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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, 5 June 2009


Hi Everyone

Well I have decided to try and be a good girl this year and to start making my Christmas cards early - in the hope of not needing to make last minute panic cards like last year. (If my memory serves me right I was still making them two days before Christmas!!!!!).

I have decided to play along with Winter Wonderland - a new challenge blog dedicated to taking some of the stress out of Christmas. Just what I need!!! I can't promise to play along every week but each card made is one ready and waiting to send to someone special.

The theme this week is "Oh Christmas Tree". It was lovely to open the Christmas stash box again.

My Christmas cards are always simple and always include as much sparkle as I feel I can tastefully add .. .. .. and of course the compulsory heart.

So here is card no. 1 .. ..

To make this little creation I used:

Image: Penny Black 3741K "Filigree Tree" (coloured with a Promarker pen)
Backing Paper: Pink Petticoat
Snowflakes: Cuttlebug Snowflakes Die
Diamond Stickles
PM Adhesive Pearls
Fiskars Heart Punch

and that is it.

Woo hoo!!! One ready already and waiting.

Well my favourite night of the week is here again. Hubby in his usual Friday night position - in the kitchen making his famous fish, chips, potato fritters and mushy peas and I am in my usual position - in my crafting space with the occassional little tipple being delivered to celebrate Friday. Oh I am such a lucky girl .. .. .. so glad I managed to grab my Mr Right all those years ago before someone else nabbed him!!

Will catch you again over the weekend .. .. .. keep your fingers crossed .. .. .. my car has its MOT tomorrow. It is getting a little worse for wear now so it may not get a clean bill of health.

Anyway, thanks for calling by and have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Love Jules xx


Lexxie said...

I really love this stamp Jules, and what a gorgeous card you have created with it.
Love Sarita xx

Teri said...

Love the tree image .... and adore the bling! It's a beautiful card!

Thank you for joining with us in our first challenge at Winter Wonderland!

Teri xx

Powerful Search Engine said...

Hi Jules what a fantastic card. I adore the christmas tree and a great colour choice.
Thanks for joining in the fun at Winter Wonderland this week.
Hugs Pascale

Wendy said...

And a very nice card it is too
Wendy x

craftimamma said...

You are a good girl Jules. I said last Xmas I was going to make a Xmas card every week so that they were all done in plenty of time for next Xmas.

Guess how many I made so far? ONE !!!!!

Your first one of the year is beautiful and has just enough Christmassy sparkle.

Lesley Xx

brenda said...

Good God woman, Christmas cards in June, can't even think about them until at least after my holiday. No November is quite early enough.

Anyway, just tried to reply to your mail and my servers having non of it and just won't send it, exactly the same as earlier this week. So not ignoring you, just can't be done it seems, no idea why as all otrhers are going OK.

B xx

Lesley said...

aww wow Jules...this is so gorgeous!!!its a really really pretty card, and i really love that tree!!!...thanx 4 joining us at Winter Wonderland this week!!! Luv n Hugs Lesley xxx

Unknown said...

Well, I just love the fact that you put a heart on every card and I'm wishing I had thought of that 1st.hehehe.. Love the Christmas card, I played along also and it was actually fun when it's always something I dread.

Nilla said...

So very elegant card! Hugs Nilla

Lynne in NI said...

Soooo pretty! Gorgeous Chrissy Tree and I love your snowflakes too!
I'm playing in this challenge too after the nightmare of Christmas cards last year!

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

what a lovely christmas card, definately one for the mantel piece. janex

Anne said...

Fantastic Jules!! I love your tree, it's beautifully stamped and the colours you used are fabulous!! One down, 20-odd to go!!! LOL!!! Just think how happy you'll be by November and you're not panicking!!! ;o) Thanks so much for playing along with us, your card is brilliant. So's your DH too by the sound of it - my DH has never even made me so much as a piece of toast!!! :o) xx

Natalie said...

This is so pretty. x

Joey said...

Hi Jules, oh so elegant and pretty! beautiful card thanks for joining us this week. Joey.x

Tammi said...

Wow, this is a beauty! Love the shiny snowflakes, just very elegant! Yay on starting your Christmas cards early...hopefully you won't still be making them 2 days before Christmas! ;)

Mel said...

wow i love it ! Mel x

Robyn said...

Love your tree card! That stamp is just gorgeous! Well done TFS!