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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, 6 February 2012


Hi Everyone

Happy Handy Hippo Monday to you!

I hope everyone has survived the snow and not had any mishaps!!

We still have a bit lying around this morning but certainly not as bad as yesterday.

Sorry that I am a bit late today .. .. hopefully it has given you all time to grab some ribbon bits for another play with my little tutorial coming up later in this post.

My share today is a little promise of the lovely summer days to come when we will see all those lovely butterflies flitting about here and there.

I used my Nestabilities to make a circular easel card .. .. though why I make easel cards at all I have no idea because I just cannot photograph them for toffee LOL!!!

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). 

You will notice that the actual butterfly stamp is out of stock at the moment .. . .there were loads available when I made my sample .. .. they are fluttering out of stock at the speed of light!!  Can't wait to play with it again as I can see so many possibilities for the lovely images.  (You can asked to be emailed when it is back in stock).

Here is the full set .. .. isn't it scrummy:

Everyone seemed to enjoy the little ribbon tutorial I did last week so I am continuing this week with "What I do with my Ribbons .. .. Part 2".

This week I am concentration on using ribbon when you don't want to have a bow.

These are the three looks I am going to show you first.
They are all basically the same .. .. but different LOL!!!

Start of by making two holes in your card.
Here I have used an eyelet punch .. .. but you can
buy punches that actually make two holes for you
but the holes tend to be rectangles rather
than round.  It doesn't really matter what shape they are.

The first look is achieved simply by threading
your ribbon through one hole and up
through the second.  The two ends of the ribbon
being stuck down with tape on the reverse side.

To achieve the second look .. .. instead of
wrapping the left hand end to the back of
your work you need to thread it back down
the first hole

So your work will look like this at
this stage

Next bring the same end back up through
 the second hole again

You can cut the ends now  .. .. which is great if
you don't have much ribbon to work with

Alternatively you can wrap the ends and
attach them to the back of your work

Here are the three looks .. .. and to ring the changes
even more I have stuck a little flower
into the gap on the first example I showed you 

to give it another look. 

So that is it for another week.  

A few more ways for you to play with your ribbons.  Apologies again for the photo overload .. .. but short of a video (and there is no chance of one of those!!)  there is no other way I can show you each step.

Still some other ways to use up your ribbons so Part 3 will be coming next week.

I hope that you have all enjoyed my post today and I wish you all a good week until the next Happy Hippo Monday.


and all the lovely friendly people at Handy Hippo


Anne said...

Morning Jules! What a very unusual easel card, I just love your design. Thanks too for the tut on bows, nice to have something different to play with! Hugs x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Lots of lovely recent creations, Jules, I particularly love your little penguin. Great new ribbon tutorial too. Hugs, Lesley

Di said...

Oh wow Jules - fab, fab card and more super tips on using ribbon too. None of which I'd have thought of, so many thanks! Care to come and help me with the stamp cataloguing? :) It's gonna be a loooong job! Di xx

Anesha said...

Beautiful card and thanks for the tips with the ribbons. :)

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Hi Jules,

Love your easel card, those butterfly stamps are gorgeous, no wonder they are flying out the store!

Love your part 2 of the ribbon tutorial. Fabulous ideas that while I may have come across them at one time or other, were lost and forgotten. Thanks for the reminder!

Hugs and Cheers,
Kasey ~ in Oz

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

I love your easel card Jules. I haven't yet ventured to different shaped cards but they are certainly on my todo list x

mckinkle said...

Hello Jules,

You are FAR too hard on yourself as your photos of your easel cards are no less perfect than the images of any other card!

Super tut also, it was really lovely and so professional, simply put it was perfect!

Lovely easel card using super soft shades too!

Have a super week,
Keryn x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

I LOVE your easel card Jules. It's soooo pretty . . . and nothing wrong with your photography either!

Thanks for the ribbon tutorial . . . it's a lovely idea. Might try this one xxx

Beryl K said...

What a great easel card Jules, and those stamps are goreous. Thanks for another great tutorial
Beryl x

Michaela said...

I absolutely adore your easel card,Jules. Thanks for the ribbons tutorial. Very inspirational.
Michaela xx

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful card ... and your photography is absolutely fine despite the angst :) I love your butterflies and all the neat little touches that make your cards so distinctive are there, as ever. Elizabeth x

Craftilicious said...

Well I think your easel look fabulous - can't see what's wrong with your photography of it either!!

You're really spoiling us with all these fabulous ribbon technique geniusness too - I love this tutorial :-)
Tara x

Elizabeth said...

Oops! Forgot to say, I'll be pinching a few of your ribbon tips - great tutorial :)

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

adore your card jules,fab design,I've ordered a grand calibur so hope to try out some new shapes.Great ribbon tips, I'll be trying them. Thanks janex

Sheena said...

Another fabby tutorial Jules! Love it!
I've just been catching up with your posts from the last few days - there are some real beauties there, I love the baby one!


Paper Pixie Handmade Cards said...

Really gorgeous card Jules and i am loving your ribbon tips K x

Hello From Texas said...

Beautiful cards Jules. Love your butterfly set and how beautiful they turned out. That touch of gold Stickles really makes them pop.

Thanks for the bit on the non-bow use of ribbon. I used to use those techniques and will definitely revisit them.


Anonymous said...

