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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, 31 December 2011


Hi Everyone

Well .. .. 2011 is nearly over .. .. and it has been a mixed year here in the House of Hearts.

Lots of exciting things have happened and some very worrying ones too .. .. but we have made it to the end and are ready to start another year full of anticipation and wonderment at what all of those empty pages in the diary are going to hold.

Well it's not completely empty .. .. I have lots of of "lovely couples" booked in for wedding stationery .. ..  and my main dream for next year is that my little business is going to be even busier.

It is so lovely to be able to do 24/7 what I love doing most in the world.  I do know I am a lucky girlie and count my blessings daily.

Anyway, round to my favourite 5 makes of 2011.  This is all part of  Debby's challenge - though how she managed to make her selection from all the posts on her blog I have no idea as every make Debby posts is amazing!!  Thanks for your inspiration Debby and for setting this little challenge.

So in no particular order here are my favourite 5 cards of 2011:

This just leaves me to wish everyone a very happy 2012 - I hope it is a year that will be kind to you and your families.

 I have made some lovely blog friends this year and would like to thank you for all your visits here and the lovely comments you leave.. .. ..  and thank you for all the inspiration that your blogs ooze. 

If you are here to try and win the 20 Promarkers from Handy Hippo then you need to click here. Good luck!!!

I will be spending the evening with my lovely Sis .. .. no new year celebration would seem right if we weren't together.

Love and best wishes everyone and mwah, mwah, mwah!!!


Irene said...

Brillaint cards Jules.

Happy New Year to you and your Family.


Doreen said...

Gorgeous cards Jules all of them,I am taken to the grasses one though.

Happy New Year to you and your lovely family! who we have come to know through your blogging. Thank you so much for the support you have given

Denise said...

Gorgeous selection of cards Jules.
Have a great evening with your Sis and I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.
Denise xx

Anne said...

How difficult to pick 5 of your cards as I think they are all absolutely beautiful. Happy New Year. Hugs x

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous cards Jules, I dont know how you only managed to pick 5! All you cards are lovely.
Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
Hugs Kat xx

Sally H said...

Hope the new year brings everything you wish for, Jules. May your business go from strength to strength x

PinksyDoodles said...

Brilliant cards Jules.
Happy New Year to you!
Hugs, Clare x

XxJULESxX said...

oh Jules your selection is stunning! i love them all, and mwha! to you too! for a great new year for you and your family, thanks for taking time out to visit my blog.

Amanda said...

Happy 2012 Jules, hope this year brings you and your family, health, wealth and happiness. Hugs, Amanda xx

Hazel (Didos) said...

Love the cards, they are all super, hope you have a wonderful 2012!! Love Hazelxo

Cynthia said...

Somehow I missed that dragonfly card--absolutely gorgeous!! And I'm so happy to see the favorite card of *mine* made the list--the birthday/wheat stamp card. Gosh, I love that card!!!

Happy New Year to you and yours, Jules! Thanks for all your comments and encouragment on my blog!

mckinkle said...

HNY Jules!

What a fabulous choice youve made, Im sure it must have been so difficult just picking 5 of them!

They are all stunning and show your inimitable style so perfectly! Your choice really wouldnt have been complete with a little PB making an appearance so have to say how beautiful that card is too!

Think my favourite has to be No.3! I am totally in love with that bp and its driving me batty as Im sure I recognise it too but my tiny brain isnt assisting this time! lol!

Think you just may have jolted me out of my blogging slumber Jules! Cheers for that and I hope you have/had a super time seeing in the NY!

Keryn x

Anonymous said...

These are all so beautiful Jules but I don't know how you managed to narrow it down to five! I love every card you make and couldn't pick favourites.

Happy new year!

Vicky said...

They are all so gorgeous Jules...and wishing you a happy new year too sweetie... :o)

big hugs Vicky xx

Paper Hearts Handmade Cards said...

happy new year to you and yours Jules, I hope 2012 is fabulous for you and your business, Its also something I would like to do with my craft but have decided to wait until my kids are up a bit first, thanks for all your lovely comments through the year K xxx

MagsB said...

What a great selection! Thank you very much for the inspiration through 2011, I'm looking forward to seeing your creations in 2012!

I hope you have a very happy and prosperous New Year!

love Mags B xxx

Tracy said...

A wonderful collection, I love them allo.
Happy new year and all the best for 2012.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Anonymous said...

What lovely cards...Happy New Year to you.. S xx

Julie said...

Wow, Jules - these are all stunning and so varied in style!! Happy 2012 to you and yours, hugs, Juliexx

Wendy said...

These are all absolutely gorgeous Jules, as are all your cards...Wishing you a Happy New Year.
Hugs wendy xx

Sally said...

Oh Jules, how on earth did you narrow it down to only five. So many beautiful makes from you this year & these are just the pick of a wonderful crop. My fave has to be the one with the grasses as it's so bright & very striking. All the best for 2012 to you & yours.
Sally x

Annmaree of Oz said...

FABULOUS! So love all these cards, so great to look back at the year of creativity!!!

Hazel said...

Fab cards, Jules! I usually do a post to show my favourite 12 of the year (one for each month) and have done that again for today, so have also linked to Debby's challenge. I've also posted my crafty new year resolutions - and you get a mention! Happy New Year xx

Viv said...

Gorgeous cards Jules - love the first one especially. Happy New Year to you and those you love. x

Di said...

I truly don't know how you managed to pick just five from all your wonderful creations Jules! Happy New Year! Love, Di xx

coops said...

fantastic selection of cards jules.all so stunning :D
wishing you a happy and healthy new year ;D

xx coops xx

Linda . J said...

Happy New Year to you Jules and your family,all the very best for 2012
Love your choice of cards the colours are beautiful.
Hugs Linda

Anonymous said...

Fabulous choices Jules, love them all!
Helen x

Juls said...

this is such a fabulous collection of work, thank you for all your inspiration ovewr the last year, I look forward to seeing what you create in 2012!

HUgs Juls

Andria said...

Gorgeous selection of cards, bet it was difficult for you to choose just 5 when you produce such stunning work. Happy New Year to you :) x.

Anonymous said...

Love them all Jules, as usual, and like Debby I'd be hard to pick my favourites out of all your makes too, don't undersell yourself, lol!! Hope you had a great New Year (3am eh???)! Silly me posted a couple of snippet cards yesterday, totally forgot Di was raking over today, lol!! Very best wishes to you all for 2012 and good luck for your business too.


Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Wow!!! i love all your cards are soooo talented....and also love your step card...its soooo it.....
thanks for your inspiration over the last year....
Happy New Year....Jules
Big Hugs
Sylvie xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

I don't know how you managed to pick just five cards as your faves from last year. I would have had to have picked ten times that many from all of your pretty makes. Out of these, I love your wheat sheaf card and my absolute fave is the dragon fly. Another one for me to case when I get back home. If you think I'm posting this card late at night - it's actually 3.20 in the morning where I am! Hugs, Lesley

debby4000 said...

What a stunning collection Jules.
Thanks for joining in with My Favourite cards of 2011.