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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, 7 November 2011


Hi Everyone

Happy Handy Hippo Monday to you all.

This week I wanted to use one of the Marianne Creatables rose dies so decided that a wedding card would be an ideal way to showcase the roses the die makes.

I must admit I did get a bit addicted to the die (as you will see later LOL!!)  .. but for now here is my share for this week.

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 as always you can remove anything you do not need (or add anything else you can't resist).

I thought you might like to see how I used the die to make my flowers and here is photo overload showing you exactly that..

These are the 4 dies that come in the set

Here I have cut the large flower out of
mulberry paper and the smaller flower out of
lightweight white card

Starting from the outside I simply roll and curl
the flower until I reach the centre

Sorry this one is a bit blurred .. .. but it shows a
blob of wet glue ready for pressing the curled
flower onto

I find a pair of tweezers the easiest way to curl
and push the flower into the glue

I also use the tweezers to fold back the
petals of the rose

Leaving the mulberry flower to dry I then inked
the edges of the white card flower with an old
black ink pad and made the flower in
exactly the same way as the mulberry flower

A silver bead in the centre and just look
how different the two flowers look .. ..
but of course you can't stop there.

This one is "perhaps" my favourite  made using
thin metal dabbed with Adirondack alcohol ink

Then here you can see all the different ones I
made including a patterned paper rose and
a copper metalic paper one.

Oh I could have gone on for ever  .. ..  love this
die set and it is going to get lots of use.

I hope you like my card and my little flower collection!

Make sure you pop back tomorrow as the lovely people at Handy Hippo are going to be giving away a wonderful prize to help one lucky person get organised ready for Christmas.

Have a happy Monday!


and all the lovely friendly people at Handy Hippo)


debby4000 said...

Oh gorgeous card Jules, love those roses.

Anonymous said...

What a goregous wedding card, great tutorial on the flower making..........fab! xx

Di said...

Oh no! More spending for me Jules :( Love these flowers and all the variations you made - the card is pretty cool too of course : Love, Di xx

Irene said...

Hello Jules

A fabulous card. I love the soft pinks and darker pink ribbon. Oh and those flosers are STUNNING.

Thank you so much for the tut.


Marie-Louise said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for the tutorial on making the flowers - now I need more dies!

Beryl K said...

beautiful card Jules, think maybe I feel a spend coming on, those roses are gorgeous
Beryl x

loftylass said...

Lovely card Jules and stunning flowers - thanks for the tutorial. Hope your wedding fayre went well.

Denise said...

Gorgeous card Jules - love the sweet image and polka dot paper. Your roses are great too!!
Denise xx

Sarn said...

SUPER card Jules. Thanks for the tutorial too.

Sally said...

A lovely wedding card with so much detail. A great tutorial on the roses, shame I don't have a die cutting machine, but I can still have a go using my imagination.
Sally x

Paper Hearts Handmade Cards said...

gorgeous card and lovely flowers....K x

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I love those flowers - the metal one is fantastic.
Nikki x

Marjorie said...

Wow hun, love your flower tutorial, they are really gorgeous, they look stunning on your card, love your stitching too...your so clever:)lol!!

Enfys said...

Yummy flowers Jules, like you, I love the alcohol ink one.
big hugs
En xxx

Carol said...

Gorgeous card Jules. Love your flowers, been looking at these dies for a while! Carol x

MagsB said...

I have that die!!!!! Your gorgeous roses have inspired me, I think I'll sneak off and have a go!

I love your wedding card, so pretty!

luv, Mags x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, lovely card and the flowers are fab - I particularly like the metal finished one. I have the straight edged Marianne flower die and like that two. Elizabeth x

mckinkle said...

Oh what a beautiful catch up Ive had Jules! So many beautiful makes!

Have to comment on your beautiful shabby chic Wedding seating plan, I love the ribbons and the rose bud, just beautiful!

Keryn x

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, wow your card is stunning love that beautiful image, and those roses are something else they are gorgeous. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules, what a stunning card today! I love the stitching so much!! Your roses are beautiful. I actually have that die and gave up with it because my banana fingers just fumbled too much. You have inspired me to try again!

Sally H said...

A beautiful card, and I love all of your roses. I never thought of using my sheet metal! I will have to have a dig through my stash and find some!

Anonymous said...

Stunning work Jules, love all that stitching and those roses look gorgeous, I have a similar die and can never get them to work so thanks for the tutorial!
Helen x

coops said...

beautiful card jules.i love the pretty colours and roses and the image is fab :D

xx coops xx

Juls said...

Hi Jules

Yet again I find myself playing catchup!! I have enjoyed checking out the creations I have missed on your blog.

Love this such a fab wedding card, loving the polkadot paper, and the gorgeous roses!!

Hugs Juls

Doreen said...

Your card is gorgeous Jules,love the

Anonymous said...

gorgeous card Jules, love those 3d roses!!! and awesome stamp!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card, Mary x

Sandy said...

A gorgeous wedding card, love the image and all the different stitching and those fab roses. Thanks for sharing how you made them, love the metallic one too!

pinky said...

Beuatiful wedding card Jules and I so love your flowers. The only thing that puts me off these is you would need to box the card:(

Roma said...

Wow beautiful card ! i love the image ,colours & the lovely flowers great tutorial x

Jenny said...

Beautiful roses Jules especially using the spotty paper too. Great idea to ink the edges before rolling them up :)
Lovely card!
Jenny x

Donna Mosley said...

Stunning card Jules, love the amazing stitching and gorgeous roses. Love your fab tut hun.

Donna x

Tracey T said...

Oh Jules this is so pretty! Love those roses and found your tutorial really helpful, so thank you! I've been dithering about getting these dies - I've looked at a few and not been able to make my mind up - but I might just give them a go now! Hugs xx

Cheryl said...

WOW GORGEOUS,love the flowers and a fab tutorial!!! I have some flowewr dies,but they are too big,might have to look at these!!

Linby said...

This is just gorgeous, and I love those spotty roses.

♥Gemma♥ said...

What a stunning card sweetie...just love it & i really must get my hands on that flower have the other one to it but i must have this one too!!
hugs and xxx

Wishcraft said...

Beautiful! Love the image and lovely colours, your flowers are fabulous :o)

I've been surprisingly ok on my paper ban until recently, but I must admit I'm getting a bit desperate now... daft really as it's not like I'm in any danger of running out of the stuff! Lisa x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Jules this is one beautiful card what gorgeous colours you have used and that image is fab. Those flowers look great I have always admired them on crafters work, in fact this afternoon I was making a few, they don't look as good as yours though, lol.
Lorraine x

Carole Campanile said...

Wow Jules, your flowers turned out so wonderful!! Love the metal one; that is really an eye catcher.
For the life of me I can not get those flower dies to work for me. :(

Your card is wonderful too. I like the layers with the matching DP; very subtle; keeps the eye on the image. :)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Jules - have had this die for a while now and you have challenged me to get it out and give it a go have not been game before.. thanks so much for sharing have come over from Di's blog and have joined yours too as dont want to miss out on your brill. ideas either thanks so much Shaz in Oz x