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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 July 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday .. .. ahead of a happy weekend.

I hope you have all had a good day.

I will tell you more about mine later .. .. but for now here is my feminine Friday make for this week using Sketch Thirty One which was added to my little sketch library yesterday.

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3823H" Delights
Sentiment:  Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tag
Backing Papers:  A magazine freebie from yonks ago (I am determine to use up all of my pads that have next to no paper left in them!).
Spellbinders:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon from my crafty stash box
and Sketch Thirty One from my little sketch library .. .. though to be honest it was hardly worth me adding four squares underneath the image because I just about covered them all up LOL!!!

So what have I been up to?  Well Mr Heart whisked me off to the Peak District yesterday for a last minute night away.  We didn't leave until lunchtime and were back again this afternoon .. .. but we crammed lots in.

On the way we passed through Matlock  .. ..  not somewhere I have ever spent any time even though it is only about an hours drive away .. .. and we passed some fabulous shops .. .. lots of them selling up-cycled furniture and hand crafted items.  So on the way back we decided to stop off and have a quick look at them .. .. foolishly thinking we would fit them all into the 40 minutes we were allowed to park in the street.  I spent the whole time in just one shop and was in heaven!

So many fabulous items that would be brilliant for my happy couples and for display purposes at wedding fayres .. .. ..

. .. .. and if you ever thought you had a big spool of ribbon .. ..

how about this one which I bought home .. .. 

Approximately 9.5 inches high and 8 inches across and full of cotton ribbon tightly wound onto a very small centre.  I am going to have such fun with this .. .. and the empty spool when I have used it all.

Not all brides are what I would describe as "Princess Brides" wanting satin ribbon and sparkle .. .. this is going to work brilliantly alongside my rustic makes .. .. I can't wait to dye it, stamp on it and even use it "just as it is".  Lots of plans in my head.

I could have had 4 of these beauties .. .. and they were all slightly different, but this was my favourite .. .. even though it was the smallest spool LOL!!

Looking forward to going back to Matlock now to investigate all the shops I didn't manage to visit.

Not sure if I will manage to post over the weekend .. .. I am doing some decorating with my lovely Sister for our Mum and am not sure how long it is going to take.

Hope you all have a good weekend and I'll catch you when I do.

Love Jules xx


Lynn said...

A lovely card Jules. Wow, what a whopper of a ribbon spool! It looks gorgeous too. Have fun, and enjoy your diy weekend. Lynn

Brawny said...

Fab cute card Jules. Glad you had a great day out x

Liz said...

What a fun card, love it! I'm sure I've got some so these papers left too, I must dig them out as they're so pretty. x

Marie-Louise said...

As always a brilliant card Jules with a little hedgie - these cute little things are favourites of mine. Fabulous "spool" of ribbon. You will have lots of fun with that. Glad you had a nice little break.

Kath said...

A lovely card and a great sketch. Glad to hear you enjoyed the Peak District - haven't been there for years, but love the area. Enjoy using your ribbon!
Kath x

cotnob said...

Such a pretty card Jules, lovely papers.
That is one super spool of ribbon, shame I don't live anywhere near Matlock.

An Occasional Genius said...

Wowsers that's a huge bit of ribbon & a gorgeous feminine card. Loving the new sketch too. Have a lovely weekend xx

cuilliesocks said...

Wow that's some spool of ribbon, I'm sure you will make superb use of it Jules.
Lovely card, I do love these PB hedgies and your papers and layout are beautiful, Kate x

Linda said...

Love your little "find" Julie it's gorgeous! I live about an hour away from Matlock Nottinghamshire.
We go to Derbyshire quite a lot at the weekend we never tire of's a stunning part of the country especially as the seasons change.
We consider ourselves to be very lucky to have it on our doorstep.
Linda xx

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous girly card Jules, love the cute hedgy and pretty papers.
That spool of ribbon is going to keep you busy!
Lorraine x

Sarah said...

Such a pretty card Jules and the papers are gorgeous. That is most definitely the biggest spool of ribbon I have ever seen!! Have a good Sunday xx

Carol said...

Hi Jules...on a flying visit! This is so pretty, love the sketch too. Loving the ribbon spool and look forward to seeing it put to use. Carol x

Little K Smith said...

WOW! I'm impressed with your ribbon spool! :D
And this is such a sweet card Jules, I love the wee hedgie of course and the pretty papers too :)

Whisper said...

Oooo i'm so jealous, as i don't think i have any of those papers left and i love them, just simply adorable, Luv Sam x