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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.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


Hi Everyone

I hope you managed to keep dry today .. ..  the rain has been a bit stop start, stop start in my neck of the woods.

My little craft pod overlooks the front of our house and we are sited on a busy main road .. .. today I saw a sight that always pulls on my heartstrings.  Mum's taking their teeny tiny ones to what looked like "induction" days at school ready for starting after after the summer holidays.  Oh they look so tiny and I always feel so sorry for them (both Mum and the little one).  No doubt in a few months I will be seeing the children being "dragged" along because they don't want to go .. .. .. that is one of the drawbacks of having your craft table facing an upstairs window that looks out onto the road!!

Anyway, enough of that .. . here is my share for today .. which is for two challenges.  The Penny Black Saturday Challenge and Sketch N Stash.

Here is my creation:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2377J" What Creation!
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat
Backing Papers:  Dovecraft "Tea House"
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Woodware Punches:  Daisy
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Diamond Stickles
Brads and Cord from the Stash Box

Penny Black Saturday have a special 3 year birthday this week .. .. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!  .. .. and to celebrate they have a blog hop happening.

Sketch N Stash have a sketch for you to follow .. .. surprise, surprise, and here it is in case you want to play along.  Again I flipped it!!

So you know what night it is tonight?  The Apprentice!!  Woo Hoo!!! 

So no dilly dallying from me tonight.  Just time for a batth before plonking myself on the sofa.  I will have to link up in a bit and get my blog hop done!!

Have a good evening.



Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Fab card hun, just love the image & those papers are fab!
hugs shell xx

Anonymous said...

Oh this is gorgeous Jules! Fab image and perfect papers and all that lovely stitching! Love it! I'm bidding on a second hand machine on Ebay - wish me luck!! xx

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Jules what a fun image that is and so love those papers a super card.
Lorraine x

Anonymous said...

awww I Love this cat image, too fun!! He looks very pleased with his cake creation and like he is ready to sit down and eat it! hehe!

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, this is just so pretty. Love the yummy papers and cute image Fa stitching and sparkles. When we have little ones start at school, they can hardly see over the counter when they come for lunch. Aww!

Donna x

Doreen said...

Gorgeous Jules, I love all the stitching and that adorable

Whisper said...

Super card hun, am loving the papers and touches.

Talking about mums taking their children to school for the first time - that will be me in september and son has his induction in 2 weeks, but to be honest he's so ready for it, Luv Sam x

Debs M said...

gorgeous cards, love the bp's and stitching and those flowers are lush!

Juls said...

this is just so so gorgeous!!! Loving all the pink!! Hugs Juls

Anonymous said...

Fabulous image and gorgeous papers! Great take on the sketch too!
Helen x

Tracy said...

So, so gorgeous Jules. Fabulous image and pretty papers and colours too.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sally said...

Oh Jules, this is a really pretty card. I love all the stitching & that funny cat stamp. Nice colours too. Enjoy your TV prog.
Sally x

Jennifer said...

So beautiful Jules..I do love pink! Really cute stamp, fab colouring.
I take my 3yr old for his taster day soon, but thankfully he's really excited! He can't wait to play with all the other children. He really misses his elder siblings while they're at school
xx Jenny xx

Kylie said...

Gorgeous card Jules, I absolutely LOVE the papers and stitching!! :o)

coops said...

fantastic card jules.i really love the fab image and your colours are really pretty.brilliant layout too :D
ah i remember the day when my little man first went to school, i felt so lost all day :(

xx coops xx

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I love the image and the stitching just finishes it off. Hopefully I can find my sewing machine cable in someone's loft soon. I have the machine, but it isn't much use with no cable.
Daisy has already had 6 half day induction sessions at her new school (she goes to the preschool attached to the school and they arrange weekly sessions) and she loves it there. I can't believe she is old enough for big school though!
Nikki x

craftimamma said...

Wow Jules your stitching is awesome! Smashing card. I'm not a pink girl but that is one shade I do love.

It was stop start with the rain yesterday wasn't it. I got damp walking the dog, wet taking Mum to the dentist and wet again just going in and out of Asda, lol! At least it wasn't cold. Today is shaping up the same way I think but much cooler :o(.

Lesley Xx

amanda stokes said...

Hi Jules,
Gorgeous card,fab image and love the papers :)
I know exactly how those mums felt,brought back memories of taking my two boys to nursery for the first time,not sure who feels worse lol

Kath Stewart said...

adorable card jules and you brought back memories of first days at school......thanks for joining Penny Black Saturday to celebrate our 3rd birthday...hugs kath xxx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules that is gorgeous I love that image and your fabulous colouring. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Faye said...

Oh this is a cool card. Fab image and paper combo and love the sketch!! ;) Thanks for playing at Sketch n Stash - Good Luck. x

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous sweet card, love the cute puddy cat.

Jenny said...

Cute card Jules, I would never get any crafting done with a view like that from my desk :)
Jenny x

jenny said...

Fabulous card Jules....I love the cute kitty and the stitching :)
Thanks for joining in our birthday celebrations at PBSC x

Jenny x

Sarn said...

I LOVE this PB image and own it myself! You've made a lovely card with it.

Hugs, Sandra

Pauline C said...

Gorgeous cute card :-) Fabulous image and gorgeous papers. . Thanks for joining in the PBSC third birthday challenge and good luck!
Pauline x

Julie said...

Awesome card, Jules!! The image is beautifully coloured and your papers and stitching are just wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Stash this time around, Juliexx

Stella said...

Hi Jules!

Your sentiment says "make a wish"
Well; I have a few :)

I want that cake :)
I want that card :) (no; just kidding but it's a jaw dropper!)
I wish that someday I am able to color an image :)

Your card is a beauty.... and I hope you win!
Have a lovely weekend!
Love and hugs,

Kristie W. said...

I adore your card! It's so cute with that cat and all the pink :)