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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.

SKETCH LIBRARY

Saturday, 23 January 2021

LITTLE MIRACLE

Hi Everyone

I hope your weekend has started well.

Our day started with snow .. .. .. great big flakes and lots of them .. .. .. but then the afternoon was lovely sunshine .. .. followed by an evening that has seen the temperatures fall and fall to give us a good thick frost on the cars etc.  I wonder what the night is going to bring?

Definitely feeling super sorry for all the people who have had their homes flooded .. .. what else can be thrown into the mix of misery I wonder?

Hopeful of some good news for someone further down the line here is a baby card from me today:




This used:

Image:  LOTV Baby Hammock
Sentiment:  LOTV Baby Sentiments
Backing Papers:  Nitwits Collection "Cherish"
First Edition Die
ProMarkers
Nail Heads
Crystal Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend .. .. doing hopefully, whatever makes you happy!

Thursday, 21 January 2021

THANKS

Hi Everyone

Thursday again already and I am flying by quickly with a card I made first thing this morning before taking my Auntie and Uncle for their Covid Vaccinations. Then this afternoon I headed off to Mum's laden with her shopping for the week and to make her one of her favourite dinners .. .. stew and dumplings.  

Home again now though so a quick post with my share for today.  Only two pictures today .. .. as I am rubbish at trying to take pictures of tent style cards "face on".  I don't know why I even bother trying as they never turn out successfully LOL!!!


This used:

Sizzix 3-D Embossing Folder "662716" Botanical
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set "664163" Wildflower Stems #1
Sentiment:  A magazine cover gift from ages ago
Vellum
Gold Embossing Powder
Distress Ink Pad:  "Speckled Egg"
Ribbon
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine


and that is me for today.

Thank you for popping by and also for your lovely comments on my Teeny, Tiny Tuesday card.  I had to smile when people made reference to it looking "retro", because funnily enough, as I was posting up the photographs the background reminded me of the wallpaper my late Mum in Law used to have on her kitchen wall back in the 70's.  

Hopefully I will catch you tomorrow.


Tuesday, 19 January 2021

TEENY, TINY TUESDAY

Hi Everyone

I hope your week is going well.

Tuesday here is always teeny tiny Tuesday .. .. the day my cards shrink to measure a whole 3.5 inches square .. .. .. and here is my offering for this week





This used:

Background Image:  Crafty Individuals "CI-490" Blossoms Repeating Background
Die-Namics Die Set:  Blueprints 14
Sentiment:  Clear Stamp Set "DigiStamp Boutique" sadly no longer trading
Distress Ink Pads
Onyx Black Versafine Ink Pad
Clear Embossing Powder
Ribbon
Twine
Pearls
My Trusty Sewing Machine

The background was created by stamping the image with the Black Versafine Ink and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder so that a mixture of distress inks could be blended across it and polished off.

.. .. .. and that is me for today.

Catch you again soon.

Sunday, 17 January 2021

FEZZIWIGS FESTIVE FROLICS

Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a good weekend.  Rubbish weather here but an enjoyable couple of days nonetheless.  

Playing today with a lovely present that a very dear friend sent me for popping under my Christmas tree (thank you again if you should pop by here xxxx).



This used:

Backing Paper:  Ephrazy Design "Christmas Tartan" an Etsy store that isn't linkable at the moment
Sizzix Thinlits Dies "664210" Wreath & Snowflake (my lovely Christmas present)
and "664205" Circle Words Christmas
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am taking this over to Fezziwigs Festive Frolics Challenge where "anything festive" is the theme of the moment.  There are still a couple of days left to play along if, like me, are wanting to nail your Christmas cards nice and early this year!

Two Christmas cards in my box now!  Woo hoo!

Have a good week everyone.

Friday, 15 January 2021

BE HAPPY

Hi Everyone

Happy Friday .. .. ahead of what I hope will be a happy weekend.

I know we don't have a lot to be happy about at the moment as things are getting extra worrying and scary virus wise .. .. .. but hopefully we all still do have reasons to be grateful for lots of things in our lives .. .. .. so perhaps we should concentrate on those to keep our spirits up.

Certainly for me my little craft pod keeps my spirits in a happy place .. .. .. I love to lose myself in there. 

This is my latest creation:




This used:

Image:  WhimsyDreamsClipart "Romantic Flowers" Digital Stamp
Sentiment:  LOTV "Embossed Labels"
Backing Paper from the snippet box
ProMarkers
Ribbon
Crystal Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.

Hopefully catch you again soon.


Tuesday, 12 January 2021

TEENY, TINY TUESDAY

Hi Everyone

I hope your Tuesday has gone well .. .. .. and you are finding enough to keep you occupied whilst in lockdown.

I have plenty to keep me out of mischief that's for sure.

Today I grabbed a few of the snippets that are haunting my craft pod and use them to make a teeny, tiny card.  For anyone new to my blog they are a whole 3.5 inches square.

No sentiment for this card .. .. I thought it would make a lovely little note card .. .. and at the same time it has potential for much larger cards too.  There is another bird in the stamp set and a couple of sentiments that I am sure will appear another day.




This used:

Image:  Woodware Clear Stamp Set "JGS701" Bird Blocks
ProMarkers
My Trusty Sewing Machine
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board


and that is me for today.

