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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, 19 December 2012


Hi Everyone

Many thanks for all the birthday wishes for Mr Heart yesterday.  He had a great birthday (and doesn't look at day older)!!

We went out for an Indian meal with our youngest Son and had a great evening.

I have spent the whole day on admin work today so will share the cards Mr Heart received from our two Sons.

I made the first one and our eldest Son who lives in London made the second .. ..

Here is mine:

This used:

Image and sentiment:  Bugaboo Stamps "Soccer Nut" (50% off everything there at the moment!!)
Backing Papers:  Some out of the snippet drawers.   I think the birthday paper is Cuddly Buddly
Birthday Sentiment:  Digistamp Boutique "Simple Birthday Greetings - Male"
Sizzix Dies:  "654995" Stars #2  and  "654468" Grass

and now here is the one designed and made by my guest designer .. .. .. our eldest Son .. .. Paul

For anyone who hasn't seen this style of card before he makes them using wax and an iron (about the size of a travel iron).

The technique is called Encaustic Art and if you fancy watching a You Tube video on how it is done you can find one here.  Lots of other lessons that follow on if you get hooked on watching like I do LOL!!!

Have a brilliant rest of Wednesday everyone.

Don't forget it is the last posting day for those first class cards tomorrow!!!

Catch you soon



Amanda said...

Wow he certainly has your creative side. Love both cards and off to check out how to use an iron for anything except clothes lol. Hugs, Amanda x

Gibmiss said...

Hi jules
Fabulous card .... Love the wax one ... I have seen it demonstrated years ago ... Fabulous to watch... But not tried it ....
Have a fabby Christmas Jules....
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Caroline said...

Your card is fantastic Jules the image and layout are fabulous. Your son is so talented I've seen this technique on Create and Craft. I love the scene he is made it's gorgeous. Caroline xxx

Donna Mosley said...

A gorgeous card Jules, love the image and design. Paul's picture is amazing.

Donna x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Great card Jules love that peanut
That scene is beautiful what a clever son you have.

Have a lovely Christmas and I look forward to seeing what you have to offer in the new year I'm off to spend Christmas with my family

Love jacqui x

Irene said...

Hello Jules,

What can I say but both cards are GORGEOUS. I love the colours and scene on the second one.

jules said...

wow wonderful card!! love the little nut image!, i love encaustic art Jules i used to do it at school!! it sure looks amazing talented bunch that you are!

Sue - bearhouse said...

I'm glad your hubby had a good birthday.
Your 'soccer nut' card is fabulous, such a great image! Your son's card is wonderful. I really love the the design and colours. I remember seeing Encaustic Art being demonstrated on tv years ago and was amazed by it then.
Hugs Sue

Lorraine said...

Two gorgeous cards Jules. I love your soccer nut, a fabulous design and I love all the colours.

Your Son is very talented crafter too. Fabulous wax work!
Lorraine x

Viv's Visuals said...

Terrif encaustic jobbie Jules.. clever boy.. gets all his talent from his Mum???? LOL
Love the peanut too... that's me too!!

Liz McGuire, said...

So now we know who he takes after! Both gorgeous.

Hope you have a very happy Christmas Jules and all the best for 2013.

Liz x

Cynthia said...

Oh how cool!! I love BOTH of your sons' cards!! That peanut is adorable and Paul's card is just gorgeous!

Creations by Shirl said...

Hello Jules~
Love your fun card it's so cute...
Wow your son is just as talented! love those colours....
TFS - enjoy your lovely evening!

Patricia said...

Absolutely fantastic "ART" I love it.
I have seen the Encaustic Art done on the telly but sure as eggs is eggs I would make a right proper mess.
I also like the Soccer Nut that``s great, really different.
Definitely a very talented family.

Patricia xx

Denise said...

Hi Jules.
Love your card - the little soccer nut image is so cute.
Your son's card is gorgeous. I have tried encaustic art several times but really am not very good - my brother is much better at it so maybe it's a male thing - LOL!!

Denise xx

scrappymo! said...

That soccer nut is just fab! What a great idea...The little nut guy is adorable!
Wow, your son is sure talented...I have never seen this art before and it is lovely. I am going to watch the video as it is very intriguing.

Marie-Louise said...

What absolutely marvellous cards.

Di said...

Two fantastic cards there Jules. I love the soccer nut and Paul's encaustic card is stunning. Ha, I have a little craft iron so that's a starting point :)

Love, Di xx

Pop's Cards said...

Morning sweetie this is just gorgeous I so love the colours that you have chosen perfect, huggles pops x x x

That is awesome Paul I love what you have done the colours are amazing I want one x x x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

WOW - laughed at the humorous soccer NUT card, and was then totally amazed at your son's encaustic art card. FAB. Obviously a highly talented family xxx

Stamps and Paper said...

YOur card really bought a smile to face this morning...brilliant.
Your sons card is gorgeous..


Dawn said...

Wow how talented is your son Jules? Both delightful cards. Merry Christmas to you & your family x

cotnob said...

I love the card you made Jules, but I have to say the one your son made is rather stunning - you have competition in the family!
I've seen Encaustic Art videos and it looks so clever, they make it look easy but I'm sure it isn't.
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Jan Hennings said...

Your card is just too cute!

Carole Z said...

Love your soccer nut! Also your son's card...fabulous! I have seen encaustic art demonstrated..well done to him! Carole Z X

Vicky Hayes said...

Hi Jules

Glad to hear Mr Heart enjoyed his birthday and it sounds like you all had a great celebration! Loving your soccer nut card with that cheeky looking peanut and Paul's amazing encaustic art card is fab too.

Have a wonderful Christmas! Vicky x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

wow talent runs in the family 2 fabulous cards. Glad Mr Heart had a good day and you all enjoyed a yummy meal. janex

Tedz said...

Two really lovely cards Jules, the peanut on the first one is unusual, the colours you have used are really nice for male cards. They do say sons take after their mothers - his card is very good and I like the colours he has chosen as well. Pauline xx

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Such gorgeous cards Jules.
Sue x

Bonnie said...

Your son has your creative genes! What a wonderful technique! Love the soccer card too!

Beryl said...

OMG. What a talented son you have. I'm going to an encaustic art day in January for my first play with the medium. Please tell Paul from me how fabulous this scene is.
Beryl xx

coops said...

stunning card jules.i love your fun image and your sons card is fantastic,beautiful colours :D

xx coops xx

Juls said...

oooh thats fab!! I keep fancying having a try at encostic art