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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.

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Monday, 31 August 2009

MY BLOG BUDDY HAS SPENT MY MONEY

Hi Everyone

I hope your bank holiday Monday is going well.

We are gutting the bathroom ready for a "make-over" beginning next week.

We have been nursing a bath with a crack in it for 2 years now and the time has finally come when we are going to completely gut and re-do the whole bathroom. No more risking the bath finally giving in and trapping our tender parts!!

Hubby took a little breather part way through (slacker!!) - so I took a crafty break and this is what I created:

This used:

Image: Stampendous! V126 "Happy Couple"
Sentiment: Stampendous! J180 "Mr. & Mrs."
Backing paper: Funky Hand download "Hearts and Flowers"
Punches: Martha Stewart "Fond" and X-Cut "Medium Flower"
ProMarkers
Brads, gems, ribbons and stickles from the stash box

Now my post title today was "My Blog Buddy has spent my money". I say this because I received this image in a RAK from a great Blog Buddy a few weeks ago and I loved it so much that when I saw the stamp sitting on a little shelf in a craft shop yesterday I just had to buy it.

Right back to it. I can hear gripper rods being ripped up. How on earth we are going to cope without various parts of the bathroom for two weeks I have no idea .. .. .. but it will be worth it in the end I'm sure.

Enjoy the rest of the day.

Love Jules xx

Sunday, 30 August 2009

PENNY BLACK CHALLENGE - WEEK 64

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all enjoying your Bank Holiday. The weather hasn't been too brilliant today where I am.

I decided after yesterday's embarrassment of posting a card containing "no heart" that I was going to replace the offending photograph. I can't possibly have a card without a heart on my blog!!! My hubby said I would have to change the name of my blog to "Always with a Heart - except for once" - but I didn't like the sound of that and instead I decided to just change the photograph LOL!! This isn't the original heart I used - but at least it has one!

It was just a joke to close my blog after the mis-hap of yesterday. I would miss it far to much to stop!!

Today we went on a little shopping expedition for some new shoes for hubby - and lucky for me there was a Paper Mill Store in the same place so I could go and look in there whilst he tried on pair after pair after pair of shoes. He might be lovely but he is a real test of patience when buying shoes!!!!

So today I bought a stamp which I have used for the Penny Black Challenge this week. The theme being "Christmas".

Here is my creation:

This used:

Image: Penny Black 3737J "Star Dance"
Backing Paper and Sentiment: Pink Petticoat
Ultra-fine red glitter from Lakeland
Glamourdust
Diamond Stickles
Brads and Ribbon from my stash box

It is a lovely stamp to use - and one which I am sure is going to get a lot of use over the coming months.

Have a good bank holiday Monday everyone.

Thanks for calling by. I am now off to have a much needed blog hop - I have been getting withdrawal symptoms!!!

Love Jules xx

Saturday, 29 August 2009

ALLSORTS CHALLENGE WEEK 16

Morning everyone

The challenge this week over at the Allsorts Challenge Blog has been set by Amanda.

Amanda has set the rule that no rubber is allowed.. .. .. .. so no stamping at all!!! Lots of other options available to you though. What can you come up with?

Here is my creation (new photograph taken in very dull conditions but at least it is wearing its heart with pride) :

This creation used:

Sizzix Die Cut #654901 "Flower Daises #2"
Backing Paper: Costco
Ribbon from my stash box

I hope you get chance to play along.

Late addition to the blog

Shock horror !!!! It just had to happen one day!!! My original card had no heart!!!! :-(

Mind you with the week I have had I am surprised there was anything on the card at all!

The heart was on my original ribbon and I changed it at the last minute .. .. .. that will teach me to leave well alone in future!!

Thank you Julie for pointing it out .. I didn't want everyone wasting hours of time wondering if I had found a special place to hide it because you won't find it. It is on my craft table LOL!!


That's it then. I have failed my mission and my blog will have to end today! Nice knowing you all and thank you for all your lovely comments in the few months I lasted!!

By the way Julie - the paper was from Costco quite a while ago. Not seen any there recently but the ribbon arrived last week!

