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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, 4 January 2010


Morning Everyone

Well today is my last day of freedom!!

Back to work tomorrow.

I spent yesterday putting Christmas away (boo hoo) and in the process managed to block my hoover with pine needles off the tree. No wonder cleaning up seemed such a hard job - the whole pipe was solid with the little blighters!! In fact getting them out of the carpet was like getting fish bones out of fish!!

So everywhere looks dull and boring again today and I will go on my annual post Christmas "mini depression". I'll soon knock myself out of it but I am the same every year - probably because I love Christmas so much.

So today I am going to make the most of my time and hopefully get lots and lots and lots of creations made.

Here is one little one to share with you:

This used:

Patterned Backing Paper: Funky Hand "Funky Daze"
Plain Papers: Memory Store
Image: Judikins "Cloth Butterfly"
Sentiment: Pink Petticoat "Girly Curly Sentiments"
Martha Stewart Punch: Doily Lace
Sizzix Die: Flower, Daisies (Bigz Die 654981)
Nailheads: Josy Rose
Brad, Ribbon and wire from the stash box

I am loving this butterfly stamp. I stamped it up three times and layered it using silicone gel.

I think the whole of blogland must be trying to upload photographs at the moment .. .. .. it has taken 7 attempts to get my picture here!!

So back to work tomorrow and the weather forecast for my area is saying "SNOW" !!! How dare they? Why couldn't there be lots of snow when I didn't need to drive in it???

See you all again soon and thank you for calling by.

Love Jules xx

p.s. Edited after comments:

1. Yes, the Sizzix die cuts all the different layers of the flower and you simply arrange them on top of each other (plus I curl them a little).

2. This card doesn't use the new Funky Hand CD. This uses Funky Daze which is already available - the new CD is called Dreams Come True and I haven't teased you with that yet LOL!!!.

3. Yippee - got up Tuesday morning and "no snow"!!


Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, hope you are feeling a bit better now after your posting, I love your card its really pretty and I so agree with you over that stamp. Well done with love and hugs Shirleyxxx

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Jules ! I know exactly what you mean. I sink into a mini depression also when all the Christmas decorations are packed away. The house just seems "naked"! I've been putting it off,but I think today will be the day,.....maybe! lol. Your butterfly card gives us hope of warmer days ahead! Thank you for that! :) Tracy

Little K Smith said...

Hi Jules
Know exactly how you feel! It's my last day too! Not looking forward to getting up in the mornings and driving in this horrid weather, but alas I need money for more craft stuff! Hee hee!
Loving your butterfly, it's gorgeous, love your flower too.
Take care.

brenda said...

Love this Jules, as you probably knew I would.

This butterfly is gorgous, I've had it years and never tire of it. I'ts great on shrink plastic as well.

B x

Jacee said...

Hiya Jules, I'm loving this card, the flower looks great and that butterfly is gorgeous, fabulous card!
So you've packed Xmas away, can't wait to do the same, I'll be doing it Wednesday, so it's back to normal for everyone now, time to get down to some crafting! (says she with everything crossed!!)LOL

Sally H said...

Gorgeous card - It is a lovely stamp. I know what you mean about the snow. Our road is like a skating rink and if I manage to get to work will I end up having to abandon the car at the bottom of the hill on the way back? It's all very pretty, but I've had enough now!

craftimamma said...

Love this one Jules. That butterfly is lovely and the colours are gorgeous.

Sod's Law about the snow forecast for tomorrow isn't it. I'll keep my fingers crossed it's not too bad for you.

Lesley Xx

PS. I'm the same as you with the post Christmas miseries!

Liz's creative corner said...

Hi I love your card the butterfly is fab, and the colours look great, thanks for your comments, hope it didn't snow too much xx

Hugs Liz xx

Zoe said...

Hello Jules, I love the ribbon and I love the Doily lace punch you have used.

Christine said...

Happy New Year Jules,
This creation is a wonderful start to 2010. I so love that stamp, every time I see it used, I tell myself to order it.
Lovely colour choices.
Christine xx

Joey said...

Hiya Jules,

eeeeek I hope your hoover is now ok.

Your card is beautiful I really like the colours you used. the butterfly is very effective.

Francien said...

Thats why you made such a small dark heart to find today Jules...withdrawal symptoms from the card...the butterfly is stunning...such great colors too...
greetings ♥ Francien.

Beryl said...

This is so beautiful. I love that stamp. The colours are great too. Hope you soon feel in a happier frame of mind.
Beryl xx

coldwaters2 said...

Oooo totally awesome loving this to bits.

Lorraine x

mckinkle said...

Ooh what a lovely card Jules, that pp is really lush, am looking forward to seeing that when it releases!
Im loving your big bloom, does the one die cut all of the different sizes of flower?

Take care in the white stuff!

Keryn x

Anonymous said...

Adore that butterfly!

Steph said...

Love the colours on this, Jules and the butterfly is so gorgeous! Am also lovin the Sizzix die- did you pick anything up in their Jan sale?

Lisa Jane said...

What a delightful card - i love the colours. Thank you for your comment re my entry to the allsorts challenge.
Happy New Year
Lisa ;)

lisa said...

Hi Jules
Have you got the snow yet!!
What a lovely card, that butterfly is beautiful and the sissix daisy die has just been added to my wish list.
Hope you are soon feeling cheerful again.


Davi said...

I say its a shame we all have to go back to the grind. :) Your card is beautiful. I love the fabulous butterfly , flower and great web ribbon!!

lisa said...

Hi Jules

Sorry to be a pain. I've been trying to track down that Sissix daisy die without luck, do you have the name of it and size of die.
Sorry to be pain.



Jules said...

Hi Lisa

You are not a pain at all - happy help.

I simply took the name off the side of the die and realise now that I should have quoted the number off the packaging too. Must remember to do this in future.

The one I used on my card is a Bigz Die

The various descriptions it gives are:
Flower, Daisies
Fluer, Marguerites
Flor, Margaritas

I hope this helps and you can track it down.

I have had it for a few years now.

Love Jules xx

Christine (All She Crafts) said...

Yayyy! A couple of minutes to catch up!! :o)

This is lovely! LOVE the DP and the co-ordinated border. Fab!

Chris xx