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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, 2 May 2011


Hi Everyone

Hope you have had a good Bank Holiday Monday. 

Lovely weather again but still quite windy.  Daren't hang my hanging baskets out yet as I think they will be blown to pieces. 

Happy news in the House of Hearts today .. .. I won last week's Stamp Fairy Challenge .. .. and got to choose three images to play with.

I am playing along with the challenge again this week where the theme is to make a fun shaker card and using one of my lovely prizes.  

This used:

Image:  Stamp Fairy "Lenny Ladybug"
Sentiment:  Hobby Art Stamps "GR1833B" Happy Birthday
Backing Papers:  Funky Fairy "Loving it Simple Freebie" (sadly this company is no longer operating)
Martha Stewart Punch:  Daisy
Beads for inside the shaker

Crystal Stickles
Glamour Dusk

Thank you for my lovely images ladies .. .. I shall enjoy using those .. .. and thank you also for my fabby blinkie .. .. ..

What a cute little chappie Lenny is .. .. .. I think he is my favourite.

The little sentiment shaker made me smile once it was finished.  It reminded me of one of those puzzles I used to have as a child where you had to move the little balls around and fit them into little holes to make a pattern.  LOL!! 

So how is everyone else doing day wise?  I have completely no idea what day of the week it is anymore!!

Seedling update!!  One of my little cucumber seeds has made an appearance today woo hoo!!

Catch you again tomorrow .. whatever day that might be LOL!!



CraftyC said...

Cute card Jules, love the image and your little shaker sentiment!

Dora said...

O wow Jules this is fabulous , so cute, and what a fantastic idea for the shaker part, you are a genius :) and congrats on your win. big hugs xxx

Dora said...

oops forgot to thank you for joining us at Stamp Fairy Challenge this week. Hugs xxx

Amanda said...

great card Jules, and congratulations on winning the images.

Tracey T said...

He's a cutie and I love your shaker box - really clever to use this for the sentiment and not the main image. Haven't started making up my baskets yet (we're usually a month behind here) but I've potted on the plants this week. I've got tomatoes, cucumbers and courgettes on the go in the greenhouse and sowed melons today! Back to work tomorrow! All go, isn't it?! Hugs, Tracey x

Lynda said...

Oh I just love this one Jules - isn't that a lovely image. You made a great choice there. Love the mini shaker sentiment too. It's definitely too windy at the moment my washing blew off the line today!

Love Lynda xxx

Debs M said...

lovely card, great image and i love the little shaker bit x

Vicky said...

I know what you mean Jules...the last month has been mad with all the bank holidays..I feel I'm never at work lol..

well done hun on the win too...well deserved and you have made another fabulous creation..I just love your wee shaker!

and yes it has been sooooo windy...I'm struggling watering my a good soaking (me that is!) trying to water them lol..

have a lovely evening..hugs Vicky xx

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, big congrats on the win, so well deserved. Love tonights card, great ladybird theme. What a very cute image you've used and yes the 'ickle shaker is so like those puzzles. Sounds like you're going to be enjoying some yummy homegrown veg very soon. mmm!

Donna x

angelwhispers said...

Beautiful card and just love the small shaker its just so cute!!!

Boy hasn't it been windy!! Fantastic new on the cucumber that was quick coming up wasn't it!!!

Love Chanelle xxx

Delphine said...

I love your card, Jules! It is absolutely perfect, everything works so well together! Lovely image and fab papers and the sentiment is brilliant... and so cute! Hugs Delphine xx PS: Today is Monday... I think:-)

Doreen said...

Oh this is fabulous. I love the sentiment shaker and what a cute image.Just love it.

I have been planting up baskets and pots but just hardening them off,keeping them in the greenhouse overnight.

We have these baby birds flying around the garden at the moment!!!!not a care in the world.
Isn't nature great????

Have a nice evening

Juls said...

Hi Jules,

This is just gorgeous!!! Loving his sparkly anteni!! and the black and red dotty paper is just fabulous!!! LOVE IT!!!!! Hugs Juls

Tracy said...

Fabulous creation Jules, I love it! The image is so cute. And perfect papers too, I love them.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Anonymous said...

love everything about this Jules, awesome image, I Just Have a thing for ladybugs!

and really cool making the sentimen a shaker!

Gerda said...

Now THAT is a cute idea! I never thought about making the sentiment the shaker background instead of the digi! Very sweet, love your coloring!!

Thanks for playing with us at Stampfairy Challenge this week!

Hugs, Gerda

Nicola said...

How cute is this card and loving the sentiment shaker. Hugs Nicola xx

louise said...

ahhh fab cardJules, cute image and ,love the shaker box.
Hugs Louise xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

Love this image! Dotty about your card! Hugs, Lesley

mustavcoffee said...

Oh Jules this is so lovely, I love the pearls too that's a great touch, makes it even more delicious:0) xxx

coops said...

fabulous card jules.the image is fab and i love the striking colours and papers.the shaker sentiment is brilliant :D

xx coops xx

Jacee said...

What a great card Jules, such a fun image, he looks a cheeky little chappie!
When do ya want me round for those cucumber sandwiches? LOL
Hugs Jacee

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules wow thats one unhappy looking bear, but I love your card its gorgeous. with hugs Shirleyxxxx

Nikbee said...

Congratulations on your win.
This card is wonderful. Lenny is so cute - I love his sparkly antennae and the sentiment shaker is a great idea.

Nikki x

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Beautiful! You did an AWESOME job on the shaker challenge!! Thanks so much for playing at StampFairy Challenge.

Deanne :)

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Jules!! Well done on your win! xx

Donna said...

Wow what a fabby card! Glad to hear your seeds are growing. Chloe is trying to grow a sunflower at the mo. We keep checking every day but nothing coming through yet! x

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Congratulations - stunning card too

Thanks for joining us on STAMP FAIRY this week :)

Hugs Jane x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Oh he's a cutie for sure Jules. Congrats on your win. Thoroughly deserved.

Hugs, Sandra

Lisa said...

amazing job. thanks for joining us at Stamp Fairy this week

Anonymous said...

Arrrrr well done on your win last week! love the card you have made this week great idea with the sentiment a shaker! I love Lenny too! thanks for playing along with us at Stamp Fairy again this week! hugs Samantha :0)

Netty said...

Congratulations on your win last week. I love the idea with the sentiment being the shaker part. Great card, and lovely image choice. Annette xx (Stamp Fairy DT)

Sharon Basel said...

Jules this is terrific! I think doing the shaker on the sentiment is so clever - I wouldn't have thought of that way to do the technique. Your card is just so darling. Thanks for sharing this wonderful card with us at StampFairy! Hope you join us again.
Sharon, SF-DT

Emma H said...

Very cute, love how you created a little shaker box. Thanks for playing along at Stamp Fairy this week!

Carissa said...

Cute, never thought to make the sentiment the shaker but it works beautifully. The cards do remind me of a childhood toy, I think that is why I love them so.
Thanks for joining us on the Stampfairy challenge. Carissa:)