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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.

Sunday, 24 November 2013


Hi Everyone

Special celebrations this week over at Di's Snippet Playground Challenge.  

It is now a whole 100 weeks since Di took ownership of the keys to the Snippet Playground Gates so it is party time!  

Some of you who have followed my blog from earlier days may remember that I initially opened the snippet playground gates in an attempt to use up on a Sunday some of the snippets and scraps I had accumulated throughout the week.

But things started getting busy for me and I knew that once the first year was over I could no longer keep the challenge going  .. . which was a brilliant thing for blogland because Di kindly volunteered to take things over from me, and she has turned it into a place that is far more fun and exciting than it ever was in my day.  She has worked wonders and gets lots and lots of entries every week.

Well done Di .. .. thank you for all your hard work .. .. you deserve a medal!!!  I know how difficult it was to keep track of things in my day and it was far less busy then and certainly didn't involve any fabby prizes!!

Each week the entries "nearly" hit 60 .. .. wouldn't it be lovely if this special week Di could reach her dream of 60 entries .. .. or better still 100 to celebrate the special landmark!!

As you are allowed three entries I am going to try really hard to play three times to boost numbers from my end.  Goodness knows I have enough snippets so there is no excuse there!!    LOL!!

If you fancy playing along then that would be great.  Just use up some of your snippets (otherwise known as scraps or leftovers) and take them over to share with the other playmates.  A more mischievous and fun gang you will never find anywhere LOL!!.

Here is my arrangement of snippets for today .. .. some of which never even made it into storage.  They were used off my desk:

On a Sunday I am super lazy and do not list any of my ingredients .. .. I am also too lazy today to go and re-take my photographs so I can get a sideways view that is decent .. .. but never mind.  Two pictures will do LOL!!!

I hope you get chance to play along with Di and all the other playmates this week as we all celebrate this fabby landmark, and the fact that we have such a fun and lovely keeper of the playground keys.  



Debs M said...

great card x

Jenny L said...

Hi Jules,
saw your card on the Pixies Playground.
What a super design Christmas card.
Love your papers used.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

I spy those soldiers again and possibly some other beautiful snippets from Pink Petticoat. Love your card as always Jules so much detail and colour.

Sarah said...

I can't say I'm surprised that your scraps didn't even get that far, they are far too lovely to "save" and have made another fabulous card! x

Carole Z said...

Fab card Jules, we are both big Pink Petticoat fans aren't we? I just got these papers too! Hugs, Carole Z X

Viv said...

Cool Yule card!! (And of course I didn't give him his money back!!! LOL)

cuilliesocks said...

Well these are lovely snippets Jules, gorgeous papers and I love your design, hugs Kate x

Lorraine said...

This is gorgeous Jules. I love those papers and the fab holly leaves and berries.
Lorraine x

Darnell said...

Well said, Jules! I'm sorry I wasn't blogging when you were in charge so I could have met you earlier! Your snippets card is, as always, positively divine in every way!!

I love your idea of at least 60 entries, so I will try to enter more than once myself. It's Thanksgiving week here, but I'll do my best!

Happy Sunday and enjoy the week!! Hugs, Darnell

cotnob said...

This is a fabulous card Jules, I love these new PP papers and your holly embellishment.

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card and a great layout, the papers are lovely.
Great post too.

Kath x

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely snippets card Jules amazing what you can make from leftovers ...I will try and join in the challenge


Whisper said...

Oooo am loving those little toy soldiers, great colour combo too, Luv Sam x

Eve said...

Hi Jules,
fab snippet make.

I have just treated myself to that MS border punch as seeing it on your cards made me NEED it!!

Hope you have a fab week xx.

Julie said...

Super Christmas card, Jules! Great papers and I love the holly and berries, especially, hugs, Juliexx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, it definitely is something to celebrate this week. I well remember joining in the snippet challenge with you. I thought it was such a good idea of yours ... it was to use up the leftovers from scrapping that got me into cardmaking to begin with so I welcomed your encouragement to use those snippets up :) And now Di keeps us on our toes, though I somehow make very little impression on the snippet mountain!

