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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, 24 April 2013


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!!!

What .. .. Wednesday already?!?!?!?!

Another order has been packed up and shipped out today .. .. so more clear space in the House of Hearts and another line crossed off the faithful "do list".  You never know we might even manage to eat at the table AGAIN tonight!!  What luxury!!

But for now here is my share for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for April where this month the theme is to use the lovely sketch they have provided:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3823H" Delights
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat "Tiny Blooming Sentiments"
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat "Isabelline"
Nestablities:  Scalloped Circle and Classic Circle
Woodware Punches:  Daisy and Tag
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Button Twine

and here is the sketch if you fancy playing along.

That is me for today apart from 


Firstly, after showing you the extent of the snippets I gained from cutting up card for a wedding order the other day quite a few of you wanted to know what kind of trimmer I use.  

Well my big one is a very well used and very loved EdgeMaster EM300 System that I bought many, many, many years ago from the NEC when I first starting making creations to sell.  I thought I would try and find a picture of it for you .. .. but better than that here is a link. Where I have noticed tells me it is going out of production!!!  Eeeekkkk!!!!   Looks like I had better stock up on the spare cutting strips and blades I will be needing for the next who knows how many years!!!  What age will I retire at?!?!?!?!?

Then another question I was asked, and am quite frequently asked, is how I stick the nail heads I use onto my cards.

To begin with I just bought the nail heads and some of the strong glue they recommended .. .. they are quite fiddly to stick down with glue but with the aid of a cocktail stick it isn't impossible .. . .. and if you are only sticking a few down then it doesn't really matter does it.  But eventually I was hooked on the nail heads and decided to invest in a hot fix wand .. .. which makes the job a hundred times quicker.

I think that was all I needed to reply to .. .. except for one scary one .. ..

Will I do any videos showing how I sew on my cards and tie my ribbons .. .. .. all I will say is don't hold your breath  .. .. .. it isn't that I am secretive and don't like sharing my crafty skills .. .. I just don't think I have the technology or confidence to make the actual videos LOL!!!.

I'll catch you again soon.

Have a lovely evening everyone.



Stamps and Paper said...

Hello Jules....just love your adorable Penny Black card, gorgeous papers and love the sentiment.
Its nice to what and how other people use items on their cards...thanks you for sharing...


Carole Z said...

Lovely card Jules, these images are so the colours, Carole Z X

Carol said...

Another gorgeous card Jules, love it. Carol x

Darnell J Knauss said...

That was a fun post and informative, Jules. Your card is a dream, as always. The precision is unbelievable. I think, if you could clone yourself, your other self would have to be an exquisite wedding gown designer and seamstress!

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Lovely card Jules great papers and I love your image
Well what an interesting post today I really liked reading about your crafty gadgets that trimmer looks really sturdy and I like that it has inch measurements as I'm finding most only do centimetres now
jacqui x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous Jules...Love the image and fab

Sue - bearhouse said...

Gorgeous card Jules. The image is just so cute, I love the papers and the button/twine/tag detail looks fabulous. Such a beautiful sentiment too. Your neat stitching always amazes me!
I hope you have a good evening
hugs Sue xx

Crafting Queen said...

Really lovely card, the papers all work so well.

Marie-Louise said...

Aww. this is gorgeous. I just love the hedgies.

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Gorgeous card Jules.
Sue x

Debs M said...

gorgeous card, love that tag and great q and a session - would love to see a demo too ;)x

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Jules. A fab take on the sketch and I love the cute hedgy and pretty sunny colours.
Lorraine x

Sharon said...

This is gorgeous Jules. The image is so sweet and I love the colour of the papers. Your cards are always wonderful to view.
Hugs Sharon. x

MagsB said...

Another cute card, Jules, what a sweet image and pretty papers! I love how you colour those hedgies, your colouring is always so smooth!

Also, you have another cracking tut in 'Quick Cards' - you don't need to do videos, just point people towards the magazine lolz!!

Your trimmer looks amazing, I imagine you need something very sturdy! I know I wouldn't be without my Woodware
Fingerguard trimmer, the best buy I ever made!

Enough waffle from me! Hope your week is going swimmingly, and thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog!

love Mags B x

Sooty said...

Lovely card like the little heart tag xx

Beryl said...

Great use of the sketch Jules. The image and papers are lovely.
Beryl xx

Juls said...

Sweet card!! Love the colours & the cute image!! Thanks 4 all the info. Hugs Juls xxx

Anne said...

Love your creation, PB is a fav of mine and you do it beautifully. You go for it girl and be a video star, your public needs you. Hugs x

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my word Jules this is so beautiful I adore that cute image also those wonderful papers and design, super, super card.
lorraine x

Anonymous said...

Perfect card! So love the hedgehogs by PB and this is so adorable, lvoe the layout and papers!

Patricia said...

Good Morning Jules,
Yet another stunning creation, sweet little image beautifully coloured making a fantastic card.
Thank you for all the information, off to have look at some of the links.
Enjoy your meals at the table. We sometimes have to eat at the "not much used" dinning room table when we cant find space on the kitchen one..............LOL
Have a Great Day

Patricia xxx

debby4000 said...

So cute Jules, it could the straight blade is a standard size blade and still could be brought. I have a rotary cutter using a 45mm circular blade and they are still readily available.

Elizabeth said...

Morning Jules, super card and great post ... who would have known you're frightened of technology :) Love the hedgehog and the paper with the cute stylised flowers - very pretty. Hope the sun is shining for you where you are. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Christine said...

Hi Jules,once again a fabulous card. Thanks for the info on the Trimmer, I use that one so I too shall have to stock up on accessories especially cutting mats !
Christine x

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning sweetie, this is STUNNING!! hugs Pops x

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Jules, new to your blog, wonderful work, and looking forward to visiting. This card is so lovely, sweet image and design, Kate x

Nannieflash said...

That is such a stunning card Jules, a simple design but with a gorgeous result. hugs Shirleyxx

Tedz said...

Another lovely card Jules and another cute Hedgie! When you retire you will have lots of time to create and use up all those snippets!!! Pauline xx

Mau xx said...

Morning Jules, have you got my sunshine today???? mine is missing and its raining here :(
Love the card, the papers are beautiful and love the stitching. I really must do more, I forget about sewing these days.
Huge Hugs Mau xx

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous Jules, I love the papers and your adorable image.

Whisper said...

Oh absolutely super hun, and thanks for the tips too, Luv Sam x

rosie said...

gorgeous as always. love the layout x

Sashika Taylor said...

Beautiful colours Jules! Very fresh x

Brenda said...

What a cute card Jules! I love the color combo, I love those pattern papers!! Your hedgehog is adorable, I also love the tiny tag with button on the twine!! You always make the best cards!!

Donna Mosley said...

Beautiful card Jules, love the very cute image and pretty design.

Donna x

Eve said...

Hi Jules,
everything about this card is fantastic - spot on!

A quick question: do you think that clear Penny Black stamps, stamp as well as wood mounted?
I thought that if anyone would know it would be you! xx

debby4000 said...

Just popping back to say Thank you for joining us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

coops said...

stunning card jules,really gorgeous image and design and i love your colours :D

xx coops xx

Julie Kitchener said...

oh gorgeous Jules I love the layout/design on this card!

Bonnie said...

I've really enjoyed catching up on your beautiful creations, Jules! Love this one from the adorable hedgehog to the sweet little tag! I actually got some Penny Black stamps at a swap meet so maybe I can play along sometime.

Kath said...

gorgeous card the pretty papers and your adorable hedgie...thanks for joining in the fun this month at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx