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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.

Tuesday 6 November 2012


Hi Everyone

I hope today has been a good day for you.

For me it was the day that the Ghost of Christmas Past made an appearance .. .. or should I say "Christmases Past".  

What form did this ghost take?

Well the same form it takes every year .. .. as the box of Christmas papers that seems to increase in size year on year.  We all know what it is like.  You see a lovely new paper stack with gorgeous papers .. .. but we never seem to use them all and put them away after Christmas ready for next year!!  

My box also contains digital papers I have printed out but not used, which makes using them on my blog very interesting as I have to remember where I have printed them from.  That's a good test for the old memory that's for sure!!!

So it may be that over the coming weeks some paper stacks may be making an appearance that now have antique value!

But tonight's papers for my share of the day are only one year old .. .. just a little baby!!!  LOL!!!

This used:

Image:  Cuddly Buddly "Santa Sitting"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Candy Buzz"
Backing Papers:  Dovecraft "Noel"
Marianne Creatables Die:  Christmas Stars
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Flower Soft:  Polar White
Nestabilities:  Standard and Scalloped Circles
Hobbycraft Punch:  Small Snowflake
Glamour Dust
Metallic Cord from my Stash Box

So how big is your ghost of Christmases Past?  Or is it just me that hangs on to everything?!?!?  LOL!!

The jury is still out on the Flowersoft.  Not sure if it is a good look or not!

Catch you again tomorrow .. .. hopefully a little earlier.



Caroline said...

This is gorgeous Jules that santa is adorable and is coloured so beautifully and the layout is fabulous. Caroline xxx

Unknown said...

Yes I definitely like the Flower Soft look, it's nice and full, I don't think I ever put enough on my images.

I have a special folder in my craft section on my computer esp for digital papers, that way I know exactly where to find 'em.
Enjoy your crafty week,

The Crafty Blonde said...

Cute card, love the image and gorgeous papers. Yes I have one of those boxes too lol!!! xx

XxJULESxX said...

Hi Jules, love your card it's gorgeous and the flower soft looks fab!!.As for the christmas past i have three boxes here full of papers,embellies ect and even cards to recycle!!.
So i dont really need to buy any more for xmas but i cant resist!!!!!!!! lol!

Lisa Jane said...

lol i have one too.. a ghost that is .. as i suspect do most of us .. i love the papers thought especially the bottom ones
Lisa x

Bonnie said...

What a darling Santa! I like the flower soft. I think it makes perfect "fur" trim! Love these papers too!

Lorraine said...

I love the papers and gorgeous Santa. I think the flower soft looks fab too, I need to add that to my need list! lol
You're definitely not by yourself, I hold onto everything!( much to hubby's despair!)
Lorraine x

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Jules. Such a cute Santa and I think the flower soft looks fabulous. Love those papers too!
Hugs Sue

sally said...

I have a huge pile of christmas past papers that I promise myself to use every year but it still seems to grow! My school report card used to read "should try harder" so I guess this still fits the bill.

Good luck with the ghosts of....this one is a beaut


XxJULESxX said...

Jules forgot to ask you please can you get your snail mail addy to me?, i tried to e-mail you but no joy?!

susiestacey said...

Gorgeous card Jules and love the papers x Susan x

Linny said...

I love Cuddlybuddly Santas and adore this one, Love the paper you have used too. Linda x

Cynthia said...

The jury says the Flowersoft is awesome! ;-) It makes the Santa just that much adorable!! Love the backing papers too!

Roma said...

Aww cute card !
adorable image ,love the papers x

Amanda said...

Ah the dreaded christmas past, mine I am afraid is stamps, virtual and real, every year I buy stuff in the sales and every year I forget I have them until after I have made all my cards lol. Maybe next year I will remember. Oh forgot to say great card and I like the flowersoft looks very effective. Hugs, Amanda x

Lynne K said...

Had to laugh at your ghosts of Christmases past! I can so identify with that! Gorgeous card, though, definitely got the Christmas spirit!

Lynne x

MagsB said...

I have an ENTIRE BOX of Christmas pads! To be fair, a lot were freebies from magazines like the wonderful 'Quick Cards Made Easy'. (I had to subscribe, seeing as one of my favourite cardmakers now contributes lol!)

What a fun image! I like the texture that the Flowersoft gives. Another crackin' card, Jules!!

love Mags B x

Beryl said...

Well your Flowersoft looks great - each time I've tried it the image ends up in the bin - no matter how long I had spent colouring it. Love the 'taking a rest' Santa image and those papers. It was well worth hanging on to them.
Beryl xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

I love finding neglected stash, Jules. And these papers are lovely. A super card! Hugs, Lesley

Darnell said...

This is so flippin' warm and whimsical and textured and touchable and ridiculously cute! Dang, LA-OVE it, Jules!! So pinned!

I have to look into that glamor dust and hope I can get it over here. It's just amazing on Santa Baby's boots and coat and mittens and hat. Dang.

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Love this Santa, mind you he looks like he's had a little too much of the good stuff :)

jacqui x

Tedz said...

Lovely card Jules, I like the flower soft but I usually add some glitter into it so it sparkles like snow does. Like the friendly Santa, some of them look a bit fierce! Pauline xx

coops said...

so stunning jules.your papers are lush and i love the gorgeous santa :D

xx coops xx

Brenda B said...

I love the Flowersoft, it really caught my eye first. I have a huge stack of Christmas papers which includes four 180 sheet 12x12 packs and loads of 6x6, freebies and digi's too. Too much for one person, I'm going through them to share with someone else who is just starting in card making.


Pop's Cards said...

Absolutley Gorgeous creation sweetie, big hugs love Pops x x x

Patricia said...

Super card, cute Santa, great use of Flowers Soft.
Fantastic use of Past Papers, I could paper the Lounge with mine....
Must look them out and try to use them.

I love the card in your previous post, that`s right up my street.

Thank you for the lovely comment on my Blog


Laura said...

What a lovely card Jules! That snow effect is brilliant!
Laura xx

Anonymous said...

Fabulous Jules, I think the flower soft looks great!
Helen x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, as I haven't been crafting for all that long my ghosts are too old but that won't stop me using the old(er) papers. Not too many recipients of my cards are crafters so they won't know, or care even, how long I've had them. I'm the same with my scrap pages. Let's face it, when my great-granddaughter is looking through my albums she is going to know that what she is looking at is old!

By the way, great card - love the Santa with all his fluffy trim and the papers are gorgeous. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Jules! The flowersoft looks lovely and just like fur.

I have so many unused Christmas papers and some are older than Molly, lol! I just can't bear to throw them away.

Anonymous said...

That is the most adorable santa ever!!! i LOVE the flock and the border!