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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, 8 August 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!

I hope you have had a good day.

Our garden adventure has continued .. .. all week .. .. sigh!!! 

It is going to take ages to complete our rather ambitious project.  I can't believe we thought we would be able to complete the mission in a week and perhaps have a day away somewhere?!?!  LOL!!!

All was going well to plan until I saw a tiny little root poking up in the middle of the patio.  It was the finest little root you could imagine .. .. but it had to come out.  So I lifted the piece of slab it was nestling under .. .. and you have guessed it .. .. I then had to lift the next and the next .. .. and the saga continued all across the patio .. .. but of course as we progressed across the patio the root got thicker and thicker and thicker and deeper and deeper down.  We won in the end but it took ages!!!  That was Thursday's sketch!!

Then this morning the same happened again in the opposite direction but we sorted that one much quicker!  

I did get to do my first bit of "pointing up" . .. . .. all I will say is I am better with embossing paste and a palette knife than I am with mortar and a trowel!!  

Of course hubby said I had done a good job (but I think that was only because he wants me to do some more).  In fairness it did look better this morning than it did last night!!

But my fingers were so itchy to do a bit of crafting that I just had to make something tonight .. .. and this is what I came up with for taking over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme this month is "Floral Fantasy".  There is also a DT call there too if anyone is interested.

So here we go:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3344J" Rosy!
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Zipty Doo"
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat (sadly no longer available)
My Favorite Things:  Die-namics Blueprints 14
Ribbon and thread from My Crafty Stash Box

and that is me for today.

Hubby has just finished cooking the fish and chip supper so that is good timing.  Off to link up quickly before it arrives!

Not sure what tomorrow holds yet .. .. but fingers crossed it involves crossing some things off my crafty list that has more than tripled over the course of this week!!!

Enjoy your weekend everyone.



Kathleen said...

Totally gorgeous card Jules, just love teh colours.

Kath x

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Jules. I love the image, pretty paper and beautiful flower.
Hope you have a good weekend.
hugs Sue xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, I've just been catching up on your posts and that's one heckuvva job you and Mr Heart have taken on. I'm rather taken with your crazy paving ... I wonder if I can persuade the EM that we need one too. Oh, and yes, you need to be in it to win it, but then I think I could be in it forever and never win enough to build a lovely big craft cave at the bottom of the garden so I think we will both have to just keep dreaming :) :) By the way, your card is beautiful - gorgeous paper and fab flower. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Carol said...

Hi Jules...your week sounds like fun lol. Your card is beautiful, love the cute hedgie and pretty paper. Carol x

Bonnie said...

I love how your background paper so perfectly matches the flowers! Or is it vice versa? This is delightful, Jules! Your garden work sounds grueling! Hope you are finished soon. You'll deserve a good rest!

cotnob said...

This is a beautiful card Jules, I love your image and gorgeous papers and colours.

Julie C. said...

It looks like that you had a very busy day today, Jules! Love your card. Nearly couldn't find the heart or hearts today! (How can I miss a row of them?? Hee hee! ^_^)

scrappymo! said...

Awww...this is so sweet! Love the pretty colours and the image is darling!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

OOOO Yummo! love this card Jules, adore Penny Black... and did smile at the garden scenario always the way things take longer than you think and let me share a well known fact... the older you get the longer it takes too :D Shaz in Oz.x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Jules what a lovely card, that is one adorable hedge but hope he doesn't drop too many of those flowers! Good luck with your DIY and I hope you get some crafty time too!! Susan x

Patricia said...

Good morning Jules,
Love this beautiful card, stunning colours and design
Have a great weekend

Patricia x

Carole Z said...

Oh dear those dreaded weeds and roots, never mind keep telling yourself it'll we worth it in the end! Gorgeous card, love the colours, hugs Carole Z X

debby4000 said...

Adorable and gorgeous, with perfect colours and sweet image.

Lorraine said...

This is so pretty Jules. I love the cute hedgy and gorgeous papers.
Have a lovely weekend
Lorraine x

Sarah said...

A beautiful card Jules, such pretty colours. Those triffids under paving can be devils!! xx

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous Jules, fabulous papers and

Jacee said...

Lovely card Jules, sweet image and I love the papers.
Hugs Jacee.
You really are having a good old time in that garden, keep the end result in your mind, it will be worth all the hard work in the end.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Jules, very pretty colours and super colouring.

May I ask how you take your photos? They are great.

Warm hugs

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a gorgeous card the little hedgie and your gorgeous papers


MagsB said...

What gorgeous colours, and how cute is the little hedgie?!

I hope your stint as a Landscape Architect is going well this weekend, with no more horrible roots! :)

love Mags B x

Cynthia said...

I love the happy colors on this one--and the adorable hedgie, as always!! I hope you find time to enjoy your weekend!

Lea Brawn said...

Wonderful card Jules. Fab image. Love the colours x

XxJULESxX said...

Jules i just adore the hedgie and of course your card it's just gorgeous as always!!! ps, i did some weeding today and just like you it overtook me lol!!!!! i am shattered now!

Carole said...

Lovely floral card, look after your hands while doing all this cement work! xx

Marie-Louise said...

Oh Jules this is fantastic. I love it.

mags said...

Gorgeous card Jules. Sweet image and love the papers and colours.

Sue B said...

Ooh this is gorgeous Jules… such a sweet image and your colouring is beautiful - it matches the pretty paper perfectly! I love the scrummy flower!
Hope you haven't found anything else under the patio! it sounds a mammoth task getting that root out!
Hope you're having a good weekend!
Love Sue xx

coops said...

so gorgeous jules.adorable sweet hedgie and i love your paper ;D

xx coops xx

Annmaree of Oz said...

Oh I absolutely adore this gorgeous card! Fabulous colours, and a hedgie! :D squee!

Crafty Moone Cards said...

So gorgeous. Sue x

Brenda said...

Every DIY projects ends up being more involved than first anticipated Jules, lol just ask me how I know! I'm sure the patio is going to look amazing and it just goes to show that you and hubby are doing it right and that's why it is taking longer. Now on your adorable card-omgosh it is just so cute!! I love that wonderful flower paper and the image is just too sweet! Do you have a stamp or did you use the computer for your sentiment? Love, love it! And I love how you colored this little hegie and his flowers/pot. Can't wait to see the patio all done!! Hugs, Brenda

Helen said...

Fabulous card - love the bold colours!
Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x