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A very warm welcome to my teeny, tiny part of the huge world of blogging. This is where I am hoping to share my passion for making hand made greeting cards. So - why "Always with a Heart"? Well this is for two reasons. Firstly, it is because every card I produce always carries a heart on it somewhere. This can be big and bold or small and almost hidden - the fun sometimes is just trying to find it! Secondly it is because I put my heart into everything I produce. I hope that any visitors enjoy seeing what I post. If you drop by then please leave me a comment so that I know you called. It would be nice to know that you have found my heart in what I do.


Wednesday, 7 December 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!!

I hope all is good with everyone.

Sorry for my lack of posts .. .. but life has been super busy here .. .. but I do believe I am coming out of the other side now so things should soon calm down.

There were so many things on my urgent crafty do list that I just needed to keep my head down and get on with them.  But now everyone I am currently working for is happy I can enjoy submerging myself in Christmas makes for a few day.

This was my favourite from today's batch:

This used:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set "660978" - Woodlands
X-Cut Mini Sentiment Die - Merry & Bright
Backing Papers were from my left-over box but if anyone desperately needs to know where they came from I can do a search for you
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Josy Rose Nail Heads

and that is it .. .. another lovely flat card as once again I have used my favourite inlaid die technique. I really enjoy this technique .. .. it must be something to do with all those jig-saw puzzles we did as kids! 

So that is me for today.

I'll catch you again soon.

Monday, 28 November 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Monday!

I hope your day has gone well .. .. mine has been super exciting because I have today received a beautiful badge for adding to my blog .. .. which means I have some amazing and unbelievable news to share.

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will remember that earlier this year I was very lucky and astonished to receive a British Craft Award as 2016's Favourite Card Designer.

Well look what I am able to share today ... ..

 I am super lucky and surprised to learn that I have been nominated again and this year
under the category of 
Papercraft Designer of the Year

Now I know that everyone says that they do not expect to win .. .. and that has always been true for me .. .. but even more so because just look at the nominee list as posted on the voting website:

Stephanie Weightman
Anne-Marie Catterall
Julie Gibbs  (that's my Sunday name)
Barbara Gray
Joanna Sheen
Sheena Douglass
Sara Davies
Leonie Pujol
Sue Wilson
Tim Holtz

I cannot believe that my name is nestled amongst so many of my crafting idols and I feel super honoured, humbled and happy that my little name actually appears on the same list!!  

Let's face it .. .. I don't stand any chance at all this year.  But that is OK .. .. just being part of this list is more than enough in itself and is certainly something I would never have thought possible in my wildest dreams.

But "you" could be a winner because voting has started over on the British Craft Award website .. .. and if you fancy voting in any of the categories (Sewing, Knitting & Crochet, Quilting, Cross-Stitch and Papercraft) you are in with a chance of winning a fabby gift voucher (provided you are a UK resident).

How amazing is that?!?  It would certainly buy quite a lot of crafty goodies that's for sure .. .. and we can all think of at least 10 things we "need" for our crafty pursuits!!

.. .. .. and if your personal favourites of the craft world are not listed in any of the categories then you get chance to add your own choice in the box entitled "other" .

Voting closes at 11.59pm on the 20th December 2016.  Best of luck if you decide to take part.

So there we go .. .. a special day in my crafty life .. .. and to celebrate I have made myself a sparkly new signature which is hopefully going to stop that error message popping up every time I post! LOL!!!  

Sunday, 27 November 2016


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all been having a lovely weekend.

Mine has gone far better than I could have imagined .. .. as in lots of Christmas present purchasing completed.

Mr Heart and I went off yesterday to purchase all the presents for our "family Christmas get together" which is when we exchange our gifts to each other .. .. but we are only allowed to spend £1.  We have more fun buying these presents than probably any others .. .. mainly because no-one really expects anything wonderful.  But strangely enough it is possible to buy things you are proud to give for this tiny amount.  

A big stack of wrapping to be done there .. .. as well as some special tag making! 

Then today we continued with some more serious purchases.  Part of which comprised of seeking out goodies to put into the hampers we give to the London Kids and our youngest Son.  I think in our heads the hampers are much bigger than they actually are so whether everything will fit in remains to be seen.

Anyway, very first thing this morning I made a card for taking over to the Pixie's Snippets Playground.

