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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, 24 March 2011


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a lovely day.

Mine has been super exciting as I was able to go to the NEC for the Craft Exhibition.  Originally I was supposed to be going at the weekend as my lovely Sis couldn't get time off work .. .. .. but then at the last minute things changed and she was allowed the day off!!  Yay!!!  We got to go on Day 1 (before all the good stuff had been snapped up).

So another brilliant day with my lovely Sis .. .. and we have only been home about half an hour because the day has to be rounded off with a lovely glass of red wine!! Mmmm....

What did I treat myself to?  Well here is a little piccy ...

As you can see some lovely stamps (you will have to wait and see which LOTV ones I got .. .. ... I would have liked loads more but a girl can't have everything in life).  I don't know who makes their sample cards but they were totally amazing!!!  Someone is certainly uber talented.

I have a few dies for going through my machine.

A few stamps for my next wedding stationery makes.

Lots of lovely charms .. .. including lots of hearts.  I always stock up when I go.  Can you believe that these only cost £1 for a huge packet!!!

Then the thing I am itching to play with .. .. my Scor-Pal.  I have made some lovely creations in the past that I just can't find an envelope to put them in but now I should be able to make any size envelope or box I want to!!!  It will even be able to co-ordinate with papers and colours on my cards .. woo hoo!!  (Hope I am still as happy once I have used it LOL!!).

My little eyes are almost shut and I am wishing they could play .. .. but sadly it will have to wait until tomorrow.  I am in desperate need of matchsticks to keep them open.

So not only the excitement of a day out with my Sis, and the excitement of some crafty demo's and retail therapy .. .. .. but mega excitement at meeting someone I have been friends with for years.  Someone to whom I will always be grateful .. ..  for without her I would never have set up my blog and got into everything I have.

Who is this wonderful person?

None other than my hero and inspiration Kath!!  Aka my Fairy Godmother who has helped me so very much over the years and has never been too busy to help me where she can.  Thanks Kath xxx!!

Kath was super busy on the Fiskars stand running workshops.  She was one busy lady .. .. but not too busy for a hug and a kiss and little chat whilst all of her eagre students were busy crafting away.  It was great to meet her after so long.

I was surprised that some of the exhibitors who are normally there didn't make an appearance this time .. .. must be a sign of the times.

So now it is bath time .. .. something very quick to eat and then bed before my eyes shut completely.

Hopefully tomorrow I will get chance to play with some of my new goodies ready to share.



Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a brilliant day Jules! xx

Carol D said...

Hi Jules, some super goodies there, hope you have saved some for me, I'm going on Saturday and can't wait to meet up with the lovely kath again, so glad you had a good day.

chris said...

Hi Jules, wow there looks like some good stash there.scrummy.
pleased you enjoyed yourselves. we are going on Saturday hope there are some things left!! there looks to be a lot of hearts there .
hugs chris xx

Annette Bowes said...

Hi Jules, sure looks like you had a fantastic shop and plenty of bargains, hope you get a good nights sleep ready for crafting tomorrow! Take CareX:)

Donna Mosley said...

Ooh! Jules sooo glad you've had a fab day at the show, you've some yummy goodies there hun. Looking forward to your makes. :o)

Donna x

mustavcoffee said...

Oh! Lucky you, lots of lovely goodies to play with:0) xxx

Anonymous said...

awesome goodies Jules, well deserved too. You've earned it with all your hard work with the Fayre!

You are going to LOVE the rossette/medallion die, I have mine for a few weeks now and love it, just never got it on a project yet. OOPS LOL!

Enjoy! Can't wait to see what you make with these awesome stamps and goodies!

louise said...

wow loving what you have bought look forward to seeing your fab creations.
Hugs Louise xx

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

OH, I am simply GREEN with envy . . . not just for your delicious new stash, but that you got to meet the uber talented KATH. She certainly is very inspirational and I read her posts most days. Did you see she made Buddy CEO of the Cubbyhole????

Have fun playing with your new stuff, can't wait to see what you do with it all.

Hugs, Sandra

Debbie said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time.Looks like you have picked up some fab goodies.Take care.Debbie x

Pauline said...

Hi Jules,

Delish goodies that you've picked up. Can't wait to see what you create with them.

Hugs, Pauline x

Lynsey said...

Wow lovely stash, glad you had a great day.
Hugs Lynsey x

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a lovely day, I went yesterday too! Totally agree with you about those LOTV samples, they were all so gorgoeus. I don't think there were as many exhibitors as usually, seemed to be more workshops, still enjoyed it though! Look forward to seeing what you make with all your goodies. Sue x

coops said...

wow, sounds like a fantastic day jules and you got some scrummy goodies too :D

xx coops xx

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Jules

Sounds like a perfect day to me - so pleased you've had a great time - love the look of your goodies (I have some of those heart charms - totally gorgeous!) and to meet Kath - she is one super lady I love to follow her blog and am lucky enough to be on a design team with her too! But not lucky enough to have met her in person though.... there is time!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.



Juls said...

so many lovely goodies, cant wait to see what you make with them. hugs Juls

kath said...

it was lovely to finally meet you jules..just sorry i didn't have more time to spend with you...sending big hugs kath xxx