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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, 15 October 2013


Hi Everyone

I hope you all had a good week last week.  So sorry I didn't get chance to post anything for you to play "spot the heart" with.  It was very "full on" in the House of Hearts with wedding stationery needing to be finished for collection, orders to complete and samples needed for the wedding fayre which I did with my lovely Sis on Sunday.

It was a fabulous day on Sunday .. .. much to my surprise!  As I woke it was throwing it down with rain and my heart sank thinking it would mean a poor turn out.  But I was wrong.  I met more "happy couples" this time than I have at any wedding fayre previous and I even came away with requests for samples and then once I arrived home more interested couples got in touch during the evening and yesterday .. .. I think 2014 and 2015 are going to be busy years on the wedding front judging by the interest already being shown.  

I always seem to struggle to "stop" making new samples as my head is just full to bursting with new designs and colour combinations .. .. and for some reason I never feel I have enough .. .. until I try to fit them all on my table!  Then I realise I have plenty and wonder why I worked until midnight the night before creating more .. .. and why I got up at "daft o'clock" to make "just one more".   LOL!!

Yesterday was spent ordering materials for samples, answering emails and trying to put the house back in order.  Every room in the house had been taken over with samples, machines, and crafty stash .. . apart from the bathroom.  That was the only safe haven.  Even the kitchen had embossing machines and guillotines lined up on the work tops.  The perfect height for me to work on!

So there I was thinking I would be catching up with a few much needed "general makes" this week but instead I have two new "happy couples" who saw my work at previous wedding fayres who want to discuss their wedding stationery, samples to make for people I met on Sunday and a table plan to put together for a couple whose journey with me has nearly ended :-(

Just cleared all the ironing so next on the list is the table plan.

But before I go, just so you have a heart to find, I will share one of the cards I made to showcase the free gift from Quick Cards Made Easy this month (Issue 119).  The gift is a gorgeous Christmas stamp, vellum and a snowflake embossing board.  I just love the stamp and did another sample with it embossed in silver!! I will definitely be using it on my Christmas makes this year!

and here are some of the other fabby makes inside too from myself and other designers:

If you buy the magazine and use the free gift then the magazine would love to see what you do with it.  There is a special email address to send your pictures to on page 7.

So there we go.  Now you know what is happening in the House of Hearts and where I have been and what I have been up to.  All super exciting!!!

Can you believe it has taken me two days to write this post!  LOL!!!!

Have a good day everyone.  I hope it is a good one for you.



Hazel said...

Gosh did you take time to breath Jules, you are one busy lady, and yet you still find time to make this wonderful card.

Hazel xx

Sue said...

It sounds like you are extremely busy Jules, it's a good job that you seem to love what you do so much.
Your card is stunning. I love the design and gorgeous colours.
hugs Sue xx

Beryl said...

So pleased for you that the Fayre went well and you've got plenty of new orders from it. Your card is beautiful - thank you for finding time to share it with us.
Beryl xx

rosie said...

wow Jules - your order books sound like they are going to keep you very busy. am delighted for you.
no doubt every single couple will be so delighted with everything you do for them.
can't wait to get the quick cards magazine. I love to see your cards in the magazines.
makes me feel very proud!
hugs to you xxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Love your snowflake card your design and choice of colours.
so pleased your Wedding fair turned out to be a success....we cant have you sat there doing nothing can we..hee..hee


Cynthia said...

Ooo, congrats on being in Quick Cards!! What fun to see your own make in a magazine!

Sweet card too--love the colors and the layers!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi Jules . . . you ARE a busy girly. Lovely festive make.

Good luck with all the wedding work you just picked up. So glad the Fayre went well.

Sarn xxx

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Jules, a very beautiful card, love the design and all the embellishments. The selection of cards are lovely too.

Fantastic for you that your wedding buisness is doing so well, if hard work, hugs Kate x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Lovely to see your post Jules with another stunning make. Great news about the new customers and well done on the wedding fayre ... I bed your table was divine xx

lisa said...

I'm so pleased your are making such a huge success of your Wedding business, Jules. I think these days more and more people want handmade instead of commercial and your designs are so beautiful it's no surprise they are in such demand.
Good Luck with all your new couples and love your snowflake card.
hugs Lisax

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card Jules. The layout and colours look fabulous and I love all the pretty details
Lorraine x

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Gorgeous card Jules.
Sue x

Viv's Visuals said...

Cool card Jules... glad business is good even tho am missing your makes!xx

Carole Z said...

Hi Jules, well here's to you on all the interest and orders..I'm not surprised, your work is gorgeous! I love this card, super colours and details! Hugs Carole Z X

Debbie said...

This is a beauty.Love the style of it.Great sneaky peak of the mag too.Great news about the wedding work.Good for you.Your work is stunning though so I don't blame people for getting their wedding stationery from you.Hope you're well.Hugs Debbie x

Patricia said...

Good evening Jules,
Glad it is all going well on the Wedding front. There is always a demand for beautiful Wedding Stationary, you will be kept busy.

Love today's card, absolutely stunning as always.
Found the heart!!!

Patricia xxx

Carol said...

Love your card Jules, I do like kraft and blue together. Sounds like you're going to be a busy busy bee for some time yet:) Carol x

Kathleen said...

Stunning card, love it.

Kath x

Molecraft said...

An absolutely gorgeous card Jules and so pleased to hear that business is booming but don't work too hard!
Helen x

Whisper said...

OMG sounds like you are going to be extremely busy over the next couple of years.

Am loving what you have done with the freebie stamp too, Luv Sam x

Carole x said...

Nice Xmas card Jules I am away with the girls crafting this weekend so might finally start to make some of my Xmas cards xxx Miised you last week x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
You busy bee you ... Any pickies of your wedding creations.....
This is a gorgeous card... I subscribe... So cant wait for my Mag to come....
Hugs Sylvie xx

catherine said...

This is so beautiful Jules. I have just come across your blog and it is wonderful. I have become your newest follower and looking forward to visiting again
x catherine

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, I love your magazine projects they are such fun and so beautiful. And that card is just stunning, but the way my daughters wedding went beautifully and grandson did a fabulous job of giving her away. The venue was just stunning to say the least. hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

coops said...

so stunning jules.gorgeous stamp and embossing and i love your icy colours :D

xx coops xx

mags said...

A gorgeous card Jules.

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Hi Jules,

What a gorgeous card, the colours are quite wintry. Shame I can't get the mag here in time for Christmas makes.

So pleased to hear that the wedding fayre was a success. I am not surprised to hear that couples want your designs, they are always so beautiful and classy. I have had a peep at some of your designs but would love to see more, any chance?

Hope all goes well with your future orders.

Take care

Love Sheila x

Marjorie said...

Wow Jules!! Such a lot of excitement, You sound as though you are going to busy for sometime to come.. but a nice busy lol!! Fabulous card.. love what you have done with the free gift:)..
Marjorie xx

Annmaree of Oz said...

excellent Christmas make! Its really getting close, now!

May said...

You are so busy Jules, Gorgeous Christmas card.. Beautiful embossing...Congrats on the magazine publication... Hugs May x x x

Lynn said...

Hi Jules, glad everything went well with your wedding fayre - enjoyed seeing your creations in Quick Cards, and I will be using the snowflake stamp - its lovely. Lynn x

scrappymo! said...

Your wedding blog has some lovely displays of your work. Any couple would be glad to secure you for their needs.

Sorry I haven't been by for awhile. I have just read through and caught many lovely cards that I almost missed!

Trying hard (but struggling a bit) to create a new routine to stay caught up!

This card is so lovely. The colours are so serene and loving the snowflakes!