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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 24 December 2011


Woo hoo!!!  My favourite day!!

I was up bright and early this morning as I needed to make one last Christmas card with my snippets before starting work in the kitchen.

It is a special Christmas card for anyone and everyone who may stumble across my blog today and also for all the lovely playmates who have joined me in my snippet challenge during the course of the year.

So I "DO" need to call a register this week.  Wow!!!

I really thought everyone would be far too busy to be bothered about playing with their snippets.  Thank you for keeping me company playmates.

Who came to play?

Well first up, bright and early, was Sarah .. .. who shared the most gorgeous male Christmas card which Sarah made for her husband.  What a lucky chap!!  I love all the backing papers used here and the fabulous star!! 

Irene was the next playmate to arrive .. .. with her New York Diva!!  What a fantastic card Irene shared with us all.  It just reminded me of one of the old Vogue sewing patterns from years ago (showing my age there!!! LOL!!) 

Next up was Sandra who is well ahead of the game and thinking about her thank you cards for after Christmas!!  Sandra clearly feels she has been a good girl this year and is going to receive lots of presents she needs to say thank you for!!  What fabby thank you cards they are too!!

The next share came from Carol who has been having lots of work done at home and now has a craft room that needs sorting .. .. which has reduced the amount of stash Carol has available to her to only her snippet collection.  But I must admit Carol managed a fabby Christmas card nonetheless with a great sketch she has produced!!

Then last but by no means least was Di who has dragged herself into the playground to share her lovely make.  I say "dragged" because Di has been poorly sick all week .. .. not good in the run up to Christmas .. .. but hopefully she is now fit and well again and ready to celebrate.

So only one make from me .. .. but you realise what this means don't you?  I have made my first Christmas card ready for next year .. .. woo hoo!!!

Just one more week left for me in charge of the playground and just one more register to call so the playground keys are being passed along  .. ..   but who is taking them over?

Well your wait is over.  The keys are going to my lovely blog buddy and regular snippet maker:

from the Pixie's Crafty Workshop

here you go Di .. .. here are your keys .. .. I hope you have as much fun as I have had this last year.

Next Sunday .. I will call my last register and reveal the extent of my snippets :-(  and Di will be taking over.  I know you are going to have a fabulous time with Di in charge .. .. she is a fabby blogger, who makes gorgeous projects and has a wicked sense of humour.  You are all in for such a treat.

I will still be playing along with the challenge as I still have snippets to use up . ... surprise, surprise LOL!!!.

It just remains for me to wish everyone a really Happy Christmas. 

Have fun and make some lovely memories.




Gillian R said...

Gorgeous card as usual Jules. Hope u and ur family have a great Xmas!

Sally said...

Hi Jules, another really super snippet make, I love the snowflakes. I will defo be joining in for your last snippet challenge of the year & will nip over to Di's blog in the new year. Have a great crimbo.
Sally x

Cynthia said...

LOL! I LOVE the Snippet Keys, Jules!! That's too funny!! I'm glad to know the tradition will continue and that I get to see your snippet creations every week. Have a very very Happy Christmas and thank you so much for stopping in on my blog! Oh and PS: Your snowflake card is beautiful!! =D

Sarn said...

Beautiful Christmas snippet make there Jules.

I think your newly appointed Caretaker will do just fine looking after the Snippet Playground next year.

Thanks for 2011 Snippet Year . . . I now go to my snippet drawers BEFORE cutting into fresh sheets of paper/card . . . so THANK YOU for knocking me into shape and getting me into good habits. xxxx

Doreen said...

Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New

Debs M said...

Lovely make and although i only played a few times i did enjoy taking part, great idea xx

Little K Smith said...

A gorgeous card Jules, I love the ribbony trim! :D
Have a good 'un :)

Elizabeth said...

