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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.


Sunday, 23 October 2016


Hi Everyone

I hope your weekend is going well.

One of my brides got married yesterday .. .. and I am pleased to say the weather was kind to her.  It should have been lovely for her photographs.  Not so bright that you need to squint .. .. which to me is always a bonus.

Anyway, after a mad few days, here I am back with another Christmas card.  I am definitely feeling the love for tartan at the moment so I think it may be making its way onto a few of my Christmas makes this year.

Today's card has used up a little of my snippet mountain .. .. but not much .. .. so I will be winging my way to Pixie's Snippets Playground to see what is happening there.

So here we go (but with only a tiny snippet of tartan used today).

As always on a Sunday I am lazy and don't list my ingredients but I thought you may like to know about the stamp I used to make the wreath.  It came from Card-io and is called "Oriental Blossom" and looks nothing like a wreath.  It is just a branch.

If you would like to see how the wreath was created then you can see the technique on this little YouTube video here.  I bought the stamp set from the NEC earlier this year after watching the lady demonstrate there. Such a talented lady.. .. I could have stood and watched her all day long!

My fingers have been itching to try and re-create the wreath .. .. and I must admit I was surprised how easily it came together.

Catch you again soon hopefully .. .. with more Christmas cards for adding to my very hungry stock box.


Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

I hope it has been a good day for everyone.

Mine has seen a bride come and collect everything for her wedding on Saturday .. .. I do hope the weather is going to be kind to her.  It always feels sad when I have to empty the boxes of any leftovers ready for filling again for another bride.  But it does feel good to gain some much needed space back!

So I decided it needed to be another Christmas card today and as the theme for Wednesday is "white card" .. .. here is my offering (but only one picture I'm afraid .. .. .. I struggle big time with white cards and this was the best of a very bad bunch of photographs!!)

 This used:

Sentiment:  Penny Black "30-316" Season's Gifts
Penny Black Die Set:  "51-066" Crystal Trio
WOW! Embossing Powder::  Clear Hologram Sparkle 
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon and gems from my crafty stash box

and that is it apart from some specks of Glamour Dust which the camera didn't manage to pick up.

A bit late today I'm afraid but at least I made and appearance .. .. and have another Christmas card to add to my collection.  Yay!!

See you again soon.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

Get me .. .. posting two days on the run .. .. now that is a rare sight at the moment!!!  But there is a good reason .. ..whilst posting off orders and samples yesterday I picked up the "Posting Dates for Christmas Delivery" leaflet.  Panic!!

For normal post we are looking at Tuesday, 20th December for Second Class and Wednesday, 21st December for First Class.  (I thought we normally had a few days between second and first class posting dates not just one!!).

So writing the dates on the calendar that looked very scarily close .. .. and will be even more scary when November hits in a couple of weeks time!!

So another teeny, tiny 3.5" Christmas card it is . .. . and this is for entering into the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge where the theme this month is to use the "ghosting" technique alongside some stamping (which I embossed in white) and your pick from the list provided.  I chose die cutting .. .. and here is my creation:

This used:

Distress Ink Pads:  Stormy Sky and Iced Spruce
Imagination Craft Stencil:  Sparkles (for spraying water through)
Penny Black Clear Stamp Set:  "30-316" Season's Gifts (for the sentiment and stamped snowflakes)  
Penny Black Snowflake Die Set:  "51-066" Crystal Trio (for the embedded silver snowflakes)
Wow!  Embossing Powder  Opaque Bright White
Frantage:  Chunky White
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

and that is me for today.

Back to that massive "must do list"!!

Have a good day everyone.


Monday, 17 October 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Monday!  

I hope everyone is well and keeping all the lurgy germs at bay!  Nearly every other person you speak to seems to be full of cold at the moment!!

A post today with a project I made for entering into the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge for October.  This is the first month of a sparkly new challenge and one I fancied playing along with as I do love dabbling with watercolours, but don't get around to it very often.

The theme this month is Autumn. 

So here is my creation which I made with the intention of it being for a male .. .. but to be fair, now it is finished,  I think it would be suitable for a male or a female.

This used:

Image:  Stampendous! "N136" Leafy Block
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
My Winsor & Newton watercolour paint palette 
Josy Rose Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Once I had added the lines of watercolour I re-wet the centre and dabbed it with a paper towel which soaked up the water and left behind that lovely dotty pattern which I really liked.

