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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.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

TEENY TINY CREATION

Hi Everyone

I hope life is being kind to you all .. .. and if not that things improve for you "quickly".

My teeny tiny 3.5 x 3.5 inch creation was supposed to have made an appearance yesterday.  It was made and ready for posting by 8.15am.  I took my pictures and started to write my post .. .. and then the day took hold and I seemed to be jumping from one job to another all day and got no further forward with my blog share.

In fact, it wasn't until I went to close my computer down as Mr Heart and I gave in for the day that I found my half written post!!  So I deleted that and have started again today LOL!!

So here we go:





This used:

Image:  Hampton Arts "KN2436" Watermelon Bud (one of the very first stamps I bought)
Backing papers:  Mixture of leftovers that just seemed to go together
Sentiment:  Lili of the Valley
Spellbinders:  Lacey Squares and Classic Squares
ProMarkers
Glamour Dust
Ribbon and Pearls from My Crafty Stash Box
My Trusty Sewing Machine
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board

I am going to make a very rare appearance in Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge too as all the papers and card I used were snippets from my every growing collection of "leftovers" .. .. even the trendy pink insert LOL!!

So that is me.  Off to link up in the playground and then get cracking on today!

Have a good day everyone.

Is anyone else having a panic about Christmas yet?  I haven't made a single Christmas card yet this year .. .. and this time last year I had a box three-quarters full already!!  Eeekk!!

Love

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN MRS HEART ?!?!?

Hi Everyone

I can't believe it has been so long since my last blog post .. .. but having said that so much has been pulled in during those few weeks that I wouldn't have been surprised if it had been longer!

Thank you to everyone who has made contact to make sure all is well here in the House of Hearts. You are all such lovely blog buddies and I feel certain at the moment that I do not deserve to have you calling by my little corner of blogland.

But I am pleased to report that all is fine and dandy here.

Lots of good things have been happening .. .. and one not so good one .. .. but we will come back to that later.

During my mammoth absence Mr Heart and I celebrated our Ruby Wedding Anniversary .. .. and we had a brilliant time.  

Our anniversary night was spent in the honeymoon suit at the fabulous Weston Hall.  What a fabulous place .. .. we would love to go back again .. .. even if is only to sit by the lovely open fires. Everything was perfect and nothing was too much trouble for anyone.  

Although the place was super busy they still managed to make you feel special and as though your custom mattered.  Shame more places in the world aren't run on the same basis!!

So this lovely room was ours .. .. for one night only!!  


We never had a honeymoon when we got married .. .. funds didn't stretch that far .. .. and I can remember us sitting up in bed the morniing after our wedding reading a cooking book to learn how to roast a chicken for our first Sunday dinner together in our first home.  I was a whole three days 19 with so much to learn .. .. and I still haven't learnt it all.   I bet we never do!

We also spent some of the time visiting the London Kids and took our youngest with us so we could all celebrate together .. .. and see their new home too.  It was so lovely.  The kind of house you get a "good vibe" from as you walk in.  I feel sure they are going to be super happy there.

We celebrated in various places and with different people over the course of just about a fortnight! A very super special time for us .. .. and I took no work away with me (except for a bit of colouring which I took to London LOL!!).  I had a complete break.

But of course escaping and enjoying yourself has consequences!!  Especially when you have lots of work you need to get through.

I had to work super hard before we went to get invitations and orders finished .. .. and then even harder when we came back.. .. with a few very late night shifts needed :-(

But I am slowly coming out of the other side. 

As for the "not so good news".  Well .. .. someone decided to hack into my wedding website and write gobbledygook all over it!! But as the old saying goes .. .. when life gives you lemons .. .. make lemonade.  The old website has been "sort of sorted" for now whilst I try to find time to get a new one organised.

So although it wasn't a nice thing to have happened I am certainly excited about the planning and designing of a new one and once again my overactive brain is buzzing with ideas about what I want to do and have showing on it and my book of notes is getting fuller and fuller LOL!!

