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A very warm welcome to my teeny, tiny part of the huge world of blogging. This is where I 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 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, 11 September 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

I hope your week so far has been a good one.  Mine has been one of those where time seems to be flying by far too fast!

Today is our youngest son's birthday.  The son who lives local to us and is trying hard to pursue a music career alongside his student support work at the local college.

My day started with our normal birthday routine where I arrive at his good and early armed with a warm bacon sandwich, a packed lunch for his dinner break and his pressies and birthday cards.  I then give him a lift to work.  

So a morning when he doesn't have to make much effort!  Lucky lad!!!

This was his card for this year:

This used:

Image:  Visible Image "Music Speaks"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Backing Papers:  Craft Sensations "Pastels"
Distress Ink Pad:  Spiced Marmalade 
Green Embossing Powder
Musical Charm
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is it.

Our son loves his music and spends every waking hour composing, listening or dreaming about it (a bit like me with my crafting LOL!!). 

His music went alongside this really interesting video where 12 calligraphers wrote psalms throughout the evening in a cathedral in Saint Petersburg last year. 

I love the video so much and have watched it so many times, completely in awe of  the immense talent shown by everyone.  How they can write so beautifully and accurately in the first place amazes me .. .. let alone do it with a camera inches away from them!!  My hands would be shaking like billy-o!

Anyway, that is me for today.  Best crack on with that "must do" list before another day disappears in the blink of an eye!

Have a good one everyone.


Aunty Sue said...

What a fabulous card my nephew has a band ethan and the reformation and I know how hard it is. Wish him all the best and happy birthday to him

cotnob said...

A super card Jules, perfect for your musical son. You are a kind Mother, spoiling him on his Birthday, I hope he has a great day.
I'm playing catch up at the moment, I have just about finished the major sort out in my craft room.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Aquarius said...

What a fabulous card - so much thought obviously gone into the making and I'm sure Steve loved it as swell as appreciating the bacon buttie!!

cuilliesocks said...

Mu goodness Jules what beautifully haunting music your son has composed, for that wonderful video. It sounded so much like Russian Orthodox music but with a modern twist. I loved it. You must be so very proud of him. The calligraphy is amazing, I would love to be able to write like that.
Anyway, on to your card... it is perfect for a musician, I love the images and your design, your son will love it. Hope he had a fantastic birthday, Kate x

meg said...

Brilliant make Jules love the sentiment on the guitar

Carol S. said...

A fabulous design Jules and love the background. I have a love of music too and have to have the radio on day and night in my craft room!! It was my eldest sister's birthday today too. She is 85 and rather unwell with Alzheimers. Love and hugs, Carol S.xxxx

Kathleen said...

Love this card Jules, a really brilliant creation and just love the background that depicts the sound waves. Great guitar too, bet he loved it.

Kath x

Carole said...

This card is absolutely STUNNING it, and I can feel all the love that went into making it. It says it all! bet your son loved it! xx

Anne said...

It's still nice to spoil them even when they grow up! You made a wonderful card for your Son, I love everything about it
I went to the video to have a listen and ended up watching the whole way through, I did calligraphy for a while and it's so hard - there are some very talented people and the music was perfect, you are right to be proud
Anne x

Sarah said...

Good old Mum!! What a treat for your Son on his Birthday, bacon sarnies, a packed lunch and a sensational card with such a fabulous message too. You must be enormously proud of your Son, what a beautiful piece of music, it compliments the mesmerising footage of those calligraphers perfectly xx

Cristina said...

Hi Jules! The personalized card that you prepared for your son was very beautiful, sure he liked it a lot, I wish him congratulations. I hope you are lucky in your musical career and fill you with many satisfactions!
A kiss

Stamps and Paper said...

Fabulous card Jules


Pop's Cards said...

Good morning I just love this for a guy card, hope your son had a great birthday, hugs Pops x