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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.

Friday, 13 December 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!  I hope all is well with you.

How are all your plans going?

I have "nearly" completed my "must do" crafting list.  Just a few more days of keeping my head down and I will then be able to turn my attention to getting the house cleaned and decorated ready for Christmas .. .. .. which will then just leave the wrapping and delivering of our gifts.

A few more cards are still needed .. .. but not as many as previous years that's for sure .. .. thanks in part to the lovely Jo starting her Christmas Kickstart Challenge this year.

I have tried really hard to enter each fortnight .. .. but sadly missed a few times due to other pressures .. .. but even playing along when I could has certainly reduced some of the pressure.  Thank you Jo!  I hope you will be continuing with the challenge next year?  You came up with some wonderful challenge themes.

Jo's would like to see this fortnight "The Christmas Story" and here is my offering

This used:

Nativity Die:  Unbranded from Ebay
Sentiment and stars (or are they snowflakes?!?!?!?):  Stampin' Up "Star of Light"
Distress Ink Pads:  Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick and a bit of Dusty Concord
Versacolor Ultimate Pigment Ink - White
Glitter Paper
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.

Have a good weekend everyone!


Carol S. said...

You might have this twice 'cos I had a problem with my laptop. A beautiful card. Love the background and the Nativity scene. That's Christmas. Our house is nearly back to normal and tree is going up tomorrow. Have a lovely, peaceful weekend. Big hugs, Carol S.xxxx

Aunty Sue said...

What a fab Christmas card with the true meaning of Christmas. Still shopping for presents and yet to get the tree out fingers crossed this weekend

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful card Jules...


Dotty Jo said...

Your card is beautiful, Jules! What a lovely scene and that background is a stunner. Thanks for your kind words about the challenge, and for all your support throughout the year! Jo x

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Jules, a lovely nativity scene and great background.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

meg said...

Beautiful nativity card

Kathleen said...

Really beautiful card, gorgeous background and a lovely scene, that is a great sentiment too.
I have never made any religious cards for Christmas because no-one I know goes to Church anymore, such a shame.

Kath x

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely beautiful Jules, love your inked background and the silhouette image, and that touch of sparkle is fabulous, Kate x x

Janis said...

I totally agree about how helpful Jo's Christmas Kickstart Challenge has been for getting our card stash built up through the year!! I was in MUCH better shape this December than ever before!

Your card is just gorgeous!!! LOVE that amazing blended background and the fabulous die cuts. I adore the sparkle you added. I was looking for the heart and couldn't find it...until I looked more closely at the star above the manger. <3 What a truly special CHRISTmas card!!
Thanks for joining us for "The Christmas Story" at Christmas Kickstart!!

Guest Elf

Sarah said...

A beautiful card depicting the Christmas Story. Love your background colours, very atmospheric xx

Viv said...

Inky background is yummy Jules! Lovely card. Hope all well in the House of Hearts. x

KandA said...

Beautiful card and a wonderful inked background xx

brenda said...

Hi Jules,

Just a quick message to say thanks for the card, computer crashed so lost all contacts etc., if you get a mo to mail me I can add you back in.

Have a good one and hope the man in red turns up on time.

B x