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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.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

SNIPPETS & RUDOLPH DAY CHALLENGE

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday .. .. I hope you are all making the most of the lovely sunshine .. .. after all who knows how long it will last?  

On Saturday I shared a Christmas card I had made and mentioned at the time that it would be good to make the same card but in different colours .. .. so that is what I did on Sunday and I finally have chance to post them here .. .. 




These used:

Images:  Hero Arts "K5620" and "H5629"
Sentiment:  Penny Black "30316" Season's Gifts
Memento Dew Drop Ink Pads:  Rose Bud, Teal Zeal, Toffee Crunch, Pear Tart & Pistachio (the green card ended up with two colours on it for some reason)
X-Cut Heart Punch
Pearls
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Not sure which colour I like the most.

So I thought I would share my makes in the Rudolph Day Challenge and also in Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge where we are encouraged to use up our leftovers.  I was able to use up some of the white card snippet mountain and a few glitter card snippets so I was well chuffed.

The Rudolph Day Challenge is a great prompt for us to get ahead of our Christmas makes.  You know .. .. those cards we end up making in a last minute panic and flurry come November/December (well I say "we" .. .. but I definitely mean "me").  But this year it is going to be VERY different!!  I am going to be super organised .. .. she says with her fingers tightly crossed!!.

These four cards have bumped my Christmas card total up into double figures .. .. woo hoo!! .. ..  and I now have a grand total of 11 cards sitting waiting in my Christmas stock box.  Not a huge amount I know, but better than I have manged in previous years .. .. and it is still early days!

Anyway . . . off to go and cross some work of that "crafty do list" next.

Catch you soon

Sunday, 24 February 2019

THIS WEEK'S FESTIVE MAKE

Hi Everyone

I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend.

Isn't the lovely burst of sunshine we have been treated to a welcome sight?  Well apart from making the windows look a bit like they haven't seen any TLC in a while!!  Eeekkk!

Certainly my brides who got married last week were treated to lovely sunshine on their wedding days.  Who would have thought February weddings could be blessed with such beautiful weather.

Apologies for my quiet blog.  It has been all work and no play this week .. .. but I hadn't made my Christmas make for this week so decided I had better crack on and get one done .. .. and here it is:




This used:

Images:  Hero Arts "K5620" and "H5629"
Sentiment:  Penny Black "30316" Season's Gifts
Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad "Sweet Plum"
X-Cut Heart Punch
Pearls
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I really enjoyed making this card and now want to make it in lots of different colours! But for now this is Christmas Card number 7 into my stock box.

I am hopeful that this week is going to be a bit less pressured and that I will have chance to do a bit more posting.  We shall see!


Thursday, 14 February 2019

MAKE CARDS TODAY

Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday .. .. and happy Valentine's Day.

I hope some love will come your way in one form or another today.

It has been a busy wedding week here which has seen me completing lots of venue stationery.  I  have two brides getting married this week.  One tomorrow and another on Saturday so definitely lots of love in the air for those happy couples.  Let's hope there will be some of the wonderful sunshine in the air too that has been making a bit of an appearance this week.

So nothing has been made especially for my blog since the weekend .. .. but what I can share are a few of my makes that went into the current edition of Make Cards Today  magazine which is now on sale.  

There was a bit of a cute bird theme running through the projects I was asked to work on.  The first here was part of a decoupage commission and the others were part of a stamping commission.









Hopefully the weather will be nice enough for me to take Mum for a walk out later.  We are already looking forward to the spring weather appearing as walks out have been rather chilly for her these past few months .. .. .. no matter how many layers we dress her in.  Someone suggested her having a little hot water bottle under her coat so we might have to try that!

To make her smile come meal time I made her a little cottage pie in a heart shaped dish last night.  That can be cooking away whilst we put the world to rights later.

So enjoy your day everyone and I will catch you again soon.


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

GUEST DESIGNER FOR CHRISTMAS KICKSTART CHALLENGE #4

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

Here super bright and early today with a scheduled post .. .. .. and wearing a little elf costume if you will!!

Yes, the lovely Jo, owner of the Christmas Kickstart Challenge, asked me a few weeks ago if I would be a guest designer this fortnight .. .. for the theme "Have a Heart".  Luckily there are quite a few hearts in various guises in my craft pod, so I was more than happy to accept Jo's kind offer.

This is the creation I have put together in the hope of inspiring others to take part:




This used:  Image:  Penny Black "2754H" Xmas Kiss
Sentiment:  Hobby Art Clear Stamp Set "CS059D" Winter Wishes
Backing Papers:  First Edition Papers "All That Glitters"
Poppy Stamps Die Set:  Stitched Market Tag
ProMarkers
Chalk
Ribbon
Pearls
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is it!

If you fancy playing along and adding  to your Christmas Card box nice and early, then head over to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge and remember to "Have a Heart".

It will make a change for me to me looking for your hearts LOL!!

Jo has also included the option of you using Sketch Number 30 from my collection .. .. which looks like this:


but this isn't compulsory.  It is just an added option.

So there we go.  I hope you get chance to take part .. .. and thank you Jo for asking me to be an Elf for the next fortnight. 
I am so pleased your challenge is proving to be so popular.

