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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, 20 July 2011


Hi Everyone

You know I find the hardest thing about doing a blog post is thinking up a title for it!!!

Is it just me or does anyone end up torturing their brain over what to call it?  It is so much simpler if you are entering a challenge as you can just put the challenge title in there!!!  That will teach me to make a card .. .. just because I want to try something out

This used:

Image:  Inkadinkado "90355"  (love this stamp.  It doesn't have a name but looks like real lace)
Sentiment:  Hobby Art "CS016D" General Greetings
Sizzix Die:  Tim Holtz Tattered Florals
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder:  Swiss Dots
Martha Stewart Punch:   Doily Lace
Papermania:  Adhesive Pearls and Posh Brad
Distress Ink:  Dusty Concord
Clear Embossing Powder
Ribbons and cord from the Stash Box

I cut my tattered florals out of various shades of purple vellum and ran them through my cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder .. .. screwed them up a bit and then attached them all to a brad .. .. but between each of the different flower types I wound some fine feather ribbon that has long strands attached to it. I think it has worked quite well.

I have also been very good and used up a bit of that white snippet card I have.  I stamped the lace image with versafine onyx black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I then distressed it all with the dusty concord ink .. .. .. and that was just about it other than putting it all together.

So no Apprentice for me tonight .. .. although Big Baby Boy did text me on Monday to tell me that an American Celebrity Apprentice was starting .. .. so of course I am into that now!!!  LOL!!!

Thanks for calling by everyone and for your lovely comments.  I do appreciate them.

Have a lovely evening.



PinksyDoodles said...

Wow, this is stunning Jules! I love the flower with the gorgeous feather ribbon and I thought the lace was real lace!
Hugs, Clare x

Lynda said...

OMG this is so pretty Jules - the flower is amazing.

Love Lynda xxx

Donna Mosley said...

WOW!!! this is stunning Jules. Love the very beautiful flower and gorgeous colours.

Donna x

Debs M said...

ooh this is fab!!!

Vicky said...

Just stunning Jules...and the flower is truly gorgeous hun...!

enjoy your tv!

have a lovely evening...hugs Vicky xx

Liz McGuire, said...

Wow, that flower is spectacular, gorgeous card.

Liz x

Anonymous said...

Stunning creation Jules, just gorgeous!
Helen x

Made by Mandy said...

Ooooh Jules this is GORGEOUS !!! I love the flowers you did with the embossed vellum and that thready stuff, it looks so effective.

I've got a card I did for a DT which is published tomorrow and it's all snippets so I will be linking it up to your challenge. I find it is really making me think about using stuff that's already been used before so thank you for making me focus more on that :)

I am so glad I saw a link from Sandra's blog to you.

Love Mandy xxx

Debbie said...

I know what you mean Jules about thinking of a title..... Your card is simply stunning.Such a lush colour. Lovely flower, ribbon..... I love it all.Love Debbie x

Catherine said...

Great card, lovely effect!


Wow Jules, the lace stamp and the purple and black combo are totally decadent! I love the embossed vellum and the bling on the TH flower. Absolutely gorgeous card!!!

I too am quite at a loss tonight without The Apprentice - I'm always disappointed when the series comes to an end. Tim is such a lovely chap - the best man definitely won!
Hugs, Sylvia x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

This is just gorgeous hun, just love the fibres they just finish it off perfectly!
Hugs shell xx

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I thought it was lace to start with - so realistic and the flower is fab.
Nikki x

Sally said...

Hi Jules, a great title & a great card! This is such a beautiful layered flower & adding the feather ribbon gives it an amazing look. I love the overall look of the card, it's sooooo pretty.
Sally x

Amanda said...

Lovely card Jules, that lace stamp is fab

G Peplow said...

Hi Jules, That's one gorgeous flower, I love the lace stamp and effect you've got going on, it all worked brilliantly:0) Keep using those snippets up, you're doing a grand job!! Hugs Gay xxx

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie this is a beautiful creation, just gorgeous hugs Pops x x x

Wendy said...

Hi Jules,Thanks so much for visiting my blog,and leaving a lovely comment,much this card its stunning,such a gorgeous flower,have just become a follower on your fabulous blog.
Wendy xx

Jenny said...

I luuurve the feathery strands in between the layers...looks like a posh corsage:)
The lace looks so realistic too.
Jenny x

Andria said...

OH WOW that flower is totally beautiful, really really gorgeous and sooo clever. Really sets off the whole card. Wont be long until the "Junior Apprentice" starts, glad Tom won though!

Andria said...

OH WOW that flower is totally totally gorgeous and really clever. It really sets of the whole card I love it. Won't be long until the "Junior Apprentice" starts. I'm glad Tom won though. :)x

Wishcraft said...

Wow Jules, what a gorgeous card! Your flower is absolutely stunning :o) Lisa x

Paper Hearts Handmade Cards said...

oooh I love your flower its fab and fab card Jules k xx

Anonymous said...

Love this really different! great job with the title too! tehheheee :)

Sarn said...

What a GREAT IDEA with the flowers. Gorgeous card altogether.

Hugs, Sandra

Vicky Hayes said...

The feathery stuff is incredibly effective layered into your flower, especially with that dramatic dark purple. I don't have difficulty with post titles but I never know how to end a post - it would be easier for me to just ramble on and on until everyone just quietly turned the lights off and left! Vx

Debs said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW - that flower is totally stunning!
You are so clever :-)
Hope all well with you and yours.
Debs xx

Mervi said...

Oh Jules gorgeous!
Love the flower and the lace stamp!

coops said...

wow.fantastic card jules.your stamped paper and colours are really striking and i love the stunning flower :D

xx coops xx

Stella said...

Hi Jules!

You think this flower worked out quite well? My oh my Jules this is to die for; STUNNING!
And so is your card!
Love and hugs,

Anonymous said...

This has 'blown me away' as they say!! Absolutely stunning Jules - that flower is fabulous! xx

Juls said...

fabulous!!! I love the added texture to the flower!! Hugs Juls

Kylie said...

WOW!!! Stunning card Jules! That flower is out of this world - LOVE IT!! :O)

Di said...

Amazing Jules - every detail is just divine! Love it! Di x

Steph said...

Oh wow, Jules!!!! Utterly stunning!!!! I thought the flower was made of material!!!

lisa said...

You are so imaginitive with your flowers, Jules, this is stunning and something I will definitely be trying on my scrapbook Layouts. You always provide tons of inspiration.
I'm glad it's not just me who struggles with post titles. Mine always sound so dull!!
Hugs Lisax

Lynne said...

Wowzers Jules.That flower is amazing, love the cord against the purple, so effective.
Lynne xxx

Kaz said...

Wow this looks amazing, your flower is just gorgeous! Loving that feather ribbon.
Kaz xx

coldwaters2 said...

Wowwww Jules that flower looks amazing, so do the colours and design of the card itself, this is one very elegant and classy creation.
Lorraine x

Jacee said...

Oh wow Jules, love this, how gorgeous, beautiful work!
Hugs Jacee