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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.

Friday, 14 October 2011


Hi Everyone

Well I tried really hard to be early today as I wanted to have a relaxing evening along with a good old blog catch up.

But you know what they say .. .. the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry!!! 

Of course I am blaming Anice because she sent all the Funky Hand Funkettes another CD to play with this morning!!  How long did I spend drooling over the lovely papers and fabby digi images?!?!?  Answer .. .. too long!!!  LOL!!!

So once again I have ended up later than I wanted to be .. .. I just have no willpower where new papers are concerned!!

Anyway, here finally is my share for tonight

This used:

Image:  Penny Black ""4092K" A Thorny Affair
Backing Papers:  Aimee Asher
Distress Ink:  Old Paper
Diamond Stickles
Glamour Dust
Glossy Accents
Ribbon, gems and charm from the Stash Box

A quick shout out too to say that the 1st Annual Super Summer Clearance Sale over at Handy Hippo is coming to a close .. .. only two days remaining and some fantastic bargains to be had !!

3038 clearance items with reductions of up to 75% !!!  Even the sets of five ProMarkers have 35% off!!

It could be time for you to persuade Santa you would like some crafty goodies for Christmas and ask if you can order them now whilst you can get more for your pennies .. ..  tee hee!!  Sorry to pass on my bad habits!! 

Have a lovely evening everyone and I promise I will catch up with everyone eventually!!  But for now .. bath time for me!!!

Wishing everyone a good weekend.



Cynthia said...

I *love* this card!! I love the colors, I love the ribbon, I love the sweet image!!

Denise said...

Gorgeous Christmas card - love the holly paper and that image is sooo sweet.
Denise xx

Catherine said...

Fantastic card, love that backing paper - fabulous!

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Hi Jules,

This is so cute, I love the image and I have to say your little touches of glitter on the edges and shine to the berries just makes your card POP! You must have an extraordinarily large collection of heart embellishments, I like that red stone heart, so very pretty.

I really love your style, not once have I seen you put too much on a card they are always so elegant and this one is no excption.

Kasey ~ in Oz

susiestacey said...

Gorgeous card Jules and love the cute hedgie x Susan x

Vicky Hayes said...

I love the traditional colours for Christmas Jules and this is a lovely card. A nice soak in the bath sounds wonderful! Have a good weekend, Vx

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous, fab papers and image, Mary x

Wendy said...

This is gorgeous Jules,adorable image and fab papers and love your little heart charm...enjoy the weekend.
Wendy xx

Nikbee said...

A wonderful card. I love the papers - perfect for the image.
Nikki x

Merry said...

Just spied that you had used this image while visiting my friend Annmaree's blog and had to come for a closer look. Great colouring and love the layout of your card.

Little K Smith said...

Aw a wonderful crimbo card Jules, I adore this image and I just love those delish papers!
Will have to have a peek at the sale now too! :D
Have a lovely weekend :)

Sally said...

Hi Jules, I love PB stamps as they're always soooo cute! Smashing "distressed" papers & a very pretty little heart.
Sally x

Carol said...

Love this Jules, the BP's are gorgeous. Carol x

Beryl K said...

Love this wee hedgie, great card
Beryl x

Lynn said...

I love this card Jules and the colour combination is just perfect for a crimbo card. The holly backing paper is a great match for the Penny Black image - it's hard to believe that they come from different companies.
By the way, I managed to find my Papercraft Factory CD ROM's amongst the Crafty Chaos and have re-installed them so all is well but looks like there's going to be another one I'll need to buy soon.

Lynn x

lisa said...

Hi Jules. I'm having what seems to be my weekly catch up with you. These weeks just fly by and when I pop by I always realise I've missed so much so I hope you don't mind me catching up with all your posts in one comment!!
Your pancake competion sounds a scream, just how much batter did you make. I have visions of dozens of eggs and pints of milk being involved. I love pancakes but can only ever manage about 4!!
Thanks for the great idea of inking those Marianne D dies. I have those flowers and always think they are a little uninteresting but inking them changes them completely.
All you cards are just beautiful as always, the mulberry paper flowers are another idea I shall definitely be borrowing if I can remember where I put the mulberry!
Sorry to have gone on a bit. Hope you have a great weekend.
Hugs Lisax

MagsB said...

Lovely card! How good the holly paper looks with the cute image!

I could not resist the Handy Hippo sale - ordered on Tuesday night, arrived Thursday morning! Fab service!

luv, Mags x

Kristie W. said...

Pretty card, Jules!! Love the outline of glitter around the image. I need to try that!

Anonymous said...

Love the hedgie with his holly and great papers to match, perfect card! xoxoxo

CraftyC said...

Beautiful card Jules and those papers are lush!!

Amanda said...

Such a cute christmas card Jules, oh no a sale I won't look, I won't look....too late I looked lol

debby4000 said...

Adorable, cute card.

Debs M said...

ooh love this, fab bp's and i love that image x

Grenouille Greetings said...

DELIGHTFUL coordination! This card is a beaut! Hugs, Lesley

Di said...

Terrific Jules! The backing paper and the image were just MADE for one another - love it!! Love, Di xx

Sarn said...

LOVE this card. That Hedgie is a fave image, although I don't actually own him as a stamp!

Hugs, Sandra x

Pop's Cards said...

HI sweetie this is gorgeous i so love the colours hugs pops x x

coops said...

fantastic card jules.i really love the gorgeous traditional colours and papers and the image is fab ;D

xx coops xx

Irene said...

A fabulous card Jules. I love the traditional Christmas colours and your fabby hedgie.


Wishcraft said...

Lovely card Jules :o) Cute little hedgie and gorgeous papers, and fab little heart charm too! I'm definitely not looking at the sale, I've spent far too much lately! Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Stunning card Jules, just love this PB image.
Sue x

Donna Mosley said...

Stunning card Jules, love the very cute image and vintage feel. The holly paper is so gorgeous and love the cute lil' charm. Hope you have a lovely weekend hun, have fun with the new cd.

Donna x

Doreen said...

Oh this is just gorgeous Jules,love the image and the great backing

Pauline said...

Stunning Christmas card Jules. I love that hedgie image. And the backing paper is just made for it. Hugs, Pauline x

Anonymous said...

Perfect card Jules! No one can beat you when it comes to coordinating papers with images!! xx

Bernie said...

Oh Jules this is lovely! I love this image and you've set him on such wonderful papers. Love the sparkle too!
Blessings Bernie

coldwaters2 said...

Gorgeous card Jules the papers are beautiful so is that image, the colours and design look superb.
Lorraine x

Jenny said...

Hi Jules, I'm playing catchup and this is a real cutie.....just love the stamp and well matched papers :)
Jenny x