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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

Friday, 31 January 2020

PAWFECT CHRISTMAS

Hi Everyone

Happy Friday.

I hope all is well with you .. .. and if not that things improve pretty smartish!

Life is a little bit of a blur here at the moment with lots cracking off on the wedding front and also the life front in general to be fair .. .. hence me not making an appearance here in a while.

I still have lots of wedding invitations to make between now and the end of next week.  Weddings are what I have been concentrating on for the majority of my time.  Happy couples all excitedly waiting to send stationery out ahead of their summer weddings.

But I do need to share the last of my January Christmas cards to prove I have met my quota (I am trying to make five each month). 




These used:

Image, Sentiment and Papers all from Tinker N Co Digital "Chesterton"
Ribbon
Charms
Snowflakes and Gems
My Trusty Sewing Machine

So January Christmas is complete .. .. just in time!!!  Five Christmas cards in my stock box!

I am taking the first of my cards over to share in Di's Snippets Playground Challenge where we are encouraged to use up our snippets.  My snippets are all the plain matting layers and the ribbons.  The little dog reminded me so much of Dudley (Di's cute little dog) that I just had to use it for a snippet card.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

TEENY TINY TUESDAY

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you have all had a good day.

I spent some time at the weekend making up a stack of card bases in readiness for some cardmaking hyperactivity (she hopes!!) .. .. and of course this inevitably left me with an equal pile of "scrapling" cards (trimmed down a little to be 6.5 x 13.5cm).  These are going down just as well with my customers as my teeny tiny makes .. .. .. so there are going to be lots more of them in the pipeline.

So one of each today.  A scrapling and a teeny tiny make (which are just under 9cm square).




These used:

Images and Sentiment for the Teeny Tiny Card:  Clear Magic Singles Stamp Set "JGS573" Sweet Tweet
Sentiment for the Scrapling Card:  Wow! "Stamp Set 33" Big Words
Design Papers "Sizzix Little Sizzles" .. .. Country and Pastels
Distress Ink Pads:  Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron and Bundled Sage
ProMarkers (for the tiny dots I didn't have the patience to cut out and paper-piece)
Gems and Sticky Dew Drops
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.

I do love a good paper-piecing session!


Sunday, 19 January 2020

CHRISTMAS LOVE

Hi Everyone

I hope your Sunday has been a good one.

A nice relaxing one here which has seen me working on a batch of intricate wedding invitations .. .. .. ..  whilst Mr Heart has been watching a bit of the old footie.

I decided to have a little break from the invites though and make a Christmas card as I am nowhere near the five I would like to have by the end of January (I thought five a month would be a good target if I could manage it .. .. and so far I only have one!!).

I decided to play along with the CAS Christmas Card Challenge for January where the theme is to "include a tag" and as I have included a penguin in my design I can also have another entry into the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the theme is "penguin parade".

So here we go:




This used:

Image:  My Lovely Studio "Ice Christmas"  (sorry cannot see where to link to)
Backing Paper:  My Lovely Studio "Jingle Bells Book Print"
ProMarkers
Dovecraft Snowflake Embossing Folder
Washi Tape
Diamond Stickles
White Gel Pen
Ribbon
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today .. .. and Christmas card number two has gone into the stock box!


Saturday, 18 January 2020

HAPPY SATURDAY

Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday .. ..  and a happy weekend too.  I hope it is proving to be a good one for you.

It was a cold and slightly icy start here but it turned into a lovely day eventually with some beautiful sunshine.  

It is possible that the gorgeous weather may have influenced my choice of colours today for playing along with the CAS Mix Up Card ChallengeThe theme for January is "Partial Die-cutting".   

I used the two compulsory elements of Partial Die-Cutting and Stamping and then my own choices from the optional list.  I picked masking, ink blending with a brush, watercolouring and splattering and here is my finished creation:




This used:  

Image:  Crafter's Companion "Flutterby Stamp and Metal Die"
Doodles and Flowers: Whimsy Stamps "CWSD226" FaDoodles
Sentiment:  DigiStamp Boutique Clear Stamp (sadly no longer trading)
Backing Paper:  Make & Create "Floral Feelings"
Distress Ink Pads:  Spiced Marmalade and Fossilised Amber

I did my partial die cut panel first and decided that it wasn't very clever to have such a delicate antenna hanging over the edge .. .. so I stamped and cut the butterfly out again from yellow tinted design paper, painted it and stuck it over the partial die-cut panel to strengthen the delicate parts.

Off to link up now!

For those who have enquired as to how my big crafty tidy up is going .. .. .. well all I can say is "slowly".  It is going to be a really long job as not only am I trying to sort my craft pod .. .. but the wedding room needs lots of tlc too.  But whilst there are still weddings to be finished it won't be a final clear up in there until probably this time next year!

Each day I aim to make some form of improvement and "hone in" on just one thing and sort that!  Some days it is just something small, but if it makes a clear space or empties a box when I have finished then it counts!!  It is surprising how much you can sort in 20 minutes if you put your mind to it and focus!

Hopefully catch you again soon.


