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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.


Thursday, 15 March 2018


Happy Thursday everyone!

Just a quick message to apologise for my lack of anything anywhere in blogland at the moment.

My Mum has been really poorly and I have been trying to nurse her back to good health .. ..but unfortunately I am clearly not up to the mark in that department because she ended up being admitted to hospital yesterday with suspected pneumonia.

Left the hospital around 10.45pm yesterday and am back again this morning at 9.00am for the results of yesterday's tests. 

Mum definitely didn't want it to involve a "sleep over" so she is not a happy bunny on a few  counts.  No doubt today every other sentence will be "but I'm going home today" . .. . and that won't be a question it will be a statement.  Then when I say "we will have to wait and see what they say" she won't be happy because it isn't the answer she wants to hear :-( 

She has done quite well really to have never been in hospital before .. .. and at the age of nearly 88 that can't be bad.  Lots of people would like to be able to say that I'm sure.  

Anyway, best get a wriggle on.

Take care everyone. 

Friday, 9 March 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!!  .. .. .. almost the weekend!  Yay!!

Here today showcasing another new image that the lovely Sally-Ann from Digistamp Boutique has added to her boutique.  So many new things being added that it is hard to know what to play with!!  Truth be known I want to play with them all, I just love colouring the cute images .. .. but I don't think my "happy couples" would like that somehow!  LOL!!

Today my card uses "Treadmill Ralph" . . . I think he makes a great male card

This used:

Image:  Digi Stamp Boutique "Treadmill Ralph" (as a new image he is on offer for a short while)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Inkston Sans"
Backing Papers:  We R Memory Keepers "Love Notes"
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
Buttons that have had their shanks cut off "ouch"
My Trusty Sewing Machine

So there we go .. . 

and just a reminder that you can enter any of your cards/projects using a Digi Stamp Boutique image into the monthly competition.  The prize is a fabulous £10 voucher to spend in the Digi Stamp Boutique Store.  This month the competition has moved to Facebook!  Pop over HERE and join our Group to join in.  

Plus, if you enter the competition this month you will receive a free image that you can use next month if you choose to.  More details about that on the Digistamp Boutique Facebook page.

So that is it from me .. .. have a great day ahead of a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you are all having a good week.  It is so much different to last week isn't it?  In fact today was almost bordering on early summer with lovely sunshine.

I got back to my white card Wednesday theme today (the first time in ages) and after my dabble at a CAS Christmas Card on Sunday I decided to have a play with the CAS Watercolour Challenge for March where as well as watercolouring you need to include the theme of "garden".

Here is what I came up with .. .. 

This used:

Image:  Hobby Art Stamps "Poppy Bloom"
Sentiment:  DigiStamp Boutique Clear Stamp Set  "Everyday Sentiments"
Winsor and Newton Watercolour Paint Palette
Dashed Square Die

Quite enjoyed getting my watercolours out for a change.

Catch you again soon.

Sunday, 4 March 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday!

How is your snow doing?  We still have some here and were given an extra sprinkling overnight. 

Yesterday I noticed a new challenge that has been added to Bonnie and Loll''s challenge collection called "CAS Christmas Card Challenge" where the theme for this month is "Holly".  

I must admit that I am not very comfortable with doing CAS .. .. all that white space scares me .. .. but only when I see it on my own work for some reason.  I admire the CAS look that other crafters create and share very much.  

So in an attempt to wean myself off all the layers and papers here is a card I have made for this first challenge.

This used:

Image and sentiment:  Digistamp Boutique "Christmas Frames"
X-Cut:  Small Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Dashed Square Die
Glossy Accents
Glamour Dust
Glitter Card

So another Christmas card to add to my collection .. .. and a flat one at that!!

Enjoy your Sunday everyone.

Friday, 2 March 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!

I hope you are all well and are safe and sound if you have been subjected to the strong winds and snow.

Today I am sharing a card I have made for posting to the DigiStamp Boutique blog .

This uses a new clear polymer stamp set that has just been added to the boutique called "Heart Bunny".  As you can imagine anything that involves a heart catches my eye instantly LOL!!

The set is made up of a cute bunny peeping through a heart along with seven sentiments.

This used:

Image:  DigiStamp Boutique "Heart Bunny"
Backing Papers:  We R Memory Keepers "Love Notes"
Die-namics Die Set "Blueprints 14"
Glamour Dust
Dimension tape
My trusty sewing machine

I used the bunny image to create a little shaker style topper filled with pink and green sequins.

Don't forget you can enter any of your cards/projects using a Digi Stamp Boutique image into the monthly competition.  The prize is a fabulous £10 voucher to spend in the Digi Stamp Boutique Store.  This month, we've moved our competition to Facebook!  Pop over HERE and join our Group to join in.  We look forward to seeing you.

So that is me for today.  Stay safe and warm everyone.  There is a definite lack of school children around and about so all of their wishes must have come true and they got another day off school. 

It is a long, long time since our kids were at home and we would snuggle under the covers in the "big bed" listening to the radio hoping that they were going to announce their schools as closed.  Happy days!!  So long ago and yet it feels like yesterday!

I am hoping Mr Heart and I are hibernating this weekend .. .. I have lots of wedding ribbons to tie!!

Thursday, 1 March 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday .. .. and happy March too! 