Happy Christmas Jules. I'm just taking a few moments before I start baking - and making the trifle - to thank you for allowing me to join in the fun this year - it's been an absolute pleasure getting to know you and be inspired by your beautiful cards. Today's card is no exception - gorgeous and I love the greeting. I'm so pleased to see it is Di who is taking over the snippet keys - she is, as you say, a fabby blogger. I may just manage a snippet make or two next week, once the big day is behind me, but just in case I don't, all the best for the New Year and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Elizabeth x

Debbie said...

Really pretty card Jules. Merry Christmas dearie. Have a super time with your family and may I say your xmas tree and lights are fab.Off I pop to peel the veggies and round up the troups.Love Debbie x

Di said...

Oh Jules, thank you for the sweet and quite undeserved things you've said about me being the new Keeper of the Playground Keys! It's been so much fun and you'll be impossible to follow in exactly the same inspired way but I hope I won't let you or The Snippeteers down. Stands solemnly to attentionin front of laptop with hand on heart - appropriately enough :)) - and recites the following - 'I hereby promise to do my duty as Snippets Playground Key Keeper to the very best of my ability'. Just hope everyone doesn't run away to pastures new, and that you do still keep showing your wonderful creations. Thank you Jules, from everyone, for all the inspiration and fun! Love, and Merry Christmas, Di xxx

Ellibelle said...

Simply beautiful Christmas card Jules. I love the colors you used, gorgeous design too!
Hope you have a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012!

- Ellie.

lisa said...

I see the Naughty Pixie is going to be in charge. Very safe hands too, knowing Di!!
Your tree and lights are just gorgeous, Jules, thanks so much for sharing them. They all look so cosy.
I hope you have a really lovely time with your family over Christmas but find time to relax and I wish you a very Peaceful and Creative New Year.
Happy Christmas, Jules
hugs Lisax

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card as always Jules. I'm sure Di will be a wonderful Caretaker and the keys will be in good hands. xxx

Sally H said...

gorgeous! I have a couple on my last post that are snippet makes. I'll do the link after tea x

coops said...

beautiful card jules.the snowflakes are so delicate and the snippet keys are brilliant.
wishing you and yours a really fantastic christmas :D

xx coops xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Jules, wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas, and Best wishes for 2011. Sue xx

Tracey T said...

Just wanted to wish you a very Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2012. Have a rest over the holiday, Jules - you've earned it! xx

Sally H said...

Gorgeous, Jules! Happy Christmas my friend. Hope Santa brings you all you wish for x

Anonymous said...

Love this card Jules, just gorgeous in every way! Merry Christmas!
Helen x

Lynsey said...

Hi Jules, what a great card! I just wanted to say well done on getting published in quick cards! Your cards look lovely in the magazine!
Have a wonderful Christmas.
Hugs Lynsey x

Juls said...

love your snippit card, so soft and twinkly!!! Hugs Juls

Anonymous said...

Happy Christmas to you and your family!

Hope its a beautiful day filled with lots of love and laughter!

Enjoy it xoxox

Carol said...

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas Jules, hope you have a great time. Love the card too. Carol x

Annette Bowes said...

Hi Jules, oh my getting started on next years Xmas cards lol! Beautiful card! Just popped by to wish you and your family a magical Christmas Day and a fun and healthy 2012, take careX:) p.s. sorry I have been a bad visitor, don't where the time has gone this year!

Sally H said...

Back again! My snippet mountain is a little more like a hill now!

Jackie said...

Hi Jules, thanks for your lovely Christmas card and well done on the beginning of next year's Christmas card mountain.

I will definitely be carrying on with the snippet challenge as I was so good the other night that I sorted all my bits into bags of colour....I'm so looking forward to showing them off lol

Happy new year
Jackie xx

Di said...

Di again, I made a snippets card - whoop, whoop!! xxx

Hazel said...

I've so enjoyed playing in the snippet playground - thank you for running it - and intend to support Di in the Pixie's playground for this coming year. Happy New Year, Jules (and I've now amended my crafty resolutions with a note about the hand over of the keys to Di - must have come on here earlier with my eyes shut because I hadn't realised that was happening - d'oh!! x