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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.

Friday, 18 February 2011


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good day.

Friday is here again .. .. yay!!!  Time for the weekend!!!

My share today uses the sketch from over at Friday Sketchers.

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3470H" Gift Hedgy
Sentiment:  Woodware Clear Stamps "FRCL 128" Circular Greetings
Backing Papers:  Aimee Asher
Woodware Punches:  Daisy (various sizes)
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Nestabilities: Standard Circles Large, Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Diamond Stickles
Brads and Embroidery Thread from the Stash Box

and here is the sketch (there are some lovely sketches around at the moment don't you think).

and now for "the cake" .. .. .. how could I not share it!!!

Don't split your sides laughing.

We had a lovely evening celebrating our friend's birthday and then the cake made its appearance.

This is what everyone saw ............

The emblem is of his fav football team - perhaps if it had been a bit bigger it might have turned out better. 

The birthday boy was well pleased (and very polite) and his wife explained how I had helped with the decoration as she couldn't manage with her poorly wrist.

I then instantly apologised and said how sorry I was that it wasn't a very good job but the birthday boy made me feel so much better because he said that at the end of the day it doesn't really matter what it looks like .. .. it is the love and thought that has gone into it.  The love his wife had put into making the cake in the first place and the love I had put into icing it.  (Isn't he lovely). 

All the good icing bits - my friend had managed to do prior to me making my mark with all the black bits.  Don't blow the picture up any bigger .. .. it only looks worse LOL!!!  It looks like he is 20 not 70!!!

Then finally .. .. good news!!!

My lappy has come home.  Yay!!!

They have put me a new hard drive in and a new battery .. .. all under the warranty that only has another month left on it .. .. yippee .. .. it feels like Christmas.  So my lovely hubby is now installing and up-dating everything for me so hopefully I will be back up and running properly by tomorrow evening.

OK dry your eyes now and stop laughing .. .. you have other blogs to go and visit!!  LOL!!

Take care everyone.  See you tomorrow.



Cynthia said...

I love the cake, and Mr. Birthday Boy's comments made me wanna cry! His momma raised him RIGHT! =D

Anonymous said...

awesome card Jules, great sketch!!!

Now the cake is not that bad at all, certainly NOT something you'd see on cakewrecks!

And SO true about it being the love and thought that went into it! You did great!

Anonymous said...

FABULOUS card Jules; there's no way I could have followed that sketch!! I love your soft shades of pink and blue. You're much too hard on yourself where the icing's concerned! Black icing is very difficult and messy to work with - you did well. xx

Sally H said...

Your card is stunning! I love that colour combo and the papers are just beautiful. That is a great attempt at something very difficult with the cake. I tend to use ready roll icing and make things with it (I used to make lots of things from fimo years ago) To ice things with a piping bag takes much more skill.

Tracey T said...

Gorgeous card, Jules and I think the cake is brilliant! I couldn't have done that! Glad the lappy is back - enjoy your weekend. Hugs, Tracey xx

Caroline Hallett said...

aw jules - the cake is lovely - so stop being hard on yourself.. and how exciting - new fast laptop!

Doreen said...

Your card is gorgeous,just as well you sell cards and not iced cakes!!!!!

The cake looks really lovely,I bet it tasted gorgeous.

Like Doug said all the love and effort is all that is needed.
Have a great weekend

G Peplow said...

Wonderful post Jules, good to see that we are all human and I think you should stick to the card making that you're sooo good at LOL
Love your pretty card, it's a delightful colour combo too, have a lovely weekend:0) xxx

MagsB said...

Great card, I love the colours, so subtle and pretty! Your friend is so right, it's the love and care that counts! That cake looks fine, and I bet it tasted delicious!

luv, Mags x

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, what a gorgeous card. Love the cute image & papers. Love your pretty flowers too. Glad the birthday boy loved his cake and I think you did a great job.

Donna x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Love the design elements on your card, Jules and I think you did a magnificent job on the cake! Hugs, Lesley

Nikbee said...

The card is gorgeous. I love the sketch and might have to have a go myself. The cake is wonderful as the emblem looks really hard to do.

Nikki x

Beryl said...

That's not fair - I'm starving and now I fancy some cake - we don't have any in the house. Ho hum - I'll wait for the chilli we're having tonight.
Fab take on the sketch - lovely papers and a super image.
Beryl xx

coops said...

fabulous card the fab layout and adorable image and gorgeous soft colours.
nowt wrong with your icing, its far better than i could do and i love the derby ram :D

xx coops xx

Sandy said...

Jules, as usual I LOVE your card!! I so look forward to seeing what you create! You're amazing! Um...not to be too rude, as I don't know you THAT well, but....I must agree with you about the cake--stick to card making, hee hee:)

Vicky said...

Now Jules stop being hard on yourself, the icing looks fabby to me and I couldn't do it ~ and the birthday boy is so lovely! I would of cried with such a wonderful comment :o)
Anyway, your card is just fabulous hun and the image just so cute! love the papers too :o)

hope you are having a lovely day, hugs Vicky xx

Lynne K said...

Gorgeous card - lovely colours, and yes, it is a great sketch. As for the cake, well, all I can say is I've tried icing cakes so I know how difficult it is, and I think you've done a great job with the emblem, much better than I could have. xx

debby4000 said...

Oh this is fabulous.

Juls said...

love the layout of your card, the soft colours and the fabulous twine detail! Hugs Juls

craftimamma said...

Lovely colours on the background papers and excellent take on the sketch. Well done on the cake icing Jules. I think you did brilliantly. I wouldn't have dared attempt it!

Lesley Xx