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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, 31 October 2011


Hi Everyone

Monday is here again .. .. so another Happy Handy Hippo share.

I just cannot believe how quickly these weeks are coming and going!!!

Of course today is trick or treat day .. .. but hopefully you feel my little share of the day is a treat and not a trick.

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

This week I thought you might like to see how I made my little shrink plastic sentiment tag.

I always start by stamping my sentiment onto a piece
of scrap card to make sure that it will line up OK
inside my nestie frame or punch
- depending on what I am using.

Then I stamp onto my shrink plastic using Stazon Ink.
If you smudge or things are not lined up as you
would wish you can always clean it off  and start
again by using a Stazon Cleaner to remove the ink.

Punch a hole into your
shrink plastic before you start the
shrinking process  -  you won't stand a chance
of making a hole later!!

Then the good part
.. .. shrinking the plastic with your heat gun!!
I put the shrink plastic into a box lid
to do this as your work tends to fly
about all over the place otherwise

Once the shrinking process starts
you begin to think it will never
flatten out as it should
but be patient .. .. it will !!

Eventually it will flatten itself out .. .. but
be careful as the plastic is hot at this stage.

To finish off the flattening out process
simply tip your plastic tag onto a clean
part of your workspace
and flatten it using an acrylic block.
(Sorry I forgot to photograph this stage as
this bit has to happen quickly)

Here is the finished shrunken tag .. .. I have
done one here in white and another in clear
shrink plastic.  
It comes in a variety of colours but these tend
to be the two I use the most.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my card and my shrink plastic instructions.  Some people shrink their plastic in the oven but I must admit I have never tried that method .. .. it takes a bit too long for an impatient crafter like me!!  LOL!!!

I'll see you again next week when I get to show you a lovely Marianne Creatables Die that I have been playing with .. .. and can't stop playing with LOL!!!

Have a lovely week.


and all the lovely friendly people at Handy Hippo


Grenouille Greetings said...

Loved your snippets, Jules! Love this card too. Fabulous design, pretty colour work and a great tutorial for the sentiment. I would never have thought of shrinking the sentiment! Hugs, Lesley

Marie-Louise said...

Fabulous card. Love the colours.

Beryl K said...

Love this card, especially the image. Great tip on the shrink plastic
Beryl x

MagsB said...

All your cards are a treat and this cutie is no exception!! How nice to see such a happy card on a grey Monday morning. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog, too, I appreciate it.

luv, Mags x

debby4000 said...

Oh fabulous, gorgeous card Jules, love the sweet image.

Sarn said...

I absolutely love this card. The earthy tones on it are FAB.


PinksyDoodles said...

Another fantastic card Jules. I adore this image - so cute!
I love your shrinkie sentiments too. This always reminds me of when we used to put crisp packets in the oven as kids, they shrank in the same way to make teeny tiny crisp packets!
Hugs, Clare x

Doreen said...

Love this card Jules, a real treat,thanks for the tutorial on the shrink plastic; I have loads of it and have never used it because I didn't really know how to. I shall try now

Denise said...

This is gorgeous Jules. Love the colour combo and that image is beautiful. Great tutorial too - TFS.
denise xx

Irene said...

Brilliant card Jules, I love the Autumnal colours. Thank for the shrink plastic tutoria. I've ordered the stamp !!!!


coldwaters2 said...

Hi Jules thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me such a lovely comment. I prefer a treat any day than a trick, and this is certainly a treat, this is beautiful, that image, the flowers, design and colours, the shrink plastic for the sentiment is super, I have loads of the stuff but it never, ever turns out right no matter what I do but it is worth another try after seeing this one, so thank you for the tutorial and such wonderful inspiration.
Lorraine x

Di said...

Brilliant card Jules - one of my very favourite Puddy Tat stamps too. Hee, hee - I'm scared witless of my heat gun and flying plastic so I do use the oven. Love where the hearts are today :)) I'm getting good at this spotting lark! Love, Di xx

Carol said...

Another gorgeous card Jules, love your flowers. Must try out my shrink plastic sometime soon. Carol x

Cynthia said...

Super beautiful card!! I love the colors, the flowers are gorgeous and your little shrink charm is an awesome addition!

Jacee said...

Another smasher Jules, really like the colour and your tag is fab, a super tut too.
Hugs Jacee

mckinkle said...

Hi Jules,

What a super card and I loved the shrink plastic tut! It sure is a fab way of adding a sentiment that isnt 'in your face', I really love it!

Keryn x

Janette said...

Lovely card Jules, so sweet and fresh, love your little shrink plastic tag it looks perfect, i always use a heat gun i'm too impatient to wait for it in the oven. Janette x

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules,
This is such a beautiful card; gorgeous PB image and the paper and embellishments are so beautifully coordinated as always. I love the autumnal shades you've used.

I didn't manage to see your snippet makes yesterday, but they are gorgeous too.

Tara Cardwell said...

GENIUS - no I mean it - you are an UTTER GENIUS. I ALWAYS, ALWAYS get stupid little holes, or weird shapes in my shrink plastic as I try to hold them down while they shrink so they don't blow away - and the solution DOH - a box lid (slaps self in head) why didn't I think of that. Thank you - I am going to shrink something straight away with my happy face and not my why can't I do this face!
Tara x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Jules, must find out that stamp and use him. Sue x

Debs M said...

gorgeous card, love that tag..i have some shrink plastic and have never used it!!

Anonymous said...

Definately a treat Jules, love the one! Gorgeous image, gorgeous colours and fabulous shrinkie!
Helen x

coops said...

so gorgeous jules.the image is adorable and i love your stunning colours and details :D

xx coops xx

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Jules, love everything about it...not tryed shrink plastic before,looks fab..thanks.
Wendy xx

Whisper said...

Super card hun and you've reminded i must use this fabby image, as i haven't done yet.

I've never had much luck with shrink plastic, so i don't use it ,Luv Sam x

Jenny said...

You've reminded me of all the mishaps I've had with shrink Plastic...mainly hunting on the floor for it with an acrylic block in my hand! Lol
Gorgeous card Jules, such a nice change to see some springtime flowers and colours :)
Jenny x

Cheryl said...

WOW this is just beautiful,love the colour combo and your beautifully coloured image!!! Fab tutorial too!!
Hugs xx

Vicky Hayes said...

You are clever Jules - I love your little tag! Have been away and am behind on my commenting but I've very much enjoyed looking through your back catalogue! Vx

Pop's Cards said...

This is just stunning sweetie x x x

Angela said...

Hi Jules,

this is great. I saw some Shrink-plastic at my local craft shop and wasn't sure about how to use it. This is a fantastic demo and I will be trying it out very soon!


Steph said...

Hi Jules!! Hope you're well. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog re Mum and hubbie x As ever, a stunning card, especially love all the pearls and I was searching for your hearts which is always fun!! Loving the shrink plastic tag, I always have trouble with it shrinking to a uniform shape, it never seems to work for me!! x

Louise said...

Wow another totally fab card
Hugs Louise xx

Wishcraft said...

Ooh I love this Jules! Fab image and gorgeous colours, and I LOVE your shrink plastic tag. I've always been too scared to try shrink plastic before but I'll have a go now I've seen how you do it, thank you hun :o) Lisa x

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous Jules, love the colors and sweet cat.. and thank you for the shrink plastic tutorial .. must try this one day xx