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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

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

WHITE CARD WEDNESDAY

Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

I have found the perfect challenge for helping me with my white card Wednesday makes .. .. .. .. .. The CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.

The challenge gives you two compulsory elements that you must include on your CAS card and one that you choose yourself from the list provided.

This month's compulsory elements are Stamping and Sprays .. .. and for my added extra I chose "Masking".

This is my creation:




This used:

Images:  Penny Black "2521K" Snowy and Penny Black "4271L" Winter Ledge
Sentiment:  Inkylicious Clear Stamps "Walking Winter Wonderland"
Distress Ink:  Weathered Wood
ProMarkers
Glossy Accents
Crystal Glamour Dust
Red Stickles

I started by stamping the snowman onto card, then masked him off and added the distress ink with a brush all around him.  Then I sprayed the ink with a fine mist of water, allowed that to eat into the ink a little then dried it off with a tissue.  Once everything was completely dry I stamped the background image over the top, removed the mask and coloured the snowman .. .. .. he is new to my collection this year and I love him already!!!!

This didn't use up much of the white card mountain .. .. but every little helps .. .. and it does mean that a Christmas card has made its way into my rather sparse Christmas collection for this year. Yay!!!

This particular challenge ends today, but a new one will start on the 1st September. I'm looking forward to seeing what the next recipe is already.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Love Jules xx

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

TEENY, TINY TUESDAY .. .. JUST

Hi Everyone

Well as promised yesterday .. .. here I am with my teeny, tiny Tuesday card (but very late in the day LOL!!). 

But never mind.  Better late than never.

So here we go .. .. a little 3.5" square creation:




This used:

Backing Papers and Sentiment:  Kaisercraft "Treasured Moments"
X-Cut Flower Punch (but very, very old)
Ribbon and pearls from my crafty stash box
Dimension Pads
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

I made a card very similar to this a few weeks ago and enjoyed making it so much that I thought I would try a little tiny version.

So that is me for today .. .. catch you again tomorrow. Hopefully a little bit earlier.

Love Jules xx

Monday, 22 August 2016

STILL ADJUSTING

Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a lovely Monday.

The weather seems to have gone downhill a little here these last couple of days .. .. but we have been promised better things .. .. perhaps even as early as tomorrow!

Today has been spent trying to get the house back in order now the London Kids have gone home and Mr Heart has returned to work .. .. but I have to admit to today being a bit of a struggle.  I enjoyed spending last week doing things with all my family so much that it is taking a bit of getting back into my normal routine.  Clearly I must have enjoyed myself too much!

But get back into my normal routine I must .. .. .. as that crafty list is growing bigger by the day!!  

No new share today .. .. too many craft things need to be put back into their rightful place before I can start .. .. but I can share a couple of my makes from the new Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine which is on the shelves now.

These creation were part of a Fretwork Technique Commission.



I really enjoyed working on all the cards and to be honest struggled to choose my favourites.

So that is me for today.

I will be back tomorrow with my Teeny Tiny Tuesday creation for this week .. .. and hopefully that will kick start me back into action!!

Love Jules xx 

Friday, 19 August 2016

MATLOCK STRIKES AGAIN

Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!

Sorry for the drought on my blog .. .. .. it has been super busy here.  Lots of commissions and wedding work to complete .. .. and alongside the craftiness the London Kids are here for a few days.

It hasn't been all work though.

We have been having a great time.  Far too many meals out (not that they have finished yet) and even a  late night BBQ in the garden.  Happy times.

Yesterday we spent the day in Matlock .. .. where you may remember last time I went I bought that huge reel of cotton ribbon.

Well this time I found this little beauty:


and I have been spending some time today hoovering out the cobwebs from the little shelves and starting to fill it up.  But the slots are a little too deep so I am cutting rectangles of polystyrene for putting to the back of the shelves.  What a mess polystyrene makes!!  It is all over my kitchen worktop and floor LOL!! I wonder how factories manage to cut it without making so much mess.

I am going to have to label the side of all the inks next with the help of the download from here.  

Currently my distress ink pads sit in a plastic box inside a drawer and I end up rummaging through all of them to try and find the colour I am looking for.  So when I saw this storage unit straight away I thought of my ink pads.

I will let you have another peep once my mission is complete.

But for now I need to take the London Kids to see what my Mum has been up to since they last saw her.  They go home tomorrow :-( but we have one last special meal together tonight .. .. to celebrate the rather large birthday I had earlier this year and their wedding anniversary tomorrow.

