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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.

Monday, 21 June 2021

HARE IN THE MIDDLE

Hi Everyone

Happy Monday .. .. .. I hope you all had a good weekend and all the Dads enjoyed their special day. 

I needed to get up bright and early to clear the dining room table (yet again) ready for our youngest Son coming to celebrate the day with his Dad .. .. unfortunately the London Kids weren't able to be here but we had a good catch up on Facetime!

We can't wait for the day to arrive when we will all be together again.  It feels like a lifetime since we were.

A while back (in the good old days) I was fortunate to visit the offices of Immediate Media and whilst there got to sit in on a pre-issue planning meeting.  One set of cards that really stuck in my mind used a technique called "retiform".  

I thought about the technique over the weekend and decided to give it a go for the background of my card.  Not too bad for a first attempt.





This used:

Images:

Woodware Clear Stamp Set "JGS699" Hare in the Middle
Woodward Clear Stamp Set "JGS300" Going to Seed
Sentiment:  LOTV "Simply Cute Sentiments"
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set "664382A" Springtime Borders
X-Cut Flower Punch
Distress Ink Pads and Memento Dewdrop Ink Pads
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am taking this over to the As You See It Challenge where the theme is "Masculine".

Hopefully catch you again soon .. .. 

Thursday, 17 June 2021

HAPPY NEW HOME

Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday!  Well I think it is Thursday!  To be honest it has been such a topsy turvy week that I am not really sure what day it is anymore!  LOL!! 

Just a quick post today to share a card I made for pushing through the door of our new neighbours .. .. such a lovely young couple with a sweet little girl.  They have been excited about moving in for months but needed to wait for work to be done on the property first.  So we have got to know them slowly when they would come for a peep at how things were progressing.

This week they have finally taken up residence.  Yay!!


This used:

Sentiment:  Inkylicious Clear Stamp "New Home"
Backing Paper:  The English Paper Company (very, very, very old but very loved)
Gold Embossing Powder
Ribbon
ProMarker
White Gel Pen
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and for those who struggled finding the heart on the card from my last blog post .. .. .. there were at least two .. ..  .. thank you for still looking for them ..  .. .. mwah!!!!


Enjoy the rest of your day.

Monday, 14 June 2021

MOUSE BALLOONS

Hi Everyone

I hope your day has been a good one.

A birthday card from me today which I am taking over to the Bugaboo Catch the Bug Challenge Blog:



This used:

Image:  Bugaboo "Mouse Balloons"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Aracne Condensed Regular"
Backing Paper:  From the snippet mountain
ProMarkers
My Trusty Sewing Machine

So no opening of everywhere in England by the Government .. .. surprise, surprise .. .. but I "was" surprised that the number of people allowed to go to a wedding from the 21st June onwards isn't limited to 30 any more.  

Lots of  happy couples will be celebrating tonight .. .. .. the actual wedding celebrations won't be quite as we know them from times gone by .. .. but at least people can get married with more of their friends and family.  Probably after having their happy day cancelled numerous times in the past!

Catch you again soon.

Saturday, 12 June 2021

A NEW SKETCH

Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday, I hope all is well with everyone and you are enjoying another weekend!  Hopefully a sunny one!

A new sketch made its way into my Rectangular Sketch Library earlier in the week and today I actually had time to play with it and used it to create this:




This used:

Image:  Hero Arts "H2817"Garden Flowers Sketch
Sentiment:  an Ebay purchase without proper packaging but a reference number of PICS066
Backing Papers:  First Edition "J'Adore
ProMarkers
Ribbon
Pearls
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and Rectangular Sketch Number Four which looks like this (but my flower morphed into a tiny butterfly LOL!):


If anyone would like to use any of my sketches then please feel free do so so.  Both square and a few rectangular sketches are available on the tabs at the top of my blog.  More sketches for both tabs will be being added, but as the rectangular collection is new to my blog, that is the one I am trying to bulk up a little.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Catch you again soon.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

TEENY, TINY TUESDAY

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday.  

I hope you are blessed with the lovely sunshine that we are enjoying here today (sadly it does mean the washing line is going to be filled to capacity again though .. .. which means lots of ironing).  Boo hoo!!