Love Jules xx

Friday, 28 August 2009

LOOK WHAT I CAUGHT!

Hi Everyone

Wow .. .. what a week. My feet haven't touched the ground.

My youngest son went to look at another property to rent last Saturday and can you believe that he moved in yesterday!!! I didn't realise that things could move this quickly.

Phew .. so much to sort out and move and clean and organise. We are getting there but we ache in places we didn't even know we had.

All credit to him though - he was so well prepared to move that everything was signed off yesterday morning and the removal man said he could move him the same day "WITH 20 MINUTES NOTICE"!!!! I don't think I could have done it - but he did.

It is a lovely place he has moved to. He will be sharing with my Sister's oldest daughter and they are just so excited .. .. .. it is lovely.

The only hard decision being who gets which bedroom.

I am afraid I haven't had chance to make a "new card" so I am having to post a card I made a couple of weeks ago with another one of my favourite stamps. Love this image so much.

I also haven't had much time to be blog visiting either - I am so sorry - but I promise that I will catch up with everyone soon. (Along hopefully with my sleep too if I am lucky - I am shattered!!!!)

Anyway, here is my creation:

This used

Image: Woodware FRP010 "Big Catch!
Sentiment: Pink Petticoat
Backing Papers: DCWV "The Green Stack"
ProMarkers
Glossy Accents (for the fishy jam jar)


Hope to see you all tomorrow for another Allsorts Challenge.

Love Jules xx

Thursday, 27 August 2009

FOR THOSE THAT LOVE WINE

Morning Everyone

Yet another quick share - this is all I seem to manage during the week I'm afraid (and this week is extra manic). Not sure if I am on my head or my heels at the moment and there isn't likely to be any improvement for a good while yet!!! LOL!!!

Here is my creation:

This used:

All images and writing with the exception of the Happy Birthday sentiment are Woodware FRCL 130 "Wine Buff"
Happy Birthday Sentiment: Elzybells
Backing Paper: KI Memories
Promarkers

I am really pleased with this stamp set (lots more images in the set) - it comes in so useful.

Have a great day everyone.

Love Jules xx

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

A CHRISTENING CARD AND AN AWARD

Hi Everyone

A quick share tonight.

I have been asked to make a couple of Christening cards and I made this as a sample. The sample was well loved so I can now make my "actual" cards which will be just like this but one in blue colours and one in pink with the babies names as part of the sentiment.

This used:

Image: Forever Friends "Christening"
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Backing Paper: Pink Petticoat Stripes
ProMarkers
Spellbinders Nestabilities "Large Deckled Rectangles"
XCut "small flower punch"
Diamond Stickles
Deckle edge scissors
Gems, heart and ribbon from the stash box

I have also been the receiver of another fantastic award from my blog buddy Shirley aka Nannieflash.


I suggested you visit Shirley a few days ago - but you must visit again because as a recipient of this award you are suppose to reveal 5 secrets about yourself. Shirley has listed her 5 secrets and think I can say that her secrets are the secrets of every dedicated craft person. I thought they were brilliant.

I love this award Shirley - thank you so much. Another lovely heart to add to my blog LOL!!

Love Jules xx

Sunday, 23 August 2009

PENNY BLACK CHALLENGE - WEEK 63

Good morning everyone

Here I am with my Penny Black Challenge card for this week.

The theme is "stitching". You have to have some stitching somewhere on your card be this "real" or "faux".

I have gone for machine stitching in the form of "straight lines" and a "buttonhole". (I just knew that O'Level in Dressmaking would come in useful one day .. .. LOL!!!)

Here is my creations:

This used:

Image: Penny Black 3864F "bohemian"
Backing Papers: Pink Petticoat "Old Fashioned Girl"
Carla Craft Label Punch
Gold embossing powder
Flowers, brad, button and threads from the stash box


Beautiful blue skies here this morning. I hope the day stays like this and that it is the same where you are.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Love Jules xx

Saturday, 22 August 2009

ALLSORTS CHALLENGE - WEEK 15

Hi Everyone

This week it is my turn to set the challenge over at Allsorts. This is a world first for me. I have never set a challenge before! (I can never say that again).