So crafting and my blog may be back to normal soon.

Enjoy your day.

Love Jules xx


Thursday, 11 August 2016

WHITE CARD WEDNESDAY, ON A THURSDAY

Hi Everyone

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

Mine has been nice and productive .. .. but still not productive enough .. .. the crafty list is still a little long with plenty more to do by Sunday evening!  Eeekkk!!

But I was determined to finish a White Card Wednesday creation that I was hoping to have posted to my blog yesterday .. .. so here it is now .. .. a whole day late!

My white card Wednesday makes involve me using nothing but white card, which I always find very challenging and a little out of my comfort zone.  But here we go anyway:




This used:

Images:  Mama Elephant Clear Stamps: Bountiful Blessings (for the base layer)
and Docrafts A5 Clear Stamp Set:  Meadow 
Sentiment:  Card-io Sentiments Collection
Scrapberry's Stencil:  Hearts (laid over a square of card covered with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and dabbed with a wet tissue to lift some of the colour)
Distress Ink Pads:  Crushed Olive and Worn Lipstick
First Edition Die Set:  Butterflies
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon and Pearls from my crafty stash box

So that is me for today.  A Wednesday card on a Thursday .. .. just to confuse the world!  LOL!!

Love how the texture on the white card has created the lines on the main image.

Catch you again soon.

Love Jules xx

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

TEENY, TINY TUESDAY

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

It feels so good to be back in blogland after having had a short break to fulfill my wedding work commitments .. .. .. certainly when you have been making multiples of the same items for a wedding, sitting down to make a "singleton" feels very strange and quite a treat.  

Don't get me wrong though.  I love my wedding work very, very much.  I know it isn't something everyone would enjoy but I certainly do.  I think it is something to do with all the lovely ribbons and sparkly embellishments .. .. and meeting all of those lovely "happy couples" .. .. who I try to make even happier!.

Working on the repetitive elements also gives me the chance to learn lots of new techniques because I will often have YouTube playing in the background whilst I am working away, and I end up with a long list of things I want to try when time will allow it.  Not that today's creation features anything off my "one day I want to try" list!

So here is my teeny tiny, 3.5" creation for this week:




This used:

Image and Sentiment:  JustRite Clear Stamp Set "Doodled Birds"
ProMarkers
My Trusty Sewing Machine
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

and that is all!

I hope you have all had a good day .. .. and as the sentiment says "It is so nice knowing you are there".  

Thank you for continuing to call by and see what I am up to .. .. even though I can be rather unpredictable at times!

Love Jules xx

Monday, 8 August 2016

MONDAY'S MALE

Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a good Monday!

Life is getting back to "sort of normal" here .. .. just for a little while!

My big wedding order was collected yesterday and I am now trying to catch up with everything else that has backed up in the meantime.

Lots of general cards needed here so I decided to grab a Penny Black stamp that is quite new to my collection and colour it up. A great image that I love colouring .. .. and it works for men, women and children just depending on the papers you put alongside.

So here we go:




This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2358J" A Song For You
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Mr Sirloin"
Backing Papers:  Craft Sensations:  Mix & Match "All Time Favourites"
Die-Namics Die Set:  Blueprints12
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Music Note Punch .. .. very old and with no name on it
Fiskars Hand Punch "Star"
ProMarkers
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Enjoy what is left of the evening and hopefully I will be back very soon!!!!

Love Jules xx

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

WHAT A SLACK BLOGGER!

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday and happy August!

Apologies for being so quiet on my blog .. .. .. I could say that life has been getting in the way of making an appearance .. .. but that would be a fib.

It is actually weddings that have been keeping me away.

I have had a lovely bride on my books since March 2014 and it has been such a pleasure to work for her.  Her wedding is nearly here .. .. after all this time .. .. and she is making the two hour round trip to collect everything at the weekend.  All I can say is that it is a good job she has access to a van.  No way would everything fit into a car!!  

I can't believe our journey is nearly over :-(  We have worked on everything from "save the dates" to "thank you" cards .. .. and everything you can think of that goes in-between. 

So I have been super busy doing all the last  minute work for her .. .. which will finish tomorrow with the sticking down of the table plan.  Something I always have to have complete silence for .. .. and of course my tongue sticking out in concentration LOL!!

But at the same time I have also been completing other orders and making samples for new happy couples that are coming onto the scene.  Busy times!!!

