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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, 11 October 2011


Hi Everyone

Well today is the day my big baby boy celebrates his birthday "officially".  That is after us celebrating it unofficially when he came to stay over the weekend.

I ended up finishing and taking a picture of his birthday card very late and am thankful that it actually looks half decent. 

I spoke with him this morning and he was suitably happy with it so that is the main thing.  Happy Birthday big baby boy!!!

This used:

Image:  Teddy Bo
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Sizzix Die:  Stars
Woodware Corner Punch
Buttons and Ribbon from the Stash Box

Sadly he needed to go to work on his birthday .. .. hopefully he didn't work too hard and has had a lovely day.

Now round to the pancake results from Saturday night.  We actually changed the system this year so that no-one knew exactly how many pancakes everyone had eaten until the end.  Normally we have a tick chart going but this time we handed out a slip of paper when someone collected a pancake and the pancake eater would write their name on the paper and post it in a little ballot box!!

So there was no clue as to how many pancakes people were eating .. ..  much more tricky for the serious contenders!!

As you know my Sis was desperate to win .. .. but she didn't :-(

There was a draw between my lovely DIL and my niece's boyfriend.  We only have one trophy so a winner had to be found.  But how?  There was no pancake batter left?!?!?!?

So a different kind of  "eat off"  was instigated .. .. starting with chocolate truffles (which they had no problem polishing off) and then being the first to eat 5 dry cheese crackers.  Phew!!  How could they!?!?!?

I just cannot believe they could actually fit any more in.  Especially considering it was on top of the 16 pancakes they had already eaten.

Anyway, after brave attempts by both .. .. my niece's boyfriend - Steve - was the eventual winner!!!  Well done Steve!!!

I have a feeling that new rules as to how a draw will be dealt with in the future will be being thought up before next year's contest!!  LOL!!!

So 140 pancakes in total .. .. 10 of them were mine .. .. and I still managed to lose weight in the Monday weigh in!!  Perhaps pancakes aren't fattening after all!!!  But I do find that actually cooking them makes you not want to eat quite so many.

Just to finish off ... there is a bit of good news .. .. you may remember the lovely Penny Black stamp I used on my Happy Handy Hippo card last Monday here

Well the slapstick stamp was so popular that it was snapped up and out of stock by the time my card was posted .. .. but now you will be pleased to know it is available again at Handy Hippo here.

Oh I do love this stamp.

Have a great evening everyone.



Denise said...

Great card and I am not surprised your Son loved it.
Denise xx

Doreen said...

Love Pauls card,love the image. and I still love your Santa

Vicky said...

Fabulous card the image and super layout too hun...

Wow...all those pancakes...then more on top...I would be a size of a house by

and your PB card is gorgeous too...and my fave snowflakes...!

have a super evening....hugs Vicky xx

XxJULESxX said...

oh Jules love your cards! just stunning! how cute is the santa and snowman?!!!

Wishcraft said...

Great card Jules, what a fab image! Might have to get this one, it'd be perfect for my hubby :o)

Oh and I have no idea how you managed all those pancakes! I like pancakes but the thought of eating so many... and I'm putting on weight just thinking about it lol! Lisa x

Pauline said...

Hi Jules, great card for your son.

HOW MANY PANCAKES!?!?! I get full after about 6 smallish ones. Hats off to your DIL and niece's boyfriend. Perhaps you all need to visit My Old Dutch when next in London. They have about 30 different pancakes (some sweet and some savoury). And they get served on those huge blue and white Dutch plates. I have only managed to eat 2 once.

Hugs, Pauline x

Cynthia said...

Awwwww....your son's card is just so adorable!! =D

And congrats to all in the Pancake Contest! (Your stories always crack me up!!!!)

Janette said...

Brill card Jules, love the image its so cool. Janette x

Craftycat said...

Not to make us sound too greedy but I think you'll find it was 6 dry crackers :) xx

Little K Smith said...

Oh this is a fab card Jules, love the image! :D
And a Happy Birthday to your son and well done to the pancake winner, I feel stuffed just reading about it! :D

angelwhispers said...

Happy Birthday to your baby!!! Loving his card the Teddy image is fab!! Sounds like you had lots of fun at the weekend and still managed to loose weight! can you pass on any tips? Love Chanelle xxx

Carol said...

Fab card Jules. Love pancakes but don't think I could eat that many lol. Carol x

Jennifer said...

LOvely Birthday card for your Son he loved it! And love the stamp on your Christmas card. Think I 'need' it lol xx Jenny xx

Annette Bowes said...

Hi Jules, Oh my 140 pancakes, bet Steve and you DIL didn't need to eat till Monday lol! Happy Birthday Wishes to your soon, loved his card! Cute Christmas card too, take careX:)

coops said...

fantastic card the stunning image and your colours are fab :D
happy birthday to you son :D
and how many pancakes!!!! lol. i love them with lemon and sugar but can onnly manage about 4 :D

xx coops xx

Beryl K said...

Two terrific cards Jules,
Beryl x

Nikbee said...

A wonderful card, Jules. The image is wonderful.
With all this talk of pancakes, I'm going to have to make some for later. I don't think we'll eat 16 each, but the girls will give it a good go!
Nikki x

Sarn said...

Terrific BBB Birthday card.

How many pancakes? Gosh that's amazing. I love your tales of family life in your household.

Hugs, Sandra

Sally said...

Hi Jules, a smashing card for your baby boy & I'm not surprised he loved it. I can't remember the last time I had pancakes but all your talk about them has got me drooling!
Sally x

Donna Mosley said...

Great birthday card Jules, love the image. Ooh! all those pancakes, yummy and what a lovely family tradition. :o)

Donna x

Lynda said...

Two fab cards Jules.

Love Lynda xxx

Irene said...

Hello Jules

A brilliant card for your son.


Liz McGuire, said...

Hehe, what a fab pancake tradition. Great makes, as always,

Liz x

Debs M said...

great card, and well done to the pancake winner!

Marjorie said...

What a lovely card hun, glad you all had a great time on your pancake evening. I bet there was lots of sore tummies the next day!!

Jacee said...

Two super card Jules, and as for your pancake eating, did you really eat 10!!! I'd have put a stone on just watching them being made!!! LOL
Hugs Jacee

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules, this is such a brilliant card and the image would also be perfect for my big baby boy!

I can't believe how many pancakes were cooked and eaten!!! I get fed up cooking them after about half a dozen and can only manage to eat two!

Anonymous said...

OMG I love that Teddy bear image, its fantastic!!!

and adore that christmas stamp too, all fabulous cards and images, coloured beautifully Jules!!!

Jenny said...

Super card for your big boy, fun image for a guys card!
The pancake contest sounds fun but for the two winers to then eat truffles and crakers that's hardcore eating!!!
Jenny x

Bernie said...

What a great card! Love that image, his expression is priceless.
OMG I have a tummy ache after reading about your pancake challenge. My father loved my Mom's pancakes, just to tease her he'd call them wagon wheels. As in Can we have some of them wagon wheels. Darn good wagon wheels. I'll bet after eating so many you all felt like you had wagon wheels in your tummies.
Blessings Bernie

Elizabeth said...

Grat card - yes, I'm kinda late getting round to this post but better late than never! Shame he had to work on his birthday. The pancake eat-in sounds like fun but your 10 pancakes are about 6 more than I could manage - depending on size of course :) So congrats on still managing to lose a bit of weight. Elizabeth x