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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.


Monday, 9 November 2009


Hi Everyone

Phew what a wonderful and mad weekend!!!

Will tell you all the news once I have shared my Penny Black challenge card for this week.

The theme is to make a card that fits in with the lyrics or title of a song.

Here is my card - I have chosen the song title "Strawberry Fields Forever".

This used:

Image: Penny Black 1670K "Sugar Sweet Dreams" (from the NEC at the weekend)
Backing Papers: My Minds Eye "Wild Asparagus"
Sentiment: Pink Petticoat
Woodware Hydrangea Punch
Gems and Ribbon from the stash box

So that is one of my creations for today - others I cannot share just yet.

Now for a good old catch up. What a fantastic time I had at the NEC.

I was super lucky this year and went twice. The first time I went with my lovely Sis on Friday and the second time on Sunday with my bestest blog buddy Brenda. I had a fantastic time with both - thank you ladies!! I am just so lucky to have a fantastic Sis and a fantastic mate. It was great to spend time with both - talking and laughing for England!!

The two days were just so very different (apart from both being expensive LOL!!). It was like I looked at one type of thing with my Sis and a completely different kind of thing with Brenda.

It was also very interesting to compare the two days. Friday there was just so much stock on all the stands but by Sunday a lot of it had gone. There were so many things I wanted to show Brenda but they had all gone!! Can you believe that The Paper Mill stand had sold out of all their card by Sunday!!

What surprised me most was that this was Brenda's very first craft exhibition. Oh - I do hope she wants to go again. We were both sad when our day had ended and we had to say goodbye - we have been looking forward to for ages. Our better halves and my youngest son spent their time in the Music Live exhibition. They have all played or play in bands so it wasn't as if we cast them aside just anywhere. They had just as good a day as us. (We did give them a choice - they could have gone to the "cake decorating" exhibition).

So after my crafting extravaganza with Brenda I have completely new stash. I now have a little draw that I have labelled my "Get Down and Dirty" draw. This contains a lovely range of Glimmer Mists and Tim Holtz distressed ink pads ready for me to play with when life calms down a little. (No pressure but I know Brenda is just waiting to see what I produce with them - thank goodness she has done a tutorial on her blog that I can crib from!!). I already owned a couple of distressed ink pads and I just wish you could all have seen Brenda's face when I told her what I had been doing with them. LOL!!! (Too ashamed to share with the whole blogging world).

I have lots of new things to play with - but I never saw anywhere a stand that was selling "Bags of free time". Perhaps they too had sold out and gone home Thursday evening!! Shame.

I have lots of other things I want to share but this is turning into a very long post so I will save some for tomorrow.

I also need to go and do some commenting as I haven't done any of this since Saturday evening. It is my challenge over at Allsorts this week and it has gone mad!! So many lovely entries and I need to go and check them all out. At this rate I may hold the Allsorts record for the highest number of entries!!

Catch you all again tomorrow

Love Jules xx


Sally H said...

What a lovely card!That stamp is so cute! It sounds like you had a fabulous time at the NEC. Like I said to Brenda - I was with you in spirit, lol! Looking forward to seeing what you do with your new stash!

Kath said...

absolutely delish the cute image and perfect for your great song choice...thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC...hugs kath xxxx

Debs said...

Hi Jules
Gorgeous card. Glad to hear you had two wonderful days at the NEC - really wish I had gone now lol!!!
Have a great day.
Take care
Debs xx

Clare (Littlebear) said...

Hi Jules,
Love your Strawberry Fields card.
So glad you had two great times at the NEC. I shall be watching to see what your create from your "Get Down and Dirty" draw.
Clare x

Juls said...

perfect song choice!! Love the image, you hace coloured it beautifully, and I love your combo of papers! fab card!

brenda said...

Hello Jules..........and a gerat time was had by did I enjoy myself.

Did I really make a face when you talked about your TH distress inks ?? But I am expecting great things with them and can't wait to see what you come up with.

Oh before I go, great PB card here, wonderful interpretation.

B x

Little K Smith said...

Hi Jules

Lovely card, love this cute stamp. You lucky devil having 2 days at the NEC!!

Take care.


tracie said...

Fabulous card Jules, love this sweet image...gorgeous !! Thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC
Tracie :)x

debby4000 said...

Great song choice and adorable card.

Beryl said...

I'm playing catch up this evening too - haven't had a chance to do so since before my visit to the NEC on Thursday. Glad you both had a good time just wish I could have been there on the Sunday too. I didn't see this stamp on the Penny Black stamp otherwise it might not have been there for you. Love what you've done with it.
Beryl xx

dolcreations said...

I love the simplicity of this card! Very pretty and that ribbon placed at the side is just perfect!

All Pink girl said...

Fabulous card so cute and adrorable
love it
hugs Dawnxxx

~ Ali ~ said...

This is brilliant, love it.

theneon said...

This is just so sweet -- love what you did with this darling image -- great song too!

Gibmiss said...

Hi jules
lovely card i`ve used that image

Susie Sugar said...

Fab colouring and a great stamps
Hugs Susie xx

Christine (Craftling) said...

Speaking of catching up.. How did I miss this one? It's gorgeous!! So sweet (and not just because of the jam! lol) ;o)

Chris xx

Pumpy said...

Love it, as I do all your cards. xxx