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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, 3 April 2010


Hi Folks

Loving this Easter break .. .. I am getting lots of crafty time to play with some of my new goodies from the NEC last week !!

I decided to play along with Allsorts this week and have a go at Debs' challenge which is to created something - without using any design papers. I do quite like the look of "clean" cards so decided I should have a try and see what I could come up with.

Well, this is what I came up with:

This used:

Image: Creative Cafe "CS6143C" Doodle Flowers.
Sentiment: Unmounted Stamp Company "BD-FR-01" Word Frame
Cutting Die: Go Kreate "120005" Concentrics Scalloped Squares
Gems and Ribbon from my stash box

I am quite pleased with the finished result - thanks Debs for sending my creative juices in this direction.

To make this I started by stamping out the happy birthday frame and then cutting it out with the scalloped die.

The flowers were stamped into the middle of the frame and coloured with promarkers.

I then cut a square in a piece of scrap paper and used this to mask the writing so I could apply the blue and green chalk. The nice thing about working with chalk is that you can use an eraser to remove it if necessary. I always spray the finished work with a very light application of hairspray to fix the chalk. (Just cheap hairspray from an aerosol can - not the environmentally friendly pump action ones unfortunately).

This then got mounted onto a pink square of card that had its edged inked and then everything was mounted on the base card.

The little dots around the edge are just pen marks.

The new stash part of my creation is the happy birthday frame - this is going to be getting lots and lots of use and I have been thinking of all the little images I have that can go inside it.

So that is me for today. Have a lovely rest of the day - whatever you are doing.

Love Jules xx


Beryl said...

Lovely. It's very elegant and I'm so envious that you can tie a beautiful bow like that.Super design.
Beryl xx

chris said...

So Sophisticated Jules
love it.
hugs chris xxx

Debs said...

Hiya Jules
I am so pleased to see you join in my challenge and what a gorgeous card it is too. I love the chalking and the frame is beautiful.
Of course I also have to mention that sumptuous looking bow - it's divine.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Take care
Debs xx

Crafty Chris said...

Hi Jules
Gorgeous card so elegant looking
Christine x

Annmaree said...

I lovethis, so professional and gorgeous!

Little K Smith said...

Hi Jules
Oooo loving this look, it's lovely and totally lush ribbon too.
Have a lovely Easter.

Loopylou!! said...

that is so beautiful xxx

Sally H said...

That's beautiful, Jules! Less is definitely more - very elegant and classy!

Lisa Jane said...

Beautiful card - really elegant
Lve that ribbon
Lisa ;)

Anne Alagna said...

I like everything you make, but this one especially gets me. The ribbon is perfect and the way you layered the papers so just a tiny smidge of black showed is genius. I never would have thought to combine piercing and gems and the way you did it is fantastic. I love this card!

PS, thanks for visiting my blog!

craftimamma said...

Beryl took the words out of my fingers. I was going to comment on the gorgeous bow too! The whole card has a lovely clean, fresh look and I love those dinky little flowers inside the frame.

Lesley Xx

Jackie said...

I really like this card Jules, it's definitely 'up my street' :)

scalder said...

OOh, pretty. I have yet to see a card from you that I don't want to try to recreate! Although it is plain it is definitely WOW!

Sharon Keanly said...

Such an elegant card, absolutely stunning. Enjoyed reading your post. Hugs Sharon

Paula said...

a lovely elegant card.

Jacee said...

Happy Easter Jules to you and yours.
Fabulous card, like you say, clean and crisp, love it!

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, thank you so much for the lovely get well wishes you left me, bless you love. Hope you are having a wonderful Easter, the weather isnt to good but well you can always eat Easter Eggs.
I love your card its so simple in design but stunning in effect. With love and hugs Shirleyx

shellshearer said...

Very crisp and elegent hun love it..

hugs shell xx

lisa said...

Hi Jules. Happy Easter. I'm glad you're getting lots of crafty time!!
What a gorgeous card. So clean and crisp. Just beautiful.
I had to smile at your raindrop card. I used this title for a scrapbooking LO last year and we all walked about singing it for weeks after. I shall be at it again now-great minds!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Fleur said...

Hi Jules what a pretty card, very elegant. Love the bow
Hugz Fleur xXx

Linda Elbourne said...

Love this card - that bow looks fabulous

Nikbee said...

This is a beautiful card. I love the bow.

Nikki x

Helen said...

I like your card and it looks really good.
I like how you have used all of your things.