Please pop over and have a look at what I set as the challenge and why not even take part? You would be more than welcome and I would love to see what you create.

This was my DT inspiration card

This used :

Image: Penny Black 3377K "Whispers"
Sentiment: Docrafts "PMA 10097" (Some of the stamp was masked off)
Background Papers: Memory Store
Josy Rose Nail Heads
Gold embossing powder
Small gold beads
and the tiniest amount of Promarker ink


I paper pieced the image with some of the background paper.

The challenge involves working to a sketch and "tearing" your papers "somewhere" but full details are over on the Allsorts Challenge Blog.

I hope you all have a brilliant weekend and that you find time for a bit of crafting.

Love Jules xx

Friday, 21 August 2009

TRYING SOMETHING NEW

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

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

DON'T LOOK IF YOU DON'T LIKE CLOWNS

Hi Everyone

Just a mega, mega quick post .. .. .. .. but if you suffer from "coulrophobia" (fear of clowns) then go no further and I will see you another day (I hope).

Today has been a very busy day and my evening has been busy too. Lots of telephone catch-ups!!

Anyway, inbetween everything I have made the following "super quick card". This is another image I struggle to use - because it is so "busy" there is little you can do with regards backing papers and accessories without causing a visual disaster!!

So, here is my creation:

This used:

Image: "No idea". It is a stamp I bought years ago but there are no markings whatsoever on the wooden block. I trawled back on the site I got it from but it is no longer available from them so no clues there!
Nestabilities: Classic Scalloped Circles Large
ProMarkers
Shaped eyelets and heart from my stash

Not many ingredients at all.

I hope everyone's week is going well and thank you for taking the time to call by. I hope my clown didn't scare anyone - he does look a friendly little chappie!!

Love Jules xx

Monday, 17 August 2009

PENNY BLACK CHALLENGE - WEEK 62

Hi Everyone

Well my lovely visitors left this morning :-(

It was so nice to catch up with them. We talked solid all weekend and still had things we hadn't talked about. LOL!!!

I didn't make any cards whilst my visitors were around but did sit at the dining room table and put all the inserts into all the cards I had stock piled ready for a sale I have coming up in September. Still need to make lots more cards but at least this meant that I have a good supply completely ready. This is my least favourite part of card making - putting the inserts in and packaging them up. (But it was something I could do whilst we were "putting the world to rights").

Today I have had a clear up of my craft space .. .. .. as I promised myself last night. I had had a bit of a disaster with some embossing powder and it seems to have blown everywhere!!!

It was nice to read that lots of you fellow bloggers work in a messy craftroom too .. .. .. .. and Sarita - I wasn't directing my comments at you - though I find it hard to believe you could possibly mess that beautiful room up!!.

Anyway, enough waffle and on with the job in hand .. .. .. my Penny Black Challenge card which is a bit late this week.

It was a colour challenge this week and your creation has to include the colours, Blue, Tan and Cream.

Yesterday I shared a quick card that included an image I bought off Jill's blog - well tonight's card features the other stamp I bought.

I love Penny Black stamps so much and as soon as I get a new image I cannot wait to use it. I love this little chappie. (I am becoming aware that I say this an awful lot!!!).

So, here is my creation:

This used:

Image: Penny Black 2365F "Field of Dreams"
Backing paper and sentiment cut from Dovecraft "Masculine" papers.
Nestabilities: Standard Circles Large and Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Promarkers

I also need to share a couple of awards - not that I deserve them because I don't pass them on!! Bad girl!!! I just cannot choose who to give them too. I want everyone to have them. Please someone take one or all that are anywhere on my blog.

My first award is from Lorraine at Coldwaters2 You get the treat of some beautiful cards and lovely music when you visit Lorraine!

My next award is from Shirley at Nannieflash Shirley also has a lovely blog that is well worth a visit and Shirley leaves the most lovely and encouraging comments.

