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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, 13 July 2011


Hi Everyone

Well I got my act together and am a bit earlier today .. .. just for a change.

It has been quite a lovely day here weather wise.  Not bright sunshine and no rain .. .. but simply a nice and comfortable day with a little bit of breeze.  This is just perfect for me!!

I hope you have all had a good day doing whatever you needed to do.

For my part I am having a go at a new challenge that I have seen mentioned on a couple of my lovely blog buddy's posts .. .. but have never looked to see what the challenge was supporting.  Well this morning I did actually look .. and now I am going to join in .. enter my card .. . and then post it off to St Luke's in Sheffield for them to raise a few pennies from .. .. I am sure that every little helps .. .. especially in these hard times. 

The challenge is St Luke's Charity Challenge and this month their challenge is to create a card using black and white and one other colour.

Here is my creation:

This used:

Image:  Hero Arts "S5316" Silhouette Grass
Border Stamp:  Stampendous!  "SSC094" Love Filled Topper Set
Versafine Onyx Black stamp pad .. clear embossed
Sentiment:  Woodware Clear Stamps "FRCL 128" Circular Greetings
Distress Ink "Spiced Marmalade"
Joy Craft:  Cutting and Embossing Butterflies Die
Carla Craft:  Tag Punch
Sticky backed Pearls

I am nice and early tonight as I am on cooking duties and want to get things sorted as some of what I am making needs to cool in order to go into the freezer.   Nothing worse than not being able to go to bed because food hasn't cooled down enough to freeze!

So off I go on spag bol duty for our evening meal and quiches for the freezer!!  They will make for lazy dinners at a later stage!!

Then it is The Apprentice!!!  Woo hoo!!!

Have a good evening everyone.



Wishcraft said...

This is gorgeous Jules! LOVE the stamps you've used and fabulous colour, really lovely :o) Lisa x

Unknown said...

Hi Jules, what a gorgeous, elegant card, the silhouette grass looks fabulous, love it and what a nice thing to do to send your card for charity. Hugs xxx

PinksyDoodles said...

Jules, I love all your cards but this is definitely one of my favourites, it's stunning!
Clare x

CraftyC said...

Gorgeous card Jules. Love the silhouette stamp and perfect colours!

Tara Cardwell said...

This is a stunning card Jules - I love the yellow with the black and white.
Thanks so much for joining in our little challenge - and for sending your card to the charity - every little does indeed help so thanks so much for your support.
Best wishes
Tara (aka Craftilicious) x
St Luke's Charity Cards Challenge Founder

Jacee said...

Love the card Jules, gorgeous colour and the butterfly finishes it off nicely.
Hugs Jacee

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous Jules and going to a very charitable

Enjoy your apprentice

Unknown said...

Such a beautiful card, I love the colour and it is so beautifully stamped, Mary x

Cynthia said...

Gorgeous coloring, gorgeous wheat stamp!

Vicky said...

Wonderful the image and the colour scheme is gorgeous too hun...

Sorry I have been MIA...just been soooo busy boohoo...

enjoy your super and the Apprentice...!

hugs Vicky xx

Debs M said...

this is lovely, great distressing x

Kaz said...

Oh my Jules this is just GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!
I love that image (I want, I want, I want) and doesn't your inking look delicious. Perfectly finished with your details too. LOVE IT!
Kaz xx

Irene said...

Hello Jules

A stunning and beautiful card. I love your colour choice and that fablous stamped image - I can feel a spend coming on.


Jenny said...

I love your take on the challenge by using less of the black and white and more of the colour..a totally original idea. I love this peaceful to look at :)
Jenny x

G Peplow said...

Hi Jules, Gorgeous card, love the silhouette grasses and you've made it special with your colours and inking, great colours, enjoy the apprentice tonight, hugs Gay xxx

Juls said...

so very gorgeous and stylish!!! HUgs Juls

Lynne said...

Oh Jules , this is lovely. Fabulous colours and you know how much I love silhouettes. Thank you so much for joining us at St Lukes Charity Card Challenge your card will be more than welcome.
Lynne xxx

angelwhispers said...

Jules this is just fabulous just love the image and the colours are just beautiful and what a great cause. chanelle xxx

Jean said...

Lovely card, wonderful stamp and gorgeous colour. Jean x

Tracy said...

This is so gorgeous Jules, I love everything about it!
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Lynsey said...

Wow Jules what a lovely card, its so striking with the black grass!
Hugs Lynsey x

Sally said...

Hi Jules, I just love that stamp & what you have done with the distress ink. An absolutely beautiful effect. Sounds like a worthwhile challenge, might pop over for a look see.
Sally x

Anonymous said...

OH this is perfection, I LOVE the colours and that black is so striking! Perfect with the butterflies, really love this!!!!

Sarn said...

WOW - super card for the challenge Jules. Love it.
Hugs, Sandra x

Anonymous said...

Stunning Jules, gorgeous colours, just perfect!
Helen x

Linda . J said...

Hi Jules Gorgeous card love the colours and beautiful image, it will make loads of money for a good cause.
Hugs Linda

Stamps and Paper said...

Jules what a gorgeous card...perfect colours for our challenge over at St Lukes charity card challenge, thank you for joing us and hopefully we will see you again next month?


Kylie said...

I never tire of seeing the silhouette grass, it's so elegant :o)

I absolutely love the colours you've used on this card!

Pauline said...

Hi Jules, love the card. The colour combo is very striking. So far I've resisted buying 'silhouette grass' but I may have to cave in lol! Hugs, Pauline x

Whisper said...

Wow this is super hun, Luv Sam x

Deborah Frings said...

This looks wonderful - love the silhouette wheat field - you can almost hear the buzz of insects and birdsong as you look at the card! Thanks for playing along with St Luke's Charity Card Challenge - hope to see you next month too!

Cazro said...

A stunning card, I too love this technique. Caz

An Occasional Genius said...

Wow! Saw this on St Likes & just had to pop over & say how beautiful I thought it was, just stunning xx

Zoe Tant said...

Very clever use of colour. I really like how the butterflies 'pop' from the corn.

Carole Campanile said...

Wow Jules i really do love this stamp. Congratulations on winning the challenge; it was a well deserved win.