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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, 10 July 2011


Hi Everyone

Grrrrr...  what is with all of this error 503????  Is it just me with the errors or is everyone having a nightmare time trying to post and leave comments?

I have a feeling this post is going to take a lot of hard work and patience and a very long time!!!!

Another week has flown by and I am here again with my snippet makes for this week.

For my new followers and anyone visiting for the first time I will just explain what it is I get up to on a Sunday.

On Sunday I limit what I am allowed to use to make my creations.  I do not allow myself to cut into any new sheets of paper or card or to take ribbon from a reel.  I can only use what I call my snippets!!!  Some of my snippets are quite large (particularly if they began life in my craft pod as a 12 x 12 sheet) but then lots of them are teeny tiny and I often wonder why I even keep them!!!  But I have to .. .. I cannot bring myself to throw them away.

I do not colour images in .. .. but try to paper-piece in order to use up more of those little snippets (although today one card did get a little touching up with some chalk and distress ink).

So now you know what I am up to .. .. here are the creations I have come up with today (including what I am now going to class as my "compulsory" Christmas card).  Every week from now until Christmas I have to slip in a Christmas snippet make .. .. eekkk!!!!

OK so here are this week's offerings

Lots of people played along with me again this week.  Some regular participants (it is lovely to keep seeing you here xx) and some are bright and breezy new playmates (it is great to see you too xx).

First to play last week was Lynne .. .. and she was so eagre to take part that she posted pretty much as soon as I did!!  Yay!!!  Three gorgeous creations from Lynne on a baby theme.  I love them all but especially the last two that have a lovely ribbon feature on them.

Next out to play was Sally with her "grown up shoes"!!!  Oh to still be able to walk in shoes like these!!  I'm afraid I am a flip flop and slipper person now and trying to cram my feet into grown up shoes is like torture treatment!!  How boring is that?!?!?  Loving your shoes Sally.

Then along came Rachel with the most gorgeous Christmas card.  I love it!!!  A great way to use up lots of snippets and a lovely ribbon feature too.  Beautiful colour combo as well!! Thanks Rachel for the inspiration.

My next playmate was Kaz who played along twice this week .. firstly with a beautiful Christmas card in the most gorgeous shade of blue which you can see here and then again yesterday with the most stunning thank you cards.  Super inspirational work Kaz!!  I am well impressed and so going to try this!!  For some reason though I have been unable to leave a comment for you to say exactly how much I love these .. .. but I will keep trying I promise!!!  I just see a big red cross where I should be commenting .. .. eeekkk!!!

Next was a new playmate Mandy.  Mandy soon got the bug and played along twice this week too.  Firstly with a card that used the most lovely snippets and one of my favourite MS punches.  You can find it here.  Can't think why I like this punch so much LOL!!!  Then Mandy's second creation, which you will find here, made me long for a lovely beach holiday (where I would be at home wearing my flip flops LOL!!).  Such a bright and beautiful make.

One of my regular snippet buddies is next ... Sandra.  Sandra has been a very lucky girlie and has gained some lovely stamps from her Sister .. .. and has been putting them to great use alongside her snippets.  This one is gorgeous.  You might want to actually look at Sandra's whole blog because she also made some gorgeous roses with her snippets .. .. they weren't linked to last weeks post but they are amazing!!!  Well done Sandra .. .. I have made a couple but they are not as good as yours that's for sure!!!

Next was another new playmate .. .. Samantha.  A super cute creation from Samantha that used up some of her snippets beautifully.  A gorgeous cute image and I love the faux stitching .. .. but then I am a bit of an addict where this is concerned!!  LOL!!!  Thanks for playing along Samantha.

Claire came to the party too with a fantastic New Job card.  It is so beautifully personalised and I love the sentiment very much.  Quite a rare occurrence at the moment don't you think .. .. getting a new job?!!! (but we won't go there).  Thank you for joining in Claire and for the great inspiration.

My snippet mate Lisa was next to play.  Lisa is the proud owner of a new shiny red laptop this week after her old one giving up completely.  (Happy new laptop Lisa).  So whilst without a computer Lisa made a beautiful array of snippet makes.  Of course my favourite has to be the second one because it was made using papers from the most gorgeous paper stack I have ever owned.  Beautiful makes Lisa!!

