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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, 8 September 2012


Hi Everyone

Hope your weekend is good!

Ours started off with really bright sunshine so we got some garden chairs out of hibernation this morning .. .. brushed off all the spiders and cobwebs with the intention of sitting out on them in the sunshine later (before the summer disappears).

So what happens?

The sunshine has got shy and hidden itself behind the clouds and it is looking like everything is going to be put back unused :-(   .. .. typical!

But at least I finished my little work in progress offering from last night.

I was a little worried about being able to get onto the internet today.  I managed a quick catch up with a few blogs early this morning with my coffee and then .. ... kaput .. .. dead as a doornail for hours!!

But all is good again now .. .. so here is my finished offering:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3865K" Gossamer
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Backing Papers:  Nitwits "Potting Shed Too"
Nestabilities:  Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
My Trust Sewing Machine
Diamond Stickles
Ribbons and beads from the Stash Box

I told you it would probably end up floral .. .. LOL!!!  

I was asked this morning whether I glue my papers down before I stitch them.

All I do is put a small piece of double sided tape in the centre of the piece I want to stitch just to get things square and hold then in place .. .. but nowhere near where my stitches will be.

If you have double sided tape or glue where you want to stitch it wouldn't do your sewing machine any good as the needle would be going through the glue and the needle would end up super sticky along with your cotton  .. .. and probably your shuttle case too.  A bit of a recipe for disaster really. 

Well it is now getting even duller outside and someone has just started up a BBQ as I can smell the fluid folk use to get them going (cough, cough) .. .. I somehow don't think we will be sitting out this evening.  I think I will just do a bit of colouring ready for my baby boy's birthday card instead.

Enjoy the rest of the day everyone and I'll see you tomorrow with my snippet make.



Vicky said...

Gorgeous as always Jules...and Ooh we have beautiful sunshine all day...I will send some up too you sweetie...:o)

have a lovely evening...big hugs Vicky xx

Crafting Queen said...

Really lovely card. Hope tomorrow will be a better day for you.

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Jules. I love the flowers and the backing papers are really pretty.
I can see lots of little hearts too!
Lorraine x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Lovely Jules

jacqui x

Roma said...

Such a beautiful card Jules ,love the gorgeous papers & the flowers are stunning x

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous papers and love the image - it looks so pretty paper pieced. Have a lovely evening :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Sarah said...

Jules your card is stunning. Love the paper piecing and the stitching is fabulous as always. We've had a lovely day here in South Wales even though it did turn a bit hazey this afternoon. Enjoy your evening.

Sarah x

Cynthia said...

Love the finished card. The flowers are gorgeous!

Victoria said...

This is beautiful. I love these shades of pink and the flowers are lovely.

Nikbee said...

A really pretty card. I love the colours and the paper pieced flowers are lovely.
Nikki x

Viv said...

Bootiful Jules! x

Marie-Louise said...

Lovely as always. Clean and simple - very elegant.

Sue said...

This is stunning Jules, I love everything about this card. The shade of pink is so beautiful and the image is gorgeous.
Every time I see you use stitching on your I think I really must dust my machine off, just need a few more hours in the day!

Hugs Sue

mags said...

A beautiful card Jules. Love the image and the paper piecing.

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jules, love the papers (I brought them too, with a few more lol)
Hope the sun comes back out for you tomorrow.
Wendy xx

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow this is so pretty. I love the paper piecing
Its been red hot here today and wall to wall sunshine.. got all my washing dry lol
Sorry i haven't been around much - but hopefully normal service is now resumed lol
Lisa x

Julie said...

Gorgeous card, Jules!! Love the stamp and fab papers! Hugs, Juliexx

Sharon said...

This is a lovely card Jules. Love the colours and the image is gorgeous. I have borrowed my daughters sewing machine and I am going to give it a go on my cards. Love the effect it gives.
Hugs Sharon. x

MagsB said...

Typical English weather! I hope you have more sunshiny days in which to get out the garden furniture!

Your card is beautiful (it almost goes without saying, all your cards are beautiful!) The soft pink colour scheme is lovely!

Take care!

love Mags B x

Sarn said...

I always love the cards you make with this extraordinarily pretty stamp Jules.

This one's no exception.

Sorry to tell you we had bright sunshine ALL day here.

Sarn xxx

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Well Jules, the end result was well worth waiting for. This is amazing, but then your cards always amaze me.
Love the papers and your paper pieced flower.

Will blow some sunshine your way so that you can get to use your garden chairs... ppppwwwwhhhhhh.

Love Sheila x

Beryl said...

It had to be floral didn't it? That stamp is beautiful and the paper just gorgeous with it. Thanks for answering my query. You stitching is so neat and straight - always looks perfect.
Beryl xx

Anne said...

A fabby card as always Jules. I think we should give up on summer now ... not that we've had any this year! Enjoy your Sunday. Hugs x

Tracey T said...

This is so pretty, Jules! I love the pearl centres in your flowers and your stitching is so neat. Have a lovely Sunday. Hugs, Tracey x

coops said...

so gorgeous jules.i love your pretty colours and papers and the flowers are beautiful :D

xx coops xx

Christine said...

Stunning creation - I've never tried paper piecing before but this has inspired me. I have the Nitwit papers, love them, so will be having a go later.
Christine x

Christine said...

Stunning creation - I've never tried paper piecing before but this has inspired me. I have the Nitwit papers, love them, so will be having a go later.
Christine x

Sally H said...

gorgeous card Jules. I love that stamp!

Carole said...

Wow, I've just found your blogs, they are fabulous! You do create some wonderful projects, I'm off to see if I can subscribe! C x

loftylass said...

It's a beautiful card Jules - as ever!! Maybe you will have a nice sunny day today - it's lovely in the NE just now......
Happy day.


Grenouille Greetings said...

The finished project is sublime and I love,love, love how you have stitched in your ribbon! Hugs, Lesley

Kath said...

A beautiful card - the colours are so pretty.
Kath x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

the finished card is just gorgeous, a perfect floral card any lady would love.
Sun has gone in here too but yesterday at Ness Gardens was glorious so I'm not complaining. janex

Di said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jules - I totally love it (and it's pink, right) - and a great stamp, so pretty. Love, Di xx

Irene said...

Gorgeous card Jules, bright and girlie.

Lynne K said...

Such a very pretty card, Jules. I love all the stitching. And the stamp. I keep saying that every time I see it. Don't know why I haven't got it yet! Am trying not to look at the link for the papers!

Lynne x

coldwaters2 said...

This is so beautiful, I love the paper piecing that you have done with the flowers, the papers and design look fantastic.
Lorraine x

Anonymous said...

I love paper piecing, this just rocks with the flower image!

Anonymous said...

So pretty Jules!
Helen x

XxJULESxX said...

Another gorgeous card Jules!!

Denise said...

This is so pretty. I really like that image.
Denise xx

Elizabeth said...

The end result is a very pretty card, Jules. Flowers are always a good choice. Great tips for the stitching - thanks for sharing. Elizabeth xx