Gorgeous card - love the colours, not at all tradional, and the greeting is fab ... nice font.

I'm not sure I'm going to manage three snippet makes this week - most of my stash is still in boxes - but I will do my best and look forward to seeing the cards you make too. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Sue said...

Your card is wonderful Jules and what a special occasion it is. I think I will try to enter this week, I keep meaning to but never get round to it so you have given me the nudge that I needed.
Hugs Sue xx

Betty said...

Another beauty Jules love the
design. You make such lovely cards with so much detail

Beryl said...

You certainly do wonders with those snippets. Great card Jules.
Beryl xx

scrappymo! said...

Love it! The little soldiers are so cute and the design is stunning as always, Jules.

I always enjoy seeing your never disappoint! The stitched holly leaves with the berry pompoms are darling!

Hettie said...

Great card Jules. Love it.

Cynthia said...

As always, love your layers! And the bit of holly is such a fun and festive touch!!

Mrs A. said...

I see the heart this week not one but rows of them! Love those little soldiers. Hugs Mrs A.

Julie C. said...

Your cards always look great and this one is no exception! All papers just fit so well with each other. Love it! I will certainly go and play at the playground again, as I had fun last time! ^_^

MaryH said...

Aw, dang it! As I was reading about the 100th celebration and here I am away from home for a week with nothing but my copics & images to color, so I won't be able to join in the fun. Well, I had fun looking for the heart on your lovely card anyway. Love the way you used up some great snippets here, and thanks to you for starting up the Snippet playground initially. I agree, we have a fabulous Leader & she does a lot of hard work for us. And not just maintaining order at the Playhouse, but being thoughtful when a playmate needs a lift when Life gets kinda rough. So thanks to BOTH of you, and thank you for sharing such a beautiful card this evening. Hugs

Patricia said...

A beautiful card, simple, but Oh! So! effective.
I love it

Patricia xxx

mags said...

A lovely christmas card Jules. Just love it.

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, I love your Xmas card, the papers are gorgeous and that design with that sentiment is just stunning. hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

Di said...

Waaaaah, you just made me cry here Jules with your lovely and encouraging words. Thank you so much - but remember that it was your idea in the first place!

LOVE your card, snort, I found the hearts too :) What lovely colours AND you even managed to stitch on the holly leaves.

Hugs and thank you again


Sue B said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Jules!! I love the way you've used the papers - they look so pretty together… and the tag with berries finishes it off beautifully… it's a stunning card and you would never guess that it is made from leftover snippets!! it's stunning!!
Hope you have a good week
Love Sue B xx

Carol said...

A gorgeous array of snippets certainly doesn't feel like nearly 2 years since you relinquished the keys! Carol x

Carole said...

Nice snippet card like the creamy colours x

coops said...

so gorgeous jules.fab design and sentiment and i love your papers :D

xx coops xx

Sally said...

I really love these papers Jules, the soldiers are so cute & your card is gorgeous. I love the colours, the design & the sentiment.
Sally x

Pop's Cards said...

Good Morning sweetie, this is really gorgeous :0) big hugs love Pops x x x

Lynn said...

Hi Jules, wonderful card design, and the papers are a must have I think. I agree, that Di has made a wonderful job of keeping the snippets challenge fresh and fun. I will be joining in soon. Have a good week. Lynn x

April Diva said...

Hi Jules, great card. Those PP papers are on my list. I have so many, I'm going to have to invest in an external hard drive :-)!


Pauline xx

Sarn said...

Morning Jules . . . yet ANOTHER lovely snippets card. At the time of writing this comment Di is over the 70 entry mark. Wonder if it will reach 100?

Sarn x

Audrey Harris said...

Hi Jules
I loved this card you made using the new Pink Petticoat papers so much
I have made some similar for a cancer charity donation

Debs Willis said...

Lovely card Jules, and 'hear hear!' Di has done a fabby job of taking over the keys. There's a lot if work & love involved & it shows :-)
Debs x

XxJULESxX said...

Another of your gorgeous creations!