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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, 1 January 2010


Hi Everyone

Happy New Year to you all !! I hope that 2010 holds all that you would like it to.

I always love the start of a new year and starting a new calendar and a new diary. All those empty pages .. .. .. .. just waiting to be filled with who knows what? Let's just hope everyone gets to fill theirs in with only good things this year. Wouldn't that be nice?

2010 the year of good things for everyone !!

At this point I usually have a long, long list of resolutions and by mid January I have forgotten half of them - so this year I am only making one. My one resolution being "to be a better person than I was last year".. .. .. .. and if I make this same resolution every year from now on then just think what a nice person I will be by the time I am 80!!

So now on to all things crafty .. .. ..

Lots of challenges are kicking in now that the Christmas break is over and my crafty share today is one of the DT creations I have made for the "By the Cute and Girly" challenge.

The theme is to create something to celebrate "something new". This could be a new job, a new baby, a new home .. .. .. .. lots of possibilities actually.

For my first creation I am celebrating "a new year"!!

This used:

Image: Funstamps "FQ180" Glad Rags
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Backing Paper: Funky Fairys "Funky Christmas"
Martha Stewart Punch: Doily Lace
Glamour Dust
Gems from the stash box

You have all month to join in this challenge - and your creation doesn't have to be a card. It can be anything - a scrap book page, a piece of embroidery, knitting .. .. the world is your oyster!!

Why not pop over and
have a look to see what the rest of the DT came up with. There are some wonderful prizes on offer as always.

The weather has been really dull here in the Midlands and useless for taking photographs - I have had to resort to taking them in the bathroom. I won't tell you where I have to sit to take them!! That would indeed be "too much information". LOL!!!

I am hoping for a quiet day today. It is very peaceful at the moment - the remains of the party guests are all still in bed and all I can hear is the radio playing in the kitchen and every so often the gentle sound of pine needles dropping off the Christmas tree and hitting the baubles as they fall !! I hate the end of Christmas!!

I might be able to stretch the tree out for another day or two but then I am afraid it is bye, bye. Shame.

OK - off to start being that better person I am promising to be - I will start by clearing up all the kitchen before anyone else gets up!!

Happy 2010 everyone. Thank you to everyone who calls by and leaves me such lovely comments - I do appreciate them very much.

Love Jules xx


Anonymous said...

LOL, Awesome post, makes me Smile!

All the Best for 2010 Jules!!!

Christine (Craftling) said...

I think you're a nice person already, lol, and definitely an inspiration.. I LOVE that card!! And you made me smile, too.. especially the pine needles comment! Brilliant!

Happy New Year to you and yours, Jules.

Big hugs,
Chris xx

Francien said...

You do every creation with a you cant be a bad person....happy...healthy...and creative New Year to you too Jules...and i am looking forward to see all you are creating in the new this card...its awesome and the post too...i may not have the time to respond to all of them but be asured that i look at every new card you post...
greetings ♥ Francien

Kat said...

Happy New Year Jules, you sound like a pretty nice person already. Wish our weather was just dull! Here in Aberdeenshire it is icy and snowy. I took a photo in the conservatory this morning and you can see snow through the window at the sides of the photo lol!
Love your card. I need to go and make some cards for something new now.

Kat x

Jacee said...

And a Happy New Year to you too Jules! thank you for the lovely message on my blog, cheered me up just when I needed it, now on to your card, fabulous!!! what a great start to 2010, love it, I really must get down to some challenges pretty soon, I've been negleting the blog of late, so many other things to do, but I'll be back, I'm working on a project for a friend so I'll get that on the blog as soon as it's finished, so here's to a very 'crafty' New Year.

craftimamma said...

Lovely card to start the New Year Jules. I too think you're lovely already because you make 'time' for people. I'm sending you lots of love and really good wishes for the start of 2010 and I hope the year brings you everything you would wish for yourself.

Lesley Xx

Sally H said...

Happy new Year to you too, Jules! I'll start thinking about the New year now all the guests have gone! To be an even better person than you are now? is that possible?! Have a good one! xxx

mckinkle said...

Stunning card Jules to start the new year! That flash of black is so punchy, I love it!

Oh I do enjoy your witty comments!! Keep them up!

Keryn x

foxyenglishcrafter said...

I was just off to bed and stumbled upon your post. You sound like a great person already and your post is very interesting to read. Love your creations too and your helper's roses. Wishing you an awesome new year with many hours of crafting. Can't wait to read your new posts.

Happy crafting and happy new year

x julie

Steph said...

I love that stamp, Jules! Happy New Year to you too. Just in case you haven't seen it Embellish Magazine blog are running a challenge called "Embellish Hearts Colour Challenge"- thought it'd be up your street for obvious reasons!!!! x