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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.


Tuesday, 3 May 2011


Hi Everyone

Hope you have had a good day.

Today "could" have been a sad day with the Bank Holiday finishing .. .. but because my hubby has the whole week off it wasn't sad at all.

We were up and out in the garden again bright and early digging up more brambles, nettles, grass and dandelions (and that funny sticky stuff that I have no idea what it is called). 

Then treat of treats we went to the tip to get rid of our gatherings of the last few days and then to the petrol pump to fill my car up with petrol.  HOW MUCH!!!!  Good job I only drive local that's all I can say. 

So home for baths (we only garden for half a day) and then we sat out in the garden and ate our lunch .. .. how super special was that?  No garden table for us though so I turned a bucket upside down and put a cardboard box on top of it to act as a table for our mugs of tea!!  Oh I love the high life!!  LOL!!!

A few more jobs about the place and then I settled down to a bit of creating.  I have so much I need to do  -  but lots of jobs elsewhere too.  Does anyone know where you can come by extra time that no-one else has? 

Anyway, round to today's make.  I enjoyed making one of my snippet makes so much on Sunday that I decided to make a card using the same technique.  I do love the finished look.

This used:

Image:  Hero Arts "S5316" Silhouette Grass
Backing Papers:  Funky Hand and Aimee Asher
Distress Inks:  Broken China, Frayed Jeans and Dusty Concord
Joy Craft:  Butterfly Die
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Sticky Back Pearls and cord from the stash box

I don't know if you can see all the little dots around the edge of my card .. .. I did these using a dressmakers tracing wheel that I ran across my stamp pad before "wheeling it" across my card.

So that is me for today!! 

I hope you like my share as much as I enjoyed making it.

Thanks for calling by and for all your lovely comments.  I do appreciate them.



Amanda said...

Hi Jule, lovely card, the dots bit is a good tip just need to find the wheel now, where oh where did I use it last lol

Vicky said...

It's lovely Jules....and I love how you done the image...and fabulous colours too hun..

glad you had a lovely time in your garden too..!

hugs Vicky xx

Unknown said...

Wow Jules this is gorgeous .. I love your silhouette grass.. I really must record this card in my mind for inspiration ha ha :) and yes I can see the dotted lines around the card, I love it. .. PS when you know how to get the extra time do tell me please .......... I need it tooo Hugs xxx

chris said...

Hi Jules this is gorgeous such an amazing colour scheme. I LOVE IT.
hope you are ok love chris xx

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous! the grass is a fabulous effect and the colours dreamy, love this card. XOXO Zoe

Lynne said...

Wow Jules, a bucket AND a cardboard box, now that is posh!!!Lol.
Your card is a wow too. Gorgeous colours and that grass stamp is fabulous.
Lynne xxx

Donna Mosley said...

Oh! Jules this is so beautiful. Love the gorgeous colours and fab inking technique. Just love the butterfly and faux stitched effect. Great idea with the dressmakers wheel. :o)

Ooh! get you two dining alfesco lol! I bet you really enjoyed it after another morning's hard graft. Hugs.

Donna x

Jenny said...

A beautiful card Jules, I love how the grass carries onto the silhouette image. Love you tales of the garden, sounds like me and hubbie in our first house... we had the luxury of an old bedspread to sit on too :)
Jenny x

Tracy said...

This is so, so gorgeous Jules, I love everything about it.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Gorgeous colours - I love this look! Hugs, Lesley

Tracey T said...

Love this effect, Jules. Your butterfly is so pretty - gorgeous colours. Tracey x

pinky said...

Bet you looked a right pair but its sound idyllic! I know what you mean about petrol, scary!!!! Loving your card, its a very effective use of that gorgeous stamp and the colours are so vibrant. Enjoy your week with hubby.

hyper_ni said...

Wow Jules this is a stunning card, I really love it! Fabulous! Not sure how you've created it all so I'm off to ponder. :) x

Wishcraft said...

Beautiful! Love the grass stamp and gorgeous butterfly. Lovely colours too :o) Sounds like you've had a busy day! Lisa x

Anonymous said...

I adore these colours you have used, so beautiful!

Great image and love the butterfly!!!!!

Rocked it Jules!

Cynthia said...

Loooooove the colors on this one! So rich! So beautiful. And thanks for the tracing wheel tip. =D

Tanja E. said...

Beautiful and very special card!
Warm regards from Slovenia/Europe:)

Juls said...

oooh wow this is just gorgeous!! Love the fab colours and the brairing you have done! Hugs Juls

Sarn said...

Oh that IS lovely Jules. Well done. Hope you enjoy some more of the "high life" today!

Hugs, Sandra

coops said...

wow, this is stunning jules.beautiful vibrant colours and i love the grasses and the gorgeous butterfly.
sounds like you garden is coming along nicely :D

xx coops xx

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I love the colours and the dots are fab!

Nikki x

Milliesmarvels said...

This is beautiful, the colours are stunning!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

This is a real stunner Jules,love the fab colours and the interesting layout, great idea to use the tracing wheel with ink, at first I thought you'd been very busy with a paper piercer, he he.

I've made the crochet flowers myself, but I'm not very good at it, have to undo half of them, so when I manage to make one I'm foolishly proud. You have to show your makes too.

Sounds like you're having a great week with your hubby. Having a tea outdoors is always a great treat, table or not (but not over here at the moment though, we had snow yesterday, brrr, I had to dig out the wool cardigans from the drawer).

Enjoy rest of the week,

Steph said...

Oh wow, Jules! The colours on this are gorgeous!! Lovin the butterfly too x

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie, this is stunning, gorgeous work, hugs pops x x x

Donna said...

Wow - another stunning card. I love the technique you have used with the background colours, did you use a brayer? x

Di said...

Hi, Jules. The sticky stuff in the garden is called clivers, or sometimes better known as goosegrass. I used to work for Culpeper the herbalist and we used to sell the dried leaves as a herbal remedy. If i remember rightly it is used for insomnia and various skin complaints including psoriasis and burns. Also for insect bites. Fresh leaves can be boiled as a tea or lotion. Google it first though before you use it in case there are any contra-indications. Oh, and the card is lovely. Love the silhouette grass. xx

Anonymous said...

Stunning! So sorry I missed this last night! xx

Little K Smith said...

Oh wow! Another stunning creation Jules! More lush colours and just love that fabulous stamp :)

Pauline said...

Love the card. It's very striking, just gorgeous!

Don't mention the cost of petrol to me. With all the driving I do, I'm forever filling up. Or I was until I read an AA tip that it's more economical to just half fill the tank. The car's not carrying the weight of the extra petrol you see. Early days so far, but it does seem to be the case, even though I'm now at the petrol station at least once a week.

Hugs, Pauline x

craftimamma said...

What a gorgeous card Jules. The colours are fab and I so neeed that stamp!!!!! Clever idea with the wheel. I've put mine in my craft tool bag (seeing as I nolonger dressmake, lol) but I never thought of inking it up. Might have to 'borrow' this idea. I'll give it back when I've finished with it ............... honest, lol!

Lesley Xx