I am also going to enter my creation into the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge where the theme is "ghosting" along with my choice of an additional element from the list provided .. .. which is "stitching".

So that is me for today.  

Back to keeping my brides happy and I will see you again soon hopefully!!!!


Sunday, 16 October 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday!

Ours started with mega rain here .. .. but it does seem to be brightening up a little now!

Well as promised on Friday, here are a few of the projects I made for the new Make Christmas Cards magazine which is now on the shelves just sitting waiting to tempt you!

It is one of those fun magazines that gives you lots to play with .. .. stamps, embossing folders, pretty papers with matching toppers and sentiments along with lots of inspiration for using everything to make cards, gift tags, gift bags and gift boxes.

I got to play with the decoupage papers and a lovely set of papers and toppers featuring cute little dogs.  These were some of my makes .. ..:

and I even decorated a gift bag.. .. which is quite a rarity for me .. .. and just great for those awkward presents we don't know how to wrap!!

Well now I have made myself think of Christmas (again) .. .. I had perhaps better make a much needed Christmas card for my stock box. That section of my crafty world has been very neglected so far this year!  Slap those wrists!!!  

I have no excuse really because I bought a few Christmas goodies in the sales just after last Christmas in readiness!! Just haven't got round to using them.  Guess what is top of the New Year Resolution list for 2017!!!?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will catch you when I do.


Friday, 14 October 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!

Thought I had better report in as I haven't been able to make an appearance here in a while.  Thank you to everyone who has been checking up to make sure all is OK.  I promise it is .. .. I am just tied up with things that I cant share on my blog at the moment.

Life has been super busy here (in a good way) and each day seems to be lasting a nano-second!  That is always a sign you are having a good time!!

Who would have thought when I blogged this post that I would still be "living my dream" today.  I had to smile when looking back to find the old post at some of the cringe-worthy cards I posted back then.  I wonder if I will cringe at today's makes in another 6 years time!

It seems so long ago now in terms of looking at the number of years that have passed .. .. but yet it still seems so recent in other ways.  So many fabulous things have happened that I could never have imagined and Mr Heart often says "I bet you wish you had done this years ago".  Of course part of me does .. .. but I really don't think the time was right then.  I still had lessons to learn out in the big world.  

Something I still have to pinch myself about is being asked to do magazine commissions .. .. talking of which Issue 158 of Quick Cards Made Easy is now on the shelves so I can share a few of the projects I worked on.

The first was for a Vellum Backdrop Commission

and this second one was part of a Ruffle Front Commission

I also worked with the cover gift for this month which is a cute stamp and decoupage set along with a pad of Christmas papers

Definitely a lovely Christmas feel to the magazine this month!  Shame there isn't the same feeling here in the House of Hearts.  I haven't got anywhere near any serious Christmas card making sessions yet!! Eeekk!! 

One of my brides gets married next Saturday so she is my main focus at the moment .. .. place names done, table names done, guest book nearly done, readings done and table plan well on the way. So you never know, there could be the odd Christmas card or two making an appearance next week!

But for now I will love and leave you.  Have a lovely day ahead of what I hope will be a good weekend for everyone.

I do have a few cards to show you from another magazine I was asked to work on and will hopefully get those posted up over the weekend.

Love Jules xx

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

Hope you have a little bit of this lovely sunshine today.

A quick nip in and out with my Teeny, Tiny Tuesday make for this week .. .. and for anyone new to my blog this measures a whole 3.5 inches square. 

I am getting requests for Teeny, Tiny Christmas cards now so had better get my thinking cap on to see what tiny designs I can come up with there.

So here we go with my tiny one for this week:

This used:

Image/Sentiment:  Hobby Art Clear Stamp Set:  CS059D Winter Wishes
Backing Papers:  Nitwit Collections Fireside Christmas
Silver Embossing Powder
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Berry Embellishment, Ribbon, Cord and Charm from my crafty stash box
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

and that is it!

I made an "oversized" envelope so that the lovely red berry embellishment would fit comfortably inside but I am still not sure it feels right.  Wedding invitations and special birthday cards often get ordered with decorated boxes .. .. but at the moment I am thinking a Christmas card in a box might be a step too far.  Perhaps have to have a play with that another day and decide then .. .. no time for faffing this week (or should I say this month LOL!!)

Enjoy your day everyone.

Love Jules xx

Sunday, 2 October 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday .. .. and happy October too!

It has all been rather quiet on my blog recently .. .. mainly due to Mr Heart wanting to whisk me away for a few nights .. .. and that meant I needed to work like a woman possessed to meet my deadlines before the escape could take place.

