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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, 9 January 2012


Hi Everyone

Well here we are back again with the Happy Handy Hippo posts after the Christmas break.  A rather belated Happy New Year to all from myself and everyone at Handy Hippo.

I would hate you to think I have been sitting about doing nothing though whilst I was away on a break.. .. ..  so to prove I was still busy playing and creating I worked on a special little project for you .. .. but beware .. .. it involves photo overload!!  LOL!!!

This is my little project  -  4 little notelets with
handmade envelopes

and they all  store in this little box made using
a scoreboard and decorated using the stamp set
and distressed backing paper

This is the first little notelet which is was decorated
in the same way as the storage box .. .. simply
by stamping and distressing with distress inks and
adding a narrow decorative border using a
Martha Stewart punch

This notelet was decorated by making a patterned
background for matting and layering onto using one of the
smaller stamps in the set and then stamping and painting the
main image using distress inks 

This notelet was decorated by first covering the base
card with a small square of the patterned paper
then adding multiple layers of coloured card.
The final layer having the image embossed
using white embossing powder and finished off
with faux stitching and colouring in
parts of the mage using a white gel pen.

This one "might" be my favourite notelet.
I say "might be" because my favourite keeps changing LOL!!
To decorate this one I stamped the image onto cream card
using a clear versamark ink pad and clear embossing powder.
Once heated and cooled I then distressed the whole piece
of card using distress ink and then stamped one of
the smaller images using a second distress ink

and here is my finished little box
loaded up with all the little notelets and envelopes

This project was made using the following stamp set .. .. but because I haven't actually used the whole of  either of the larger stamps on my project I thought I would show you them here .. .. they are so lovely and are selling out as quickly as they come back in stock. 

aren't they gorgeous .. .. ..  and they stamp beautifully too!

Below you can find the Handy Hippo magic button .. .. and if you click on it you can see all the lovely goodies I used to make this little project. Everything I have used has been automatically added to a shopping basket and as always you can remove anything you do not need (or add anything else you can't resist).

I hope you like my Christmas break project.

There was a prize giveaway on my blog during the break too  .. .. .  celebrating single Promarkers being available at Handy Hippo.  Lots of you entered the prize draw and I wonder who the lucky winner will be? 

Kerry, my lovely playmate at Handy Hippo, will be choosing a winner at random later today and I will post the name of the winner on my blog tomorrow.  Then that lucky person can be working out which twenty colours they would like to receive!!  Woo hoo!!!

Have a good Monday everyone and I will catch you again tomorrow.


and all the lovely friendly people at Handy Hippo


Jackie said...

Gorgeous cards and box Jules. Enjoy your day xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules,
Just having an early morning coffee at my desk before the madness of the week starts! This is a truly beautiful project and I absolutely love it! Hope you have a productive day today!

pinky said...

I love this projects Jules and the stamps add a certain elegance to it all. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Heh Jules, hope you had a great weekend. l love the notelets, the colours are beautiful and think l am in agreement with you on my fav! The stamps are very pretty, the impact of the white embossed image on the brown card is very striking. Now that l have some craft storage, l'll sneak onto Handy Hippo's webbie but ssshhh don't tell hubby xxxx

Doreen said...

Just gorgeous Jules,love the

Anne said...

Stunning project Jules, what a lovely gift this would be. Hugs x

Debs M said...

i thought i recognised that stamp set! Gorgeous cards and so many different techniques! x

Di said...

Beautiful notelets Jules! And I found all the hearts too :) I'm with you on the fave - but it's a close call! Di xx

Misty's said...

Hi Jules
I love your Christmas break project. The gorgeously made and decorated box and notelets are fantastic! Do not worry about photo overload. It ia a feast for my eyes.
Michaela xx

Annie said...

Wowza these are gorgeous
Ann xxx

Wendy said...

So gorgeous Jules, a perfect gift,
Wendy xx

Sarn said...

Love love love this. xxx

Cynthia said...

It would be hard for me to choose a favorite too! They are all so beautiful!! Love the idea of a little box to hold them as well.

Carol said...

What a fabulous little set Jules, perfect for a gift and gorgeous colourway. Carol x

mckinkle said...

