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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.


Tuesday, 27 April 2010


Hi Everyone

Here I am - back safe and sound. Where have I been? .. .. .. Well I have been away for a long weekend staying with two very special friends (and being spoilt rotten into the bargain).

Hubby and I went to stay just outside of Weston Super Mare .. .. .. and I am missing my big Full English Breakfasts already. It is so lovely to spend time with them (the friends not the breakfasts!!). Time always flies and we are never satisfied with how much time we have together. LOL!!

Part of the weekend involved the men going off to watch Derby County lose (again !!) whilst Chris and I went looking for a wedding outfit for her Son's wedding later this year. We found lots of possibilities which was good.

Once back home my time has been taken up with some DT work (a treat in store soon from Funky Hand - but I didn't tell you that) LOL!!!

I needed time for just one quick play though and decided that this should be the Penny Black Challenge for this week. They wanted to see "3 flowers, 2 button and 1 bow" on our creations.

This used:

Image: Penny Black "3786F" Crush
Sentiment: Penny Black "2909E" Smiling
Backing Papers: Pink Petticoat
Martha Stewart Punch: Daisy
Woodware: Small flower punch
Diamond Stickles
Ribbon, buttons and pearls from the stash box

Just for a change I started off by choosing the sentiment I wanted to use and then trawled through the Penny Black images for something to go with it .. .. .. I was surprised by how many would fit perfectly. Just goes to show that Penny Blacks are "happy smiley stamps" - must be why I love them so!!!!

Off to work today but I could do with staying at home and having a huge clear up of my craft space .. .. it really does look like a bomb has hit it.. .. .. and it was quite tidy until I started my DT stuff yesterday LOL!!

There is a blog (WOYWW) where we are asked to show "what is on your workspace Wednesday" .. .. .. I think I should start one today that is WINOYWT - "what is not on your workspace Tuesday" !!!

Today looks like it is going to be beautiful weather wise. I hope it is the same where you are.

Thanks for calling by on this slack blogger!! Sorry but I just didn't have time to schedule posts before I went off on my weekend of fun and games .. .. no commitment some people .. .. .. and hopefully tonight I get chance for a good old "blog hop". It seems ages since I have managed that too!!!

Take care.

Love Jules xx


Nikbee said...

I love this card. It's so cheerful and the image is really cute. I would to be able to tie bows as well as you!

Nikki x

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Hi Jules,
Weekends away with friends are far more important than blogging!
I love your happy, smiley card.
Hugs, Clare x

Juls said...

so so cute!! Love the image, and the colour combo is my fav! so striking! loving the polka dots and the ribbon is just lush! so much to love about this card! Hugs Juls

Crafty Chris said...

Hi Jules
gorgeous card love the spotty papers and the cute little doggie
Christine x

shellshearer said...

Love that image hun, so cute...
Sounds like you had a fab time at the weekend, those breakfasts sound yummy..

hugs shell xx

Nannieflash said...

Oh Jules Im so glad you had such a lovely time and you were spoilt.
Fabulous card and so cheeky looking, that paper is really just right for it to. With love and hugs Shirleyxxx

Tracy said...

I love your cute creation, and the colours are fantastic, my favourite colour combo.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

craftimamma said...

So glad you had such a lovely weekend Jules and you are totally forgiven for not blogging.

I love this 'spotty' card. I always love the freshness of black and white with a dash of red and the little dog is really cute and definitely made me smile.

Lesley Xx

kath said...

just adorable jules and yes they are certainly happy smiley stamps.....thanks for joining in the fun this week at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

Sally H said...

Gorgeous card, and great to hear you have been enjoying yourself! Good on ya!

Beryl said...

A gorgeously spotty creation Jules - lo e it.
Glad you had a good weekend with friends.
I've got the Papercraft Factory at long last and those papers are just as scrummy as I thought they would be.
Beryl xx

Lynne K said...

Great card! Black, white and red is always a classy combination, and the picture and sentiment go so well together.

Toucan Scraps said...

I used to live just outside of w-s-m. Great use of blakc white and red on that stunning card

debby4000 said...

Oh this is adorable, fabulous card.

Grenouille Greetings said...

You really have been creative, Jules. I particularly loved the background to your Lavinia Toadstools and your Harlequin was a treat too. Well, they all are. And this one is such fun – the Dalmation and the dotty paper – it made me smile! WW Lesley