September 18-21. Don't miss out on the chance to get to take her classes!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sweet girls from Germany!

Some people just make your whole day delightful! These two came by the shop recently and and asked me about classes. Unfortunately, there was nothing scheduled during their stay in Estes Park they could take advantage of. So we just did a make & take.

Distress Inks make it ridiculously easy to create a background and stamp a beautiful card. Quick and easy elegance, what could be better!

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Location:140 Moraine Avenue,Estes Park,United States