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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, 11 November 2009


Hi Everyone

I have made a card using some of my purchases from the NEC - I love it but am not sure. I have a dilema. Do Christmas cards in black look depressing or designer?

Here is my dilema card

This used:

Image: Penny Black 3880K "Fantasy" (new stash from the NEC)
Embossing Powder: Cosmic Shimmer "Black Sparkle"
Backing Paper: Costco (no they didn't have a stand at the NEC - this is old stash)
Ribbon from my local market
Heart Charm: NEC
Nail Heads: Josy Rose

I just love the effect of the Cosmic Shimmer - it twinkles in so many different colours - but you cannot really tell from the photographs :-(

I will just have to leave my card standing around on the shelf for a while whilst I decide.

Love Jules xx


scrapperjulia said...

I love it too! I think it is elegant and just fine for Christmas!

Lisa said...

Hi Jules, Stunning card! I think black Christmas cards are very trendy and I would love to receive one. Saying that i'm not sure some of my older relatives would like them. If you're not sure you can always send it to me lol!

Sounds like you had a fab time at the NEC with your sister and Brenda. I bet you are on a stash ban now!

Your bling challenge is very popular! I have tried to comment on most but think I may have missed some.

Lisa x

Debs said...

Hi Jules
I love it - it's very stylish & I think perfectly fine for Christmas.
Have a great day.
Debs xx

joey said...

Hiya Jules

I love your card very elegant, Black is one of my fave colours on christmas cards I love it!


Jackie said...

Love it Jules, really classy and elegant.

pinky said...

Black is just stunning, I sent some black sparkly cards last year and like you was totally unsure but had lots of positive feedback. This one is just stunning Jules.

Dena said...

Defo vote for "designer". This really is gorgeous! Fabulously elegant image. If you are worried about the black I could see this in shades of blue maybe dark blue. I definitely see it as very hip and beautiful!

Hugs, Dena

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is gorgeous Jules!!! So elegant. The shimmer you added really pops with the black!! Great image and design!! I think it is more than perfect for Christmas!

Juls said...

very stylish!! Love the touches of sparkle!!

Sally H said...

Very, very classy! I love it! It is a perfect Christmas card. I think that is another stamp I 'need'!

Natalie said...

This is really classy Jules. x

Beryl said...

There's nothing wrong with black for Christmas in my book - in fact I've done a few myself this year. This one is especially elegant - wish I'd seen that tree stamp - as if I haven't got loads of trees already.
Beryl xx

gina g said...

Hi Jules Gorgeous card I love black for Christmas i have a black tree and love it. luv gina xx

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Deffo a thumbs up from me hun loving the sparkly shimmer too...

its stunning :)

Emma xxx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

Well Jules if this beautiful card was given to me for Christmas it would take pride of place , it's stunning and I did all black Christmas cards one year. janex

Jacee said...

Sorry have'nt been around to comment on your lovely cards lately Jules, been really poorly in bed for a couple of weeks, but I'm back,(sort of) and your latest card is fabulous, I love black and white cards and this is no exception, I think it's lovely for Xmas, love the addition of the sparkly bits and of course your heart charm, bet you came back from the NEC with lots of lovely things, you lucky girl, I of course could'nt make it this time, poor me, I really missed it, I love the Xmas show, never mind, maybe next time.

Denise said...

Hi Jules. Thanks for the kind comment you left for my Classic Santa post. I gave me a great excuse to come and visit your blog. I LOVE it. You do wonderful work.

Susie Sugar said...

Blown away by this one its so elegant and I love the sparkle Jules
Hugs Susie xx

"Luv 2 Glitter" by Brenda M. said...

I have to comment here..... I just did 3 Christmas cards in black and cream........personally I think they look very elegant. I will try to get them posted to my blog and you can see my "black" Christmas cards.

Christine (Craftling) said...

Ooh! Definitely designer! Very elegant.

Chris xx

Pumpy said...

Beautiful card, black sure works. Lovies xxx

Zoe said...

I really like this!!! very classy!