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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.


Monday, 21 September 2020


Hi Everyone

Happy Monday .. ..  I hope your day has gone well, though listening to the news it doesn't instil much confidence that the week is going to be a smooth ride.

Today I have been trying to boost up my supply of baby girl cards.  There are lots of baby boy cards in my box and not a single baby girl.  This was my favourite of  the day: 

This used:

Image:  Pink Petticoat (who are now rebranded as The Lovely Studio, but this image didn't get transferred over).
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using Font "Annie BTN"
Backing Papers:  The Lovely Studio "Tiniest Pretty Little Hearts"
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Saturday, 19 September 2020


Hi Everyone

I hope your weekend has got off to a good start .. .. .. no-doubt we are all sitting with bated breath wondering when our own personal lockdown is going to come into effect.  Or will it be another national one?  

Many thanks for the lovely comments on my previous post.  It really was a lovely card to make.

Tonight's play session created this:

and used:

Image & Matching Dies:  A magazine covergift
Sentiment:  Digistamp Boutique clear stamp  (sadly no longer trading)  Boo hoo!
Backing Papers:  Craft Sensations "Blackboard"
Memento Dewdrop Ink Pads
Jelly Sticker
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Catch you again tomorrow .. .. all being well.

Friday, 18 September 2020


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good Friday.

Before I start I will apologise for posting "yet another" Christmas card .. .. .. .. but I seem to be in Christmas mode at the moment and feel I need to make the most of that.

My card today was inspired by a little video I saw on Pinterest demonstrated by Tracey from Lavinia Stamps .. .. you can find it here if you want a little "look see".

Here is my version

This used:

Images:  Card-io Collection "Mini Tall Trees" and Penny Black "PB-4342K" Berry Tree
Sentiment:  Penny Black Clear Stamp Set "PB-30-310" Believe
Ranger Distress Ink:  Stormy Sky
Red Stickles
Crystal Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Thank you for the inspiration Tracey xx .. .. .. .. This was so enjoyable to make that there is definitely going to be a batch making session of these happening here! 

Thursday, 17 September 2020


 Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday.

I hope that your day has gone well. 

Today I am merging three challenges into one with this little creation:

This used:

X-Cut Large Circle Dies
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies "Layered Poinsettia"
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder "Snowflakes"
Distress Ink "Shabby Shutters"
LOTV Christmas Labels
Ribbon and Cord
Diamond Stickles

I am entering this little creation into the following challenges:

Fezziwig's Festive Frolicks - where the theme is to make an interactive card (hopefully my rocker card counts)

Christmas Kickstart Challenge - where the theme is "White on White" but you are allowed a "pop of colour"

Pixie's Snippets Playground -  where each fortnight we are encouraged to use up our snippets .. .. .. lots of white snippets are stashed away here that's for sure .. .. .. and a few of them were used up here.

Of course the fun with rocker cards is balancing them so they stand straight in-between rocking sessions .. .. .. I am sure the tiny heart made all the difference LOL!!

That is me for today with September Christmas card number 3 popped into the box.

I will catch you again soon.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you have all had a good day.  No bright sunshine made an appearance here today but at least the day was dry.

So I finished playing with my die set today .. .. and as I guessed it would the teeny tiny card idea went out of the window as there were far too many lovely die-cuts I wanted to use.  

This is what I created instead

This used:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set:  "663087" Funky Foliage
Sentiment:  Sorry not sure - one that was sitting in my sentiment box waiting to be used
Clear Wink of Stella Pen
Butterfly Ribbon
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder "Script"
Tag Die (unbranded from Amazon)
Distress Ink "Tea Dye"
My Trusty Sewing Machine

So many lovely and useful elements created from just one die set:

I am taking my creation over to the Little Red Wagon Challenge when the theme this week is Nature, Flora or Fauna.

Is it just me or does that little toadstool on the right look like a little person?

Tuesday, 15 September 2020


Hi Everyone

I hope Tuesday has been kind to you.  

The day has whizzed by here and this evening I escaped to my craft pod with an idea of what I wanted to create .. .. part of which involved a toadstool.

But once I started playing I'm afraid I couldn't stop at just a toadstool .. .. and I haven't ended up with anything finished to share .. .. just the "beginnings" of a collection of die cuts assembled ready for use.  

There are still lots more to be cut and put together .. .. ..

This is the first time I have had chance to play with this die set and I can't believe just how cute it is.  Can't wait to get back to them in the morning.

I wonder how I will use them now?  Probably not the teeny, tiny creation I had in my mind at the start of my play session.

Catch you tomorrow when I will hopefully have put them to good use.

Monday, 14 September 2020


Hi Everyone

I hope you all had a good weekend.  Our weather was fantastic .. .. and it has been today too.  

It would be lovely if Mr Sunshine decided to stay around for a while.

I am here today with my second Christmas card for September.  It is the result of my first play using the new style of Lili of the Valley Digi Stamps. 

This used:

Image:  LOTV "Sending Christmas Wishes"
Backing Paper:  LOTV "Krafty Red and White"
Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine

For anyone who hasn't seen this new range from LOTV - you layer images on top of patterned paper (it will work with any digital papers).  The image remains white on the patterned paper so you can colour it

The images come with full step by step instructions on how to use them and I couldn't wait to have a try.  

Really pleased with how this has turned out .. .. might have to nip back and pick up a few more images before the sale ends!

Saturday, 12 September 2020


Hi Everyone

Hurrah .. .. .. the weekend is here and I am going to treat myself to a much overdue weekend of "chill time"!  (Please say the world doesn't have different plans for me).

