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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, 20 February 2012


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good weekend.

Regular visitors to my blog will know that yesterday for me was spent at a Wedding Fayre where I got well  and truly cold as they had the doors open to the public for the whole 4 hours.  Even though it was a nice sunny day it didn't stop a good draught whizzing around our ankles!!!  Never mind .. .. I am warm again now and have already had some emails from potential customers I met.   Woo hoo!!!

When I started this lovely little Handy Hippo mission all those months ago it felt like such a long commission .. .. .. but I am at the end of this first little series now.  It seems like only yesterday it started .. .. .. how  very scary!! 

The busier I get the faster my life seems to be disappearing before my very eyes!!

For my last project in this series I have tried to do something a little different .. .. and must admit I love this cute little card .. .. 

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).  

As for the stitching on my little make.   Well unfortunately you cannot buy that.  You have to do that yourself.  LOL!!

In the meantime here are a few photographs as to how I made the base for this project.

I started off by using the dies to cut out two of the largest lacey squares in purple and one of the large classic large squares in white.

Then for the inside of the card I made a small base card from a piece of the white card that measured 18cm x 9cm (scored and folded to form a 9cm square card).

I used the fingerlift tape to attach the lacey squares to the front and back of the card base.

The remaining square was then distressed, stamped, decorated and stitched prior to mounting it onto the lacey square with double sided tape (or you can use glue if you prefer working with that).

Lastly I threaded some ribbon through the spine of the card .. .. but it does look just as cute without the ribbons too!

Have a good week everyone.

Thank you to everyone who has been visiting and leaving encouraging comments.

I'll see you again soon. 


and all the lovely friendly people at Handy Hippo


Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Hey Jules,

I love this soft sponged edges. Very pretty card. Thanks for the tutorial on making this. You make it all appear so easy!

Kasey ~ in Oz

Anne said...

I love this little card too Jules! Better to be busy than bored!!! Hugs x

Beryl K said...

This is brilliant Jules, I love it.
Beryl x

Loopylou. said...

oh thats gorgeous Jules!
maybe I could get you here to do my stitching instead:) !!!
huge hugs Lou xxx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Absolutely gorgeous. xxx

Nikbee said...

A beautiful card. I love the lacy squares and the image is fab.
Nikki x

Jenny said...

So that's how you do it, clever tO use a card base under those nesties ;0)
The ribbon tied on the spine is a great idea.
Glad the wedding fare went so well, not surprised you have a few new potential clients from it, I bet your table looks gorgeous all decked out :0)
Jenny x

CraftyC said...

This is gorgeous Jules, the frame really makes a difference

Roma said...

Hi Jules
Just shows you putting up with the cold weather has its bonuses getting more customers interested in your gorgeous creations.

Love your card i love the die you have used its gorgeous ,beautiful image x

Craftilicious said...

Another genius idea from Jules! Such a clever way to make such a beautiful card :-D
Tara x

Carol said...

I love this cute little card too Jules, great idea and thanks for showing how it was done. Carol x

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules that is gorgeous I love your outer card shape, and the image is beautiful to. hugs Shirleyxxx

Home sweet home said...

Gorgeous card,love the colours and the design is really great,wonderful work.:)
Wish you a fabulous week.:)Hugs Merethe

Paper Pixie Handmade Cards said...

gorgeous card Jules and what a lovely idea , hope you have thawed out from yesterday K x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Beautiful card you are so cleaver with your designs, I'd like to have a good imagination like you

jacqui x

Doreen said...

Love this gorgeous card Jules,a fab image and

Irene said...

Brilliant Jules, I love the soft sponging and colours.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for explaining how you made this beautiful card. I am so trying that today! Love the colors and the coloring/distressing. The ribbons on the side are just the thing to send it over the top!

Elizabeth said...

Hello Jules, lovely card and a very clever way of making it. Love the ribbon ties and the flower stamp is very cute. I'm going to miss your happy HH Mondays - although they have had a way of making my purse lighter :) Elizabeth x

Kort og Søm said...

What a gorgeous card you have made!
Hugs Fredrikke :O)

Vicky said...

Gorgeous card hun...and I so love the pretty colours you have used too :o)

have a great evening and glad the fayre went well...big hugs Vicky xx

Donna Mosley said...

Ooh! Jules, this is a gorgeous card. Love the fab design and beautiful image.

Donna x

M said...

Hi Jules, this is sooo lovely! the sponging is beautifully done. Really cute! M x

Gillian said...

Very cute card Jules, hope you are keeping well. Catching up with blog hopping, so much happens so quickly it takes so long to catch up on what everybody has been up to.

coops said...

wow love this jules.gorgeous design and the flowers and colours are stunning ;D

xx coops xx

Wishcraft said...

So pretty Jules! Such a cute design, love the stamp and fab ribbon :o) Lisa x

Franjopani said...

Thank you so much for sharing how to make this card - I love it! I have trouble thinking outside the box and would never have thought of this by myself. I will be having a go as soon as I can. Glad the Wedding Faye went well - would love to see photos of your stand x joy

Sally H said...

Oh wow! That is totally stunning! I am wishing those nesties had jumped into my basket on Saturday now!

Anonymous said...

Love it Jules and thanks for the tutorial, very clever! I know what you mean about getting busier and life passing you by..I'm the same!
Helen x

Sally said...

Hi Jules, I love the lacy frame & the added ribbons. I really liked stamp you've used but when I clinked the HH link it wasn't there in the list. Thanx for the tut, how thoughtful of you.
Sally x

Di said...

Totally fabulous Jules! Talk about going out with a bang :) My plastic is heaving a little sigh of relief - for now at least :)) Love, Di xx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Gorgeous card ... Very different for you ....
Hugs Sylvie

Sue said...

Aww this is beautiful Jules! I was experimenting with something similar using the fancy frames but mine came out rubbish!!! LOL but might try again after seeing this gorgeous card!! I love the soft distressed background and the stitching, and the ribbons. I love everything about it - it's perfect!! a really sweet card!
Hope you have a great week!
Love Sue xx

Marie-Louise said...

Beautiful. Love the idea and the stamp. A really pretty card.

MagsB said...

What a great idea! This little card looks so elegant!

Stay warm!

love Mags B x

Sheena said...

Great card and tutorial Jules, I will have to try that one!
Glad the fayre went well, even if it was cold!


Bernie said...

This is beautiful Jules, I simply love it. Great tutorial too. Glad you've wramed up. There is a dreadfully cold wind blowing here, I'm staying indoors.
Hugs & Blessings

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love it!

coldwaters2 said...

Gorgeous card Jules this is fantastic how you have done this I do love that frame and that image is super.
Lorraine x