They say things happen for a reason .. .. so this clearly happened to bring the "sort out the website box" that has been sitting on my do list for months nearer to the top of the pile.

Well it would be rude of me to disappear without having a little crafty share with you.

I have one super lovely customer who I used to work for years ago (before I got into this crafting malarkey), who asked me to make a special ruby wedding anniversary card that she could give to Mr Heart and I!  So this is what I made .. .. with the idea being to put it into a frame on the wall .. .. when I find the right frame.  I made one very similar for the Quick Cards Made Easy magazine and loved it so much that I made another (the same but different LOL!)





This used:

Penny Black Clear Sentiment Set:  Gratitude
Clear Embossing Powder
Translucent Embossing Paste
Creative Expressions Mica Mask:  Distressed Dots
Distress Ink Pad:  Barn Door
Woodware Daisy Punch
Gems and Ribbon
An old paperback book
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me.  

Now you know where I have been.

Hopefully it won't be so long before I make my next appearance.

I hope all is well with everyone.

Oooo .. .. and don't forget there is always a heart hidden on my creations somewhere .. .. did you find it this time?  LOL!!

Love


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

TEENY TINY TUESDAY .. .. SORT OF

Hi Everyone

Stranger alert!!!

I hope you are all well and behaving yourselves!!

I need a quick card today for my own use.  

Normally the first place I go to is the little storage box I keep my teeny, tiny, Tuesday makes in .. .. but today when I got there the little box was bare apart from a few envelopes I have made :-(

That means I have something to post onto my blog today .. .. yay .. .. but today it isn't the normal teeny tiny 3.5" x 3.5" card size .. .. .. it is a whopping 4" x 4" LOL!!!

So here we go:



This used:

Backing Papers:  First Edition "Botanical Notes"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Sweetheart Script"
Die-namics Dies:  Blueprints 14
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder:  Roses
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Twine and Ribbon

and that is it!!

Did I make two tiny cards whilst I was at it so there was a spare for later .. .. nah!!!  Too much other stuff to get on with .. but at least I can run to the postbox with this little make.

Enjoy today.  I hope you have a little of the sunshine we have here.

Love

Thursday, 12 March 2015

WHAT CAN I SAY?

Hi Everyone

Well what can I say .. .. other than sorry :-(

Sadly no blog time in my life at all at the moment .. .. .. which is a shame because it is the nearest thing I get to "office gossip" nowadays LOL!!

I just cannot believe we are nearly halfway through March already. 

Lots of work done here over the last few weeks .. .. but still lots more to do.  I think everyone has plans to post their wedding invitations out over Easter .. .. which means a super busy time here in the House of Hearts.  But I shall enjoy Easter knowing lots of happy couples will be excited to be inviting their friends and family to share their special day.

Hardly any room at all in my diary for anymore weddings this year and hardly any more room available for storing the boxes of supplies needed for completing all the work! 

I received a fabby photograph the other day from one of my brides.  She sent a picture of her dining room table all set out for beginning the posting out process of the invitations I had made.  How lovely to be thought of during her excitement.  The invites are out now and they are getting some great feedback which is brilliant news for me.  It was a new design I had come up with and it seems to have gone down really well .. .. .. especially with the "men folk" as they weren't classed as "girly".  Both the bride and I were surprised that the men folk even commented .. .. that is quite unusual.  

Anyway, as I haven't been making anything to share for the past few weeks I thought I would show you my favourite makes from this month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine:

Probably my favourite utilises the fabby free gift this month .. .. a silhouette stamp set by Sheena Douglass.  I just love it.  There are also some free distress paper backgrounds available to download here that work alongside the stamps beautifully.

So, here is one of the cards I made using the stamps and free download:


 and my second "pick" comes from a commission which featured "partial die cutting".


I loved the colours I worked with for this commission.

So now you know I am still alive and kicking .. .. I am off to get ready for a "happy couple" coming later to sign off their proofs, and then do a bit of lace and ribbon threading onto another set of invites .. .. which if all goes to plan will be done and dusted today.

