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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.


Saturday, 17 July 2010


Hi Everyone

How is everyone's Saturday going? OK I hope.

Hubby has gone out to watch a pre-season football friendly and I have given myself a mini break from the wedding stationery to create a little make using more of the freebies I received in the post the other day.

My stamped image is the second of the two stamps I received from Sally in her blog candy giveaway. (Thanks again Sal xx).

The flower is made using more goodies that were in the envelope from another blog buddy (thank you xx). They have been cut from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix Die .. . I so "need" this. I wonder if I will be able to wait until the NEC in November which is suppose to be when I have my next spend??!?!?!!!

Anyway without further rambling here is my creation of the day
This used:

Image: Stampers Anonymous "COM031" Tattered Sparrow
Crackle Glaze Background Stamp: Inkadinkado "G3196"
Backing Papers: Cuddly Buddly Denim Download (left overs from yesterday's card)
Embossing Powder: Stampendous "Penny Copper" and "Clear"
Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Broken China and Faded Jeans
Martha Stewart Punch: Lace Scallop Heart
Sizzix Die: "656640" Tattered Florals (not that I own one yet!! LOL!!).
Josy Rose: Nail Heads
Ribbon, feathers and brad from the stash box

Now back to that gorgeous flower.

In my lovely package were flowers punched in a variety of papers. Some were so lovely I decided to start with some of the ones cut from newspaper in case I wasted them. Oh what fun.

I started by colouring them with the distress ink and scrunched them up a bit. I decided that in reality they wouldn't last two minutes on a card so I embossed them with clear embossing powder.

To finish them off I then drew all around the edges of each petal with an embossing pen and embossed again this time using the Penny Copper embossing powder. Once done I spritzed the back with water, scrunched them again and heated them gently from the back. Loving the finished look!!!

Have a brilliant rest of the weekend everyone and I'll catch you again soon.

Love Jules xx


Sally H said...

Oh Jules, this is STUNNING! Your flower is a perfect accompaniment to the stamp and I love those colours together! Wow!

Anonymous said...

OH WOWSERS! This is so cool and amazing!

I LOVE what you did here, the blue is beautiful with the darkers colours and the gold browns just pop too!!!

Nicola said...

Jules really like this card. I own the tattered floral die and have to admit have only used once keep forgetting I've got it. Will hve to dig out and have a go with it me thinks!!! The colours really work well on the card too. Nicky xx

brenda said...

Hi Jules

Just beautiful, I am liking the distressed Jules.

Blues and browns go so well together, totally loving it.

B x

Andria said...

Stunning card and beautiful colours all matched in so well with the stamp and flowers. you've certainly got distressing down to an art.

craftimamma said...

Fabulous job Jules. Love the way you've edged the flower (Penny Copper is one of my favourite EPs). The colours and distressing on this lovely card are great. Love everything on here.

Lesley Xx

pinky said...

Its so gorgeous, love the colours and that gorgeous flower. I have just ordered that die lol so nice to see it made up here.

Jacee said...

Wow, very dramatic, so stunning Jules, you've done an amazing job on this.

Doreen said...

This is just stunning Jules, the flower is beautiful as is the

Netty said...

Wow Jules this is a seriously fab card.
Annette x

lisa said...

It sounds like you've had a lovely week with your postman Jules, you lucky thing. These card is just gorgeous, I love it. The crackle works so well and what can I say about those flowers. The copeer embossing is amazing. I too have these die cuts on my wish list.
What an amazing thing to receive those stamped images and see yourself. It certainly does look like you doesn't it. That's a great photo with your brother btw.
Love your LOTV boy with his boat. I'm in love with those stamps too. However you colour them they look great don't they?
Have a great weekkend.
Hugs Lisax

chris said...

wow wee Jules I ADORE IT, its so scrummy, Its brilliant, and that flower with the embossed edges is just perfect.
have a happy day tomorrow love chris xx

Fleur said...

Jules this is a stunning card, love the colours and yes, that flowers is gorgeous. Went to Sir Stamp today to watch a demo for paperartsy - very informative!
Hugz Fleur xXx

Little K Smith said...

Hi Jules
Absolutely stunning card! Just love everything on there!! Beautiful colours. I'm ashamed to say I have the tattered flower die and haven't used it yet!! But you've inspired me :)
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

joey said...

Oh Jules this is just AMAZING! gorgeous layout and colours, the detail in that flower is stunning. Joey.x

Kerry said...

Different card Jules, love the image and the flower is just gorgeous - never thought of using newspaper, will have to give it a go. Love Kerry xx

scalder said...

Jules, I just wanna reach in and grab this card!! It is totally WOW!!

coops said...

oh wow!! fantastic card jules, the colours are just amazing and i love the stamps you have used.the effect of the crackled panel is fab and i love your tattered this card.
xx coops xx

Cardarian said...

What a stunning card! The flower is really beautiful! I am trying to hunt down the tattered florals too but no luck up till now!

Nannieflash said...

Oh Jules what a clever girl you are, youve created a stunning and beautiful card, love that image and your flowers are gorgeous. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

Lynne K said...

Certainly is a gorgeous flower, Jules, and a stunning card. I also have those two stamps which you won from Sally, & haven't used either because I couldn't think what to do with them. You've really made good use of both of them.

PS. My daughter is a cheese scone fan too, & when she tried the ones I made from your recipe, she immediately asked for a copy! xx

shellshearer said...

Oh hun I love it..that flower is just gorgeous...
When its nearer to the time give me a shout about the NEC cus I always go, same as you its my big spend lol
hugs shell xx

Crafty Lou said...

Hi!Jules this is such a nice card,
love it lots.
The colours are so nice together.
Hope you are ok?
hugs Lou.xx

mckinkle said...

Wow! Teal, black and gold look so striking together Jules.

This is really a gorgeous card, I love it!

It only seems like last week that the footie season finished and yet I believe its due to start again so soon!? Oh, maybe those footballers really do deserve their ridiculous salaries after all??? Umm, no, I dont think so! lol!

Keryn x

Juls said...

stunning! Love the rich colours, and your mix of images!! and wow that flower is amazing! Hugs Juls

Helen said...

Hi Jules
I like this card. I love all of the colours.
See you soon
Helen x