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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, 15 July 2011


Hi Everyone

I hope Friday has been good to you .. .. and that you are looking forward to the weekend.

Weather wise it isn't sounding very good (so it sounds like a crafting weekend for me .. yay!!!)

Tonight's share isn't my usual style .. .. but after a day of making more of those little handbag cards (they are selling like hotcakes) I decided I deserved a little play .. .. and you might not like the finished result (but I do so that makes it OK .. .. LOL!!!).

There is bit more to this than meets the eye .. .. so I will let you see it first

This used:

Image:  Stamping Up "Medallion"
Image:  Stampendous! "V143" Ornate Heart
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat
Paper Crimper
Gold and Black Embossing Powder
Ribbons, Feathers, Button and Pearls from the Stash Box

So why is there more to this than meets the eye .. .. well it all borders around the medallion stamp which in its unadulterated form looks like this

(Am I OK to show a picture of a stamp on my blog like this? 
If not would someone please tell me and I will remove it straight away).

This is the biggest and hugest stamp in my collection and it was a fantastic gift from my very good blog buddy Carole.  It was a duplicate in her collection and she thought I would like it .. .. and she was right .. .. but rather than like it .. I love it!!!

My first Stampin Up product!!  Woo hoo!!

Anyway I wanted to do something special with it to show Carole I was putting it to good use (I hope you approve Carole xx). 

So where is this stamp on my creation?  Well believe it or not it is the frill under the ribbon!!  I did a Youtube search to see what other people did with this huge stamp and found this great tutorial here (along with lots of other ideas too!!). 

.. .. .. and do you know what is really scary .. .. I did all of this using my snippets!!  I should have saved it until Sunday .. . but it's too late now LOL!!!

Rather than use lots of layers I actually gold embossed the edges of my layers.  Then I gold embossed the ornate heart stamp, cut around it and then black embossed around that. 

So that is my share tonight.

Lynda asked me today exactly how many cards I make in a day .. .. the answer is "never enough" LOL!!!

Have a great evening and weekend everyone and a huge welcome to all of my new followers .. .. I hope tonight's creation doesn't put you off!! 



angelwhispers said...

Wow what an elegant card Jules just love all the fab detail and the stamp is just beautiful!!! Love it Chanelle xx

Lynne said...

Wow Jules I love it.Love the colours, very dramatic and what you`ve done with the medalion is amazing.
Lynne xxx

Anonymous said...

Oh my word Jules!!! This is fantastic! I love how you've used the stamp and the colour scheme you've used - so luxurious! The ribbon and feather combo is gorgeous and so is the button. Everything is just so perfectly coordinated. xx

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

You're right Jules, I don't like it at all.....I LOVE it! Stunning card, I love everything about it down to the gold embossing on the edges. I think I will be saving this one in my CASE file!
Kasey ~ in Oz

Catherine said...

Great card, love the way you hve used that stamp!

Vicky said...

Well I think it's STUNNING Jules...fabulous design hun and the stamp is just gorgeous too :o)

have a lovely weekend...hugs Vicky xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Oh I just love this hun! Your ribbon looks fab!
hugs shell xx

Vicky Hayes said...

I really love it Jules! I'm especially loving the gold embossed edges - I've seen this several times now and it's a great look. The medallion is a gorgeous stamp but it made me laugh that it was a duplicate in your friend's collection - it's huge and not really the kind of stamp you forget you've got! Have a great weekend. Vx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
this is a stunning card ....i have this Medallion stamp...not used it much but its a Gorgeous stamp....

Sally said...

I love it Jules, it's very classy. I'm a sucker for feathers but just don't use them enough. The black & gold combo is a winner & the whole design is great. Have a good weekend what ever the weather.
Sally x

Debs M said...

i think it's lovely! (i bought these pp papers this morning! off to look at the tutorial! x

Cynthia said...

I don't know what you're worried about, Jules--this card is fantastic!!! Love your medallion lace!!! And thanks for the link. I'm going to have to try that. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Doreen said...

Oooh I do like it I think it is gorgeous....It is not your usual style but hey, we all need a change,I think the frill is

Lynne K said...

Well, Jules, definitely not your usual style, but I like it! Love what you did with the medallion stamp. And the embossed edges.

Have a great weekend,

Hugs, Lynne xx

Dena said...

Very, very pretty Jules! The pleating is a great touch and loooooove the feather!
Hugs, Dena

Anonymous said...

Love that medallion stamp, totally beautiful, and I LOVE this cool card, The feathers and colours rock!!!! Great papers!

coldwaters2 said...

Wowwww Jules what a beautiful, classy and elegant creation and I absolutely love it big time, the whole design is just pure perfection.
Lorraine x

Kylie said...

OMG Jules, that is a STUNNING card! You really can turn your hand at any style!!

I absolutely love the feather and what you did with that stamp on the frill is just fabulous! This card is so sophisticated and elegant - just beautiful ... WOW!

coops said...

wow i love this jules.really stunning colours and design and very, very classy :D

xx coops xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

I defy anyone not to like it. I think it's stunning! And very clever use of your circular stamp too! Hugs, Lesley

Sarn said...

I think it's totally AMAZING!

Hugs, Sandra

Mervi said...

Wow jules this is gorgeous,
very elegant;-))m

CraftyC said...

Gorgeous card lees, very elegant looking!

Wishcraft said...

Wow Jules, what an amazing card! Absolutely beautiful, love all your fabulous details :o) Lisa x

Elizabeth said...

Well, I like it and I think that's a clever thing you've done with that stamp too. Great colour combo and the gold embossing round the edge is a favourite trick of mine - it looks expensive :) Elizabeth x

Jenny said...

This is so pretty Jules and I love how you've used medallion to make the frill, I'll watch the tutorial through later.
Jenny x

craftimamma said...

Absolutely stunning my friend. I love everything about it especially the elegant distressed look. What a clever way to use that medallion too. Whatever style you adopt Jules, the results are wonderful.

Lesley Xx

Irene said...

Hello Jules

Your card is amazing and gorgeous - I love it.
The dramatic colours are fabulous and I LOVe that stamp.


lisa said...

What a stunning card, Jules. It may not be your usual style but it definitely has you in it. i love the two tone ribbon and your frill is amazing.
I have this stamp and love it too but as it's so large I don't use it as much as I'd like so I'll definitely be checking out that link.
Hugs Lisax

Anonymous said...

Like it? I love it Jules, very elegant!
Helen x

Stella said...

Hi Jules,

I almost fell off my chair; my oh my this is stunning! Neutrals and black are a perfect pair and your card is so elegant and chic. Wow!

Love and hugs,

Juls said...

stylish and elegant! hugs Juls

Carole Campanile said...

Oh Jules .... what a fantastic and very clever way to use that stamp. I love it!!!! And of course now I'll have to copy it. ;)

The ruffle trim looks very elegant with the stamped image on there; and your hand cutting is wonderful. It looks like you used a punch or die its so smooth and even. You definitely have a nice steady hand.

I am so glad you are enjoying the stamp. I have every SU set I have ever purchased all the way back to 1996. I'm sure I won't be using a lot of them, but I can't part from them ...unless they are duplicates of course.

Which BTW I have found two more duplicates in the organization freenzy I'm currently in. I might have to send those your way as well. But it could take a while, our post offices are now closed on the weekends and that means I have to try and find time after work. LOL!!!

Hugs to you Jules, I'm so happy you are enjoying the gift.