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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, 12 May 2021


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

Is your weather anything like ours .. .. beautiful glorious sunshine one minute and then throwing it down with rain by the bucketful the next?  

Just popping in today with a card for taking over to the "As You Like It" Challenge Blog where this fortnight they would like to see your favourite way of using ribbon on your cards.

Now anyone who knows me knows just how much I love ribbon.  I love tying it into big scrummy bows and I love adding just a strip between layers on a card to link colours together.  I love making different types of bows .. ..  .. .. but I also like to use up all the bits that I have collected over time.  After 10 years of wedding work and being someone who saves anything useable "just in case", I have lots of ribbon bits to use up.

So here we go.  Strips of grosgrain ribbon used to make a background behind a die cut heart:

This used:

Backing Paper:  Pink Petticoat "Isabelline"
Spellbinder Dies:  Heart
Sizzix Thinlits Dies:  "661806" Small Tattered Florals
Grosgrain ribbons
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today, I thought my card might make a nice wedding or wedding anniversary card.

Enjoy the rest of today and have a good day tomorrow.

Monday, 10 May 2021


Hi Everyone

Happy Monday!

I hope your weekend has been a good one!  Quite a bit achieved here .. .. .. but of course never enough!

Part of my crafty play yesterday involved another Christmas card for adding to my stock box.  This image really makes me smile. . . . . 

This used:

Image:  Bugaboo "Reindeer Peeker"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Black Script Printed Caps" (I quite like using this font because it prints with white areas that you can colour to match your image)
Backing Papers:  LOTV Frosty Christmas Blue (behind the reindeer) which is sadly no longer available, and a random plaid snippet from snippet mountain in the background
Glossy Accents
Gold Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I used my Craft Artist 2 programme to layer first the LOTV snowy background (washing out some of the colour as the original shade was a little dark for my needs) and then layered onto this the PNG reindeer file.  (PNG files block the background out, leaving the area inside your image white so you can colour it).  Lastly adding the sentiment.

Those little white dots I added to the background were cut using a small circle die that is supposed to be used for cutting a hole in the top of a tag.

So another Crimble Card into the box .. .. yay!!!

Enjoy your day everyone.

I am off to Mum in a bit.  We are hoping to go a walk out today .. .. .. but the sky isn't looking very promising.

Saturday, 8 May 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you have enjoyed your Saturday.

Definitely no bees in our garden today .. .. .. it has been far too wet.   But we do have two robins who have nested under our pergola and we have seen them lots today.  No doubt the rain has brought lots of worms to the surface for them.

But even if there were any bees they wouldn't look like this cute image:

This used:

Image: Penny Black "2243K" Bee Costume
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font Aracne Condensed Regular
Backing Papers:  Nitwit Collections "Wildflower Collection"
Martha Stewart Punch:  Daisy Edge Punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities:  Classic Circle and Scallop Circle
Nail Heads
Crystal Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am going to take my creation over to the "Sweet Stampin'" Challenge where this week the theme is "Things with Wings" .. .. .. bet they never expected a Cat to make an appearance LOL!!

Take care everyone, enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank you for calling by.

Thursday, 6 May 2021


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday .. .. we have woken up to sunshine today!  Yay!!  Let's hope it is going to last!

I am playing along with Fezziwigs Festive Frolics Challenge today where the theme this fortnight is "Festive Florals".

Not too many of those in my collection so I am hoping a partridge in a pear tree will count.

This used:

Image:  Stamps to Die For "Danielle's Partridge" plus matching die
Sentiment:  Clearly Besotted "Rockin' Robin"
Backing Paper:  This is an old snippet of design paper that I created a while ago by printing a Pink Petticoat script design onto white card and then I ran it through my printer again to add a green snowflake design on top.  I designed this paper years ago and have re-created it over and over again as I love it so much.
Glossy Accents
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is another Christmas card into the box.  Woo hoo!

I'll catch you again soon.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

I hope life has been being kind to you.

I must admit I intended to post this creation yesterday .. .. .. but I got drawn into watching the snooker and time disappeared.

But I am here now, and am taking my card over to the As You See It Challenge which this fortnight is a colour challenge

This used:

Floral Images:  My Favorite Things "Plentiful Petals" and matching Die Set
Sentiment:  Mama Elephant "Make a Wish"
Variety of Ink Pads (the nearest colours I had to the challenge)
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and the colours for the challenge are:

Scrummy colours aren't they? .. .. and I must admit not necessarily ones I would have considered using.  

