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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.

Saturday, 4 June 2011


Hi Everyone

What a strange day!!!

I woke up bright and early this morning ahead of my lovely Sis calling in .. .. .. and I could have sworn I was in Spain!!  The sun was so bright and warm and beautiful.

It put me in an even happier mood than normal (the sunshine and the thought of spending time with my Sis being a wonderful mix).

But unlike Spain the sunshine didn't last all day long .. .. it sadly disappeared and the day has finished up quite grey and overcast.

So much for me envisaging lots of BBQ's happening all over the country this weekend  LOL!!!

Well today I have had a play with the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme this week is "Doodlebug"  .. .. .. but not by way of linking it to an American self propelled rail car, nor a woodlouse, or a flying missile and not even connected to the 1997 film of the same name  .. .. .. ..  they just want you to get the bug for doodling!!!  Tee hee!!! 

This can be as simple as some faux stitching or a whole artistic doodle .. .. .. (of course I went for the simple option).

Here is my make

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2068K" Party Pooped
Sentiment:  Penny Black "Critter Party"
Backing Paper:  Papermania "The Big One"
Glamour Dust
Star Button from the stash box

It is quite apt that the backing paper stack is called "The Big One" .. .. .. it is huge .. .. .. and if I live to be 102 I don't think I will ever use it all.  I have had it for over a year now and have hardly made a hole in it (mind you some of the patterns do leave a bit to be desired!!).

So that is me for today.

I am hopeful of a good blog catch up over the next couple of days.  This week has been so manic that I haven't had much chance .. .. but everything "urgent" is now off my "do list"  so I can now have a bit of guilt free blog hopping!!  Yay!!!

Catch you tomorrow with my snippets.



Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous Jules,those hedges look really full up

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie, I am loving this gorgeous creation here, just fabulous, hugs pops x

Nikbee said...

A lovely card. I love the colours and the faux stitching is fab.
Nikki x

Unknown said...

Hi Jules, fabulous card and love the faux stitching! We had a scorcher of a day yesterday but back to cool and grey today. So much for the BBQ right enough!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Luv & Hugs Trish x

Sally said...

Such a lovely stamp Jules, really cute & you've coloured it perfectly. Nice papers too, I do like brown patterned paper but it's difficult to come across in my local craft shops. How do you manage to get your faux stitching so straight? Mine always seems to look a tad wonky. lol.
Sally x

Anonymous said...


Love the hedgies, so adorable with their chubby tummies after eating all that cake!

and love the doodling!

XxJULESxX said...

Hi Jules love the card it's gorgeous!! i do love the PB image!

Jennifer said...

This is totally gorgeous Jules...and I have that huge stack too! It's still as full as the day I had it. xx Jenny xx

Loopylou. said...

omg jules, that is so so gorgeous! i love the browns hugs Lou xxx

coops said...

stunning card jules.the image is gorgeous and i love your layout.
know what you mean about those papers, i gave a load of mine away but i still have oodles of it left :D

xx coops xx

Lynda said...

Awwww how cute are those hedgies - beautiful card.

Love Lynda xxx

Sarn said...

GORGEOUS as usual Jules. I have that pad of paper too! Was very good value.

Hugs, Sandra

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Fabulous card Jules, love your colouring and the brown paper, it makes me think of chocolate cake, yum!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,


Stamps and Paper said...

What a gorgeous card and I just love that might have to pop this on my wish list..lOl..lOL..


Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules yes we had that weather, and its been raining all day of an on, not much fun but my toad is enjoying it.
Fabulous card and arnt they naughty and do looked rather stuffed. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Jules,love the image and perfect paper for chocolate cake! Mmmm! xx

Tracey said...

Gorgeous card Jules & your faux stitching is so neat!

Andria said...

Those colours work really well with the PB image, great card.

Viv said...

Finally cracked how to leave a comment - Blogger has driven me MAD this last week not allowing me to leave any comments on anyone's blogs! I love this Jules - tummy full hedgies!!

Little K Smith said...

Aaawwww love this too! These hedgies are just the cutest! Love the dotty paper too :)

Grenouille Greetings said...

And it's a sweetie! Lovely make, Jules! Hugs, Lesley

Anonymous said...

Fab card Jules, those little hedgies look very full!
Helen x

Kath Stewart said...

adorable card jules...thanks for joining in the doodling fun at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

Juls said...

just adorable! Hugs Juls

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous card Jules