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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, 6 January 2011


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good day .. .. .. the weekend is nearly here .. .. .. yay!!!

Don't know about you but it seems to have been a very long week this week!!

Today has been a bit of dashing about out there in the "big outside world" so not too much time spent in the craft pod today!!  Never mind hopefully I will make up for it tomorrow.

Speaking of "tomorrow" .. .. they mentioned the "snow" word again on the radio for tomorrow!!  What's that all about .. .. we don't need any more!!!

My lovely hubby is full of this nasty cold and cough thing that is going round.  I think he realises I don't expect him to share everything because I certainly don't want it. 

There was a discussion on the radio as to how people know whether they have actually got a cold or whether it is flu.. .. .. .. .. the explanation as to the difference was .. .. .. if there was a £50 note going free and it was just lying on your lawn -   if you have a cold you would go and pick it up.  If you have flu you just wouldn't care less and just leave it there.

So I thought I would just test hubby (who hadn't heard the radio discussion) and asked him whether he thought he might have "this flu thing that is going round".  He said that he didn't think so (which I must admit did surpise me .. .. he isn't a very brave soldier when it comes to being poorly and I thoroughly expected him to think he did have flu with at least a touch of pneumonia LOL!!). 

So, to test him I then asked him what he would do if there was a £50 sitting on the lawn going free and his reply ..........................

wait for it ................................

he would send "me" out to pick it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheeky monkey!!!

Anyway, perhaps you would like to see my favourite creation of the day  .. ..

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3865K" Gossamer
Sentiment:  Elzybells
Backing Papers:  All Aimee Asher
Fiskars Punch:  Threading Water
Koh-I-Noor Blending Pencils
Small Beads and thread from the Stash Box

I did have a close up of the flowers and beads but for some reason it decided to have a yukky cream background instead of the white so I am ditching that one and just posting one photo tonight.  I think you can see them anyway.

Have a great evening and thank you for calling by and if you are looking for the heart Mo .. .. I tried to make it a bit less obvious today.. .. .. just for you.  I know that you like looking for them xx.



coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful card Jules I can see why it is your favourite that image is delightful and I do love those papers.
Lorraine x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Hi hun Sending hubby hugs & hope he feels better soon!
Gorgeous card, love the DP!
Can't remember if I wish you both a HAPPY NEW YEAR but I do lol...
Hugs from us all xxxxx

Netty said...

Gorgeous card and loving the beads. Husbands?? don't you just love Annette x

craftimamma said...

You have surprised me Jules, I thought your Hubby would at least have had man flu.

Love the card, the turquoisy blues are gorgeous and that's a lovely delicate image (hence the 'Gossamer'?). I found the heart btw.

Lesley Xx

G Peplow said...

Hey Jules, poor hubby, oh he's being a brave boy then LOL!
Lovely card, found the heart!! subtle but not enough to fool me LOL!

Doreen said...

What a fantastic card I love it,love the image, love the colours and love the backing paper!!! did I say I love it?????
I can see the punched

Sally H said...

Hi Jules. your card is lovely I love that colour combo. I've just got over flu, and if the fifty pound note had been on my bedside table it would've taken several hours to summon up the energy to reach out for it, and it would've taken a back seat to the paracetamol and the neurofen, oh, and the hot water bottle too! The worst of it? I went off chocolate!!!

Anonymous said...

'Mo' is not the only one - I love looking for the heart on your cards. Found this one fairly easily and the card is lovely. The colours are stunning - I love blue but never seem to make many cards with blue on them - derrh!
x Tricia

Juls said...

Hi Jules....well we already have the snow here!!!! Loving your card, all those blues are just gorgeous!!! Hugs Juls

Tracy said...

I found the heart, but I won't say where and spoil it for others.
Gorgeous creation, the blue looks beautiful.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Loopylou. said...

Lol Jules!!! I will set Mo off on his mission to find it when he gets up in the morning!!!! He is quite savvy to them though!!!!
Gorgeous card hun, love the blue colours
hugs Lou xxx

Julie said...

Beautiful card, Jules - such a fab shade of blue!! Found the hear!! Juliexx

Vicky said...

Hiya Jules!

Another fabulous creation and what a lovely stamp and colour combo :o)
Sorry to hear hubby is poorly, must be bad to let you get the £50 lol!!!

Hugs Vicky xx

Anonymous said...

LOVE this card, awesome flowers and papers!

lol @ Flu vs Cold... I don't think any virus could stop me from claiming a free 50! lol.

Hope you don't share the diseases!

Enjoy the snow!

pinky said...

Lovely card, gorgeous rich colours Jules. Your hubby has you in the palm of his hand lol, hope he feels better soon, it takes a long time to get rid of that dreaded bug:( Found the heart right away this time:)

coops said...

gorgeous card jules.fab image and i love the blue colours and the fab denim effect paper.i found you heart, very clever :D

xx coops xx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules hope the snow passed you by, it didnt us but luckily its not to deep. Love your gorgeous card its beautiful, that image is fabulous so are the papers. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Lynne K said...

Hi Jules, love this one! My favourite colour scheme & the flowers are so pretty. Found the heart too!

Thanks for your lovely comment about my recent photos. Hope your hubby's better soon, and that 2011 is a great year for you both. xx

Jacee said...

super card Jules, love the colours, the flowers on the stamp are so pretty, really nice.

I did laugh when I read about your hubby sending you out to pick the money up, typical bloke!

Beryl said...

A beautiful card Jules (and I found the heart). A gorgeous combination of elements. Hope you don't catch your hubby's cold.
Beryl xx

lisa said...

He's not daft your other half Jules!!!! Sorry to hear he's under the weather though, there's so much of it about. It always make me laugh when I hear people say they've had the flu so badly they had to go to the doctors, believe me if you've got flu you couldn't get out of bed to get to the doctors, but I think unless you've had real flu you don't realise the difference.
You card is just beautiful, I love the blues and after a bit of peering I found your heart, yaah!!! I always forget to look after enjoying reading your post!!
The snow arrived today, and plenty of it too, it's turned to rain thankfully now so should be gone by morning.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs Lisax

Little K Smith said...

Another fab card, love the flower image and colours!
Get Well Wishes to your hubby, sounds like he's got man flu :D

Anonymous said...

Stunning Jules; I love the image and the colours are one of my favourite combos. I love looking for the hearts too and I did have to concentrate to find this one you sneaky little crafter!! xx