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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, 14 December 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday!

I hope you have had a good weekend.

Mine has been quite a mixed one as I met a lovely new "happy couple" on Saturday (along with Grandma) and we were talking about all the excitement of an August wedding, and today has been spent trying to complete the Christmas present shopping before the shops go super manic .. .. I think we have managed it ..  .. just need to make sure we both have enough £1 presents for our family Christmas meal which won't happen until the 27th December (we know how to drag all that lovely Christmas cooking out).

I have also found some time to play with a few of my snippets ready for taking over to Pixie's Snippets Playground.  Both cards are needed for this week .. .. and it has taken all day to complete them .. .. but they are done and I am here to share them at last!!

No ingredients as I am lazy on a Sunday .. .. but if you want to know anything then please just ask and I will try my best to help.

There is a busy work week coming up and lots happening, but I will try hard to make an appearance.

Take care and have a good week.


Thursday, 11 December 2014


Hi Everyone

Just calling by with a quick apology.

One of my lovely blog buddies let me know today that comment moderation has appeared on my blog.  This asks everyone to prove they are not a robot if they want to leave me a comment!!

I know I am not alone .. .. it seems to be something lots of you are experiencing at the moment .. .. but it certainly isn't something I have chosen to add .. .. so I am just hoping that Mr Blogger will be doing something that will return everything to how it used to be .. .. very soon.  (Pretty, pretty please).

I hate messing about with the settings for fear of wiping my blog completely but I was brave and followed the instructions that I was given for sorting it .. .. but then all comments automatically appear on my blog and I just know that once again I will be open to having my blog comments filled with stupid advertising comments offering services that we certainly won't go into here!!!

My blog is normally set so that I manually release the "proper" comments and reject any bogus ones.

Oh well, fingers crossed it sorts itself out.

But in the meantime many thanks for all the kind wishes for the London Kids.  I know they will have read all your lovely comments and appreciate them all.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014


Hi Everyone

I hope your week has been progressing well.

My life is still busy and was extra complicated by the boiler deciding to throw a wobbly (along with the Christmas tree lights!!).  But always looking for a silver lining to every dark cloud I consoled myself with the fact that it was better these things went wrong now than in two week's time!!

So the London Kids are finally installed in their new home and the keys to their old flat have been returned to the landlord.

Now it is time for them to sort out all the important things .. .. like internet connection LOL!!!

They have just been in touch to say thank you for their new home card which arrived with them today .. .. so I can now share it with you.  They had great difficulty getting a sofa bed out of their flat so this image made them smile as it reminded them of the hassle they had

This used:

Image:  Lili of the Valley "Moving Day"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "2 Peas Barefoot Professor"
X-Cut Flower Punch
Woodware Heart Punch
Josy Rose Nail Heads
Ribbon and Key Charm from My Crafty Stash Box

My card was just one of my normal 144 x 144 square ones with the top cut into a roof shape.

They spotted the heart(s) straightaway LOL!!!  Lots of hearts needed though to wish them lots of love and happiness in their new home.

Time now to head off downstairs for The Apprentice - the number of candidates are dwindling now!!

Hope you are all keeping safe and warm!!


Sunday, 7 December 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday!

I am here today with my snippet makes for taking over to Pixie's Snippets Playground   

My creations have made just a very, very small little dent in my collection of snippets .. .. but they have made a lovely dent in my preparations for Christmas.

These two cards are for giving to Mr Heart's Uncle and his "pretend" Auntie, who was one of his late Mum's very good friends. Does anyone have "pretend aunties" anymore?

Normally by the time I get round to making cards for these lovely folk they are done in a fit of panic the day before we visit .. .. so how nice to have done them at a more leisurely pace.  I told Mr Heart that if he rescues their presents from wherever they are hidden then I would get them wrapped and that would mean we are actually "ready" for visiting two very special people (who I know won't be visiting my blog).

So here we go

and as always on a Sunday I am lazy and don't list my ingredients but just ask away if there is anything you would like to know.

We got the Christmas decorations and tree out of the attic today .. .. hopefully the tree will be up and decorated over the next few days.  The bad thing being we have highlighted another space where the tree could "perhaps" go this year .. .. but this involves moving furniture .. .. eeekk!!!  Talk about making work for yourself LOL!!

Enjoy what is left of the weekend and I will catch you again soon.


Saturday, 6 December 2014


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all well!

This has to have been the fastest week on record .. .. and definitely the busiest one ever.  

I have dabbled in everything.  Wedding work, Christmas card orders, birthday orders, magazine commissions, accounts ready for Mr Accountant Man .. .. but very little housework (oops) .. .. and I feel that next week is going to be very much the same. 

I did have a mad clean up campaign very early one morning in readiness for a  few "happy couples" that were calling by and I had to smile to myself when I considered the fact that Mr Heart might start getting people to arrange "fictitious visits" just to make sure I do at least a bit of housework LOL!!

So no posts from me all week  I'm afraid .. .. and no blog visiting .. .. I am really sorry about that but my time was eaten up on projects I couldn't share and that have kept me super busy :-(

I can however show you my favourite project from the Quick Cards Made Easy magazine which has just gone on sale.  I was commissioned to do a technique called triple embossing and this was possibly my favourite of the cards I made  ..  I always struggle to choose.

