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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.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

Time for my teeny, tiny Tuesday creation .. .. which for any new visitors measures a teeny, tiny 3.5 x 3.5 inches (probably bigger in the photographs than in real life .. .. ..  in fact on my screen the size on the second photograph is exactly the size of the card LOL!!).

This used:

Sentiment:  Stampin' Up "Happy Watercolor"
My Favorite Things Die-namics Die Set:  Blueprints 12
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Diamond Stickles
Card and Paper from my Snippet Drawers
Felt, metallic thread and sequins and from Crafty Stash Box

and of course the We R Memory Keepers Envelope board for making the little envelope.

Well .. .. it is the first of October tomorrow .. .. eekk!!!  Where is time going?!?!?  I think there are going to be a few more Christmas cards needing to make an appearance on my blog .. .. sorry about that folks!!

Catch you soon.


Monday, 29 September 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Monday.

I hope your week has got off to a good start!

Lots of birthday cards needed here at the moment so I themed one around this month's Penny Black Saturday Challenge which is Brown, Blue and White:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1447H" A Gift For You
Die-Versions Die:  "DVR-001" Happy Birthday Corner Concepts
Backing Paper:  Pink Petticoat "Gingham"
Woodware Punch:  Small Tag
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Glamour Dust
Diamond Stickles
Eylet and Twine from My Crafty Stash Box

and that is me for today!

Still a few days left to enter if you fancy playing along!

See you tomorrow with my Teeny, Tiny Tuesday make.


Sunday, 28 September 2014


Hi Everyone

I hope your weekend has been a lovely one.

I think I must still be in holiday mode because it is definitely taking a lot of effort to get myself moving!!  Hopefully tomorrow I will wake up hyper-active because I need to hit the ground running!!

Last week I missed playing along in the snippet playground (sorry Di xx) .. .. so I decided that meant I needed to do two Christmas cards this week. 

A bit of a cheat though because they are pretty much identical .. .. 

So there we go .. .. two more for the Christmas box .. .. and a couple of cards to show around Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge along with my letter of apology for not playing along last week!!  :-(

Right .. .. best hurry up before Sunday turns into Monday and I have to list my ingredients LOL!!!

Catch you soon.


Saturday, 27 September 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday .. .. I hope your weekend has got off to a good start.

We were promised BBQ weather here today!!  I just hope folks didn't rush out to buy supplies because I certainly wouldn't have wanted a BBQ in our garden today .. .. I would have had to wear too many layers LOL!!!

So as promised here is my favourite butterfly from the butterfly farm we visited in Stratford-upon-Avon .. ..the Glasswing Butterfly

 Isn't it just gorgeous?  It looked so small and delicate.

There were other sections to visit with spiders, snails, millipedes etc .. .. but they just didn't appeal to us .. .. especially as some of them were described as "giant millipedes" (a small one is bad enough) .. .. so we gave those a miss !!!  LOL!!

I was hoping to have had a card to post alongside my butterfly photograph today but instead I decided to catch up on the dreaded washing and put away all the crafty stuff I had simply stacked into boxes as we fled the house. 

Enjoy the rest of your evening and have a great Sunday.

Catch you tomorrow with my snippets.


Friday, 26 September 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!

Crikey me .. .. how long have I been away from my little blog?

Many thanks for all the enquiries and messages checking up on me .. .. but rest assured all is well.

I had a really busy couple of weeks work wise, which meant I posted next to nothing on my poor blog, and then Mr Heart and I decided to escape for a few days to Stratford upon Avon. Somewhere we had never been before .. .. and we arrived back home yesterday.

The plan had been to leave things so I could at least post something whilst we were away .. .. but Mr Wifi connection had other ideas and decided that I should have a complete break!!  

We had such a lovely relaxing time away and today it has been really hard to knock ourselves into shape and pick things up where we left them.  But we have tried our best LOL!!

My share today is for taking over to Sandra's Rudolph Day Challenge:

This used:

Sentiment:  Whimsy Stamps "Christmas Chalkboards 1"
Backing Papers:  Kaisercraft "North Pole"
Wow! Embossing Powder:  Opaque Bright White
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Snowflake Ribbon (the only bit of crafty shopping I did whilst we were away along with felt, pom-pom ribbon and a few shaped buttons)
Button and Metallic Twine from My Crafty Stash Box

and that is my blog all woken up and in action again!!

Part of our time away involved us visiting a butterfly farm and I am hoping I have a decent picture of my favourite butterfly to share with you at some stage.

Just off to catch up with my Mum now and then Mr Heart will be on fish and chip duties .. .. whilst I make a start on catching up with your lovely blogs.

Have a great weekend everyone .. .. I think the weather is supposed to be wonderful!


Tuesday, 16 September 2014


Hi Everyone

Sorry for the no-show yesterday.

No time to make anything to share on my blog as my day disappeared on commission work .. .. and then come the evening .. .. well it took an exciting turn .. ..


