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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.

Thursday 23 April 2009

More effort than it looks

Hi Everyone

I have a card to share today which seems to have taken for ever to complete - and I am still not 100% sure. It was nearly in the bin a few times (a complete opposite to the card I posted earlier this week which was quick and easy and loved immediately).

My card started off simply as a plain white tag on which I wanted to try a technique which was new for me - clear embossing and then rubbing in metalic waxes to colour the remaining card which wasn't embossed.

This part I was happy with.

My problem was then - what do I do with a tag that I have probably spend over half and hour playing with? The colours I used just didn't seem to go with anything I had.

I attempted to turn my tag into a card but struggled until a little surprise package arrived from a special blogging buddy. My package contained samples of the Martha Stewart punch - just what I needed - along with some very special hearts!!!! How strange that the colours should be just what I needed.

So this is what I have put together now.

If I had an "undo" button for what I have done with this card I would probably remove the swirls I put on the bottom of the card - but hey - I haven't so they have to stay!

To make this - probably overworked - creation I have used:

Background papers - DCWV "Old World Stack"
Image - Two Scoops / Swirlie (used on the tag and the background)
Brilliance Moonlight White Pigment Ink for stamping the background
Wisteria for the swirls I would like to "undo"
Metallic Waxes
Cuttlebug flower die
PM Adhesive Pearls
Martha Stewart Punch and "special heart" from my mate's stash (ta Jackie xx)
Ribbons from my own stash
and far too much time .. .. .. ..

So that is it. A card that is completely different to what I normally produce - which is probably why it is taking some time to grow on me.

Have a great day everyone. We are promised some gorgeous weather today - shame to have to spend it in an office - but hey - I am going to have to save up and buy a Martha Stewart punch now (if I can find one).

Thanks Jackie for spending my money for me!!! LOL

Love Jules xx


Jackie said...

Great card Jules, love that tag technique and you are very welcome to the goodies.


Kath Stewart said...

gorgeous card jules and yes it can take some time to marry everything together....but you managed it beautifully........your tag just goes so well with those gorgeous papers.
Hugs Kath xxxx

helen said...

beautifully done jules i like the swirl on the white it goes so well with the papers
helen x

Pop's Cards said...

Gorgeous card hunnie, all looks so perfect together, my postmas came earlier thanks so much honey, been trying to leave you this all day stupid blogger lol...

Hugs Pops x x x

pinky said...

Your card came out beautifully, can be very frustrating sometimes lol. Love your blog.

craftimamma said...

I agree with Helen, Jules. I think the swirl on the bottom perfectly compliments the papers at the top. I love the colours but then I would, because they are very similar to the ones I used for my Daughter's birthday last October, except mine was a bit more 'grungy'.

I think this is altogether a beautiful card.

Lesley Xx

karen said...

it is lovely so delicate. thanks for your lovely comment, i am going to be a bit cheeky now, my kids have said that they will buy me a cricut machine if i get 50 followers, (was 100 but they have let me off some) if you can help me out i would be eternally grateful x karen x
i have take that tickets for july and i am hoping like mad that mr gorgeous makes an appearance. heres hoping.

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Hi Jules ...I stumbled upon your blog hope you don't mind me commenting on your card and adding you to my blog list on my blog....
Your card is gorgeous most definately not "overworked" its perfect love the tag it looks fab xxx shell

Enfys said...

Well Jules this was well worth the effort, it's just gorgeous.
En x

aardvarkpest said...

Gorgeous card. Such a delicate feel about it. I think the swirls at the bottom look perfect.


Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi, just found you while blog hopping, I love this card, It is perfect. Well Done, don't be too hard on yourself. Hazelxo

Julie said...

The card has come together beautifully.
Julie x

brenda said...

Not "overworked" at all, very elegant and pretty.

Thank you for your kind comments on my blog

Brenda xx