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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, 11 February 2011


Hi Everyone

Friday is here .. .. woo hoo!!!

As I am into my sketches at the moment I thought I would use the one provided by Friday Sketchers today for one of my creations.

This is what I made:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2070K" Frequent Flyer
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat
Backing Papers:  Papermania "Hampstead" A Warm Welcome
Martha Stewart Punch:  Doily Lace
Nestabilities:  Circles Large
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
X-Cut Punch:  Flower
Crystal Stickles
Buttons and Raffia from the Stash Box

This is the sketch for following if you fancy playing along:

Another lovely sketch for my sketch file. 

Next it is time for me to make amends and say thank you to the lovely people who have very kindly thought of me and bestowed awards on me.  Thank you ladies.

I will deal with them in the order I received them.  Of course they all come with conditions!!!  The first for all of them I have dealt with as I have said thank you .. .. but then I have to reveal some facts about myself oeerrr!!!!  Well here we go ...

The first one .. .. and I feel very guilty about this one .. .. is from my lovely blog buddy Lesley.  I have been sitting on this one for quite a while I'm afraid.  Sorry Lesley!!

Now I need to reveal 3 facts about myself

1.  I married my lovely hubby when I was 19 years and 3 days old!!

2.  My dentist told me not to get married because I was too young (but I didn't listen).

3.  I passed my driving test first time .. .. even though after doing my "mock test" the night before my instructor said "you do realise you aren't going to pass tomorrow don't you?".  I wonder if this was his way of stopping peoples nerves as it meant you didn't have anything to live up to?

Next I have to share a photograph I love.

It was taken at the wedding of my eldest son and shows my "big boy" .. .. my lovely daughter in law .. .. and my lovely Mother in Law who unfortunately is no longer with us (but is still in our hearts and memories). 

My next award has come from the talented Sally.  Thanks Sal.  Thankfully I haven't had this one hanging around for quite so long so don't feel so guilty about this one.

I now have to reveal another 3 facts about myself.

1.  I am a middle kid .. .. having an older brother and a younger sister.

2.  As a child we lived in a house that overlooked a field full of cows.  We used to feed the cows any stale bread and once we saw one of them give birth to a calf.  I also used to stir the cowpats up with a stick!!  (I was a lovely child).

3.  I used to be frightened of needles .. .. but this disappeared once my children arrived on the scene and now I can give blood without even thinking about it.

OK then .. ..

I am now round to my third and last one:

This award came from a lovely fellow blogger Tina.   I have only recently got to know Tina through her winning my Penny Black at Allsorts blog hop prize last month. 

Shock horror .. .. for this one I have to give you another 8 facts.   Gosh I shall have no secrets left soon.....

I will try to keep them short

1.  Ice cubes in our house are heart shaped LOL!!

2.  I have a box into which I have put every handmade card I have ever received .. .. I love looking through them!!

3.  I have two babies .. .. both boys.  One lives in London and the other about 4 miles away.

4.  I can (or could) write shorthand at 120 words per minute.

5.  I delete emails that come through onto my computer advertising craft stash without opening them. 

6.  I limit my internet time otherwise time just disappears.  So if I haven't managed to see everything I want to see then that is tough.  Time is precious. 

7.  I never read story books (unless it is to a child).

8.  I love my blog!!  But not as much as I love my hubby and my babies.

Phew .. .. there we go. 

If you get chance to pop along to the blogs of the ladies who very kindly gave me these awards then I promise you will be well pleased you did.  They are all fantastic crafters and make the most awesome creations.

As always though I never pass these awards on.   I am very naughty.   I just can't choose people  -  everyone's blog is amazing and there is inspiration to be found everywhere.

So if you would like to take one or all of them please do. 

So next it is my bath time and then my special Friday dinner will be ready as prepared by my lovely hubby. 

Have a good evening everyone.



Juls said...

gorgeous card!!! adorable image!!! I love the sparkly dandylion head...and Love your funky flowers!!!!....congrats on all your awards....i am sat on some too, that I must post!! hugs Juls

Beryl said...

Phew - thank you for sharing all those little gems. Cow pats? Used to them now as I've lived in the country for nearly 50 years but as I child I would have freaked.
Love the card - all those different papers and a super image. Have a great weekend.
Beryl xx

mckinkle said...

Hello Jules!

Congrats on your lovely awards! I do feel for you having so many facts to reveal!! lol!

Your son looks the image of his Nan I think, I can definitely see the family resemblance! What a beautiful photo it is too!

Super card today and I love the warm tones of the papers, very homely, gorgeous!

Keryn x

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie this is gorgeous love your colours, big hugs love Pops x x x

pinky said...

Enjoyed delving into your life Jules, very interesting;) Love the card, the papers are brilliant.

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, Wow! this is a gorgeous creation. Love the fab papers and the pretty flower/button embellies. I really love these adorable hedgies with their little fat bellies and you really bring them to life.

I really enjoyed reading all the facts about you, especially the cowpat stirring lol. Creative from an early age then?

Hope you had a lovely meal. Hugs.

Donna xx

Sally H said...

Gorgeous card and I love those papers! Thanks for the blog plug! Sorry I've not dropped in for a couple of days, but my new work laptop has finally arrived (My last one blew up in June!) so I've been playing with it. I've been cuddling it - very sad!

Doreen said...

Your card Jules is gorgeous.
I see you sneaked that heart in again, I loved reading all those facts about you, I now know you a little better,enjoy your bath and

Little K Smith said...

Oh a gorgeous card Jules, adore this hedgie! Love them all actually! :D Fabulous papers and a great layout!
Loved reading all about you too!
Have a lovely weekend :)

Grenouille Greetings said...

So much information about you I feel we have known eachother for ages. Love your fave photo and love your card! Hugs, Lesley

Anonymous said...

AWW I love that hedgie and that sketch, bt no wont let me stamps get the best of me and will scrapbook today! lol.

lots of awesome facts Jule, so nice to hear!

Enjoy your weekend!

Unknown said...

Wow Jules, loads revealed Hope you enjoyed your Friday dinner? Oh yes BTW the card is lovely, its good to follow a sketch, you dont have to think too Love the flowers matching the papers & of course Penny Black are always great stamps.

Vicky said...

Wow Jules lots of fabby info about you and it's lovely to get to know you a little better :o)

Gorgeous card hun and great dp's and sketch too!

have a great weekend, hugs Vicky xx

Nannieflash said...

Wow Jules thats quite a monologue for you, but a fabulous post, love your photo and your card is gorgeous what a sweetheart, and the papers are gorgeous. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

loved reading your gems, I too married at 19 and am still in love , lucky ducks aren't we!
another super card,I used another PB forgotten stamp today, I blame your inspiration.

Being Mrs Miles said...

Your card is ADORABLE, Jules. Boy, if I had the time I'd love to take a swack at that sketch but alas my time is all eaten up. So glad I came by though, to see yours.

Your blog is such a fun place to come to, and I can see why you reap those fun rewards! Wish you lived closer and I'd take you out for a whip-creamy coffee!

Steph said...

Gorgeous card, Jules. I love the papers especially and such a Spring like image. Have enjoyed learning all that goss about you! I LOVE that you have heart shaped ice cubes but I should've guessed really! x

coops said...

fabulous card jules.adorable image and i really love the lush papers and fab layout.
big congrats on your awards hun and fab facts :D

xx coops xx

Tania said...

Love this PB image and your paper, such a cute card!