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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, 10 July 2013


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all well and haven''t melted in all this glorious sunshine we have been having.

One of the brides I have been working for got married last Saturday .. .. I bet they were able to take some amazing photographs .. .. and another gets married this Friday .. .. hopefully the weather will be equally gorgeous.  

July is certainly a busy month for me wedding wise and as you can tell from my photographs I still haven't got my light box set up again yet :-(  The table still has seating plans on it!  Two have now gone as two of my weddings finished this last week .. .. but there are still more to be done and I need the space.

But I also need some general cards in a hurry too so whilst waiting for a delivery to arrive I thought I would have a play with a new Pink Petticoat download and came up with this:

This used:

Pink Petticoat downloads:  Ombre and Dandelion Clocks
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat:  Tiny Celebration Sentiments 
Crafter's Companion:  Die'sire "Scalloped Tags"
Sewing Machine
Pre-made Crochet Flower (but really need to find a pattern to make these!!!)
Glamour Dust .. .. that you can just about see
Brads and ribbon from my stash box

I printed the background by using the Ombre download printed in Cafe Creme onto smooth ivory cardstock and then put the printed background sheet back into the printer and this time printed the Dandelion Clocks download in Soft Truffle.  The beauty being that because of the way the designs are presented once the paper is trimmed you can made two cards.

Well my delivery still hasn't arrived .. .. it is promised to be here by 16.00hrs so not much time left!!!  Hope the driver is OK .. .. he is normally much earlier than this.

Can't wait to open the box .. .. I have ordered some goodies for making samples for some new "happy couples" that are coming on board but also added some new cardstock to experiment with for a new range ready for the next wedding fayre in October .. .. no doubt that will be here before we know it.

What else has been happening in the House of Hearts?

Well, we ate our first ripe tomato yesterday!!  Half of a small cherry tomato each .. .. gosh it was filling LOL!!!

All the crops seem to be enjoying the sunshine .. .. and the midges are enjoying nibbling at me.  Good job I am not a bride this week - I have a lovely bumpy bite on my left wrist.  Just imagine stretching your arm out to receive a wedding ring with that showing!!  I would have to learn to make one of those lovely crochet flowers quick and put it on a band to cover up the glowing monster!!!

Have a great evening everyone.

I am looking forward to the Lord Sugar interviews tonight.



Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Love your card Jules glad to hear your wedding work is going well for you
jacqui xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Such a beautiful card Jules. I love the paper, gorgeous soft colours and such a fabulous crochet flower. I used to make lots of these but that was a few years ago so have probably forgotten what to do now.

Hugs Sue xx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Jules this card is divine. You always come up with fabulous ideas. I have these Pink Petticoat downloads as I'm a bit of Pink Petticoat addict but never thought of doing this with them. Beautiful. Good luck with the weddings and hope the bite goes down soon. x

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules

So nice to see you back :)

LOVE this card and your crocheted flower is just up my street. If you get a mo, check out Attic24 blog, Lucy is a whizz at crocheting and has plenty of brilliant tutorials. She has one called teeny tiny flowers and could be just what you're looking for. If not, let me know and I'm sure I'll be able to source a pattern for you.

We haven't grown any toms this year sadly but do have two gooseberry bushes. At this point though I only have enough fruit to make a VERY small pie, so will need to add some other fruit or make a SMALL pie lol!

Have a lovely evening, will be with you and Lord Sugar.

Big hugs xxx

Whisper said...

Absolutely gorgeous hun and i'm glad your weddings are going well too, Luv Sam x

May said...

Hi Jules, You sound a very busy bee... Your card is Gorgeous, Love how you have used the beautiful crochet flower....Love the colours & design... Hugs May x x x

Wishcraft said...

Ooh that's a brilliant idea Jules, it looks gorgeous... I must try this! Love that pretty crochet flower too and your super neat stitching - I've still not played with my sewing machine lol :o) Hugs, Lisa x


Fabulous card, as always, Jules - love the crochet flower. I have been longing to learn how to crochet my own flowers for such a long time, and I am going to a class at Embsay Crafts (Harrogate branch) quite soon, so watch this space!Lol !!

Can't wait for tonight's Apprentice interviews - that's my favourite part of the whole process!
Hope your midge-bites disappear quickly - hugs, Sylvia xx


Fabulous card, as always, Jules - love the crochet flower. I have been longing to learn how to crochet my own flowers for such a long time, and I am going to a class at Embsay Crafts (Harrogate branch) quite soon, so watch this space!Lol !!

Can't wait for tonight's Apprentice interviews - that's my favourite part of the whole process!
Hope your midge-bites disappear quickly - hugs, Sylvia xx

Doreen said...

A fabulous card Jules,great flower and

Lisa Jane said...

so pretty - love the crochet flower
Lisa x

coops said...

so stunning jules.beautiful design and colours and I love the crochet flower :D

xx coops xx

Eve said...

