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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 May 2012


Hi Everyone

In the garden?  Well not me today I'm afraid, but Hubby has been a good lad and worked really hard out there .. .. so much so that he already has aches in places he didn't know he had!!  I dread to think what he will be like tomorrow!!  Don't think I will think about that LOL!!

"In the garden" where I am concerned is the challenge theme over at Penny Black Saturday this week.

So here is my share for today and for the challenge

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3636K" Flying Stars
Sentiment:  Hobby Art "CS016D" General Greetings
Backing papers:  GCD Studios "Soul Food"
Heat It Up Embossing Powder:  Seafoam White
X-Cut Punch:  Butterfly
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Button, Ribbon and Pearls from the Stash Box

and that is it!

I did have a go at using my heat gun on my ribbon today .. .. at the moment the jury is still out on whether it is a good look or not.  At the moment it is "not" .. .. .. but that could be because I am used to nice big crisp and clean ribbons on wedding stationery .. .. and not shrivelled up little ones LOL!!

Hope you have all had a good Saturday.

Beautiful weather here and lots of birds nest building in and around the garden.  They have been bobbing around collecting bits of dried grass etc for their construction work.  Yep, I really do think Spring is here .. .. woo hoo!!!

I'll catch you tomorrow with my snippets.



Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Nice card Jules

jacqui x

Catherine said...

Gorgeous card and I love the way you have stitched onto the ribbon....

maxine said...

stunning card x

M said...

Wow Jules, I love this one! The white embossing is perfect, and I think the ribbon looks great! M x

Cynthia said...

Gosh, Jules, this card is gorgeous!! LOVE the flowers--and the tiny butterflies, oh and the little pearls too! And I rather like the bow as well. ;-)

XxJULESxX said...

Oh Jules this is stunning!!i love it!

Viv said...

Love this Jules - the backing papers are fab! Like the bow - I love shabby!!

Nikbee said...

A beautiful card. I love the white on brown.
Nikki x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...totally gorgeous Jules...loVe your papers, the image is striking in contrast to the background with super stitching, super nuggety button too...Mel :)

Kath said...

Lovely card Jules - and I like the clever heart!
Kath x

Jenny said...

It has been beautiful weather today AND I got two loads of washing dry!!! Hark at Mrs Tiggywinkle :0)

Gorgeous colours for this card, the white embossing really stands out.
Jenny x

Anne said...

Gorgeous card Jules, I like the simplicity of it. Hope hubby's ok tomorrow. Hugs x

Marie-Louise said...

Really lovely card. Love the colours.

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Love your card as always ...... White embossed flowers.... Look great
Hugs Sylvie

amanda stokes said...

Hi Jules,
Gorgeous card,love everything about this card! :)
I love watching the birds in our garden they are facinating

susiestacey said...

Hi Jules, such a pretty card. love the image and always looks so delicate embossed in white. Love the stitching on the ribbon too. Hope you manage to get outdoors tomorrow x Susan x

Tracy said...

Hi Jules
A really gorgeous creation, beautiful design and love the stamp you used.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful soft toned card Jules, love the embossed images and teeny ting butterflies.

Your a lucky girl, having a hubby who gardens. Both hubby and l don't enjoy it! Think your hubby may need a hot bath with some bubbles to rest those muscles!

The weather was great here today but bit of a let down day here as we went to ride a steam train only to find they don't run on a Saturday! Should of rang before we set off I'm thinking, doh!

Have a great evening xx

Donna Mosley said...

This is so gorgeous Jules, I love the beautiful image and the stitching on the ribbon looks fab.

Donna x

Unknown said...

Hi Jules, this is so beautiful. I love the embossed stamping and your gorgeous layout! Luv & Hugs, Trish x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Jules those flower images are gorgeous I really love them in white they really show up beautifully, love that ribbon and the papers.
Lorraine x

Unknown said...

Stunning stamping and embossing in white , what a fabulous card Jules and what a fabulous creation , well done . Enjoy the rest of your weekend Hugs Elaine

Sally H said...

That's beautiful, Jules!

Sue B said...

Wow! this is beautiful Jules! what a gorgeous stamp and the papers are beautiful. The ribbon looks really pretty and I love those wee butterflies!
Hope you have a nice weekend
Love Sue xx

Roma said...

Wow stunning card!

The penny Black image is beautiful

Love the stitching & those cute butterflies x

Anonymous said...

gorgeous card Jules just adore the spray of flowers on the mocha colours!!!

yum yum! so pretty!!!

Debs said...

Beautiful card Jules - love the heat embossed image - so classy.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Take care
Debs xx

Unknown said...

Hi Jules, this is so elegant, love the soft colours too. xx

Di said...

Wow Jules, this is fabulous. Love the colours and the stamping loads. Perfect for the challenge - and you've enlightened me. I had no idea about the 'shrivel your bow' technique - I like it:)

Whoop, whoop - sun shining again here today - more washing to peg out no doubt.

Love, Di xx

debby4000 said...

absolutely love it Jules.

Unknown said...

OMG Jules, this is gorgeous, and so elegant, love love love the white flowers, so beautiful xxx

coops said...

wow really love this jules.stunning soft colours and design :D

xx coops xx

Vicky said...

Gorgeous Jules!!! Lovely colours and that staming is so effective,

hugs Vicky x x x

Irene said...

A beautiful card Jules, I love the white embossingyour gorgeous papers and subtle colours. A brilliant dea to stamp and heat ribbon.

mags said...

Beautiful card Jules. Love the white embossing and the gorgeous papers. Just lovely.

Lorraine said...

I love the embossed white flowers they look fantastic. Great card Jules.
Lorraine x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love the papers and great

Vicky Hayes said...

Oh I love all the neutrals you've got going on in this card Jules! Your shabby chic ribbon turned out beautifully but I confess I prefer a big clean ribbon too. Vicky x

Beryl said...

It's so beautiful - the image and the papers are lovely - and I do like 'heat treated bows' but have only tried it on organzer before - and I'd even forgotten that trick. I should try it again - especially as I'm rubbish at bows - it could hide many sins.
Beryl xx

~ Ali Robertson ~ said...

Simply breathtaking!!

Thanks for playing along with Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week

Ali x

Anonymous said...

Stunning card Jules! This was one of the stamps I had to sell and, boy, am I sorry now! I have these papers too - must get them out. Another card for my inspiration folder!

Kath Stewart said...

wow wow wow jules..this is a stunner...absolutely gorgeous...thanks for joining in th fun this week at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

Elizabeth said...

Sorry I'm a day or so late but got to say this is a lovely card. Love the stamped flowers and the zig-zag stitching on the ribbon - what a neat idea! Of to look at your most recent share. Elizabeth x

Pauline said...

Hi Jules, such a simple, stylish and elegant card. Love the neutral colour combo. Hugs, Pauline x

Dee said...

just gorgeous! love natural cards like this!

rosie said...

stylish and professional. love the colour x

Claudia said...

Hi Jules, this is just a great card. Love the style, just perfect.
Hugs Claudia