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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.


Saturday, 12 December 2009


Good morning everyone

Happy Saturday .. .. .. .. .. and the start of a new week over at Allsorts.

This week the theme for the challenge has come from my lovely teamie "Brenda" - who would like to see swirls and pearls on whatever you create. There is also a beautiful and very appropriate "Pearls and Swirls" prize that has been donated to us by Sir Stampalot (thank you very much Janice and Andy).

All the DT enjoyed the challenge .. .. .. .. I hope you do too.

We also have a guest designer this week - Ruth from A Passion for Stamps . Ruth has a pre-Christmas sale on at the moment so why not pop over and see what lovely goodies she has on offer. (Thank you for your lovely card Ruth).

Also don't forget that if you took part in last week's Allsorts Challenge you need to check that you weren't our random org winner or one of Gro's Top Five!!

Here is my creation for Allsorts this week

This used:

Image: Penny Black 4023K "love is the message"
Pearls and Ribbon from the stash box

Well what a tiny list?!?!?!?

That is because I used the Penny Black stamp to create my background by stamping on black card with an Elzybells Sugar Candy Pigment Inkpad. This has been one of the best white inkpads I have used. A really good white that shows up really well - I normally find white looks a bit wishy washy.

I loved making this card - it was one of those that just "came together" with no messing about.

So what does the rest of the day hold for me? Well hubby is going all the way to Watford to watch his team play football. I won't say he is going to watch them "win" because I don't think they have won away from home at all this season!!

Whilst he is away I am going to go and do a bit of shopping. My lovely hubby has a birthday on the 18th December .. .. exactly a week before Christmas - and I need to find him some little goodies and surprises for his birthday and Christmas.

I then need to prepare for a special day tomorrow. It is the family "label day"!!

The men sit and watch football (again) and me and my lovely Sis .. .. .. plus as many of our kids as we can muster .. .. .. ..sit and make Christmas labels for our parcels. A totally mad and happy day and something we have done for a few years now.

Today I will make an inspiration board to get folks in the mood and get everything laid out and ready - tomorrow it will all just be a huge pile of disorganisation (but lots of fun). It is a great way of using up some of the little scraps of everything that get kept all year.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Love Jules xx


brenda said...

Good Monring Jule

I love this stamp, very you of course and the whole card is lovely. Thank you for coming up with such a beautiful project.

Have fun tomorrow, as you know our family day is today, so when all is quiet here agin (expect for the sleepovers that is) I will think of the mad antics at your end.

B x

craftimamma said...

Jules, this is soooo classy. The black and white on the pale turquoise looks wonderful. Absolutely anyone would love that card on their mantlepiece. The image is gorgeous too!

Hope you find lots of goodies for that lovely Hubby of yours and have a wonderful day with your family tomorrow. It sounds great fun.

Lesley Xx

Clare (Littlebear) said...

Hi Juls,
Your card is beautiful. This stamp is gorgeous.
It sounds like you will have lots of fun tomorrow.
Clare x

Sally H said...

stunning card, Jules! Your label day sounds like fun!

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules what a fabulous card, I love the mono look of it, and I hope you have a wonderful time with your Sister and family. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

Gro said...

Beautiful card, and the image is gorgeous.

Have a wonderful weekend

Littleted62 said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love the contrasting stamping. Happy Label Day for tomorrow - hope you have great fun! Nicki, :0)

Juls said...

wow wow wow!!!! Jules this is amazing!! Love the image, so striking!! Love the monochrome look this is stunning and the pearl detail finsishes it off perfectly!!! Hugs Juls

Jackie said...

Beautiful card Jules, I love that stamp will have to look out for it.


Christine (Craftling) said...

Lovely card, Jules!! :o)

A little snippet for you.. My daughter was born next door to the Watford football ground in Vicarage Road, in what used to be called Shrodell's Hospital. You could almost see the pitch from my side-ward in the maternity wing, and my hubby was always late visiting when they were playing at home (back in the day when they kept you in for a week). There. You really wanted to know that, didn't you? lol ;o)

Your family label day sounds like fun! Enjoy!

Chris xx

shellshearer said...

Jules hun your card is stunning ....absolutely love it..

hope you have a fab weekend and loadsa making ya labels

hugs shell xx

Sarita said...

Absolutely stunning, I've now added this stamp to my Chrsistmas list now I've seen your beautiful card! Love how you've used it for the background too,
Love sarita xx

theneon said...

This is amazingly elegant and you should be duly proud. Your family tag day some like a great tradition and a lot of fun.

Jacee said...

Such a beautiful card Jules, love the little pearls.

Val said...


First of all - thanks so much forn your good wishes, it is really kind of you, and means a lot to me.

The simplicity of your card makes it so elegant.


Natalie said...

Beautiful card Jules. x

foxyenglishcrafter said...

Awesome card!It is simply stunning. I should be off to bed but find myself looking for the hearts on all your creations.Lol Your cards are beautiful. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing!