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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, 20 August 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

I hope all is good with everyone and your week has got off to a good start.

All super busy and chaotic here as Mum is having some decorating done and that has involved trying to cram everything from her living room and hallway into other places in her little flat.  It felt like we were playing a game of "furniture tetris" by the time we had finished and Mum is now living in her bedroom for a little while whilst the "make-over" happens. I have to admit to really looking forward to it all being over and done with .. .. and I am sure Mum must be too.

I spent quite a bit of yesterday with her .. .. but the only place for me, when not in the kitchen, was either on the bed .. .. or sitting on top of what is now a blanket box LOL!!  So crafting propped up on the bed it had to be .. .. though I must admit I could just have easily snuggled down and just gone to sleep!!

Anyway, a quick early doors "teeny tiny" make for me this morning before the day took hold.  For anyone new to my blog these are a a whole 3.5" square and I love making them .. .. and their tiny envelope too.  Such a great way of using up those smaller pieces of paper and card.

 This used:

Image and Sentiment "Stampin Up! "Hello Cupcake" (retired)
Backing Papers from an old Sizzix "Pastels" pad 
Crystal Glamour Dust
Fine Glitter
Glossy Accents
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.  A card made early but not posted until I was once again installed at Mum's  .. .. this time on the blanket box that Dad made .. .. ages ago!!  

Lots of work to get through this week as well as sorting Mum out .. .. .. so more than enough to keep me out of mischief over the next few days!  Such a shame I need to sleep!!  

Sunday, 18 August 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday!

I hope it is turning out to be a lovely weekend for everyone.

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge theme for this fortnight is a fun one .. .. and one where I knew exactly which image I was going to use.  The theme is "Daschsund Through the Snow" .. .. which translates into "Christmas cards featuring our canine companions" .. .. not that I have any "real life" canine companions.  I wouldn't have the foggiest idea how to care for one .. .. .. and one definitely wouldn't fit into my hectic and chaotic lifestyle that's for sure.

But here is one canine that does reside in the House of Hearts

This used:

Image:  The Lovely Studio "Festive Dachshund"
Sentiment:  Part of the Festive Dachshund Download
Backing Papers:  The Lovely Studio "Snow Flurry"
Sizzix On The Edge Die "656920" Snow Flurries
Spellbinders Nestabilites Circle Die
Crystal Glamour Dust
Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I was planning on putting some kind of embellishment in the bottom left hand corner but no matter what I put there I couldn't stop thinking of the dog "cocking it leg up" and weeing on it!  So in the end I didn't bother adding anything LOL!!!

Have a lovely day everyone.  We started off with lovely bright sunshine here .. .. but of course now I have got the washing machine on overdrive it is dulling over!!  Typical!!

Friday, 16 August 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!!

Well yesterday saw a baby girl card make an appearance on my blog .. .. .. so it's only fair that a baby boy card gets a look in today.

This used:

Image:  Lili of the Valley Digi Image "Baby with Bunny"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using fonts "Aracne Condensed Regular" and "Sweetheart Script"
Backing Papers:  The Lovely Studio (previously Pink Petticoat)
Nail Heads
Heart Punch
Pinking Shears
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for now.

Enjoy your weekend when it arrives.  Let's hope this rain gives in for a while and we get a bit of sunshine!!

Thursday, 15 August 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday.

I am trying hard to get myself into some more good habits .. .. one being to get back to making a card for my blog first thing in a morning before I get sucked into the day.   I try to keep a box of images I have already coloured stashed away, which means half of the work has been done already .. .. .. so no excuse really.

Baby cards are always in demand and are something that never stay in my stock box for more than two minutes .. .. so today I have opted for a baby girl card.

This used:

Image:  Digital image from Lili of the Valley "Cosy Pram"
Sentiment:  Computer generated using fonts "Aracne Condensed Regular" and  "Sweetheart Script"
Backing Papers:  The Lovely Studio (used to be called Pink Petticoat)
Quickie Glue Pen and Crystal Glamour Dust
Ribbon and Metallic Cord
Little heart charm .. .. I was given a little jam jar full of them at the Christmas table one year .. .. sadly the jar is slowly emptying.  Boo hoo!!
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.