Thank you for all your good wishes and happy thoughts and messages.  They clearly did some good!

I have never know the pair of them be so excited about anything.  It was so lovely listen to them and hear all about it.  It is making me smile just thinking about it again :-)

Fingers crossed all goes through smoothly and quickly for them now.  

So after all of that here is my teeny, tiny Tuesday share:

This used:

Spellbinders Nestabilities:  Octagons
Memory Box Dies:  Kaleidoscope Butterfly and Moonlight Butterfly
Papermania Tri-boss Embossing Folder:  Check Mate
X-Cut Punch:  Small Flower
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads and Gems
Ribbon from My Crafty Stash Box
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Distress Ink Pad:  Worn Lipstick
We R Memory Keepers:  Envelope Board

All that for one teeny, tiny card!!!  LOL!!

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone and I'll catch you again soon.


Sunday, 14 September 2014


Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a good weekend.  

Mine was fabby and flew by so fast .. .. but then I knew it would because it always does when I have all my lovely family together.

Everyone has gone again now and I need to hurry up and get my snippets posted and linked up to Pixie's Snippets Playground before Sunday disappears.

So here they are:

As it is Sunday I am lazy and do not list my ingredients but if there is anything you would like to know then ask away and I will try my best to answer.

Catch you again soon.


Friday, 12 September 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday.

I hope you have had a good day.

We had a lovely meal out last night .. .. somewhere we hadn't been before .. .. and the portions were so huge we couldn't fit a pudding in!!  That just didn't seem right!!

Thank you for the birthday wishes for my Son . .. . he had a very happy birthday.

Just a quick share today as that crafty list is increasing at a great rate of knots  .. .. .. including Christmas makes!!  My lovely Christmas stock box that I was so proud of has been depleted considerably already (and there was me thinking I was well ahead of the game this year for a change).

So here is my share for today:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "4058J" Yearning
Sentiment and Backing Papers:  Craftwork Cards "The Potting Shed Collection"
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads 
My Trust Sewing Machine
Ribbon and Twine from My Crafty Stash Box

So the London Kids are arriving tomorrow and I need to be up bright and early to tidy up the spare room and find a bed for them to sleep in .. .. .. and no-doubt once again I will vow to keep it that tidy in the future (but knowing full well I won't) LOL!!.

No double celebrations tomorrow :-(  The main house the London Kids wanted to see had gone before they got anywhere near it and the other needed far too many repairs ..  shame.  But eventually they will find what is meant to be theirs.  I just hope they don't have too long to wait, and too many disappointments along the way.

Catch you again soon (tomorrow if the day is kind to me or Sunday with my snippets if it isn't).

Happy weekend everyone!


Thursday, 11 September 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday!

I hope your day has been a good one.

It is a special one in the House of Hearts as it is our youngest Son's birthday.  He is extra lucky this year because he is going to be like royalty and celebrate his birthday twice.  Tonight we will make the most of the "actual" day he was welcomed into the world by going out for a celebratory meal .. .. and then we will celebrate his special day again on Saturday when the London Kids are here.  

It would be nice to think we could also celebrate the London Kids having found a house they would like to buy . .. but that seems a very difficult mission nowadays and nothing like buying in house in our day!  Houses in London seem to get snapped up very, very quickly and one house they looked at a few weeks ago was going to have another 22 couples viewing it that same day!!!

They are going to look at two properties today .. .. so we will wait and see what stories lie behind those viewings.

Seems like you have to move fast in London!!  No going back for second and third visits like we have done on our past purchases!!

Anyway, round to my share for today which is for taking over to the Sketch Saturday Challenge:

This used:

Backing Paper:  Papermania "Exquisite" Paper Collection  (a very old stack I loved so much that I bought a couple of them at the time .. .. and still have a few sheets left).
Sentiment:  Inkadinkado "96070 M" Kathy Davis Happy Anniversary (stamped without the flower)
Spellbinders Nestabilities:  Heart
My Favorite Things Die:  Blueprint 14
Joy Craft Dies:  Curved Edge Flowers
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon from My Crafty Stash Box

and that is me for today.  Did you find the heart?  LOL!!

If you fancy playing along with the challenge then here is the sketch I used:

Just time to say thank you for all your lovely comments on my card yesterday and then go and make myself look presentable ready to meet up with the birthday boy!

Catch you again soon.


Wednesday, 10 September 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

Popping in and out very quickly with my share for today:

This used:

Image:  Stampendous "CRR112" Ranunclus Field
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat
Go Kreate Die:  Large Frames Scalloped Squares
Sizzix Die:  "658226" Botanical Flourish
My Favorite Things Die:  Blueprint 14
Distress Ink Pads:  Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick and Barn Door
Diamond Stickles
Glamour Dust
Pearls, Ribbon and Feathers from My Crafty Stash Box

Sorry I am rushing but I still have a few things to do.

Enjoy what is left of the day.