Hip hip hooray Jules has posted today!
It's sooo loverly to see you Jules.
The posties lateness is our gain!
What a fab idea for the card - double printing. I have bought 'Ombre' but not used it yet - thanks for the inspiration.
Take care and slap on the bite cream. XX

Sharon said...

Pleased all your wedding work is doing well though we do miss you in blog land.
This is gorgeous. I love the papers and the crochet flower. I love Pink Petticoat papers.
Hugs Sharon x

sally said...

Lovely crochet flowers! Seem to think I saw a pattern on Pinterest & it may even be in my likes if you what to check me out! Don't melt, hope your delivery arrived, been missing your posts :-)


Carole Z said...

Hi Jules, I have these papers too,fab aren't they? Your card is gorgeous! Love it and the crochet flower is so pretty! Carole Z X

susiestacey said...

Gorgeous card Jules, hope you manage a few minutes to yourself each day with all the wedding work. Ist tomatoe...takes me back to my Grandad (bless him) l was always the favourite no.1 grandchild and always got the first tomatoe. Take care x Susan x

Debs said...

So gorgeous Jules - love the DP and the fabulous flower.
Hope you are keeping well.
Debs xx

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card, love the images and your choice of colours, any dandelion clock image is a fav of mine but hate them in RL, cause mayhem in the garden.
I really giggled at the "filling" bit, not one red tom as yet but picked my first cucumber yesterday.

Keep up the good work and by the way I saw a car yesterday with ' I make Wedding Invitations' plastered all over it, maybe another form of advertising for you!

Kath x

mags said...

A stunning card Jules. Love the use of the crochet flower.

Lorraine said...

This is gorgeous Jules. I love the printed background and the crochet flower looks fab.
I've got lots of green tomatoes on my plants but no red ones yet!!
Lorraine x

Sooty said...

Hi Jules the card is beautiful and yes my question was going to be 'did you make that flower' shame on you! I was convinced you would have made it lol Oh well I suppose you did make the superb card good to see you back x

Stamps and Paper said...

Stunning card Jules and I love that crochet flower it looks fabulous on your card.


Patricia said...

Good evening Jules,
Great to see one iof your stunning cards.
Loving everything about this delicate and and very effective card.
Glad your business is doing so well.
Crafty hugs

Patricia. xxx

Beryl said...

This is lovely Jules - especially the crocheted flower. I've been wanting to add tatted, crocheted or luceted flowers to my cards for yonks but have never got round to working out a pattern.
Beryl xx

Cynthia said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

And just to let you are missed out here in Blogland! =D

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules, hope you are having a good week! Its good to be busy!

Loving the card, looks like neat layers even though its printed, oh so love crochet flowers!

hehe enjoy the tomato and the weather, spray some bug repellant on! Enjoy your weekend xoxo

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Morning Jules . . . sorry I haven't been around much either . . . been enjoying this glorious weather as I'm on hol this week (GOOD TIMING OR WHAT?). Staying away from pooter as much as poss!

LOVE the card you showed today & glad you are enjoying THE tomato!

Sarn xxx

cuilliesocks said...

Gorgeous card Jules, lovely images and design.
Great that your wedding card business is going so well, Kate x

Pop's Cards said...

HI sweetie this is just gorgeous, loving the colours, hugs Pops xxx

scrappymo! said...

Woderful card! It differs from your signature I was thrown for a is really lovely too!
I can see the pretty glimmer to make them on their blog...the first photo...the angle of that one really shows it off.

The crocheted flower is fab...someone had a way to make them on their blogI will page back on a couple of likely people and try to find it for you!

Carol said...

Love what you've done here Jules, it looks fabulous. Our wedding was on Saturday too and the weather was absolutely perfect. Carol x

lisa said...

Hope your delivery arrived, Jules. It's always exciting waiting for new stuff. It must be strange thinking about the winter month samples when we are in the middle of a heatwave, but the craft industry moves at such a pace doesn't it.
Love your dandelion card, that crochet flower is gorgeous.
Enjoy the weekend.
Hugs Lisax

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous creation hun, just love it!

Have a great weekend
hugs shell xx

Sue B said...

Oh Wow! this is gorgeous Jules… I love those dandelion clocks.. the glamour dust is ver pretty and I love the stitching and the scrummy crocheted flower! :-))
Mmm your cherry tomato sounds nice… they are lovely and sweet! we never got around to growing any with all that bad weather early on… :-(
I'm just starting to acclimatise to the heat… it affects me really bad and is worse now I'm old!! LOL
Hope you're having a lovely week! :-)
Take Care
Love Sue xx

Julie Kitchener said...

Oh gorgeous again! and i love how you used the papers!