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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.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday .. .. another lovely day with some beautiful sunshine!  

It is surprising how the start of spring lifts your spirits and gets you excited about the thought of summer.  (But we won't mention how grubby the windows suddenly look though LOL!!).

So Wednesday is the day I try and use up some of my offcuts of white card .. .. and today I took inspiration from the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge where the compulsory elements this month are to include "Stamping and Smooching" on your card and for the "free element" I included some stitching and used a bit of modelling paste through a stencil.

It is the first birthday for the challenge .. .. and it doesn't seem two minutes since Loll and Bonnie announced it starting.  I love to play along when I can because it makes you think a little differently, and there are always lots of links for learning the technique of the month.  Well worth checking out if you haven't yet played along.

Here is my creation for this month:

This used:

Image:  Lavinia Stamps "Zen Butterfly"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Sweetheart Script"
Colourcraft Brusho Set (Sorry but I can't tell you what my Brusho colours were.  I got a little carried away and ended up with a sprinkling of quite a few before I spritzed them and "smooched" my card through them). 
Tim Holtz Stencil:  "THS023" Woodgrain 
Winsor & Newton:  Modelling Paste
Nestabilities:  Classic Circles and Scalloped Circles 
Die'sire Dies:  Scalloped Tags
Ribbon and a button from my crafty stash box
Crystal Glamour Dust
Glossy Accents
My Trusty Sewing Machine

.. .. and that is crafty me for today.

Take care and hopefully I will be around tomorrow with another creation.


Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely creation Jules and love how your stitched circle is slightly off the end of your card,


Carole said...

Gorgeous,gorgeous,gorgeous, lovely colours, fabulous butterflies, great embossing and stitching.......LOVE it! How I have missed your classy creations Jules xx

Sarah said...

A really pretty card Juleie, great colours and I love the texture. Clean windows don't last long here...they are soon decorated with nose prints!! xx

cotnob said...

You are doing well with your posts Jules, another fabulous card, a brilliant design.
The weather is lovely isn't it, I've been out in the garden this morning - plenty of weeks to sort out!
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely stunning Jules what a wonderful design and the dragonfly is gorgeous, Kate x

Barb said...

It's beautiful! I love the colours and wonderful design. Barbxx

Bonnie said...

I love the depth and texture of you smooshed embossing paste, Jules! A lovely spring card! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

Loll said...

Beautiful card Jules! I rarely add embossing paste over colour ... it looks so cool and I need to do that too! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

nancy littrell said...

OMG Jules, your smooshed, stenciled, and sewn CAS card is just Stunning! A beautiful example of combining CAS and a Mixed Media design! TFS and so pleased you joined our 1st birthday party:-) Hugs...

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Aw this came up on my sidebar, Jules, and hand to pop over, what a really gorgeous card!!!
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow, what a fantastic card Jules, I love the panel you've created in the background and the beautiful zen butterfly too.

Sue xx

Wendy said...

Love this Jules! gorgeous butterfly & design.
I'm really pleased to see Liz back too with her fabulous papers & sentiments :) brought up nearly every thing that I didn't already have when she closed down Pink Petticoat, so love using her papers.
Hugs Wendy xx

Juls said...

Stunning, so many gorgeous details xx

Julia Aston said...

What beautiful smooshing on your woodgrain panel - love the colors you used on this pretty b'day card! thanks for joining us in the CAS Mix Up Challenge Jules! Julia xx