Here with a teeny, tiny Tuesday make .. .. but one that is a little different to my normal teeny makes:




This used:

An empty rectangular hinged tin
Lots and lots of snippets
Dies
Stamps,
ProMarkers
Stencil
Quilling Paper
Pearls
Gems
Silver Gilding Wax
Silver Embossing Powder
Glamour Dust 
Distress Ink 
and of course My Trusty Sewing Machine!!

I was going to take this over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as all the card and paper used for decorating came from my snippet mountain .. .. .. but I then I remembered I have already entered this time so my make is simply for sharing with all my lovely blog visitors.

Enjoy the rest of your day .. .. .. and keep slapping the sun cream on!

Sunday, 6 June 2021

ALL HEARTS COME HOME

Hi Everyone

I hope you have enjoyed your weekend.

Yesterday was wonderful sunshine from start to finish here, but today has seen spells of rain and sunshine .. .. .. what gardeners would call "growing weather".  At least Mr Heart has been spared watering duties!  LOL!

Today I had my first proper play with "The Frisk Speckling Brush" I showed on my previous post .. .. ..  I speckled the image panel once all the work had been done on it (apart from adding the sentiment).  So I "speckled" thinking .. .. "I hope this works or I will have wasted my time"!  Thankfully all worked out OK and once the paint was dry I was able to stitch the sentiment in place and stitch the panel to its backing card.




This used:

Images and Sentiment:  Stampin Up! "Hearts Come Home"
Snippet of Green backing paper (which you can hardly see)
Distress Ink Pads:  Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire
Memento Dew Drop Ink Pads:  Rhubarb Stalk and Bamboo Leaves
Versafine Ink Pad:  Onyx Black
Slightly watered down White Acrylic Paint for the speckles
Frisk Speckling Brush
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am taking this over to Fezziwigs Festive Frolics Challenge where the theme this fortnight is "Red & Green".


I gained this stamp set "pre-loved" from Ebay a couple of weeks ago and it came with some beautiful dies alongside.  They will be played with another day .. .. but for now I am happy that another Christmas card is making its way into the stock box.

So that is me for today. I'll catch you again soon.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

NEW TOY

Hi Everyone

I hope your day has been a good one.

Mine saw a very cheap new little toy pushed through my letter box by Mr Amazon (other suppliers are available LOL!!) .. .. .. and here it is .. .. a brush for making tiny paint speckles from "Frisk".


I don't know about you but I normally use a small paintbrush for adding paint spattles to my creations but I often end up with big uneven blobs that I am not always keen on .. .. .. especially if I want to create something like a snowy sky.

With this brush you roll the paint bristles into your paint and slide the prong, that is set in the wood,  along the handle into the bristles.

You then hold the wooden section and turn the brush away from you using the circular handle  .. .. the ink/paint then spattles over your card.


I placed my card inside a cardboard box to spattle the paint .. .. .. .. using white acrylic paint which I watered down a little .. .. .. and for saying this was my first play I was quite pleased.


I am looking forward to future experiments .. .. .. this was just a quick 5 minute play I had before we wandered to spend the evening in my lovely sister's garden.  So lovely having her live so close to us.

Take care everyone.

Catch you again soon.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

TEENY, TINY TUESDAY

Hi Everyone

I hope your week has got off to a good start and that you have seen some of the lovely sunshine we have been having here in my little part of the world.

So lovely to see the garden springing back into life all bright with so many beautiful colours!

Today before I put the stamp set away that I used at the weekend, I decided to use another stamp and die from the same set to create a teeny tiny card. 

For anyone new to my blog these measure a whole 3.5inches square.




This used:

Image:  Hero Arts Stamp and Die Cut Set "657776"
Sentiment:  Clearly Besotted "Speaking Out"
Backing Papers:  From Snippet Mountain  (in fact everything for this card came from snippet mountain)
Spellbinder Nestabilities:  Scallop and Classic Circles
My Trusty Sewing Machine


and that is me for today.

A teeny, tiny post for a teeny tiny card.

Catch you again soon.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

BIRTHDAY GIRL

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend.

Mr Heart and I spent yesterday planting up the hanging baskets and pots on the patio .. .. .. and the sun shone on us .. .. eventually.  

It ended up as the first day in ages and ages that I hadn't actually made anything.  How sad that I was getting withdrawal symptoms and ended up getting up super early so I could get something made and stop my crafty fingers itching!

