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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, 25 January 2014


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

I said "bye-bye" to one of my happy couples this week.  The bride came and collected  a post box I had decorated for them .. .. and they got married today!!  The weather will have been nice as they actually got married but I don't think it will have been nice enough for them to have photographs taken outside :-(  We had thunder storms, hail and heavy rain!!!   Shame they didn't get married a couple of hours earlier, but I am sure they will be happy anyway.

So one happy couple crossed off my list .. .. but they were quickly replaced by the lovely couple I met last weekend.  They loved the samples I made for them during the week and have today placed an order.  So "one off" and "one on" the do list!!

Now as you know I am trying to get some Christmas cards made nice and early this year so "another" of my New Year Resolutions was to "always" take part in the lovely Sandra's Rudolph Day Challenge.

So once I had committed myself I was a tad shocked to see that the rules had changed and now Sandra is asking for TWO Christmas makes!!!  Shock horror!!!  One was going to be bad enough .. .. especially at the height of wedding fever .. .. so if I can keep my resolution AND do two Christmas makes it will be a miracle .. .. but I will try and am off to a good start for January at least.

So here we go:

and then a dinky little easel card that I find really difficult to photograph

To keep things simple in listing the ingredients I used the same on both and the image is another of the pre-loved stamps I bought from Clair (which means I have now shared 2 of my 6):

Image:  Penny Black "2238K" Jingle All The Way!
Sentiments:  Papermania Urban Stamps "Christmas in the Country Tags"
Backing Papers:  Dovecraft "Back to Basics"
Nestabilities:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
X-Cut Palm Punch:  Small Snowflake
Glamour Dust
Diamond Stickles
Black fineliner pen

and that is it!

New Year Resolution number 3 fulfilled for January (no I am not telling you all of them no matter how many times you ask LOL!!).

I'll catch you again tomorrow with my snippets .. .. and yet another Christmas card!  Three in one January weekend .. .. never heard of!!

Enjoy the rest of your evening and weekend.



Lynsey said...

Great Xmas cards Jules! Well done on getting 2 Xmas cards made this week!
Hugs Lynsey x

Patricia said...

Fantastic cards as always Jules, love them both.
Found the hearts ok on the second one, struggled with the first till I enlarged it.......happy now!!!!
Glad you are keeping busy with your Wedding Business, nice to have so many happy couples passing through.
Have a great weekend

Patricia xx

Kathleen said...

Well done Jules, two cracking card, love them both, great papers and layouts.

Kath x

Whisper said...

If i was going to loose out to anybody with the other stamp (this one) to anyone, i don't mind that it is you, as you have done a fabby job with it, i so love both of them, Luv Sam x

Sue said...

Gorgeous cards Jules, Totally adorable images and beautiful designs. The stitched style sentiment looks fabulous.
hugs Sue xx

Di said...

Oh Jules, just brilliant! Made my heart sing even though you beat me to buying the stamp :) What little scallywags! Great cards - and that Sarn is a real slave driver! :)

Love, Di xx

mags said...

Two gorgeous christmas cards Jules. Lovely images.

coops said...

both so stunning jules.gorgeous designs and sparkle and I love your hedgies ;D

xx coops xx

Louise said...

Lovely cards Jules - I am so impressed with your Xmas makes!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Applause, applause, applause, Jules! Look at you go with those Christmas cards already!! That Sarn is a stinker, but we will be thanking her next December!

Your cards are, as always, precious and perfect and glittery delights! I wish I had half your energy!

I'm so happy to hear the wedding business in booming for you. They are lucky wedding couples who get to use your services!! Hugs, Darnell

Marie-Louise said...

Jules these are gorgeous.

Cynthia said...

SO cute!! Love the hedgehogs!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Or dear, this means I either have to dig my poinsettias out from under my desk or find something else to make. Oh! Or go to bed, that's another option. I'll take door #3 please. I love your wee easel card, so cute. The big card is nice too, I like the little heart brad touch, very nice. Sweet Christmas cards! And just think, with TWO being required that means you'll have twice as many done by the time Christmas gets here.

Franjopani said...

Hi Jules,
Just thought I would pop by and say hello. I still come by and play find the heart every couple of days - I just don't get time to say hello. Glad to hear that your business is still booming and it sounds like you are well. Thank you for sharing your cards with us all. Take care x joy

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Two wonderful cards Jules, you have certainly made a good start for next year! Susan x

Hazel said...

Jules another cute image - love bothe cards. Hazel x

debby4000 said...

Adorable cards Jules.

Time-To-Share said...

Hi Jules, beautiful cards! Sounds as if you are going to be very busy! Luv Trish x

Linby said...

Well done on rising to the extra challenge of two cards, and beautiful they are too. Wondered about the heart on the first one but got it eventually!
Linby x

Carole Z said...

Both fab cards Jules, I think I am going to have to start joining in with this challenge to make sure I keep to my Resolution for Christmas makes too! Hugs Carole Z X

SARN said...

Morning Jules . . . thanks for playing along with Rudolph Day this month - even though you're incredibly busy.

Absolutely LOVING your Hedgie Christmas makes - especially the dinky little easel card - ADORABLE.

Hugs from the "Stinky Slavedriver"! xxx

Sally said...

Your so organised, love both these cards.
Sally. xx

Brenda said...

Good for you Jules in getting two Christmas cards made! Which I adore both of them!! That hedgehog image is just adorable. I love them on the long card but love the one on the easel card too. Just too cute!! Congrats on getting your one couple married off but gaining another couple! You are one busy woman!! Hugs!

sally said...

Great cards again this week Jules! Well done on managing to keep up so far :-)


PS latest update: Bill gets moved to Convalescence centre tomorrow so fingers crossed that there is Internet because he's feeling very down :-(

Carole x said...

Nice cards Jules, and I confess I made some xmas tags yesterday, was using up some scraps i wanted to get rid off. xx Check out my heart cards over on my blog xx

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous cards Jules, just love those cute little hedgies. Well done getting 2 done, I'm struggling with 1 at the minute!
Lorraine x

Crafting Queen said...

Two adorable cards.

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Jules, what two lovely cards, great images and designs, well done for rising to the challenge, hugs Kate x

Debs M said...

Love these - gorgeous hedgies x

Mary said...

Jules, great makes. Your photos are very nice. Love them both. Your stamp is a really cute one. I like how you were able to use only one of the little critters, or all three. Nice job.

Carol said...

Two cuties Jules...I need to shake a leg in the Christmas card department. Carol x

Anonymous said...

Two gorgeous Christmas makes, love them! Well done for getting them started early, I really should do the same!
Helen x

Juls said...

These are adorable!!! Hugs Juls

Annmaree of Oz said...

Hedge-tastic! Loving these Jingle Hedgies! Fantastic cards and colouring!

Anke said...

Wonderful cards Jules, so lovely. And the image is so cute.


Eve said...

Awww! I love these cute hedgie cards -- very cute!

Hope you have a lovely day and keep warm in your little craft pod!

scrappymo! said...

Fabulous as always. Love how the little chap on the easel card is the end one from the first card...brilliant idea.!

Sandy said...

Your cards are wonderful and adorable. I can hear those bells ringing now!!

Elizabeth said...

Two smashing cards Jules. Love the images - so cute. I find easel cards difficult to photograph too. Hugs, Elizabeth xx