We have had even more snow all day today .. .. and such strong winds!  The poor little birds in the garden were struggling to get to and from the bird feeder!!

I need to get cracking on some Mother's Day cards and this is my first one for this year: 

This used:

Image and Sentiment:  DigiStamp Boutique "Pretty Flower Vase"
Backing Papers:  First Edition Paper "Paper Flowers"
Nestabilities: Circle and Scalloped Circle
Corner Rounding Punch
Glamour Dust
Glossy Accents
Acrylic Stones
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Our schools were all closed here today .. .. so the local kids all had an unexpected day off.  I wonder if they will get another one tomorrow?  I bet lots of little folk are hoping they will.

Stay safe and warm everyone.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a good Wednesday .. .. lots of really weird snow storms here over the last couple of days.  Nice when you are warm and cosy indoors but not so good if you have to venture out into it.

It suddenly dawned on me rather late this evening that it is the last day of February and I haven't entered the Rudolph Days Challenge .. .. so I grabbed a few dies and created this using one of my favourite techiques "in laid dies":

This used:

Lawn Fawn Dies:  Scripty Merry, Scripty Be and String of Lights
Backing Papers:  Free with a magazine and begging to be used up
Glitter Card
Silver Metallic Card

and that is me for today.  At least that is one more Christmas card made early.  Just three behind where I should be at this stage!!

Better fly to enter the challenge or I will miss the deadline!

Monday, 26 February 2018


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good Monday!

It has been trying to snow here all day with heavy flurries .. .. but nothing that settled for long.  We are promised much worse over the next day or so though ... eeekkk!!

Here today with my Monday's Male card .. .. and also an entry into Pixie's Snippets Playground where we are encouraged to use our snippets of card etc rather than cutting into sparkly new sheets.

So this is what I created with my snippets:

and whilst I was at it I decided to make a second one .. . so I had one of each!!  LOL!!!

Only the blue one is a snippet make though.  I had to print the papers for the pink one so that doesn't count .. .. although the white and cream card were snippets!

These used:

Image & Sentiment:  Digistamp Boutique:  Bunny Baby Clear Stamp Set
Backing Papers:  Nitwits Collection:  Up, Up and Away
X-Cut Heart Die
Joy Craft:  Flower Die
Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Dimension Pads
Ribbon and Buttons from my crafty stash box

and that is me for today  .. .. rather late in the evening .. . but better late than never.

Have a good week everyone.  Stay safe if you get the snow!!!!

Thursday, 22 February 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday!

I hope you are all well and if not that you feel much better soon.  A lovely bright, but nippy, start to the day here.

My day once more for posting to the DigiStamp Boutique blog.

Today I am sharing two cards that I have made using a new digi release from DigiStamp Boutique called Kokeshi Dolls.  There are four images in the set and today I have used two of them (I love the images sooo much .. .. aren't they just the cutest?).

My cards are 11.5cms square.  I think this is a great size for creating little notelets.

These used:

Images:  DigiStamp Boutique "Kokeshi Dolls"
Sentiments:  DigiStamp Boutique Clear Stamps "With Love" and  the "Thinking of You" stamp that is going to be making an appearance in the catalogue very soon.
Backing Papers:  First Edition Paper "Floral Fusion"
Nestabilities: Octagons
White Gel Pen
Black Fineliner Pen
Gold Embossing Powder
Ribbon, Brads and Ancient gold peel off lines (can't believe they are still so sticky after all these years).

So that is me for today.

Catch you again soon

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

As mentioned on my last post I am in desperate need of quite a few teeny, tiny cards .. .. I was hoping yesterday was going to see my stock of them increased whilst my printer was churning away on wedding duties.

But things didn't go quite to plan and by the end of the evening I was left with just one part made teeny tiny creation.  So first thing this morning I decided to at least get that finished and shared.

For anyone new to my blog these cards are a whole 3.5 inches square - and I love making them - and often use this size to experiment with things.

This used:

Image printed onto kraft card:  DigiStamp Boutique "Sweet Bird House"
Sentiment:  DigiStamp Boutique Clear Stamp "Big Hugs"
White Embossing Powder
Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils (need to play more with these - things don't look quite as I would have liked)
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Pearls from my crafty stash box

It is all weddings here in the House of Hearts at the moment and the next few days are scheduled for the cutting up of card, ribbons, die cutting and printing ahead of the assembly of said parts.  

I am also waiting for deliveries to be able to start another lovely wedding order  that I gained at the weekend .. .. which means I also need to make some more space in the "wedding room".  

Now when I mention the "wedding room" does that conjure up an image in your mind of romance and prettiness and make you think it may smell of roses?  Well nothing could be further from the truth.  It does smell nice .. .. mainly because there are some lovely small scented candles in there that people like to give as favours .. .. but the rest is just the practical storing of everyone's orders and supplies with boxes stacked in various places to keep each wedding separate.  It looks like we have just moved in and use this room to store the boxes we aren't ready to unpack yet!!  LOL!!

It is a good job the London Kids aren't due a visit anytime soon because I don't know where I would put them.  Last time they visited they jokingly suggested us investing in hammocks .. .. perhaps I should look a bit more seriously into that .. .. tee hee!

Anyway, I will love and leave you and start prepping for another wedding.

Enjoy your day.  I hope you manage to find a little bit of crafty time for yourself.