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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, 1 December 2012


Hi Everyone

Happy December to you all!!  

Mine started off beautifully by finding out I had won a lovely new Penny Black stamp over at Penny Black Saturday .. .. woo hoo!!  Hopefully it will be here in time for me to use on a few of the many Christmas cards I still need to make!!

So it is December the 1st and this is where the excitement (and panic) starts.  I love Christmas!!

I am beginning to think my lovely hubby has been reading my blog in his lunch break .. .. you will remember last week I posted that just for once I wanted to be organised for Christmas.  Well one evening during the week he wanted to go and do some Christmas shopping .. .. .. and today he has got all the Christmas paraphernalia down out of the roof .. .. without even being asked!!!! and he has also been looking on-line for Christmas presents for the kids!! The decorations never come out of the roof until mid December normally!!  Crikey me!!!!

You may have noticed that I am into my sketches at the moment.  It certainly speeds up production when someone else has gone to the trouble of working out a sketch for you .. .. but also you finish up with something a little different to what you might normally make.

So thank you Sketch Saturday for coming up with another lovely sketch.  Here is my card for entering into this week's challenge.

This used:

Image and Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat "Have An Ice Christmas" (printed a set out the other evening and still have lots of these cute little characters to use up - luckily they don't take much colouring in LOL!!)
Backing Papers:  Dovecraft Back to Basics "Vintage"
Martha Stewart Punch:  Traditional Scallop
Hobbycraft Punch:  Snowflake
Nestabilities:  Large Labels
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
ProMarkers and Chalk
White Gel Pen
Glamour Dust
More of that ribbon from Lidl

and this is the lovely sketch:

So that is me for today.  Bright and early as we are off out with friends tonight.   We haven't seen them for a while so it will be lovely to catch up with them.

I'll see you tomorrow with my snippets and then next weekend it is the annual craft event in the House of Hearts .. .. label day!!!!  But more about that next week.

Have a lovely rest of the day everyone.



Caroline said...

This is fabulous I love the penguins and the layout is beautiful. Enjoy the evening out. Carolinexxx

scrappymo! said...

This is a little different from your signature" look and I love it too!
That is a really cute stamp!
You did that sketch proud!

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Brilliant! I love this image and it sits so well in your layout

jacqui x

Grenouille Greetings said...

So true to our sketch this week (unlike me!). A lovely card! Prettily coloured Pengy and perfect paper choices, Jules. Thank you for playing along! Hugs, Lesley

Wendy said...

This is so gorgeous Jules, love that cute little penguin.
Congrats on your win at Penny Black Saturday.
Wendy xx

sally said...



Vicky said...

Such a wee sweetie Jules...and I have my decs up too hun...!

big hugs Vicky xx

Cynthia said...

That penguin is adorable! You have the cutest images!! I love how you used the sketch--the backing papers are beautiful!

XxJULESxX said...

Oh Jules this is gorgeous as always!!!! so glad your hubbie is organised!! and hey Congratulations winning at pb!!!! im not surprised though!

Elizabeth said...

Lovely card, Jules. Love the red gingham ribbon and the topper is great.

I take your point about using sketches for something different. It is so easy to stick with the tried and true layouts just because they are easy.

The EM has also been up in the attic and brought down the decs ... maybe there's something in the water :))

Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Lorraine said...

I love Christmas too!!! Getting sooo excited!!
Gorgeous Christmas card Jules. I love the cute penguin, gorgeous papers and your great take on the sketch.
Lorraine x

Crafting Queen said...

Lovely card and congrats again.

Anneke said...

dear Jules
this is such a cute and gorgeous card.
i like the stamps you have and especialy the one from the previous post.
you make wonderful layouts and your cards are always unique and original.
have a nice weekend and hugs from a cold and rainy nehterlands.

Marie-Louise said...

Lovely card. What a cute little guy this is.

Donna Mosley said...

WOW! A beautiful card Jules, love the very sweet image and gorgeous papers. Thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday.

Donna x

Irene said...

Another gorgeous card Jules using those fabulous papers.

Victoria said...

This is wonderful! I think the papers work really well together and it is a sweet image, I agree!

Whisper said...

Great image, layout, papers and extras, Luv Sam x

Sue said...

Hi Jules

Congrats on your Penny Black win.

Your card is fabulous. I love the cute penguin with his rosy cheeks. The papers and ribbon are gorgeous too.

Hugs Sue

Viv said...

Lovely Jules! x

Doreen said...

Congrats on your win...This is just the image and fab

Di said...

Fantastic Jules - I adore the whole card and the Lidl ribbon seems to be such a great find too! Love, Di xx

Sally said...

I love these little characters they are so amazingly cute & you've done the sketch proud. A gorgeous little creation.
Sally x

Sharon said...

I love these little images Jules. So cute. The colour scheme is fab also.
Hugs Sharon. x

Gibmiss said...

Hi jules
Gorgeous the ribbon....
Enjoy your Sunday....
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Beryl said...

A great take n the sketch and hat little character is so cute. If your hubbby's been reading your blog I wonder if he's waiting for the marzipan to appear. Brilliant that he's done all that Christmas prep already. Can you send him round here when he's finished there please?
Beryl xx

Denise said...

Hi Jules,
Sorry I have not been around lately - have had a manic week! Am loving all of your gorgeous creations. The Santa and Snowman is really lovely but I think this little penguin has to be my favourite. He is soooo cute.
Denise xx

Brenda said...

What a super cute card! I am loving that little image and you've colored him so cute!!

coops said...

so gorgeous jules.i love your sweet penguin and stunning papers :D

xx coops xx

Louise said...

Very cute card
louise xx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

Gorgeous card...lovely image and colours, I love sketches too but only the easy ones lol.

Linda . J said...

This is just gorgeous Jules,love the colours and your design is beautiful.
Hugs Linda

Carole Z said...

Love it Jules! So cute! X

Sarn said...

Ahhh! Gorgeous xxx

MagsB said...

Congrats on your win! And another fab card, too! <3

love Mags B x

Bonnie said...

Cute little penguin with the sparkly tree! Love the 3 snowflakes!

rosie said...

gorgeous. love the penguins. I might do my quick cards like this too x fab colours x