That is the beauty of  challenges for me .. .. they make you think differently.  Fancy playing along or just eating the macaroons?

I did wonder whether my spelling was correct and wondered if it should be macaroons or macarons .. .. .. .. and the interesting fact for today is that macaroons are made using shredded coconut and macrons use almond meal!   Thanks for that Mr Google.  Must admit I have never eaten either.

Enjoy your day everyone.

Saturday, 1 May 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope your weekend has got off to a good start.  Can you believe it is May already?!?!?!?  

This year is certainly flying by don't you think?

We have managed a bit of gardening here today .. .. .. and as always there is lots to do out there.  We need Monty Don to come and stay for a couple of months to help us get everything in order.

I did have a quick crafty play though for taking over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The theme is always "anything goes" (provided it includes Penny Black goodies of course) .. .. or you can go for the added option this month of "Clean and Simple".  

I opted for clean and simple (mainly because I need to learn to love white space more):

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3633K" Clusters
Sentiment:  Penny Black "30-105" Gratitude
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend .. .. and bank holiday Monday when it arrives.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you are going to have a good day.  

I woke up early convinced that it was Thursday today .. .. so I now feel like I have a whole extra day in my week!  LOL!!  I am definitely going to make the most of it.  Lots and lots on my list that I am hoping to accomplish before bedtime.

Today I am sharing a teeny, tiny card. 

I haven't made any of these for a while and my stock of them is starting to dwindle.  For anyone new to my blog they are a whole 3.5 inches square and are perfect for using up those small pieces of card and paper that we just can't bear to part with.  Even the envelope only needs a 6" square of paper.

This used:

Image:  Stampin' Up!  "Jar of Love" plus matching die set
Sentiment:  Verve Stamps "Thankful Hearts"
Backing Papers:  GCD Studios "Ella Blue"  
Go Kreate Die:  Frilly Square #3
X-Cut Punch:  Tiny Butterfly (very old, but very useful)
Memento Dewdrop Ink Pads
Distress Ink Pad:  Tumbled Glass
Teeny tiny pearls for a Teeny Tiny Card
We are Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
(Shock horror .. .. .. no sewing machine).

So that is me for now.

Off now to make the most of the rest of the day .. .. .. and hopefully this evening I will have chance to catch up with my blog visiting as I am a little behind with that.  Sorry folks :-(

Sunday, 25 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend.  Hasn't the weather been brilliant!

Fingers crossed we are going to have a lovely sunny summer this year.

So with the sun shining beautifully .. .. .. I make a Christmas card!  LOL!!!

This used:

Image:  Clearly Besotted clear stamp set "One More Sleep" (half price at the moment and I just couldn't resist it)
Distress Ink Pads:  Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky and Pumice Stone
Stampendous! Chunky White Embossing Enamel (heat set from underneath so it doesn't fly everywhere)
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am taking this over to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where theme is "You Sleigh Me".   So time to bring out your Santa sleighs!

But don't panic .... it isn't really one more sleep.  If the website I looked on is correct we actually have 244 sleeps!  So if we make one card a week until Christmas we will have nearly 35!  Is that going to be enough for you?   It definitely won't be for me!!  

Take care everyone.

I will catch you again soon.

Friday, 23 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you are well and enjoying the week.

Life has been super busy here in the House of Hearts .. .. .. but that said, I am a weird and hyperactive kind of person and the busier I am, the busier I want to be and I keep coming up with new things that I want to try.  If only I didn't need to sleep or do housework!!  Just think of all that extra time I would have LOL!!

I have been playing for the As You See It Challenge.  This is a new challenge to me and you may remember me playing along a few days ago where you had to make a card in under 10 minutes.  This week we are asked to use their simple layout (with no time constraints this time LOL!!).

This is what I came up with:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3344J" Rosy!
Sentiment:  Digistamp Boutique clear sentiment stamp set  (sadly no longer trading)
Backing Papers: Pink Petticoat "Perfect Papers"
Unbranded Fishtail Die from Amazon
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and the simple layout which was provided:

and that is me for today. 

Catch you again soon.

Monday, 19 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and your week has got off to a good start. 

Definitely some more lovely sunshine here which was great to see!