I am so lucky to have met so many lovely blog pals.

Thank you for taking the time to call by.

Love Jules xx

Sunday, 16 August 2009

JUST A VERY QUICK SHARE

Hi Everyone

Sorry I haven't been around visiting very much this weekend - we have visitors staying with us until tomorrow morning and it is rather rude to sit "blog hopping" when you should be "chin wagging". (And we have been)!!!

Wow .. .. haven't talked so much for ages. I think both my friend and myself will have sore throats by tomorrow evening.

My friend has gone out for a family BBQ and will be returning soon - but I just have time for a quick share.

This creation uses a stamp that I purchased from a bloggy mate (Jill) last week. She was having a "clear out" so that she could buy more goodies and this is one of the stamps I bought from her.

Here is my creation:

This used:

Image: Penny Black 1738K "Uplifting Occasion!"
Sentiment: See-D's #50159 "Celebration Messages"
Punch: Martha Stewart "Lace Doily" & XCut "small flower"
Promarkers
Crystal Stickles
Brad and Ribbon from the stash box

and that is me for today.

I am hoping to get lots done this week but before I can do anything I need a major clean up of my craft room.

People often post pictures of their tidy work spaces .. .. .. perhaps we should start a new trend to find out "who has the most disorganised workspace".

Thank you to the ladies who have given me awards this weekend. I am very grateful to you and will post these during the week when I have time to do all the linky things.

Take care everyone and enjoy the remainder of Sunday. I promise to catch up with everyone very soon.

Love Jules xx

Saturday, 15 August 2009

ALLSORTS CHALLENGE - WEEK 14

Hi Everyone

Here we are again with another Allsorts Challenge.

Thank you very much to everyone who played along with Gro's "Vintage" theme last week. There were some fantastic entries.

This week's challenge has been set by my team mate Brenda and she has chosen the theme of "An English Country Garden".

Brenda loves her "botanical" so I tried to keep her well happy and hope I have succeeded with the following creation:

This used:

Backing Paper: K & Co "Madeline Painted Roses"
Red Netting: Magenta M12-2005 "Red Nest"
Image: Penny Black 3815J "Love Blush"
Sentiment part of a set: Elusive Images UA6SP0077 "Rose Stem Script"
Punch: Martha Stewart "Valentine Hearts"
Neocolor II Water-soluble Wax Pastels
Brads and ribbon from the Stash Box
Sewing machine

There is a fantastic prize on offer this week. A £20.00 voucher to spend at PDA Card and Crafts. The choice of goodies to spend your voucher on is fantastic so it is well worth creating and entering.

Next Saturday it will be my challenge. Oh dear .. .. I hope people want to play!!! (Before you start guessing what my challenge will be .. .. .. .. no it doesn't involve you incorporating a heart!! LOL!!)

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Love Jules xx

Friday, 14 August 2009

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER !!

Hi Everyone

What a busy day .. .. .. .. but I am here at last.

Here is the card I would like to share today. I really like this stamp - it is one I bought last weekend. I am sure I will find lots of other ways to use it but for now ... ... ... ... well you know what it is like ... ... ... ... I just "needed" to use it.

This card used:

Backing papers - Pink Petticoat
Image (Happy Birthday) - Inkadinkado 97145 - P
Image (Flower) - Magenta H-0306
Go Kreate Frame - No. 151005 - Wavy #3
ProMarkers
Brad and Ribbon from the stash box


Well there we go.

I will be back again in about 12 hours time with my DT creation for the Allsorts Challenge blog.

This will be my last normal DT Card posting because next week "I HAVE TO SET THE CHALLENGE" - my very first!!! Panic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tee hee!!

I do hope people enter. Wouldn't it be embarrassing if you set a challenge and no-one played along. Oh dear .. .. don't think about that Jules !!!

Catch you all again tomorrow (my special Friday treat of fish and chips cooked by hubby is about ready).