Time to get the production line going for completing a set of place names for a bride who is now getting very excited that her special day will soon be here!

Take care everyone and have a good day.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

No teeny, tiny card to share today .. .. .. but instead a scheduled post to share some projects I worked on for the current issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine which has just made its way to the supermarket shelves.

I was super happy to be asked to work with the cover gift for this month and below are the samples I put together using the gorgeous stamps, embossing folder and design papers .. .. .. all using those beautiful shades that autumn brings.  Such a nice change to use images that are not of the cute cartoon style variety (not that I don't love those too .. .. my blog is full of them LOL!!). 

A little picture heavy but I thought it would be nice to share them

I really enjoyed myself with this stamp set  .. .. ..  colouring, masking and inking to show a few different ways the set could be used.  But of course there are lots and lots of other ways too. 

So there we go.  

As this post goes live (and if the world is being kind to me) I should have my head down and be well into production mode on other projects .. .. .. ..  I have a few deadlines looming which need some seriously long time slots devoting to them. 

Anyway, I'll catch you again soon.

Hope you have a great day and manage to find a little bit of crafting time for yourself somewhere along the line.

Sunday, 11 August 2019


Hi Everyone

I hope Sunday has been a good day for you.

It has flown by in the blink of an eye for me .. .. just like the whole weekend has in fact!

Part of my day has involved making a couple of cards for entering into the Christmas Kickstart Challenge for this fortnight where the theme is Christmas Card, Christmas Card - Christmas Tree.  

The lovely Darnell is Jo's little elf helper this fortnight and as some of you will know Darnell runs a couple of challenges .. .. one of which is called a "Twofer" Challenge  where you make two "different" cards with the same stamp or die.  Sadly I have never had chance to enter .. .. even though at the start of the challenge I will put what I want to use to one side in the hope of entering.  Sorry Darnell, hopefully I will get there one day!!

Anyway, Darnell's theme has come along to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge and we are asked to make two Christmas Cards using the same Christmas tree.  Mine is a die but it could also have been a stamp or even a peel-off I guess. 

Anyway this is what I came up with:

These used:

Christmas Tree Die:  My Favorite Things "MFT-1429" Christmas Tree Window
Sentiments:  Lili of the Valley Christmas Sentiment Tags and Washi Tape
Backing Papers:  From the Works and The Range
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Tiny Pom-poms
Nail Heads

There is still one day to enter if anyone else fancies playing along  , ,,, but for me this means that Christmas cards 34 and 35 go into the box!!  Yay!!

Catch you again soon

Saturday, 10 August 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday and happy weekend!!  Not that the weather is looking very promising.

I hope you are all well and life is being kind to you.

Once again my poor little blog has suffered from lack of activity .. .. .. but we will blame Mr Heart for that LOL!!  He has been on annual leave which always throws my little world into chaos.

But hopefully things are about to return to some sense of normality .. .. well as normal as things ever get around here.

Lots of general cards needed here so I thought I would use the Penny Black Saturday Challenge as inspiration for my first make of the day.  Every month their theme is "anything goes" (as long as it features Penny Black goodies of course) .. .. and with an additional theme this month of "water" or "watercolour".

I was also determined to use up some of my ever increasing mountain of snippets so that I could make an appearance at Pixie's Snippets Playground where we are encouraged to use up our leftovers.

Edited to say that the lovely Kath has let me know that my card will also fit into the Penny Black and More Challenge this week where the theme is "For Boys or Men".  Thanks Kath xx

So here is what I came up with:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2062K" Fish are Jumpin
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font Aracne Condensed Regular
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat 
Glossy Accents
Diamond Stickles
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.

Before I go though I would just like to thank everyone for your lovely comments on my previous post .. .. but I do need to point out that I didn't actually colour the image myself (wish I could colour like that!!!). The image was precoloured by Polkadoodles.

Catch you again soon.

Monday, 29 July 2019


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all well and have had a good day.

