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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.


Friday, 3 February 2012


Hi Everyone

Woo hoo!!  It's Friday!!

Not sure why I get excited though as all of my days are pretty similar .. .. but pretty good too because I am doing what I like doing best.   It's just a shame I need to sleep really!

Today I want to share a flower that I made at daft o'clock this morning!!  

Normally I catch up with house jobs and a bit of commenting first thing .. .. but since New Year I have had two crochet/knitting books, hooks and yarn sitting on my bedside cabinet (along with lots of other crafty pages torn from magazines etc).  I borrowed the books from my lovely Sis when I stayed over at New Year.  The books are crammed full of flowers and even vegetables to knit and crochet and I have been so excited about trying to have a go at some of them.  Well my itchy fingers couldn't wait any longer .. .. ..  and today was finally the day for producing 

"Crochet Flower No. 1"

Not brilliant .. .. but not bad either. 

So that is why there wasn't much commenting done by me this morning :-(  sorry!!!

Then of course once made it needed to go on a card to see if it had any practical use.

Totally the reverse order of making things as I started with my embellishment, then chose the papers to work with, and then the image!!  Normally I work the other way round.

So what do you think to my first effort?

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3865K" Gossamer
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat
Backing Papers:  DCWV "Latte Stack"
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Brad and Ribbons from the Stash Box
Crochet Flower No. 1

So it has taken nearly 5 weeks to get around to making my first flower .. .. I wonder how long it will take me to get another one done LOL!!!

Have a good evening everyone and hopefully I will be catching up with some commenting later too whilst hubby does his Friday stint in the kitchen.



Denise and Louise said...

Jules I love your flower - well done you. Love the card too. Gorgeous image and such beautiful papers.
Denise xx

LadyJ113 said...

Beautiful x

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous card Jules! Fabulous papers (as usual!) and love your crochet flower, so clever :o) Lisa x

Carol said...

Your flower looks perfect Jules. I've had all my crochet threads and hooks out for months now and haven't yet produced anything! Carol x

Cynthia said...

Awesome flower!!! I can't believe that's your very first one--stellar job!! Beautiful card too. I love that cornflower blue with the olive green. Really lovely combo!

Nikbee said...

A wonderful card. The flower is fab. I can't get on with knitting or crochet - it just seems a foreign language to me.
Nikki x

susiestacey said...

I love the flower it is beautiful, the card is gorgeous too. I don't crochet but love wish l could. Have a good weekend Jules x Susan x

Little K Smith said...

The flower is fabulous Jules! Well done you! :) I love the gorgeous papers 'n' ribbon on here too!
Have a lovely weekend :)

vickisunshine said...

This is so pretty. I love your flower, it is so neat. The way you've used it is very inspiring! I had to laugh at your description of all your bits and pieces around you - sounds like me! I've had some cotton and a crochet hook waiting to be picked up for ages now, where did you get this pattern?
It took me a while this time, but i finally found your heart on your card:))
Vicki x

Sally said...

A perfect flower for a first try Jules & you've matched it up a treat with the papers & super image. I used to do crochet when my kids were small & I keep meaning to get back into it as I do like the look of these flowers on cards.
Sally x

Hello From Texas said...

Daft o'clock ... LOL LOL
Oh wait .. I'm usually at work by that time, why am I laughing. ;)

I'm very impressed; not only do you make fabulous cards but you crochet too. The card is great and your hand made embellishment is fabulous. I really do love how it turned out, especially since it truly is a one-of-a-kind.

Been missing blogland but it looks like I'm back now. Have missed visiting your blog.
Hugs Carole

Elizabeth said...

I'm off to watch The Hustle but had to leave a comment before I do - your crochet flower is gorgeous, well done! Before I developed RSI I knitted or crocheted almost every day and wish I could still do it now :( Would love to be able to make flowers. Okay, I'm off - have a lovely evening. Elizabeth x

PS: the rest of the card is lovely too :)

M said...

This is really sweet! M x

Kathleen said...

Loving the flower Jules! It looks fab! I must say for a first attempt its brilliant, Ive been wanting to have a go crochet for ages but never get round to it, must try harder if this is the results
Hugs Kat xx

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love this Jules!! Your flower is gorgeous and I just love the colour scheme so much. This is definitely one of my favourite cards of yours (bad grammar!).

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

What a fab idea to crochet that sort of flower, you mostly see medallion type embellishments.

Hmmmm... now you've got me thinking, I have some lovely crochet cotton hiding away somewhere......darn you Jules for being so talented and inspirational....I had other plans for this morning and they just went right out the window! LOL

PS I'm glad you liked my CASE of your card and you deserve every kind word!

Kasey ~ in Oz

Vicky said...

So gorgeous Jules..and I so love the flower too hun..!

are you ready for the snow??...I cannot wait till it's!

big hugs Vicky xx

Fleur said...

A gorgeous card, that flower is stunning
BIG HUGZ Fleur xXx

angelwhispers said...

Jules just love your card but your flower well its just so beautiful! Chanelle xxx

Franjopani said...

Jules - that is just beautiful!!!!! I love it!!!!! x joy

Anne said...

Brilliant card Jules and I just adore your flower ... note to myself ... must get crochet hook out and give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs xx

Sandy said...