Love Jules xx

Thursday, 13 August 2009

TIME FOR A BIRTHDAY

Hi Everyone

Just a quick share today .. .. .. and my reading list is back from Mr Blogger .. yay!!! (Though he did freeze me out of leaving comments and up-dating my blog for at least 2 hours last night.. .. .. bad boy!!). Hopefully I am going to get chance to catch up with everyone soon and indulge in a good old blog hop!! (If I am allowed).

Here is my creation

This used:

Backing papers: Memory Store
Image: Elusive Images (D0306 might be the code - it is written in pencil on the wooden block) Sentiment: Computer generated
Nestabilities: Large Deckled Rectangles
Fiskars: Threading Water Punch
Nail heads and clock button from the stash box


There we go - a quick post today.

Happy Thursday everyone. Thank you for calling by.

Love Jules xx

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

IT'S ALL MY FAULT

Hi Everyone

I have decided that Mr Blogger is just an attention seeker and he loves us all to be talking and posting messages about him.

The other evening my hubby asked if my lappy was "behaving itself now?" with regards my blog.

I confidently replied that it was working better than it ever has - I could now see my followers - schedule my posts - access other lovely blogs without having stupid messages coming up which needed me to click on my back arrow multiple times - publish comments from my emails .. .. .. oh yes I was a totally happy bunny. Mr Blogger is my friend!

So what happens? Mr Blogger couldn't possibly have people not talking about him so he decides to work really slowly and to steal my reading list!! !! I do hope he lets me have it back soon. I do appreciate that he is just probably keen to look at all the lovely blogs I visit and wants to check them out himself .. .. .. but please Mr Blogger .. .. .. pretty please .. .. .. can I have it back now (and could you speed up a bit please). (Addition later in the day - YAY!!! Come home from work to find that Mr Blogger had finished with my reading list and has returned it to me. That will be because I remembered my manners and said please a lot!!!).

Whilst I am here I have a quick card to share:

This used:

Image: Funstamps FM197 "Garden Shelf"
Sentiment: See-Ds #50159 "Celebration Messages"
Backing Paper: Funky Hand
Funky Heart Punch
ProMarkers
String from the "things that come in useful" cupboard


I wish my garden shelf looked this clean and organised LOL!!

Have a great day everyone. Lots of lovely rain for me today!!

Love Jules xx

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

ISN'T HE CUTE - PLUS SOME AWARDS

Hi Everyone

A very quick card to share with you today and some awards I received over the weekend/yesterday.

Firstly my card

Isn't this just a super cute image. I love it.

This used:

Image: Mo's Digital Pencil
Backing paper: The English paper Company
ProMarkers
Martha Stewart Punch - Valentine Hearts
Tiny button and thread from my stash box


Now for my awards. Thank you everyone who has thought of me and sent these little beauties my way.

So .. .. in no particular order:

This award came from Mel of Apple Cake Art - thank you Mel. Mel has make this my third time of receiving this award.

I must admit this is one pretty award - I would love a swirly stamp that looks like this too use on my creations LOL!!

This award came from Angela at Sparkly Cards - thank you Angela


This next award has come to me from two bloggy friends over the weekend. Emma from Metalicbutterfly and Keryn from Poppy Dog. Thank you ladies. I feel honoured to be part of your "circle of friends".


Keryn of Poppy Dog is so generous that she actually bestowed two awards on me. This is the second award. Thank you Keryn. I hope you have now caught your breath after your wedding stationery marathon and that your thank you flowers still look beautiful.


Phew!! So that is all the copying, listing and linking done. Please go and visit these gorgeous ladies blogs. There are so many fantastic creations to be seen on all of them.

Thank you very much ladies - I know I am supposed to pass these awards on to lots and lots of people. I always duck out at this stage as I feel everyone who visits my blog is in my "circle of friends" and you are all "beautiful and creative bloggers" - so if you visit and would like any or all of the above awards then feel free to take them with my thanks for being such great blog mates.

Have a great Tuesday everyone.

Love Jules xx

Monday, 10 August 2009

PASSION FOR PROMARKERS - WEEK 11

Hi Everyone

The challenge over at Passion for Promarkers this week just has to be done!!!

