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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.


Monday, 3 June 2013


Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a lovely Monday.  Our weather has been gorgeous today.  So lovely to be able to have the windows open and smell those freshly cut lawns.

A little late tonight as we have been to the dentist for a check up this evening.  I can remember the days when I used to dread going for fear of what they might want to do .. .. now I just worry about how much it will cost "if they do" want to do something!!!!  Thankfully I got away with just a clean and polish .. .. phew!! That means I can save my pennies for the car service, MOT and tax that are all due later this month!!  Boo hoo!!!!

Here is my share for today .. using one of my favourite Penny Black images.  Great for so many occasions.

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3347H" Duckling
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Zipty Do"
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat "Pinstripes"
Nestabilities:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Ribbon from my stash box

 I thought you might like to see a few pictures I took in my garden this morning .. ..

Here are those four tomatoes I was telling you about yesterday

A burst of colour from my chives .. .. might make this my computer wallpaper for a while.
I just love the colours.

But the best colour was the clear bright blue sky
we were treated to this morning.
How gorgeous is this .. .. not a cloud in the sky!!

Of course there are still weeds to battle with and messy parts to see in my garden .. .. but at least there are some pretty parts to see.

Catch you soon!!



amanda stokes said...

Hi Jules
Gorgeous card, love the image and paper
We've spent the day in the garden too trying to tidy it up, loving this lovely weather :)

Whisper said...

Oooo what a great stamp and lovely colours too, i have lots of strawberries too, just waiting for them to go red !!, Luv Sam x

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous Jules, I love the bright pinks and your cute image.
Your tomatoes and chives look lovely - it really feels like summer is here (I just hope it is going to stay)!

Nikbee said...

Such a sweet card.
I love the pic of the chives.
Nikki x

Sooty said...

Ha ha like the blue sky, I was thinking the pictures missing! Derr xxxxxx

Sally H said...

Gorgeous card, Jules. I am pleased you managed to enjoy a few moments in the garden too. Chive flowers are so pretty, aren't they? shame the scent isn't a bit more flowery! Your tomatoes are looking great, and I love the blue sky too

Doreen said...

Your card is gorgeous,love the image,fab colours.....I have enjoyed every moment of that lovely blue sky today.We don't ask for much really do

sally said...

As always, it's a lovely card, a real cute little ducky! Sunshine n clouds here today but I spent time in the garden planting my tubs(fingers crossed we get no more frosts) got most of my June tag done but still needs a few touches before's not as simple as this duck :-)


Sue - bearhouse said...

Gorgeous card Jules. I love that image, fabulous paper and perfectly tied bow!
Such fabulous photos, thanks for sharing
hugs Sue xx

Sharon said...

So sweet Jules. An adorable duck and design. What we can see of your garden looks gorgeous. Enjoy the rest of your week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Julie Kitchener said...

I adore that image Jules! you made a gorgeous card with it!!!
I took pics of flowers in my garden yesterday as they look so beautiful!

Marie-Louise said...

Gorgeous card and lovely photos.

Anneke said...

wow, what a cute and adorable card you have made and i love your flowers.
there is Always work to do in the garden, but it gives so much pleasure and silence
hugs to you my friend.

Bonnie said...

Love that pink and white stripe paper with the yellow in the sweet duck! And baby tomatoes are looking good. That's one of my favorite things about summer is tomatoes! The chives are beautiful. My mother had some in her garden. I'd forgotten about them until I saw this picture. I love it when something triggers a good memory! Thanks, Jules.

Carol said...

A beautiful card Jules, love that cute stamp and the colours are so pretty. Great photos, been lovely here all weekend too. Hope you have a good week. Carol x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Read about a few others enjoying the sun and when watched weather last night thought you would be enjoying it and for few days think it was said :D so drink it in ..

..and ooooh Jules I adore that card - the stamp is s PB cracker that is for sure but after cataloging I dont NEED any more stamps :D Shaz in Oz.x

Patricia said...

