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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 17 June 2010


Good morning all

Hey .. .. I'm getting into this lovely weather .. .. another day of blue skies and sunshine. We have had a beautiful few days this week and even though we have had glorious sunshine it hasn't been too hot .. .. my idea of summer.

My order came from Paper Mill Direct yesterday .. .. .. thankfully no bad surprises this time .. .. I loved everything that came and when putting it all away I came across the orange card I told you I was disappointed with from my last order.

I decided that I needed to do something with it as it couldn't just sit there for ever .. . so I set myself my own challenge. Make something using the dreaded card (and why not fit it into the Penny Black Challenge at the same time).

There is a sketch to follow this week so the work was already half done for me (thank you ladies .. .. really liked working with this sketch).

Well here is my make:

This used:

Image: Penny Black "1652J" Cheesecake Wish
Sentiment: Penny Black "30-013" Critter Party
Backing Papers: Pink Petticoat
Diamond Stickles

Here is the sketch:

In the end I decided that the orange card was fine once incorporated with my backing papers. Oh well .. .. .. that is one sheet down (but I dread to think how many more there are to go at. Perhaps my next challenge should be orange Christmas cards this year.. .. .. LOL!!!).

The only problem I was left with was in photographing my creation .. .. the camera definitely didn't like working with orange. How many photographs in how many different places has it taken to get this half decent one? I dread to think.

Right then, off to water my garden tubs and baskets before I hit my craft pod.

Have a good day everyone.

Thank you for calling by and I'll see you again tomorrow.

Love Jules xx


Anonymous said...

This is fabulous and gotta love the penny black stamps!!! can't wait to get some!

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Well I think it looks absolutely gorgeous hun....I love that orange its sooooooo summery

enjoy your day hugs shell xx

Di said...

I love this card Jules and the colour is great for summer.This is a great layout, i may use it today as my mojo just isn't working at the moment.Photos are funny, you can photo 6 cards all in the same position and end up with one that look as good as the others. i find reds and oranges hard to get right anyway.Good luck with the challenge. Di.

Allison said...

lovely colour choice and I do looove that image

Pumpy said...

This is a lovely card, orange card and all. xxxx

Little K Smith said...

Gorgeous card Jules, adore this image, one of my faves! Fab papers, love the gingham and dotty together.

Juls said...

gorgeous! sweet image and I love your combo of papers! Hugs Juls

Netty said...

Great Sketch and a fab card Jules. I have a camera like yours, hates orange and it doesn't like blues and greens either.......... Annette x

coops said...

gorgeous card jules, i love the colour orange so this is just perfect in my eyes :) your image is fab and i love your papers and layout.luv coops.xx

lisa said...

Your orange card works beautifully, Jules. This is a really lovely card. I'm glad someone else struggles with photos. I take them outside and they look washed out, I bring them in and they look dull, dozens of photos later I get one I like!! I'm glad I'm in good company.
This weather is fabulous isn't it. I hope it stays with us. The garden is looking gorgeous under the blue skies, despite all the watering there is to do!!
Have a good one.
Hugs Lisax

Pop's Cards said...

This is gorgeous sweetie what a super cute image and papers to match just perfect, hugs pops x

Kath Stewart said...

beautiful card jules and perfect colour for summer.....thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC....hugs kath xxx

debby4000 said...

gorgeous card Jules, love the sweet image and papers.

Anonymous said...

Lovely card, PB's go with anything don't they? I love to make cards in more autumn hues, your orange card would be great for that, there's always Halloween of course!


Tip Top said...

Eeek - orange always scares me too especially on its own!! Sterling job though!

Joey said...

Oh Jules what a beautiful colour for a card, its gorgeous! thanks for joining us at penny black saturday. Joey.x

Steph said...

Wow, you've been making some great cards recently! I'm sorry I'm only catching up with them now! I love that stamp, he's so cute!