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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.


Friday, 29 August 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!!

Not sure where August went .. .. but I know I worked very hard and enjoyed every second of it .. .. well except for the time I had to look in the dustbin to make sure I hadn't scooped a tiny die up by accident and thrown it away.  That was a waste of time because it wasn't there .. .. and then it just appeared, out of the blue, somewhere I wouldn't have thought of looking LOL!!  At least it is back where it belongs now.

I am "pretty much" back on track again now .. ..  for a little while at least .. .. and have been busy emptying all the boxes from the weddings that are now complete and stashing away the leftovers. 

One of my happy couples will be getting married tomorrow.  At the moment it looks like the weather might be kind to them.  I hope so.  

So time now to make up for my lack of blogging during all this busyness, and share a couple of Christmas cards that use a fabby snowflake die which I have been looking forward to being able to use on my blog.

It is the free gift that will be alongside next month's Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine.  I was very lucky to be offered a commission showcasing it and I love it!!  As it has now been shown in the current issue as "a forthcoming attraction" I can use it to my heart's content .. .. so be prepared to be sick of seeing it (even well into the future when you will no longer be able to get your hands on it LOL!! )

These used:

Image:  Penny Black "4268K" Crystal Drops
Backing Papers:  Nitwit Collections "Festive Trimmings Collection"
Snowflake:   Inked and clear embossed lots of times (Next month's free gift from Quick Cards Made Easy Issue 131)
Silver and Clear Embossing Powder
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Glamour Dust
Diamond Stickles
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon and Gem from My Crafty Stash Box

So there we go.  Normal service is again resumed for a while on my blog, and the House of Hearts is a little more tidy and organised now that lots of wedding work has been collected and a huge clean up campaign has started (but for how long will it stay like that ?!?!  Answers on a postcard please!!)

My cards today are for sharing in Pixie's Snippet Playground Challenge where you have to use "leftovers" of one kind or another and Sandra's Rudolph Day Challenge where you need to make a minimum of two Christmas cards.  Just in time to make both challenges .. .. phew!!!

Hopefully over the weekend I will get chance to catch up with a few blogs somewhere along the line.  I am WAY BEHIND in seeing what you have all been up to.  

Have a lovely weekend.



SARN said...

Hi Jules

Fantastic festive makes here and the free snowflake is wonderful and sure to be a hit.

Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Kath said...

Lovely cards Jules - can't wait to receive my QC magazine and use the snowflake die!
Kath x

Stamps and Paper said...

Love the colour of your card Jules and another one for your growing Christmas card pile....I too have mislaid a die but I am sure it went out with the bin,,,why is it it's always one if your favourites...
Have a great weekend


Doreen said...

Love your gorgeous card

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous cards Jules. The image looks fab and I love the pretty papers and snowflake.
Lorraine x

Cynthia said...

I don't think I'll get sick of seeing that die! The snowflake is so beautiful and just the right size too!! Love it--and the card!!

Carol said...

Love these Jules, the colours are gorgeous and what a fab stamp. Carol x

Sarah said...

Great cards Jules and a gorgeous die too. Can't wait for mine to drop through the letterbox!! xx

Jacee said...

Beautiful Jules, I adore the colour.
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Sazzle Dazzle said...

oooh that's one stunning make Jules and hate to say it but almost makes me feel Christmas is just around the corner! Arrrrghhhh! don't go there!!!
I have to say I've also been there emptying the rubbish looking for a missing die only to find it laughing at me on the desk! Grrr! Have a fun weekend.
Sarah xx

Carole Z said...

Beautiful card Jules, love the colour and embossing, hugs Carole Z X

Patricia said...

Brilliant cards, love the beautiful stamped image, colours, Die cuts and your great design.
Great to see you posting
Have a great weekend

Patricia xx

Debs said...

Gorgeous cards Jules - love the colour combo and that snowflake die is fabulous.
Hope all good in the House of Hearts :o)
Debs xx

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Gorgeous cards Jules. Love your cards in the current QC mag. Sue x

Sue B said...

Ooh these cards are gorgeous Jules… very pretty colours and I love the silver embossing and the scrummy snowflake… I will have to buy the magazine for this die!! :-))
Hope you have a great weekend!
Love Sue xx

Debbie said...

Pleased you found your die, it bugs me when I search high and low in the bin then find it somewhere else.Gorgeous cards.fab image and papers.that die is lush too.Have a nice weekend.Hugs x

Eve Maynard said...

Hi Jules,
I am soooo pleased to see that you are back in the land of blog - I have missed you!!

Two fabulous cards and that die is lush!

I am now going to subscribe to Quick Cards magazine so that I never miss an issue.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.xx

sally said...

Lovely Christmas shares Jules and I'd seen that snowflake die that's due out....will be on the lookout for the magazine :-)


Sue said...

These are stunning Jules. I love the silver embossed images and the snowflakes look wonderful.
I hope you have a good weekend and fingers crossed for good weather!
hugs Sue xx

Jean Straw said...

I love the cool colours in these cards, and the stamp looks fabulous with the silver embossing. Beautiful snowflake too.
Jean x

Kathleen said...

These are stunning Jules, love the silver on the pale blue.

Kath x

cuilliesocks said...

I just love this Jules, it is gorgeous, fantastic image and embossing, good to see you back, hugs Kate x

Viv's Visuals said...

Stunningly gorgeous Jules!

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Jules this is so beautiful the embossing gives it such a magical look, loving that snowflake.
lorraine x

Anke said...

Wonderful Jules, so lovely. I love the colours, the snowflake and the beautiful stamp.


debby4000 said...

Oh what beautiful Christmas cards.

Di said...

Really beautiful Jules! Sigh, of course then I just had to order that fabulous stamp - sort of offset as I'll be getting the free snowflake die. I know, twisted logic!

Owe you an email - writing up playground just now though!

Hugs, Di xx

Lea Brawn said...

Great to have you back Jules. Two fab Christmas cards x

Jan Frances said...

Lovely cards, love the colour and the bling! xx Jan xx

Brenda said...

Gorgeous snowflake scene Jules! I am loving that snowflake die too! Love those papers you used and looks like you embossed the snowflake or used pearls on it or something. It is simply gorgeous. Glad life has slowed down some and everything is tidy once again. Not sure where August went either, but it sure did fly by. lol Did you show your patio done and I missed it??? I know we would all love to see all the hard work that you and hubby put into it. Hugs, Brenda

scrappymo! said...

This are both stunning. There is such a peaceful feeling about these cards. I love the papers and the design of course...but i also love that die!

cotnob said...

Gorgeous cards Jules, such pretty colours, I love the snowflake - I will be stalking the postman for my magazine now.
I'm glad things are calming down a little for you.

Carole said...

Hi Jules feeling honoured, I have been away all week on my hols and haven't missed any of your blogging how good a timing was that lol Great card like the trees too. have a great weekend xx

coops said...

both so stunning jules.i love the tree stamp and gorgeous colours :D

xx coops xx

XxJULESxX said...

Just gorgeous!!!!