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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, 22 May 2013


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday.

I hope you have had a good day.

My share today carries on a little with yesterday's theme.  I loved the black and white gingham so much that I used it again today .. .. along with the second stamp I ordered with my prize voucher.  I have loved this stamp for ages and have always been swayed away from it by the cute Penny Black mice or hedgehog stamps LOL!!!.  But I have noticed recently that it isn't quite so readily available anymore .. . so I decided the time had come for me to nab it quickly before it becomes a rarety!!

So pleased it is now part of my collection.

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3867K" Constellations
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat "Tiny Blooming Sentiments"
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat "Gingham" and "Pinstripes"
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Nestabilities:  Classic Ovals Large and Classic Scalloped Ovals Large
X-Cut:  Butterfly Punch
Martha Stewart Punch:  Traditional Scallop
Black Versafine Ink Pad and Clear Embossing Powder
Ribbons, button, pearls from my stash box .. .. .. and a bit of bleach from the kitchen.

For this card I decided to have a try at bleaching my image a little.  To do this I stamped my image using a Black Versafine Inkpad and embossed this with clear embossing powder.  Then I mixed a tiny bit of thick bleach with some water and painted the flower head.  The embossing kept most of the bleach solution where it should be .. .. but some has leaked over :-(  

Next time I think I will work on small areas and try it with my heat gun as I go along and see how that works.

So that is me for today.  Just time for a quick bath and then off to catch up with The Apprentice!!

Enjoy what is left of your evening everyone.



Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jules, love the design and fab your gingham card in post below as well.
Wendy xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Another gorgeous card Jules and love the bleach effect on the flowers,


Kathleen said...

Really lovely card, another of my fav PB stamps but I have had this one for ages so no reason for you to feel guilty. Love the colour choice and the bleach effect.

Kath x

Little K Smith said...

A gorgeously designed card Jules! I LOVE the colours and lovely papers and a gorgeous stamp too! I need some like these but I always get swayed with the cute ones too! ;D

Carol said...

Another lovely card and stamp Jules. Your bleaching looks very effective. Carol x

Viv's Visuals said...

'ello Jules!!
Quickie call - love this card - gingham is cool!
Hugz. xx

Sooty said...

Bleaching! Is there no end to your talents, perhaps you can do my hair lol great card x I love the apprentice too x

MagsB said...

Oh so elegant! I've only tried bleaching once... The bleach dissolved my brush! I should have mixed it with water - I must try it again!

Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog!

love Mags B x

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is gorgeous Jules. I love the image, beautiful papers and fabulous layout. The friendship sentiment is lovely, think I may have to take a closer look at these - thanks for the link.
hugs Sue xx

Beryl said...

It's lovely Jules. I really like the black and white gingham too and the stamp looks great with the heads bleached out.
Beryl xx

Cynthia said...

If you hadn't said some of the bleach leaked over, I would have never known. Actually, I can't see it at all! :-) Love the look anyway--beautiful image to play with!

Bonnie said...

Ooh, this is so pretty! Bleach scares me! I've had some run ins with it before, but not on paper! LOL, skin and clothes is quite enough! The effect is wonderful though. Almost makes me want to play with the bleach.

EELS said...

Hi Jules, it's ages since I commented on your blog so apologies for that - just not enough time in the day is there?
This is a great card love the pink and black - liked yesterday's one too.

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

This is lovely Jules what a great idea using the bleach.
jacqui xx

cuilliesocks said...

Beautiful Jules, it's a lovely stamp and love your design, Kate x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful addition to the collection Jules, love those lovely dandelion-eque sketchy stamps! So fun!

Great colour combo and love the sentiment a heap!!!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous work Jules. I have never had a go at bleaching images but whenever I see it, it looks SO effective I promise myself I'll have a go. This is no exception!

Sarn xxx

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful card, love the effect using the bleach.

Lorraine said...

LOVE IT ....just gorgeous!
Lorraine x

Sue B said...

Ooh this is gorgeous Jules! what a beautiful stamp and the embossing looks stunning! I love the pretty papers and stitching… and the sentiment is a very pretty font! :-)
at least it's not raining here today… and the sun is really trying it's hardest to come through!! LOL
I hope you're having a good day!
Love Sue xx

Pop's Cards said...

Good Morning sweetie this is just stunning, perfect in every way huggles Pops x x x

Di said...

Fantastic Jules - LOVE the bleach effect (not that I could be trusted with that one sadly), and the colours go together so well. Another real beauty, oh you really are such a clever little sausage.

Hugs, Di xx

Anneke said...

dear Jules.
what a lovely card and design.
i like the image very much and great color combination.
have a nice week and hugs to you my friend.

Carole Z said...

Gorgeous design jules, I do love these papers and image from Pink Petticoat, in fact I just love their designs, full stop! Carole Z X

cotnob said...

This is a fabulous card Jules, I love the black and white gingham and I can see why you had to make sure you managed to add that gorgeous stamp to your collection.

coops said...

so stunning jules.really classy design and I love the image on the kraft card :D

xx coops xx

Patricia said...

Wow! another stunning card Jules I really like what you have done with the flowers.
Have a Great Weekend

Patricia xxx

Tedz said...

Hi Jules, I like the bleach effect on the flowers and this is another lovely stamp. Ummm! I think it might go on my wish list. Like the pink and brown together on the black. Pauline xx

Sharon said...

Another striking card Jules. Love the papers and the flower looks gorgeous on Kraft card. Stunning colour combo.
Hugs Sharon. x

Eve said...

Fabulous card Jules.

I didn't notice any leaks!!

Glad you bought the stamp in time!

Hope you have had a lovely day.xx

Mau xx said...

Morning Jules, sorry I am way behind with my visits :( I have been looking back and can't believe how many wonderful creations I have missed.
I love this and can understand you wanting the image. Love the paper too.
Hugs Mau xx

mags said...

Gorgeous Jules. Super image and love the bleaching. Very stylish with the black and white background papers.

scrappymo! said...

Great card...i will have to try this bleach technique...I have read about it before and think it looks great!

This image is wonder you chose it! The sentiment is heartwarming!

Julie Kitchener said...

oh Gorgeous Jules!!! you made me want to ink my stamp up now! iv'e only used it once had it forever too!