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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.

Sunday, 4 December 2011


Hi Everyone

I hope your Sunday has gone well .. .. ours started off with beautiful weather .. .. then the rain came in .. .. but not before I managed to dry a bit of washing and make myself some ironing!!!  Grrr!!!

Never mind.  At least it will smell nicely of fresh air!!

So this week's snippets are going to cover two weeks .. .. which means loads of time to make your way to the snippet playground if you get chance to play along. 

I know it is difficult the nearer we get to Christmas though so if you don't get to play then don't worry .. I understand. 

So why are the gates open for two weeks?  Well that is because next Sunday will be our annual family tradition of:


Tee hee!!!  I bet Tim Holtz is quaking in his boots!!!
This is the day that my lovely Sis and her family .. .. ..  and me and those of mine that can make it .. .. all get together for the day and we make Christmas labels all day long.  I am hoping for a mega reduction in my snippet stocks so they had all better be hyper productive that's all I can say.

I usually put together a little inspiration board to give people a few ideas as for some this is the only day of the year they craft .. .. ..  so out will come the tin of peel offs and stickers and all the Christmas stamps and embellishments we all associate with Christmas.

Next week I will allow myself to colour and paint but for this week all my little labels have been put together with just snippets.

So now round to the snippet register for last week:

First up and super eagre was Beryl who was hanging around the playground gates waiting for them to be opened!  Sorry about that Beryl .. .. the caretaker let me down last week LOL!!!  Beryl shared a lovely birthday card with a delicate touch of sparkle.  Gorgeous.

Then Irene called by with two lovely creations.  The first one you can find here and it uses a beautiful butterfly die and the most lovely border punch.  The second project is a stunning card and matching gift tag which you will find here.  Such gorgeous papers and colours.  Who needs an image when you can make lovely creations like these without one?!?!? 

Di was the next playmate to come screeching into the playground and she brought with her a gorgeous Christmas card with the most luxurious looking red ribbon.  Beautiful snippets and image too. 

Kym called by twice as well this week.  The first of Kym's creations you will find here and the second one is here.  Both are such lovely Christmas cards.  The first one using colours you wouldn't normally associate with Christmas and yet they work really well .. ..  and the second using a snowman that would be just right for me .. .. as he has a lovely little heart on his hat!!  LOL!!!

Helen was next to arrive and used a wide variety of snippets to make the most wonderful patchwork background for her fabby Penny Black image.  What could be better than snippets and a Penny Black stamp ?

Another fabulous Christmas card was next shared by Tammy .. .. who has Santa all dressed in blue.  I think someone once told me that Santa used to wear blue or green in the very early days .. .. not sure if it is true but he certainly looks great in the outfit Tammy has him dressed in.  Beautiful snippets too!!

A brilliant snippet make was brought to the playground next by Elizabeth.  Not only is it a lovely easel card but it has a beautiful matching bookmark tucked inside it too .. .. very clever and very pretty!  Love it!!  Elizabeth has been playing "nurse maid" this week to her hubby who unfortunately took a tumble and needed to visit A&E .. .. hope things are progressing well Mr & Mrs!!

Then last but by no means least was Hazel who has been being a little party animal this week as it was her Mum's 90th birthday .. .. belated special birthday wishes to Hazel's Mum from the snippet playground!!!  Hazel shared a lovely Christmas card that featured a really cute image and great snippets!

So that ends the world of snippets for another week.

I will leave the playground gates open for two weeks but will still pop by next Sunday with some pictures of our label day makes .. .. and hopefully a report of mega snippet reduction. 

Is getting the family in to help cheating?  

If so I will just have to do a detention for bad behaviour!! LOL!!!

Have a lovely week everyone and I will catch you again tomorrow for Happy Handy Hippo Monday!!




Sarn said...

Great idea for a family get together. I love how family orientated you are Jules.

Love your little collection of labels/tags.

Off to visit the playground Snippeteers, even though I played hooky last week! xxx

Vicky said...

They are all so gorgeous Jules....I just might have to make a few myself

have a super evening...hugs Vicky xx

Cynthia said...

Gorgeous labels. You should box them up and sell them at the fairs you go to. I would totally buy a set of them! :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules, well it's true - time definitely flies! I remember you doing this last year and it feels like only a few weeks ago! These are fab! Hope you've had a brilliant day with your family!

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, love all of your gorgeous tags hun, so much better than the bought ones.

Donna x

Sue B said...

Aww these tags are all so sweet Jules. Some lovely ideas here. Love that they are all so different and yet all gorgeous!
Hope you have a great evening!
Hugs Sue xx

Doreen said...

Gorgeous Labels Jules,I hope you enjoy label day,I love all these special days you

Jennifer said...

Hi Jules. These are all so super sweet! Will have to join in one of these days xxx Jenny xx

Sally said...

Aww Jules, what fab little tags! I must admit that I'm far to lazy to do this.
Sally x

Roma said...

These are lovely ,so cute!
thanks for your lovely comments on my blog jules its very much appreciated x

Irene said...

Fabulous tags, all gorgeous. - you are so organised.


Di said...

Brilliant tags and it sounds such fun with your family Jules. Watch out for Mr Postie - I'm posting a huge box of snippets to you today - just in case you run out, snort, snort :)) Joke! Di xx

Juls said...

fabby collection of snippit wonders!!! Hugs Juls

coops said...

wow these are all gorgeous jules :D

xx coops xx

Sarah said...

Jules - Sir Tim has serious competition here! I love your sweet little tags, you must have made a dent in the snippets this week. What a great idea having a family craft day. I hope to join in this week at some stage,my snippets mountain is growing all the time. Hugs Sarah x

Anonymous said...

awesome tags Jules, these are going to be great additions to your gifties!

Jackie said...

Love the tags. Good luck with the mass makes! x

Beryl K said...

Brilliant labels, what a terrific idea to have the family round for this job.
Beryl x

MagsB said...

Wow, look at the tiny heart punched holes! These are terrific, sure to inspire the family! What a fantastic yearly tradition!

love MagsB x

Jenny said...

What wonderful ideas and get-togethers you have with your family Jules and on crafting theme too...can't be bad ;)
That's a good spread of inspiration you have there...for some reason I've never got into making tags!!!
Jenny x

Irene said...

Hello Jules,

Sorry I had to enter again, and your tip about a cocktail stick to use when your stamping is uneven works a treat, it's brilliant.



HI Jules - love your labels! My card isn't really a Christmas card - though I suppose it could be with the green and red combo!! It does have a heart on it though!
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Sarah said...

I finally managed to make something for the challenge! Love all your snippets makes Jules!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, I'm back at last, my DH is improving slowly but surely and life is getting back to normal, giving me a chance to get some Christmas tree decs made. Your label day is a fantastic idea and sounds great fun with the added bonus of using up all those snippets too, like my decorations have and I'm enjoying using up all the bits and bobs in my stash. Elizabeth x

Di said...

Whew - I made it to the playground :) Di xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, just posted the last of my snippet makes for this week. I've highlighted the one for which you provided the inspiration - what do you think? It's amazing how many variations one idea can lead to :) Elizabeth x