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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, 21 October 2014

WELL WHAT CAN I SAY?

Hi Everyone

Well what can I say other than .. .. time certainly flies when you are having fun!  I can't believe it is two weeks since I posted.  It feels like two minutes!!

I got a great comment on my blog today from my very lovely blog buddy Eve.  Her comment really made me smile and I have thought about it a few times whilst crafting away today.  

It read:

Come out come out wherever you are - I have counted to 100 and I still can't find you!! LOL!!
I bet you are hiding in your craft pod under a mountain of ribbons and snippets!!


The only good thing about your hiding is that my bank balance has stayed the same as I haven't seen your amazing cards so have not been tempted to buy anything!



I hope all is well with you and you are happy - though I can't imagine a sad Jules!!
xx

Bless her!!

In answer to all the questions that were addressed in that comment and all the "House of Hearts" news  .. .. well here goes:

Yes, I am under a mountain of ribbons and snippets .. .. and making more by the day!!

As you may remember we have a wedding fayre in a couple of weeks that I am meant to be preparing for but instead of creating new makes for that I am busy seeing, and making up samples for new brides who are getting in touch ahead of the fayre!

Lots of general orders done and dusted and lots more arriving too!!  Eeekk!!!

Fabby new commissions from Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine where I am getting to work on new techniques.  Really enjoying these as it makes me focus on new things and widen my horizons. I have been let loose on embossing pastes recently and really enjoyed using those .. .. a new passion there!!

Here was one of my favourite makes which is in this month's issue


So much to share.

The London Kids have got their mortgage approved and are now having their own Homebuyers Survey done before committing themselves.  Very sensible!  It never even crossed our minds to have that done when we bought our first home at the tender ages of 18 and 20.  If all goes to plan they could be moving next month I would have thought.  I have my image earmarked for their new home card!! (no Eve it isn't made yet).  LOL!!!

Our youngest Son .. .. the musician .. .. has just created his own website that went live yesterday.  If you fancy a peep you will find it here.  Of course I am super biased and love everything he does but if you get chance to watch the clips associated with Alexia Sinclair (A Frozen Tale) and Fairyland Photography I feel sure you will enjoy the brilliant little films.  I love them as much as Steve's music and have watched both so many times.  He was actually sent one of Alexia's pictures as a gift and it graces the wall in his home.  It is stunning with such gorgeous colours.

Now last, but certainly not least .. .. Mr Heart.  He has finally finished the patio!!! Yay!!!  He has been coming home from work every day for weeks and going out until it is dark lifting and leveling one night and then pointing up the next.  He must feel like a lost soul now because he hasn't had to do any this week at all!!  He is a bit of a perfectionist though and is really annoyed that some small puddles appear when it has rained.  I think he sees each puddle as a failure.  Silly man!  I just think he has done a brilliant job.  Definitely 100 team points I think!  I wanted to stamp a heart into some of the wet cement but when I suggested it I didn't get a very positive response so I left that .. .. .. this time.  Perhaps when he does the next area further down the garden, next summer, I will sneak a cheeky one in somewhere and then get him to find it months later LOL!!!

So back to Eve's comments.  She was pleased that I wasn't posting in a way as I was saving her some pennies.  Well beware!!  Every time I have an invoice paid I treat myself to a crafty investment for future projects .. .. sometimes it is something daft like a new paintbrush, but other times it is a new stamp, download or die set!!!  So because I have been so busy there have been a few crafty treats which are waiting to be used and shared!!  Hopefully soon.

But there we have it.  An explanation as to why I haven't been around .. .. I just haven't had time for any makes to share .. .. not even a teeny tiny Tuesday make :-(

I hope everyone is keeping well and finding some crafty time.  Sorry for the absence and the long post .. .. nothing for two weeks and then War and Peace LOL!!

I am not keen on these dark nights!!  Electric lights just aren't the same as bright daylight are they?

Catch you soon

Love

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

TEENY, TINY TUESDAY

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!!

Another day gone in the blink of an eye!