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while may remember that on the run up to last Christmas I decided I was going to try and make all of my Christmas cards.  Well, I did make "most of them" .. .. and we got some lovely thank you messages afterwards which I thought was nice.

So I am thinking that if I get started early enough I might be able to make "all of them" this year.  So I am trying to design some super quick digital makes, save the files to my computer, and I will be "good to go" whenever I get a spare moment to pull some together.

This first design has been put together using a selection of different digital images and my Serif Craft Artist programme.

This used:

Image:  Bugaboo "Snowflake Reindeer Silhouette"
Background Image:  Huckleberry Hearts (Etsy) "Watercolor Clipart Set"
Sentiment:  Digistamp Boutique (sadly no longer trading)
Backing Paper:  The Lovely Studio "Doodle Flakes"
The Little Stars came from a Memory Box Die "Snowflake Heart"
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am also taking this over to Fezziwigs Festive Frolics Challenge where the theme this fortnight is "Oh Deer".   Just hoping my images counts.  Is a Reindeer the same as a Deer?

Catch you again soon folk.

Saturday, 17 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good week.

We have been blessed with some lovely sunshine here .. .. .. let's hope it is going to continue for a while whilst we try to catch up on some of those outdoor chores that need attending to!!  (Though to be fair even if it rains I have more than enough chores indoors as well to keep me busy)!!!

I noticed .. .. ..  what only feels like a couple of days ago .. .. .., that Di  has reached her 400th challenge post over at Pixie's Snippets Challenge.  

Well done Di!  
Just think how many snippets you have encouraged us to put to good use.

I was determined to play along for this landmark challenge and when I nipped over to see how long I had left to enter I was shocked to see there were only hours left!!!  I thought there was at least a week .. .. .eeeekkk!!!

So I decided I had better quickly pull a few snippets from the ever growing mountain range (hoping there wasn't an avalanche in the process) and get cracking.

Everything on my card was a snippet, the only thing that wasn't is my card base.  Thankfully my jar of flowers was able to be put together from die-cuts that were already stamped and cut.  I keep them all in an old Chinese takeaway container .. .. .. ready for when a quick card is needed (like today LOL!!)

This is what my snippets turned into:

This used:

Backing Papers:  GCD Studios "Ella Blue"
Sentiment Panel:  Julie Hickey "Birthday Background"
Stamp Set:  Stampin' Up!  "Jar of Love
Spellbinders Nestabilities:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
Dew Drop Ink Pads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

In fact looking at my ingredients this post could have been called "a few of my favourite things" as they all rank high on my crafty "love" list!

Enjoy your weekend everyone - must fly and link up smartish!

Thursday, 15 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope your Thursday has gone well.

Just a quick post from me today using an image that I always enjoy colouring. 

I have a box into which I put spare stamped / printed out images and I love delving into the box when I am in the mood for a serious colouring session.  They then move into a "coloured and waiting to be turned into a card" box.  

This coloured image made its way onto a card front this evening, but to be honest I have printed it out so large that there isn't a lot you can do in the background.  It is one large, fun, cute image!!

This used:

Image: LOTV "You are my Sunshine"
Sentiment:  LOTV "Everything's Better Sentiments"
Backing Papers:  DCWV "The Gilded Paper Stack" (a very old and never ending beautiful stack)
Crystal Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.

Short and sweet.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021


Hi Everyone

Well all this sunshine we have been having (in-between the snow showers) has woken up the pesky dandelions!  Mr Heart's least favourite flower.

He tries so hard to remove each and every one of them from our garden .. .. but of course once they are in full bloom in other people's gardens the seeds blow across like confetti in the air .. .. and he's never happy about that.

But once "I" see my first dandelion then I immediately think of one particular stamp in my collection and simply have to colour it up .. .. this one .. .. ..

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2070K" Frequent Flyer
Sentiment:  LOTV "Simply Cute Sentiments"
Backing Papers:  Nitwit Collection "Cherish"
Stamper's Anonymous Layering Stencil "THS032" Flourish
Distress Ink:  Tumbled Glass
Nail Heads
Diamond Stickles
Glossy Accents
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and the latest new sketch from my rectangular sketch library.

My rectangular sketches are very sparse at the moment .. .. but I am enjoying building the collection up.  You will find them, along with my square sketches, at the top of my blog.  Feel free to use them if any of them take your fancy.

Catch you again soon.