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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.

Monday, 10 October 2011


Hi Everyone

Happy Monday to you .. .. here I am again with my next Handy Hippo project.

This week, to give you a change from Christmas I have gone with one of my other favourite types of cards to make .. .. a new baby card!!

Just look at this super sweet image.

Below you can find the Handy Hippo magic button .. .. and if you click on it you can see all the lovely goodies I used for this creation. They have been automatically added to a shopping basket and you can remove anything you do not need (or add anything else you can't resist). 

Today I thought I would show you how I used the lovely Marianne Creatables Die to make my little flower embellishment.

The dies are lovely just cut and used as they are but I also think it is nice to add a little ink to them to bring a little more colour and interest to them.

Here you can see how I have added colour to my flowers

Firstly I cut out my shapes .. .. the smaller ones
get "teased" out with needle.

I then rub ink through the
holes of the die .. ..  it is quite nice
to use more than one colour at this stage too

Again to pop the flowers out I
tend to use the blunt end of a needle

All finished they are now
ready for use!!

When putting my flower together for this week I again coloured a clear gem for the centre of my flower as described in my Handy Hippo post last week

I did edit my post last week to add that sometimes it is necessary to give your gems more than one coat of ProMarker ink .. .. and to wait between applications for the layers to dry.  It is never easy waiting for things to dry .. ..but it is worth the wait LOL!!!

I hope that you all have a good week and I'll see you again next Monday with my next Handy Hippo project.


(and all the lovely friendly people at Handy Hippo)


Beryl K said...

This is beautiful Jules, love that you have teamed yellow with the blue
Beryl x

Sarn said...

Fab new baby card.

Thanks for the tutorial on that die . . . which is another one to add to the wish list!

Hugs, Sandra

PinksyDoodles said...

This is so cute Jules! I could do with learning some patience from you as I am terrible at waiting for things to dry!
Hugs, Clare x

Doreen said...

A gorgeous card Jules,love the

Pop's Cards said...

This is just stunning sweetie, love the colours too, fab creation hugs pops x x x

Marjorie said...

This is so lovely hun, I love your flowers, thank you for the tuturial, I have these dies but never thought to colour them in, while they are still in the die, thanks for sharing...

coldwaters2 said...

This is gorgeous Jules the colours, image and design look wonderful.
Lorraine x

Di said...

Gorgeous card and such a clever idea to colour the flower whilst still in the die. Now, where's my box of dies and the CB?! :) Love, Di xx

Carol said...

Gorgeous cards Jules, love the colours and thanks for the tutorial. Carol x

Wendy said...

Adorable card Jules...Gorgeous flower, thanks for the tutorial..I have this die and not even used yet,how bad am I lol...
Wendy xx

Nikbee said...

A beautiful card. I love the flowers. Another good reason for me to buy a die cutting machine.
Nikki x

mckinkle said...

Hello Jules,

Gorgeous card, I love the shadow inked flowers they really add definition.

So who won the pancake competition? You said that 140 were eaten but I dont seem to have found out which one of you won it! Did your sis manage to get her hands on the trophy?

Also, when do we all wear our knickers inside out? Any non followers will be quite perturbed no doubt by this!!

Keryn x!

Irene said...

A gorgeous baby card - like you I love making these cards. Thank you so much for the fab tutorial on the flowers , just brilliant.


Janette said...

Beautiful baby card Jules, such lovely pastel colours, great tutorial for the flowers, thank you. Janette x

Cynthia said...

I was going to ask you how you created those beautiful flowers--you beat me to it!! =D Gorgeous card!!

Debs M said...

gorgeous, love the papers and the effect on the flowers x

G Peplow said...

Hi Jules, Beautiful card!:0) The colours sit brilliantly together and your flowers are very special, thank you for sharing the tut, Gay xxx

loftylass said...

Beautiful card Jules, love the image - thanks for the tutorial - I have these dies but never thought to colour the flowers whilst still in the die...doh!!!

Faye said...

This is really rather pretty! I do love a Nitwit paper. xxx

Bernie said...

What a sweet baby card! Love that image and that flower! That technique gives such fabulous dimension.
Blessings Bernie

Bernie said...

Hooray I’m finally able to comment on your blog. Seems an age since I have. Thanks for all your lovely comments on my blog. You are such a sweetie.

coops said...

gorgeous card jules.the image is so sweet and i love your beautiful blue and lemon colours :D

xx coops xx

susiestacey said...

Gorgeous card Jules - very fresh and clean and the flowers are beautiful x Susan x

Lynsey said...

Hi Jules this is a fantastic baby card! Love the flowers
Hugs Lynsey x

Amanda said...

Such a lovely card Jules, loving the weekly tips as well.

Denise said...

Gorgeous card - love that image and the flowers look fantastic.
Denise xx

Anonymous said...

OH I love that baby carriage and how you inked the flowers, makes them pop! Love it!

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous baby card Jules. I love how you've inked the flowers, they look fab :o) Lisa x

Sally said...

Hi Jules, I love the image you've used, simple but sweet. Thanx for the tut on the flower inking, a clever idea & it makes them look even more layered!
Sally x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Just gorgeous hun, love the colour combo & fab tip about the flowers!
Hugs Shell xx

Nannieflash said...

Wow Jules thats one gorgeous new baby card, not to fussy but a beautiful design. hugs Shirleyxxx

XxJULESxX said...

oh wow gorgeous Jules and thanks for the tip with the die!

jude said...

Just gorgeous what fab idea!thanks
hugs judex

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I do like this Jules! Gorgeous, fresh colours and the flowers look beautiful. xx

Elizabeth said...

Lovely card, pretty colours, and that flower is just gorgeous - handy tutorial on how you made it and great tip on colouring gems. Elizabeth x