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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.

Sunday, 13 February 2011


Hi Everyone

Right that is it!!

After lots of brain searching and internet checking my personal challenge has a better name .. .. Jules' Crafty Snippet Challenge (you would be surprised how many blogs and challenges there are out there .. .. and all the titles I thought of seemed to clash with something).  I don't want to be accused of stealing someone elses' names or ideas!!

Hopefully this little title is OK for me to use .. .. and from now on all my scrap card/paper and ribbon is going to be classed as a snippet .. .. as in something that has been snipped off something much larger in times gone by that has been sitting waiting to be put to good use.

So, what did I do to fulfill my crafty snippet challenge today?

Well here we go.. ..

This used: 

The compulsory snippets
Images and sentiment:  Woodware Clear Stamps "FRCL004" His Birthday

This one used:

Woodware Punch:  Square
Sizzix Die:  Flower Layers #5
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder:  Swiss Dots

Sentiment Stamp:  Anitas
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Distress Ink:  Tea Dye (this made the edges of the squares look so much cooler)

A little tip here .. .. when I stamped the sentiment it was one of those scary moments as I stamped it once the square was attached to my card (silly girl!!!).  The stamping didn't work and I had a couple of letters missing .. .. I daren't risk writing the letters with a pen as the colour was unlikely to match .. .. so I wrote with a cocktail stick that I had rolled over my ink pad to collect the colour.  The job was a good one .. .. phew .. .. lucky me!!! 

More paper piecing here and this one used:

The compulsory snippets
Image:  Magenta I-0415
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads

and my last for today .......... using one of my favourite background stamps.

This used: 

Background image:  Inkadinkado 00355-Y
Flower and border:  Stampendous "SSC094" Loved Filled Topper Set
Sentiment:  Docrafts
Martha Stewart Punch:  Frond
Ultra Thick Embossing Powder and Lakeland Stamp for making the impression
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads and Acrylic Stone

Lots of embossing going on with this one.  I put lots of fine layers on the black leaves (they are really shiny but you can't really tell from the photo .. .. and the flower was one of those things that just happened whilst playing.  I stamped the flower on a deep purple snippet originally but decided it looked a bit boring like that so it ended up having a bit of a makeover with some coloured embossing powder that had a bit of mica powder in it.  Not a bad finished look.

So those are my creations.  There won't always be four of them .. .. .. it is just a coincidence that there were four last week and four this.

Right so now it is time to see what others have been doing with their snippets  .. .. a couple of new faces this week!!

First off a longstanding blog buddy "Juls" hit her snippets  .. .. to see her lovely creation you need to click here.  Fantastic makes Juls .. .. and I think those torn strips are just wonderful .. .. they might be making an appearance here soon LOL!!!

Next up is "Cat" who has utilised some waxed background papers that were made a while ago and have been used on a brilliant make.  Such gorgeous colours on this one.  If you would like a little look you need to wander over to hereCat is actually my daughter in law (the beautiful bride you saw in the photograph on my blog on Friday - she doesn't really live in a shoe box as her blog suggests - she might be tiny .. .. .. but not "that" tiny!! LOL"").

Then we have the ever eagre "Annmaree" and I am loving her bright and beautiful make  .. .. ..  and all those beautiful hearts!!  Thanks Annmaree .. it is gorgeous.  To have a peep at this lovely make you need to go here.

Lastly for this week we have "Lynne".  A really gorgeous creation in such beautiful colours.  I love the layout and the detail on this one very much.  (Plus Lynne keeps trying to tempt me with those gorgeous Waltzing Mouse stamps  .. .. I did sneek a quick look but only got as far as the first screen as I just know I would want so many things .. .. I am working on the assumption at the moment that if I don't see it I can't want it LOL!!).  To see Lynne's lovely creation (and the link to the tempting stamp blog) just click here

Thank you ladies.  Lots of inspiration being shared.

I am quite proud of myself as my snippet drawers are definitely reducing .. .. I even remember to dip into them first when crafting during the week too.

A few folk are querying the "rules" etc of taking part!!!

These are "my" rules:

No cutting into any "whole" piece of paper or card
No images unless they don't need colouring or can be paper pieced (I only put this one in because I would just spend time colouring instead of using up my snippets).
No cutting ribbon off a reel

Although these are my rules they don't have to be yours.  It would just be nice if we could rid our workspaces of some of the clutter and snippets that seem to hang around. 

If you want to share a creation or have some tips on using up the snippets then leave a comment on this post to let me know and I can link to you next week and share your creations/tips.

Have a lovely rest of Sunday and a great week.

Valentines Day tomorrow .. .. I hope you have all made your cards!!!!



Lynne K said...

The great thing with all your "crafty snippet" (great name!) cards is that they don't look as though they've been made with snippets. They just look so professional. As do all these. Thanks for the tip about using a cocktail stick to fill in missing parts. I've done it before with a fine paintbrush, but often don't get very good results. I'll try a cocktail stick next time (there's bound to be a next time!). Can't tell at all that you've done it here. PS. Love the purple flower. xx

Cynthia said...

I love your new title! It so suits the challenge. And I LOVE your snippet cards! GORGEOUS!!

Sally H said...

Fabulous cards, Jules! I lvoe them all. I won't have time to join you this week as I have a valentine's day card to make - yes, I know it's tomorrow!!! Hopefully I'll manage some next weekend when half term starts - woohoo!

Doreen said...

Love the name of this Jules,and your cards are gorgeous you would never know they were made of

Scrappymax said...

Ooh Jules I love your snippet name and I love your snippet cards even better, they are all fabulous.
Will definately play along soon.
Max x

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, love all these wonderful creations especially the fab embossed flower, amazing make. Great name for your challenge too.

Donna x

Lynsey said...

Hi Jules, thanks again for the wonderful inspiration, really enjoying seeing your creations!
Hugs Lynsey x

Anonymous said...

OOH WOW Awesome Makes Jules!!!

Love em all, esp taht square ones tho, really cool!

Now you need to just add a Mr Linky thumbnail thingy and we done with it hehe!

So many people taking your lead, its awesome!!!

Delphine said...

Wow, Jules, you are so talented and I am so impressed! All your cards are gorgeous, and so so elegant! I love them all! Love your new name too:-) Hugs Delphine xx

Carole Campanile said...

WOW Jules .. four more cards. All of them are wonderful. I especially love the first one. What a great Father's Day card that would make as well.

Someday I'll have to give paper piecing a try.

mckinkle said...

Ooooh loving your snippet cards Jules, quite beautiful!

You are so right, it would be good for us all to use up some of our ever growing pile of bits n bobs!

Have a lovely week!
Keryn x

coops said...

fantastic cards amaze me with the stunning cards you make out of your scraps.i love the gorgeous flower on your last card :D

xx coops xx

Vicky said...

I LOVE these cards Jules! you done a fantastic job on all your snippets hun and that embossed flower is just amazing :o)

hugs Vicky xx

Beryl said...

Wonderful makes this Sunday Jules. The last one is my absolute favourite. It's fabulous.
Beryl xx

MagsB said...

All of these are so fabulous! Your Sunday Crafty Snippets post is one of the high points of my week!

luv, Mags x

Juls said...

As always I am totally inspired by what you have done with your scraps!!! Love the purple lace card, so luxurious!!!! ...and thanks for the link, thats so sweet of you! Hugs Juls

Doreen said...

I have entered now