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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.


Sunday, 23 October 2016


Hi Everyone

I hope your weekend is going well.

One of my brides got married yesterday .. .. and I am pleased to say the weather was kind to her.  It should have been lovely for her photographs.  Not so bright that you need to squint .. .. which to me is always a bonus.

Anyway, after a mad few days, here I am back with another Christmas card.  I am definitely feeling the love for tartan at the moment so I think it may be making its way onto a few of my Christmas makes this year.

Today's card has used up a little of my snippet mountain .. .. but not much .. .. so I will be winging my way to Pixie's Snippets Playground to see what is happening there.

So here we go (but with only a tiny snippet of tartan used today).

As always on a Sunday I am lazy and don't list my ingredients but I thought you may like to know about the stamp I used to make the wreath.  It came from Card-io and is called "Oriental Blossom" and looks nothing like a wreath.  It is just a branch.

If you would like to see how the wreath was created then you can see the technique on this little YouTube video here.  I bought the stamp set from the NEC earlier this year after watching the lady demonstrate there. Such a talented lady.. .. I could have stood and watched her all day long!

My fingers have been itching to try and re-create the wreath .. .. and I must admit I was surprised how easily it came together.

Catch you again soon hopefully .. .. with more Christmas cards for adding to my very hungry stock box.



Aquarius said...

Those cardio stamps are great for this sort of design and I have some of theirs too - tempted by seeing the lady demonstrating!! The snippets mountain will reduce sometime I'm sure!

Barb said...

Tartan and Kraft - a perfect blend. Ilove your wreath Jules. What a great use of snippets. A really pretty card. Barbxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely Christmas card Jules and a beautiful wreath


Lorraine said...

A very elegant card and gorgeous Christmas wreath Jules.
Lorraine x

cuilliesocks said...

Beautiful card Jules, I have that branch stamp and it is so effective.Loving the tartan, Kate x

Liz said...

Lovely card. What a clever way of creating the wreath. xx

Sarah said...

Such a great card Jules xx

cotnob said...

A beautiful Christmas card Jules, such a lovely wreath.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love this CAS card Jules, so pretty.

Sue xx

Brawny said...

A fab card Jules. Like you
I love the lady from cardio. She is amazing. You've done a great job. X

Di said...

Brilliant card Jules! I love the wreath and so clever how you created it as well. A very elegant card!

And, I found the heart straight away - snigger :)


Di xx

AlisonC said...

I have this stamp set and I'v used it so many times, and then went and bought more!
I usually put leaves on my wreaths but this is lovely and twiggy with just the red highlights and the pop of tartan. I'd happily stamp wreaths on every card!

Theresa Krout said...

You branched out to try something new and was not left out on a limb. hahaha sorry had to make you laugh. This card is very creative and inspiring and I will have to come back to it next time I am looking for ideas to try with my Garden Sprig die from Poppy.