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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, 6 August 2010


Hi Everyone

Are you like me and sit down to create something without a set theme in mind and rummage through your stamps deciding what to work with?

Well today I decided to just do a lucky dip. I opened a stamp drawer .. .. looked away and simply grabbed a stamp to work with .. .. must have saved myself at least 5 minutes of rummaging and deciding LOL!!!

I am also making a real effort to "use up" scraps of paper, ribbon and some of the hundreds of buttons I seemed to have gathered over the years. I always re-cycle and donate unwanted clothes when they are worth donating but if they are worn into the ground then I always cut the buttons off "just in case".. .. though I can never imagine there being a need for all the old shirt buttons I have collected (unless I need to dress up a "Pearly King or Queen" LOL!!).

I also gained my late MIL's button tin a couple of years ago .. .. why does her button tin smell different to mine? They are just buttons in an old biscuit tin the same as mine?

Oh well .. .. moving on from that mystery .. .. here is my "lucky dip" creation. I will have to do this again as it used a stamp that hasn't seen the light of day for a while as well as saving time in the selection process.

and again from the side to show off the glossy accents (sort of)

This used:

Image: Anita's (sadly none of Anita's stamps have names/numbers - just a barcode and Size Letter)
Backing Paper: Papermania "Hampstead"
Fiskars Punch: Threading Water
Glossy Accents
Rik-Rac and Buttons from the stash box

So everything here (apart from the Papermania paper) has come from the scrappy bits stored in my craft pod. Another 500 cards like this and I might start to get down some of the little bits of craft loveliness that I can't bear to part with LOL!!!

I think I will do lucky dip again.

Catch you again soon .. .. thanks for calling by

Love Jules xx


Crafty Chris said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love these papers from Papermania, and lovely stamped image, have a great weekend,
Christine x

AuniLeigh said...

your cards are truly awesome! lucky dip! I might have to do something like that sometime. when I do I will be sure to share, because that's a fun way to change it up a bit. have a great day!

chris said...

Hi Jules, well if this is a result of a lucky dip then I will have to have a go, its FABULOUS.

Funny you should say about MIL button tin, when my gran died in 1989 long before I was crafting, my mum asked me what I would like of hers and I said her button tin, the wierd thing was she meant jewelry, but I had played with this beautiful tin filled with button as a child, and it was the first thing I thought of.

so I will be getting it out again, but I can't give cards away with her buttons on, they go on scrapbook pages.
sorry about my rambling, hugs chris xx

Lynn said...

A great card Jules, I think you won a prize with the 'lucky dip' ... might try it myself but with the many images I've received in swaps that are not quite my thing. I too cut buttons off old clothes before throwing them out (hubby thinks I'm mad) but it seems such a waste to just throw them away ... I must make an effort to use some of them. Thanks again for the great inspiration.

Lynn x

Doreen said...

What a fab Idea, will have to try that although all my stash only goes back 1year.This is gorgeous Jules and a fabulous image I love the ric rac to,it all works so nicely

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this Jules, gorgeous!!!!!!!!

everything rocks about this

Little K Smith said...

Hi Jules
Love your idea of a lucky dip, I'll have to have a go! Fabulous card, love the natural colour tones of the papers and embellishments.
Have a great weekend.

craftimamma said...

Oh Jules, I'm sat here giggling so much I have teary eyes! I'm exactly the same with buttons and I have soooooo many shirt buttons it's not true, Lol!

I also seem to be getting quite a collection of teeny beads because of all the ones embellishing tops these days. If a cotton T-type top is beyond sending to the charity shop, I cut it up to use as dusters (nothing makes a better window duster IMO) after first removing any pretty beads if it has any. If I live to be a hundred I'll never be able to use them all I don't think, Lol!

Your lucky dip card is beautiful. That's such a pretty image AND I LOVE THE BUTTONS!


shellshearer said...

gorgeous hun, love that stamp..I think I'm gonna try the 'lucky dip' those buttons & the ric rac
thanks for commenting on Katies card...
hugs shell xx

Netty said...

Fabulous card, great design, great everything, love it. Enjoy the weekend. Annette x

Kathy said...

Great result picking out that stamp - it's gorgeous - and so is the card you've made with it

Di said...

Great idea with the lucky dip and i love the card. Di.x

Pops x said...

Gorgeous sweetie, love the ric a rac and the buttons a really nice touch, big hugs pops x

Loopylou!! said...

wow and you made that out of scraps?...oooh i have a lot to learn still!!! i have 3 scraps boxes that look at me everytime i go into my crafty garage!! maybe i should get them out!!!! hugs Lou xx

Mags said...

My late MIL's button-tin smells of lavender!

Fab card, and I love the 'lucky dip' idea. You've made a cracker of a card with that lovely stamp! Great work!

luv, Mags x

scalder said...

Jules, I don't know how you DO IT?? THis card is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing:)

Grenouille Greetings said...

A lovely clean card, Jules. Great papers (love the rick rack) and a sweetly coloured (and glazed) little flower. Beautiful! Hugs, Lesley

coops said...

great card jules.the flower stamp is fab and i love the colours and those fab papers.the ricrac ribbon looks great.
funny enough i dug out my neglected stamps yesterday and used a couple to make some really cas cards to post on my blog when i`m on holiday :)
surprising what you find isn`t it?

xx coops xx

Juls said...

Fab!!!! I love the rick rack ribbon down the side! Hugs Juls