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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, 10 May 2011


Hi Everyone

Well after reporting to you about the thunder storm yesterday .. .. we had so much rain it was unbelievable. The water was running down the road like a river!! I bet all the little plants were well happy!!

My water butt is certainly filling up nicely.

Anyway, round to my share of the day and this one is for the Stamp Fairy Challenge where this week there is a sketch to follow.

and a mega close up because he is so darn cute!!!

This used:

Image: The Stamp Fairy - Lenny Notes
Sentiment:  Woodware Clear Stamps "FRCL022" Girl Talk
Backing Papers: DCWV - Latte Stack
Nestabilities: Standard Circles Large, Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Sizzix Die: 654995 Stars #2
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder:  Swiss Dots
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Buttons and Cord from the stash box

I was lucky enough to win the challenge again last week over at the Stamp Fairy and my image today was one of my prizes .. .. I think I lurve Lenny!!!

I need to make a few male cards and so today's card is one of them.  However the same sketch and image could easily be used for a female card, or a childs card.  Very versatile!!

If you fancy playing along here is the sketch.

So tonight sees the start of one of my favourite TV programmes .. .. The Apprentice .. .. yay!!!

My blog buddy Keryn and I have chosen three candidates each to see who goes the furthest in the competition.

My three are:
Susan Ma
Natasha Scribbins
Tom Pellereau

Remember those names .. .. one will go this week, the other next week (or later this week?  there might be two shows this week) and the other the week after that.  Get down the bookies quick  LOL!!!!

Have a lovely evening whatever you are doing.



Jo Davies said...

Beautiful card Jules totally gorgeous, thanks for sharing with us this week over at Stamp Fairy! Jo xxx

Cynthia said...

Love that background paper! And you always do such a fabulous job with your markers. :-) Beautiful card, Jules!

Amanda said...

Hi Jules, great card, I love the Lenny images and recently bought a few. Just wanted to let you know I can't take part in the snippet challenge for the next few weeks as I am on holiday, but I am storing the inspiring ideas until I can play again.

Debs M said...

so cute!

Pops x said...

Hi sweetie, stunning creation, love the colours on that fab image, gorgeous, hugs ♥ Pops x x x

pinky said...

Gorgeous card Jules, hard to beat little Lenny. Looking for the apprentice starting so will be depending on you to remind me each week:)

Wishcraft said...

Fab card Jules :o) That bear is so cute! Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Jules and well done on your win again - I'm not surprised!! I love The Apprentice but don't know who any of the contestants are yet. I'll look out for these tonight! xx

chris said...

Its beautiful Jules
hugs chris xx

Gerda said...


I love your card!! It looks so elegant, very cute!!!

Thanks for joining us at StampFairy again.

Hugs, Gerda

lisa said...

What would we do without the radio for company when the house is quiet. I even find myself talking to it-first signs of madness and all that!!
We haven't had much rain at all and thankfully no storms but the garden could still do with more of a drink. I feel torn between the sunshine for me and the rain for them!!
He certainly is a cute teddy and I'm loving that sketch.
Hugs Lisax

Sally H said...

Very cute! Zappy papers too. Glad you didn't get caught in the rain!

Netty said...

Hard to believe you had so much rain when we didn't get a drop.
Congratulations on your win and loving your great card Jules. Annette x

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, love this gorgeous card. A very cute bear indeed. Fab LO and colours. Love the silver stars, thread and itty bitty heart. Get your feet up hun and enjoy the telly.

Donna x

Vicky said...

Super creation Jules...and yes wee Lenny is darn cute hun! you had loads of rain...we have none so far!...I'm watering my garden all the time!..

enjoy your tv sweetie..!..hugs Vicky xx

Little K Smith said...

Oh I love this Jules! Such a sweet image, love the groovy papers and a great layout too!
Must dash, I love The Apprentice too :D

Dora said...

Wow Jules, this is fantastic, you really rocked the sketch with your card, love the DP you used, really beautiful. .. PS thank you for your nice comment on my cards :) Hugs xxx

Doreen said...

Just gorgeous Jules what a fabulous sketch I love the backing

Juls said...

great the black and white with the tiny splash of colour! such a gorgeous sweet card!
P.S my hairdressers said yes to a box of cards, and does not want to take any of the profit for herself, she is just happy to help me out so that is just fab!! Thanks for all your help and advice!! Hugs Juls

mustavcoffee said...

Hi Jules, That's a seriously cute bear, love the LO and great colours:0) Congrats on your win, clever Lady :0) xxx

Anonymous said...

lol, enjoy The Apprentice!

Love your card, stamp fairy images are great, LOVE this sketch, fabulous take on it!!!

coops said...

fantastic card jules.the image is so cute.i love your papers and star embellie and great stitching :D

xx coops xx

Kylie said...

Another gorgeous card Jules - I think I lurve Lenny too! He's so versatile and sooooooo cute!

Good luck with the apprentice, we'll probably get to see that series in a year or two here in Oz LOL!


Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Stunning!! Love the colors! Thanks so much for playing with us at StampFairy Challenge.

Deanne :)

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Lenny's my fave!! Great use of our sketch this week on Stamp Fairy Challenge :)

Thanks for joining us and hope to see you back soon.

Hugs Jane x

Tracey said...

This is fabulous Jules! I love the sparkle :)

Stella said...

This image is a cutie and the way you colored it is amazing. This sweetie looks so real!
I love your take on this sketch; spot on and your cards are always perfect. Neat, beautiful details. Love it!

Enjoy your evening!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules!! I have to Agree! Lenny is a real cutie and one of my fav's! love the colours and style you have used to make him into your card! perfect! thanks for joining us on the Stamp Fairy Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

jules said...

wow gorgeous!! and too cute!

Netty said...

Great card Jules, I love the colour theme as it is really elegant. The image is really versatile and you've coloured him beautifully. Glad to hear you're also someone who can look on rain as a good thing for the garden and water butts (I get really pleased when mine are full of garden goodness too and I've got 5 large water butts around the house and greenhouse!) I love recycling!! Anyway, fab card. Good luck in the draw. Annette xx (Stamp Fairy DT)

Carissa said...

Adorable card. I love your papers. Thanks for joining us at Stampfairy this week. Carissa:)

Jacki Randolph said...

Absolutely adorable!! I love Lenny too! he is adorable. Thanks for joining us at Stamp Fairy.