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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, 7 July 2012


Hi Everyone

I hope your Saturday has gone well .. .. don't you just love the start of a weekend!!!

I have taken time to have a quick play with a new technique today.  

When I am sitting cutting ribbons to length, turning the handle on my cuttlebug over, and over and over again and tying ribbons and bows during the week I usually have my laptop on to teach myself new things.  So much I need to learn!!

Here is what I wanted to try from what I found this week:

This used:

Backing Paper:  An old envelope stitched repeatedly
Backing Paper for Flower:  Pink Petticoat
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat
Sizzix Dies:  "656079" Flower Layers #5 and "656076" Branch with Leaves (but I pruned it)
Nestabilities:  Labels Four
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder:  Hounds Tooth
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
X-Cut Punch:  Butterfly
Organza scraps
My Trust Sewing Machine
White Gel Pen
Wax Paper
Brad, Gems and Ribbon from the Stash Box

The technique that was new to me is the effect on the nestie shape.

If you fancy looking at what I did you can find the instructions on the link below.

but beware .. .. the lovely lady in the video has done a mountain of projects for you to look at!!

I don't think I made a very good choice of embossing folder and my wax paper was a crumpled scrap end from the olden days when I used to make cakes (probably a whole 15 years old) .. .. but all in all the finished result isn't so bad for a first attempt.

New wax paper needs to go on the shopping list and then I shall try again .. .. but using a different embossing folder and more delicate inks colours.  I love trying new things.

Have an enjoyable evening everyone and a great Sunday.



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

...loVe these rich earthy colours Jules, great stitchery and that flower WOW...Mel :)

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful card, love it!

chanya13 said...

Amazing card! Love color combo and beautiful flower!!! Hugs chanya13

Debs M said...

ooh this is gorgeous, love the colours and dies! fab stitching too x

Vicky said...

Simply gorgeous Jules...and I will be having a peek at the tutorial too hun :o)

big hugs Vicky xx

Sandy said...

Jules, that is a gorgeous card! I love Gina K. techniques, she is so creative. Yup, new wax paper works better, the image will be bolder!

Sue B said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Jules! the nestie shape looks so pretty! I love the colours and the gorgeous flower and stitching! it's a fab card!
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Love Sue xx

Joey said...

Jules I absolutely LOVE this card, gorgeous gorgeous make! the colours are perfect too. Joey x

Sue said...

WOW!! This is stunning. I love the design, your flower is gorgeous all that stitching looks so fabulous.


Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I love the effect on the nestie. Funnily enough, I saw this technique last week on Create and Craft while I had a coffee when Martha slept and thought I would like to have a go. The flower is fab too.
Nikki x

Anonymous said...

Hi Jules, this is wonderful! I absolutely adore the colours and dimension in this card.

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Nice card Jules

jacqui x

mags said...

Really lovely card Jules. The stitching on the background is so effective and love the flower.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Debs said...

WOWZERS Jules this is sooooo gorgeous - love the technique - thanks for the link to the video.
Look out for my effort soon lol!!!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Debs xx

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Jules this looks amazing and so beautiful the work you have done on this looks fantastic.,
Lorraine x

Elizabeth said...

Stunning card, Jules, and quite unlike your usual makes. I love the bold colours and if only I could stitch such lovely straight lines :) Found the heart :)) I'm off to watch the demo ... I could be some time :))) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Sally said...

Hi Jules, I love all the stitched lines on this card & the layered flower. This is a great technique to try & it looks really effective, weel done. I have to admit that I am far too lazy to do stuff like that. lol. Two printers? You must get through tons of ink carts!
Sally x

Lorraine said...

This is gorgeous! Love teh flower and the colours, and the stitching around the stem and leaves looks brilliant!
Lorraine x

susiestacey said...

Hi Jules, playing catch up.... todays card is lovely and always good to try new techniques. Had a quick scroll below and love the tags x Susan x

Anne said...

That is a stunning design Jules. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Hugs x

MagsB said...

Wow, wow, wow! I really like this dramatic card! Can't see the hear - oh there it is lol! Seriously, this is one fabulous piece of work!

Thanks for the link, too! Have a happy Sunday!

love Mags B x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Well done you on trying out a new technique. It's really cool. And fab stitching and soft petals too! I'm trying something new too right now. I'm trying to paint an abstract picture with acrylics on canvas! I suspect even an abstract is going to be too ambitious - the paint is really hard to move around - and given that I have guests for lunch tomorrow - I'm gonna have to clear it all off the kitchen table before bed! I watched the vid. It's a great technique but, alas...I'm allergic to ironing! Hugs, Lesley

Beryl said...

You put me to shame Jules. I remember this video when Gina first posted it and fully intended to have a go - but of course - didn't. You've made a great job of this technique and your big flower is gorgeous. Fab card.
Beryl xx

XxJULESxX said...

Well done Jules it really is gorgeous! very striking too!

Cynthia said...

WOW WOW WOW. Gosh, Jules, for your first attempt, I think you knocked it out of the park!!! LOVE this card!! That flower is amazing and gorgeous!!!

Unknown said...

Wow this is gorgeous, Mary x

Anonymous said...

Jules I absolutely love it, must look at the linc later.
Such a tallented lady x
Carol ( Stamford)

Sarn said...

Gorgeous stitchy card xxx

Vicky said...

Wow it's stunning, I really love it, so very different. All that stitching must have taken you ages, but well worth it, what a lovely effect

hugs Vicky x x x

Victoria said...

I've never seen this technique before and I really enjoyed watching the video. Another technique to try :) Thanks for sharing!

Nannieflash said...

Oh wow Jules that is truly stunning, and I bet it took some time to make, love your flower. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

coops said...

so stunning jules.gorgeous striking design and i love your flower :D

xx coops xx

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous Jules,love the image and great design.Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog....You are not a bad

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, gorgeous colours and love the stitched background!
Helen x

Whisper said...

Absolutely fabulous, Luv Sam x

Faye said...

I really love the rich colours on this one. xx

Sarah said...

How could I have overlooked this amazing creation Jules? Love the colours and the stitching is superb!

Sarah x

Annmaree of Oz said...



WOW Sorry Jules sorry about the caps lock, got a bit too excited there!

Unknown said...

FABULOUS .......and so gorgeous I love the rich colours and that flower is amazing well done Hugs Elaine

Marjorie said...

Stunning card the rich earthy tones...well done it's beautiful!

Denise said...

Beautiful - love that flower and the gorgeous colours.
Denise xx

Jenny said...

I had a look at the video..what a great technique and I can see how you've used it on your shaped bkgd :0) I really love the rows of stitching too..what a fab card :0)
Jenny x