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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.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011


Hi Everyone

Well I hope your weather has bit a bit nicer where you are than has been here with me today .. .. .. especially if you have children on half term holidays.

Nothing worse than weather which means you don't even want to leave the house .. .. kids just don't like being cooped up in the house do they?  Unless they are a teenager of course and then chances are they don't even want to leave their bedroom LOL!!

Just a quick and simple share today .. .. but one I like.

This used:

Backing Paper:  DCWV "Rock Star"
Image:  Inkadinkado "98693" Rock Star
Sentiment:  Created using Funky Hand "Craft the Year Away"
Sizzix Die:  Stars #2
Diamond Stickles
Cord from the Stash Box

and that is it .. ... hope you likey, likey.

I was asked by Katina and Annmaree what I use to take my photographs.

Well the secret isn't in my photography skills thats for sure .. .. but I do use a photo booth that I bought a while back from Maplins.  It is portable and has two little lights with it.  It all collapses flat and has pockets for the lights etc.. .. not that mine is flat very often.  It is usually set up on my ironing board in the spare bedroom LOL!!!

It looks like this:

It looks huge here as if you could park a car in it but it isn't really .. .. ..  and I don't use the camera stand .. .. just the lights and the photo box .. .. and I put white card on the base and at the back of the box.

I have had mine a while now.  It was on special offer when I got it - but I do find it really good and I could take photographs at midnight if I was still awake LOL!!!

My camera is a Sony Cyber-shot.

Hope this helps.



Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie, this is gorgeous i love the colours, gorgeous layout too hugs pops x x x

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Jules

Love the card that guitar stamp is so funky - great for boys cards! Oooh thanks for the tip re your photography set up - I want one now!!! Didn't even know they existed! Will have to go and see how much they are......

Take care


Sally H said...

Fab card, Jules! I love that stamp set! Your photo booth sounds great - might have to check that one out!

Scrappymax said...

This is a great card, Benn would love this so I know the recipient will.
Thanks for the info on the photo booth, I must admit I have wondered too how you get such fab piccys.
Max x

Vicky said...

Another fantastic creation Jules and love the image and fab papers too :o)
The stars really finishes the card of nicely hun with the touches of blue ~ just perfect!

Yep my teens don't get up much before midday ~ or they don't even bother to come home lol!

have a lovely evening , hugs Vicky xx

Debbie said...

Hi Jules, This card is fab.I love it all.It's eye-catching and any lad would love it.Hope you're okay.Debbie x

Debs said...

Hiya Jules
Fab card - just perfect for any young man!
I too have one of those photo booth sbut mine never came with any lights :-(
I will have to check and see if they sell them seperately.
Hope you are having a good week.
No tears shed for a couple of days now - close to it but truing to be strong lol!!!
Have a fab evening
Debs xx

Anonymous said...

A perfect card for a teen Jules; just love the whole design! xx
Thanks so much for sharing the info about your photo booth. I have a birthday in a couple of weeks so might throw a few hints ... how sad is that?!!! xxx

Doreen said...

Gorgeous card Jules I love the image and those stars are great.
My shoe size is 5

Favorite meal- Sunday roast with leg of lamb

Not broken anything in the house but did break my favorite punch.

Have a great

Linda . J said...

What gorgeous card Jules and in such beautiful colours, love the design.
Hugs Linda

susiestacey said...

Great card Jules - fantastic for a teenager x Susan x

Maureen said...

Lovely card Jules and I love the idea of a can be a bit of a bind trying to get a good photo of a card on those dull dreary days!!

lisa said...

The weather is a bit grim isn't it and it doesn't look like it's going to be any better tomorrow. We are managing to keep occupied though so not too bad!!
Your card is great, Jules. I love the guitar and I'm very impressed with your photo booth. I may have to look into one of those!!
Hugs Lisax

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules, great card and I love the photo box. Sue x

Wishcraft said...

Fab card! Such a great image and love all those stars. I want a photo booth now lol :o) Lisa x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Me likey, likey! This is perfect for any teenager and you're so right, my sons don't want to leave their bedrooms, but as soon I'm cooking they come out and empty the pans.


Little K Smith said...

Fabulous card Jules, a great stamp and just love all those stars!
The photo booth looks brill, may have to treat meself :)

craftimamma said...

Hi Jules, sorry I've not been to visit recently. Time is really running away from me at the moment and I've just had my daugher and her little family to stay since Saturday so had no chance to blog hop or anything but cook and entertain my granddaughter really.

Love this card, it's perfect for a teenage boy. Love the splashes of teal on the black and white. Aaargh, that's another set of stamps I've had for ages and not yet used!

Lesley Xx

Juls said...

such a gorgeous and striking card!!! Hugs Juls

Nikbee said...

I love you card. The image is fab. I would love a photo booth as they seem to give great results.
Nikki x

Beryl said...

I've seen smething like your photo booth before when a friend of mine came to take some photos of some baby budgies I had. Good jib they were well behaved ass he expected them to sit lined up on the branches he set up inside. They did - bless them.
Great card for a grandson - always a difficult type to make for but I'm sure this one will go down very well.
Beryl xx

Fleur said...

Your card is perfect Jules.
Hugz Fleur xXx

Anonymous said...

OOOH Very Groovey card Jules love it!

And thanks for the info on the photobox and camera!!!!

Jennifer said...

Super cool card Jules. Love your light box. Beats my DIY version (3 x A3 white card and a daylight! xx Jenny xx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

Your cards always look fab jules, I have the same thing as you, not great for me, the lights are top heavy and I've broke 2 expensive bulbs, some pics ok but most not, I think my new camera is rubbish for card pics. You will laugh at this but I'm now using the bathroom to take pics, it's light with 2 big windows, and yes I have photographed cards on the loo seat..bad or what!
Love your cool card, great for the boys.
sorry about the long comment.

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, gorgeous card and I love the image its fabulous for a boy especially one who loves his music, and thats most teenagers today.
Ive got a lightbox but mines like a tent and its collaspes done and goes in a bag, but Ive not put any lights to shine through the sides will have to look into that one. With love and hugs Shirleyx

Jacee said...

Love the card Jules, perfect for a young man.

Only now just catching up with commenting but I'm sure you'll understand why, I'll drop you a line.
Hugs Jacee

Mrs.B said...

Great card, Love the image - really different.
Just had a browse through you blog and you have made some gorgeous cards. I am now a follower.
Thanks for the nice comments on my blog.
Avril x

coops said...

fantastic card jules.this image is fab and i love the striking colours with the pop of blue :D

xx coops xx

G Peplow said...

Hiya Jules, gorgeous card, perfect for a grandson and that's a pretty nifty photo gadget thingy, lucky lady:0) xxx