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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, 6 August 2013


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all well and having a good week?

It's a sign the kids summer holiday is here .. .. the rain has come .. .. in abundance over the last few days .. .. though I have to admit today has started out quite promising!!

What happened to the sunny days I can remember when my lovely Sis and I were kids?  We would spend nearly the whole six weeks playing in the garden.  Mum would fill the paddling pool up for us and we would share our time playing "in and out" of the pool.  I can see all the blades of grass floating on the top of the water even now and we would scoop them out with a sieve and splat them across the garden LOL!!!

Anyway, round to my share for the day

This used:

Rubber Stamps:
Hero Arts: " S5316" Silhouette Grass
Penny Black:  "4304H" Polka Dot Sprig
PaperArtsy "HP1004EZ" Hot Picks

Distress Inks:
Tea Die, Old Paper and Spiced Marmalade

Memory Box Dies:
Moonlight Butterfly
Kaleidoscope Butterfly

Josy Rose:  Nail Heads

In fact this is a double share because I took the inspiration for this card from an image that came from my youngest Son .. .. Steve.

All of my family are musical .. .. with every one of my gorgeous men folk having played, performed and written music.  But it is the youngest who is the most dedicated to it and he simply "lives for his music", playing alongside lots of different folk to satisfy his love of different styles.

So I thought today I would share some of his music with you as last month he released an EP he has worked on with a mega talented chap called Cyrus Reynolds.

To think they can put all this together and yet they have never met!!!  Cyrus is London based and Steve is in the Midlands just a short distance from me.

Isn't technology a wonderful thing?

I hope you get chance to listen to some, or even all of the tracks.

Steve has a Facebook page dedicated to his music which shows other work he has done with Cyrus .. and some great photographs .. .. but the main reason for mentioning his facebook page is simply so you can read a lovely little anecdote he posted yesterday from a fan called Nathalie.  I thought it was really special.

I am not very computer savvy so all the talk of the whys and wherefores of Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp and Soundcloud etc goes way over my head .. .. all I know is I love what he is doing and am very proud of him.  I hope you enjoy listening too.

Who knows, perhaps one day I will get to hear his music in the background of a TV drama.  Wouldn't that be just fabby?!?!?

Have a great day everyone.  I hope the sun shines on you at some point!

Off on "Save the Date" duties now!  

I wonder who I might give the card I have created today to?



Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful card, love the colours.

Eve said...

Oh Jules this card is gorgeous! It just shows that you don't need expensive backing papers to make a beautiful card.

I remember my 'paddling pool' days as well - sigh!

I'm not surprised that you are proud of your son - his music is fantastic. I'm sure that we will hear it on Downton Abbey one day!

Hope you have a lovely day xx

Beryl said...

I'm listening to it now Jules and it is lovely - so relaxing. No wonder you are so proud of him - I hope he does really well in his chosen career.
The card is a beautiful interpretation of the photo too.
Beryl xx

Patricia said...

What a fantastic card Jules i love what you have done with the flower head.
Not only blades of grass in our paddling pool we had bits of mud in the botton every evening. It never did us not harm and years after still here to tell the tales. Happy Days
Off to have a listen to the music

Patricia xxx

Patricia said...

Me again Jules,
Oh! My! Word! what enchanting music I love it and that`s just the first one. Will be listening all afternoon. My kind of music.
Don`t do Facebook but please wish your son and his friend all the very best for their future in music. I am sure they will go far.


cuilliesocks said...

This is just lovely Jules, the images are fabulous and I love your colours.
I will listen to your son's music when I have a bit of time to concentrate on it, thanks for giving the chance to hear Steve's music.
You must be really proud of him. Have a great day, Kate

Doreen said...

Gorgeous card Jules,love the fabulous images and lovely

Carole Z said...

Wow Jules, what a talented family you are! First of all, your card is beautiful - so tranquil. I have managed to listen to one of the tracks and am definitely going to come back later and listen to the others, because it too was beautiful. Well done to your lad! Hugs, Carole Z X

Cynthia said...

OMGosh, Jules, but your son is amazingly talented!!! LOVE the music! I'm going to let it play while I surf through my blog list!

And your card is a stunner too--LOVE the colors!!

Sue - bearhouse said...

Your card is stunning Jules. I love the design and the colours are wonderful. Whoever receives it is very lucky.
Well done to your son, unfortunately I don't have any sound on this PC, don't know why, so I will pop along and listen on my daughter's laptop later.
hugs Sue xx

Sharon said...

This is fabulous Jules. The image is gorgeous and I love the beautiful colour scheme.
You have a very talented son Jules. The music is beautiful and I wish him luck in his endeavours and yes technology is fabulous.
Although he is no singer, Russ has written an album and his friend the music. Sophie (our daughter) was their singer and to listen to their combined talent makes me so proud. Sophie unfortunately has decided she doesn't want to sing on the album and I am gutted. I supposed you have to let them live their lives but it is such a shame. Music is one of life's greatest pleasure.
Hugs Sharon. x

Lynn said...

Love the card Jules. No wodnder you are so proud of your son - the music is very serene and layered. A truly wonderful, spiritual sound! Lynn x

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Jules. The colours and design look fabulous and the little butterfly is so pretty.
Gorgeous music - Emma listened with me and wants it on the ipod to play in the car! I'm not surprised your proud of him.
Lorraine x

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Gorgeous card Jules.
Sue x

Nikbee said...

A wonderful card. I love the colours.
Nikki x

mags said...

Beautiful card Jules. Just love the colours and the image. You must be very proud of your son, and rightly so.

Kathleen said...

I just adore this card, the image and the colours are fantastic.
I couldn't hear anything, volume was full up on computer but will go and listen on facebook.

Kath x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

lovely card Jules great layout and colours
jacqui x

coops said...

stunning card jules.really gorgeous warm colours and i love the stamps and wow your sons music is really beautiful :D

xx coops xx

Di said...

Gorgeous card Jules - and such a perfect interpretation of the amazing EP!! Gosh, what a talented son (and his co-player) - love the music.

Hugs, Di xx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules oh wow that is just stunning, I love the background and that sentiment is just beautiful. hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Stunning card Jules, loving the beautiful sunset feel of it!

and wow what beautiful melodic songs from your Son! You must be so proud!

Donna Mosley said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love the stunning colours & design.

Donna x

Diane said...

This card is gorgeous Jules, love the colors, image and framing.

Regards diane

Whisper said...

Absolutely stunning hun and sorry i can't hear the music, as Alan hasn't conected spearkers to the laptop yet !!, Luv Sam x

Hazel said...

Jules, beautiful card, and no wonder you are a proud mum, your sons music is so beautiful very restful to listen too.

Hazel x


So pretty!

Carole x said...

Hi Jules, love the butterfly die. I shall find some time to listen to the music. Lucky to have a talents son and be his proud Mum x

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous card and beautiful music, what more could a crafter want :) Thanks for sharing both. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

MagsB said...

The music is beautiful, Steve and Cyrus are both extremely talented.

The photo is lovely, too, and so is your card that is inspired by it. Talent runs in your family!

love Mags B x

Julie Kitchener said...

Oh Jules stunning card! right up my street this one!
i must have a listen to the music now

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

ooh great inky card here Jules. LOVE it.

Wanted to commented on your card first, now I'm off to listen to your son's music.

Sarn xxx