Monday, November 1, 2010

Side by Side…


Good afternoon, my friends!

Wow…we’re in November already…can you believe it?!  Where has the year gone?  I’m so excited for the upcoming holiday season, though, so it’s okay with me!

Here’s a little card I made this weekend:


Another charmingly sweet vintage image from Crafty Secrets…this one from their “Vintage Photos” Creative Scraps…one of my favorites!

I decided to keep to sepia tones to mimic the feel of a vintage photograph…very soothing.  Some lovely prints from Graphic 45 to give it a bit of pattern…


…some luscious seam binding, courtesy of Miss Martha Stewart, all crinkled up and fashioned into a double bow, topped off with one of my very favorite vintage mother-of-pearl buttons…


…and of course, I needed more of those little lovelies lined up—just like the ladies--at the bottom of the card!


Some platinum Stickles for some shimmery framing, pretty lace, and that’s about it!

Of course you know while making this card I was reminded of a bit of family history…this time it lead me to the lovely Peterson Sisters of Wisconsin…


You can probably see why the photos reminded me of each other.  This is one of my favorites from my husband’s side of the family.  His grandmother, Minnie Frederica Peterson Campbell is on the far right…isn’t that a wonderful old name?  Minnie Frederica…

Here she is a few years earlier…isn’t she a lovely girl?  I have so much more to tell you about Minnie…another day…

Here she is again in another wonderful family photo—this time with the whole Peterson Family…


Again, Minnie is on the far right.  Here father, Nels and mother, Anne Marie, in the center.  Nels and Anne Marie immigrated to America a few decades earlier as young single people, met and married in Wisconsin…had 12 children, 9 of which survived to adulthood, and here they are.

Here’s one other lovely portrait—of Minnie’s sister, Anna…

Anna Peterson Onsrud 1_edited-1

I love when things connect…when making a card just for fun will take me back generations to another time, and I can spend a little while thinking about those that came before me…

…thanks for spending a little of that time with me.

See you soon with something new.



  1. Hi Julie! I'm so glad you found me, too! I've added you as a favorite. I love these old photos, because I LOVE the clothing!! The card you made out of the old photo is too pretty!
    Patricia :o)

  2. Love your card Julie - it´s so pretty.
    Awesome old photos too.
    xo Tina

  3. I love this card!! xoxoxo

  4. What a supergreat card! I love that you still have all this photos and the stories behind them. Great stuff!

  5. Beautiful card. You really do a great job!


  6. You could put a book together about all of this..the cards and the old pictures! I love it how women stand with their hands behind their backs like that! ;D

  7. I always love to see the cards you create and the pictures you post of old family members. YOure very lucky to have the pictures and the stories to tell!
    have a great week!

  8. LOVE the card. And as always... you have the best photos & stories that you share with us! THANK YOU!!!!!!!! And will you tell me your seceret to crinkling the seam binding? I have heard so many different techniques but, thought I'd ask a pro. Hope you had a fun Halloween & WELCOME November! HUGS!

  9. Julie, your card is beautiful! I love that sweet image, and the colors and embellishments you chose to use with it are a perfect match!

    Love the old family photos! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Hello Julie... I always love seeing your beautiful cards, and also your beautiful vintage family photos... Minnie is so lovely, and I am excited to hear more about her soon!... xoxo Julie Marie

  11. Dear Julie... you are such a faithful follower even though I have been so off and on with my blogging lately. Too much happening and in and out of town.
    I'm so curious about your Petersons. I research Petersons for my husband's side of the family. Your hubby and mine are probably related!
    Hope you have a chance to go back to my blog where I did update and write a little bit about what we did the past several days at the class reunion.
    Frankly, I never saw so many old folks in all my life!! LOL
    I love all of your old pictures. You are the sweetest person to be so gentle with all of your wonderful family and their stories and history.
    Ladybug Creek

  12. Julie this card is so classically YOU! I LOVE it! You MUST tell me the color and kind of ink you use on all your cards? The color is perfect for that vintage-y feel. Gorgeous...just GORGEOUS!

    Have a beautiful week dear friend!

  13. Such a beautiful, vintage card! You're creativity is awesome! Love your blog. I hope your Mom had a great birthday!

  14. Wow Julie, you never cease to amaze me! I just love this newest card and especially the colours of it. Very vintage looking. Just perfect. And I also loved these family pictures of yours! You are so lucky to have such a wealth of photographs! I send oodles of love and lots of hugs your way on this cold,windy and wet November day! xxooo

  15. Julie, I adore the sepia tones and that row of buttons at the bottom to mimic the women is the perfect touch! really adds to the nostolgic feel!
    You should do collage sheets with all the old vintage photos you have!

  16. Julie, I know I say it often, (you deserve it) but, I love your gorgeous cards, and your WONDERFUL stories!! I am always enthralled! I was wondering if you would send me your addy, and tell me your favorite color. Please don't feel you HAVE too though. Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  17. Dear Julie,
    So lovely, so very you,and so "new" in Sepia and brown. Love the little touches of glitter added, the beautifull image, and paper background, and the bow--
    I`m alwayes feeling filled up with beauty, visiting you.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  18. Julie, you have
    some beautiful
    What a fun card
    to make....and
    memories to
    xx Suzanne

  19. Such a beautiful card. Always enjoy your stories and images. Hope you are having a good week!

    Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage

  20. Hi Julie,
    I love your card and as always, your amazing pictures too!!! I always feel like I've been on a journey back in time when I visit--and it is so fun!!!

  21. Fun card and wonderful memories around it...hugs. xoxo

  22. Beautiful card Julie, I love the sepia tones! Love the family pics too. ~Diane

  23. It's just a piece of art! A very pretty piece of art...congratulations!!

  24. Vintage family photographs are wonderful, and so is the card! Love the vintage stuff!!

  25. Beautiful card, Julie - the old buttons and lace are just perfect with that lovely image. :)