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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.


Monday, 30 May 2011


Hi Everyone

Well .. .. the end of the long bank holiday weekend is nearly over :-(  .. .. .. so what happens ?  the sun finally makes an appearance.

What is that all about?  Rain for the majority of the three day weekend and then sunshine when we get to around 6.00pm?

Oh well!!  At least it will have done the reservoir levels good.  My water butt is nearly ready for overflowing!!

Today I have spent some time tidying my little craft pod.  Hubby went back to the closing down DIY store again and came back with a small three drawer set of drawers that will fit nicely under my desk.  Nothing like a bit of extra storage space to encourage a clear up and re-organisation campaign.  (He didn't bring any wallpaper back this time either LOL!!).

Also a little play for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where this week the theme is "one for the girlies".  I know this isn't super girlie but I am sure it will count as none of the males in my family would want to receive it that's for sure LOL!!

So here is my make:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3636K" Flying Stars
Backing Paper:  Funky Hand CD "Funky Seasons"
Martha Stewart Punch:  Frond
Woodware Punches:  Daisy (3 sizes)
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Big and Juicy Stamp Pad
Seafoam Embossing Powder
Crystal Stickles (which aren't quite dry)
Papermania Raffia

I have done a few cards with this technique but have always stamped my image in black ink .. .. I decided to have a go with white embossing powder just for a change.  Not sure which I like best, black or white!!  I suppose it is nice to like both.

Have a lovely evening everyone.  I am going off for a little bit of torture treatment now .. .. shirt ironing .. .. yuk!!!!!

See you again tomorrow.



Vicky said...

Ironing!...poor you lol..that is my least fave "jobs"..shiver..hehehe..

anyway...your card is just beautiful Jules..those colours look gorgeous together and such a pretty stamp too...and the white embossing is perfect!

have a lovely evening...hugs Vicky xx

Jacee said...

What lovely colours on this one Jules, really like this, the little flower finishes it off nicely.
Hugs Jacee

Anonymous said...

Definitely one for the girls Jules! I love the way you've stamped and embossed in white, it really stands out. I must try that next time I get the brayer out! xx

Debs M said...

gorgeous, love the colours x

Tracy said...

I love the white embossing Jules, it looks fab. A gorgeous creation Jules.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Jules this is so beautiful what gorgeous colours the image stands out lovely, a superb card.
Lorraine x

Anonymous said...

This looks so cool Julies, I love this idea!!!

The white embossing powder looks fabulous!

I will have to put that challenge on my list of things to do!!!

Nikbee said...

It has rained here most weekend too and the sun only showed itself when the girls were in bed. I love the background on your card and the image looks fab in white.

Nikki x

Louise said...

Such an elegant card and lovely colours. Hope you survived the evening's torture - had to do my ironing stint this morning - what a way to spend a Bank Holiday!

Pops x said...

Hi Jules, this is fantastic, i love the flowers they remind me of the dandlions that you blow for the time (dont know if you did this as a kid, or now like i still do lol) the colours are so fresh and summery, hugs pops x x x

Kaz said...

Well I think the white looks gorgeous agains your fab background. A beautiful card.
Kaz xx

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous Jules,very girly and sooo

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card, love the colours and very girly in my opinion!
Helen x

Juls said...

this is fabulous!! Love the braired look. Hugs Juls.

amanda stokes said...

Stunning card Jules,just gorgeous! :) xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

Love your pretty inking. The blossoms look perfect in white although they would look lovely in black too! Hugs, Lesley

Sally said...

Hi Jules, a lovely stamp & it looks very pretty in white. Nice papers as well. We had rain today too & the sun finally came out at, yep, 6pm. I hate shirt ironing as well & hubby will insist on wearing a clean one every day. lol.
Sally x

Netty said...

The white embossing of your beautiful flower looks gorgeous against those colours. Brill choice. Annette x

Kylie said...

Gorgeous colours Jules and definitely girly! :o)

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, this is so pretty, love the flowers in white, really stands out. Thank You for the lovely comment you left me. It really does mean a lot.

Donna x

Shazzzieee said...

I absolutely adore this stamp, fab card..xx

coops said...

wow, this is fantastic jules.beautiful stamp and i love the vibrant tropical colours, they really pop.
thanks for the tip for sewing pleated paper, i think i must of being trying it the wrong way, lol.
will try again on scrap paper after work :D

xx coops xx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules well Im sure you will find some lovely female to send that gorgeous card to even if its not quite a male one, its stunning. With hugs Shirleyxxx

Sally H said...

Your card is stunning, unlike the washout of a weekend we had! You ironed and tidied, and I tidied and baked. At least we got something done!

Violets Corner said...

This is beautiful Jules, love the colours and the white stamping, it softens the image.

Sorry that I mislead you with my post header, love the PB stamp with the verse (dance like no one's watching) but haven't come around to purchase it yet. My wish list is growing for every day so it's more a lottery thing which stamps actually make it my shelves.

Hope your business is doing well,


Dora said...

wow this is so elegant Jules, lovely colours, so elegant and I really love the white stamping xxx

jules said...

wow just stunning!!! love the colours!!

lisa said...

I love the white embossing, Jules, it gives a lovely effect. It's a beautiful card and I will definitly be giving this technique a try.
We braved the closing down sale yesterday but they didn't have much and the queues were massive so we left them to it. Sounds likes yours is a much bigger store.
Shirt ironing, now that's certainly torture!!
Hugs Lisax

craftimamma said...

Strangely enough Jules I quite like ironing shirts, it's the T-shirts and polo shirts I hate.

Love your card though. I really like a white embossing as it enhances the daintiness of the image especially on the strong background but black is good too. A really lovely card.

Lesley Xx

Helen said...

Ooh...this is lovely Jules - gorgeous colours!
Thanks for joining us at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

debby4000 said...

Oh this is absolutely beautiful Jules.