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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.


Saturday, 16 April 2011


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good Saturday.

The weather for me has been just right for getting out into that garden .. .. a garden that is in need of much love, care and attention .. .. .. and boy do I know it has had its fair share of that today!!  Some parts of me are aching now so I dread to think what I will be like in the morning LOL!!!

But now I have had my lovely long hot bath (removed all the splinters and bramble thorns from my hands with a needle) and have cobbled together a quick creation for sharing which depicts my day perfectly  .. .. ..  an abundance of both dandelions and ladybirds .. .. but no hedgehogs :-(

When I was little my Mum used to say that if you pick a dandelion you would wet the bed .. .. .. oh dear!!  I have picked loads and loads of them today!!!!

So here is my share

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "
Backing Papers and Sentiment:  "Pink Petticoat"
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Diamond Stickles
Ribbon from The Stash Box

I hope tomorrow is equally as lovely as I would like to get some more done in the garden .. .. in fact if I was locked outdoors for a whole year there would still be jobs to do out there!! 

Buying a house with a big garden seemed like a good idea at the time !!

Catch you again tomorrow with hopefully a snippet or two ...



Viv's Visuals said...

I'm trying to sell a house with a big garden! (You're right it seemed a good idea at the time (25 years ago) but now I'm 25 years older I wondered why I did it!!!)
Lovely card, cutie hedgie and glad your back has stood up to the labours of the day! x

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, love this very pretty creation. Fab twinkles and love the ribbons. All those dandelions, hope it's not right about the bedwetting, your poor hubby. Lol! :o) Hope you have a lovely Sunday hun & you're not too achey.

Donna x

Anonymous said...

This is so lovely Jules! I love the way you say it's 'cobbled together' when it'd take me hours to do, lol! I always feel great when I've been out to do the garden but mine's only as big as a hankie thank goodness! xx

lisa said...

It's been a perfect day for being in the garden, hasn't it Jules. If you need some help, I'll be down. No garden could be big enough for me!!
What a funny saying about Dandelions. That's a new one on me!!
I had to laugh at your Mum and her Nintendo. Both our Mums have them too. In fact I'm the only one in our house who doesn't play computer games, too many other things to do!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
hugs Lisax

Tracy said...

Oh Dear Jules, I do hope your bed doesn't get to wet tonight after all the dandelion picking. This is a fabulous creation and the image is super cute.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous Jules, I remember that tale about dandelions too.We too have been tending our garden today,I just love all the new growth weeds as

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous card as always Jules...and I really hope you don't wet the bed, lol!! xx Jenny xx

Elizabeth said...

Lovely card Jules, it does seem to represent your day very well. I've noted how you've attached the charm - not one I'd thought of but so clever. Hope you get your wish for another good day tomorrow :) Elizabeth x

Lynne K said...

Hi Jules, what a sweet card! Your garden sounds like ours, in that it's big, but there the similarity probably ends! We've got lots of dandelions, and many other weeds, but we like to think of them as wildflowers! Our garden is a haven for wildlife. Well, that's our excuse, anyway! xx

Tracey T said...

Well done on getting into the garden today! Mine is in need of some tlc but it's still too wet here. Lovely card - these images are so sweet. Btw, going into teacher mode, did you know that the French for dandelion is "pissenlit", which means ... wet the bed! Tracey xx

Dora said...

awww how pretty and cute this is, so soft and elegant... yes a garden is lovely to have.. I've also always wanted a garden but now even the small back yard that I have seems too much he he Hugs xxx

Cynthia said...

I love all the little sparklies on this one! Too cute!!

Anonymous said...

Glad its fine weather there for you Jules, its wet and miserable here for 2 days, but enjoying it weirdly enough!

OMG I so remember my sisters and brother saying that to me as a kid, if you pick a dandelion you'll wet the bed! HAHaHAA But how I would love picking them and blowing their seeds around, it was very satifying seeing them fly away!

I LOVE that image, Have I mentioned how much I just love Ladybugs!? I used to go collecting them in the garden as a kid, ended up with a big glass jar full once, came in to show my mum, and fell over and yep, smash went the glass jar and away flew heaps of ladybugs in the house!!! MY MY MY I don't remember much of what happened there after, except finding bugs all over the house for days after, so I can only assume Mother wasn't impressed! LOL...

ahem, sorry I've written you a novella here, you totally just took me back in time, which is what I love about your posts and creations!

Steph said...

Oh what a sweet card, Jules! Such a happy hedgie! x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Morning Jules . . . LOVE this card and it's such a nice PB stamp to work with isn't it?

I was out all day yesterday and will be for much of the day today . . . so not much crafting going on. HAVE managed a bit of weeding in the garden already though . . . that's dedication isn't it?
Hugs, Sandra

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

a friend of mine, a scouse girl, always called dandilions "pee the beds" , I always try to pick them off the lawn soon as pos, before they seed and make more..horrid buggers..I too have been gardening, I love it and I'm giving my new neighbour the bug.
love your card, your PB's are always tops. great image and design.
have fun. janex

Grenouille Greetings said...

Adorably cute, Jules! Hugs, Lesley

Kerry said...

Hi Jules,

Sweet card and I can't believe that you made this after a full day in the garden!!! I think that would be me done for the day.

Really sweet image.

Love Kerry xxx

Debbie said...

Hi Jules, Stunning card.Love the image - so sweet and the colours you've used are so gentle.Lovely.I got some gardening done yesterday too - still more today.Got prickled a few times like yourself too - the joys.Love Debbie x

Nikbee said...

A lovely card. The image is so sweet.

Nikki x

Pops x said...

This is very pretty sweetie, big hugs pops x x

loftylass said...

Another lovely card Jules - you brought back many memories for me too..... but I must tell you that a hedgehog has taken up residence in our garden (he's just come out of hibernation - so he must have been there last year and we missed him!!) we feel like 'proud parents' silly isn't it.
Watch out for those rose thorns!!!

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules yes I remember that as well, but my grandchildren love to blow the clocks and to tell the time its such fun.
Love that image its gorgeous and youve coloured it so beautifully to. with hugs Shirleyxxxx

Jacee said...

Lovely sweet card Jules, know what you mean about the garden, we feel ours is much to big now, but it was a good idea at the time.
Hugs Jacee

Little K Smith said...

Aaawww lovely card Jules, adore this cute image and cute charm too :)
Hope everything was nice n dry this morning! :D

Whisper said...

Simply gorgeous hun, Luv Sam x

Clare said...

No ive got the hedgehogs Jules!!! i have some in my garden as i have little hedgie cabins in the overgrown section in the back yard. They are so beautiful and so lovely to see them coming out of an evening to eat the food i put out for them religiously throughout the year. My Mum told me that about dandelions too!!! i believed her too!. Such a gorgeous card Jules. I really love the PB hedgies. Love how you have chosen your colouring for layering as you have in the image. Sorry you are so achey today hun, just goes to show all the hard work you have been doing. Hugs Clare xxx

Annette Bowes said...

Beautiful card Jules! Such a cute image and love the glittered edges. We used to call them Dandelion Clocks! We too have been gardening those darn weeds grow overnight! No prickle thorns though. We had to pick the pears as the bugs were helping themselves to them! So hopefully they will ripen soon, take careX:)

Kaz said...

Love the clean layout of this card and he is such an adorable little hedgie. Fabby card!
Good luck with the gardening, hope the weather holds for you.
Kaz xx