I am hopeful that I might get chance to play with a few snippets tomorrow if the day is kind to me. There are certainly enough of them scattered around the old House of Hearts that' s for sure.  I do wish I wasn't such a hoarder sometimes .. .. .. but then I hate waste so I suppose I will always be one!

I'll catch you tomorrow  .. .. hopefully!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Sunday, 30 November 2014


Hi Everyone

Gosh what a super fast weekend .. .. someone has stolen my hours "big time" !!

Here by the skin of my teeth to share a couple of cards in Pixie's Snippets Playground and Sandra's Rudolph Day Challenge.   I was worried I was going to miss the deadline for Rudolph Day .. .. but there are still a few minutes left.  Phew!!!  

So here are my makes:

As always on a Sunday I am lazy and do not list my ingredients but feel free to ask away if there is anything you wish to know.

Must fly .. .. trying to do too many things at once and if I am not careful one of those spinning plates will drop  LOL!!

Enjoy what is left of the weekend.

I wonder who is for the chop in X-Factor tonight?

Catch you again soon.


Saturday, 29 November 2014


Hi Everyone

I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

The London Kids are well excited.  They picked their keys up from the estate agent today and from there were going to stock up on decorating supplies and begin the "makeover".  They have some good friends helping them so the phrase "many hands make light work" will hopefully prove true.  

They sent me a message to say they had got the keys in their hands and surprise, surprise, the estate agent had also given them a bottle to use for celebration purposes! I thought that was a lovely touch.  That has certainly never happened to us and we have moved house a few times!!

Christmas is the order of the weekend here, so here is a little make which uses another pre-owned Ebay purchase that dropped through my letter box yesterday:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "4014K" Hand-mailed
Sentiment:  Computer generated using fonts "Georgia" and "Hobson"
Backing Papers:  First Edition "Vintage Noel"
Martha Stewart Punch:  Traditional Scallop
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
X-Cut:  Corner Rounding Punch
ProMarkers and chalk
Diamond Stickles
Glamour Dust
Snowflakes from the snowflake box
Ribbon, holly berries, cord and eyelet from my crafty stash box

My creation is also for entering into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme this month is "All Wrapped Up" .. .. in terms of coats, hats, scarves, gloves etc. 

So that is my share for today (still not sure that hedgehog is going to be able to reach and get that special envelope into the post though LOL!!).

Lots of Christmas decorations appearing around and about us here .. .. some people are certainly far more organised in that department than I am that's for sure.  

Hopefully catch you again soon.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014


Hi everyone

I hope that all is well with you all.

Just popping in with a Christmas card whilst having an eye on The Apprentice .. .. oh I do enjoy that programme!

This used:

Image and Sentiment:  Just part of the Digistamp Boutique "Arctic Fun Set"
Backing Papers:  Lili of the Valley "Classic Christmas Paper Pad"
X-Cut Palm Punch:  Snowflake and Corner Rounder
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Glamour Dust
Diamond Stickles
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink

I am also going to enter my little make into the Digistamp Boutique Challenge for November.

Catch you again soon.

Just about to find out who is being fired!!!  Ooooo...


Sunday, 23 November 2014


Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a lovely weekend.

The weather has been pretty grotty in my neck of the woods for most of the time and now we have a lovely frost forming .. .. eeekk!!!

Good news from the London Kids!  They have signed their lives away and will be getting the keys to their new home next week .. .. woo hoo!!  We are so excited for them.  Nothing like your own home where you can paint the walls any colour you want and hang anything on the walls without having to get permission from a landlord first!

That means it will soon be time for the sparkly new stamp I have been saving especially for them to come out of safe keeping, and be tickled with some ink!  

I have finally found time to tidy away all the equipment etc I took to the wedding fayre at the beginning of the month which makes me feel so much better. I am far more creative when everything around me is tidy.   All samples are now made, most proofs out for signing off  by "happy couples" and a feeling is upon me that life "may" just calm down a little now.  (Tee hee .. .. those are probably famous last words!).

This means I can now have a bit of time on some much needed Christmas makes .. .. and these two are for taking over to share in Pixie's Snippets Playground.

So here we go:

As always I allow myself to be lazy on a Sunday and don't list my ingredients but if there is anything you would like to know then please ask and I will do my best to answer.

I might be being lazy on the card ingredient front .. .. but sadly I now need to iron .. .. what ever happened to crimplene that didn't need ironing LOL!!

Catch you again soon and enjoy what is left of today..


Thursday, 20 November 2014


Hi Everyone

I hope you are having a good week .. .. mine is yet again flying by and has been taken up with requests for yet more wedding invitation samples from interested couples.

Sadly it has even been necessary to turn some couples away as some months for next year are already full to bursting :-(  

Nice to know I am going to be busy, but there is only so much work you can take on.

So as I haven't had time to make anything to share with you I thought you might like to see my favourite of the makes I did for this month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine.

I did a commission called "wreath cards" .. .. and my favourite of the collection was this one (well I think it was my favourite .. .. I enjoyed making them all:

or was it this one?

I can't decide so will show you both LOL!!

I am not quite ready to give in for today yet, my bridal creativeness is still flowing, so I will love you and leave you and go and play with my ribbons and sparkly diamante! 

But after promising to make more of an appearance this week I thought I had better show you something before I land myself in trouble.

Enjoy what is left of the evening.

Catch you soon.