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A very warm welcome to my teeny, tiny part of the huge world of blogging. This is where I 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 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 9 April 2012


Hi Everyone

Happy Easter Monday!!

I don't know about where you are but it is throwing it down with rain in my neck of the woods and is set to do so all day long .. .. .. great for topping up the water butt outside ready for watering when the crops are in place later this year .. .. and great for having an excuse to stay indoors and do "just whatever we fancy".

I love lazy days like this where everyone is relaxed and there is no need to rush anything.  There should be more days like this in existence!!!  LOL!!!

My day started with my share for the day:

This used:

Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat
Sizzix Dies:  "657186" Sewing Room and "38-1058" Eyelet Washers
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Buttons, embroidery thread ribbons, lace, pearls and rose from the Stash Box

I love this sewing room die so much .. .. .. it is my favourite of all the sizzix dies I own.  Are you sick of seeing it yet?  I hope not as you are going to be seeing lots more of it!!  LOL!!!

I am also going to pop this into Pixie's Crafty Snippet Challenge - No 15  .. .. .. it was a much faster make than the one I entered yesterday that's for sure.  Woo hoo!!  Two visits to the playground in one week .. .. can't be bad!!

Have a great Easter Monday everyone.

I am hoping to have a good blog catch up later today .. .. .. a lot to be done before I can have that treat though!!



Catherine said...

Fab card and am certainly not sick of seeing that die yet. I love that every time you use it, you make the card so different...... Have a good day.....

Irene said...

Hi Jules

Oh Wow your card is gorgeous, and yes I love the die also. Love your use of herringbone design paper, the addition of button holes are brilliant.

It dry here but so cold.

Karen M said...

Gorgeous card, Jules, and I completely agree, there should be more days just to 'be'! Kx

Viv said...

Ooooo like this a LOT Jules!

Mau xx said...

What a Fab card Jules I must admit I love your Die set too. I think it might have to go on my wish list :)
No rain here on the coast ...yet but its a bit of nothing if that makes sun, no rain, just english type weather
Have a good day xxxx Hugs Mau

Cynthia said...

Oh, Jules, I just LOVE those buttonholes!! =D What a sweet, cute card!!

Di said...

Hi Jules - what a fabulous card, all the sewing elements are just perfect - and you even did buttonholes again, sob. That die set is beautiful and you've used it perfectly. Ha, ha - plus I found the heart right away! Off now to cry over those fabulous buttonholes :(

Enjoy your crafting day!



Carol said...

Super card Jule, love the heart placement on this one.
It tried raining here earlier but it seems to have faired up again but it's rather chilly! Carol x

Loopylou. said...

oh jules this is gorgeous! do you know I looked at thatvery die last night whilst window internet shopping and thought mmmmm I likey! so its lovely to see it action!!
gorgeous hun
huge hugs Lou xxx

Beryl said...

Do you every think 'I wish I'd got that when I had the chance'?
My niece bought this die at the NEC and while I'm closer to her than I was - it's still not close enough to pop round and borrow it.
Love this card and no - would never get fed up with seeing the mannequin die.
Beryl xx

mckinkle said...

Beautiful card Jules, I love the die also so bring it on, can't wait to see more gorgeous cards!

We are just about to venture out in the rain with the dogs, oh joy! Car drive home after = 3 wet smelly dogs!!

Keryn x

brenda said...

Been throwing it down here as well Jules and looks like there's more on it's way, but Eddy tell me we 'need' it.

Love what you have done with the dies.

Hope you had a lovely Easter.

B x

~Tammy~ said...

Jules, this is so lovely and feminine! Hope you have a great week!

amanda stokes said...

Hi Jules,
Great card,love the colours and pretty embellishments
I'm with you, we're having a lovely lazy day too as its not stopped raining here either :) x

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Beautiful card Jules.
Sue x

Debs M said...

love this, especially the details on the dress and the bobbins x

angelwhispers said...

Jules this is just so pretty and I love the die just gorgeous! Chanelle xxx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

NiCe!! I really like this card.

jacqui x

Anonymous said...

Lovely Jules! I am thinking I need to put that die on my ever growing wishlist! Love how you've sewn the button holes.

Sarn said...

Excellent snippet card. It's sew lovely! (Soz!) xxx

Gillian R said...

Wow. This is rather early for you Jules. Fab card though & no not getting fed up with that die yet!

Vicky said...

Just so gorgeous Jules...and love the dp's too hun :o)

big hugs Vicky xx

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Jules.. it's been raining all day here too!
Helen x.

susiestacey said...

Hi Jules, l really do like the button holes on your cards, l need to get my machine repaired DD dropped mine and snapped off bobbin holder Grrrrrrrrrr x Lovely card x Susan x

Jill said...

aww Jules this is gorgeous very creative hugs Jill xx

Unknown said...

Hi Jules, what a beautiful card! Luv & Hugs, Trish x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
This is fab ... Must get this die set..,,,gorgeous Jules
Our hot weather has returned again
So hot today in Spain had a picnic and plated Scrabble ... Really enjoyer
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, we're just home from our trip to Dumfries and Galloway, it's been pouring all day and I've just about thawed out now. More fabulous buttonholes! Another great card ... the sewing theme is 'so on trend' at the moment so I think your die is going to remain popular for some time to come. Off to watch the second half of Silent Witness now. Elizabeth x

Paper Hearts Handmade Cards said...

Lovely card Jules and fabulous die K x

coops said...

beautiful card jules.the diecuts are gorgeous and fab pretty colours :D

xx coops xx

Hettie said...

This is a gorgeous card Jules and Yes it is one of the BEST Sizzix dies around. It is my favourite too! Love what you have done with it!

Julie said...

This is fabulous Jules, love the design elements and great colours! Juliexx

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous card Jules :o) Love the dies you've used and the papers are lovely too - the dress looks so pretty! Lisa x

Annmaree of Oz said...

totally fabulous, love love love this awesome card!!!!!

Great die and embellishments!

Sue B said...

This is beautiful Jules! I love the papers and the way you've done the buttonhole stitching - it looks fab! The lace and pearls are so pretty and I love the little bobbins and the heart of course!!! :-)
I can definitely take more of this gorgeous Sewing Room die!!
Glad you had a nice relaxing day!
Love Sue xx

Anonymous said...

Great card Jules, love the bobbins with cotton on. It's a very elegant and feminine card, I know why you like the die so much!

Hope you enjoyed your chill day yesterday, it's great when you don't have to rush about and be in panic mode (my usual daily mode lol).

Have a good day, take care, Rach xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous creation hun, just love the die, its fab!
hugs shell xx

Jenny said...

I just love those button machine is to basic to make them and I'm no seamstress!!!
Love the dressed mannequin, it is a rather cute die :0)
Jenny x

Marjorie said...

Haven't been to visit for over a week, you have made some amazing cards...really lovely hun..hope you had a lovely Easter..

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, this is so amazing. Love the dies and gorgeous design.

Donna x

Bernie said...

What a Fab card Jules, LOVE the button holes!
Our weather was glorious for the first time yesterday. Today, overcast with rain in the forcast again.

XxJULESxX said...

wow stunning Jules!!! your sew clever!!!

Anonymous said...

It's a gorgeous die, you're right! Couldn't get sick of seeing it! Lovely card Jules xx

rosie said...

gorgeous. fab idea x

Linby said...

Love it

Lyn said...

Lovely, lovely card, very stylish. Take care, Lyn x