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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.

Friday, 3 June 2011


Hi Everyone

More glorious sunshine and more predicted for the weekend .. .. I bet there will be lots of lovely BBQ smells wafting about the country tomorrow.

I love a good BBQ .. .. but sadly my lovely hubby is not so keen.  I always thought men were supposed to enjoy them?  It isn't as though I even expect him cook!!  LOL!!!

I love BBQ's and picnics and my hubby doesn't like either :-(

Anyway another very quick post tonight as I need to get some inserts into some cards ready for collection in the morning .. .. then hopefully life will get to a more normal pace as it has been a bit manic this week.

You may remember me posting a card the other week shaped like a handbag.  If not you can find it here along with a link to the template.

Well this little beauty has been very popular so I have made a little batch of them today .. .. but it was a little difficult to get a photograph of them all!! 

These were all made using the  DCWV  Citrus Stack and a few leftovers from elsewhere.

The hardest part of this card was making a printed insert to fit and in the end I decided I was wasting far too much time in trying to achieve this ..  ..  ..  so I reverted to this option:

A little pocket and a tag.  I stamped the sentiment on the tag and then the reverse side can be used for a personal message to the recipient.

Much better idea!!!  Why didn't I think of that earlier?!?!?

So that is my share for today.  Off to get those inserts in as my lovely fish and chip supper will be ready VERY SOON!!!!!  Yummy, yummy yum!!!



Claire said... supper yumm. My OH loves to BBQ, rain or shine, he's up for it. I make the salads and the spuds.
I love the handbags,the tags are a brilliant idea, I find inserts hard to do for shaped cards but I sometimes use nesties or large punches to cut out the greeting and then stick it inside the card.
Claire xxx

Lynne said...

Oooh Jules, these little bags are really super dooper. Love `em.
Lynne xxx

amanda stokes said...

Hi Jules,
These handbags are fab,love this dcwv stack fab is'nt it!
Enjoy your fish n chips!
We're planning to spend the day at the beach tommorrow with a lovely picnic :)
Have a lovely weekend xx

Nikbee said...

I love these handbags. Fab papers. Enjoy your fish and chips.

Nikki x

Tracy said...

These are really fabulous Jules, I love the designs you have put on them.

It is opposite with me and my hubby, he loves doing a BBQ and I hate them.

Happy crafting
Tracy x

Vicky said...

Wow, wow, wow...! I love them Jules and such fabulous colours too hunni!

have a lovely weekend...hugs Vicky xx

Cynthia said...

Absolutely LOVE those color combinations!!! Your little purses are just adorable!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow Jules!! I want them all, they're so pretty! xx

Wishcraft said...

Ooh they're gorgeous Jules! Love the shape and fab papers you've used :o) Off to have a look at your link! Lisa x

Debs M said...

these are lovely!

Craftbugmum said...

Oh Jules
Love the bags so pretty and very colourful. Super job done.
Fi xx

Kylie said...

They're absolutely GORGEOUS Jules and I love the insert you came up with - fabulous idea!

What a shame your hubby doesn't BBQ - I love a good BBQ in the summer because it means a night off cooking for me (I still have to prepare everything for hubby though!). We even had a BBQ for Xmas lunch last year which meant it was the most relaxing chrissy for me in years :o)

Anonymous said...

They are gorgeous Jules!!!!!!

I really love them, they are so great, I would love to try my hand at this!

you're so talented!

Carole Campanile said...

So cute!! Is the little pocket large enough to hold a gift card??
Very clever Jules.

Amanda said...

Fabulous handbags Jules. love the idea of a picnic all romantic with fab food but the reality is usually limp sandwiches and wasps lol. Well it is in my house anyway. Hope you get to enjoy a bbq

Sarn said...

WOW! They are FANTASTIC. Must check out the template link you gave. Thanks for sharing.

Hugs, Sandra

Unknown said...

O wow amazing, love the soft colours you used, all so pretty xxx

coops said...

these are fantastic jules.the handbag shape is brilliant and i love the papers and details :D

xx coops xx

Doreen said...

Just gorgeous Jules.Love these

Jenny said...

Fabulous idea to add a pocket and tag, more like the inside of a handbag:)
Love the pretty paper designs you've used :)
Jenny x

PinksyDoodles said...

These bags are fantastic Jules, they are just the kind of cards I would buy. I love what you have done to the insides, very clever!
I have to say I take your hubbies side regarding BBQ's!
Enjoy your weekend.
Hugs, Clare x

Sally said...

Hi Jules, what a fab trio of handbags, so different & so pretty. I looked at your link for the template 'cos I thought I might want to make one but they don't look very big. Perhaps I could enlarge the design? We don't do BBQ's but me an' hubby are always going on picnics. There's nothing better than eating out in the fresh air surrounded by beautiful countryside, smashing. Enjoy the lovely weather this weekend.
Sally x

Kathy said...

These are just fab!

Lynda said...

WOW Jules these are fabulous - love the pretty patterns on every single one of them - we're spoilt for choice here!

Love Lynda xxx

Anonymous said...

These are absolutely fabulous Jules, love them!
Helen x

Maribel said...

That darling I love those bags are a great idea to present a card.

Grenouille Greetings said...

These bags are gorgeous, Jules. I saw a real one just like your green and black one recently and drooled over it. Your paper version comes a very, very close second to the leather one I hankered after. All of these are stunning! Hugs, Lesley

Juls said...

these are just stunning!! Love the one on the far left .... infact if it were a real handbag I would want it to add to my huge collection!! Hugs Juls