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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, 14 May 2010


Hi Everyone

Well we are nearly halfway through May and I haven't entered anything into the Stampalot Challenge yet .. .. .. how can I not take part in this one? Have you seen the awesome prize that is on offer?

But before I show you the prize I will show you my little creation.

The theme is butterflies and blossoms

This used:

Image: Personal Impressions "P1406M" - Cherry Blossom
Sentiment: Hobby Art Clear "CS016D" General Greetings
Backing Papers: DCWV The Old World Stack
Papermania: PMA 41258 Glitter Embossed Vintage Butterfly Borders & Corners
X-Cut Butterfly Punch
Josy Rose: Nail Heads
Minimal Promarkers
Pearls and cord from the stash box

So now for a look at the awesome prize:

and this is only part of the prize .. .. pop over to the challenge blog to see the full extent of this fantastic prize and also to see all the great creations the DT have made - then no doubt you will be creating and entering yourself (if you haven't already). If you do .. .. then good luck.

Well I have had one week of being at home - which equates to 3 extra craft days in my life. I still feel a little like I have just had a week off work .. .. but my bank account will tell me differently!!

My new routine is falling nicely into place. I still get up nice and early with hubby and do housework (sorry for swearing) before eating breakfast and making my way to my little craft pod.

I have to do the housework first because once in my little room I don't want to leave it. The only thing I do before hubby returns is hang the washing out and bring it in again - eat a bit of dinner and make the odd cup of coffee. What I am finding is because I am upstairs and the kettle is downstairs I am tending to drink more water from the bathroom tap .. .. that can only be good .. .. doesn't water make you beautiful? Must remember to have a gallon a day!!

Another good thing is that I am in a great routine with the ironing and do a little bit each morning alongside other jobs and slowly I have got on top of it .. .. hopefully never to fall behind again. So if nothing else I am offering a much more efficient laundry service than I was before!!! LOL!!!

Have a good weekend everyone and thank you for popping in.

Love Jules xx


Kerry said...

I am so jealous of your craft Jules - work just gets in the way!!! Beautiful card. I love the image and the MS butterfly! Love Kerry xx

Sharon Keanly said...

hahaha Just loved reading your post. Love your sense of humour. Don't forget that water Love this card Jules, so simple yet absolutely stunning and I LOVE the butterfly! Lucky you to have so much time to craft. Enjoy it though ;) hugs Sharon x

Little K Smith said...

Hi Jules
Sooo jealous of your new crafty life! Hope your're enjoying it. This is a beautiful card, love the natural colours and lovely image. Love the butterfly too.

craftimamma said...

Oh Jules, this card is just so classy! The colours are gorgeous and nothing is 'overdone'. Just stunning!

Glad your routine has worked out so well this week and well done getting the ironing under control. Err .............. you couldn't perhaps do me a few shirts and tops ...... could you???

Can you tell, I'm feeling a bit more like my normal self tonight? I can breath for a start, and the awful headache has gone, Yipee!

Have a good weekend.

Lesley Xx

Sally H said...

Hi Jules
It's a stunning card! Love your choice of papers and those little pearls are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at Sir Stampalot and good luck!

Annmaree said...

Beautiful card, really elegant and lovely!

brenda said...

Morning Jules

Stunning work, the background paper looks like tapestry and love all the little pearls.

Like Lesley, will send a few shirts your way, they have always been the baine of my life in the ironing pile. Comes of so many sons, but would'nt be without them - the sons that is not the shirts !

Thank you for sharing with us at Stampalot Challenge and good luck.

B x

Debs said...

Hiya Jules
So pleased to hear that your are enjoying your new venture - sounds like you have a fab routine in place - (note to self - take a leaf out of Jules' book lol!!!1)
Another stunning creation - your work is always so professional looking.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Debs xx

Francesca said...

What a fabulous and elegant card , Thanks for Joining us at Sir Stampalot and good luck!

Tracy said...

I love your choice of image and the design and finishing touches, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

shellshearer said...

Sounds like your settling into your new crafty life just fine hun..

Gorgeous card so crisp and elegent love it

hugs shell xx

jules said...

gorgeous card!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jacee said...

Lovely card Jules, super colours and I really love the addition of the little pearls.
Pleased to hear that you are falling into a routine with your 'new life' I bet it feels so strange to be at home everyday, nice though, LOL

Lynne K said...

What a beautifully elegant card! I love it! Not a single superfluous element - they all work perfectly together. Great post too , it made me smile. Glad you are enjoying your new way of life. x

pinky said...

Sounds like you are taking to your new life like a duck to water lol. This card is just beautiful Jules, very elegant. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

Mags said...

What a pretty card! It looks Japanese - so elegant.

Cardarian said...

Very elegant card! Love it!

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Hi Jules,
It sounds like you have got yourself into a great routine already. I'm like you with the ironing, little and often. I got rid of my ironing basket so that it can't sit around!
Your card is beautiful, so elegant! Thank you for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend - not that crafting is your job do you have the weekend off!!
Clare x

Grenouille Greetings said...

A lovely elegant card, Jules. If the tap in your bathroom is fed from a tank – you probably shouldn’t drink it btw!