Have fun everyone .. .. and in the meantime that is Christmas card number 6 into my stock box!


Saturday, 9 February 2019

BLEEDING ART TISSUE TECHNIQUE

Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday .. .. I hope your weekend has got off to a good start.

I have a lovely blog friend called Pauline (though as she doesn't have a blog herself I suppose you would call her an "email friend") .. .. but for quite a number of years now we have shared emails.  Not lots .. .. just one special big one in the period between Christmas and New Year.  It is where we discuss things that have happened since our last emails, how our Christmas has been and our hopes and dreams for the coming year.

Pauline enjoys going to workshops and one she was hoping to visit this year will be run by Eileen Godwin.  Not a lady I have come across during my crafty journey (so many fantastic people I still need to discover) .. .. but boy oh boy was I pleased that Pauline had mentioned Eileen and sent me a link to her blog "Eileen's Crafty Zone".  (Thanks again Pauline XXX).

I watched some of Eileen's many You Tube videos and particularly enjoyed one featuring the "Bleeding Art Tissue Technique".

All fired up I was ready to have "just a quick play" and rushed to the craft pod armed with tissue paper .. .. but sadly my tissue paper wasn't the right sort.  Mine was of the "non-bleed" variety so did absolutely nothing .. .. but an internet search found me the right sort and I ordered a pack asap! 

It arrived earlier this week but unfortunately there was no time to play .. .. .. to be honest there was no time today either but I just couldn't wait any longer .. .. and this is what I made:




This used:

Images:  Stampendous! -  "P107" Agapanthus Cluster
A very old wooden script background stamp with no markings
Scrapberrys Stencil "Petals Pattern"
Sentiment:  Hunkydory Die Set "Framed With Love"
Butterfly:  Memory Box Dies "Moonlight Butterfly & Kaleidoscope Butterfly"
Distress Ink:  Bundled Sage
Memento Ink:  London Fog
Crystal Glamour Dust
Bleeding Tissue Paper
Ribbon
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Obviously not as good as Eileen's but for a first play I don't think I did too bad.  Next time I think I need to get things "a little bit less wet" although I do like how some of the colours have mixed together.

I definitely feel lots of play sessions coming on (when the other work allows it) .. .. and my sheets of tissue are certainly going to go a long, long way as you don't use much at all!

This technique is definitely going to be good for using up some of those boxes of white card snippets!!  But I now feel I would like more stencils and silhouette stamps!!  LOL!!

Anyway, that is me for today.

Hopefully I will find time to throw a few snippets together tomorrow.


Friday, 8 February 2019

CHRISTMAS KICKSTART CHALLENGE

Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!

Another week has disappeared super fast .. .. .. and it has been wedding work all the way!  Hence no time to make anything for my blog unfortunately.

But I had better get my Christmas make for this week done smartish .. .. otherwise the week will be gone and a new years resolution will be broken .. .. and we can't have that happening so early into the new year can we?!?!?

So here it is .. .. .. all ready for taking over to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the theme for this fortnight is "Festive Felines" .. .. ..




This used:

Image:  Digistamp Boutique "Large Christmas Cats" (very sadly no longer trading boo hoo!!!)
Sentiment:  Computer generated using font "Zipty Do"
Distress Inks:  Faded Jeans and Weathered Wood for a watercoloured sky
ProMarkers
White Embossing Powder
Crystal Glamour Dust
Gems
Snowflake stamp with no name .. .. but a favourite that never gets put away.  It has sat on my desk for years being a Christmas present that my Nieces bought me 

and that is it!  Christmas card number 5 into the box. Woo hoo!  I must admit I am really enjoying making Christmas cards in a more relaxed manner.

Hoping to catch you again over the weekend ... have a good one everyone!!


Saturday, 2 February 2019

I DON'T ALWAYS SEW STRAIGHT

Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good Saturday ahead of hopefully a good Sunday too!

So January is done and dusted in the blink of an eye and we are into February already!  I hope the whole year isn't going to go this fast.

We have been lucky here snow wise so far and have missed out on it completely .. .. though the other day when I went to Mum's I turned a corner and the road and pavements were fine but then a few hundred yards later I was met by snow on the pavements and trees.  How weird .. .. but I guess it has to stop and start somewhere! 

Don't the trees look beautiful all covered in frost!  Even those pesky cobwebs I walk into in the garden suddenly look amazing and make you appreciate just how much hard work they must be to create.

No frost today though .. .. just really cold temperatures .. .. just perfect for staying snuggled indoors and cracking on with some of that wedding work and a quick play with my Oxide Inks to produce this paper pieced creation:




This used::

Image:  Penny Black "3865K" Gossamer
Sentiment: Penny Black "30-297" Sprinkles and Smiles
Backing Papers:  Docrafts - Forever Friends Kraft Notes
Distress Oxide Ink Pad:  Faded Jeans
Distress Ink Pad:  Worn Lipstick
First Edition:  Torn Edge Nesting Dies
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Ribbon
Glass seed beads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is it!

All finished and ready for entering into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for February where the theme is "anything goes" as always .. .. but with the optional theme of flowers!

Catch you again soon and stay safe and warm.