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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, 29 May 2011


Hi Everyone

I hope I find you all fit and well .. .. and if not that you feel better quickly.

I have had a lovely Sunday so far.  I woke up to rain on the window .. .. so no gardening for me!!  I have spent the day pottering about the house and creating in my little craft pod.

Today my snippets have met my sewing machine .. just for a change .. and they seemed to get along very nicely!!

I am pleased with all of my creations but may have gone a bit overboard with the last one LOL!!!

See what you think?  It was my blue and brown little drawers that were the hardest to close  this week so those are the colours I chose to work with today. 

Now to anyone who is new to my blog I extend a big welcome to you and thought I should just explain what happens on my blog on a Sunday.

Sunday is a day when I don't allow myself to use anything new.  No cutting into new sheets of papers or card.  No cutting ribbon off a reel and I tend not to use images that need colouring .. .. I just try and concentrate on using up all the part used papers and card I have around and about my craft space .. .. .. what I call my "snippets".  I don't list what I have used to make my creations as they are normally a mixture of bits and bobs from everywhere - but if there is something in particular on any of my creations you would like to know about then just shout up and I will try and help.

People have been saying that I must be starting to get down my snippets now.  But sadly not.  As quick as I use them up I make more and also I am finding that I am using only part of a snippet so I am getting left smaller and smaller snippets.  Eeekk!!!

I think I need to have a heart and flower punching session to get rid of some of the small bits that are hanging about.

So who kept me company by using up their snippets this week?

Well first was my lovely playmate Andria who made the most gorgeous stepper card. Just perfect for using up some of those smaller pieces.  I still need to try and make one of these.

Andria was super good this week though because not only was she the first person to take part .. .. she decided to play twice!!  Here you will find Andria's second make. 

I feel quite honoured that Andria is inspired to use up her snippets as she is now a magazine celebrity.  She has a card in this month's Papercraft Essentials.  Well done Andria!!

Next to play along this week was Mandy who used the most gorgeous papers on her creation .. .. super bling .. .. and the most gorgeous butterfly.  Thank you for the inspiration Mandy.

Then finally Lynne joined in the fun.  Not only was this a brilliant card .. .. it was part of a brilliant post too and took quite a few of us down memory lane.  I love all the punched layers on Lynne's card .. .. not too sure about Justin Bieber .. .. but then I am a million years too old for him LOL!!!  I even had to check how to spell his name!!!  That's how sad I am!!

So thank you very much ladies for making me feel I am not the only one who has lots of precious bits of paper and card that cannot be thrown away.

If you get chance to visit these ladies blogs then don't just look at the snippet makes .. .. they have other gorgeous creations and posts on view too.  This is a lovely way of meeting new talented blog buddies.

If anyone fancies playing along this week then simply link up below and folks can come and seek out your inspiration.

Have a lovely evening .. .. I have really enjoyed making today's creations.  I hope you like them.



Doreen said...

I think all three of your snippet card are beautiful,I love the flower on the second one and I love all the colours on the third one. Have a lovely Bank Holiday

Lynne said...

Fabulously gorgeous as always Jules. Can`t decide which I like best, maybe the first one because I`m in pastel mood today lol.
Lynne xxx

amanda stokes said...

Hi Jules,
What a fab idea,i have lots of 'snippets' too that i just can't bear to throw away so shall try and find time to play along this week with you.
LOVE all your cards they are just gorgeous so many fab embellies and love the stitching ofcourse! :) xx

Jenny said...

Hi Jules, Love your cards they're always so stunning. I did mean to play along this week but time has run away with me...I'll try harder this week.
Jenny :)

Anonymous said...

Gasp, gasp, gasp!!! What truly stunning makes Jules!!! I love all the stitching. Can I ask what kind of sewing machine you use? xxx

Lou said...

Hi! there Jules,i am sorry that i haven't visited for a while.
Hope you are doing ok?
All 3 of your cards are gorgeous,really love the soft colours on your first card and amazing sewing.
Love the flower/colours on your second card
the last card is a great design/papers.
big hug,Lou.xx

Sally said...

Hi Jules, what really nice cards you've made with your snippets & a great idea to use up leftovers. I love all the machine stitching & that pretty layered fabric flower.
Sally x

Anonymous said...

Totally awesome Jules, you do great things with your snippets!!!

I really love the tattered florals die with the fabric, very cool!!!

Cynthia said...

Once again, your snippets amaze me!! Your stitching is wonderful too! Beautiful cards, Jules!!

Grenouille Greetings said...

Three gorgeous cards Jules! Fabulous work. And I did love Teddy Bo too with his pretty fishing fly paper. Hugs, Lesley

coops said...

wow you have excelled yourself this week jules.these are all absolutely the delicate colours on your firat 2 cards and the bold colours are your 3rd are gorgeous.
am intrigued how you sewed your pleated paper on your 1st card.
i tried the other day but my machine chewed it up, lol :D

xx coops x

Sarn said...

Fabulous use of snippets! I see you got your Tattered Florals die out! LOVELY!

I shall be joining in this week's challenge.

Hugs, Sandra

Anonymous said...

Fabulous cards, love the stitching! Must try using up my snippets one day!
Helen x

Carole Campanile said...

Oh Jules, these are lovely. My favorite is the first one. Blue (in all its shades) is one of my favorite colors and that splash of pink takes it over the top. I love the layout as well.

If you can, please email me at I may have something for you. :)

Kaz said...

Rain may have stopped play in the garden but you have clearly been putting the time to good use in the craft room. Three amazing cards. Love them all but especially adore the second one....just soooooooo pretty! And wow your pleats looks fabulous.
Kaz xx

Juls said...

as always gorgeous collection of cards!!! Love the retro feel of the last one!! but my fav is the first one, its so soft and pretty!! Hugs Juls

Made by Mandy said...

I have more scraps than I am sure is healthy for a person because I love papers. I resisted Basic Grey for years as I knew I would want them all. I have managed to keep to just a few of the pads but lust after a lot more.....

Thankyou for giving me the reason to use some of them and thanks to Sarn for the link to this great blog :)

Love Mandy xxx

XxJULESxX said...

oh Jules i LOVE the cards stunning! you are so talented!!