Wow I love it, makes me want to have a go, I can only to very basic crochet. A beautiful card, love the image and gorgeous papers. Love to know where to find pattern for flower,

mags said...

This is just lovely Jules. The crochet flower looks super. Goes great with the stamped image and the papers.

Jenny said...

You definitely need to make more Jules, it's so pretty.
Just showed Hannah and her eyes lit up :0)
A gorgeous card to showcase it on too.
Jenny x

Sue said...

Wow! Your crochet flower is beautiful Jules! It looks perfect to me. I used to do crocheting years ago and tried to do a flower just before xmas. It took me quite a few goes to get tension right. One petal was HUGE and another one teeny!! I must give it another go as they are very in fashion at the moment.
I really do love this card! The image is gorgeous and perfect with the crocheted flower. My fave papers! :-) and a delish bow to finish it off - couldn't be more perfect!
Hope you are keeping warm!
Have a good weekend!
Love Sue xx

Doreen said...

Love your card Jules and your gorgeous

Michaela said...

Hi Jules
The card is absolutely stunning. Great papers and colours! Your crochet flower I have to say is amazing and goes so nicely with the card.
Michaela xx

Lyn said...

Oh my, that crochet flower is so pretty, well done. Love the card too. Take care, Lyn x

Gibmiss said...

Wow Jules
Flower gorgeous... Well done ... Fab card as usual.... Hugs
Sylvie xxxx

Annmaree (Emu) said...

Love that crochet flower! great pattern papers! Love the colours!!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love the flower. Sue x

Anonymous said...

just love your little crochet flower! beautiful! must get my crochet hook out again!
Dee x

craftimamma said...

Hi Jules,
I hope all is ok as there are no published comments as I'm typing this and it's Saturday! I know there must be loads.

I think your flower is really lovely. Just about the daintiest crochet flower I've seen. Jenna had me teaching her to crochet last time she came down and she's coming down this weekend for the next lesson, lol! Your card is still just as fab as always even though you did work back to front for you, lol! Lovely colours and a perfect setting for your flower.

Lesley Xx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

WOW Jules . . . I LOVE your crochet flower. Could I ask which book the pattern came from please?

Super card altogether. xxx

Beryl K said...

Your flower is amazing, especially as it's your first one. Terrific card and the flower finishes it of perfectly
Beryl x

Marie-Louise said...

Well done on your flower and it looks very well on your beautiful card.

loftylass said...

Gorgeous card Jules and the flower is beautiful(you're so talented!!) I used to crochet and knit many years ago but that flower is one of the daintiest I've seen in a long time - my fingers are itching to have a go again. (Are you allowed to tell us the title of the book???)

coops said...

ow this is stunning jules.beautiful colours and image and i love your gorgeous crochet flower ;D

xx coops xx

Pop's Cards said...

Morning sweetie, Gorgeous image which is fabulously coloured, fantastic flower too huggles Pops x

Anonymous said...

Morning Jules

Lovely card, the colours are beautiful and l love the flower. It's so delicate.

Keep an eye out for that hateful snow my fellow snow-watcher, l'm hoping we'll miss it later on today, hopefully it'll fall as rain!

Have a great Saturday xxx

Sheila in Cyprus said...

A gorgeous card Jules. I love your colour combo's, you have a knack of making everything look fab together.
The crochet flower is beautiful. My order is for 12 assorted please!! Only joking, but you could make a bob or two selling these.
Take care, and keep safe if you get the snow.
Love Sheila x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Lovely, I enjoy crochet but never thought to use it in my card making. Well done x

Pauline said...

Fabulous crocheted flower Jules. Compliments the gorgeous card beautifully. It's been years since I used my crochet hooks or knitting needles. Somewhere in the house I have some fab knitting magazines from almost 20 years ago! What goes around comes around!

The forecast snow is falling. But I managed to get to the hairdressers and the supermarket before it started settling. Crafty time now beckons.

Hugs, Pauline x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

card and flower both look the biz.janex

Anonymous said...

A fabulous card, gorgeous papers and your flower looks amazing!
Helen x

Catherine said...

This is stunning, love it!!

Wendy said...

Absolutely LOVE your crochet flower Jules, clever you and your card is just stunning.
Wendy xx

coldwaters2 said...

Oh wow awesome card Jules that crochet flower is fantastic, so is the image and the colours, beautiful creation.
Lorraine x

Di said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jules - are there no end to your talents? I found two half knitted jumpers when Len was sorting out things in the loft last week....I began knitting them over 20 years ago!! Beat that :) Love, Di xx

Anonymous said...

Hey i LOVE the crochet flower, great colour matching too...fab card as ever!! xx

Karen M said...

Your crochet flower is fabulous, Jules! It gives your card such a special extra touch. Super! Kx

mckinkle said...

Wow Jules what a beautiful crocheted flower! Its quite gerbera/daisy like and I likey very very much!

Love the dcwv papers as the colours are so delish!

Have a super week Jules,
Keryn x

Grenouille Greetings said...

It's a fab flower, Jules. Now you need to show us how to do it! Hugs,Lesley

Mrs.B said...

Just catching up Jules. Love this flower, and so different from the usual crochet flowers. Just gorgeous.
Avril xx