A lovely sketch and the chance to use "any colours you like". No excuse for not taking part then!!

Here is what I created:

Here is the sketch:


This is what I used:

ProMarker Pens: Lilac, Coral, Pastel Blue, Lime Green, Apple, Carmine, Yellow, Blossom, Poppy and Dusky Pink
Backing Papers: Funky Hand Download "Hearts and Flowers"
Image: Funstamps FP110 "Patchwork Daisy"
Sentiment: See-D's #50159 "Celebration Messages"
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
XCut Small Flower Punch
Gems and Brads from the stash box


Thank you for dropping by to look at what I have done and also thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to bestow an award on me over the weekend. I need to sit down properly to drag them in and link everyone so will do this as soon as I get chance but for the time being I need to make the most of some serious crafting time.

Happy Monday everyone.

Love Jules xx

Sunday, 9 August 2009

PENNY BLACK CHALLENGE - WEEK 61

Hi Everyone

I hope your weekend is going along nicely.

Part of mine has involved me joining in with the Penny Black challenge. I really love this Challenge Blog.

This week the theme is to work to a sketch.

Here is my creation:

This used:

Image: Penny Black 3687K "light the night"
Backing Papers: Pink Petticoat
Sentiment: Elzybells
Cuttlebug "Swiss dots" embossing folder
Punches: Martha Stewart "Doily Lace" and XCut "medium flower"
ProMarkers
Brad and spacer from my stash box


I cut my oval on the Cricut machine twice. Once in white and once in the pink thinking I would just be able to layer one on top of the other .. .. but they didn't look right. So I lay my white oval on top of my pink oval and drew around it with a pencil and then used a pair of good old fashioned "pinking shears" to trim to the pencil line. Can't believe I was lucky enough for the zig zags to actually match when I got back to my starting point! Oh it doesn't take much to please me does it.

Oh - nearly forgot. This is the sketch I needed to work to:

Have a lovely happy Sunday everyone and thank you for calling by.

Love Jules xx

Saturday, 8 August 2009

ALLSORTS CHALLENGE - WEEK 13

Hi Everyone

Here we are again with another lovely Saturday morning and another lovely Allsorts Challenge.

Firstly, thank you to everyone who joined us last week for Lisa's 3-2-1 recipe challenge and also to Helen for all her hard work as our Guest DT winner.

The theme for this week's challenge has been set by Gro - and she has chosen a theme of "Vintage".

I have to admit that this really was a challenge for me. I don't normally do vintage - but I have to say I did actually enjoy trying something I wouldn't normally attempt. Thank you Gro.

The prize this week will be 6 ProMarker Pens .. .. .. .. lovely .. .. .. you can never have too many of these beauties!!!!

Here is my card for the Vintage theme


This used:

Image: Hampton Art Stamps 4520 "Odes"
Background papers: Memory Store
Charm: Papermania
ProMarkers, chalks, metallic wax
Feather, ribbons, gems and nail heads from the stash box

I paper-pieced the ladies dress and used both chalk and metallic wax on the image background.

So there you go. A very different card from me today. That is the beauty of a challenge.

I hope you get chance to play along.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for calling by.

Love Jules xx

Friday, 7 August 2009

FEELING PRODUCTIVE

Hi Everyone

I hope that you are all well and that the sun is starting to peep out wherever you are.

We have been promised lovely weather until Monday where I am - let's hope they are right.

Lots of little ideas flying around my head at the moment and hopefully I can get some of them onto card fronts over the next few days!!! Some I can share straight away but some can't be shared until later.

Here is my first share - which strangely enough started out with the intention of being a black and white card. But it progressed. I am glad it did now as I am really pleased with the finished result.

This used:

Image: Magenta (never know about reference numbers for these stamps but written on the block is 09018 G)
Backing Paper: Funky Hand CD "Now That's Funky"
Nestabilities: Classic Heart
Thread from my stash box


Oh I am so excited .. .. .. looking forward to lots of crafting over the next few days as the football season starts again tomorrow for my hubby!!!! Yay!!! Guilt free crafting!!!

