Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Seaside Memories…

Good afternoon, all!


I hope you’re all having a wonderful day!  Sorry I haven’t been around to visit much this week…since my daughter’s been home from college, we’ve  been spending so much fun time together…I’ll get back on the regular visiting track soon, I promise!

I woke up very early this morning…it was still quite dark and everyone was still asleep…perfect card-making time! 

Still had the seaside on my mind today…summer’s flying by, but it’s still here, so…


I took a couple of vintage images from Crafty Secrets’ newly revised “Travel” Creative Scraps for this card…one, the postcard-style background, and then the cute couple were cut out and popped up on top…I love doing that!


Some fun paper from Graphic 45, a few seashells, some braided hemp, and a bit of sparkle courtesy of some Dazzling Diamonds and platinum Stickles…that’s about it!



I really love how this one turned out…a bit simpler than some of my cards, but it just needed to be.

Another one with images from the “Travel” Creative Scraps…I cut the life preserver from another image to pop up on top—looks much better in person! 


Some cording with a couple of knots in it frame the card, and a bit more sparkle with my same favorite sparklers to finish it off…


I love how this couple are staring off together at that beautiful sunset….did you notice the sparkly sand they’re sitting on?  A bit of my favorite clear, chunky German glass glitter…it just looks so marvelously sandy!

Now, as you know I love to do when I can, I have a few family pictures to share with you…seaside, of course!

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Okay…this one isn’t by the sea, but poolside in Phoenix…but it’s my adorable mother, Karen in the 1950’s…isn’t that great?!  Not sure why it was newsworthy, but there you have it!


This one would have been taken near the same time…a family friend on the far left, my grandmother, Velda in the center, and my Mom on the right…

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My newlywed parents on the balcony of their motel in Laguna Beach, California in June, 1960…one of my very favorite photos…

…and lastly, another favorite of mine…not sure what happened to this one, but it’s been through the wringer, apparently! 

Dad, Mom and I at Cape Cod in 1963.  I was born in Boston while Dad was attending school there, and this was one of many weekend trips to the Cape.  Notice Mom’s wearing the same bathing suit she was wearing in the photo BEFORE she got married and had a baby….good job, Mom!

Well, that’s it for me today…I’m off to pick up my two high school daughters from field hockey practice…hope you all have a wonderful evening!

See you soon with something new…





  1. I love the new back ground! Love these couples cards too..they really do pop! Very awesome that you make your mom famous! ;D

  2. They are very cute the cards and photos.


  3. More great cards Julie and great family pictures!! I love how you are always able to relate what you create to your roots!! That's part of what makes your talent so special!! I am so happy you are enjoying your daughter's visit home! I used to play field hockey when I was at school, a very long time ago now it seems!! Those sticks used to really hurt the shins! Sending lots of love across the waves!! Sleep well sweet friend! xxoo

  4. Hi,

    What a superblog you have, I 'am a follower now!!

    Hugs Lia

  5. The cards are just fabulous. I love how you match the colour of the papers with the image.
    The photos.......sigh.......lovely! Adorable!

  6. Hi Julie,
    OH HOW I LOVE these seaside cards of yours! I have ordered many of the seaside images and stamps from Crafty Secrets, so your cards always inspire and help to "get me going" with my own materials. Your use of Stickles and diamond dust is brilliant...and the jute/hemp cord is SO VERY clever! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! And the ultimate color combo for me: red and aqua!

    Your family photos are so spot on for your cards...would you mind if I use a few of them in my own seaside cards? I won't do anything until I get an okay from you! HUGS!

    Paula Clare

  7. Hi Julie! I'm not a summer lover, but these cards may change my mind! I love them, and that sparkly sand is sooo pretty! ... I always enjoy seeing pictures and reading about your family. You're right about your lovely mom in that bathing suit after having a baby...GO MOM! You were such a cutie! Have a fun day, sweetie! xo Paulette

  8. Love your cards and how you related them to your fabulous family photos. Hope you are having terrific Thursday! Best wishes, Tammy

  9. Your cards are wonderful. I love that photo of your parents as newlyweds - just looking at it brings a smile to my face.


  10. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your nice comment!

  11. Love the seaside cards..and the photos of your mother remind us of the fact that there was a time when conspicuous consumption was just a futuristic theory..I can remember having one bathing suit, and actually swimming in it, and it lasted for years..I have a picture of me at 12, about the same time as your Mom's honeymoon, with that exact same haircut!
    Thanks for putting a smile on my grumpy face this morning...

  12. Perfect for summer! Or I guess I should say end of summer.

  13. A blog makeover - very nice! Fab cards, love the postcard vibe going on here and the family photos are great as always - love the newlyweds one of your folks!

  14. I love vintage seaside graphics and photos.
    Your cards are them!

  15. Wow, Julie--Fantastic post!!! Beautiful cards and photos--unbelievable!
    Have a beautiful day and enjoy your daughter's is precious!

  16. What I wouldn't GIVE to have a bod like your momma did. Before OR after babies! Nevah gonna happen! :( or :)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the cards! Yum!


  17. Hi Julie. I am loving all of these beach and seaside things. I am doing a new beach set tomorrow on my blog so of course this caught my attention. Hope you are well my friend
    hugs June xxxxx

  18. Julie thank you for stopping by my blog:) You brought with your comment a smile and I appreciate it.

    I so love the cards! Each one is such a pleasure to look at. AHHHH days at the beach how wonderful!

    Glad you have time to enjoy your daughter.

  19. Hola Julie, have seen so many wonderful cards you make, they are really lovely and also have loved the old family photos you show, they reminded me so much of my family photos, same period.
    Thank you so much for your visit and you´ve got a new fan.!!
    muchos cariños
    maria cecilia

  20. Loved your photos, Julie, and the cards are just adorable, as always!

  21. Hi Julie, I am ending my rough day with a visit where I know I will end with a smile. Your beach cards are always my favorite. Love that Velda! Tonight I can't put off any longer checking into what Crafty Secrets are. I've been holding off because I just know I will become hooked, but here I go.... Always inspiring here! Elizabeth

  22. Oh, I love your cards!
    They look wonderful!
    Thank you for sharing!

  23. Hey sweet friend,
    I hear you on the
    busy-ness front!
    I'm going home from
    my parent's on Sunday
    and then it's back
    and the whole kit
    and kaboodle! Love
    the simpler card that
    you made and the cute
    shots of your folks : )
    Good luck with the
    beginning of the
    school year!
    xx Suzanne

  24. Beautiful cards, I love how you wrapped the white twine for the nautical look. Thanks for sharing. ~Diane