Jenny played along next with one of the most original snippet creations yet to make an appearance in my whole 27 weeks of snippet makes.  I love this make very much .. .. especially the ingenius use of vellum!!!  Thank you for sharing it with us all Jenny.

Then last but not least .. .. Brenda.  I have a feeling that Brenda is a little hyperactive as she has posted a brilliant action photograph of herself and then replicated it in card form.  But I think the card character is having a much easier time of it LOL!!! 

I do hope you have time to visit all of these lovely playmates who have taken time to share their snippets .. .. I am so lucky to be meeting so many lovely blogs and their owners.

Right then I am hoping that this now posts.  I am getting lots of error messages and problems enroute .. .. what a labour of love this has been!!!!

Right I am about to hit "publish" with my fingers crossed!!!!

Have a lovely rest of the evening and a great week.



PinksyDoodles said...

Fabulous cards Jules! I love the flowers on the top card, they look fab and the paper piecing on the christmas presents makes them look just like the real thing!
Hugs, Clare x

Lisa said...

Hi Jules, Gorgeous cards! I especially love the Christmas one ... the paper pieced presents look fab :-)

Lisa x

Kaz said...

Been haunted by that error message too Jules, its just taken me about 5 goes to sign in :0(
Loving all your cards, especially the first one.....gorgeous papers and your layered flowers look fab. LOL...I love your snippet rules, I wish I was that disciplined! I must try and follow your example more diligently as I do colour and I need to get going on Chrimble cards. Maybe a Christmas countdown on my blog will scare me into action. Have a great week.
Kaz xx

G Peplow said...

Fabulous cards Jules you've been a busy lady too, Have a great week:0) Gay xxx

Donna Mosley said...

Woohoo! it worked hun. Fed up with error 503 too. :o) Love all of your fab snippets Jules, my fave is the xmas one, no, the baby one, no, the windmill one. I love 'em all! Have a fab evening hun.


Debs M said...

love your cards, but especially the first one, some great makes from everyone else too x

Doreen said...

Oh gorgeous makes as usual Jules,I love the lace on the first one,the windmill image is just beautiful,and I love those Christmas pressies and those tiny feet awwww.

I think we are all having our patience trie by mr blogger

Irene said...

Fabulous cards Jules, I love the Baby Card.


Mrs.B said...

Wow you have been busy Jules, Love them all! Love the baby card, so sweet.
Avril xx

Nikbee said...

Fantastic cards. I love the first one. The flowers are fab and the paper is lovely.
Nikki x

Claire said...

Hi Jules,am I so glad I am not alone in my computer troubles, I agree the posting is terrible of late and it takes ages for any pictures to upload. I wonder what they are doing in blogland HQ.
I love all your cards this week, especially the first one and the baby card. I am going to try something later on, not telling what (?????) but I'll post it up when done.
I will definately have a look at all the ladies who take part in the snippet challenge, everyone is such an inspiration, amazing what we can all do with left overs.
You know my leftovers from snippets are miniscule and even they are not thrown out now as a friend of mine makes soap and the boxes for the soaps are made from handmade paper, so I give her all my tiny scraps now so nothing is wasted now.
Claire xxx

Cynthia said...

I always look forward to Snippet Day! I love your creations this week. I'm always so surprised at the beauty of your snippets and amazed at what you create with them!

Amanda said...

Fabulous cards, Jules

Donna said...

What a lovely collection of cards - my favourite this week is the baby one, those ickle feet are soooo cute! xx

angelwhispers said...

Yours cards are so gorgeous love them all and some very talented ladies out there who have joined you!!! Love Chanelle xxx

Anonymous said...

You have some lovely snippet cat=rds here and this week I just don't have a favourite - they are all equally gorgeous.
Sorry not joined in for a week or two but may be this coming week . I will see what it brings,
x Tricia

Anonymous said...

Hyperactive!!? Me?? Lol, you should see me first thing in the morning! This morning's exercise consisted of a 23 mile bike ride, but I didn't replicate that in card form, instead I've made a Christmas Card again, but I'm so blown out (it's 92 deg again) that I don't know if I'll post if tonight, probably tomorrow. Hyperactive indeed, I'm still laughing about that!


Sally said...