I actually made a very similar card on Friday to give to someone and was so pleased with it that I decided to make another before I packed everything away again.  A great card for using up different bits of paper.

So here we go:

No ingredients from me on a Sunday because I allow myself to be lazy  .. .. ..  but I will warn you that probably only the sentiment is still available to buy.  The other stamps are very old, but still very loved and shout to be used! 

I also wondered if anyone has a printer that used this range of ink cartridges:

My printer that used these stopped working a while ago and I have the above cartridge floating about, brand new and unopened.  If anyone can use it then please let me know and I will send it your way.  It is a shame to just throw it away when it might come in useful for someone.

Enjoy what is left of the weekend and I will catch you again soon.


Thursday, 24 November 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday!

I hope your day has been good.  

This time next month we will all no-doubt be trying to stuff far too much food into our fridges and cupboards and possibly filling the house with smells of mincepies and baking.. .. .. and will probably have presents that still need wrapping!! 

But for now .. .. life is just a little bit calmer and I have another Christmas card to share.

Now when I catch TV cooking competition programmes the contestants will quite annoyingly often say .. .. "this is me .. .. on a plate".  Well now I am going to say that today's creation is actually me on a card .. .. .. pale but hopefully of interest LOL!!

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3741K" Filigree Tree
Sentiment:  Penny Black "3267F" Christmas
Spellbinders Nestabilties:  Classic Heart
Distress Ink Pads:  Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
Silver Embossing Powder
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Cord, Charm and Gems from my crafty stash box

I am going to enter my creation into the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge .. .. with not much time to spare!  This month they would like to see masking and stamping along with another option which can be chosen from a very long list!

My mask was created by cutting a heart into a square of paper and inking through it .. .. my stamping was heat embossed and for my optional element I choose sewing.

So there we go .. .. another Christmas card ready!  Off to link up now before I miss the deadline.

No excuse for not finding the heart today!

Many thanks for the good wishes and queries regarding Mr Heart.  He is finally "nearly" lurgy free and I hope I am not tempting fate by saying "and I think the germs have managed to dodge me".

Catch you soon


Wednesday, 23 November 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday .. .. I hope you have had a good day.

Do you realise that this time next month .. .. it will be Christmas Eve tomorrow!!!   Eeeekkk!!!

Now that is scary!

My favourite day of the year almost upon us and I am still frantically making Christmas cards.  I really need to pull my socks up next year!

So with the radio playing Christmas songs in the background I settled down to a few Christmas makes this afternoon and can share a couple of them with you here. 

Now my white card Wednesday theme has been well and truly stretched today as some of my white card offcucts were printed on with a sparkly new sentiment and digi paper download.  Is that cheating?!?!

Quite a few of you will remember how gutted I was that Liz closed Pink Petticoat some time ago .. .. and I have sulked a little ever since .. .. well Liz has clearly missed us as much as we have missed her because she has opened up another boutique called "The Lovely Studio".  Yay!!!!  It is still under construction and new designs (as well as some of the old favourites) are slowly making an appearance .. .. but I am well happy and finally got chance to have a little browse yesterday.  Lots of Christmas downloads, so if like me you are still chasing your tail on the Christmas front then there is plenty to look at.  I definitely need to re-visit!  

Anyway, here we go with my shares for today:

This used

Image:  Penny Black "4342K" Berry Tree
Sentiment:  The Lovely Studio "Mistletoe Kisses"
Backing Paper:  The Lovely Studio "Ditsy Dots"
Memory Box Dies:  Modern Landscape Border and Snowflake Heart
X-Cut Embossing Folder:  Small Polka Hearts
Stickles:  Xmas Red
Glitter Card
White Gel Pen
Ribbon and Gems from my crafty stash box

and my next one features one of my favourite techniques.  Inlaid die cuts .. .. I always think of them as jig-saw puzzles for crafters LOL!! 

This used:

Sentiment:  The Lovely Studio "Mistletoe Kisses"
Backing Paper:  The Lovely Studio "Ditsy Dots"
Snowflake Die by Apple Blossom .. .. but there is no name on the packaging
Diamond Stickles 

A flat card too .. bonus!!

So that is me for today. 

Catch you soon.


Tuesday, 22 November 2016


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good Tuesday.

I am here a little later than I hoped to be.. .. but better late than never.

