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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.


Monday, 28 November 2016


Hi Everyone

Happy Monday!

I hope your day has gone well .. .. mine has been super exciting because I have today received a beautiful badge for adding to my blog .. .. which means I have some amazing and unbelievable news to share.

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will remember that earlier this year I was very lucky and astonished to receive a British Craft Award as 2016's Favourite Card Designer.

Well look what I am able to share today ... ..

 I am super lucky and surprised to learn that I have been nominated again and this year
under the category of 
Papercraft Designer of the Year

Now I know that everyone says that they do not expect to win .. .. and that has always been true for me .. .. but even more so because just look at the nominee list as posted on the voting website:

Stephanie Weightman
Anne-Marie Catterall
Julie Gibbs  (that's my Sunday name)
Barbara Gray
Joanna Sheen
Sheena Douglass
Sara Davies
Leonie Pujol
Sue Wilson
Tim Holtz

I cannot believe that my name is nestled amongst so many of my crafting idols and I feel super honoured, humbled and happy that my little name actually appears on the same list!!  

Let's face it .. .. I don't stand any chance at all this year.  But that is OK .. .. just being part of this list is more than enough in itself and is certainly something I would never have thought possible in my wildest dreams.

But "you" could be a winner because voting has started over on the British Craft Award website .. .. and if you fancy voting in any of the categories (Sewing, Knitting & Crochet, Quilting, Cross-Stitch and Papercraft) you are in with a chance of winning a fabby gift voucher (provided you are a UK resident).

How amazing is that?!?  It would certainly buy quite a lot of crafty goodies that's for sure .. .. and we can all think of at least 10 things we "need" for our crafty pursuits!!

.. .. .. and if your personal favourites of the craft world are not listed in any of the categories then you get chance to add your own choice in the box entitled "other" .

Voting closes at 11.59pm on the 20th December 2016.  Best of luck if you decide to take part.

So there we go .. .. a special day in my crafty life .. .. and to celebrate I have made myself a sparkly new signature which is hopefully going to stop that error message popping up every time I post! LOL!!!  


cotnob said...

Congratulations Jules, I'm not at all surprise to see your name on that list, your designs are always fabulous.
Good luck.

Kath said...

Fabulous news Jules - many congratulations and my fingers are firmly crossed that you will win!
Kath x

Kathleen said...

Very well deserved, hope it is the second year on the trot for you.
Sorry not commented for the past two week but been on holiday.

Kath x

Sarah said...

You are far too modest dear lady!! You are equal to any of these names, your designs are always wonderful. I shall keep my fingers crossed for you xx

Whisper said...

Good luck and i've just voted for you, as i love your blog and your fabby articles in Quick Cards too, Luv Sam x

cuilliesocks said...

Congratulations Jules you're certainly in with the elite, well done and the best of luck, Kate x

Carole said...

Dear Jules,

I'm so very pleased and delighted for you. I love the inspiration you share and the hearts make each card extra special.

Well done you, I'm off to vote ;)!

Carole x

Aquarius said...

How very exciting - many congratulations!!! Well deserved too.

Jacki Daniels said...

Well very deserved and good luck it's fantastic news

Karen Knott said...

Fantastic news Jules, as far as I'm concerned you should be top of the list as you have always been such an inspiration to me :)
Fingers crossed !
Hugs, Kaz xx

Linda said...

Congratulations Jules! Very well deserved...couldn't happen to a more deserving lady...I'm rooting for you!
Linda xx

AlisonC said...

Congratulations, you must be hopping up and down with excitment whilst pinching yourself. I will certianly go and do some voting. x

Kathleen said...

Hi Jules, Yes, thank you we did have a good holiday and plenty of sunshine as we were on a Caribbean Cruise.
As for the washing, no mad rush as it is all summer clothes and we won't be needing them for quite sometime, well unless we get another holiday in before our Summer.

Kath x

Brawny said...

You are my out and out winner Jules and I'm not just saying that. You know I love your work and what makes you stand out is the fact you don't know how good you are. The very best of luck my friend. X

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

well done Jules . x

Stamps and Paper said...

Congratulations Jules and very well deserved I'll certainly be voting


Barb said...

Very exciting new Jules. Congratulations! My fingers will be crossed for you. Barbxx