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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.


Wednesday, 29 February 2012


Hi Everyone

Yes, it is true .. .. hearts make you happy .. .. but more about that later.

First here is my share for today

This used:

Image:  Hero Arts "G5311" Silhouette Spray (single image stamped three times)
Sentiment:  Hobby Art Clear Stamps "CS016D" General Greetings
Backing Paper:  Nitwits
X-Cut Punch:  Butterfly
Silver Embossing Powder
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Ribbons, cord, flowers and pearls from the Stash Box

The central strip is actually very fine but wide ribbon .. .. isn't it scrummy?!?!?

So back to hearts making you smile.

Further to me telling you about the floating foil balloons yesterday .. .. they stayed where they landed yesterday .. .. wrapped around the top of a telegraph pole .. .  but some looked to have burst and others were starting to deflate.

My craft desk looks out onto the main road and this morning you wouldn't believe how many people taking their children to school this morning pointed and smiled at the lovely hearts blowing about in the wind.  Little children would jump up and down as if they expected to be able to touch them. (I even saw grown men looking at them and smiling!!!).

But the happiness wasn't to be left to reign for long because looked what happened later in the day .. .. ..

BT came and removed the balloons :-(  and I decided that I just had to have a picture to remember the day by (thanks for encouraging me not to miss a "Kodak moment" Sally LOL!!).  

I couldn't bring myself to go out into the street to take the picture though and instead chose to hang out of our bedroom window!!

So today has been an extra day in the year for us all.  I hope it has been a good one for you .. .. don't forget ladies you are allowed to propose to the man you would like to spend the rest of your life with today (if you aren't already married of course).  LOL!!!

Have a lovely evening everyone.



Clare *Littlebear* said...

This is a stunning card Jules.
Hugs, Clare x

Clare *Littlebear* said...

This is a stunning card Jules.
Hugs, Clare x

Lynne said...

That`s one fabby card Jules, love that stamp.
Are you sure the man was taking down the balloons and not stealing them to give his Mrs lol.
Lynne xxx

Jane said...

Very elegant indeed. Jane x

Carol said...

This is gorgeous Jules, that ribbon strip sure is yummy. If I'd been given balloons like that I don't think I would have let them go lol. Carol x

Stella said...

Love that shot of the foil balloons! On to your card; I have a place in my heart for neutral colors and these stamps are lovely. Your card turned out gorgeous. love the pins too!

Viv's Visuals said...

Wonder if he took the balloons home to his other half????? And if after he gave them to her she proposed???? LOL Born romantic I am!
This is one of my fave cards that you have made to date Jules - love it to bits - love that stamp and the whole thing is beautiful.x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Absolutely beautiful card Jules, love the photo as well.

jacqui x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

GREAT photo op . . . you're never gonna get another shot like that! Must be karma . . . balloon hearts outside the House of Hearts! xxx

Laura said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love the embossing.
How lovely that those balloons made so many people smile! It's the simple things in life isn't it :-)
Laura xx

Kathleen said...

Hi Jules, gorgeous card, that ribbon is lush! Love it, I wouldnt be able to use it tho, it would go in my 'special' box, where thisng gor to be looked at and stroked then pit away again for a rainy day, whenever that may be.
Kat x

Anonymous said...

WOW!! What a stunning make today Jules! I bet you only had to stamp it once too. I know if I tried to do that I would have a bin full of mistakes, lol!

What a shame they had to take the balloons down. I wonder who lost them?!

Denise and Louise said...

Stunning card Jules. Such a lovely image and yes, that ribbon really is scrummy.
Love the photo too. Shame they had to take them down.
Denise xx

Roma said...

Gorgeous card jules !lovely image ,papers & ribbon x

Cynthia said...

Yep, that ribbon is awesome! I love the whole card--especially the colors you used. Very smoky--in a good sense! ;-)

Kietha said...

Lovely card as always, love the colour combination and that ribbon is lush. So glad you managed to capture the image of the balloons (even if there was a man taking them down. If they had been given to me I would have been gutted to lose them.
Kietha x

susiestacey said...

Hi Jules - gorgeous card - are you sure Mr Heart did not put those balloons out there for you x Susan x

susiestacey said...