Friday, 17 January 2020

BEEHAVE!

Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!

Just calling in quickly with a card that came together nice and quickly using papers and card from my ever increasing snippet collection!

I have challenged myself to use up as many of these as possible this year because they are getting out of control now and way past a joke! 

So here we go:




This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2083J" Beehave!!
Sentiment:  From a lovely clear stamp set by DigiStamp Boutique (sadly no longer trading)
Backing Papers:  From my snippet collection (but I could probably track down where they came from if anyone is desperate to know)
ProMarkers
Crystal Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am scurrying over to Pixie's Snippets Playground to share my little creation there.

.. .. .. and whilst you are over on Di's blog please take time to read this post here .. .. but be prepared to feel very sad after you have read it.  Even if you didn't know or have any contact with the lovely Mary (the lady Di is talking about)  .. .. I am sure your heart will go out to her.   I will definitely be going through my stash to see what I can donate.

Huge thanks also to Di who has the biggest and most unselfish heart I have ever come across!!  Bless you!  I feel honoured to call you my friend.


Tuesday, 14 January 2020

PHOTO HEAVY POST

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday .. .. well what is left of it!!

Where on earth is January disappearing too?  Is it just me or does Christmas feel like a lifetime ago already?

Lots happening here on the wedding and magazine front and no crafty playtime happening .. .. but things will calm down soon I'm sure.

The latest Make Special Cards magazine is on the shelves at the moment so I can at least share some of my favourite makes with you from that .. .. the stamps and papers were gorgeous!








As I am sure you will have guessed by now that I was working with a love, romance and French theme and my fellow designer Hazel France got to work with the cute little hedgehogs..


Catch you again soon hopefully.



Monday, 6 January 2020

A STITCH IN TIME

Hi Everyone

Happy Monday!

A sparkly new week is upon us .. .. .. and I have lots I need to cram into it.

I have made a start on the "big crafty tidy up" that desperately needs to happen .. .. .. the first job being to clear a pathway to my sewing machine and get that up and running again. 

It is going to take ages to get everything organised and put away as it should be .. .. but I am going for the option of  "a little bit every day" rather than trying to sort everything all at once.

So with my sewing machine back in action this is what I came up with:




This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1656K" A Stitch in Time
Sentiment:  Penny Black Tranparent "30-105" Gratitude
Backing Papers:  Craft Sensations "Mysterious Purple"
ProMarkers
Ribbon
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine .. .. yay!!  

and that is me for today.

Catch you again soon.


Friday, 3 January 2020

YOU THOUGHT IT WAS ALL OVER

Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!  (had to stop and think what day it was then!) LOL!!!

Well  you thought Christmas was over and done with .. .. well Christmas 2019 might be complete but for me I am going to do the same as I did last year and make Christmas cards all year .. .. and today is my first!  

It made such a difference in the run up to Christmas to have a lovely stash of cards behind me that I want exactly the same to happen this year .. .. .. and preferably with even more in the box.  

So here is Christmas card number one for popping into my currently empty Christmas box:




This used:

Image:  Lili of the Valley "Snowy Hugs" 
Sentiment:  Kaisercraft Clear Stamp Set "North Pole"
Backing Paper:  Paper Choice Printables "Tartan" via Etsy
Poppy Stamps Die Set:  Stitched Market Tag
Ribbon and Cord
Nail Heads
Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Off now to add my project to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the theme is "Penguin Parade".

Our tree and decorations are coming down over the weekend .. .. boo hoo!!  The house is going to look very dull and boring this time tomorrow!

Catch you soon.


Wednesday, 1 January 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Hi Everyone

Happy New Year!  I hope that it is going to be a happy and super crafty one for everyone.

No super rash promises/resolutions from this end .. .. for the first time ever .. .. because I know this year is going to be super chaotic before I even get start on it.  Mainly down to Mr Heart who is taking early retirement at the end of March .. .. and I get the feeling that my life is about to change big time.  But I am hoping to try lots of new techniques this year alongside completing my last year of wedding work!

Anyway, back to Christmas.  I hope you all had a wonderful and happy time.  Did anyone else give themselves blisters by needing to chop far too many vegetables? 

Christmas in the house of hearts was lovely, with my little nest nice and full again as all the family came home .. .. just for a while.  But now they have all flown away again. Boo hoo!!

But I suppose all good things must come to an end .. .. and soon I will be back into the old routine for just a few weeks, before retirement chaos hits .. .. but not until all those sheets and towels have been laundered and I get my crafty pod back into some sense of tidiness. 

Just a quick birthday card to share today that was put together on the dining room table because I couldn't get to the desk or my sewing machine in the craft pod .. .. ..




This used:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set "664163" Wildflower Stems #1
Paper Smooches Wise Dies "FBD120" Birthday Words
Make & Create Paper Pad "Sweet Colours"
Distress Oxide Ink Pads:  Frayed Burlap, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries
Unbranded stitched square die set

The lovely Sizzix Die Set was delivered by Santa and I have been itching to cut and colour it all Christmas.  Today I finally got the chance.

Happy new year wishes .. .. ..