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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.

Thursday, 26 July 2012


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good day.

Just for a change I am quite pleased with mine.  I have actually completed what I had put on my "do-list" for today!!  Woo hoo!!

A whole mountain of stuff still on it .. .. but today's schedule is met!

So in celebration I decided it was time I used a scrummy "pre-loved" stamp that I bought from my lovely blog buddy Anne at Wicked Designs.  Thanks Anne xx.

Anne still has a few goodies for sale on her "for sale" tab if anyone is interested.

The "pre-loved" part of this creation is the huge gorgeous flower stamp ... and this is what I made with it:

This used:

Image:  Hero Arts "Large Flower"
Sentiment:  Penny Black "3849E" Birthday Dreams
Martha Stewart Punch:  Traditional Scallop
White and Clear Embossing Powder
X-Cut Butterfly Punch
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Nestabilities:  Labels Four
Distress Inks:  Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy (what a funny word that is!!!)
Ribbon, button and pearls from the Stash Box

So to make my background I started by stamping the flower using a Clear Versamark Ink Pad and I embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I stamped again and embossed with white embossing powder .. .. but the white stuck to a few places it shouldn't have .....  umph!!  Never mind!!  LOL!!

Then I distressed around the edge with the two distress inks.

I hope Anne thinks I have done her pre-loved stamp justice!

So that is me for today.  Bath time now .. .. just a tad earlier than normal .. .. then I might just do a "little" job off tomorrows "do list" .. .. which means I will wake up ahead of the game .. ..woo hoo!!!

Have a good evening everyone!!!



Caroline said...

Gorgeous card love the layout and the colours is gorgeous. Caroline xxx

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I love how you have used the flower stamp and the spotty ribbon is wonderful.
Nikki x

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous card and I would think Ann will be pleased with what you did with the stamp. That bow is simply fabulous. To avoid the white embossing powder sticking where it shouldn't you could do what Barbara Grey does and brush over the card with talcum powder. Alternatively, you could use one of those dust buddies from Stampin' Up - I have one and it's brilliant. Not that it really matters in this case because your card is beautiful. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Donna Mosley said...

A stunning card Jules, love the gorgeous background you've created and very scrummy bow.

Donna x

Denise said...

Stunning card Jules - that large flower stamp really is gorgeous.
Denise xx

M said...

Love the colours, and that big ribbon flower is to die for... just like the big background stamp! M x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous Jules,love the backing and lush

Sue said...

Hi Jules. Your card is stunning. I really love the way you have stamped and then inked the background. I might have a go at that myself as it looks so effective and the colours you have used are gorgeous. I love the sentiment too.
Bye for now...

hugs Sue

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

This is lovely Jules its just so different to your normal make

jacqui x

Anonymous said...

Fabulous Jules! What a brilliant way to use the stamp. Love that bow!

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

...gorgeous card Jules, loVe the colour, well actually I loVe all shades of brown and I especially like brown with white spots, all very pretty...Mel :)

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow Jules!! I love the brown,dp, and the ribbon is all a perfect match.

Anne said...

Hi Jules, you've made an absolutely fantastic job of this card and have put the stamp to much better use than me! Thanks for the mention. Hugs x

Sharon said...

This is a gorgeous card Jules. Absolutely love the bow. So classy just having brown and cream.
Love Sharon. x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Fabulous card...... Love the kraft card......
Flower is stunning.......
I was so happy to see your card tonight.....Fabulous.....
Hugs sylvie xxxxx

Shirley said...

Your card is lovely!
I never know what to do with the colour brown, but this is inspiring to use that colour more often, or maybe even start using it.

x Shirley

Unknown said...

Wow! This is gorgeous, I so love it!

Cynthia said...

Absolutely gorgeous card! I love the flower stamp--perfect for a background. The only problem I have with this card is that it reminds me of dark chocolate and milk chocolate, and you have made me hungry!!! =D

Beryl said...

Anne's probably wishing she hadn't parted with that stamp right now! It's a lovely background and a beautiful card altogether. Hope you manage to tick a few more things off your 'to do' list today.
Beryl xx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card, beautiful colours, Mary x

angelwhispers said...

Wow I love it and it looks so elegant in these beautiful colours I bet she now wishes she hadn't sold the stamp its just wonderful!

Have a wonderful weekend Jules! Chanelle xxx

Sarah said...

Hi Jules

Love your card. I really like the way you have used the same stamp and done the background in 2 colours. Gorgeous! Have a great weekend!

Sarah x

Lorraine said...

You've definitely done the stamp justice-gorgeous card. Love the big bow too.
Lorraine x

Roma said...

Stunning card Jules

i love the stamp & gorgeous ribbon ,gorgeous colour too x

Irene said...

Gorgeous card Jules, I love the Vintge feel to it. Brilliant background stamp and gorgeous ribbon.

Sue B said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Jules! what a beautiful colour combo and layout. Love the way you've stamped and embossed the large flower and the stitching and the lush bow are all perfect - it's a really scrummy card!
Hope you have a good day!
Big Hugs
Sue xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

This is super pretty, Jules! Love how you have used the stamp with the two different embossing colours and the inking really adds to it. Beautiful bow and great sentiment too! Hugs, Lesley

Crafting Queen said...

Stunning card.

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love the bow.
Sue x

Faye said...

Me likey, me likey alot. xx

rosie said...

gorgeous. love the flower stamp. fab colours. gorgeous chocolately colours. great ribbon and embellishments x

where is the heart?? I can't see it x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

very classy, will have to check Anne's stuff out. You would do a good job with anything crafty Jules.

Nannieflash said...

Wow Jules, that is just stunning, I love the colour choice and your ribbon is gorgeous. hugs Shirleyxxx

coops said...

wow so stunning jules.really gorgeous design and i love the colours :D

xx coops xx

Victoria said...

Simply stunning stamped card!

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Jules I am so loving this beautiful card the dark rich chocolate colours, the bow, stitching and sentiment look awesome.
Lorraine x

Debbie said...

Wow Jules I love it.I think you've done this stamp justice to say the least.Love the embossing - so effective.the ribbon is lush.Great job Mrs.Hugs Debbie x

Anonymous said...

Wow, a fabulous card Jules, great stamping and gorgeous colours!
Helen x