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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, 19 April 2010


Hi Everyone

Sorry I am a bit late today.

I have spent the whole day creating (yay!!) .. .. I had lots of orders to do but decided that before I gave in for the day I would have another play with my distress inks. Hubby is out for the evening so I can craft away without feeling guilty for ignoring him.

A few .. .. shall we call them .. .."dodgy bits" .. .. on my creation but I don't think it is too bad considering. Just a few hundred more tries and I might start to get the hang it LOL!!!

I did my background and really loved it and then thought .. .. now what?!?!?

I nearly posted it at that point to ask for suggestions - but decided not to in case any suggestions involved the bin!!! LOL!!!

So, here is my second "play make" in my quest for distress ink perfection:

This used:

Main Image Stamp: Lavinia Stamps "Fairy House"
Background Stamp: Basic Grey "Two Scoops/Swirlie Stamps"
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Broken China and Dusty Concord
Nestabilities: Classic Scalloped Circles Large and Circles

I resisted the temptation to add glitter and stickles but this might not have been the right decision. It may get some added tomorrow!! LOL!!!

Edit to say "Yes - I did have to add some glitter as I decided my creation lacked a bit of magic so added some within minutes of posting .. .. .. and then your suggestion came through Pauline.. .. .. thank you - so pleased you agree with me.

I have replaced my photograph with slightly blinged up versions. Much better!!".

Take care everyone

Catch you again soon.

Love Jules xx


Pauline said...

Jules, your card is lovely. I love Lavinia stamps and a teensy weensy bit of stickles on the fairy houses would have just given them that added added bit of fairy dust.
Hugs, Pauline

Juls said...

Oh Jules, this is just too too gorgeous!!! I love this image so much, love the touches of colour and all the fab stamped swirls!! gorgeous creation! Hugs Juls

Little K Smith said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love the background stamp, lovely distressing again too.

Sally H said...

stunning my friend! I think it is perfection!

coldwaters2 said...

Oh wow Jules this is ACE what fantastic work the main image is great and loving the swirls this is one great piece of work.....definitely not for the bin

Lorraine x

Pops x said...

This is stunning i love everything about it, the image is sweet and the colours are just perfect hugs Pops x

shellshearer said...

Oh hun its gorgeous, I love that stamp.. and your distressing is fab, not for the bin this one hun

hugs shell xx

Tracy said...

Wow this is so gorgeous, I love it all.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Violets Corner said...

It´s a fantastic card Jules! Love your work with Distress Inks, it looks perfect! Can´t believe it´s a second try :)

Big hugs

Crafty Lou said...

Hi! this is so so lovely Jules,mes hope you are ok?take care,hugs Lou.xx

lisa said...

This is great Jules. Your distressing looks brilliant to me. You have reminded me that I was given this stamp by Santa but it hasn't had an inking yet, may just have to rectify that now.
Happy crafting.


Jacee said...

It's lovely Jules, you're really getting into this distressing, your doing a lovely job, really like this one, how cute are those little fairy houses, love it, a fabulous card!

Anonymous said...

This is fabulous, I absoultey love it!!!

So Magical!