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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, 11 May 2011


Hi Everyone

Hope you are all well.

I am beginning to think hubby chose the right week to have off.  We had beautiful sunshine whilst he was on holiday last week .. .. but this week we have had rain every day!!  Not continuous rain but very heavy downpours in short spells .. .. must be late April showers!!!

A quick share of a card I am entering for the Penny Black Saturday challenge where the theme this week is "distressing".

This is something I am getting into more and more .. .. after being quite frightened by it at one stage.

Here is my creation

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "4037K" Mixed Media
Backing Paper:  Memory Stor
Woodware Punches:  Flowers
Leone Em Pty Punch:  Ash Branch
Distress Ink:  Frayed Burlap
Pearlescent chalks
Vellum, brads, seam binding and embroidery silk from the stash box

I do love vellum but find it hard to attach sometimes.   But because this creation had a nice "old" feel to it I decided to attach my patterned vellum with a few embroidered "french knots" .. .. .. how many years since I last did some of those?  Phew ... too many .. .. must do more as these three whet my appetite.  Makes a change from attaching it with brads I thought.

So that is it for my share of the day.

Another helping of The Apprentice tonight!!  Woo hoo!!  Two in one week!! 

So now having seen my three chosen candidates in action I may have chosen a bit differently given the option again tee hee!!  I have a sneeky feeling my candidate Tom isn't going to go too far .. .. I think he needs a good shave to start with!!!!

Anyway we will see how they do tonight .. .. but the right one went last night.  I think we are going to see a few "strong and strange" personalities making an appearance over the next few weeks.  LOL!!!



amanda stokes said...

Hi Jules,
Gorgeous card,lovely colours :) xx

angelwhispers said...

Well Jules your distressed card is juts fabulous!!! Love it and the colours are just superb. Chanelle xxx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Oh hun this is just stunning!!!
Just love the vellum & those knotty thingies are fab need a tut please!! Would be fab for attaching parchment to card without the need for glue n all the other ubbish I've got thats no good!! lol
Hope you both ok huge hugs shellxx (KT says hi!)

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules wow thats stunning and very vintage looking, love that image its gorgeous. with hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Kylie said...

Oh wow Jules, this is beautiful! I LOVE the french knots! I'm always looking at ways to mix sewing with card making so thank you for the inspiration - what a fabulous idea :o)

Kylie xx

Jacee said...

Love this Jules, really like this 'look' to a card, you've done a lovely job with it.
Hugs Jacee

So your fave programme is back then, thought of you last night, just knew you'd be watching, must say I would'nt fancy going into buisness with any of them quite frankly, A.S. is a brave man, but then I suppose you can be with his money!! LOL

Clare *Littlebear* said...

This is beautiful Jules. I love how you've used this lovely stamp. Clare x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Ooh this is a great vintage/distress looking card ... fabulous. Great colourscheme too.

Hugs, Sandra

Andria said...

Lovely shades of papers on your card, I'm a bit the same with distressing, always admire other peoples, but to scared to fully let rip lol. I'm looking forward to the Apprentice too, liking the new twist.

Steph said...

Oh this is just gorgeous, Jules. It's amazing how you can do cute and vintage style both beautifully!! I especially love the torn vellum- of course with hearts!! x

mustavcoffee said...

Fabulous vintage feel to your beautiful card Jules, I so love this look. Enjoy your TV show:0) xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules,
This is just lovely - my colours! The French knots are a fantastic idea and look like tiny little rose buds. I'm terrified of distressing and don't know where to start with it.
Can't wait for tonight's Apprentice! So glad Edward went last night - what a ****!

Doreen said...

A gorgeous card Jules,ooh I love all the distressing and such a vintage feel to this. Enjoy your

pinky said...

Its absoluely gorgeous Jules, wow to your french knots, been a long time since I saw one of those:) I am just loving the Apprentice!! Didn't our Irish boy do well, not just a pretty face eh!! Definitely agree with the boy that went last night, he was from another planet lol. Thanks for the reminder:)

Delphine said...

This is gorgeous, Jules! I love your choice of colours and papers and the distressing looks fantastic (I am still way too frightened to try:-))! Great image and details, the French knots are brilliant! It has been such a long time I have not made French knots either... Have a lovely evening! Hugs Delphine xx

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous card Jules! Your distressing looks fab and I love the french knots... I used to do some embroidery for a company who supplied tissue box covers and other such 'luxury' items to Harrods lol, but I don't think I can even remember how to make a french knot now! Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules, this is absolutely gorgeous. Sue x

Pops x said...

Hi sweetie, a gorgeous creations, fabulous colours, hugs ♥ Pops x x x

Zoechaos said...

Well in a few minuets you'll be watching and enjoying the Apprentice LOL

In the mean time I'm here admiring your gorgeous card! French knots brilliant and so right. XOXO Zoe

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, this is so beautiful, love the distressed looks and all the gorgeous details. Rain, rain go away come back another day, not the weekend though. Enjoy the apprentice hun.

Donna x

coops said...

wow, this is fanatstic jules.the image is beautiful and i love your fabulous distressing and details.i love it ;D

xx coops xx

Clare said...

Wow love this Jules. You have really cracked the vintage style hun. Not sure if you are interested as i had the same problem with velum. I came across some great stuff called V2 vellum adhesive for £1.62 and the company is called Helmar Australia PTY LTD. I got it from the local craft store & have just googled so it is available. Im a bit shocked though as Crafty Devils are selling it for about £6.50 so i would shop around hun. It is also fantastic on acetate and ribbon, especially raffia lace etc which is really holey and hard to stick without glue seeping through etc. Hope this helps. Hugs Clare xxx

CraftyC said...

Gorgeous card Jules, I love a bit of distressing every now and then to. Hope the sun shines for you!

Mags said...

The French knots look so good! (When I try them I twist my thread round and round my needle, carefully pierce my fabric - and end up with a running stitch! I just do not have the knack!)

Seriously, this is a simply beautiful card. The delicate colours and textures are so pretty!

luv, Mags x

Anonymous said...

You did awesome with the ditressing, I love it!

Its definitely hard but I think you rocked it!

Cynthia said...

Love your distressing!! And that French knot idea is very ingenious!

Lynda said...

Wow this is fabulous Jules - those french knots are a great idea too.

Love Lynda xxx

kath said...

wow gorgeous distressed card...thanks for joining in the fun this week at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

jules said...

Hi Jules well done! it's a gorgeous card! love the layout!

Hello From Texas said...

Oh Jules, this is fabulous. I love how you layered and angled everything; especially the vellum in the background. So vintage ... so very, very lovely.

Tracy said...

This is so gorgeous, I love the design of your creation jules.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Stella said...

This is a stunning example of distressing. It turned out gorgeous; you really don't need to be afraid to use this technique because your card is a beauty!

After a lot of weeks with sun and lovely temperatures ( it really looked and felt like summer here in Holland!) we are having days with rain. And today; it's raining since 6.00 AM this morning....

Stella said...

Oops! Almost forgotten!

Love and hugs,

Juls said...

wow wow wow!!!! this is just stunning!!! I love the beautiful soft vintage look you have created with this one, every detail is just perfect!! totally adore this card! Hugs Juls

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, just popping in to catch up after blogger's breakdown last week. Love the distressed and vintage look of this card and the French knots are a brilliant touch. Elizabeth x

Dora said...

I love this Jules, it is really elegant and beautiful vintage look and thanks also for the tutorial of the French knot :) Hugs xxx