Another "big tick" on the do list!!  Yay!!

Have a good Thursday everyone.

Missing you all!  :-(

Love

Saturday, 14 February 2015

LOVE, HEARTS AND GLITTER IN THE HOUSE OF HEARTS

Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday, and Happy Valentine's Day!

A soppy "extra loved up" day in the House of Hearts today .. .. and here is Mr Heart's card from me (because I am a bit of a cheeky monkey LOL!):




This used:

Image and Sentiment:  Digistamp Boutique "Love You Monkey
Backing Paper:  Pink Petticoat "Tiniest Pretty Little Hearts" (I think!!)
Go Kreate Dies:  Large Frames, Scalloped Squares
Glitter Sheets
Loose Glitter
ProMarkers
Chalk
Dimension Pads

and that is it!

Of course that red glitter is now EVERYWHERE!

Romantic dinner for two at home tonight .. .. which means I have to clear all work away so it is "out of sight" .. .. and then get it all out again tomorrow LOL!!

I am entering this into the Digistamp Boutique challenge for February.  Can't believe this is the first challenge I have participated in this year!!  Even my snippets haven't been attacked and taken to the playground yet this year :-(  .. .. .. sorry Miss Di.

Have a lovely day and weekend everyone.

Hopefully catch you again soon.

Love

Monday, 9 February 2015

I PROMISE I HAVEN'T BEEN BEING LAZY

Hi Everyone

Where on earth have I been and where on earth is the time going?

It has been a super, super busy time in the old House of Hearts .. .. I certainly didn't realise that so many days had disappeared since I last made an appearance on my blog.  Tut, tut!!!

Quite often when people are finding it difficult to post they say that "life is getting in the way of crafting".  

Fortunately that isn't the problem I have been experiencing.

If anything I would say the opposite and crafting is taking the place of everything else .. .. to such an extent that Mr Heart ended up taking over all the cooking for the last few weeks.  Super kind of him and very helpful .. .. but let's face it .. .. that was probably the only way he was going to get to eat anything worth eating LOL!!

Loads and loads has been churned out .. .. but sadly nothing I have been able to share.

On top of this my lovely Sis and I exhibited at a wedding fayre yesterday.  The first of the two I attend each year.  I spent the whole day before designing new invitations and really enjoyed myself. Once I got going I didn't want to stop!!!  LOL!!  

At the fayre yet again the new additions turned out to be really popular.  I tried to make a new style that would be nice and quick for me to produce and budget friendly for the "happy couples".  So boxes ticked for both parties!

A brilliant fayre and this morning I am buzzing with excitement .. .. and my "in-box" has been buzzing with enquiries.  One landed before I had even left the fayre!  Thankfully some people are looking for next year and even 2017 which is good news as my wedding diary for this year has very few gaps left in it.

So nothing new made that I can share I'm afraid .. .. but I can show you my favourite makes from the new issue of Quick Cards Made Easy magazine that went on sale the other day:

This first one was part of a "spinning aperture" commission (love the papers very much)



The second one was for a triple stamping commission.  Great technique that I hadn't tried before .. .. but I am now hooked!!




 and lastly .. .. I really enjoyed playing with the free gift from this month's issue .. .. a lovely embossing folder and stamp set




So there I am .. .. just like a bus!!  Nothing for ages and then three come along all at once!

Off now to start a big house clear up and to pack away everything I took to yesterday's fayre.

Have a good day everyone.

Love

Friday, 30 January 2015

BLOOMING HEART

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all safe and well.

We had some snow overnight .. .. which didn't look too bad from out of the bedroom window first thing .. .. but boy it did cause chaos!

Sadly lots of accidents around and about which eventually caused the town centre to be gridlocked .. .. clearly it was far worse than it looked!

Then six or seven hours later all the snow had gone!  Thank goodness for that!

