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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.

Saturday, 12 November 2011


Hi Everyone

Quite an early post from me today.

I was up bright and early with the mission for the weekend being to create a mountain of Christmas cards.

I knew that Penny Black Saturday were having a run of four weeks of Christmas themed challenges so thought .. .. "what better place to go and get my inspiration with my early morning cup of coffee"!!

The theme this week is "gold and presents".

Now I have to admit that gold doesn't appear on my general creations very much.  It does appear quite frequently on my wedding work but not on my "every day makes". 
So quite a nice challenge as it was making me do something different .. .. and I must admit I quite like the finished look.  Thank you ladies!!

Anyway, here is my make:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3917J" Welcome Party
Sentiment:  Great Impressions "B154" From All of Us
Backing Paper:  Papermania "A Silent Night"
Martha Stewart Punch:  Embossed Zig Zag
Dovecraft Punch:  Holly Leaves
Nestabilities:  Deckled Rectangle
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Diamond Stickles
Ribbon, cord and buttons from the Stash Box

and there we go. 

Off now to settle into some more festive makes.

Have a great weekend everyone .. .. and whilst talking of festive makes don't forget you still have time to enter the Handy Hippo Christmas Prize Draw on this post here .. ... entries accepted until midnight tomorrow (Sunday 13th).

See you tomorrow with my snippet makes.



Sarn said...

Gorgeous card. Love it Jules. xxx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
What a cute stamp to me it ....gorgeous are bright and early...
Hugs sylvie

Carol said...

Gorgeous card Jules, those BP's look fabulous and it's finished off beautifully as always. Carol x

CraftyC said...

Gorgeous card Juls, love the papers and all the sparkle!

Irene said...

A brilliant Christmas card Jules, I love the papers and your adorable image.


Roma said...

Wow ! Beautiful card Jules ,i love the colours you have used x

Little K Smith said...

Aaaaww this is gorgeous Jules, I love the sweet image and those papers are some of my fave!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

Anonymous said...

Ooh you are quick off the mark this morning! Here I am having just finished my breakfast and surfing round the challenges before I get going! Lovely card, love the gold with the red, so much warmth, I had to admit to leaning towards that colour scheme too, but we shall see! Hopefully I'll make it into the snippet playground again this week!


Di said...

Oh Jules, this is gorgeous! So cute :) Tee, hee - couldn't spot the heart at first :( Love, Di xx

Doreen said...

Just gorgeous Jules.Good luck making all those Christmas

Vicky said...

So very cute the image and the gold really makes the card "POP"...

have a lovely afternoon...hugs Vicky xx

Cynthia said...

Love all the layers! And that image is sooooo cute!!!

Dotty Jo said...

This is excellent Jules! Jo x

Denise said...

This is gorgeous Jules. Love the cute image and those papers are beautiful. Had these last year and am very quickly running out!!
Denise xx

Anonymous said...

A very festive and gorgeous card Jules. The touch of gold looks lovely.

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous card Jules. Love the papers and cute image, and those little button 'berries' look fab :o) Hope you're having a lovely day! Lisa x

Debs said...

Simply stunning Jules - love the image and the DP's are perfectly lush!
Hope you achieved your mission :o)
Have a great weekend.
Debs xx

Jenny said...

Another cutie Jules, thee perfect PB image for the challenge :) I love the deckled edge nesties...always wondered what they look like when cut :)
Jenny x

Liz McGuire, said...

Hiya, perfect touches of gold, super cute image, I love it!

Liz x

Lee said...

Adorable image.Gorgeous papers.Love it.x

Marie-Louise said...

Fabulous card. Love the image and the backing papers.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Jules, lovely colours!
Helen x

Sue B said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Jules! Love the image and colouring is perfection! Delish papers and bellies - really love it!
Hugs Sue xx

coops said...

gorgeous card jules.the image is so sweet and i love your fabulous rich colours and design :D

xx coops xx

Wendy said...

So gorgeous Jules, such a sweet image and beautiful papers.
Wendy xx

Meadie said...

Your card is just gorgeous! I love that image, its so cute x x

Donna Mosley said...

So gorgeous Jules, love the image and gorgeous papers. The gold details you've added are stunning. Love it!

Donna x

Marjorie said...

What a lovely card hun, love the colours and papers you have chosen, the red and gold look lovely!!

Elizabeth said...

Lovely card, Jules. Smashing stamp - the mouse is so cute - and that paper pack is a favourite of mine. Spotted the heart :) Elizabeth x

Anonymous said...

absolutely love that stamped image, so fantastic!

OH While I think of it Jules, could you please message me your address so I may send you a christmas card this year! Thanks Dear! xoxo

Louise said...

Super card Jules. I'm loving the rich jewel-like colours and that image is very cute indeed. x

Pauline C said...

Gorgeous jules - love your cute image and fab papers - same papers i used for my "gold" colours this week lol! love that fabby holly arrangement too :-) Thanks for joining in this week's PBSC
pauline x

Kath Stewart said...

love your take on the christmas challenge jules...thanks for joining in the fun this week at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

coldwaters2 said...

Oh Jules this is such a fun, fab image the colours and design are perfection.
Lorraine x

Beth said...

This is gorgeous Jules! Perfect stamp for the sentiment and fabulous papers too! Thanks for joining in with the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!

Love Beth xx

debby4000 said...

Wonderful cute card Jules.