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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, 23 November 2013


Hi Everyone

I hope your weekend has been a good one so far.

We did really well with our Christmas shopping today .. .. lots of £1 presents ready for the Christmas table and some of the more "serious" ones too .. .. which is a good job really as I have loads of wedding work to do over the next few weeks.   

If the crowds in town today are anything to go by the sooner it is done the better .. .. it was heaving .. .. and people seemed very grumpy and irritated already about the queues everywhere!!!

Anyway, I used the little image I created last night to make this .. .. and I used the lovely sketch that is over on the Sketch N Stash Challenge at the moment

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3057K" Leaping Deer
Sentiment:  Hero Arts "F4176" Santa's Reindeers
Backing Papers:  First Edition "Silent Night"
Distress Ink Pads (every shade of blue I own LOL!!)
Clear Embossing Powder
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Diamond Stickles
Cord and charm from my stash box

as part of entering the challenge you need to use a new or neglected piece of crafty stash.  Nothing brand spanking new on my card but the Hero Arts sentiment stamp which lists the names of all of Santa's reindeers is very neglected.  I bought it second hand when a local craft store was closing down.  It has been used a few times on Christmas tags but never on a card before.

Here is the sketch I used if you fancy playing along:

Have a lovely weekend.



Stamps and Paper said...

Just love your finished card Jules lovely design .


Donna Mosley said...

So gorgeous Jules, LOVE the colour combo and beautiful image.

Donna x

Debs M said...

looks great x

Cynthia said...

Oh, I love this!! The reindeer is especially gorgeous and I love the little stars around him!!

Carole Z said...

Beautiful! Lovely layout and image, Carole Z xx

Lynsey said...

Hi Jules, this is a wonderful card! I love that image and the background looks great!
Hugs Lynsey x

Kathleen said...


Kath x

Sue said...

Sorry Jules, don't know if my comment got published so I will try again!
Your card is gorgeous, I love the image, fabulous colours and beautiful papers too.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend
Hugs Sue

sally said...

Oh yes - this is very nice :-) & rest assured that the crowds are horrendous country wide, it was a nightmare in Aberdeen on Thursday :-(

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Julie C. said...

It looks great, Jules! I love the silver and blue combination. Wonderful card!I

Carole said...

It looks lovely well done x

Beryl said...

It may not be what you had in mind to start with but it's ended up a super card. Love the design and that text paper is perfect for the image.
Hope the town survived your paint attack and you had a good time.
Beryl xx

scrappymo! said...

Wow! I love what you did with this grogesu image...the black and white paper is wonderful with it and the little stars are so perfect!

Wonderful card, Jules!

Grenouille Greetings said...

Oooooh - this is beautiful, Jules. Very classy! Hugs, Lesley

Irene said...

Stunning Jules and so different from the norm.

Doreen said...

This is just beautiful

Sarah said...

Georgeous card Jules, love the background you created. We went shopping too...not much festive cheer among most of the shoppers we saw either!! xx

Eve said...

Hi Jules,
what a fabulous card - I bet you had very inky fingers when you finished!!
Christmas shopping is yuk! for food and presents - Bah humbug!
Thanks for sharing the sketch challenge - I love a sketch.
Hope you have a fab weekend xx.

Lorraine said...

What a fabulous reindeer. Gorgeous papers and layout too. Love it!
Lorraine x

Crafting Queen said...

Love the finished card!

cuilliesocks said...

Wonderful card Jules, love it, hugs Kate x

cotnob said...

This is fabulous Jules, I love your Leaping Deer image and great colour combination.

Whisper said...

Simply stunning, Luv Sam x

Patricia said...

Absolutely brilliant, I just knew it would be.

Patricia xx

mags said...

Gorgeous finished card Jules. Love the reindeer and the lovely colours and design.

coops said...

so stunning jules.i love the reindeer and gorgeous colours and design :D

xx coops xx

MagsB said...

Beautiful! Such lovely blues - and what a great idea to include the reindeer names stamp next to the gorgeous leaping deer!

love Mags B x

Julie said...

This is just fabulous, Jules! Love the colours and the image is wonderful! Thanks for playing along with us at Sketch N Stash, good luck, Juliexx

XxJULESxX said...

so beautiful Jules!