Sorry for the absence .. .. yet again .. .. but the house of hearts escaped for a few days .. .. which called for lots of work before we actually left .. .. and now there will be lots of work to do on our return .. .. but it is all worth the extra effort because we have had a wonderful few days away and spent some lovely time away with some very special friends.

I do need to fly in and out really quickly tonight though with a card I have thrown together since our return for entering into the Christmas Kickstart Challenge before it ends .. .. which will be happening very, very soon!!   I haven't missed entering since the challenge began and it would be a shame to spoil things now.

The theme has been "festive things with wings" and this is my offering:

Everything for this card came from the Polkadoodles "Winne Winterland - Big Kahuna" digital download .. .. love that sentiment so much!

Finishing touches being Crystal Glamour Dust, Sequin Ribbon, Twine, Charm and My Trusty Sewing Machine.

So that is me .. .. and Christmas card number 33 goes into the stock box.

Best fly before the challenges ends and hopefully I will be back again soon.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday .. .. I hope your week has got off to a good start.

Another scheduled post today to share another of my teeny tiny cards .. ..  which to anyone new to my blog is a whole 3.5" square.  I love making these so much and as sad as it sounds I even love making the little envelopes too!  As Mr Heart always says "It doesn't take much to keep me happy" LOL!!!

 This used:

Image:  Docrafts A5 clear stamp set - Meadow 
Sentiment:  DigiStamp Boutique clear stamp set (sadly Sally-Ann is no longer trading boo hoo!!)
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
Stampin' Up Punch (they don't do exactly the same one any more but have a similar one)
Distress Inks:  Sage Green, Fossilized Amber, Shaded Lilac and  Chipped Sapphire 
Sakura Jelly Roll Pens (which haven't seen the light of day for a while but still worked beautifully)
White Gel Pen
Pearlised Twine
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.   A tiny post for a tiny card!!

Before I go though I would like to apologise for the lack of any blog visiting on my part  .. .. rather a lot of work to get through before the end of July so every minute is feeling extra precious at the moment.  But I promise I will catch up with everyone as soon as things calm down again.

Friday, 12 July 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday .. .. ahead of what is hopefully going to be a good productive weekend.

I am here with a scheduled post as I want today to be a "get your head down and get on with it " kind of day.  If all has gone to plan my day started hours ago with a good old clear up and my "list of things to achieve before Monday" has started reducing already.  It is a very long and unrealistic list that contains some quick missions and others that will take several hours to achieve .. .. but I do love a list and the feeling I get when I cross work off it.  

To be ahead of the game I made today's card last night at "daft o'clock" as I had an idea floating around in my head that I wanted to try.

I called in on our youngest son on my way home from being with Mum yesterday and as often happens he made me a cup of tea and we put the world to rights whilst sharing a few music videos.  It is always dangerous going to my son's home though because I relax "too much".  There is a lovely sense of calm that hits you as soon as you walk through his front door and it is so hard to drag yourself away from it .. .. it is certainly far removed from the atmosphere I create for myself when I am at home.  LOL!!!

My son played one video that showed a band performing behind what I can only assume was a huge muslin sheet strung across the front of the stage.  The lights shining through the fabric, turning the band into muted silhouettes and giving shots of color to the perimeter of the muslin sheet. 

I wondered if I could get a similar effect using stamps, an aperture card and a piece of organza.

Sadly the finished result was nothing like what I had in my mind .. .. .. more experimenting with the organza needed .. .. or perhaps ditch the organza and try vellum?!?!?  But I ended up with something I didn't feel was too bad.  More attempts will follow at some stage as I am already thinking of what I "should have done" instead of what I "actually did".  Yes, definitely thinking vellum might be the way to go!!!

But never mind, life is all about trial and error.  That is how we learn. 

This used:

Image:  Inkylicious "French Rose"
Sentiment:  Penny Black clear stamp set "30-297" Sprinkles and Smiles
Pink Organza (behind the aperture and also tied into a bow and crinkled with a heat tool)
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is it.  Quite a short little supply list really .. .. so why is my desk and surrounding floor area looking like I have used every item in my craft pod?!?!?!  Although hopefully by the time this goes live it will all have been cleared away and I will look and feel organised again .. .. for two minutes!!

Have a good and productive day everyone.