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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.

Monday, 13 August 2012


Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a good Monday so far .. .. and aren't missing the Olympics too much.

It seemed quite sad to see them end last night don't you think?

I enjoyed the opening ceremony more than last night's (not that it stopped us staying up until all hours last night though as it was still good).  I thought Jessie Jay was fantastic.    She was the star performer of the night for me.  That is what you call a voice !!!

Just a quick share from me today .. .. in fact it might be a week of quick makes as I have a mountain of stuff to battle through.

Lisa at Wishcraft Cards Blog has posted a couple of cards recently using some brilliant digi images and I wombled over to the store (as you do) to find they were on offer .. .. so as always here I am sharing another offer.  You will find the images here.  

Lisa's versions are much more involved and layered than mine .. .. hope you get chance to take a look .. .. but this is my version:

This used:

Image/Sentiment:  Pink Gem Designs "Keep Calm and Drink Wine" (the pre-coloured version from the download)
Backing Paper:  Pink Petticoat (Black pinstripes printed onto Kraft card)
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Ribbon, cord and charm from the stash box

You might struggle to replicate the backing paper I have produced though.  You need to use a printer that has just about ran out of black ink .. .. hence the patchy bits at the top of the card .. .. but I liked the look so still used what I had printed.

Mmmm.. .. I have a few friends who would like this card on their birthday.  What does that tell you about my socialising habits LOL!!!

Have a great evening everyone.

Time to get my printers on overdrive now (but not the one running out of black ink .. .. my happy couples wouldn't be happy for very long if I used that one).

Catch you tomorrow.



Sharon said...

Hi Jules. Lovely card and sentiment and as we are away for the weekend for our wedding anniversary which is today - I feel very calm and wine few drinking a having and...
who am I? x

Jacki Daniels said...

Hi Jules loving this there are a few peeps I could send that to lol
as for the closing ceremony I thought it was pants to be honest but then I wasn't really bothered about the Olympics anyway
anyway loving this as always
have a great wwek
Jacki xx

Sarn said...

Fabulous make! Great sentiment! xxx

Anonymous said...

i love this Jules lol xxxxxx mimi

Lorraine said...

Brilliant card.Fab design and colours and I love the sentiment!!
Lorraine x

Marie-Louise said...

Fantastic card. Very appropriate for so many people.

Sue said...

fabulous card Jules. I love that sentiment and the colours are fabulous.

Hugs Sue

Sally H said...

Brilliant! I love it!

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Great card Jules

jacqui x

Viv said...

Another apt sentiment (for me anyway!!) Great job Jules. x

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Gorgeous card Jules, this made me smile. I must buy this image for my friends birthday at the end of the month! Sue x

Lisa Jane said...

Oh lol.. me thinks we should have had that card out on show on Saturday !! Brilliant !
Lisa x

coops said...

so stunning jules.i love your colours and brilliant stamp :D

xx coops xx

Cynthia said...

Ahhh, that sentiment made me LAUGH! And I don't even drink! But like you, I have friends for whom that card would be PERFECT. =D Love it!

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous, love the backing paper it takes practice to get a look like that!!!,a fabulous

mags said...

Finally managed to get round to visit. Your card is lovely as always. Great colour combo and think the backing papers is very effective. I think a lot of my friend would appreciate this too lol.

Beryl said...

This is brilliant - and would be great for my daughter - not that she needs any encouraging to drink wine. I think she would love it as a big poster in the kitchen actually.
Beryl xx

Sue B said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Jules.. I love the layout and design… what gorgeous colours and I love the stitching and lush ribbon.. and the heart of course! :-)
Hope you have a good week!
Love Sue xx

XxJULESxX said...

Hi Jules love it! gorgeous as usual and i know lots of peeps this would be perfect for!!lol!

Unknown said...

Oh yes Jules, love the sentiment!

Kath said...

Great card Jules - I know of several people who would love it!
Kath x

Gibmiss said...

Hi jules
This is fabulous.......loveit......yes i'm missing the Olympics as welljessie jay is the tops for me to.... Guess what it has just been announced she is coming to perform in Gib 8th Sept.......
Cant wait......
Hugs Sylvie xxxx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Stunning hun, just love the colours!
Hugs Shell xx

Mau xx said...

Hi Jules, Feel forever since I called :( Blame Olympics and
Thanks for calling by..The Big Hat saying is maybe very northern..not sure! I think it meant you could hide your face from the bullies
Love The card, The image is great and love the paper and Stitching.
Hugs Mau xx

Unknown said...

Love it Jules!
The backing paper looks fab - I used to have a printer that would let you keep using cartridges when they were out of ink - with some brilliant results - but my new printer just won't let me keep printing which is a shame.
And how clever to use kraft card! I wouldn't've thought of that!
Great card all round!


Sally said...

Love it Jules & such a fun sentiment. The papers look great, perfect colours. I really enjoyed the closing ceremony too.
Sally x

Anonymous said...

Fabulous Jules!
Helen x

Denise said...

Love this card. The Keep Calm sentiments are such fun.
Denise xx

Elizabeth said...

Another fabulous card - I've seen loads of versions of this wartime poster but this is one of the best yet. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Anonymous said...

hehehehe great card, just love those keep calm signs!!!

Hettie said...

Love this Jules! Just my kind of logic!