Just time for a quick valentine share:




This used:

Image:  Hero Arts "K5298" Blooming Heart
Sentiment:  Magnolia "I Love You"
Backing Papers:  DCWV "The Gilded Paper Stack"
My Trusty Sewing Machine
White Embossing Powder
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Gems, Buttons and Twine from My Crafty Stash Box

and that is it.  But before I go I would like to give a little shout out for my lovely, generous, blog buddy Eve .. . who is giving away a fabulous Stampin' Up stamp set here.  

You only have to look at Eve's gorgeous creation to know that this stamp set will would work well for so many different occasions.  Just off to throw my hat into the ring!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Catch you again soon.

Love

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

TEENY, TINY TUESDAY

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

Another one of those days that has disappeared in the blink of an eye .. .. but I stole a little of the time to create another of my 3.5 x 3.5 inch creations.




This used:

Image:  Hero Arts "S5316" Silhouette Grass (just a tiny part of probably the largest stamp in my collection LOL!!)
Sentiment:   Pink Petticoat "Tiny Everyday Sentiments"
Distress Ink Pads:  Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Peacock Feathers
Go Kreate Dies:  Concentrics - Scalloped Squares
Spellbinder Nestabilities:   Classic Square
X-Cut Punches:   Flower and Tiny Butterfly
Clear Embossing Powder
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Sequins, VERY tiny pearls and button from my Crafty Stash Box
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

Gosh .. .. what a lot for such a small card!!

I hope you have noticed how good I have been .. .. there is already an insert added!  My new year resolution has nearly lasted a whole month!  Yay!!!  

Enjoy your evening everyone.

I am going to settle myself down for a mammoth colouring session at the dining room table tonight  .. .. .. yes, I "have" taken over the dining room again!!!  LOL!!!

Love

Saturday, 24 January 2015

CELEBRATE

Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday!

I hope your weekend is going well.

A good chunk of today seems to have been spent at the opticians . ..  three of us needing to have our eyes tested and two of us needing new glasses.  Far too much choice but great fun trying on ones that you wouldn't buy in a month of Sundays.  LOL!!

Time for a little play in the craft pod though and I came up with this:




This used:

Image:  Stampin' Up! "Medallion"
Sentiment:  Paper Smooches Wise Die "FBD120" Birthday Words
Backing Papers:  DCWV The Gilded Paper Stack
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Gold Embossing Powder
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon from My Crafty Stash Box

and that is it!

I hope you all have a good day tomorrow .. .. aren't weekends just lovely jubbly!!!

Love

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

SQUEAKY CLEAN

Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday.

I hope your week is going well.

My head is temporarily above water on the wedding front .. .. yay!!  

The kitchen is again a kitchen and the dining room is back to being a dining room .. .. but for how long we will have to wait and see.  Not long I'm sure.

This means I have squeezed myself back into my tiny craft pod .. .. which of course needed a good tidy up before I could do anything productive.  It isn't completely tidy even now but it is better than it was.

Whenever I gain any new crafty stash I never put it away until I have used it .. .. so today's share uses a pre-loved stamp I gained off Ebay well before Christmas .. .. and it has sat around waiting to be tickled with some ink.  Now used, it will be able to go into the much loved Penny Black drawer.  But no-doubt it will be out again very soon LOL!!




This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1647K" Squeaky Clean
Sentiment:  Lili of the Valley "Happy Circular Sentiments"
Backing Papers:  First Edition "Desert Blooms"
Spellbinders Nestabilities "Eyelet Circles"
Woodware Punches:  Daisy Flowers
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon and Brad from My Crafty Stash Box

and that is it.

So with weddings temporarily under control whilst "happy couples" finalise their designs, sign off their proofs or decide on their colours I am working my way through my general "do list" .. .. and of course you know what is round the corner!  Valentine's Day .. .. best pull my finger out and get some cards made for that and to the salon smartish.  I bet Hallmark cards had theirs all designed, made and packaged by Autumn LOL!!!

Have a good day everyone .. .. hope the weather is OK with you.  We had a sprinkling of snow last night but nothing of it to see this morning.

Catch you soon

Love