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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, 31 January 2012


Hi Everyone

I would like to start with a big "thank you" for all the lovely comments you left on my Handy Hippo post yesterday about the little ribbon tutorial I posted.  I was quite worried about posting it in case people thought that I was trying to "teach my Grandmother how to suck eggs"!!  But it seems to have gone down well and people are looking forward to next week's instalment. I don't feel so bad now.  LOL!!!

I thought I would have a play with another sketch today so strolled over to the Sketch N Stash Challenge blog thinking that will be nice and straightforward .. .. but no .. .. I was wrong.


Well this week they are doing a "free choice" week which means that you can choose any sketch from their complete catalogue to use alongside your old or neglected stash!!!  

My oh my .. .. how many gorgeous sketches were there to choose from?!?!!?  Answer .. .. too many!!!

But eventually my decision was made and this is what I created

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3205H" Sunshine Hedge!
Backing Papers:  Papermania V & A "Hanoverian Linen Paper Pack"
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat
Woodware Punches:  Daisy
Martha Stewart Punch:  Daisy and Frond
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Button from the Stash Box

As for what is old or neglected .. .. well I cannot say that any of Penny Black images are neglected .. .. but this one is definitely old!!  I have had this little beauty for a few years now.

Then this is my chosen sketch.

Sketch No 64

So that is me for today.

I'll catch you again tomorrow.

There is still lots to cross of my "do list" today so I had better get back to it if I want to see my bed this side of midnight!!  LOL!!!

Have a good evening



Di said...

Totally gorgeous Jules - I love the pink with a touch of lemon - and that little hedgie is on a mission for sure :) Love, Di xx

susiestacey said...

Hi Jules - gorgeous card and l love these papers and they are nice to stroke too with the texture lol x Susan x

Anne said...

Brilliant card Jules, soft and feminine. Hope you get through your 'to do' list! Hugs x

Abi said...

Perfect choice Jules! Love this soft & pretty creation. I've had my daisy punches out again & was wondering how you get these perfect little 'creases' in each leaf? Any tips?


P.S. Love the ribbon hints, I think we can always learn from anyone however much we think we might know!

Sally said...

A beautiful card Jules with so many lovely layers. The PB hedgie stamp is another cutie! Enjoy your day.
Sally x

Bernie said...

Fabulous! Love all the layers and colors and of course the PB image is a pure delight.
Blessings Bernie

Doreen said...

Wow that is some sketch and you have done it proud,love your

Irene said...

A fabulous card Jules, I love the design papers and your adorable image.

Debs M said...

lovely card and that pb stamp is gorgeous, you have quite a collection x

Missmizog said...

Hi Jules
What a fantastic card. Such inspiration, thank you.

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous Jules, love the cute PB image, must dig mine out! and those papers are beautiful. Sue x

Carol said...

Love the sketch you've chosen Jules and how you've interpreted it. Carol x

Sue said...

Hi hun
aww a totally adorable card, super cute image, fab colouring, beautiful papers & design, sue,x

Wishcraft said...

Oh dear - those papers look like a must have, better add them to the wishlist! Such a pretty card Jules, love the layout you've used and the image is so cute :o) Lisa x

Lynsey said...

Hi Jules this is such a lovely card! Love the punched flower that is so pretty!
Hugs Lynsey x

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous, stunning, beautiful....hang on need to think up some more words to describe JUST how lovely this design is!!! xxx

Viv's Visuals said...

This is a lovely card Jules - hedgie looks right at home amongst the flowers!

Anonymous said...

Jules, this is a lovely card! I love the way you have combined the colours together!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Amelia (mimi)

Anonymous said...

Jules, this is a lovely card! I love the way you have combined the colours together!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Amelia (mimi)

Cynthia said...

Your card put a big smile on my face!! How CUTE!!!

Michaela said...

Gorgeous card Jules. The image is adorable and the papers are very pretty.
Michaela xx

angelwhispers said...

Beautiful as always and loving your pretty papers! Chanelle xxx

Denise and Louise said...

This is gorgeous. Great sketch choice, beautiful papers and such a sweet image.
Denise xx

Donna Mosley said...

A beautiful card Jules, the papers are pretty and the image and your colouring are wonderful as always. Hope you get your jobs done hun so you can get to bed.

Donna x

Marie-Louise said...

This card is just so beautiful. Love the image and all the pretty backing papers.

Sam said...

Gorgeous cards Jules. Funny how we both have a passion for hearts! I have lots in my kitchen which I hadn't really noticed was a collection until my Mum pointed it out!
Good piece on the ribbon tying! Glad I am not the only one who hates wasting ribbon by using it where it wont be seen!

Roma said...

Beautiful card jules!those papers are so gorgeous ,love the image & the beautiful flowers x

Nikbee said...

A beautiful card. I love the papers and the layered flower is so pretty.
Nikki x

Tracy said...

Hi Jules
Fabulous creation, so sweet, love your choice of image and papers.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Beryl K said...

Another stunning card Jules. Am looking forward to next week's tutorial
Beryl x

Little K Smith said...

Awwww this is so pretty Jules, love the sweet hedgie and those papers are gorgeous and love all the layers too :)

lisa said...

What a beautiful card, Jules, I love all the layers you've created and your punched flower is beautiful. I really need to work on mine to get them looking as good as yours.
I've just had a nosey at your ribbon tutorial. Creating the bows is great, I never thought of doing it in two pieces. Thanks for taking the time to do the tutorial and making it so clear and concise, perfect.
Hugs Lisax

Pauline said...

Hi Jules, love the muted colour combo. Great colouring as always. I think I have this little hedgie lurking in my crafty stash somewhere... hugs, Pauline x

Anonymous said...

Great choice of sketch Jules, gorgeous card, love the papers!
Helen x

Faye said...

Jules, I love this card. Pretty papers, fab image and super colouring. Love it. xxx

Anonymous said...

great sketch! totally need to try this out!!!

Just love PB images!!! divine!

Sue said...

Hi Jules, such a lovely card, cute image, gorgeous papers and all put together so beautifully...I love it:)

Thank you for joining us at SnS


debby4000 said...

Oh this so cute and gorgeous too.

Whisper said...

I love this little stamp and those papers are just fabby too, Luv Sam x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Another stunner Jules xxx

Sandy said...

Love all the layers and fab papers and that cute hedgie image, a gorgeous card!

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

you chose well Jules,another fab and pretty pb card. janex

coops said...

so stunning jules.i really love the image and your colours and details are gorgeous ;D

xx coops xx

loftylass said...

Gorgeous card Jules (as ever) - love the colours and the image of course. The flower is beautiful in its simplicity - perhaps you could do a tutorial on that sometime!!!
I'm off now to check on that website for inspiration.... tfs

Kim Dellow said...

So pretty Jules. Kim

Dora said...

This is so pretty, love the cute PB image and all the pretty softly coloured papers xxx

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jules, adorable image and love those papers, fabby sketch.
Wendy xx

Jenny said...

You chose well Jules, love the hedgie image :0)
Jenny x

Sue said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Jules! beautiful colouring and I love the papers and layout. The flower is so pretty!
Hope you're having a good week!
Love Sue xx

Bea und Doreen said...

I love this sketch and I love what you have done with it.
Thanks for joining us at SnS this week

Julie said...

Fab card Jules!! The colours are gorgeous and I love your flowers! Thanks for playing laong with us at SNS this fortnight, Juliexx