Take care everyone and stay safe.

Monday, 11 January 2021

CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR

 But it comes to my blog multiple times a year - starting today!!  


Hi Everyone

I hope your week is off to a good start.

Flying in and out very quickly today with my very first Christmas card for 2021




This used:

Every stamp and die in the Sizzix stamp and die set "659376" Holiday - Joy
Creative Craft Products:  Side Stepper Card Die Set
Backing Paper:  Make & Create "Magical Christmas"
Spellbinders Dies:  Circle and Scallop Circle
Versafine Inkpads in a variety of colours
Ribbon
Gems
My Trusty Sewing Machine

This is for taking over to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the theme this fortnight is 

"Such a Deer"

So that is it .. .. Christmas card number one into the box!  Yay!!

Saturday, 9 January 2021

MAKE A WISH . . . . .

Hi Everyone

I hope your Saturday has been a good one.

It has been quite productive here on many fronts .. .. .. which of course means the day has flown by .. .. .. but I did make time for a little crafty session this evening and created this:




This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2349K" best of luck!
Sentiment:  Woodware Clear Magic Singles "FRS009" Make a Wish
Backing Papers:  Craftwork Cards "The Potting Shed" and a snippet from "The Lovely Studio"
ProMarkers
Diamond Stickles
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and for all of you who sadly received torture finding the heart on my last post .. .. .. it was here:


sitting tucked away under the black layer in the top right corner.

It wouldn't do for them all to be easy would it? LOL!!

Catch you again soon and thank you to everyone who so diligently seek the heart in what I create.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

NEW SKETCH

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all well and coping with the way the world is at the moment.

Yesterday saw us put Christmas back into the roof .. .. boo hoo .. .. everywhere is now looking very bare and dull.  Sigh!!

So to cheer myself up I created my first new sketch for 2021  -  Sketch Fifty One


and I used it to create this:




This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2863J" Lovin' & Huggin'
Sentiment:  Clearly Besotted "CBSSP649" Speaking Out
Backing Papers:  First Edition Paper "Rose Garden"
ProMarkers
Ribbon
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I also spent some time searching until I found the YouTube video which inspired me to make Tuesday's card.  I got so many lovely comments and emails about it that it didn't feel right not to find the lady who shared her video in the first place .. .. and here it is 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASzxapE_Irg&t=9s

Just copy and paste this into your browser,  watch (or skip) a couple of adverts and then Natasha will take you through everything.

So that is me for today.  

I am off to link up to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme is always "anything goes" and this month it has an optional theme of "something new".   So that will be my "new sketch".

If you would like to see my other sketches there is a tab at the top of my blog called "my sketch vault" .. .. .. if you want to use any of them then please feel free to do so.

Enjoy the rest of your day.  Hope you can find some crafty time and mojo ... ... which lots of folk are currently saying has gone on walkabouts!  Must be a sign of the times.

Take care and stay safe.


Tuesday, 5 January 2021

TEENY TINY TUESDAY

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday .. .. I hope your week is going as well as it can in light of the new national lockdown.

Here tonight with my first teeny, tiny card for 2021  (yay!!  I got the year right this time .. .. I had a blast from the past and called it 2012 in my last post!! I typed the year lots of times that day and everytime I put 2012!  LOL!!). 

For anyone new to my blog my teeny tiny makes are a whole 3.5 inches square and they are great for using up those small pieces of card and design paper that we all stash away.

Of course a teeny, tiny card doesn't use many snippets .. .. but every little helps.

So here it is:



This used:

Sentiment:  Wow!! Embossing Powder "STAMPSET2" Gratitude.
Lots of snippets
A piece of acetate
My Trusty Sewing Machine
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

This was inspired by a YouTube video I watched where all the strips are stuck to a piece of acetate and then die cut into shape .. .. .. but I can't find it again now to link to it.  Sorry.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

HOPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES

Hi Everyone

Well I was brave and opened the door of the craft pod today .. .. .. climbed over all the things I had stashed in there so they were out of sight over Christmas .. .. .. cleaned down my desk and then created this:




This used:

Image:  Fresh Cut Studios "Floral Rabbit"
Sentiment: Computer Generated using font "Vanilla Shot"
Frame:  DigiTreat "Frame Borders"
ProMarkers
Chalk
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Really enjoyed my first play of 2012.

Did you managed to find the heart?  

Catch you again soon everyone .. .. have a good week.

Saturday, 2 January 2021

FESTIVE FROLICS CHALLENGE

Hi Everyone

Last year (2020) I took part in quite a few challenges to increase my stock of Christmas cards throughout the year.  Come December I was so pleased I had as it made the run up to the "big day" far less stressful than in previous years.  So lovely to have a box all ready for sending.

One of the challenges I entered throughout the year was Hazel's Festive Frolics Challenge and to round the challenge year off we are being asked to post our Favourite 5 makes.

I really enjoyed this challenge and managed to enter quite a few times.  These were my favourite five:





and of course this last one has to feature 
because it was my favourite Christmas make of 2020


So that is my post for today.

Once again I had the chance for a long lie in this morning .. .. .. but as always I was keen to start the day and got up early!  Stupid really because I only end up creeping about so I don't wake Mr Heart up. 

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.