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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.


Saturday, 14 December 2013


Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday!

Well here it is .. .. my last Christmas make for 2013!!

All Christmas orders now complete and the craft pod has had a clearing away of all things glittery and seasonal.  Quite a sad feeling really because I do love making Christmas cards.

But the clearing away of Christmas stash now makes way for a mountain of general orders and wedding work which needs to be done.  

Today has been the preparation part for some of that work.  The drafting out of wording for invitations, table plans,  place names, menus etc (not my favourite part .. .. I much prefer the "putting together" of everything) .. .. but you can't do the latter without doing the former can you LOL!!.

So here is my last Christmas card for 2013 which I actually made yesterday .. ..

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3057K" Leaping Deer
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat "Tiny (Christmas) Sentiments"
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat "Twas the Night .. .. Script" and Snow Flurry from "Christmas Selection"
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Distress Ink:  Tumbled Glass
Ribbons and Charm from my stash box

Time now to get my glad rags on as we are meeting friends for a pre-Christmas celebration and an exchange of presents.  We always set ourselves a price limit and a theme.  We enjoyed last year's theme so much that we did the same again this .. .. £5 worth of serviettes .. .. and the more obscure the better. You wouldn't believe how many you can buy for £5 LOL!!!

Have a lovely evening everyone .. .. and don't tell me who gets booted off X-Factor please.  I won't see that until tomorrow.  But please don't let it be Luke Friend.  I want to see him in the final!



Jane said...

Another fabulous card. No spoils on the x factor I am a strictly fan! Wishing you a very merry Christmas love Jane x

Patricia said...

Another stunning card, love the papers and the fantastic image.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Patricia xx

Sharon said...

Your last make of 2013 is gorgeous Jules. A fabulous Reindeer and I love the pretty papers.
Have a wonderful Christmas and see you again in the New Year.
Hugs Sharon. x

Debs M said...

gorgeous card, have a great evening x

Carol said...

This may be the last but definitely not the least Jules...another stunner. The papers are gorgeous. Carol x

Kathleen said...

Really lovely card, very classy

Kath x

Lynsey said...

Hi Jules, what a gorgeous card! I love the image! Hope you have a lovely night out!
Hugs Lynsey x

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie this is just gorgeous, hugs Pops x x x

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card Jules. I love the image and those fabulous pretty papers.
Have a lovely time tonight.
Lorraine x

Whisper said...

And what a stunning card to finish your makes with, especially as it's a PB.

I don't watch X Factor, so i couldn't tell you, have a good Christmas, Luv Sam x

Hazel said...

Jules your last Christmas card for 2013 is truly stunning, love everything about it. Hazel x

Carole x said...

Lovely card and some perfect sewing xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Fabulous Christmas card Jules and love your lovely image..hopefully now you can relax a little bit


Sarah said...

What an elegant card Jules and fabulous stitchery!! Our Secret Santa involves presents based on our initials ( I have several stainless whisks and Stevie Wonder CD's!!) My lips are sealed re the X factor! xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Jules,
I just adore blue silver in Christmas cards, and this is superb. I do Christmas cards all year round, so then brings joy all year, to me anyway.
God bless yr Christmas time, Shaz in Oz.x

Sue said...

Stunning card Jules, I love the image and gorgeous papers.
I hope you had a good evening with your friends.
I know what you mean about feeling sad about finishing your Christmas cards, I love making them too.
hugs Sue xx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Fabulous card... Love the image and the papers....
I to love making xmas cards...... I will just carry on ....
Hugs Sylvie xx

Sally said...

Another stunning card. Love those papers and the layout.
Hugs Sally xxx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

This is gorgeous Jules! And my lips are sealed, Susan x

Beryl said...

And a beautiful make to finish 2013 with it is too. I think think I still need to make a few more. My 60 cards have been used up and I like to have a few 'just in case'.
Have a wonderful Christmas. I've had two good ones already this year and one more to
Beryl xx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Such a glorious Christmas card here Jules. Love your soft inking around the main image and such neat stitching too.

Hope you had a good evening out.

Hugs, Sarn x

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful card and love the stitching detail.

mags said...

A stunning christmas card Jules. Love the design and the gorgeous stamp and papers. Hope you had a great evening.

mags said...

A stunning christmas card Jules. Love the design and the gorgeous stamp and papers. Hope you had a great evening.

coops said...

so stunning jules.really love the image and fab icy colours.
i really wanted luke to win too so i didn`t bother watching the final on sunday.

xx coops xx

Annmaree of Oz said...

Beautiful prancer card! I love the soft blues with the brown stamping!

scrappymo! said...

Stunning card. That Penny Black deer is amazing and you have done such a wonderful job of the sewing. I really must start giving this stitched look a try!

Julie Kitchener said...

Wow wonderful card Jules!

Romayne said...

Only just found your site Jules but HAD to take a minute to say how wonderful I've found your cards, esp your Christmas ones. You've provided me with tons of inspiration as I'm still making mine until the end of next month most likely :). You've also given me more new suppliers of wonderful papers to go & play with LOL!!

Truly Awesome.
Thanks, Romayne