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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, 1 December 2010


Hi Everyone

Well December is here again (already) .. .. .. pinch and a punch first day of the month .. . and white rabbits!!

They will be very white rabbits if they have been playing around in my garden as they are likely to be covered in all the fresh snow that fell during the night. 

As promised yesterday I am here to share the new challenges that are being launched for Funky Hand's "Get Funky!" Challenge and the Penny Black at Allsorts Challenge.

The December challenge for Penny Black at Allsorts is "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder" .. .. .. so we are looking forward to seeing what you find beautiful.

Of course it was easy peasy for me .. .. but my finished card is not necessarily beautiful to everyone .. .. it is however beautiful to me. 

Firstly because if features one of my favourite Penny Black stamps .. ..a gorgeous heart stamp.  There is a bit of sewing from my trusty machine, dark colours (which I know not everyone likes), a couple of handmade flowers and those lovely swirls.

Here it is in all its glory LOL!!

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "4023K" Love is the Message
Backing Paper:  All GCD Studios "Ella Blue"
Cricut Cartridge:  Home Accents (for the swirls)
Leone Em Pty Punch: "CP30" Ash Branch
Scrap fabric for the flowers
Brads and self adhesive pearls

So there it is  -  my idea of beauty.  I love the way that the image has also shown up the texture of the base card. 

I hope you get chance to pop over and see where my fellow DT members have found beauty and that you also get chance to play along.  We had a record number of entrants last month.  I love seeing what everyone does with their Penny Black images.

Next ... ... the Get Funky! Challenge for December

This month Anice chose our theme .. .. and she has used a sketch by Kathy (one of my fellow DT mates) who has her own sketch blog.   You will have to pop over there later.  Kathy has some wonderful sketches and inspiration to share.

Here is the sketch we all worked from

and here is my interpretation (which I "super-sized" LOL!!)

This used:

Backing Papers:  All from the Funky Hand CD "Funky Seasons"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Glitter Snowflakes:  Cut from Craftime Glitter Sheets
Martha Stewart Punch:  Embossed Zig Zag
Hobbycraft Punch:  Large and small snowflake
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Cord from the stash box

Lots of exciting things happening at Funky Hand.  Not sure how much Anice is sharing at this point so you will have to check later.  But you can check what my fellow DT mates did with the sketch here .. .. there are some very clever interpretations!!

So those are my shares for the day. 

We got the snow we were promised overnight and are having a good snow shower now too .. .. .. the weather forecast saying that we are going to be getting more heavy snow showers during the course of the day.

Yes, it looks lovely, and the kids enjoy it, but the radio is talking of accident after accident .. .. .. scary, scary!!  Stay safe and warm everyone.



Mervi said...

I love it too, it's a beauty, also the second one is great, but you know my favourite is the first!!! Lovely work and I like the dark colours too, beautiful image, new to me!
Happy busy days;-))m

Grenouille Greetings said...

Oh - I can't get my fingers to work on the keyboard this morning. Every word has a typo and I think sent my comment unfinished. If you get the last one, please delete I was saying...Two lovely makes. Both do what they say on the tin! The first one is indeed beautiful. Great paper choice. Lovely image and swirls and gorgeous flowers. And the second one is definitely funky! What font did you use for "Winter Wishes"? - it's funky too! Hugs, Lesley

pinky said...

Love your PB card Jules, its very romantic with the dark colours and texture. Love your take on the sketch, think I would have to supersize it too lol. Keep warm.

chris said...

Hi Jules they are both so beautiful, so love that sketch too. hugs chris xx

Unknown said...

Jules, both gorgeous cards but my fav is the first one. Its so elegant. We have about an inch of snow which fell yesterday night, so loads of ice now, oh deep joy.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous cards Jules! The first one is my fav too!

Hope you're coping well with all the snow.


Tip Top said...

Great cards and I love the sparkly snowflakes!!

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Both gorgeous hun, but I lurves the first one it very classy!
stay safe & warm hugs shell xx

Doreen said...

Two gorgeous cards Jules, but I have to say the first one is my favorite. I love your flowers and all the

Anonymous said...

I certainly find it beautiful Jules! awesome stamp! and love the flourishes and flower too!

and love thw snowflake funky card, awesome!

stay warm and safe!

brenda said...

Morning Jules

A super creation and I an so pleased you went 'with your heart' literally because I know that is 'you' if you know what I mean.

Thank you so much for being part of the team and helping make our challenge special.

B x

Di said...

2 lovely cards i love the fist one best, it reminds me of the roaring twenties for some reason, really elegant.Snowing like mad here at the moment.xx

Ellibelle said...

OMG Jules these are beautiful!! The stamp you used for the penny black challenge is so gorgeous!
And what a fabulous sketch on the second card!!

Beryl said...

Your first card is truly beautiful - just shows that even darker shades can be pretty and elegant.
Love your take on the sketch on the second card too.
Beryl xx

Nicola said...

Wow what super creations I just love those flowers you have made from fabric. HUgs Nicola xx

Jacee said...

Smashing cards Jules, love the brown one the flower is smashing and you've done a great job with the sketch on the second, lovely work.

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules and stunning card love the papers and design. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Zoechaos said...

Well that heart was not hard to find LOL love the colours in your PB@A card makes a very elegant card and the image is beautiful not to mention the flower.

Your second card is such a contrast and quite stunning. xx Zoe

Sally H said...

Both stunning Jules! I love them

CraftyC said...

Both gorgeous cards Jules, love the first card, so elegant!

Whisper said...

Both cards stunning, but i particularly like the PB one, Luv Sam x

coops said...

fantastic cards jules.both stunning but have to say the first one is gorgeous.i love the deep colours and the fabulous heart stamp and swirls :D

xx coops xx

Kirsten...x said...

Two stunning cards Jules love the stamp on the top one and the flowers are fabby...x

Hugs Kirsten...x

Nikbee said...

Gorgeous cards. I love the flowers on the first one.

Nikki x

Enfys said...

They are both beautiful Jules, love the tulle flower you made on the first one, and of course you knocked the FH sketch out of the ballpark!
En xx

coldwaters2 said...

Wowwwwwwww Jules these are very beautiful and very classy cards especially that first one, wowwwww, these are excellent.
Lorraine x

Juls said...

fabulous!!! Love your colourful snowflakes! Hugs Juls

Juls said...

p.s...Love your funky hand card too how you have added stitching detail to the swirl, and that fabric rose is just gorgeous! just such a totally stunning creation! Hugs Juls

Elizabeth Allan said...

Jules your flower on the Penny Black card is so elegant. Very nice design.