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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, 16 February 2011


Hi Everyone

I hope everyone is OK. 

Its a bit dull and cold here today and we had quite a frost this morning.  Hubby's car was all frosted over first thing!!!

I thought I would share a bit earlier today as I have quite a bit planned for the rest of the day.  

So here is today's share using the very first ever Penny Black stamp I bought .. .. I think he is my all time favourite. 

I wonder if that is because he was the first?    If my house was burning down and I was only allowed to grab one stamp out of my whole collection it would be this one.  Oh dear .. that was a depressing thought .. .. we will leave that one there!!!  Too painful to think about!!!

Anyway, here it is

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1652J" Cheesecake Wish
Sentiment:  Funky Hand "Craft The Year Away CD" - Hobo Font
Backing Papers:  Aimee Asher
Woodware Punches:  Flowers
Martha Stewart Punch:  Frond
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Glimmer Mist sprayed on the flower
Glamour Dust
Ribbon and Brad from the Stash Box

You might remember that last week I mentioned that I might need to ice a cake for a friend .. .. .. well the dreaded day came and I did it this morning.  Luckily the cake was already iced and all I needed to do was to ice a football emblem onto a cake and the words "Happy Birthday Doug 70" in a circle around the emblem and then two circles to encase it all .. .. .. .. all in black icing!!!

Well all I can say is .. .. a blind man would be glad to see it and no way was I putting a photograph onto my blog .. .. I am sticking to the cardmaking LOL!!!

At least my friend was pleased and hopefully Doug will be too. 

My lappy still hasn't come back from the computer hospital yet .. .. and it has been two weeks now!!!  I am beginning to think that it is poorlier than they first thought (as though needing a new hard drive wasn't bad enough).

Enjoy the rest of today.

Catch you again tomorrow.



Dena said...

Jules! Your card is so adorable! What a great color combo and I really like the way you did the flower and gave it a little stitching line!!! So cute!
hugs, Dena

Juls said...

one stamp......mmmmmm I am not sure which I would rescue....I can see why you love this one, he is such a sweetie!!! Loveing the colours you have used! Hugs Juls

Anonymous said...

So love that stamp oh my what a thought to loose all my craft stuff, hmm methinks I need to insure it LOL...

That Micey is awesome, I love dandelions!

LOL, if the cake is THAT bad then you can enter in at the cakewrecks blog! lol
(at least worth a look at all the other horrible cakes to ease your pain hehe)

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, give the shop a ring and see if its ready they sometimes forget to ring you, mine was done in a week.
Fabulous card and I love that cute image and your flower looks gorgeous. With love and hugs Shirleyxx

Pop's Cards said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sweetie biggest of hugs love Pops x x x

Beryl said...

I can see why you love this stamp - that little fellow is gorgeous. Love the colours of the papers you have used. Very warm and lush.
I'm sure the cake will be fine - after all - it's what it tastes like more than what it looks like. I'm guessing that's gonna be
Beryl xx

G Peplow said...

Hi Jules, understand about the cute stamp it's a golden one, love how you've used it! I bet your cake icing wasn't as bad as you think, at least your friend was happy, that's the main thing. :0) xxx

Scrappymax said...

Another gorgeous card Jules and I agree that is one cute little stamp, no wonder it is your favourite.
Max x

Tracey T said...

I can see why this is your favourite stamp, Jules - it'svery cute. Lovely card,as ever! xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules, beautiful card, can see why you like the image it's so cute. Sue x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Jules - love the stamp. Lovely papers and layout and the flowers are gorgeous as usual! Yes, my hubby liked his card but was very surprised as I knew he would be! xx

Viv said...

Awww Jules ... he's lovely! I've got a bit of a 'dandelion' thing going on at the min, so I've added this stamp to my (very very) long wish list! Love pthe apers too!

Doreen said...

I just love love love this,I can see why he is your favorite he is so cute, although he could be a she???? any way whatever the sex your card is gorgeous.I do hope your sick lappy comes back soon.Have a nice

PinksyDoodles said...

A beautiful card Jules. Such a cute image and perfectly coloured.
You have raised a very good point, I am now wondering whether my house insurance would cover craft stuff!
Clare x

Claire said...

Fabby card Jules, I like the image as well, very endearing.
I'm sure the cake was great. I was asked to put a name on an iced cake once, about an hour before it was needed so I suggested to do a nice scallopped paper tag and she was well pleased. I made it double so it could stand up and be seen from both sides.
I've just managed to finish all my orders, wow, it's been some week but hey ho, it's all good for the spending fund.
Claire xxxx

Debbie said...

Oh I love Penny Black stamps, I really need to treat myself to some.Your card is gorgeous.The papers and colouring are fab.Love the flower too.Take care.Debbie x

Unknown said...

I am sure the cake was great Love this card, that hedgehog is so cute. I honestly could not remember my first stamp. Love the flower as well. x

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Jules I can see why that is your fave stamp it is super cute! Lovely card!



Vicky said...

Ahhhh Jules I can see why you love this image, just soooo adorable and coloured beautifully :o)

Wish I could see the cake hun, I bet it was and I hope your lappy is better soon!

have a lovely evening hugs Vicky xx

pinky said...

Gorgeous card Jules and beautiful colours. Can see why its your favourite. Would love to have seen your effort at cake decorating though:)

lisa said...

I can see why this stamp is your favourite, Jules, he is a real cutie. It's a beautiful card as always.
I bet the cake looked great, You're doing yourself an injustice. Piped icing is so hard to do I try and steer clear!! Not easy when you decorate cakes!!
Hope you got some sunshine in the end, it's been glorious here today.
Hugs Lisax

Grenouille Greetings said...

Lovely card, Jules. I can see why you like this image so much. Hugs, Lesley

Sandy said...

Oh, what a cutie! He's definitely a keeper! Love the card and the frosty accents on the flowers!!

coops said...

gorgeous card jules.the image is adorable.i really love your warm colours and fabulous flower :D

xx coops xx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

great papers, design and lovely image. janex

Lynne said...

Just had a quick look at your blog. All your cards are beautiful.
Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog and for becoming a follower. It`s very much appreciated.
Lynne xxx

Steph said...

Awwww, gorgeous! I'm not surprised he's your favourite, such a cutie! Love those papers too x

Elizabeth said...

Hello Jules, Enjoy visiting your blog and admiring your work so please pop along to my blog: where an award awaits you. Elizabeth x