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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.

SKETCH LIBRARY

Friday, 28 September 2012

A THORNY AFFAIR

Hi Everyone

Well did you think I had fallen off the face of the earth ?!?!?

It seems ages since I posted last and yet time has flown by so fast!

I cannot believe how much I have got through this week .. .. I feel a lovely sense of achievement but my list continues to grow!!  (That is a good thing though).  Hubby finds it so amusing (and exhausting) that I wake up every morning mega excited.

Some of my weddings will have come to an end this week and next and one of my "happy couples" will be getting married tomorrow. Fingers crossed for lovely weather and none of this horrid rain we have seen so much of this week.  

I have also met up with some "new happy couples" this week so all is looking good on the old wedding front going forward with orders going into the diary for this time next year even before the fayre next month!!   Woo hoo!!!

Tonight though, I found a little time to make a Christmas card especially for Sandra's Rudolph Day Challenge.  There is a fabby prize on offer too if you get chance to play along.

So here is my share:




This used:

Image:  Penny Black "4092K" A Thorny Affair
Sentiment:  Woodware Clear Stamps "FRCL004" Family Christmas
Backing Papers: Dovecraft Vintage "Back to Basics Christmas"
Dovecraft Punch:  Holly
Promarkers and Chalk
Glamour Dust
Cord and Little Red Pom Poms from the Stash Box

The next thing I want to mention is something I am having more and more problems with week by week and that is stupid anonymous messages.  Nothing to do with what I am posting.  Nothing nasty and nothing personal .. .. just stupid annoying messages that are being sent I can only assume for advertising purposes.

In the past I have allowed anonymous comments on my blog .. .. and I have received lovely genuine comments from people who are anonymous .. .. but I'm afraid I am going to have to stop anonymous people being able to leave comments as I cannot be doing with having to vet everything.

Sorry everyone who is anonymous and leaves me proper comments :-(

I am just off to adjust my settings now as yet another has just plinged in!!  GRRRR!!!

Just hoping my changes don't cause any problems.

Have a great evening and weekend everyone.  I hope you find a little bit of crafty time!!

Love


40 comments:

Grenouille Greetings said...

I have had a ton of those messages, mostly selling medicines. They are soooo annoying! But I love your card!!! Hugs, Lesley

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, great card - love the hedgehog and the holly leaves and berries are super. You've been kind with the heart today too.

You're couple are not the only ones hoping for good weather this weekend. I'm hoping the weather cheers up for Arihanna's Christening on Sunday - do you think Mother Nature is taking any notice of our wishes :)

Regarding anonymous comments - I get a considerable number - have them filtered to the spam box and happily press the delete button as they are simply a pain ... what would I do with Viagra anyway!!!

Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Marie-Louise said...

I love Hedgies and this is gorgeous. Marvellous card. I also get a lot of e-mails telling me that Anonymous has left a message on my blog but they never get past the e-mail and end up in the Spam, Most of mine are for pay day loans or viagara!!

Sue - bearhouse said...

Hello Jules
It sounds like you have been busy.

I love your card, the cute hedgie and the papers are fabulous. The pom poms used as holly berries look gorgeous.

I hope you have a good weekend
Hugs Sue


Cynthia said...

Awwwww, your card is beyond adorable! I love all the little embellishments you used--it makes for such a festive card!! And I'm so sorry to hear about your "anonymous problems." :-( I hope you have a great weekend in spite of that!

April Diva said...

Hi Jules, fab news about your wedding orders. Lovely card. Understand perfectly about the anonymous messages issue. Hugs, Pauline x

EELS said...

Hiya Jules,
I had a bit of a time when I received some anon msgs and indeed they were advertising junk! However they seem to have bypassed me now in favour of you so you've done the right thing in thwarting 'em.
Love the card btw.
Cheers,
Elaine

Jenny said...

Love this card Jules. Love the image and the design shows it off perfectly. x

Jenny said...

Love this card Jules. Love the image and the design shows it off perfectly. x

Annmaree (Emu) said...

awesome Christmas card Jules, I am working on some images now for cards for Christmas!

I love this PB Hedgie with his holly branch, and love the sentiment specified for Mum! :-D

Have a great weekend!

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Awhhhh!