My teeny, tiny card this week (a whole 3.5 inches square for anyone new to my blog) shares a little bit of Christmas past.  That lovely sparkly paper was the outside of the crackers the London Kids were sporting on their table last year!  

So here we go:

This used:

Sentiment and Backing Paper:  Kaisercraft:  Frosted
X-Cut Dies:  Happy Christmas (for the cute little holly leaves)
Xmas Red Stickles
White Gel Pen
Ribbon and Pearls from my crafty stash box
My Trusty Sewing Machine
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

and that is it!

Isn't that backing paper gorgeous!  I would love a whole pad full of just that design!!

Catch you again soon folks.


Sunday, 20 November 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday!

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.

Ours has been a bit of a mixed bag .. .. .. Mr Heart has had the lurgy all week and it doesn't seem to be in a rush to disappear .. .. in fact if anything he feels worse today than he has all week.  He hadn't better share it with me!  I certainly don't have time to be ill! I am blaming it all on the flu jab he had a couple of weeks ago!!

But with Mr Heart lying low and coughing for England, I have had chance to have a good crafty clear up after what has been a manic work week. Certainly lots of good things achieved .. .. and lots more lined up .. .. but sadly I have also had to turn work down and that always seems such a shame. But sometimes sense has to prevail.

At least I managed to find time for a play with my snippets .. .. and Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without this little chappie making an appearance.

Yay!!  Another Christmas card made .. .. but I still need lots more!!  So no let up on the Christmas card blog posts just yet!  Sorry folks!

Hopefully a few more will be making an appearance this week .. .. but for now I will skip along to Pixie's Snippets Playground as this used up quite a few bits from the ever increasing snippet pile. I just wish that lovely holly paper I have used would multiply whilst my back is turned .. .. it has nearly all gone now :-(

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.


Tuesday, 15 November 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!!

I hope your week is going well .. .. mine is super busy .. .. if fact I don't think I have ever been busier! Good job I am full of energy and raring to go!!

So a scheduled post from me today with a teeny, tiny 3.5" make I had hidden up my sleeve ready for posting when I don't have time to make anything sparkly new .. ..

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2754H" Xmas Kiss
Sentiment:  Papermania Urban Stamps "PMA 907180" Christmas in the Country -Tags
Backing Paper:  Papermania "A Silent Night" (not that you can see much of it LOL!!)
Crystal Glamour Dust
My Trust Sewing Machine
Ribbon and Pearls from my crafty stash box
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board for the tiny envelope - not sure where the paper for that came from .. .. it was lurking in the "use me up" drawer!!

and that is it!

I hope you all have a really good day.


Saturday, 12 November 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday!!

I hope your weekend is going well.  The weather here isn't quite as bad as we were expecting.

Quite a nice relaxed Saturday here in comparison to last Saturday when I was preparing for the wedding fayre.

I decided to nip over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge and take part in that this month as I haven't been able to for a while now :-(

I must admit I was expecting (and rather hoping) that the challenge would be Christmas related .. .. but no!  They would like "anything but a card". Eeekkk!!

But ever up for a challenge I decided to make Mr Heart a bookmark that clamps over the relevant page with the help of a couple of concealed magnets.

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3773H" Love Graffiti, "3880K" Fantasy and two little butterflies from "30-013" Critter Party
Distress Ink:  Tumbled Glass
Glossy Accents

I have stashed it into his reading book of the moment .. .. I wonder how long it will be before he grabs it for a read and finds his little pressie?  Answers on a postcard LOL!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  We are out for a meal with friends tonight .. .. thankfully the rain has stopped .. .. let's hope it stays that way!


Thursday, 10 November 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday .. .. yes, I think I am now on track with the week and the fact that today is actually Thursday .. ..  I am just not happy about it LOL!!  I could do with it being Tuesday!

My time is being spent at the moment in producing some future projects for the Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine .. .. and whilst I can't share those yet .. .. I can share some projects which I worked on for the current Christmas Issue of the magazine, which went on sale this week.

My first card comes from a commission called "Airbrush Effects".  I had great fun creating this set of cards and this one was my favourite

This next card comes from a stamping commission which used some of the lovely Lili of the Valley Digi Stamps.  This was my favourite from this set, though I find the images so cute I could have added the whole set:

So there we go.  Those are my offerings for today.

Back to work for me now whilst I still have some lovely daylight.   

Catch you soon.