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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.

SKETCH LIBRARY

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WHITE CARD WEDNESDAY

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
ProMarkers
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.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

TEENY TINY TUESDAY

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

I hope your day went well.

I actually got washing on the line for the first time this year .. .. it will be lovely to have laundry that smells of fresh air again!

As promised here I am with one of my teeny, tiny creations (3.5 x 3.5 inches square for those of you who are new to my blog).

A while ago Lili Of The Valley had a fabulous offer on their digi images so I indulged in readiness for when I would have time to use them .. .. and the great thing about digi images is that you can re-size them.  So I have squeezed this little mouse down to fit on one of my little makes.  He didn't squeak so I don't think it hurt.




This used:

Digital Image:  Lili of the Valley "Three Kind Mice" (a set of three images)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Dragonflight Pro"
Backing Papers: Wild Rose Studio "Wintry Christmas"
ProMarkers
My Trusty Sewing Machine
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

So there we go.  

Take care everyone and have a lovely rest of today.


Monday, 13 March 2017

WAKEY, WAKEY LITTLE BLOG

Hi Everyone

Happy Monday!  

I hope all is well with everyone and life is being kind .. .. if not then I send you tight squeezy hugs and hope that things improve very, very soon.

Life here has been as busy and exciting as ever, with plenty to keep me out of mischief.  I certainly don't need to shake myself back into action .. .. just my blog!!

As well as lots of wedding and magazine work I have also been attempting to re-organise things a little ahead of the annual stock take that will soon be needed.  My accountant tries to throw some brightness on it by saying "you never know, you might find something you forgot you had" . .. . but nah! I know exactly what I have .. .. I just can't always remember what home it was given in the last round of re-organisation LOL!!

It has been all systems go on the wedding front with new couples signing up to be on my "happy couples" list, but as I am now waiting for deliveries, and information from happy couples, I am going to take the opportunity to knuckle down and get a stack of general cards made .. .. so all being well I will have some creations to share with you at long last!

For today though I thought I would share some pictures of work I completed for the current issue of Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine (Issue 163) which is now on the shelves.

I was happy to be asked to work on a couple of commissions .. .. this first one being part of a set showing ways of using die cut borders:


and another entitled "Jewel Effects".  This one used something quite new to me .. .. Nuvo Jewel Drops and these were great fun to try.


So there we go .. .. at last I have woken up my little blog .. .. and tomorrow I will be around with a Teeny Tiny Tuesday creation.

Have a lovely evening everyone.