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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.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011


Hi Everyone

I won't start off tonight by saying that I hope you have all had a good day.

Personally I think it has been an awful day having watched all the aftermath last night's happenings.  What is the world coming to?

My Big Baby Boy lives near Clapham and when we saw some of the awful pictures last night we recognised some of the shops and knew that it was all close to him.

I was so relieved when I spoke with him first thing this morning and knew he was OK.  I certainly didn't sleep very much!

Here is my share of the day:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3865K" Gossamer
Sentiment:  Papermania "Stamping for Him"
Backing Paper:  Pink Petticoat
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Small Black Seed Beads
Shrink Plastic
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Woodware Corner Punch
Ribbons from the Stash Box

and that is me.

Looks like my cards are going through a blue phase this week!!  That means blue snippets will be on the increase LOL!!!

So that is me for today.

I'll catch you again tomorrow  -  hopefully after a better night's sleep than last night .. .. but that will depend on the news this evening!!!!



Doreen said...

I agree with you Jules,I am ashamed to call myself British seeing what these yobs are doing. I am so glad your son is OK.

Your card is gorgeous I love that

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Glad your boy is is sooo frightening....Madness....
Your card is Great jules it .....


Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie this is fab i love the image and colours, gorgeous work hugs pops x x x

Jacki Daniels said...

I know what you mean it has come round to us now in the midlands west brom is not far from us and my daughters boyfriend lives just off the high street where it is all happening it is just awful and ridiculous any excuse to cause trouble
As for your card it is beautiful I love the simplicity of the image and the DP is gorjuss
Jacki xx

Unknown said...

This is so elegant Jules, love the paper, gorgeous stamp and beautiful ribbon. Love it all the way, such a perfect card xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, not managed any snippets this week so far but have high hopes of tomorrow. Beautiful cards - love the blues. My sister no.2 lives in Balham and, as it turns out, very near the site of rioting last night so I was glad to speak to her today too and find that she was not in any danger. My nephew, sister no.1's boy, is on standby to drive over and take her out of danger's way if the rioting continues though. Such a worry, and what for - like you say, I just don't know what this country is coming too!! Elizabeth x

Bernie said...

Oh Jules the dreadful happenings have been on the news here as well. I am so glad your son is okay. Sweet dreams tonight.
Your card is beautiful! I love the cute little tag everything else is simply gorgeous.
Blessings Bernie

Di said...

Fab card Jules, as always! I know what you mean about the riots, I think it's shaken many of us to the core, let alone those who either live in the areas hit or have loved ones there.

BTW, I was just teasing about not spotting the heart on your first in the trio of cards you posted :) I had a cheeky email from Sandra suggesting I shoulda gone to SpecSavers :) Di xx

Tara Cardwell said...

Lovely card - perhaps your blue phase reflects the mood of the nation! Glad your son is OK. Our niece lives near Croydon so we had a similar experience.
Tara x

Anonymous said...

looks great jules, loving the blues!

Was going to ask how you all were, wasn't sure what part, sorry to hear your son is nearby, so unreal. I would be firing the water cannons at the thugs!

Have a great week!

Jennifer said...

So gorgeous Jules. Love the colours and your stitching is so neat! Sending hugs (such a worry for those with family caught up in the mindless chaos) xx Jenny xx

Lynn said...

Hi Jules,
Another lovely card and so classy, I do like the Penny Black flower stamps but haven't got this one yet. You can't go wrong with Penny Black images and Pink Petticoat papers but at the moment I'm in my Funky Hand phase so have been neglecting Pink Petticoat for a while. I shall have to remedy that soon.
I too, have been listening to the news reports of rioting and looting with disbelief, I just hope it can be brought under control quickly. The trouble with these people is ..... no I won't get on my soapbox or I won't be able to stop, and you probably know it all anyway.

Hugs, Lynn x

Amanda said...

lovely card Jules, love the colour scheme. Sorry to hear your son was where the trouble was and pleased to hear he was safe and sound.

Irene said...

Hello Jules

A stunning and fabulouscard - I love the colours and your sparkles. After seeing your PB Flowers I must iunvest in these stamps.

So pleased you son is safe and well.


Unknown said...

Hi Jules, beautiful card and so elegant.

