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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, 7 May 2010


Good morning Everyone

Well as promised here I am back to share the creation I started yesterday. This is a thank you card for my hubby to show him how grateful I am to him for allowing me to try and live my dream. (I won't show you the soppy inside .. .. that is secret LOL!!)

Yesterday was my last day in paid employment and what a magic day it was. It was made so special by my now ex boss and his wife (and all my colleagues) that I will never forget it.

The cream cakes went out the window and instead I treated everyone who wanted one to a breakfast .. .. boy were we all stuffed!!!

The day flew by and I was given a beautiful watch and a gorgeous necklace .. .. .. which believe it or not was heart shaped!!! LOL!!!

The lovely lady who I have been training to do my old job for the last 6 weeks gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a "thank you for my patience". (Thanks Em Gem xx). She is so lovely and I just know we will be staying good friends (and that she will be a good customer - she said she is never buying a card from anywhere else now!). Bless!!

The day was rounded off at the local up the road from me. Definitely a day to remember.

I got a lump in my throat a few times at various parts of the day but I was strong!! No blubbering!!

So here is the finished creation for my lovely hubby (who certainly is one of a kind - in a lovely way).

This used all manner of things:

Backing Papers: These were all free in a magazine many years ago and I just haven't been able to use them until now because I love them too much. They were also down loadable from but when I did this at the time they didn't print out as good as the original ones in the magazine. (I wonder if they are still available? I might have to go and have a look and another try at printing).
Elusive Images: "UDLHC0005" for the row of hearts
Sentiment: Hero Art Set "Be Yourself"
Spellbinders Shapeabilities: "Doodle parts"
ProvoCraft: Heart Die
X-Cut: Butterfly punch
Pearls, ribbon and staples from the stash box

All of the white flourishes and patterns on the background were already part of the backing paper - I haven't stamped all of those on.

So, off I go now to the future. It all starts here.

I think I have had all the phone calls, emails and good luck text messages for today .. .. .. so I will now commence my adventure (and will thank my lucky stars and keep everything crossed on the way).

Have a great day everyone.

Thanks for calling by and a special thank you to everyone who has sent me lovely messages of encouragement. All very much appreciated.

Love Jules xx


Clare *Littlebear* said...

This is stunning Jules. I bet hubby loves it.
Clare x

craftimamma said...

Wowee! Here you go girl. Enjoy the journey 'cos I'm sure it will be a good 'un!

Lots of Love n Hugs
Lesley Xx

Beryl said...

Hi Juls. I love that paper so much and I've checked the link and it's still there in the archives. I've just registered with the site and am waiting for confirmation. Things never print off quite the same but I've got some matt photo paper that gives quite a good result for this sort of thing so I'll try that. Meanwhile - your card is fabulous - you are very lucky to have such a supportive husband. By very best wishes to you at the start of a new life adventure.
Beryl xx

Crafty Chris said...

Ji Jules
Just love it fantastic colours, and good luck , Im sure you will fill your day no problem, more crafting.
Christine x

shellshearer said...

YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! the first day of the rest of your life is finally here go girl and enjoy..

Love those papers they are super yummy, bet hubby loves it
hugs shell xx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, welcome to the start of your new life, I hope and wish you all the best with your new venture and hope its a resounding success.
Im sure your hubby was absolutely thrilled with that beautiful card. Well done love, with love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Jules and I'm sure the sentiment is as beautiful and "heartfelt"! Wishing you the very best on your new adventure! :) Tracy

gina g said...

Hi Jules sorry i've not been by for ages as we are now caring for my mil,this card certainly id gorgeous i absolutely love it! good luck with your future plans hunny i hope all goes well for you. take care luv gina xx

Lynn said...

Lovely card and very best wishes for the future.

Lynn x

chris said...

HI jules
sounds like you had a perfect day, I wish you all the best in your new venture, I'm sure you will do well.
your card is fabulous as always.
hugs chris xx

Jackie said...

Jules, live the dream it's worth it I can tell you. I know your venture will be a huge success. Take care


Lisa said...

Hi Jules, Wishing you my very best wishes. Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Your card is fab and I am sure your hubby will love it.

Lisa x

Loopylou!! said...

absolutely gorgeous card jules, very special. sending you lots of hugs and good wishes for your new adventure in life xxxxxxxx

Juls said... is the first day of the rest of your life...and I am sure it has lots of fab exciting things in store!!!

your card is just gorgeous! great to see the full thing!! Hugs Juls

coldwaters2 said...

oh Jules I had a lump in my throat reading about your day and the start of your new life and this is a beautiful card for your hubby I wish you all the best

Lorraine x

Little K Smith said...

Beautiful card Jules, just love everything about it! Glad you had a lovely last day at your old workplace too.

pinky said...

Its a gorgeous card jules. Good luck on the first day of the rest of your life. Big Hugs

Sally H said...

Stunning card, Jules. I can see why these papers weren't used until now. They are beautiful - love that colour scheme

Tracy said...

What a great creation it turned out to be, gorgeous card. Hoping everything goes your way love, looking forward to hearing all about your new life.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Kerry said...

I am really pleased that you had a lovely last day, it is nice to leave something on a high. I love the card you have made for your hubby and I am sure he loves it too! Love Kerry xx

Carol Ann said...

Gorgeous. Wishing you all the very best for your new venture.
Carol Ann xx

peahen said...

Very best wishes Jules. I hope your cards continue going down a storm and more importantly that you really enjoy every day of working for yourself. Shiela x