Hi Jules, smashing snippets cards, I love the first one with all the flowers. I'll try & post a snippets card in the next couple of days.
Sally x

Faye said...

Wow, I love your snippet card, it is beautiful. Wow. I also love your Funky card down below.
Thanks so much for your lovely e-mail. Been at the park all day today with Sweet Cheeks, so will reply shortly. xxx

Jenny said...

Had a little hop around the snippets entries...fab cards as are yours Jules. Love the christmas parcels..they look so inviting in the pretty colours. I have been having trouble with Mr Blogger tonight too :[
Jenny x

Anonymous said...

OH WOW, Lots of awesome makes!!!

Really love the stamps you've chosen and the beautiful papers, so amazing!

Love that you've got another christmas card done, and lots of different themes here, too fun!!!

Louise said...

Wow totally fab cards love them all
Louise xx

Alison said...

Same Blogger problems as you at the moment and I can't see my followers either- So frustrating!
These are all so gorgeous it is hard to choose favourites! I love the baby card though and you are so good getting going on Christmas cards.
Hugs, Alison x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Oh hun you have been busy!
Just love the first card, the colours are just gorgeous!
Hugs shell xx
will try & join in this week hun

coops said...

these are fantastic jules.really love your 1st card, so stunning and the windmill image is gorgeous :D

xx coops xx

Lynne said...

Fantastic snippet cards again Jules. Love the first one with fancy die cut. The second is gorgeous with that windmill scene but my fave is the baby card. I think I must be a bit broody at the moment lol.
Lynne xxx


Hi Jules - I have just found your fab. inspirational blog via. Lynne (Lynnes Loft) - I just LOVE the idea of being encouraged to use up my scraps!! They just go into that deep dark hole, never to see the light of day again - I think it's time I joined in the fun!! Hope to see you soon - Thanks, Sylvia xx


PS: Forgot to say - I LOVE your cards (sorry)!!
Sylvia x

Debbie said...

Hi Jules,Great cards using your snippets.My favourite is your first card - it is stunning, I love it.The soft colours are gorgeous and the flowers. Hope you're okay.There's 2 tickets to the 'Summer Crafting' at Doncaster that I won but can't use, I've done them as blog candy if you you or anyone you know would be interested.( Debbie x

Wishcraft said...

I gave up on blogger in the end yesterday, the error code was driving me potty! Love all your snippet makes, all beautiful :o) Lisa x

Made by Mandy said...

Jules you are such an inspiration with all your lovely makes. It is a pleasure to join you and I find I am actively seeking out scraps for my cards rather than start cutting a new sheet so thankyou for making me think about how I can use my supplies better.

Love Mandy xxx

Juls said...

as always, such incredibly gorgeous makes!!! I adore the first one, so luxurious and fabulous!!! Hugs Juls

Loopylou. said...

oooh yummy jules, love the big swirls!! and yey me!!! i have used some of my funky hand snippets box and made a card for the fetch a sketch blog!!!! huge hugs hun Lou xxxxx

Lesley at Grenouille said...

Always love your snippets, Jules. My fave in this batch is the little baby one but they are all splendid! Hugs, Lesley

Andria said...

WOW - more stunning examples, totally gorgeous cards, the first is my fave but the other 2 are equally beautiful.

Vicky Hayes said...

I've been trying to join you for ages now and finally have something that doesn't look as if one of the children produced it at playgroup (or at least I'm hoping it doesn't...!) All of your snippet cards this week are amazing Jules. I love the flowers on the top one, the image on the second is beautiful and the touches of glitter on the final two are stunning. Vx

Maribel said...

Beautiful cards, I like all but the first is my favorite.

Stella said...

i will never ever get tired fo your snippets; sigh.....!!!!

Another handmade beauty!

Love and hugs,

~Tammy~ said...

Isn't it amazing what can be done when you challenge yourself to use our scraps and snippets! I am in the middle of a move and home improvement projects, so I don't have a lot of time to craft right now, but pretty much that is all I can find is my scrap bag to include my ribbon scraps, so this is actually great because I am hoping to get the pile down for when I get my crafting space set up. I am glad I found your blog because it will challenge me even more. I love paper piecing, so I have a lot. I added an entry, and happy to be your newest follower!