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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, 27 December 2010


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all well and have had a wonderful Christmas.

Yesterday we were 13 for a lunch-time buffet and an evening meal .. .. .. today we are back to 2 !!  :-(

I don't know it is "all or nothing"  LOL!!!

Big Baby Boy and his wife have gone back to London as they need to get ready for escaping the country on Thursday.  Lovely to see them .. .. very short and sweet but very enjoyable.

Little Baby Boy also went home this morning after a couple of nights on our sofa!!  So back to just hubby and I now .. .. .. and we are planning on a bit of chilling quiet time ahead of our next bit of entertaining on New Years Eve.

We had a bit of a problem yesterday .. . my car decided that it didn't want to start .. .. which meant getting all the cars on our drive was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle because mine wasn't parked very square and sensible .. .. we managed it but there were some strange angles going on LOL!!

Today it still didn't want to start so we tried using jump leads from my hubby's car to mine .. but no good.  Thankfully the RAC with their super-sized battery came to my rescue and we have spent an hour charging it by leaving the engine running and going for a ride around. 

We turned off the engine when we got home and it re-started afterwards so hopefully all is sorted.  Mr RAC man said that I am probably not doing enough miles in a week to keep my battery charged up .. .. I guess he could be right as I am the world's most cowardly driver and I only ever poddle around my local area.  Sometimes my car can stand all week not used.  During this bad weather I have ended up clearing windscreens, using my heater, my headlights, the music machine!!  Silly girly .. I should have realised!!

Anyway, enough rambling and on to my creation.

It is quite simple .. .. but I was desperate to put some ink on my brayer that I received at Christmas.  Hardly the world's greatest masterpiece involving a brayer but at least I have broken it out of its box and used it.  Nothing like what I am hoping to be able to create in the futue but quite a nice starting point I think.

This used:

Sentiment:  Penny Black "3849E" Birthday Dreams
Cricut Cartridge:  Home Accents (for the swirly bits)
Sizzix Die:  Tattered Florals
Big and Juicy Pad:  Vibrant Primary
Glossy Accents
Papers:  All from the scrap box (prepare to see scrap paper being used in abundance in the new year .. .. I "will" use some of those bits up!!!).
Brads and Sticky Backed Pearls from the Stash Box

You can just about see the multiple layers of glossy accents that I have added to the coloured petals of the flower.

So today (and probably tomorrow and Wednesday)  we are on "eat up" after all the cooking of lovely goodies.  Just a helping each of sherry trifle left to enjoy in a bit .. .. mmmm..... lovely!!  But first a quick peep around blogland to see what you have all been up to.

Have a great evening everyone.  See you again tomorrow.



Andria said...

Oooh thats so elegant and so beautiful, for a first attempt i'm impressed with the results :) .

Claire said...

I just love that card Jules, the colours are beautiful and the swirl stole my heart.
I might just go and create something similar.

chris said...

Hi Jules this is amazing its so full of gorgeousness, those swirls look gorgeous and love the musical flower. hugs chris xx

agapanthus said...

Lovely Penny Black project, Jules - love the musical notes - I'm not very musical myself - in fact can't play a note but I love anything with musical images on! Glad you had a good Christmas and best wishes and happy crafting for 2011.
Thanks for you kind comments on my blog - they're really appreciated - will post an image of the prize when it arrives - I can't believe how lucky I've been! Just hope it hasn't got lost in the post!! The postmen have had a real task in this snowy weather!
Best wishes
Karen x

Lynne K said...

LOVE that flower, Jules! Looks like you've got the knack already. Glad you had a good Christmas. xx

Doreen said...

I love everything about this Jules love the brayered flower. I love the way you have put the gems around the flourish.
I am so glad you got your motor working you will have to start talking nicely to

Linda . J said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time with everone,
love your card and the flower is beautiful Jules.
Hugs Linda

Little K Smith said...

Ooooohhh this is gorgeous Jules! Love the brayering, beautiful colours!
Enjoy the quiet! :D

Nikbee said...

A wonderful card. I love the flower.
Nikki x

Juls said...

wow!!! Loving the flower you have created, and teamed with those fabulous is just so gorgeous and elegant!!! fabulous card! Hugs Juls

Sally H said...

Simply gorgeous! I love the colours.Glad to hear you had a good one. I'll have a bowl of that trifle if it needs eating up! Love and hugs, Sal x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Jules this is a true beauty loving the brayered work on the flower this is a stunning card.
Lorraine x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Fabulous first time brayering. My first attempt was Pants with a capital P!!! Pleased you had a lovely Christmas. Hope your car settles down. Mine is still covered in snow and hasn't moved for 10 days! Hugs, Lesley

Anonymous said...

Looks beautiful jules, really love that brayered look, and the music notes to make that beautiful flower, gorgeous work!!!

Carole Campanile said...

Well done Jules. The flower looks gorgeous and the colors are so rich and blend so nicely.
I'm picturing all the cars trying to jimmy their way around yours; made me smile just thinking about it.
Happy New Year.

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, sounds like you all had a lovely xmas. This is a beautiful & elegant card. Your brayering is fab on this gorgeous flower. Love the sentiment too.

Donna x

Cynthia said...

See? There's no reason to be afraid of your brayer! It's your FRIEND! ;-) Your flower is quite beautiful!

Debs said...

Hiya Jules
Firstly so pleased to hear you have had a lovely Christmas - I know what you mean about 'all or nothing' I love it when the family are all here and feel quite sad when thay have to go!!!
Your card is stunning - I love the fresh clean-ness of it - great styling.
I haven't had a chance to have a play with my new Christmas toy (a Cricut Expression) and can't wait.
Have a wonderful day
Debs xx

Delphine said...

Oh this is gorgeous, Jules! So elegant! I love the swirls and big flower, so beautiful!
I am glad to know you had a great time! As for cars, they are just like computers, so nice when they work... Hugs Delphine xx

coops said...

this is stunning jules.the brayered flower is gorgeous and i love the musical notes and big swirl :D

xx coops xx

PinksyDoodles said...

A beautiful card Jules. I'm looking forward to seeing what else you create using your brayer.
Clare x

brenda said...

Hi Jules

Great card as usual, lloking forward to seeing the moons and suns.

Happy New Year and thank you for all your support in 2010.

B x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

smashing card. Glad you had a good Christmas , enjoy your quiet time now.

HappyScrappy said...

Hi Jules!
I like the card you made, it's just gorgeous: love everything about it: the colors, the musical notes, the swirl! No one would say it's the first time you worked with a brayer ;)!
Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog!
Happy New Year!


Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time with your family. The card is so beautiful, a real stunner, love it! Hope you enjoyed to play with the brayer.

Happy New Year!


Wishcraft said...

This is gorgeous Jules :o) The flower's gorgeous - love the colours and musical notes. The swirl is lovely too - it's my birthday in a few weeks and I'm putting Christmas and birthday money together to buy a cricut expression, can't wait!

I'm the same with driving - I only drive when I have to, and I don't go far. I usually get hubby to drive... although even then I'm a bit of a nervous passenger!

Lisa x

pinky said...

Gorgeous card, love the brayered flower. Might just try that one:) Glad the car got sorted and hopefully will behave itself now. Glad you had a lovely christmas with the family.

Tracy said...

I love your flower, great brayering Jules, you've taken the plunge, you'll have caught the bug soon and creating more gorgeous creations like this one.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Whisper said...

I so love what you have done with those Tattered Florals, and good on you for brayering - i can't seem to get to grips with it, Luv Sam x