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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, 26 September 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!

Crikey me .. .. how long have I been away from my little blog?

Many thanks for all the enquiries and messages checking up on me .. .. but rest assured all is well.

I had a really busy couple of weeks work wise, which meant I posted next to nothing on my poor blog, and then Mr Heart and I decided to escape for a few days to Stratford upon Avon. Somewhere we had never been before .. .. and we arrived back home yesterday.

The plan had been to leave things so I could at least post something whilst we were away .. .. but Mr Wifi connection had other ideas and decided that I should have a complete break!!  

We had such a lovely relaxing time away and today it has been really hard to knock ourselves into shape and pick things up where we left them.  But we have tried our best LOL!!

My share today is for taking over to Sandra's Rudolph Day Challenge:

This used:

Sentiment:  Whimsy Stamps "Christmas Chalkboards 1"
Backing Papers:  Kaisercraft "North Pole"
Wow! Embossing Powder:  Opaque Bright White
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Snowflake Ribbon (the only bit of crafty shopping I did whilst we were away along with felt, pom-pom ribbon and a few shaped buttons)
Button and Metallic Twine from My Crafty Stash Box

and that is my blog all woken up and in action again!!

Part of our time away involved us visiting a butterfly farm and I am hoping I have a decent picture of my favourite butterfly to share with you at some stage.

Just off to catch up with my Mum now and then Mr Heart will be on fish and chip duties .. .. whilst I make a start on catching up with your lovely blogs.

Have a great weekend everyone .. .. I think the weather is supposed to be wonderful!



Home sweet home said...

Gorgeous and fabulous christmas cards:D:D

Love them very much:D

Have a nice weekend:D


Dotty Jo x said...

Delightful! Jo x

Stamps and Paper said...

Love the chalk beard effect sentiment Jules, lovely card.
Pleased you managed to escape for a few days


Sarah said...

Glad you had a good time, Stratford is rather lovely. Love your cards Jules, the blackboard sentiments look sgreat xx

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous cards Jules. Love the sentiment and designs.
Lorraine x

Sharon said...

I really love these Whimsy Chalkboards Jules. The papers and colour scheme are so striking.
Hope you are feeling relaxed after your break.
Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs Sharon. x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, so nice to see you've had a good break away from it all. One of the main problems of working from home is that it is not so easy to switch off! Often the answer is to simply get away and where better than Stratford ... it's lovely around that area :)

Your cards are fabulous. I like blackboard effect of the sentiment stamp and the choice of colours is terrific.

Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Hazel said...

Jules these are fantastic, so glad you had a good break. Hazel xx

Carol said...

These are gorgeous Jules, love the chalkboard sentiment (may have to check it out!). Sounds like a few perfect days away. Enjoy your weekend. Carol x

Juls said...

Fab,loving the colour combo :-)

Sue said...

These are stunning Jules. I love the sentiment, gorgeous papers and wonderful designs.
I am pleased you had a nice time away. I hope you have a good weekend too.
Hugs Sue xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Jules, what lovely cards, love the colour combo and design is gorgeous, hugs kate x

Kathleen said...

Two gorgeous cards Jules, great novelty stamp and love the background papers.

Kath x

Lynsey said...

Hi Jules, glad you had a nice break away. I love your card, that chalk board stamp is fab!
Hugs Lynsey x

Eve Maynard said...

Hi Jules,
I'm so pleased that all is well - I was worried but didn't want to pester you!!

I did guess that you had sneaked off for a little break - good for you!! You work so hard and I'm glad that you had a lovely rest.

Two fabulous cards and I love the chalk board effect and of course that fab heart ribbon.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Lea Brawn said...

Very different but fabulous Jules. What a great design x

Julie C. said...

Hi Jules! Welcome back! Sounds like you had a great break! I've been to the butterfly farm in Stratford upon Avon too! It is an amazing place. We had some good photos of the butterfly and some funny photos of the butterflies landing/ crawling on my girls head and chest. Such a beautiful and fun place to visit.
Love that stamp on your Christmas cards. Will add to my wishing list! Your cards are neat and pretty as usual! Have a good weekend!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Who can help but be delighted that you and Mr. Heart got some time away, Jules! But we're glad you're back with this chalkboard red & white stripey and glorious Christmas card!! If that isn't the magic of Christmas all wrapped up in a card, I don't know what is!! Hugs, Darnell

Linby said...

This is a different look for you - really like what you've done.
Hope you enjoyed your fish n chips ;)

Patricia said...

Good morning Jules,
Glad your Blog has wakened up to let us see these beautiful cards. Love theses, the chalkboard sentiment is brilliant.
Glad you had a good time away, gosh it's years since we were in Stratford-on-Avon but we loved it, a stunning place.
Have a great weekend

Patricia x

SARN said...

Morning Jules . . . fabulous chalkboard festive makes here. Bang on trend!

Sounds like you've been enjoying yourself having a little break - so pleased to hear it as you're always working so hard!

Thanks for finding the time to come and play.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Bev Henwood said...

Jules, you could have come to visit me, we only live a few miles outside of Stratford upon Avon! I am ashamed to say I have never visited the Butterfly Farm ~ 'note to self' must go! Love your cards what a fabulous colour combination xx

cotnob said...

I'm glad you are OK Jules, it sounds like you had a lovely break - Stratford upon Avon is a beautiful location isn't it.
Your cards are gorgeous, I love the pale blue and red combination with the chalkboard sentiment.

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliant card lots of beauty and colours. Lovely image and design used as well. Good to have you back Jules, missed your posts...I am ok thanks just a rollercoaster with my dad
aNNie The Journey is the Start

Sue B said...

Oh Wowzer!! these are gorgeous Jules!! I love the blackboard sentiment… such a fab stamp! and those papers are very scrummy!! :-)
glad you enjoyed your break in Stratford Upon Avon… it's beautiful countryside around there… the butterfly farm sounds really good!
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Big hugs
Sue xx

Jacee said...

Lovely cards Jules.
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

coops said...

so stunning jules.i love the fabulous chalkboard sentiment ;D

xx coops xx

XxJULESxX said...

just gorgeous Jules !!

Jan Frances said...

Gorgeous cards, love the colours. Jan xx

Carole said...

Missed you lots, absolutely love this card great combinations FAB xx

Whisper said...

Oooo something different, and fabby colours too, Luv Sam x

Brenda said...

This is a wonderful and festive card Jules. I am so loving that striped red paper! Hugs, Brenda

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Oh YUM! Stunning cards, with a lovely Scandinavian feel to them. Utterly love what you've done here. Just gorgeous. Hugs, Wends x