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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, 13 August 2010


Hi Everyone

Back at last with my good news as promised.

As you saw from my post earlier I have been able to locate a Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die .. thanks to my lovely craft buddy Coops. You just wouldn't believe how much trouble this lovely lady has gone to on my behalf .. .. .. even though I told her numerous times that she won't find one because I have trawled the internet many times!!!

She is clearly a lady who loves a mission because she did manage it. Thank you so much Coops xx

I also promised to come back and share some more exciting news that I have been bursting to tell you.

As you all know I am a huge, huge fan of Penny Black .. .. .. as I am sure you will have gleaned from the number of Penny Black images I post on my blog. They are my very favouritist (is that a real word? Well it is now!!).

So to be asked by Brenda if I would join the Penny Black at Allsorts DT was just amazing.

What could be better than making creations using my "favouritist" stamps and then visiting fellow Penny Black addicts to see what they have done with their Penny Blacks!!!!

So in recognition of this fantastic opportunity (thanks Brenda xx) I wanted to make a special card that represents my love of all things Penny Black.

Then the problems started. LOL!!!

Do I use the frog jumping for joy with his daisy?

Do I use the two mice sewing .. .. because I am a lucky "so and so"?

Do I use the beautiful heart .. to show my love of Penny Black?

Do I use the cats that are grinning all over their faces .. .. just like me?

Oh dear what a decision!!!

But in the end I decided to use the very first Penny Black stamp I ever bought .. .. the one that is responsible for all the others I have since purchased. I love him the best!!!!

Here is what I made

and the close up (decided not to use the tattered florals today in case I was doing overkill with them LOL!!)

This used:

Image: Penny Black "1652" Cheesecake Wish
Backing Papers: DCWV "Citrus Stack"
Nestabilities: Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
Martha Stewart Punch: Frond
Woodware Flower Punches
Diamond Stickles
Ribbon, cord and brads from the stash box

Now for those of you who do not know about "Penny Black at Allsorts" you need to pop over to see what you have been missing. It is a monthly challenge blog for Penny Black addicts and there are always lots of lovely prizes up for grabs.

Not only that but Brenda is also looking out for some more addicts to join the DT. All you will need to commit to is to make a creation each month using a Penny Black stamp and to visit and comment on every entry posted to the challenge.

So if you are interested get over there!!! We might end up as DT buddies!!

Oh sorry, I didn't mean to put you off!!!!

OK so that is me for today .. .. I have never done two posts in one day before!! Another first!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

See you tomorrow.

Love Jules xx


Carol Ann said...

Congratulations Jules on your new DT post with Allsorts.
Carol Ann xx

chris said...

Hi Jules, how strange, I thought of you when I saw that penny black at allsorts were looking for someone, I always think of you and Gibmiss, dont know if you go to her blog or not.
Anyway your card is so gorgeous, love it, you cant beat the oldies.
have a great weekend love chris xx

Di said...

Congratulations Jules on finding your die and on joining the PB team ,they are my favourite stamps too.Lovely summery card for this nasty dull weather we're having. Di.xx

brenda said...

Hi Jules

Donlt want to spoil it so all I'll say is :) :) :) :) :) :)

Your know I'm thrilled to have you on board and so are the rest of the DT.

B x

Little K Smith said...

Hi Jules
Well done you on becoming a DT member for PB! I'm really quite green at the mo! :D
Gorgeous card, love this image, it was one of my first PB's I bought too. Fab colours, lovely flowers, great layout and love the ribbon too!
Have a great weekend.

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Jules I am so thrilled for you a big congratulations and this card is stunning shows just how talented you are.
Lorraine x

mustavcoffee said...

Congratulations, lovely news and a beautiful card:) xxx

Loopylou!! said...

awww jules that is superb news hunny and i adore the little stampy you chose to use, way too cute!! the only penny blacks I have are a couple of transparent sets so i will dust them off and get them into action just for you hun!! big hugs and congrats lou xxx

Sally H said...

Wonderful news, Jules! I have to say when I saw the vacancy I thought of you!

Delphine said...

Oh congratulations, Jules, this is wonderful news! You must be really excited (love your post about the choice of stamp :-)). I haven't known you for you long, but I know it is so well deserved! And your card is gorgeous, I love the cute image and beautiful colours (and the flowers are fabulous, even if you haven't used your new die:-))! Have a great weekend! Hugs Delphine xx

Nicola said...

What great news and a great opportunity to join the Allsorts PB design team. I love Penny black stamps but don't own that many. But I do have friends that share theirs with me... Great card too. Nicola xxx

craftimamma said...

What lovely news Jules and no one could fill that spot better. Your PB cards are always gorgeous just like this one. Lovely choice of papers too.

Well done my friend.

Lesley Xx

Pinkllilac said...

Gorgeous card Jules, I too love PB, beautiful image and papers and love the design.
Hugs Linda

Tracy said...

Wow, congratulations Jules, really well deserved. You do the most gorgeous creations and I know you'll bring a lot to Penny Black At Allsorts.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Kerry said...

Lucky lady - you deserve it! Congratulations. Love Kerry xx

Anonymous said...

aw he's a perfect stamp and lovely colouring too!!!

great card, loving the flowers and papers!!!

Lisa said...

Hi Jules, That's great news! I am sure you will love working with the Allsorts gang again.

Such a sweet card! I love the colour combo and cute image.

Lisa x

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Congratulations Jules and very well deserved too.
Have a great weekend.
Clare x

Nannieflash said...

Congratulations on being picked to join the team your work is so beautiful Im not surprised at all. Fabulous card I love this image hes so cute. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Lynne K said...

Well done, Jules, & congratulations! Have fun! love the card. xx

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

HI Hunni

Sooooooo Glad you will be back with us hun looking for ward to seeing your fabby PB@A creations!!!

hugs from your 'dt' bud
Emma xxx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jules! Wahoo! You must be thrilled to bits! You'll be a fine addition to the DT! Your card is lovely as always. It's light and crisp and as cute as can be with that adorable image. :) Tracy

coops said...

your card is stunning jules.a really fab image and gorgeous colours and a big whoopdewhoopde from me on your fantastic good will be a valued member of the team.
have lots of fun:)

xx coops xx

Juls said...

huge congrats! and your celebration card is just perfect! Hugs Juls

pinky said...

Congratulations Jules, I adore your PB cards so well deserved dt spot.