No inking up my stamps and grabbing my ProMarkers .. .. except to produce this teeny tiny Tuesday make .. .. which has taken ages to make because it has been done in stages over several days. Who would have thought that a 3.5" square card could take so long to complete?

But never mind .. .. at least I have something I can share:




This used:

Image:  Hobby Art Stamps "CS125D" Peonies (I love peonies though you don't see many with sparkly edges do you?)
Sentiment and Backing Paper:  Pink Petticoat (sadly no longer trading)
Distress Ink Pad:  Worn Lipstick
ProMarkers
Glossy Accents
Quickie Glue Pen and Crystal Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

and that is all.

I would like to say that I will see you again soon .. .. but instead I think I had better just say "I'll see you when I do" as there is still lots I need to be cracking on with .. .. and we won't even mention Christmas!!!  That stock box is looking decidedly lacking!!

Love Jules xx


Friday, 22 July 2016

WELL I WAS ON TRACK!

Hi Everyone

Happy Friday .. .. ahead of hopefully a happy weekend for everyone!

Well after my ambitious post of Wednesday where I proclaimed to the world that I was "back on track" .. .. well I was .. .. but it only lasted for a day LOL!!

How quickly things can change.  A couple of emails, a meeting with a bride, and a new wedding enquiry and suddenly everything goes off at a tangent.

I did work on a quick "Thursday's Child" card and once it was finished I decided I would also turn it into a sketch for my little sketch library.  Can you believe it has taken me longer to produce the sketch than it did to make the card!!  I had to give up on Thursday because the task was using up too much time (and hurting my head and testing my patience in the process).

Why?  It looks far simpler than a lot of the others!

Well it took me ages and ages to work out how to have just two rounded corners on the top panel.  I could have four straight away .. .. no problem.  But not two!  If I had let everything go off the edge of the base on the left it would have been easy too.  But that wasn't what I wanted .. .. and I hate things to get the better of me.

Eventually I managed it .. .. .. but already I have forgotten what I did!!  Clearly I need to repeat the process around 100 times in the hope it will become second nature LOL!!!

I am determined to master the Craft Artist 2 Professional programme, because it is so very, very useful.  But not being particularly computer savvy doesn't help!!

Anyway, after all that here is my card .. .. hope it was worth the wait:




This used:

Image:  Digistamp Boutique "Funtime Dan" Set 2
Sentiment: Computer Generated using font "Calibri"
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat .. sadly no longer trading but I am still loving the papers very much
ProMarkers
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Wink of Stella on the little fish and frog .. .. but you can't really see it in the pictures

and here is the patience testing new sketch which was added to the library today:


Tee hee!!!  Not much to it really is there!

Anyway if you feel the urge to use it .. .. or any of the others in my little collection please feel free to do so.  They are all on the tab at the top of my blog.

I am also linking up to the Digistamp Boutique Competition for July as I have used one of their scrummy images.

Enjoy the rest of today .. .. and your weekend.

Not sure if I will be making an appearance on my blog over the next couple of days.  It looks like a weekend of wedding samples and wedding work for me!!! Woo hoo!!!

Love Jules xx

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

BACK ON TRACK

Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

Well it has been a super manic week with a few late night/early morning sessions needed to catch up with all those crafty missions .. ..  but I have kept my head down and got on with everything and am now happy to be finally back on track.

The impact of Mr Heart's jury service and annual leave is now behind me!!  Phew!!

So hopefully that means my blog will be back to normal soon too!

I thought I would wake it up after its week of slumber by sharing some of the commissions I was fortunate to be blessed with for Issue 155 of Quick Cards Made Easy magazine which should have hit the shops now.

My first share shows a couple of cards that were part of a set of
 Resist Embossing Technique makes.  

I love the heart one very much .. .. can't think why!  LOL!!  That lacy stamp is just gorgeous!!


then next is a card from a collection of
 Cutaway Technique makes


and I will finish with a card from a 
Stamp With Us! Commission 
which uses images from my favourite stamp makers of all time .. .. Penny Black! 

The stamps were a little different to my usual cute little Penny Black mice and hedgies but they are equally cute and just as enjoyable to colour!!


and that is me for today!

Hopefully tomorrow is going to see me back to my weekly themes and I will have a Thursday's Child card to share.

Have a lovely evening.  Hopefully it will be a little cooler and more comfortable than last night.  The heavens have opened here and the thunder storms are just starting too, so fingers crossed everywhere will be a much fresher place soon!

Love Jules xx