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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.


Thursday, 9 September 2010


Hi Everyone

An attempt to create a card without the aid of backing papers today. I think I have succeeded.

The background stamp I have used is a Hero Arts stamp that my local craft shop was selling off for £2.00 .. .. .. and it now has the award for the dirtiest looking stamp in my collection. It is clearly something they have been using in their craft classes and although the stamp itself is perfect the wooden block looks horrendous LOL!!

Anyway, this is what I created using my £2 special. It won't take long for this one to pay for itself!!!

and the close up
This used:

Image: Hero Arts "N2091" Mountain Aspen
Sentiment: Pink Petticoat
Sizzix: "656640" Tattered Florals
Leone Em Pty Punch: "CP30" Ash Branch
Distress Inks: Tea Dye, Wild Honey and Peeled Paint
Glimmer Mist: Antique Brass
Josy Rose: Nail Heads
Ribbon from the stash box

I distressed the edges of the sentiment and background with the Peeled Paint distress ink and then stamped my image with the same ink and also Tea Dye. I wish I hadn't stamped the Tea Dye quite so dark now .. .. but never mind .. .. next time I will do it differently.

The Tattered Florals were distressed with Tea Dye and Wild Honey then sprayed them with the Glimmer Mist.

Job done!!!

Catch you again tomorrow.

Love Jules xx


Violets Corner said...

It's so beautiful Jules! Love the soft colours.

What a useful bargain you found, a dirty wooden block won't harm anyone :)


Dawn said...

Oh Jules, I love it, what a find with your stamp. I waas tempted to go to my local store today, but resisted. That flower is fab too

Netty said...

Gorgeous card. Creating your own backing paper is such fun and looks as if you had a good time. x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

nice to bag a bargin, your non bp card is fabulously stylish. janex

Juls said...

wow so fabulous and elegant! Love it!! Hugs Juls

Doreen said...

Just beautiful Jules I love the stamped image,it is a very sylish card.have a great

chris said...

Hi Jules, well that was well worth it as they say.
if they had seen your card they would have been fighting over purchasing it, and I would have been in the que.
love it love it. hugs chris xx

jules said...

oh! gorgeous card!

mustavcoffee said...

Hi Jules, love this background, great and flower, perfect:) xx

Anonymous said...

lol, gotta love used stamps!

I've been known to soak them in methylated spirits and clean them off lol.

AWESOME card, love the leaves and flower!!!!

xGemmax said...

its stunning card,hun! Love the background of your card and the beautiful flower.
hugs and xxx

coldwaters2 said...

Absolutely stunning Jules that background stamp is gorgeous and the flower looks perfect I love it.
Lorraine x

Lynne K said...

Wow! Definitely a bargain. What a fabulous card you've made with it. Love the flower. xx

Jodi said...

This is such a pretty card, I love the background you made using your stamps.
Jodi =)

coops said...

wow this is really stylish jules.autumn is my fav time of the year so i am loving the fabulous leaf background and fab colours.
gorgeous tattered flower too, can see you are still enjoying using it :)

xx coops xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Stunning hun I absolutely love it...
hugs shell xx

Pops x said...

Gorgeous honey love the choice of colours,love the flower, big hugs pops x

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, thats one stunning card, I love that stamp its so useful and so pretty. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

Little K Smith said...

Oooh this is stunning Jules! Beautiful leaf stamp and the background you've created is just gorgeous! Lovely colours and beautiful flower too! Perfect!