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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.


Thursday, 12 March 2015


Hi Everyone

Well what can I say .. .. other than sorry :-(

Sadly no blog time in my life at all at the moment .. .. .. which is a shame because it is the nearest thing I get to "office gossip" nowadays LOL!!

I just cannot believe we are nearly halfway through March already. 

Lots of work done here over the last few weeks .. .. but still lots more to do.  I think everyone has plans to post their wedding invitations out over Easter .. .. which means a super busy time here in the House of Hearts.  But I shall enjoy Easter knowing lots of happy couples will be excited to be inviting their friends and family to share their special day.

Hardly any room at all in my diary for anymore weddings this year and hardly any more room available for storing the boxes of supplies needed for completing all the work! 

I received a fabby photograph the other day from one of my brides.  She sent a picture of her dining room table all set out for beginning the posting out process of the invitations I had made.  How lovely to be thought of during her excitement.  The invites are out now and they are getting some great feedback which is brilliant news for me.  It was a new design I had come up with and it seems to have gone down really well .. .. .. especially with the "men folk" as they weren't classed as "girly".  Both the bride and I were surprised that the men folk even commented .. .. that is quite unusual.  

Anyway, as I haven't been making anything to share for the past few weeks I thought I would show you my favourite makes from this month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine:

Probably my favourite utilises the fabby free gift this month .. .. a silhouette stamp set by Sheena Douglass.  I just love it.  There are also some free distress paper backgrounds available to download here that work alongside the stamps beautifully.

So, here is one of the cards I made using the stamps and free download:

 and my second "pick" comes from a commission which featured "partial die cutting".

I loved the colours I worked with for this commission.

So now you know I am still alive and kicking .. .. I am off to get ready for a "happy couple" coming later to sign off their proofs, and then do a bit of lace and ribbon threading onto another set of invites .. .. which if all goes to plan will be done and dusted today.

Another "big tick" on the do list!!  Yay!!

Have a good Thursday everyone.

Missing you all!  :-(



Crafting Queen said...

Really glad you are so busy. Love the two cards, the first one is amazing.

Kath said...

Hi Jules - lovely cards! I miss your blog posts, but love to see your work in Quick Cards - and trying to find the hearts! Glad to hear your weddings are going so well.
Take care
Kath x

Sarah said...

Lovely to see you Jules and glad you've not been idle!! These are lovely examples and I have your magazine article, for partial die cutting, open and ready to go, so if your ears start burning it will be me not getting it right!! See you soon!! xx

Eve Maynard said...

Hi Jules

I'm so pleased that you are well and the wedding work is going strong.

A gal's got to do what a gal's got to do!!

Keep smiling and tying those ribbons!!

Love and hugs
Eve xx
P.S we miss you more!!

Viv's Visuals said...

You beat me to it with the papers and stamps from the mag Jules - all done here on the desk but no pics taken!Mightn't now - cos yours are better than mine! LOL
Madness here on the moors too recently so know the feeling - but good that you are making so many couples happy!!

Hazel said...

Jules, I do wonder where you find time to turn let alone blog? And I have only done daughters invites. Love your two cards both beautiful. Hazel x

coops said...

stunning cards jules.the designs are gorgeous.missing seeing you in blogland but that means you are busy which is good :D

xx coops xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julia, from someone who hasn't been blogging much to another, nice to see you back, albeit briefly :) So good to hear that your business is doing just fine. Your two cards are gorgeous - love them both! Hugs, Elizabeth xx

cotnob said...

It's good to see you Jules, apology accepted - it's nice to hear that you are keeping so busy.
Yours cards are fabulous, I especially love the fist one - must pop over and collect those papers.
Taken care and don't work too hard.

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

It's amazing how the time slips through our fingers when we are busy. Two beautiful projects Jules. Good luck with all your prep I hope you have a bit of light at the end of your long tunnel! Susan x

Sue B said...

Wow! these are both gorgeous Jules… what a fab silhouette stamp on the first card! beautiful stamping and embossing!
and love the shapes and colours on the 2nd card! the flowers are very pretty!
glad that your new Wedding Invitations are going down well, especially with the men folk! as they don't normally get involved with that side of things! ;-)
Hope you have a lovely evening!
Love Sue B xx

Kathleen said...

Two brilliant cards and I really love that "free" stamp.
Nice to hear from you.

Kath x

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Jules, what gorgeous cards, love them both.
It's lovely when your books are well filled, and happy couples, hugs Kate x

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Lovely to hear you are keeping so busy Jules, beautiful cards might have to go and buy the magazine. Sue x

Marie-Louise said...

Gorgeous cards Jules. Lovely to see you back.

Carole said...

Yay your back, so glad all is well with you. Nice cards. I am off tomorrow for my week with the girls crafting can't wait xx

Carol said...

Lovely to see you Jules and nice to hear it's busy which is keeping you away! Love these especially the beautiful scene you've created on the first. Carol x

Lea Brawn said...

Your cards are amazing as usual Jules x

Sharon said...

Good to see you back, even if it's a quick visit.
loving the cards especially the first one.
Sharon x

Carole Z said...

Same here Jules, I've hardly blogged at all lately, love your cards as always, hugs Carole ZX

Lynsey said...

Lovely cards Jules! Sounds like you are super busy!
Hugs Lynsey x

XxJULESxX said...

Hi Jules, just thought i would have a looksie at your wonderful blog before i go back to mum's,
And wow two gorgeous cards as usual!
(have a great day tomorrow)!

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely cards Jules and you have been missed...but pleased you are keeping busy