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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.


Wednesday, 16 June 2010


Good morning all

Wednesday already? Where is the week going?

In fact where is June going and where is 2010 going? My life is flying by!!!!!! Must be a sign I am enjoying myself (and I am LOL!!).

I have the promise of another sunny day today .. .. .. yay!!!

Today's share is a little creation I came up with yesterday afternoon. I love starting a new project and am normally thinking of the next one whilst working on the current one. (Not always a good idea though).

I am always looking for little ways to change the look of what I do and decided yesterday that I always stamp in black and decided to try another colour instead .. .. .. must admit I am quite pleased with the result.

This used:

Image: Penny Black "3817K" Tigress
Backing Papers: Papermania "Exquisite"
Versacolour Ultimate Pigment Ink "54" Brown (for stamping)
Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Ribbon and buttons from the stash box

Once I had stamped the image, and shaded it in, I covered the coloured areas with a thin layer of Glossy Accents and when dry went over it again to give a thicker layer. Really pleased with the result .. .. my photograph does not do it justice. I hope you likey, likey.

I am hoping for a delivery today. My local (well it was still 45 minutes drive away) Paper Mill Store has closed down and I am missing them so much .. .. .. so this week I have had to resort to an "on-line" order from Paper Mill Direct. Hopefully this will arrive today.

It always feels scary ordering card on-line. I like to feel and see what I am buying but no longer have that option.

After a rather awful flimsy and insipid orange card appearing in last times order I asked if there were any samples I could make my selections from and Paper Mill did, very kindly, send me some. So I know that most of what I am receiving is what I want .. .. .. but there might be a couple of surprises!!

I have been asked for some "bright and bold" colours .. .. and as you will see from looking at my blog I don't do bright and bold very often. I do find it challenging to work with colours that don't fall into my own "personal favourites" .. .. but the results quite often persuade me to widen my horizons and use "different" colours more.

So, off to work some craft magic and await my delivery.

See you again tomorrow and thank you for calling by to see what I have been up to.

Love Jules xx


pinky said...

The effect is just gorgeous, nearly looks embroidered. Have a nice day.

Juls said...

this is gorgeous! I love the soft sepia look! Hugs Juls

coops said...

this is so beautiful jules, i love your image and the soft colours.i love how you add a little heart too.thanks so much for finding my blog which means i`ve now found yours and your blog is fantastic.also you are from staffs like me :) have a fab day.luv

Anonymous said...

beautiful flowers!!

awesome card, love it!

Nikbee said...

I love this card Jules. The stamp is wonderful and I love the soft colour scheme.
Nikki x

Jacee said...

Gorgeous Jules, lovely effect, love the colours too, very pretty card.

scalder said...

I love it!! I'm like you, black ink and like you will try a colour this weekend. It's nearing the end of the school year here in BC and I have a few people to thank, some of my colleagues moving to new schools (bye cards) will really try to use a different colour!
Jules, I always find inspiration from your cards! They're always pleasing to the eye with the soft hues and a punch of colour to offset (frame).
Have a great day:)

shellshearer said...

Really pretty hun, I think its always good to go away from the norm..think outta the box so to speak....and i think its paid off cus its a little stunner

hope you ok hugs shell xx

pinky said...

Just a thought Jules, have a look at LaPashe at Got some gorgeous sheets from there today and I am sure you might get what you are looking for.

Netty said...

Hi Jules, love your beautiful card with the extra dimension, really looks fab. Annette x

Debs said...

Beautiful card Jules - I love the soft ink tones you have used and the glossy accents are a perfect touch.
Take care
Debs xx

Anonymous said...

Lovely lovely lovely! Clean and crisp and nice effect with the Glossy Accents! You've inspired me today to step outside of the box and create something in soft muted colours. Thanks for your kind words today! ;) Tracy

lisa said...

It's so difficult to get away from stamping in black isn't it but colour can really surprise you sometimes. I love the way you've painted with the ink, the neutral colours are perfect.
What a shame about The Paper Mill, I hate it when somewhere you use all the time closes. Have you tried QVC for card, they have great quality card quite cheaply if you're buying in bulk.
Hugs Lisax

craftimamma said...

This is another of your cards that is right up there at the top as far as I'm concerned. The colour is so classy and the glossy accents give it that extra special something. Just gorgeous!

Bet you're talking about what was my local Paper Mill shop and it was only 20 minutes from me. I was quite upset when it closed although I rarely bought anything but card and sometimes matching paper for inserts from there but I'm like you and like to 'feel' the quality.

Lesley Xx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

time flys when your having fun, must be all the fab cards your making. This one is stunning, very classy colours. janex