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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.


Friday, 21 August 2009


Good evening everyone

I hope you have all had a good week.. .. .. .. but the weekend is now officially here!!! Yay!!! Time to celebrate.

Here is a little something I made today .. .. and I tried something new. Not "very" adventurous but even so it was new to me.

Here is my creation:

Shame there was some silver card included as this hasn't photographed very well - does give a nice rainbow effect though.

This used:

Image: Penny Black 1645K "Floating Dreams"
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: "Houndstooth"
Carla Craft Label Punch
Fiskars Star Punch
Josy Rose Nail Head Stars
Watercolour crayons (for a change!!!)
Crystal Stickles

So what was new??? Well nothing earth shattering I know .. .. .. but I rubbed a black dye ink pad inside my "brand new" cuttlebug folder before I put the card inside and ran it through my cuttlebug.

Wow. .. .. in real life the result is fantastic. It doesn't look that impressive in the photograph but in real life it has made a thin piece of card look very thick and luxurious.

I then had a mini panic .. .. .. what had I done to my new cuttlebug folder!!! Needn't have worried .. .. .. a quick sprint to the bathroom and a rinse under the tap brought it back to its former glory. I can't wait to try this with my other folders now.

It doesn't take much to make me happy does it!!!

As some of you will know Friday night is always my treat night. Hubby cooks and makes me fish, chips, potato fritters and mushy peas (and I mean "real" chips and "real" mushy peas - non of those rubbish oven chips and tinned peas) - but tonight's treat is extra special.

He has just made me a lovely G & T and my ice cubes are all shaped like hearts!! He bought two new ice cube trays he saw yesterday!!

Told you .. .. .. it doesn't take much!

Have a great evening everyone and hopefully I will see you tomorrow as it is my turn to set the challenge on the Allsorts Challenge Blog.

Love Jules xx


Juls said...

gorgeous card! I have not tried the technique of putting ink on an embossing board now I am deperate to give it a try!!!

Your card is gorgeous!! I love the image and I love all the touches of sparkle!! Fab!

mckinkle said...

Oh you lucky girl! What a sweetie he is, how thoughtful!
I love the card Jules, the rainbow mirri is great and gos so well with the water theme of the image!
Lovely little tags!
Have a great meal and a lovely weekend!
Keryn x

Sally H said...

Lovely card, Jules! That image is so cute! I found the Kaleidacolor ink pads were really good for inking Cuttlebug folders. Here are a couple I did. I found applying the ink with a brayer got good results too x

craftimamma said...

You lucky thing you! Dinner cooked for you and then ice cube hearts in a G&T. I'd settle for dinner being cooked but I don't think I'd best hold my breath, Lol!

That inking the CB folder is a brilliant technique isn't it? I had a go at it on Tuesday at a workshop. We used the snowflake folder and a Versamark inkpad and then embossed with clear holographic EP onto white card. The result was stunning and looked very 'frosty'. I'll try and post the card over the weekend so I can give credit to Sheila Oliver (the class tutor).

Meanwhile, your card is great! I love that cute image and the silver card actually looks very good giving that lovely rainbow effect. I'm going to confess now that I took quite a while finding the heart even though it was staring me in the face, Tee! Hee! Think I need new glasses!

Lesley Xx

pinky said...

Lovely card and the image is so cute. I have tried this technique and it is great as you say to make thiner card look thicker, so know what you mean. Heart shaped ice cubes, does he love you or not!

Wendy said...

Lovely card, great image, you were very brave using your cb folder like that and what a wonderful husband you have
Wendy x

Jill said...

gorgeous card Juls, I love the PB image not seen that one, mmm your fish and chips sound wonderful hugs Jill xx

Pinkllilac said...

What a simply stunning card Jules, I love the image and your colouring is gorgeous. Great papers and a beautiful layout.

Oh you have me drooloing F/C's mushy peas and I am in Bahrain and do not taste the same :_(
Hugs Linda

gina g said...

Oh you lucky thing you dinner and drinks lol, you enjoy it girl. Love the card Jules i have used that technique after seeing it done at a demo, glad i'm not the only one that looks for the hearts lol. luv gina xx

dolcreations said...

This is just adorable this card! Great job!

LavenderCards said...

great card.
thanks for your comment on my cards.

Clare (Littlebear) said...

Aww, you have a lovely hubby Jules.
The effect you've achieved from the inked CB folder is brilliant. I bet loads of us will be trying this today! Your card is gorgeous, I love all the white background and the image is so cute!
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Clare x

Natalie said...

Great card Jules. I love the effect with the embossing folder. Have a lovely evening. x

Zoechaos said...

Lovely card great bug technique.

Tammi said...

So sweet, love that he made you heart shaped ice cubes!! Your card is super cute, love that image and what you did with the cuttlebug folder, looks great! x