I needed the break in the end just to make up for the late nights which I needed to work!!  

So where did we escape to?

Well a place where time seems to have stood still .. .. Masham in North Yorkshire.  A lovely old fashioned and quaint little place where everyone seemed to have the time of day for you.  We even saw a coal-man delivering sacks of coal on his back .. .. just like I remember from years ago when I was an annoying child!

Of course the main reason for going was so Mr Heart could enjoy tours around the two local breweries .. .. but as he puts up with such a lot from me I decided to just go along with whatever he had planned.  

What a fabulous place to chill.  Certainly a different pace of life to what we are used to.  We parked the car and vowed not to use it until we set off for our journey home again.  Lots of sleeping, walking, talking, eating and drinking and we enjoyed every second .. .. and our escape was made all the more enjoyable by the lovely couple who owned the fabulous bed and breakfast where we stayed ....  Millgate B&B.  Talk about being spoilt.  I really hope we get to stay with them again .. .. their customer service and super tasty breakfast menu will stay in my memory for always! 

Mr Heart has been wanting to stay there for years .. .. but whenever we were free the B&B wasn't .. .. but this year it happened and we had a really good break .. .. but I did take some colouring with me.  I couldn't possibly switch off completely!

A little re-arranging of the furniture in the bedroom and I was well sorted for tickling a few images with my ProMarkers .. .. and today's snippet make uses one of them.

As always I am lazy on a Sunday and do not list my ingredients, but if anyone has any questions then just give me a shout.  (But I don't know the winning lottery numbers for next week I'm afraid).

Of course as you would expect I am back to a longer list than I left behind .. .. along with a new "happy couple" who have been added to my list .. .. woo hoo!!  Plus I have also added a mission of trying to make "beer bread".  We were given it at a local restaurant whilst we were away as a little "treat" to munch whilst waiting for our meals.. .. definitely need to re-create that!!  

So off I pop to share my card over in the Crafty Snippets Challenge as everything came from my huge pile of snippets. 

Catch you again when I do.

Love Jules xx

Friday, 23 September 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday.  I hope you have all been having a good week whilst I have been beavering away at trying to reduce my do list.  I love it each time I am able to cross something off it .. .. but also love it when I add new missions too!  Am I normal?  Probably not!! LOL!!

One of the "must" makes of this week that I am able to share is a birthday card for my super lovely baby Sis using some of her favourite colours .. .. .. .. I think she must be an Autumn girl!

This used:

X-Cut Mini Heart Die Set
Sentiment:  Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tags
First Edition Backing Papers "New Leaf"
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon, Metallic Cord and Eyelet

Have you managed to spot the heart today?  LOL!!

I met up with one of my brides yesterday as we are starting work on all of her venue stationery ready for her October wedding .. .. then tomorrow it is a sparkly new bride who is hopefully just about to start her journey with me.  We have already shared lots of emails and photographs and I feel like I know her already.

I get to meet so many lovely people .. .. I am so fortunate .. .. every day is different and every day is enjoyable .. .. I just wish they would last longer!

Have a good Friday and a great weekend when it arrives.

Love Jules xx

Sunday, 18 September 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday!

I hope you have all been having a lovely weekend .. .. today has been glorious weather wise here.  I wonder if it is a last glimpse of summer?  I hope not.  I am not ready for Autumn yet!

Sorry for the quietness from this end .. .. but to say my crafty life is busy at the moment would be an understatement. 

I re-arranged my list and decided there is only one thing for it and that is to not worry about my blog for a while and just keep my head down and clear the list as much as I can.

Plus there are the Autumn weddings to add to the mix too!

I haven't even packed away all the supplies from the wedding fayre last Sunday.  My feet just haven't touched the ground.

It didn't help when we nipped into The Range this afternoon to pick up some much needed essentials and they were filling all the shelves with Christmas goodies.  Now normally when that happens I get all excited .. .. but today my heart actually skipped a beat in panic!!  I really can't believe Christmas is nearly upon us again.  It doesn't seem two minutes since I was melting the London Kids electric kettle on the gas hob last Christmas!! (We haven't been invited back this Christmas.. .. I wonder why?!?!?). LOL!!!

I do have some general cards to cross off my list so you never know .. .. there might be the odd appearance here and there if I can get to actually posting them to my blog.

Catch you when I do everyone.

Love and hugs
Jules xx