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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.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010


Hi there

I hope everyone is well.

I thought I would give you a break from Christmas cards today and share my make for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.   This week the theme is "Don't Be Square".

I must admit that most of my creations are made on square cards so it made quite a change to break out my DL cards .. .. .. which have been packed away for far longer than they should have been.

This cute little Penny Black image is just perfect for a DL .. .. .. in fact I don't think it actually fits on my square ones.

Here is my creation

and the close up

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1692K" Everest Next
Backing Papers:  Cuddly Buddly Download "Quilted Holly" (not that there is any on these sheets LOL!!)
Martha Stewart Punches:  Embossed Zig Zag and Frond
X-Cut Punch:  Flower (with rounded petals)
Woodware Punch:  Flower (with pointed petals)
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Distressed Ink Pad:  Old Paper
Ribbon and brad from the stash box

Whilst here I also need to thank my lovely blog buddy "Doreen" for presenting me with the following award.  Thank you so much for thinking of me when passing your award on Doreen (xx) .. ..  you are a much better blogger than I am because I always coward out and never pass mine on.  That is simply because I cannot choose between all of my bloggy mates .. .. you all have beautiful blogs crammed full of inspiration .. .. so if you visit me and would like to take this award from me then please take it with my love and thanks.

In the meantime if you get chance then please pop over to see Doreen.  She is one prolific cardmaker and makes so many creations over the course of a week it is unbelievable.  Such and inspiration.

So a big night tonight in the house of hearts .. .. Lord Sugar starts his selection process for his next apprentice.  One of my favourite programmes .. .. and last night hubby volunteered to cook too (Ah.. .. bless!!!!) .. .. so one lovely evening ahead for me.  

Take care everyone.  Catch you again tomorrow.



G Peplow said...

OOh Jules, dinner cooked and the apprentice, big sigh, lucky you! Enjoy!
Your card is so pretty, lovely pastel colours:0) xx

XxJULESxX said...

Hi Jules wow just gorgeous!!!!!the mice are too cute!!!

Juls said...

to to cute!!! what a great the combo of checks and stripes together, and the flower you have created is just fab!!! Hugs Juls

Doreen said...

Just gorgeous Jules,I love

Anonymous said...

Perfect image for a long card Juls! These little mice are sooooo cute and nice touch with the pretty flower! :) Tracy

Netty said...

Jules this is a gorgeous card, I love those little mice and everything else you have on your card. Its fab. x

Mervi said...

So sweet image and soft colours,
lovely card;-))m

Nicola said...

Jules love the card. The little mice from Penny Black are so cute. Loving the beautiful flower you have made too. Hugs Nicola xx

pinky said...

Well that stamp is certainly made for DL cards Jules, I just love this! You have the best Penny black stamps, always so cute. Need to build my collection of these!!

Whisper said...


What a brilliant idea and a perfect use of this stamp - as normally it's too long for a sketch !!!, also am loving the colours, Luv Sam x

Andria said...

It's gorgeous that image is perfect for a DL card and those papers are lush :)

Steph said...

Such a sweetie card, Jules. I love the detailed flowers in the corner. Ooh, yes forgot about the Apprentice! I spend most of the series cringing hiding behind my hands!! Can't wait to see the new line up! x

Jacee said...

Lovely Jules, super image, those little mice are so cute, nice papers too. The flowers are so gorgeous and finish the card off a treat,

I'll think about you at 9pm, we'll all be tuning in to watch Mr S, like you, I love the programme.

lisa said...

Another gorgeous card as always, Jules. Those mice are so cute.
Enjoy being spoilt tonight.
Hugs Lisax

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Jules.
Sue x

Lou said...

Hi!Jules this is super sweet,just love it!!
hugs Lou.xx

Kath Stewart said...

this is so sweet the papers and the image is perfect for a DL card.....thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC...hugs kath xxx

brenda said...

Power back, e.mail down !

Oh and lovely creation.

B x

Linda . J said...

This is stunning card Jules fabulous colours and details! love the mice image.

Hugs Linda

Jodi said...

So Cute Jules!! I love these cute mice and the soft colors you used too!
Jodi =)

coops said...

fabulous card those little mice and fab inked edges.lovely to see a dl card too,must dust mine off :D

xx coops xx

Little K Smith said...

Aaaww gorgeous card Jules, adore the image (haven't got this one!), lovely soft colours. Love the flower with the heart in the middle too.

Anonymous said...

DL Cards are great especially for tall thin images like this!!!

I adore thati mage, so cute!!

love what you did here!!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh I so love all your little mice and the long and narrow design!! Way to think outside of the box!!

Nikbee said...

A beautiful card. I love the image.

Nikki x

♥Gemma♥ said...

Really cute card, hun! love the design of card and great papers too!
hugs and xxx

debby4000 said...

Oh this is so cute.

Delphine said...

Gorgeous card again, Jules! The image is really cute, beautifully coloured and I love the soft colours you have used! Love the shape too:-)! And congratulations on your well deserved award! Hugs Delphine xx