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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, 24 September 2012


Hi Everyone

Bright and early today with a showing of the birthday card I made for my lovely Sis (for her BIG birthday yesterday).

Apparently the birthday was the happiest one she has ever had.  Bless!

So here is her card:

Sorry the pictures aren't brilliant.  You know what it's like.  You put the card in the envelope .. .. suddenly realise that you haven't taken a picture .. .. take a load in a rush and keep your fingers crossed they will be OK because you are about to fly out of the house!!!  Then you find out later that they are actually a bit rubbish LOL!!!

Anyway, this used:

Backing Papers:  First Edition "Boho Chic"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated (sorry in my rush I didn't write down the font I used either)
Sizzix Dies:  "657186" Sewing Room and "657829" Sewing Edge
Nestabilities:  Labels Four
Papermania Punch:  Small Daisy
Then everything else was from the old Stash Box

My Sis has been on a week's holiday following the Festival and is back at work today .. .. armed with a mountain of cakes she and her daughters all made together.  Apparently they are in for "chocolate overload" in her workplace today.  Sounds good to me.

Right, that is me for today.

Time now to shut myself in my little craft pod, switch the radio on, get my head down and get on with my HUGE do list.  Today I need miracles!!

Lots of lovely rain at the moment which means I don't have to go and water the vegetables and I won't have to pull the blinds down to shut the sunshine out!!  Yep .. .. there is a silver lining to every cloud .. .. even a rain cloud!!!  But I am sure the poor people walking their children to school at the moment won't agree :-(

Have a good day everyone.



Lisa Jane said...

oh this is fab.. i just love that die cut border... i bet she loved it
Lisa x

Crafting Queen said...

Such a beautiful card. Happy Belated birthday to your sister. Have a great day.

Beryl said...

Hope you have a productive day there in your craft pod Jules. I have the same 'problem' in my craft room in the afternoons ith the sun - but to be honest - it's not been that often has it.
Fabulous card you make for your sister. I hope you get some of cakes too.
Beryl xx

Doreen said...

This is wonderful Jules ,gorgeous details and love the

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

love your card and so pleased your sis had a good Birthday. I looked at her bags , they are great and I want them all. If I get a job soon I will be treating myself.
Lot of rain here too. janex

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Jules. love the sewing theme. The scissors and bobin look brilliant!
Lorraine x

Kort og Søm said...

Oh...this card was gorgeous!
Hugs Fredrikke :O)

Bev Henwood said...

Hi Jules ~ well no children but dogs to walk and yep I am drenched! Love your card and I am sure your Sister loved it too ~ so glad to hear I am not the only person who puts cards in the envelope and then realise you haven't taken a photo. Love Bev xx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

This is lovely Jules, great papers and colours

jacqui x

Sarn said...

BEAUTIFUL card for your Sis. Very apt.

Stormy here!

Sarn xxx

Marjorie said...

This is gorgeous Jules, fantastic layout, love all the embellishments...I bet your Sister loved this...could do with some chocolate overload myself lol!!

Sue said...

Stunning card Jules, I love the theme and the gorgeous detailing.
I'm glad your sister had a good birthday.
Yes, we have rain here too, lots of it!!

Hugs Sue

Mrs.B said...

Hi Jules, this is a gorgeous card, glad to hear your Sister enjoyed her Big Day!
Avril xx

Sally said...

A super card for your sister's birthday & I'm sure she loved it. I love the colours you've chosen & the fun embellies. Have a good day & I hope your to do list has a few things crossed off by tonight.
Sally x

Anonymous said...

super pretty card Jules I love the peach colours! Love the sewing element embellishments!

Whisper said...

Aaah super and classy, Luv Sam x

Donna said...

Absolutely beautiful card, I'm sure your sister was delighted with it. Love the colours and all the fabulous texture. hugs Donna x

Unknown said...

Simply gorgeous Jules, loving the soft colours and style of your card. Your sister must have loved it xxx

Unknown said...


Paula x x x

lisa said...

I'd rather be looking out at the sunshine from my Craft pod than this awful rain, Jules. I hate the rain, yuk yuk yuk!!!
Didn't even get much done as I knocked a plant over and had to spend ages vacing up all the soil in my tiny room.
I'm glad your Sister had such a special birthday, her card is gorgeous. The photos look great to me too!!
Hugs Lisax

Marie-Louise said...

Fantastic card - your sister will be delighted with it.

Sue B said...

This is gorgeous Jules… what a fab design.. love the dress form and those wonderful sewing embellies… glad your sister had a lovely birthday :-)
Hope you have a nice day!
Big Hugs
Sue xx

Cynthia said...

I absolutely love this card!!! I think the dress "fabric" is over-the-top gorgeous and just so perfect for your sister!! I'm so glad she had a wonderful birthday!

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie, this is just adorable fantastic work sweetie, huggles Pops x x x

Louise said...

Hi Jules and wow loving your card and all the texture.
Louise xx

coops said...

this is gorgeous jules.i love the design and your colours are beautiful :D

xx coops xx

mags said...

A gorgeous creation Jules. Love all the elements and the layout.

Wendy said...

Absolutely stunning Jules, fabulous design, really gorgeous.
Wendy xx

angelwhispers said...

Jules this is just gorgeous and so perfect for your sister!!! Love the colours and all the detail and love the effect you have achieved with the border die I have just purchased this and now have inspiration to use it! Love Chanelle xxx

Faye said...

What fabulous details on a gorgeous card. The papers are perfect for this theme. X

XxJULESxX said...

Oh Jules what a fab card! i love all the elements on it, gorgeous im sure your sis loved it?!!
and i see she caught up to me now "50" LOL!

Grenouille Greetings said...

I do SO LOVE what you do with this TH die and your pretty outfit on the dressform is lovely. What a fab card! Happy birthday to your Sis! Hugs, Lesley

Vic McGuckin said...

Great card Jules... love the colours and layout... there are a lot of big birthdays this year.... I seem to be doing lots of 60's, 70's and even do 100

Vic x

Roma said...

Stunning card Jules ,i bet your sister loved it x

Nikbee said...

A fantastic card. I love the paper for the dress and the sewing accessories are fab.
Nikki x

Anonymous said...

A wonderful creation, love all the fab embellies!
Helen x

Denise said...

Beautiful card Jules - Love the Boho Chic and all the gorgeous die cuts.
Denise xx

MaryH said...

As a former collector of sewing memorabilia, you know I loved this pretty card. Very clever use of the belt buckle too. Love the colors, love the elements, love this card. TFS

rosie said...

hello Jules. this is stunning - fab idea. love the dress and the belt with the heart button. great idea with the scissors. love all the colours x

An Occasional Genius said...

Ah, here it is! And it's fabulous Jules.

I've often looked at that die & wondered how on earth to use it(I have a mental block where anything sewing is concerned!)....I'm really loving what you've done x