This is so cute. Love the PB hedgies, I am so going to have to get some. The papers are lovely and not OTT as some Christmas ones are.

Keep up the good work, especially with the wedding orders. I am sure your invites etc are fabulous, if your general cards are anything to go by, they will be stunning.

Don't work too hard.

Love Sheila x

MaryH said...

Jules this is the cutest little guy. Think I have him somewhere stashed in the bin. Love how you him up right & proper with the background papers, and your coloring was great. Had to go back for a sec and check for the heart. But I found it!!! What fun. TFS

scrappymo! said...

This card is so lovely! Great job on the colouring and love that shiny string and nice big bow!

Bernie said...

This is lovely Jules! Can’t go wrong with this adorable image, your lovely papers and layering are fabulous as always.
I too have been having comments from anonymous. I may have to do as you are if it continues.
Hugs
Bernie

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...loVe the image Jules, fun & cute, gorgeous papers too, all the makings of stunning card...Mel :)

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Jules. I love PB Stamp and this little hedgie is just fab! The backing papers are absolutely gorgeous too... I need..! lol
Have a good day
Lorraine x

debby4000 said...

Absolutely love your card.
I don't allow annoymous comments for the same reason, didn't seem to affect my comments.
luv
Debby

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

LOVING this card Jules. Always love PB Hedgies and this is a super one. Great layout too.

Thanks for joining in.

Good luck and have a great weekend.
Hugs
Sarn xxx

Debs M said...

gorgeous card, love those hedgies x

Fleur said...

A gorgeous Christmas card,
HUGZ Fleur xXx

Lisa Jane said...

oh this is sooo cute and i love the doodling
Lisa x

Tedz said...

Lovely Christmas card Jules, I like the way you've coloured Hedgie. It looks to be quite a big stamp. Pauline xx

Whisper said...

How annoying about the message thing, i must admit i always vet mine, as i had a problem with plastic card company pinching my designs !!

Great image and layout, Luv Sam x

coops said...

so gorgeous jules.i love the fab hedgie and stunning backing papers :D

xx coops xx

Sue said...

Aww this is really sweet Jules.. what an adorable little hedgie!! :-)
Love the scrummy papers and embellishments!
Ooh I know just what you mean about the Anonymous comments.. I was getting SO many blooming weird ad ones every day that I had to turn it off!! didn't like doing it but it was driving me nuts!
Hope you have a good weekend! :-)
Big Hugs
Sue xx

Debs said...

Fabulous card Jules - adorable hedgie and love the pom poms.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Take care
Debs xx

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous Jules,love the image....great colours.xxx

Irene said...

Gorgeous card Jules, with such an adorable PB image. I love the design especially the little bit of sparkly twine.

Jules, if only I had been on holiday instead of being sore and itchy!!!!
luv
irene
xxxx

Anesha said...

Lovely card! Glad you are so busy.

Kathleen said...

Really lovely card, love the layout and the cute image.

Kath x

Sharon said...

Such a sweet image Jules and the papers are gorgeous.
Hugs Sharon. x

lisa said...

How lovely to have had such a productive week, Jules. No wonder you are feeling satisfied. It's great that you are so busy but I'm not surprised, your Wedding stationary is stunning and I think more and more people want handmade and not shop bought these days don't they. Nothing can beat the personal touch.
Love your cute hedgehog too, don't know how you find the time to make ordinary cards too, you must craft in your sleep!!
Enjoy the weekend, if you have time!!
Hugs Lisax

Katina said...

Beautiful card Jules! I always love the way you manage to perfectly coordinate your makes.

I am still wondering how you manage to fit everything in!
xx

jules said...

Oh Jules what a gorgeous cute card! love it

Linda said...

Gorgeous creation Jules love the colouring and beautiful image.
Hugs Linda

Roma said...

Hi Jules ,love the xmas card ,love the colours & the adorable image x

Anneke said...

cute and gorgeous card with lovely image.
greetings from ann

MagsB said...

I had to stop Anonymous posting, too. It is so awful that the behaviour of some idiots spoils it for the rest!

Fabulous card, as always! Have a great week!

love Mags B x

Molecraft said...

Fabulous Jules, love that sweet little hedgie!
Helen x

Bonnie said...

This is soooo adorable, Jules! Lovely coloring, papers and doodling! This little guy makes me smile!