This is what I came up with:




This used:

Image:  Hero Arts Stamp and Die Cut Set "657776"
Sentiment:  Lili of the Valley "Embossed Labels"
Stampin' Up Stamp Set "Gorgeous Grunge"  (one of my favourite stamps sets from Stampin' Up! but I think one I gained from Ebay the other week might overtake it!)
Crafters Companion Diesire Dies "Scalloped Tags"
Backing Paper:  Craft Consortium "The Essential Craft Papers - Watercolours"
Gold Embossing Powder
Distress Ink Pad: Speckled Egg
Pearls
Ribbon
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am taking my card to two challenges:

The first is the "As You See It Challenge" where this fortnight the theme is to follow a recipe.

1.  Birthday theme ... ... tick!
2.  Heat Embossing ... ... tick!'
3.  Ribbon/Twine ... ... tick!
4.  Patterned Paper ... ... tick!
5.  Die Cut ... ... tick!

This is a fairly new challenge to me and one I am really enjoying.  Every fortnight the challenge theme  changes and the variety that they come up with is brilliant!  (Must admit I am looking forward to the next 10 minute challenge .. .. .. I really enjoyed that last time).


My card is also making its way into Pixies Crafty Snippets Playground Challenge where we are encouraged to use up our snippets and "odd and ends of paper, card, ribbon etc".  Everything on my card came from my snippet mountain except the card base .. ... .. even that scrap of ribbon!.


and that is me for today.

Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend .. .. if you are allowed one .. .. and I hope you get to enjoy some sunshine!

Thursday, 27 May 2021

HOLIDAY HUGS

Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday!

I hope your week is going well.

A bright start to today here .. .. with a clear sky and sunshine!  Just the sort of day for sharing a Christmas card don't you think?  LOL!!!

My card is for taking over to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge .. .. where the theme is currently "Santa and Friends".



This used:

Image:  Penny Black "40-081" Holiday Hugs
Sentiment:  Woodware "FRS771" Merry & Bright
Backing Paper:  Make & Create "Lovely Mystery"
Sizzix Thinlits Die:  "660978" Woodlands
ProMarkers
Metallic Cord

I hope you have sunshine where you are and that you enjoy your day!

Still lots on my "crafty must do list" that I am working my way through  .. .. .. with the most exciting part being the work I am doing for a wedding that was postponed last year and is hopefully going to be taking place when everything potentially opens up again next month.  My fingers are very tightly crossed for the lovely happy couple!

Right .. .. ..off to try and work some miracles!  

Friday, 21 May 2021

CHEESECAKE PARADE

Hi Everyone

I hope your week has been a good one and you are ready for your weekend.  I was hoping this week was going to be an improvement for blog posting and visiting .. .. but sadly it wasn't to be. 

I will just have to keep my fingers crossed that improvements are on the horizon!

Here tonight though with a quick share .. .. .. 




This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1674K" Cheesecake Parade"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Aracne Condensed Regular"
Backing Papers:  Craft Sensations and Pink Petticoat
ProMarkers
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  

Personally I am hoping I will be able to stay indoors and craft away to my heart's content.  There is still lots I need to cross of my crafty "must do" list, and the more I cross off the more seems to be being added.  No rest for the wicked!  LOL!!

Have a good one everyone.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

BLUEBELLS

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

Here today with a card for the As You See It Challenge where this week we have to fill in the blank in the following sentence:

MY FAVOURITE
FIRST FLOWER
OF SPRING 
IS ........................



I love all the Spring flowers that appear in my garden.  It is always lovely to see them bringing the garden back to life again after the dullness of winter .. but my favourite is the 

BLUEBELL

It is just a shame they don't stay around for very long .. .. .. which means .. .. .. as with most things in life .. .. .. we have to make the most of them and appreciate them while we can.

So here is my creation:




This used:

Image:  Bluebell (A very, very old and much loved digi image from Christine Dark - she doesn't have a store anymore sadly but used to be called Sketching Stamper .. .. .. just in case you have downloads from the olden days lurking on your computer).
Backing paper .. .. .. from the snippet box
Die Set:  Julie Hickey Rectangle Layers, Frames and Banners
ProMarkers



and that is me for today.

Trying to get lots crossed of my "must do" list this week so have had to blow the dust off the alarm clock .. .. .. what a shock!!!  LOL!!!

Take care everyone.