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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, 17 October 2011


Good morning everyone

Happy Handy Hippo Day is here again!!!  Woo hoo!!!

Monday has never been such fun!!

A gorgeous card to share with you today using a fabulous stamp from Stampendous!

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).

I thought that this week you might like to see how I worked the dragonfly element of the card.

Firstly I stamped the image using a Black Versafine Ink Pad and
clear embossed it.  I then trimmed it to size and distressed around
the outside with Bundled Sage distress ink.

Then I distressed again . .. ..  . this time using
Crushed Olive distress ink .. .. but not covering all
of the previous distressing.  I left some of the lighter colour
showing nearer the image.

I stamped and embossed the wings of the
dragonfly again and cut them out.  I then painted both sets of wings with
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze (waterfall) and left this to dry whilst
I worked on the remainder of my card

Once my card was finished and the wings were dry
I glued the cut out wings onto the main image .. .. shaping
the top layer slightly around a pencil to give a little
dimension.  They were then finished off with some
self adhesive black pearls.

The eagle eyed amongst you might be thinking .. .. but Handy Hippo don't sell any heart pegs that look like the one I have used.  Well, I actually covered the heart on the little peg with some of the backing paper so that it toned in. I stuck the paper to the heart and let it dry. Then I trimmed around it with a pair of small sharp scissors, distressed the edges with the crushed olive distress ink and then smoothed the edges off with an emery board. I really love these little pegs.

Thank you for calling by and having a little look at my creation this week .. .. I will catch you again next Monday for my next Handy Hippo make .. .. but it will be more than one make!! 

How many creations do you think you can actually make from one A4 sheet of coloured card and one A4 sheet of white card?  Call by next week to find out how many I managed.

Have a wonderful week everyone.


(and all the lovely friendly people at Handy Hippo)


Irene said...

Hello Jules

Your card is brilliant and what a fabulous colour combination. I love the little heart and peg.


Angela said...

Beautiful well worked card. So sad that Handy Hippo doesn't operate here in Germany.


debby4000 said...

Absolutely gorgeous.

Unknown said...

Beautiful card I love everything about it, Mary x

Beryl K said...

This is absolutely fantastic Jules, of couse it is in my fave colour lol
Beryl x

Sarn said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous card. I adore it.

Hugs, Sandra

Crafting Queen said...

Stunning card and love the heart peg!!


What a totally fabulous card Jules - love the Dragonfly and the lush border, and thanks for sharing the "how to" details.
Hugs Sylvia xx
PS: clicked the link to HH but it doesn't connect to the shop - thought you would want to know.


Me again Jules!! Would you believe it - the link is now working!!!!
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Carol said...

Super card Jules, love the little peg. Carol x

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Hi Jules, What a beautiful creation! Love the greens and black combination. Stunning dragonfly detail, thanks for the little tutorial. I LOVE that border. OH MY what's not to like about this card? It's gorgeous! YOu have talent oozing out of each and every creation.

Kasey ~ in Oz

Tara Cardwell said...

Brilliant - love the wings and the little peg heart is a-dor-able!
Tara x

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie this is stunning, love the image and gorgeous embellies, hugs pops x

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Gorgeous Jules!! Love the use of glaze, the colors and the embellishing!

Doreen said...

Love this Jules, love the colours you have used and the gorgeus

Sally said...

Ooo Jules, green is one of my fave colours so what can I not like about this card? I love how you've done the dragonfly with extra wings, it looks amazing & thanx for the tut on how you did it. Smashing little heart, just perfect.
Sally x

Di said...

Totally stunning Jules! Love the dragonfly and everything you've done to make this one gorgeous card - and I found the heart, no problem :) Love, Di xx

G Peplow said...

Hi Jules, Fabulous card, love the inking and the decopaged dragonfly, simply stunning, Gay xxx
p.s I'm looking forward to the low down on the 2 pages, I wonder how many, fun!!! x

Marie-Louise said...

Beautiful card. I find that the Happy Hippo button does not work - it always comes up with "page cannot be found". Is this just me or does anyone else have this problem.

lisa said...

This is a stunning card, Jules. I love your dragonfly with it's decoupaged wings and that punched border is gorgeous.
Hugs Lisax

coops said...

wow this is fantastic jules.i love the lime and black colours and the dragonfly is stunning ;D

xx coops xx

Debs M said...

fabulous distressing, love the lo and the peg is fabby x

Jacee said...

What a brilliant card Jules, such a lovely colour, really like the buttons and the stamping has been done beautifully, what a stunner!
Hugs Jacee

Grenouille Greetings said...

Oh my goodness it really is pretty! Lovely make, Jules! I think I'm gonna have to get me that punch! Hugs, Lesley

Anonymous said...

Oh my word Jules!! This is so beautiful and interesting to look at! I love the way you've put the dragonfly panel together! Beautiful colour scheme and the border punch is perfect. Love the little heart on the peg.

Louise said...

Oh my love the colours so stunning
Hugs louise xx

maxine said...

Wow this is a stunning card Jules I love the design of it and the stamp, the peg is great too I've got to get some of these.
Maxine x

Wendy said...

Fabulous card Jules,love the dragonfly and the colours are stunning.
Wendy xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Fab card hun, just love the flutterbut it gorgeous!
hugs shell xx

♥Gemma♥ said...

Hiya Jules

Your card is stunning your distressed dragonfly & your layout is fab...i also love the gorgeous border too :D
hugs and xxx

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card Jules, that dragonfly looks amazing and the colours are really striking!
Helen x

Faye said...

Very, very elegant. I love it. The green is fab too. xxx

Anonymous said...

I love the green and black, gorgeous dragonfly stamp too!!!!

Really beautiful make Jules xoxo

Cheryl said...

I just saw your card on Annette's sidebar and had to tell you that this card is SPECTACULAR and so very striking!!! The wings also look fabulous and I just love that shade of green!!
Hugs xx

Wishcraft said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jules! Love the stamp you've used and the fab inky background. Love the little heart peg too :o) Lisa x

Linny said...

A stunning card! Love it, my favourite colour too.Linda x

Bernie said...

Your card is amazing! Fabulous colors! I love the little heart and peg. Brilliant tutorial!
Blessings Bernie

susiestacey said...

Hi Jules, stunning card and a gorgeous striking colour combination x Susan x

MagsB said...

Just breathtaking, Jules! So elegant!

luv, Mags x

coldwaters2 said...

Wowwwww Jules this is absolutely stunning the effect of that soft green paper teamed with the black has a striking effect, that image along with the design is beautiful.
Lorraine x

Jenny said...

The dragon fly is so beautiful and very delicate too, great tutorial :)
Jenny x

Mervi said...

Wow Jules this is so stunning, love this;-))m

Ivonne Marie said...

Wow I totally love this card it is awesome! Nice work!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous card Jules ... love the shades of green and the dragonfly is beautiful. Great idea to change the colour of the heart on the peg ... I have a set with red hearts ripe for a change of colour. Thanks for the tip. Elizabeth x

craftimamma said...

I'm way behind this week Jules so haven't time to comment on every post but couldn't miss this one. It's my favourite so far this week. Absolutely love the greens, dragonflies are on par with butterflies in my book ........ at the top ......... and that little peg is perfect. An absolutely gorgeous card!

Lesley Xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

I know I've been here already but I was just scrolling back through your posts to find the last one I saw and I SO LOVE THIS card that I thought I would leave another comment. It really is gorgeous! And I just bought that punch! Hugs, Lesley