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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, 11 December 2012


Hi Everyone

How goes it?

The frost didn't really disappear from everywhere properly here today.  Lovely sunshine on the front of the house but frost on the back of the house all day.  Very weird!

But now we are back to frost and there is even a bit of misty fog!

Tonight's share is a nice "sensible" make which uses the stamp I won last month from the lovely ladies over at Penny Black Saturday.  (Thanks again ladies xx)

Whilst putting all  my goodies away yesterday following our "label day" I came across a pad of watercolour paper so decided to go all "arty" and watercolour my image with distress inks.  Quite enjoyed myself!!

So here is the first airing of my new stamp .. .. 

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3994K" Needles and Cones
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Zipty Do"
Backing Papers:  Papermania "Silent Night"
Nestabilities "Large Deckled Rectangles" and "Small Deckled Mega Rectangles"
Distress Inks
Glamour Dust
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Ribbons and Cord from my Stash Box

I am hoping that my entry will qualify for this month's entry at Penny Black Saturday where they would like to see "Glitter and Sparkle".  It is probably not quite what they had in mind but hopefully it will count.

A great day in the House of Hearts today.  Another batch of orders finished so I will need a little trip out to the Post Office tomorrow.  I hope the weather will be half decent!

Hubby has just landed home armed with a few supplies for Christmas.  I have had to smile as he bought the annual treat of a TV magazine showing the Christmas viewing.  We don't normally bother but always get one at Christmas .. .. though I don't know why because he will be moaning now about the pictures they put in to "ruin his viewing"!!  LOL!!!

Have a great evening everyone and I'll catch you again tomorrow.



Whisper said...

Simply stunning and am loving the old fashioned look about the papers and layout too, Luv Sam x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Oh Jules I love this card the image and the colour is superb I do love green can I be Auntie this year

jacqui x

Lorraine said...

I love the stamp, and your colouring looks fabulous. Gorgeous card Jules.
Lorraine x

Viv said...

Bootifulllllll!!! x

Sharon said...

Your new stamp has been beautifully coloured. I have recently bought the distress pens but haven't been successful with them yet. Think it must be the paper I used.
I love the papers and the bow with the gold strand looks stunning.
Hugs Sharon. x

Caroline said...

Jules this is so beautiful I love that stamp and you have coloured it beautifully. The layout is so elegant. We only buy the TV mag at christmas too. Caroline xxx

Irene said...

Hello Jules

Your card is gorgeous, so elegant and I LOVE the stamp. Brilliant watercolouring.

May said...

Stunning card, Love that image coloured beautifully...Gorgeous papers & bow with a touch of glitter... Perfect!! Hugs May x x x

The Craft Bucket said...

Just gorgeous, I love it. You did make me laugh about the TV mag, been there done that! Take care love Jane x

MagsB said...

Oh how elegant! Stay warm!

love Mags B x

Cynthia said...

WOW, Jules! That is one awesome stamp and one awesome coloring job! Gorgeous card!!

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow what a fabulous image .. and i love green so this card really appeals to me
Lisa x

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Beautiful card Jules.
Sue x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Jules this is so beautiful I adore that image also the wonderful colours and design a superb creation. Jules I want to thank you for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog.
lorraine x

Mau xx said...

Wow! this is Gorgeous Jules, I so love the colour and fab image.
Hugs Mau xx

Crafting Queen said...

Super card, love the stamp.

Sue said...

This is stunning Jules. I love the way you have coloured that gorgeous image. The papers and ribbon look so beautiful and the layout is fabulous.

Hugs Sue

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I love the sparkly image and the bow is fabulous.
Nikki x

Hettie said...

Wow Jules this is gorgeous and wins in my book! Fabulous xx

Wishcraft said...

Lovely 'sensible' card, we do need a few of those along with all the cute don't we?! Perfect design hun.

I'm really really rubbish at water colouring, but I do find it quite relaxing... perhaps I should have another go :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Darnell said...

This is pinned and perfect, Jules. I can't even properly express how breathtaking I think this is. So this is what I call "Shut Up" amazing!

Bonnie said...

Oh, I think it has lots of glitter and sparkle! Just enough!

scrappymo! said...

This is such a fabulous card. The image is lovely and I can see the sparkle and glimmer!
Nature at its "sparkliest"!!! Love the papers and the way you over tied the bit of gold cord with the organza bow.

Anonymous said...

love the pinecone image, and the sparkle! Things at christmas time just need sparkle, don't they!?

Fabby! xoxo

Patricia said...

Oh! Oh! WOW!!!
This is just so stunningly beautiful. Wonderful colouring, I feel I could put my hand in and actually "Feel" those fir cones.
An amazing creation put together with such detail, I love it.

Patricia xx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

I want that stamp,just love your card so elegant. It would make a fabulous Winter Birthday card too.

Mervi said...

hi Jules,
thanks you for the gorgeous card, You really surprised me!

This card is another beauty, lovely image and beautiful colours.

Merry Christmas and all the best things for the New Year
hugs and love;-))m

Pop's Cards said...

I love this sweetie absolutely perfect hugs Pops x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Ooooooh this is lovely, Jules! So elegant and stylish. Lovely watercolouring. Beautiful papers, layout and bow. Hugs, Lesley

coops said...

so gorgeous jules.really stunning stamp and i love your stylish design :D

xx coops xx

Anonymous said...

i love how you've done this card and i love how you have used the glitter to make it look even more like a winter card!

Sue B said...

LOL - we have reverse Jules… lovely sunshine on the back of the house and frost all day on the front of the house!! I guess our houses face opposite way!!
Ooh I love this card… the colours are so beautiful… and you've coloured the image to perfection… the papers and ribbon/twine are gorgeous… it's very classy and elegant!
Ooh and you've reminded me... we need to get our TV guides...usually get about three for xmas!! no idea why??? LOL - one for each room maybe?
Hope you have a lovely day!
Big hugs
Sue xx

MagsB said...

Thank you so much for telling me which Sissix die you used for the tags - I really appreciate you taking the time when you must be so busy!!

much love Mags B x

Sarn said...

Totally GORGEOUS xxx

Lisa said...

Hi Jules, Wow these is beautiful! The papers are perfect for this lovely image.

Lisa x

Tedz said...

Hi Jules, This card is gorgeous! The PB stamp is brilliant and you have coloured it beautifully. Pauline xx

cotnob said...

This is a lovely card Jules, gorgeous traditional greens and beautifully coloured image.

Carole Z said...

I really love everything about this card... Your layout, colours & the beautiful stamp Carole Z

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Sorry, I liked this card so much my comment got a few connection problems! Carole Z X

Beryl said...

Phew! Nearly missed this one. Thank goodness I didn't. That stamp is fabulous and your water colouring is perfect. Love the design of the card and that gorgeous deep green theme.
Beryl xx

XxJULESxX said...

Gorgeous and so stylish!

Brenda B said...

I love to water colour with my DI's Jules and you've really done this justice, it's beautiful. Love the other colours and the LO too, just stunning.


Di said...

Oh Jules, this is breathtakingly beautiful - quite, quite stunning!

I laughed about the 'annual treat' - I was out in the fog on Tuesday and bought our annual TV magazine too :) Love to go through it with a highlighter ....... to increase chances of watching or recording the highlights.

Hugs, Di xx

Linda said...

Simply stunning! Love the background papers, they compliment the stamped image beautifully. xx