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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.

Thursday, 4 August 2011


Hi Everyone

Well as promised I am a little earlier today.

I don't know about where you live but the air is much fresher here today after us having lots of rain .. .. no need for me to water the outdoor crops today!!!  I bet Mr Froggie has loved it.

So a quick share from me tonight as I have lots to do still.  I do think the saying is true .. .. "a woman's work is never done"  LOL!!!

Here is my make:

This used:

Image:  Hero Arts "CG137" Thanks Flowers
Sentiment:  Woodware Clear Stamps "FRCL128" Circular Greetings
Backing Papers:  Aimee Asher
Go Kreate Die:  No 151005
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder:  Distressed Stripes
Distress Inks:  Crushed Olive, Wild Honey, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concorde, Tea Dye
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Glossy Accents
Sequin Waste
Ribbon and eyelets from the Stash Box

I bet you can't believe I used all those distress inks can you?  I decided to have a try at painting with them as well as distressing .. .. and I also used some sequin waste and a stipple brush to get the dots at the bottom of my image.

Not bad .. .. but I am sure I will come up with more ways of doing this technique .. .. but first I need a bigger bit of sequin waste. I only have a small little bit that came free with an order from somewhere. I was probably only supposed to be interested in all the sequins that fell out of the holes but I loved all of it!!!

I got this idea when visiting my lovely blog buddy Cynthia who does some lovely techniques so please take time to pay her a quick visit.  She does lovely journal pages as well as cards and is very experimental with what she does .. and very inspirational too.  So don't just look at the post I have linked .. there are other gorgeous projects too.  Thanks Cynthia xx.  (Cynthia also does some lovely snippet makes ... but I think she is a little shy about coming into the playground and sharing them).

So that is me for today.

I am hoping I am here with something to share tomorrow but we shall have to see.  Mr Electric man is coming to put our new sockets in so it could be chaos and no crafting in The House of Hearts!!! (but I hope not!!).

Have a lovely evening everyone.



coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful card Jules love the papers and ribbon with the sheen in it, the image is lovely.
Lorraine x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous Jules,love the dots technique.

Good luck with Mr Sparks tomorrow and have a nice

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules,
I really like how you've used the sequin waste and I know there's a huge roll of it in the Art stock room at school - pity it's all locked up, lol!! I like the shading around the image too. Will have to invest in some distress inks I think. Oh dear, the wish list gets longer and longer by the day! xx

Di said...

Love this one Jules. Lovely subtle papers to compliment the brighter image. Great idea with the sequin waste.

Catherine said...

Gorgeous card, love the ribbon...

Wendy said...

Fabulous card Jules,beautiful image and love the colours.
Wendy xx

Donna Mosley said...

Ooh! a very lovely make Jules, fab techniques hun. Love the sequin waste effect. I agree about womans work never being done too but I think it's more that if we're sat doing nothing we think what we could or should be doing, funny how men are'nt the same eh?

Donna x

Paper Hearts Handmade Cards said...

Gorgeous Jules love the spots and your ribbons.....K x

Debs M said...

fabby card, love the sequin waste and yummy ribbons x

XxJULESxX said...

Hi Jules what a beautiful card!!!! sorry iv'e been missing not been well.

Sally said...

Hi Jules, love this card. You've certainly gone to a lot of trouble with the inks & it shows. Clever idea with the sequin waste & what lovely muted colours. Good luck with the leccy man tomorrow, I hope all goes to plan with minimal disruption to your happy home.
Sally x

Amanda said...

Lovely card Jules, inking is such fun isn't it but a nightmare to get your hands clean afterwards or maybe that is just me lol.

Beryl K said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love that beautiful ribbon
Beryl x

Jenny said...

Definitely fresher here today too and half an inch of rain too! - much needed :)
Sweet card today Jules, love the quirky flower...I've just discovered painting with DI too, much more consistent than Watercolour pencils :)
Jenny x

~Tammy~ said...

Look at all the varies textures and fun little things on this happy card! I really like those diagonal polk-a-dots in the corner! I wish the weather was a bit less humid here! I am missing my tradewinds I had living in Hawaii!

Anonymous said...

great flower, love what you did with the distress inks!

nice shades!!!

Irene said...

Hello Jules

What a fabulous card, the sequin waste is fastastic. I love how you have shaded the background image and stamped in the corner.


Louise said...

Great card Jules love the effect with the sequin waste.
Hugs Louise xx

coops said...

wow this is gorgeous jules.i love the stippled design on the corner and fab image and colours :D

xx coops xx

Sarn said...

Love the look of this one Jules!

Hugs, Sandra x

Lynne said...

Fabulous Jules. Love the bright flower against the muted DP. Much fresher here too for now but we have even more rain forecast. I don`t know, if we`re not roasting ,we`re drowning Lol.
Lynne xxx

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful card!!

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules what a gorgeous card and I love that image its so funky. Im sure your friend is going to flip when she receives it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend by the way. hugs Shirleyxxx

Karen M said...

A really lovely card, bold and yet subtle too. Love the dots in the bottom corner! xx

Carole Campanile said...

Another lovely card and very clever placement for the hearts. Almost didn't catch it. :D

Hugs to you.

Wishcraft said...

Fab card Jules :o) Love your DI colouring, such gorgeous colours. Great effect with the sequin waste too. Lisa x

Nikbee said...

A wonderful card. I love the sequin waste idea.
Nikki x