If I am not back later today then I will see you all tomorrow with my inspiration card for the Allsorts Challenge tomorrow.

Take care.

Love Jules xx

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

MAKE A WISH

Hi Everyone

Another "quite a bit of white" card featuring one of my favourite Penny Black images. This stamp has been used and loved so much it is unbelievable.

The beauty of this little fellow is that he works for everyone - men, women and children.

Here is my creation

This used:

Image: Penny Black 2078H "Birthday Dog"
Sentiment: Happy Birthday is from Penny Black "Critter Party"
Sentiment: "Make a Wish" is from Studio G
Punches: Woodware Inverted Corner Rounder and Fiskars: Little Star
ProMarkers
Brad, glitter and ribbon from my stash box

I love this little chappie

Catch you again soon.

Love Jules xx

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

THEY DON'T COME MUCH SIMPLER THAN THIS!!

Hi Everyone

Just a very, very quick post this evening with a card that is very, very simple, but one I would have loved to have received when my babies were born.

Here is my creation:

This used


Image: Forever Friends "New Arrival"
Backing Paper and Sentiment "Pink Petticoat"
Josy Rose "Nail Heads"
Ribbon from the stash box


So there you go. Could this be the simplest card on the web and the shortest post ever?!?!?

Thanks for calling by.

Love Jules xx

Monday, 3 August 2009

HAPPY MONDAY

Hi Everyone

Has anyone else ever bought a stamp because you really, really love it and then struggle to actually use it when you get it home?

Well the image on the following card is one such stamp, so I decided that I needed to experiment more with it until I feel comfortable.

The following is what I came up with:

This used:

Image: Stampendous! P091 "Beaded Bodice"
Backing Paper: Pink Petticoat
Martha Stewart Punch: Doily Lace
Neocolor II Water-soluble Wax Pastels
Laura Ashley Satin Ribbon Stickers with Gliter "Love Song-Harmony"
Self adhesive Pearls
Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Flowers and Ribbon from my lovely lady at our local market


I feel I still need to experiment more with this image but at least it has had another airing today.

Happy Monday everyone.

Thanks for calling by.

Love Jules xx

Sunday, 2 August 2009

PENNY BLACK CHALLENGE - WEEK 60

Hi Everyone

The theme over at Penny Black this week is "SUMMER".

Not much inspiration from this card could be found looking out of my window .. .. .. .. just rain, rain and more rain!!! What a good job I have a very vivid imagination. LOL!!!

Here is my card

This used:

Image: Penny Black 3782J "lazy days" and butterflies from the "Critter Party" set
Backing Paper: Sorry not sure - it is ages old and from the days when it didn't matter what paper I used.
Punches: Fiskars "Threading Water",
X Cut "Medium and Small Flower",
Martha Stewart "Frond"
Diamond Stickles
ProMarkers
Ribbon and sticky gems from the stash box


So there we have it .. .. .. .. my summer card for Penny Black.

Thank you for calling by to look.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Love Jules xx

Saturday, 1 August 2009

ALLSORTS CHALLENGE - WEEK 12

Hi Everyone

Saturday morning is here which can only mean one thing. A new challenge over on the Allsorts Challenge Blog.

Lisa has set the challenge and she has chosen a 3 -2-1 theme .. .. .. which means your creation needs to include:

3 Flowers
2 Papers
1 Ribbon

This week's winner (chosen by random.org) will receive a 6 x 6 MME Bloom & Grow paper pack.

This week is extra special because we also have Helen working with us as a Guest Designer. Helen won a two week DT spot with us and this is her first week.

Here is my creation:

This used:

Image: The Greeting Farm "Miss Anya Collection"
Papers: DCWV "Retro Prints"
Punch: Woodware Scalloped Square and Fiskars Threading Water
Flowers: Mulberry Street
ProMarkers
Pastel Chalks
Brads, Spacers, Charm and Ribbon from my stash box


I hope that you get chance to play along this week and I shall look forward to visiting all of your creations.

Thank you for calling by and have a great weekend everyone.

Love Jules xx