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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, 30 July 2011


Hi Everyone

A bit earlier post today as we are meeting up with friends for a Chinese meal tonight.

Last week I ran out of time to join in one of my favourite challenges .. .. The Penny Black Saturday Challenge.. ..  so I decided to play along "nice and early" this week.

The theme is to use your Penny Black stamps for making a background.  Not something I have done before .. .. but I will be doing it again.

Here is my make

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3868J" Portraits
Sentiment:  Penny Black "2908F" ...To You
Martha Stewart Punch:  Doily Lace
Nestabilities:  Scalloped Ovals (thanks Carole xx)
Woodware Punch:  Daisies
Leone Em Pty Punch:  Ash Branch
ProMarkers (using the new fine nib attachments  -  thanks Di xx)
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Crystal Stickles
Ribbon and brads from the Stash Box

and that is the entry from The House of Hearts!!  LOL!!

Today has been very warm, bright and beautiful .. .. and when I look out of the window on a Saturday morning I always look at the weather to consider what it is going to be like for any lovey dovey couples who may be getting married.

Hubby asked what the weather was doing and I burst into song and sang "It a great day for a white wedding" .. .. oh I must be so annoying to live with!!!!   LOL!!!

The saddest part is that song has been in my head all day and I can't stop singing it!!

OK .. so that is me for today.  Back tomorrow with the snippet register .. .. .. and how many playmates joined in the fun this week .. .. loads, and loads and loads!!!!

See you soon....



G Peplow said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love those beautiful flowers and they're coloured brilliantly, have a wonderful evening, Gay xxx

Tracy said...

Your background has really worked well, it's fabulous. I love today's creation.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Irene said...

Hello Jules

Your card is amazing, I love the background especially with the stitching around. Your flowers are fabulous and I love the little brad in the centre.


Vicky said...

Now I am sing! fabulous card hun and the background stamp is just gorgeous...and loving the shaped oval too..

have a lovely meal tonight...and a few drinkies too..hehehe..

hugs Vicky xx

Cynthia said...

Love the card, love the song, love laughing when I visit your blog. =D

Beryl K said...

Fabulous card Jules, love those flowers. Enjoy your night out
Beryl x

Anonymous said...

Fabulous background you've made Jules; beautiful summery colours. Very pretty card indeed! xx

Doreen said...

This is stunning Jules, the background is just beautiful.Have a nice

Debs said...

Simply stunning Jules - perfect image and perfect colours.
Enjoy your chinese - Jack & I treated ourselves last night - yummy scrummy.
Debs xx

Catherine said...

Fantastic card!

Unknown said...

Hi Jules, what a beautiful card - such lovely colours and gorgeous layout! Hope you had a lovely chinese meal - we had chinese take away - my son's favourite. Luv & Hugs Trish x

Jacee said...

This is so lovely Jules, I adore the paper, so pretty, And the plain yellow card you've used is lush, nice and creamy, a bit like cornish ice-cream colour, Mmmmm yum, as is this fab card!
Hugs Jacee

Lynsey said...

Hi Jules, what a gorgeous card! I love your stamped background!
Hugs Lynsey x

Helen said...

Wow - this is beautiful Jules - your 'blackground' is fabulous...such pretty colours too!
Thanks for joining us at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

PS - you might want to go and add your link again - it links to the PBSC not you...but I managed to track you down! lol

Lynne said...

Ooooh Jules, this is fabulous. Love the colours you`ve used, really bright and summery.
Lynne xxx

Sally said...

What a pretty card Jules. Lovely background stamping & love that border punch, sentimnet & the ovals. I'm glad I don't go with hubby on his wedding shoots 'cos he left at 8.30 this morning & is still not back at 10.30pm!
Hope you enjoyed your meal out.
Sally x

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful Jules,brilliant stamped background.
Wendy xx

CraftyC said...

This is gorgeous Jules, I love your background and such pretty colours

Grenouille Greetings said...

Lots of recent sweet creations, Jules. When I arrived here I was thinking I know that DP but I was also thinking I don't recognise the colour and then I read your post and realised it is the stamp I am recognising and not the DP. Looks absolutely fabulous and I agree with you - a splendid idea! Hugs, Lesley

Vicky Hayes said...

Well, what a fantastic background you made. Who needs DP?! What's annoying about singing a line from a song as an answer? We do it all the time in our house! (Oh dear, does that mean we're annoying too...?!) Vx

coldwaters2 said...

Brilliant card Jules, that background looks fantastic, enjoy your meal.
Lorraine x

Anonymous said...

Pretty card, I love that sentiments font, and really matches the background paper too!

Love it1

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Amanda said...

Jules, what a gorgeous bright creation, love the colour combo and such a fab idea for a background, I normally reach straight for the patterned paper but might try this instead, of course this does mean new sheets of paper not snippets though lol.

Sarn said...

Ha ha ha! . . . Now I'll be singing that song all day too Jules! It's a cracker!

Fab card too!

Wishing you a happy Sunday.

Hugs, Sandra x

Di said...

Stunning Jules! Have just spotted that you refer to the PM nibs - I always like to see the list of what you use when making a card! Di xx

coops said...

beautiful card di.really pretty and summery colours and i love the flowers and sentiment ;D

xx coops xx

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous Jules, just love it! I have been looking at all your amazing cards I have missed and I love them all, especially that fab wallet card!
Helen x

Donna Mosley said...

Very beautiful card Jules, love the paper and very pretty flowers.

Donna x

Jenny said...

Would never have you down as a Billy Idol fan!!
Such a pretty background, love the summery colours :)
Jenny x

~ Ali Robertson ~ said...

Wow this is beautiful!!!

Thanks for playing along with Penny Black Saturday challenge this week

Ali x

Donna said...

Beautiful card and hey who doesn't love Billy Idol?! I used to fancy him something rotten when he (and I) was a bit younger lol xx

Liz McGuire, said...

This is so pretty and summery. A really joyful card,

Liz x

MagsB said...

(I think of weddings on summer Saturdays, too!!)

What lovely colours on that fabulous background! Love the sentiment, too!

luv, Mags x

Pauline said...

Hi Jules, fab background. The colour combo is just joyful and summery. Hugs, Pauline x

Stella said...

HI Jules,

At first I thought "stunning patterned paper". And after reading your post my jaw hit the floor. You made this yourself; WOW!
The flowers are fab and the font of the sentiment goes so well with it. Gorgeous!

Love and hugs,

Kath Stewart said...

stunning card jules and I love those gorgeous flowers......thanks for joining in the fun this week at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

Liz Miller said...

Love your card design and colour scheme.
Liz x

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous beautiful card, such pretty colours.

PinksyDoodles said...

Hi Jules,
Congratulations on your win - very well deserved! Your card is fabulous! I have this stamp and I would never have thought to use it as creatively as this.
Hugs, Clare x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Love your Background ...looks Fab...i have this stamp i will give it a go ....hugs
Congrats on you becoming DT..xx