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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.


Tuesday, 22 January 2013


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday .. .. I hope your day has been a good one and the snow isn't causing you too many problems.

We haven't had any fresh snow today which is something.  I did need to walk round to the post box today though and that was a "hairy scary process".  Because we are on a school route the kids slide along the pavement and make them a bit treacherous .. .. but kids will be kids I suppose and we all did it!!

So I gingerly walked round to the post box and I could hear my Mum shouting in my ear as she would have done a few lifetimes ago saying "Take your hands out of your pockets .. .. how will you save yourself if you fall" .. .. so I was a good girl and took my hands out of my pockets LOL!!!

Anyway, today's share uses a super cute image I won from Sketch Saturday/The Stamp Fairy just before Christmas.

This used:

Image:  The Stamp Fairy "Mimi Love"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "2 Peas Barefoot Professor"
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat "Little Polka Dots" and "Chevrons" both still £1 a download!!!
Nestabilities:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
ProMarkers and Chalk
Glossy Accents
My Trust Sewing Machine

Now I have had this card made for a while today standing up looking at me .. .. and have to admit I struggled with the fact that my little girl didn't have a smile.  I don't know why but I just can't feel comfortable when my images are mouthless .. ..  so I had to add one along with some rosy cheeks.

That's better!!!  Sorry Gerda :-(  I hope you don't mind xx

You wouldn't believe how many pencil mouths she has had rubbed off her face before I was happy .. .. then I had to hold my breath and go over this one with a pen.  I fully expected to ruin my card .. .. and some might say I have!!

Enjoy what is left of Tuesday everyone.



Kath said...

Fab card - and the smile and rosy cheeks are cute!
Kath x

Bev Henwood said...

Jules, I think she looks so much better with a smile and the rosy cheeks ~ I too have a problem with mouthless images. Gorgeous card as always ~ keep smiling! Love Bev xxx

Elizabeth said...

Not me, Jules! I'm with you - I much prefer the mouth, especially a smiley one :) Your finished card is lovely and there's a little girl who is going to feel very special when she received it. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Gillian said...

What a sweet card. Having escaped the snow last week it hasn't stopped snowing today.

Sharon said...

This is such a gorgeous fresh looking card. Love the sweet image. Rasp Rd papers always look so scrummy.
Hugs Sharon. x

Marie-Louise said...

This is really lovely and I am so glad that you let her have a mouth. I cannot stand the images where there is no mouth. The papers are gorgeous and after your card yesterday I bought some of these beautiful papers.

Amelia (mimi) said...

awwww, it's everything BUT ruined Jules! What a sweet card and there's something about it that's light and happy!

irishfaery said...

Such a cute card! I love the papers you've used and that image is adorable!

And I know what you mean about mouthless images, they always seem a bit wrong to me too!

Kerry Louise

Stamps and Paper said...

Super cute image and loves your layout and pretty papers mum used to say exactly the same to me when out in the snow ..we lived in Derbyshire so had plenty. And in answer to your question re blogger letting us post you I haven't had any more problems ..fingers crossed.


Carol said...

This is so sweet Jules....and I like mouths too! Carol x

Kathleen said...

Great card and love the blue and pink, beautifully coloured image and I am 100% with you on the face issue, looks far better on the second image.
I don't own one Tilda, sorry to all Tilda fans.

Kath x

Faye said...

I have a soft spot for Mimi. She looks super pretty with these soft Patel colours. X

Mary said...

Jules, your card is so very sweet. The graphic is darling and your is so much to look at, I love the sewn layers. Oh how I envy your talent! The colors you chose are so eye calming (is that an artistic is now) Lovely, very, very lovely!

Sue - bearhouse said...

So gorgeous Jules and I am totally with you there she looks so much better with a mouth. That's probably why I don't own any Tildas!!
I love the pretty colour scheme and beautiful ribbon too.
Hugs tu

Pearl said...

This is such a sweet card Jules :) Love the blue ribbon n how you have brought that colour out in the gems too.
Pearl x

Bonnie said...