Hello Jules,

Oh what a simply stunning make, this is definitely one of those makes that doesnt leave your mind and makes you get up and do one for yourself! Thanks for the great inspiration!

Keryn x

Roma said...

Hi Jules

Lovely notelets ,envelopes & storage box ,i dont have any stamp sets but this looks really nice .

thanks for your lovely comment on my blog it is much appreciated x

FanyCraft said...

They are so gorgeous! :) Congratulations :)

Sally said...

Hi there Jules, what a very pretty note card set & a box as well, crumbs too much work for me. lol. I think it would make a perfect bithday gift for someone. How about a tut for the box, just in case. Oh & absolutely fab stamps, I think I'll go & have a quick peek, thanx for sharing.
Sally x

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful little set Jules, really pretty. Lovely to see your face up there too, at least I assume it's you, lol, could be anyone!! Although we're still waiting to see you and your sister in Victorian get up! Bet you thought we'd forgotten about that, lol! Well done on being published too (finally!), I won't see the projects unfortunately but I hope they had a heart or two!


G Peplow said...

Hi Jules, Happy New Year to you:0)
Fabulous cards and a lovely box to contain them, they're so lovely if I had received them I couldn't use them, I'd stroke them occasionally though, LOL Gay xxx

Whisper said...

Wow they are all stunning and yet so different, just out of interest which companies embossing powder do you use, please, Luv Sam x

Nikbee said...

What a fantastic project. I love the box and all the different techniques you have used for the notelets.
Nikki x

Juls said...

such a gorgeous gorgeous set!! I just LOVE it! and I adore those stamps too, I do have them in my collection, I really should play with them more! Hugs Juls

Anonymous said...

I love this project! Where can I find a template to make the box?

skellylass said...

I just love this project and fully intend to make it. Can you recommend anywhere I could find a template for the box?

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, lovely to see you in your photo, I somehow didnt visualise you like that, its gorgeous by the way.
What a stunning box of useful little cards, you clever old things. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Anonymous said...

These are really beautiful! I love the box especially!
Love Pearl x

Elizabeth said...

Lovely set, Jules - the stamp set is gorgeous and you've used them imaginatively on the note cards ... and the box is gorgeous. The set would make a great gift for someone. Elizabeth x

Irene said...

Hello Jules

What fabulous notelets, they are all beautiful, but I am with you on your favourite. I LOVe them.


Loopylou. said...

jules this is fabulous hun, i love that little box and all the cards that go into it are stunning.
huge hugs lou xxx

angelwhispers said...

Just fab Jules and just love these stamps so perfect with these pretty papers! Chanelle xxx

Sally H said...

Fabulous box and cards, Jules! All gorgeous!

M said...

This is a great idea for a handmade present... Love it! M x

Jenny said...

Oh my, what a gorgeous set of notelets have been busy :)Love the stamping and colours you used, the box is so neat and makes the whole gift much more special :)
Jenny x

Anonymous said...

A stunning gift idea Jules, absolutely gorgeous!
Helen x

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! What a gorgeous project, love the colours and those stamps look beautiful. Happy new year
Lindsay xx

Anonymous said...

Really pretty Jules!
Love Amelia (mimi)

Anonymous said...

awesome set of cards Jules, looks so beautiful!

Great papers!!!

coops said...

wow this is so beautiful jules.a wonderful gift box and the cards and envelopes are really stunning and classy :D

xx coops xx

Marjorie said...

These are just the best hun..stunning!! Missed a few posts but just had a quick look...Stunning, love your work Jules:)

Gillian R said...

These are beautiful Jules, must have taken you so long to make, but worth it when you see the end result!

Debbie said...

I absolutely love your little note cards,envelopes and matching box Jules.Stunning is the word for them . What a beautiful gift it would make.Love Debbie x

Wishcraft said...

Oh this is absolutely gorgeous Jules! Such a pretty set, lovely colours and fab stamps :o) Lisa x

Unknown said...

Wow these are gorgeous Jules, so elegant .. love the simple elegant style xxx

Stella said...

You never cease to amaze me; this is breathtaking. It has a touch of classic elegance that I just love.

Grenouille Greetings said...

FABULOUS notelets and gift box! Beautiful! Hugs, Lesley