Oh no Jules, butterflies, my guilty pleasure! Thank goodness they aren't in stock otherwise l'm thinking hubby may divorce me with all the money l'm spending lol.

Great card and thanks for the ribbon class


Carol said...

Love the easel card Jules and thanks for showing us some more ways to use our ribbons. Carol x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous card hun, love the colours!
Fab tut, thank you!
hugs shell xx

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous easel card. I love the butterflies.
The things to do with ribbons are very useful and I may pinch some of the ideas!
Nikki x

Marjorie said...

Oh Wow! Jules, you make it look so don't know how long I sit sometimes trying to get a lovely bow or look!! Thank you for such a lovely, easy to follow tutorial!!
Your Easel card is stunning, very clever to use spellbinders to make a lovely mini card..The colours are outstanding!

Dotty Jo said...

Gorgeous easel card, and what a great bow tutorial, thanks so much Jules, Jo x

Tracy said...

I love your ribbon treatments, and those butterfly stamps are fabulous.

Gorgeous creation Jules, so warm and summery just what we need.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Debbie said...

Wow Jules your easel card is fantastic.Love the rustic colours.Stunning.Another great ribbon tutorial dearie.Hope you're staying cosy.Love Debbie x

louise said...

Fabulous card and love the tutorial
Hugs louise xx

Dawn said...

Great tuts Jules, I will be trying them out soon myself xx

Sue said...

Hi Jules
wowzer a beautiful card, great shape luv the butterflys, fabulous work, great tutorial, sue,x

Anonymous said...

Oh now that's a superb card! Very different, I love it... as you can probably tell! Thanks for the little ribbon tutorial too, I'm always looking for new ways to use up bits of ribbon.


Anonymous said...

Loving your gorgeous easel card. and thanks for the great tutorial!
Helen x

Bernie said...

Oh Jules I can't believe it's been so long since I've paid you a visit. As always your cards are brilliant! I especially love this card, these butterflies are so beautiful, they look like they are about to take flight. Another fab tutorial, looking forward to the next installment.
Blessings Bernie

susiestacey said...

Hi Jules - love the Easel card and the butterfly stamp is just divine. Will have a go at the ribbons later, thank you for sharing x Susan x

Lynsey said...

Hi Jules, this is a great card and fab tutorial! Thanks for sharing.
hugs Lynsey x

Time-To-Share said...

Beautiful card Jules and your photos are great. Thanks for the fab tutorial too. Hope you are well. Luv Trish x

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules, what an unusual and very beautiful easel card. I think you've photographed it very well.

The butterflies are stunning and I'm not surprised the stamps have sold out. I think after seeing this card people will be buying them as fast as they can be restocked!

Thanks for the ribbon tutorial - fab again! I will certainly try these.

Wendy said...

Fabulous easel card Jules, gorgeous details and colours...Thanks for showing us some ways to use our ribbons.
Wendy xx

coops said...

love your card jules.the shape is fantastuc and gorgeous rich colours and butterflies :D

xx coops xx

Cynthia said...

LOVE the card. The colors are just beautiful!! Thanks again for another wonderful tutorial too!

Denise and Louise said...

This card is simply stunning Jules - I love it.
Thanks for a great tutorial too - must remember use some of these techniques some time soon!!
Denise xx

Lyn said...

Gosh your card is stunning, love the butterflies and such gorgeous colours. Thank you for the ribbon tutorials too Jules, very handy. Take care, Lyn x

Sue said...

Oh I really love this card Jules! what a beautiful design. I love the colour combo. The butterflies and embellishments are stunning!!
Thank You so much for the ribbon tutorial. There are some fab ideas here and the photos are just perfect!
Hope you have a good week!
Love Sue xx

Irene said...

Hello Jules

Oh Wow what a brilliant easel card it's gorgeous. I love the warm colours (makes me think of Summer) and what stunning butterflies.

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

WOW Jules fabulous tutorial on ribbons, so much knowledge and talent:0) Lovely easel card, the colours are just gorgeous, it's a difficult shape to take photos of but I think you did it beautifully, hugs Gay xxx

loftylass said...

Gorgeous easel card Jules - I haven't made one in ages and I can never figure out how to create these round ones anyway!!! Love the colours and the butterfly stamps are a 'must have'. Thanks for the tutorial - very useful and looking forward to the next one. Have a good day. tfs

DottyA Cards & Things said...

I am so glad I found your blog. Not only do I get to see and enjoy your beautiful work but we get tips and tricks too!!!
Thanks so much!!

Pinkllilac said...

Beautiful card Jules love the design,the papers are delish, thanks for the rinnon tut, must have a go at this.
Hugs Linda

Nannieflash said...

Wow Jules that is gorgeous love your butterflies and your card design. Fabulous tutorial. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

CraftyC said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love the colours!

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, wow!!!! this is a stunning easel card. I have this stamp set, I love what you have done with it. Gorgeous details, your faux stitching is perfect. :o)

Donna x

Sam said...

Beautiful card there Jules. And wonderful tut on the ribbons. I have to have a snippet of ribbon on projects. A bit like you with hearts ey!! Nice to see some alternative ways.

Wishcraft said...

This is absolutely beautiful Jules! Gorgeous colours and design, love those fab butterflies. Thanks for the great ideas for ribbon too :o) Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Thats so pretty Jules! Love it!

Mrs.B said...

Great circular easel card, love the butterfly.
Another fabulous tutorial too.
Avril xx