I was just thinking how brave you were! I would have ruined her for sure. Note to self...draw the mouth before coloring. LOL. And she turned out perfectly and looks much better with a smile. Don't we all!

Cynthia said...

Don't tell anyone....but I like your little pig-tailed girl better with a mouth on. ;-) Cute, sweet, adorable card!

Viv's Visuals said...

I'm with you on the 'mouth' thing - Tilda & Co scare me to death!Great card for a little girl - your Mum would have sent you this when you were younger I think - cos you've been a good girl! LOL

MagsB said...

Oh so pretty! Gorgeous papers and colours, and wow the ribbon is fab-u-lous!

I hope all is going well with the Wedding Fayre preparations!

love Mags B x

Beryl said...

This is such a sweet card and image. I haven't made any for a while but I always have put a mouth on the Tilda stamps - just doesn't seem right without to me either.
Well I finally got out today. Took me ages to de-snow the car. It's still 6 inches deep on the pavement and packed snow on the road but once I made it up to the main roads they were clear. At least the parrots won't go without now - it was getting a bit desperate.
Beryl xx

MARY B said...

A really cute card I love the image, Mary x

Sally said...

A cute little card Jules & I agree with you, she looks a lot better with rosy cheeks & a smile,
Sally x

Carole Z said...

Morning Jules, what a cute image and her face turned out superbly, love the colours and layout too. I walk to work and like you along a school route, I made sure I left before the kids got to the pavements yesterday, lol..also with hands free of pockets! Carole Z X

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Lovely card Jules, I have to admit I avoid images without mouths they seem to spook me a little but this little girl is perfect and I love the papers you've used
jacqui x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

not your usual type of image Jules, but very cute, pretty image with very pretty papers and of corse your great sewing.

Pop's Cards said...

Good Morning sweetie this is fabulous loving the details hugs Pops x x x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

No! I think the completed face is an improvement. I prefer whole faces!


Lorraine said...

She looks so much better with a smile! Love the papers and pretty colours too, and your stitching looks fab.
Lorraine x

Di said...

Gorgeous card Jules - so fresh looking. The addition of little mouth (and nostrils) are perfect.

Laughed aloud at the thought of you out in the snow waving a fish slice - it takes a woman to think outside the box!!

Hugs, Di xx

Karen Knott said...

What a lovely card for a little girl Jules (mind you big girls would love it too ;)) I think she looks great with a smile. I have been practising my colouring on some stamped Tilda images but I have never been brave enough to add a smile, i just know I would definitely ruin it lol.

Have a great day,
Kaz x

coops said...

so gorgeous jules.i love your pretty colour combo and the image is really sweet :D

xx coops xx

Tedz said...

Hi Jules, A lovely card - love the colour of the ribbon. I know what you mean about the mouths and I agree she looks much better with mouth and nose in the finished card. Pauline xx

Anne said...

I'm with you Jules, much prefer your little girl with a mouth, especially a smiley one! Hugs x

Samantha Elliott said...

Awww! So pretty Jules. I know what you mean about no mouths. I am the same with Amish dolls.

Lynn said...

I think Mimi was meant to have rosy cheeks and a smile Jules. Pastel colours are great. Lynn x

coldwaters2 said...

Gorgeous card Jules it is full of sweetness and delight it looks so fresh and Springlike, super card.
lorraine x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Oh I'm the same hun, don't like things without a proper face lol!
She is gorgeous with her smile & rosy cheeks!
Hugs Shell xx

Brenda B said...

Beautiful colours Jules, so fresh and bright. She definitely needs a mouth, don't like the ones without. Those well know ones without mouths look like baby hippos to me!!!


scrappymo! said...

She looks adorable with her new little smile!
What a great image...I need to learn from you...that splash of colour from the ribbon looks so great. I would never have thought of that...I would have picked something blending in and it would have blended into the woodwork.
Must remember...use a splash of this is very effective!

Molecraft said...

A gorgeous, girly card Jules and a lovely smile, lol!
Helen x

Juls said...

cute!! Love the polka dots! Hugs Juls