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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.

Saturday, 23 October 2010


Hi Everyone

I hope your weekend is going well.

I have been busy making Christmas cards (surprise, surprise) and I was having a quick look through what I had been doing to decide what kind I needed more of when I suddenly realised nearly everything had the colour red as the main focus.  Eeek ... .. that won't suit everyone so time to hit the pastels.

So here is my Christmas pastel creation:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1873H" Xmouse Ornament!
Backing Papers and Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat
Martha Stewart Punches:  "Star" and "Frond"
Josy Rose:  Gems
Glamour Dust
Star Dust Stickles
Ribbon and cord from the stash box

I think he looks quite sweet!!

I have been experimenting with my photography as my pictures have been coming out rubbish since the nights have been drawing in .. .. .. even getting decent ones in the day has been near impossible.

So I have constructed a work of art on my craft desk which involves the propping up of A3 white card and a daylight bulb in an angle poise lamp.  I think they look a bit better but if you knock the desk accidentally it all falls to pieces LOL!!.

My lovely hubby is going to try and contruct a little "photo booth" for me using an old cardboard box and my white card so that I can actually angle the booth towards the window and catch more daylight.  We shall see how it goes.  If it seems successful I will post a photo .. .. but I will let you be the judge once the construction is complete and I have tried some more shots.

OK then .. .. off to make a few more makes ahead of X-Factor!! 

Oh I love Saturdays!!!

Just a quick reminder too that you still have a week left to take part in the monthly challenges for "Get Funky!" and "Penny Black at Allsorts".  On my sidebar you will see what the challenges are for this month .. .. just click on the label to be taken to the challenge blog and see the full rules etc.  Hope to see you there.



Dazie said...

This is so beautiful! I love the colours!

Anonymous said...

AWWW I think he looks gorgeous in pastels!

Fleur said...

Hi Jules, your card looks great. Love the pale shades, they work perfectly
Hugz Fleur xXx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules thats a really fabulous card and I agree it does make a change to use pastels and they do give gorgeous results. I think we all have problems with the light at the moment for our cards I know for sure I do. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxx
Ive got a photo booth and its a square canvas one that pops up like a tent, got it on ebay.

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous Jules, I'm mainly a pastels girl anyway.I find it hard to do brights!!!!

I use a daylight lamp clipped to my desk for working under in the evening and for taking photos. I have the light to the side of what I am photographing and use white card both behind and underneath.I don't know if that is any help.

Joey said...

Hiya Jules

gorgeous card, I love pastel cards,great image.


Vicky said...

What a sweet image Jules!, just so cute and loving the colour combo too.
hugs Vicky xx

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Jules this is absolutely beautiful I love to see Christmas cards in the less traditional colours and this one looks both elegant and classy.
Lorraine x

Little K Smith said...

Hi Jules
A gorgeous card, just adore this image! Beautiful soft colours too.
On the photography side, I've seen a 'portable soft lighting studio' from Maplin for about £12.99, I may have to get one of these, will let you know if it works! :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pastel-coloured card, Jules! I love your layout, and I really like the leaves around the ribbon x

Jennifer said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet!! Love everything about this xx Jenny xx

Netty said...

Beautiful card Jules, love the pastels.
Annette x

Delphine said...

Hello, Jules, and sorry I am so late:-(... Your card is absolutely fantastic! Such a sweet image, beautiful papers and layout, and I love your pastel colours, all so delicate and elegant! Gorgeous! Hugs Delphine xx

Sally H said...

A beautiful card! That is such a cute stamp. Thanks for the lovely words and the glass of wine - went down a treat! I've just been having a bit of a tidy so there is room on my desk to make something.

Nikbee said...

Gorgeous card Jules. I must admit I prefer Christmas cards in these colours.

Nikki x

scrapperjulia said...

This is a really sweet card, Jules!

pinky said...

You know me and pastels Jules, so this is right up my street, so very cute.

Jacee said...

Love these pastel colours Jules, so pretty and such a nice change from the usual red & green, the photo looks good, know what you mean about the poor light, having the same probs myself, it's like night most of the time! but they look good Jules.

G Peplow said...

Another fabulous card Jules, love it:0) xxx

Sandy said...

Jules, love the pastels. You just keep experimenting, no matter WHAT you do, I love 'em:)

coops said...

beautiful card jules.fab image and i love the snowflakes paper and gorgeous pastel colours :D

xx coops xx

Carrie said...

Absolutely stunning!!!! x

♥Gemma♥ said...

Stunning card Jules....cute image and gorgeous pastels you have used!
hugs and xxx

Juls said...

so adorable and gorgeous!! Love the blue icy colours! Hugs Juls