Good morning Jules,
Another stunning. card, love everything about it.
Wow! You have the same colour of sky as we have, that's fantastic enjoy!
Have a Great Day

Patricia xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Jules, the colour of that sky is wonderful, and I always think how lovely chive flowers look. Well done with the tomatoes, bet they taste glorious, better than shop bought ones.

I love your card, a sweet little image, he makes me smile, dentist for me this morning, Kate x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

fabulous card , have and love this stamp , the image shines on this great striped bp.
Great garden pics , nature is a wonderful thing and so is eating your own produce , think we are all in for a sunny week , this is good because Bob is on holiday from work for a week.

Carole Z said...

Morning Jules! Yes isn't it lovely to see the sun and be able to get out and admire our lovely flowers and blue skies, just like in your super photos. I totally agree about the dentist - and the cost nowadays!! Love your card, this is such a cute image, have a great day, Carole Z X

Sally said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love that Penny Black image and the fab striped paper.
Your garden looks beautiful with the sun shining and the sky is a stunning blue :)
Have a good day.
Hugs Sally xxxx

Tedz said...

Hi Jules, There look like 5 tomatoes there, I love the colour of chive flowers as well - that sky looks like a colour swatch and we had one of those yesterday as well wasn't it lovely to see. I can't bring myself to use the ribbon yet - too pretty!! Have a lovely day, we are expecting more of the yellow and blue stuff. Pauline xx

debby4000 said...

soooo cute.

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Great card Jules love your cute image he sits perfectly amongst those stripes
jacqui xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous card Jukes such acute image...thank you for sharing lovely photos with us


Anonymous said...

Glad your dental appointment went well Jules!

PB Ducky is adorable, especially with flowers! Love the pink paper and sentiment too!

ooh your tomatoes are growing great! and love those gorgeous purple chive flowers! Beautiful shade and colour combination!

Glad you're having great weather and clear skies! Enjoy it xoxo

Beryl said...

Who'd have thought that that a plain blue image would look so good. Your chives are well ahead of mine - but they are in a spot that doesn't get the sun till late in the day.
Super card - I do love that image too.
Beryl xx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Absolutely PERFECT card Jules.

My chives look just like yours . . . I planted a clump in the front garden just for decorative purposes as they are SO pretty. I only USE the back garden ones though!

Thanks for the blue sky picture too.

Sarn xxx

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning sweetie...

I love today's creation so much...

Fabulous colours too....

Awesome photos I had forgotten what Blue sky was but it is here today :)

Huggles Pops x x x

Louise said...

Love your card today Jules, such a cute duck image. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos too. x

Cynthia said...

Oh, Jules, thanks for the beautiful garden and sky photos!!! And thanks for the lovely card too--love those colors as well. =D

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Jules. The PB stamp is so sweet and I love the layout.
Lorraine x

Kathleen said...

Stunning card Jules, love the papers and the colours, a great image too.
I am only just getting flowers on my toms. Love the photo of the chives the colours are stunning.

Kath x

Sue B said...

Aww I can see why you love this image Jules… it's very sweet! and yes it would be perfect for many occasions… I love the stripey paper and the pretty bow and nailheads are perfect embellies! :-)
Ooh I know what you mean about the dentist… and I nearly always need a filling!! but even a scale and polish is expensive…. and after paying out…I always think of all the crafting stuff I could have bought with that money!!! LOL
I love your photos…those chive flowers are very pretty and yes it's lovely to have some blue sky! :-)
Hope you're having a good week!
Love Sue xx

coops said...

so gorgeous jules.fab paper and I love your hot pink colours and cute image :D

xx coops xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Such an adorable card with that fantastic stripey paper background for showcasing the sweet duck in a circle. Another design delight, Jules!

And thank you for sharing your brilliant blue sky (now that's appreciation!), your toms, and the sensational colors of the chive! That photo definitely needs to be your wallpaper!

Good luck with the wedding doings!! xxoo Darnell