All the inserts got put into my Christmas cards and I have made another one of those silly vows to always put an insert straight into a card as I finish it .. .. I wonder how long that will last?!?!!?  We shall see! LOL!!

Here is my teeny, tiny 3,5, x 3.5 inch share for this week:




This used:

Image:  Joy Craft Clear Stamps:  Silhouette Grass
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat
X-Cut Punch:  Tiny Butterfly
Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage
Clear Embossing Powder
Button and twine from My Crafty Stash Box
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board

and that is me for today.

Enjoy what is left of today.

Love

Monday, 6 October 2014

HELLO PRESENT

Hi Everyone

Happy Monday!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Ours was brilliant because we were able to have all our family together as the London Kids came home again for the weekend so that our eldest Son could take part in a local 10K run to raise more funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Charity.

They were also super excited about their house purchase and were sharing all of their plans.  The building society are doing the valuation tomorrow so we are hoping everything goes to plan.  If so we are guessing things will move quite quickly as there are only the London Kids and the current occupier in the chain. 

They went home late morning :-(  so it is now time for me to hit the ground running again.  Not much time to catch my breath at all during October so I might be a bit of a hit and miss blogger for a while (I know .. .. nothing new there!!).  

There is a little share today:
  


This used: 

Image:  Penny Black "2178J" Hello Present
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat  "Tiny Everyday Sentiments"
Backing Paper:  Pink Petticoat "Watercolour Stripes"
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder "Swiss Dots" - inked with Pear Tart Memento Ink before embossing    
My Trusty Sewing Machine
ProMarkers
Ribbon from My Crafty Stash Box    

and that is me for today.

Just preparing for tomorrow now when my lovely Sis is calling by to collect wedding stationery samples for changing the cabinet in the salon .. .. and she is also ready for the first stand full of Christmas  cards.  Eeekk!! I have been making Christmas cards all year and still feel no-where near where I should be!!  Guess who is putting inserts into Christmas cards tonight?!?! LOL!!!

There is a teeny, tiny card lined up for tomorrow so I will catch you again then but in the meantime have a lovely evening.  

Love

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

COVERED IN SPARKLE REALLY

Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday .. .. and happy October to everyone!

No white rabbits on my card, but lots of white space which is quite rare for me and quite hard to accept  LOL!!

There is also lots and lots of sparkle on the card (and me) but it didn't show up in the photographs too well.




This used:

Image:  Stampendous! "CRR143" Snowy Postcard
Sentiment:  Lili of the Valley "Christmas Sentiment Tags"
Sizzix Movers and Shapers Die: "657493" Mini Reindeer and 25 Set
Glamour Dust 
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads (coloured with ProMarkers)
Ranger Embossing Tinsel:  Bridal
Ribbon from my Crafty Stash Box

and that is me for today.

Still on mega catch up at this end after our few days away and not feeling like I am getting anywhere in a hurry.  I worked really hard before we went and seem to be having to work just as hard now we are back.  Plenty to keep me out of mischief. 

We have another wedding fayre in 4 weeks with lots of preparation to do in readiness, and as seems to be the trend, brides get in touch in the run up to a fayre so they can "nab a place" early.  We only do two fayres a year, always at the same lovely hotel, and they keep me nice and busy .. .. along with the recommendations that previous "happy couples" send my way.

I bet this is the only line of work where you don't want any "repeat business" because it would mean the "happy couple" didn't stay happy :-(

Anyway, must fly.  Catch you again soon.

Love

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

TEENY, TINY TUESDAY

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.

Love

Monday, 29 September 2014

PENNY BLACK SATURDAY CHALLENGE

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
ProMarkers
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.

Love

Sunday, 28 September 2014

SUNDAY SNIPPETS (JUST)

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.

Love

Saturday, 27 September 2014

GLASSWING BUTTERFLY

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.

Love

Friday, 26 September 2014

BACK AT LAST!

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!

Love

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

TEENY, TINY TUESDAY

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 .. ..

THE LONDON KIDS HAD AN OFFER ACCEPTED 
ON A HOUSE THEY VIEWED AT TEA-TIME YESTERDAY!!!  YAY!!

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.

Love