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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.


Wednesday, 4 May 2011


Hi Everyone

Sorry but I am a bit late today.

We stayed a bit longer working in the garden today as we actually felt we were finally getting somewhere  .. .. once you can nearly see the end it spurs you on doesn't it!!

So after the gardening stint and baths to relax our aching bones we ate and then went off to the tip again and then to a local nursery and a local DIY store for some ideas on what to do with the area of land we have uncovered.  Oh for a bottomless pocket when it comes to home improvements and crafty stash!!!

Time just disappeared looking around  .. .. ..  as it does!!

But I did get a good photograph of a cushion cover that will make for a good snippet card on Sunday and great colour combinations in the decorating section for some "unusual" wedding stationery.  Sometimes I just wish I could switch my brain off  LOL!!!

Anyway, here at last is tonight's creation:

This used:

Image:  Hero Arts "F3255" Showy Blossom
Sentiment:  Woodware Clear Stamps "FRCL 128" Circular Greetings
Backing Papers:  Aimee Asher
Martha Stewart Punch:  Embossed Zig Zag
Whispers Pens for drawing on the image and sentiment prior to stamping
Ribbons from the stash box and a bit of home made card candy 

I do hope you thought it was worth waiting for LOL!!

A few people have contacted me about how I did the background for my card last night and on my snippet make on Sunday.

No brayering involved .. .. that is not a technique I have mastered yet!! 

I simply used cut and dry blending foam and applied three separate distress ink colours .. .. overlapping them slightly.  On Sunday's I used post it notes to make a frame but last night I just went for it and then trimmed my card to a decent shape for what I wanted to use.  Hope this helps.

Sorry if I haven't arrived at your blog recently .. .. hubby being on holiday and all this gardening is playing havoc with my routine!!  Sorry!!  I will get there eventually.



Doreen said...

Well it certainly looked brayered.
A gorgeous make tonight Jules it was well worth the

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules, I really wish you'd done some before and after pics of the garden! I know you said it's not that big but you've been gardening for weeks now, lol! Gorgeous card as always and how you find time is beyond me! xx

Anonymous said...

Looks great Jules!!! I love this stamp it would look great watercoloured!

can't wait to see your snippet make now, how inspiring!

Vicky said...

Stunning Jules...and worth the wait hun!..glad to hear you are doing well in the garden...and yes we need a second mortgage for home improvements lol...

have a lovely,relaxing evening sweetie..hugs Vicky xx

Amanda said...

Hi Jules, what a lovely card, sounds like you have been enjoying th gardening

Debs M said...

this is fab! x

Little K Smith said...

Oh this is gorgeous Jules, I love the lush colours, lovely ribbon and brilliant stamping too!
Hope you both recover from all that gardening :)

Sally H said...

Another beauty, Jules! Great colour combo

Juls said...

gorgeous!! Love the image, and those fabulous rich purple colours! Hugs Juls

Tracey T said...

Another lovely card, Jules - I love the effect of the stamp with the Whisper pens. Your matting is always so precise, too! Wish you could come over and help with my garden! Tracey x

Delphine said...

This is gorgeous, Jules, so elegant! I love the image, all the layers and the fantastic papers and I always admire how you use your ribbons and the results you achieve... I always struggle with my bows and ribbons! Hugs Delphine xx

Donna Mosley said...

Oh Juls, definately worth the wait hun. Very beautiful and elegant. What a wonderful mix of papers and love how you've used this gorgeous stamp.

Sounds like another good day in the garden. It will be worth every minute, picture this, a beautiful summers eve, a glass of something long and cool, yummy food on the bbq, feet up on the lounger, OH! one more thing, Can I come? :o)

Donna x

Fleur said...

Jules, this is stunning, I adore the colour combo
HUGZ Fleur xXx

Jennifer said...

Stunning & sophisticated Jules. Love it!! xx Jenny xx

coldwaters2 said...

Oh Jules I love this so much those papers the colours and that image all look totally awesome.
Lorraine x

Annette Bowes said...

Well worth the wait Jules! Beautiful card love all those gorgeous layers and the purple lol! Hope you are not too achy today lol! Enjoy the rest of the hols with your hubby, take careX:)

coops said...

stunning card jule.i love the delicate stamp and your backing papers are gorgeous.they look like fabric.very beautiful :D

xx coops xx

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Ooh I LOVE this card. Fab colours.

I don't think ne and my brayer are destined to be friends frankly. I have thought about getting rid of it on numerous occasions . . . but just can't bring myself to do it . . . it seems so FINAL!

Hugs, Sandra

Jacee said...

Of course it's worth waiting for Jules, as are all of your cards!! very, very nice indeed, love the papers, very rich colour, lovely.
Hugs Jacee

Nikbee said...

A beautiful card. I love the papers.

Nikki x

Donna said...

Beatiful card - great mix of colours. And thanks for the tips on your backgrond - might give it a go soon x

Mags said...

Definitely worth waiting for, hun! Stunning card!

Please take a photo when the garden's done, I'd love to see the fruits of all your hard work!! :)

luv, Mags x

Pauline said...

Hi Jules,

I have this stamp and now feel inspired to dig it out from it's hiding place. I adore the HA Real Wild Flowers stamps. Simply gorgeous card. Love the colour co!mbo.

I was about go 'where's the heart?' until I spotted the white on white. How sneaky :-)

Hugs, Pauline x

craftimamma said...

Great use of your papers again Jules. Lovely simple image too. I like inking up with markers too and it works beautifully with this image.

Lesley Xx