Yesterday was our youngest son's birthday .. .. .. .. so a music themed card was in order and this year I came up with this card for him.  Not sure what the name of this type of card fold is .. .. but it is one I love using:

This used:

Image:  Etsy "Piano Keys" by Blessings Etc
Backing Papers:  The Works
Distress Ink:  Weathered Wood
Spellbinders Circular Die
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

No sentiment on the front, each one I tried took away the impact of the lovely piano key image .. .. but there were lots of lovely words inside on the sections you can't see (those are private .. .. I don't want everyone to know how soppy I am LOL!!!),

So enjoy your weekend everyone .... .... I hope it can be as relaxing and lazy as I am hoping mine will be.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday.

I hope you have had a good day.   Very nice here weather wise.

No teeny tiny make today, but a card I started yesterday and finished today:

This used:

Nitwits Collection:  Herbal Garden Collection (for the sentiment, papers and bee embellishment)
Sizzix Wildflower Stems #2
Ribbon and Cord

Eyelet & Setter
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Butterfly Die and Pearls
Oh .. .. .. .. and a heart of course

This is a new collection from Nitwits that I spied a couple of weeks ago and kept thinking about (as you do) .. .. I just loved everything about it.  Then at the weekend they had their "40% off Fall Sale" and I knew exactly which set I wanted to order.  As it was such a good price I went for the bundled package .. .. so lots of potential going forward.

That is me for today.

Catch you again soon.

Sunday, 6 September 2020


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.

Ours has been centred around Mum and her 90th birthday with all the family trying hard to make it as special a weekend as we can for her.  When she was 80 we all went out for a meal, but sadly that wasn't able to happen this time .. .. .. but we are hoping to have a delayed celebration further down the line.

I think we have done OK and Mum had a happy weekend which I don't think she will forget in a hurry.

One of the highlights was thought of by my Niece and all family members were asked to send her a video wishing Mum a happy birthday.  My Niece then strung them all together into a lovely little film for her .. .. I just know she will watch it over and over again as it went through all the generations of her family.  The whole video was stolen by the youngest member of course who is two and a bit years old and a super cutie!

This is the card I made for Mum .. .. but sadly I didn't photograph it very well before I handed it over.

Mum couldn't believe her eyes because when she took it out of its envelope it looked like this .. .. but turned into the pop up box card above.

This used the Spellbinders Pop Up Box Die Set, lots of different Sizzix Floral Dies, a LOTV sentiment stamp and lots and lots of snippets.

I'll catch you again soon.

Saturday, 5 September 2020


Hi Everyone

Are you ready for a good weekend?

There is a special one ahead at the House of Hearts as my lovely Mum is going to be a whole 90 years old on Sunday!

Unfortunately the current climate means we can't celebrate as a whole family, like we did when she was 80, but we will all be doing our best to make sure she has a special weekend, and one she will hopefully look back on with fond memories .. .. .. and fingers crossed there will be an opportunity to all celebrate together in the not too distant future.

But in the meantime, I have started my Christmas cards for September .. .. .. here is September Christmas card number one:

This used:

Image:  Stampavie "GR003" Mistletoe & Mice (another very old and very loved image from the past)
Sentiment:  Computer generated using font "Aracne Condensed Regular"
Backing Papers:  Make and Create "Magical Christmas"
Spellbinder Dies:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am taking my card over to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the theme this fortnight is "Festive Furbabies".

Enjoy your weekend everyone and I will catch you again soon.

Thursday, 3 September 2020


Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a good day.

Once home from Mum's hubby and I went for a walk and then it was back to my craft pod for a bit of a play.  Normally I have something in mind I want to make before I even sit down, but today has been quite busy and I haven't had chance to let my mind wander to crafting at all.

So for me the easiest thing, when I don't have something planned that I want to make, is to grab one of my sketches as that takes away loads of the thinking!

This is what I created:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3205H" Sunshine Hedge
Sentiment:  LOTV
Backing Papers:  First Edition Paper "Blank Canvass"
Corner Rounding Punch
Ribbon and Cord
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and this is the sketch I used.  Number Forty Eight from my sketch vault which you can find along with others on the tab at the top of my blog.  If anyone would like to use any of them then please feel free to have fun with them.


I am entering my card into the As You Like It Challenge where the theme this fortnight is to show your favourite way to add ribbon to your project and state why. 

This was an easy choice for me as I simply love tying ribbon bows and adding a sentiment to them.  I know it bulks the card up when it comes to postage but not every card goes through the post.  Some you are able to simply "hand deliver" .. .. but then again some people are special enough to warrant spending a little more on the postage anyway.

So that is me for today.  I'll catch you again tomorrow.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020


Hi Everyone

Very, very late with Tuesday's teeny, tiny card this week.  Sorry!

I managed to get it half done yesterday evening but didn't get to finish it until today.  

Lots seems to be happening in the House of Hearts this week and time is flying by far too quickly without everything being achieved.. .. but I am here now .. .. so cheers!

This used:

X-Cut Mini Die Set "Cocktail Glass"  (I love the little slices of lemon!)
Backing Paper from snippet mountain
Sentiment:  LOTV Embossed Labels
My Trusty Sewing Machine

For anyone new to my blog, these teeny, tiny cards measure a whole 3.5 inches square and are just perfect for using up lots of those pesky snippets we all hoard!

Enjoy your evening and hopefully I will catch you all again soon.