I wonder if Mr BT took them home for his love?? x Susan x

Sue said...

Hi hun
a beautiful card, luv the image, pretty embelies, always need to have ya camera ready! lol, sue,x

Gillian said...

Love the ribbon, Absolutly gorgeous. I would have loved to see u hanging out the window! Hope u r keeping well

Donna Mosley said...

Oh! wow Jules what an incredibly beautiful card hun. Love the image and scrummy ribbon. Gorgeous!

Donna x

Lyndsey Marie said...

Fab card, love the beautiful image and gorgeous paper. The lace ribbon looks fab and love the bow detail.
Lyndsey xx

Anonymous said...

Love this one Jules, it's gorgeous and great pic of those balloons!
Helen x

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I love the bow and the ribbon is lovely.
Nikki x

MaggieC said...

It is such a pretty card, with lovely soft colours, suitable for lots of occasions. It is a shame that those balloons had to go, but they could possible have caused problems for wildlife if they had just broken down. You might think I have dug a hole in my snippets, but it is not obvious. There still looks to be as much as before. Have a good week. xx Maggie

Doreen said...

Your card is stunning Jules love the embossing and all your added extras.

Love the balloon pics,I bet you looked a picture hanging out of the window.

Well it is 44 years ago today that I proposed to Tommy,and they said it would never

Sally H said...

Gorgeous card! I love the same image stamped in 3 colours idea - might have to case that one. So, how far did you hang out of the bedroom window and was the BT man smiling too???

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, gorgeous card - love the colours, the umbels and that lace - all perfectly lovely. And no problem spotting the hearts - great photograph and good on you for capturing the moment :) Elizabeth x

Franjopani said...

Oh what a beautiful card Jules. And I love your balloon story - kind of a smell the roses type moment. I wonder if the man who got them down tossed them in the bin or recycled them and gave them to his love. Enjoy your day x joy

Sue said...

Ooh this is gorgeous Jules! what a beautiful stamp and the embossing looks so pretty! I love the lush papers and embellishments - it's a really stunning card!
Oh I love those balloons!! what a lovely gesture someone has made! naughty BT man!!!!
Oh dear I thought it was 29th tomorrow!! I will now have to wait another four years!! LOL
Love Sue xx

coldwaters2 said...

Wow, wow, wow, Jules this is absolutely beautiful I so love those papers and the colours you have used, the image is stunning.
Lorraine x

Anonymous said...

oh how fun! so neat that something so simple can make people smile, thats what I love! Shame they were taken down! boohoo!

Love your pretty card, love those seedy sprays, I just want to blow them and make a wish hehe!

Lynne K said...

Hi Jules, absolutely beautiful card! So very elegant with that soft colour scheme. That ribbon is stunning.

Love the story about the balloons!

Hope you're ok,

Hugs, Lynne x

Di said...

Fantastic card Jules - wow, that ribbon is totally stunning isn't it.

Shame about the balloons having to go - but they made a few folk smile - including us!



Anj said...

can't miss those hearts can we?? x

rosie said...

gorgeous as always. fab colours x

lisa said...

Happy Leap Day, Jules. What a shame they removed the hearts but at least they caused some smiles. I'm glad you managed to catch them.
Love your card, that stamp is gorgeous, don't you just love seed heads, and the colours you've used look great.
Hugs Lisax

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous creation hun, love the different colours of the stamp!
I was just wondering if Mr BT tok um home for his missus?!
lol Hugs Shell xx

Mau xx said...

This is beautiful Jules, I love the stamp work and your colours are gorgeous xxx
Think those Balloons might be for you from a secret

Jenny said...

I love the metallic tones Jules and that ribbon is scrummy.
Had to laugh at Lynn's comment, perhaps they were for his wife or girlfriend :0)
Jenny x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Great photo and superb card! Hope your fayre goes really well. We too enjoyed a fabulously sunny day yesterday after a misty start and now its SNOWING!!! Go figure! Hugs, Lesley

Anonymous said...

A stunning card, and BOO to BT for removing the balloons, although I guess in this day and age its due to H&S....xx