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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, 11 August 2010


Hi Everyone

Prepare for a photograph overload!!!

I have had a wonderful day today.

It started with a lovely blog buddy contacting me (thank you xx) to say that her local craft shop has the Tattered Florals Sizzix die in stock .. .. you know .. .. the one I have fallen in love with that I cannot see for sale anywhere on the internet!!!

The craft shop isn't open today but my buddy has pushed a note through the door to say that I am interested in purchasing the die and I will phone the shop tomorrow - how kind was that?!?!. Isn't blogland just wonderful!! So many lovely, generous and helpful playmates .. .. .. .. nowhere quite like it is there?

Next ...

I have been working on my very first wedding stationery order .. today the bride and groom came to collect all the order of service booklets, place names and thank you cards .. . .. .. now my dining room looks very empty. It seems really weird for all the finished boxes of work not to be around any more.

I am going to the evening reception of the wedding so I will ask if it is ok for me to post a picture of their stationery for you all to see. I forgot to ask them this morning.

Next ...

I had a mission for a very special card. It is a wedding card that needs to be taken to Spain tomorrow and my brief was to include very blue sky and a white arch - as there is a white arch outside the wedding location.

The finishing of this creation was a bit of a last minute panic as I was waiting for a special set of dies to arrive which will cut boxes for me to put my cards into. Quite often when I make the larger cards my customers say that it is a shame to cram them into envelopes .. .. I agree with them too as quite often ribbons etc can go quite flat. Especially if they have been put into the cellophane bags too.

So I have invested in a set of box cutting dies so I can rectify this and at the same time make my creations a little more special.

Here is the finished creation (along with lots of photographs).
Up close and personal

Nestled in tissue paper inside its special box

Outside of the box

My customer received her order today and was over the moon.

I was really chuffed with it too .. .. mainly because it looked so special inside its little box. Yay .. .. my first box!!!

I was hoping to have decorated the outside a little more artistically but I had problems with the ordering process of the dies .. .. but everything was ok in the end .. .. I finished with a whole hour to spare LOL!!

So what did I use on my little makes:

For the card
Image: Stampendous! "V126" Happy Couple
Image stamped on flowers: Funstamps "F-R59" With Love Background
Sentiment: Computer Generated (surprise, surprise LOL!!)
Backing Paper: The blue was cropped and stretched from a blue sky photograph - the grey is from a DCWV paper stack "Wedding Prints"
White Archway: Cricut Cartridge "Paper Doll Dress Up"
Martha Stewart Punch: Valentine Lace
Leone Em Pty Punch: "CP30" Ash Branch
Sizzix Die: "656640" Tattered Florals (perhaps soon to be mine .. .. if I am worthy!! LOL!!)
Nestabilities: Large Deckled Rectangles
Ribbon: Hobbycraft (wish I had bought a full roll now)
Glamour Dust
Diamond Stickles
Brads and charm from the stash box

For the box
Sizzix Die Set: "656425" Box and Lid (sorry should have said it is for use with the Big Shot Pro)
Tissue Paper: Costco
Nestabilities: Classic Heart
More of the Hobbycraft Ribbon
X-Cut Flower Punch

Josy Rose: Flat backed pearls
Sentiment: Computer generated

So quite an exciting and eventful day for me really. I have been so engrossed I forgot to eat my dinner time sandwiches until 4.30pm !!!!

Hope hubby doesn't want his evening meal too early as I'm not hungry yet!! LOL!!

Have a good evening everyone. I will try to be a bit earlier tomorrow.

Love Jules xx


pinky said...

Wow mrs stunning work, no wonder you were chuffed. Love the box, might have to look into that die as I have been using a board to mark and then hand cut mine.

Doreen said...

Oooh this is gorgeous,you have had a full day,the bos is fabulous to Jules. Have a nice rest you deserve

Sally H said...

Wow! A stunning card and box, and well done for the wedding stationery. Hope you get your tattered florals hun!

Andria said...

Wow you've aced that card, I didn't know you could get a box die either, I use a board too. Fantastic soooooo professional.

Netty said...

Wow terrific, love it and great to have a smashing box to put it in, the finishing touch. Superb. Annette x

Shell 'Shearer' Swinscoe said...

absolutely stunning hun, I love that arch looks great
hugs shell xx
ps can't wait to see pics of your invites xx

Little K Smith said...

Hi Jules
WOW! This is just wonderful and is finished perfectly in it's box! Well done you! Think I need to put the Big Shot Pro on me crimbo list, I need those die-cuts, I'm so lazy when it comes to making a special box for a card :)

Pinkllilac said...

Such a beautiful card Jules and fantastic details you have added, love the box and paper inside.

Hugs Linda

Tracy said...

It was a very special card and box, really gorgeous. I'm sure it will be received with love.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Delphine said...

Wow, Jules! Gorgeous card and box... And the box is brilliant! Have a nice evening and wonderful day tomorrow, getting your die:-)! Hugs Delphine xx

craftimamma said...

Glad you got your box die Jules. It's definitely the bees knees in finishing touches! Very clever archway too. No wonder your customer was so pleased.

Sounds like you've had a really good day all round.

Lesley Xx

Fleur said...

WOW Jules, this really is special, How lovely to recieve such a beautiful card and yes the box makes it even more perfect,
Hhugz Fleur xXx

Kerry said...

Fab card Jules. The box is great and such a good idea to make the cards extra special.
Love Kerry xxx

CraftyC said...

Totally gorgeous Jules. No wonder the customer was happy and the box just finishes it off brilliantly!

Anonymous said...

oh wow a fabulous wedding card!!!

Love the couple under the arch!

and the box is so special too!!!

Cardarian said...

What a stunning wedding card! So, so beautiful! Great work!

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

gorgeous creations, so personal and so very special. hope you have a wonderful time. I'm longing for blue skies so tired of the rain.
takecare. janex

Juls said...

so incredibly gorggeous and elegant! Love it! Hugs Juls

coops said...

fantastic card jules.the image is so beautiful and i love the flowers and bow.the box is stunning.a really beautiful keepsake.
i still feel guilty :S

xx coops xx

coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful Jules looks both classy and elegant and certainly something special especially with that box.
Lorraine x