Glad to hear your son is safe but it is a continuing worry as long as it goes on. There seems to be no end in sight! Hope you had a better nights sleep. Thinking of you. Luv Trish x

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules,
A beautiful, beautiful card. I just love the way you've put this together and I do love that stamp!

The whole situation across the country is upsetting me so much. Actually saw, on the local news last night, the cars on fire right outside my school. To think that some of the culprits are children too. xx

Lynne said...

Gorgeous Jules. Loving the blues. So glad your son`s ok it must be such a worry.
Lynne xxx

Linda . J said...

Love your card Jules, all the details are so fabulous, so beautifully coloured.
Hope you get a better nights rest and all is well.
Hugs Linda

Sarn said...

Hi Jules . . . every time I see this beautiful Penny Black flower I fall in love with it all over again!

Fab card. Nice in blue!

Hugs, Sandra

Made by Mandy said...

Jules Congratulations on your win over at Penny Black, been away the weekend for the balloon flight that didn't happen :( so ave been playing catch up with Google reader.

The Handsworth looting is only 3-4 miles from my house and for the time being I just will not go anywhere that has a fair sized shopping centre in Birmingham, Walsall etc. We have a big retail park about a mile away and they boarded a lot of that up yesterday as they were afraid of trouble. I won't call it riots because most of it is people just stealing things for the sake of it. I think it is absolutely appalling and unfortunately indicative of the mindset of a generation of youngsters who have been given everything on a plate without having to work for anything and not knowing the true value of things. I don't have the answers but I know they need some bloody discipline before it gets too late to do anything about their attitudes.

Life is hard enough in these economic times without the extra financial burden this will put on us, We will all pay for it one way or another except these kids who only know how to take...

I am glad your baby is okay and just hope that this mindless vandalism and destruction comes to an end soon. I know the do-gooders on TV say that these kids have no jobs and nothing to do but how the hell will what they are doing improve anything?

Lots of love

Mandy xxx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, stunning and beautiful card. Sorry to hear that your poor son is caught up this area that are having so many problems, I do so hope it soon calms down but I wouldnt be surprised if they didnt, as I reakon the kids just dont seem to know what to do with their time. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Andria said...

Gorgeous delicate colours, stunning creation. Hope you all continue to stay out of harms reach and this is all over with soon!

Cynthia said...

I love the colors on this one too. That blue is so serene and just comes alive over the black.

I'm glad your son is OK.

coldwaters2 said...

WOW Jules what class, what elegance and what beauty, this is superb.
Lorraine x

coops said...

fabulous card jules.stunning flowers and the soft blue colours are beautiful :D
so sorry to hear your son is so close to the trouble but pleased that he is safe.

xx coops xx

Jenny said...

I love the pretty blues Jules and the stitching is gorgeous.
I can't believe the scum we have in this country that would want to cause such distruction and vandalism!
I could on but I just get angry!

Beryl K said...

Lovely card Jules
Beryl x

Wishcraft said...

Love your card Jules. Gorgeous stamp and lovely soft shade of blue :o)

It's just ridiculous the destruction that's going on in this country at the moment, makes me furious! I'm glad your son is ok. Lisa x

mckinkle said...

Hello Jules,

Ooh I am very much enjoying your blue mood at the moment! This is a very elegant card in that pretty soft blue!
I do hope the awful nighttime activities are on the decline as it is a very worrying situation.

Keryn x

Can I please ask what set that bp is from as I love the black on the blue.

Sally said...

I nearly missed this one Jules! Love all the blues & that stamp. A pretty ribbon & a nice touch to use the shrink plastic tag.
Sally x

Vicky Hayes said...

Oh Jules - I'm so glad your boy is safe. We live in sad times.
Loving your blue phase! Vx

JULES said...

wow Jules LOVE this it's gorgeous!!! im supposed to be making my mum a b/day card in BLUE with Flowers on and hey she would LOVE THIS!!! lol!
Thanks for the inspiration Jules!

Stella said...

Hi Jules!

This is such a soothing and calming card. That background paper and your colored flowers are fabulous. And you are amazing with a sewing machine didyou know that?

The riots are also all over the news here in Holland. I can imagine that you were so worried.
And the same thought crossed my mind too; what is the world coming to??
Good to hear all is going well with your son but from what we saw on the news here it looks quite scary; take care...

Love and hugs,