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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.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015


Hi Everyone

I can't believe it has been so long since my last blog post .. .. but having said that so much has been pulled in during those few weeks that I wouldn't have been surprised if it had been longer!

Thank you to everyone who has made contact to make sure all is well here in the House of Hearts. You are all such lovely blog buddies and I feel certain at the moment that I do not deserve to have you calling by my little corner of blogland.

But I am pleased to report that all is fine and dandy here.

Lots of good things have been happening .. .. and one not so good one .. .. but we will come back to that later.

During my mammoth absence Mr Heart and I celebrated our Ruby Wedding Anniversary .. .. and we had a brilliant time.  

Our anniversary night was spent in the honeymoon suit at the fabulous Weston Hall.  What a fabulous place .. .. we would love to go back again .. .. even if is only to sit by the lovely open fires. Everything was perfect and nothing was too much trouble for anyone.  

Although the place was super busy they still managed to make you feel special and as though your custom mattered.  Shame more places in the world aren't run on the same basis!!

So this lovely room was ours .. .. for one night only!!  

We never had a honeymoon when we got married .. .. funds didn't stretch that far .. .. and I can remember us sitting up in bed the morniing after our wedding reading a cooking book to learn how to roast a chicken for our first Sunday dinner together in our first home.  I was a whole three days 19 with so much to learn .. .. and I still haven't learnt it all.   I bet we never do!

We also spent some of the time visiting the London Kids and took our youngest with us so we could all celebrate together .. .. and see their new home too.  It was so lovely.  The kind of house you get a "good vibe" from as you walk in.  I feel sure they are going to be super happy there.

We celebrated in various places and with different people over the course of just about a fortnight! A very super special time for us .. .. and I took no work away with me (except for a bit of colouring which I took to London LOL!!).  I had a complete break.

But of course escaping and enjoying yourself has consequences!!  Especially when you have lots of work you need to get through.

I had to work super hard before we went to get invitations and orders finished .. .. and then even harder when we came back.. .. with a few very late night shifts needed :-(

But I am slowly coming out of the other side. 

As for the "not so good news".  Well .. .. someone decided to hack into my wedding website and write gobbledygook all over it!! But as the old saying goes .. .. when life gives you lemons .. .. make lemonade.  The old website has been "sort of sorted" for now whilst I try to find time to get a new one organised.

So although it wasn't a nice thing to have happened I am certainly excited about the planning and designing of a new one and once again my overactive brain is buzzing with ideas about what I want to do and have showing on it and my book of notes is getting fuller and fuller LOL!!

They say things happen for a reason .. .. so this clearly happened to bring the "sort out the website box" that has been sitting on my do list for months nearer to the top of the pile.

Well it would be rude of me to disappear without having a little crafty share with you.

I have one super lovely customer who I used to work for years ago (before I got into this crafting malarkey), who asked me to make a special ruby wedding anniversary card that she could give to Mr Heart and I!  So this is what I made .. .. with the idea being to put it into a frame on the wall .. .. when I find the right frame.  I made one very similar for the Quick Cards Made Easy magazine and loved it so much that I made another (the same but different LOL!)

This used:

Penny Black Clear Sentiment Set:  Gratitude
Clear Embossing Powder
Translucent Embossing Paste
Creative Expressions Mica Mask:  Distressed Dots
Distress Ink Pad:  Barn Door
Woodware Daisy Punch
Gems and Ribbon
An old paperback book
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me.  

Now you know where I have been.

Hopefully it won't be so long before I make my next appearance.

I hope all is well with everyone.

Oooo .. .. and don't forget there is always a heart hidden on my creations somewhere .. .. did you find it this time?  LOL!!



Crafting Queen said...

Congratulations on your Ruby Wedding Anniversary. Love this card, the background colours and textures are so lovely.

Di said...

Oh how well you celebrated your Ruby Wedding Jules - what a lovely place! And I do so love your card wot you made for yourself from someone else :) Tee, hee.

And what a mean trick to sabotage your website :( But, every cloud has a silver lining and I bet the new one will be stunning!

Great to see you posting!


Di xx

Kath said...

Congratulations on your Ruby Wedding Anniversary! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Weston Hall - my niece got married there a few years ago and we all had a fabulous time.

I love your card and hope you get your new wedding website up and running soon.

Take care, Kath x

Patricia said...

Helloooo!!! Jules, great to see you.
Glad you have been having such a good time while you were missing, it's good to have "fun" time.
Love your beautiful card, it would look really pretty in a frame.
Happy crating
Patricia x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Congratulations on your ruby wedding Jules, your honeymoon room looks amazing! As does your fabulous card. Apologies I don't seem to get to your blog regularly but always love your posts and seeing your creativity. X

Viv said...

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Heart!
And what a FAB room!! (Just like mine here - not!)
Damn hackers - hope their fingers get stuck in their keyboards - a lot of work for you setting up a new site but am sure it'll be even better than the old one (which was pretty cool....)
Love the card too Jules.
Have a great day! x

Tracey T said...

So lovely to see you back here and to know that all is well (in spite of some idiot with obviously not enough to do!). Love your card xx

Julie C. said...

Glad to see you back, Jules! That room is fabulous! Good to know that you had a brilliant time! Looking forward to seeing more creations from you!

Eve said...

Hi Jules
I'm so glad that you and Mr Heart had a lovely break - they must have known that you were coming as I spy a heart picture above the bed!!! Or is that just me being thick as it was for a honeymoon suit?!?!!

That sure is a beautiful anniversary card - love the clear embossing paste.

I hope that you have a lovely rest of the week.
Big hugs
Eve xx

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Hi Jules,
Wow, sounds like you have been having a lovely time apart from the website, I would have been so mad. What a gorgeous card. Sue x

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous creation, love the image.

Congratulations on your Anniversary and glad you have super celebrations and found the time to have them.... all work and no play as they say.

Keep up the good work.

Kath x

Hazel said...

Jules, happy anniversary to you both. I know it's a bit late.
Love your card, and it will look lovely in a box frame.

Not good ref your web site, you do wonder what these people are on. As you say some times these things have a good out come. Hazel x

Whisper said...

It's lovely to see you back, if only briefly, oooo what a fabby 4 poster bed and it sounds like you had a lovely time celebrating your 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Simply stunning cards too, Luv Sam x

Marie-Louise said...

Gorgeous card Jules. Lovely to see you back - even if only for a short time.

Brawny x said...

What a fabulous card Jukes....great to see you back. What an absolute pig to have to sort your website - what is wrong with people? Well I'm sure your new one will be fab. X

Brawny x said...

Oh sorry I forgot....congratulations on your a Ruby wedding x

debby4000 said...

Absolutely love your card and it needs to be in a frame its that gorgeous.
Hope life has settle down so you can join in with blogland.

sally said...

Belated happy ruby anniversary! I was starting to worry about your absence so it's good to know that all is well.

I an so related to your cookbook story... I married at just a few months short of 21 & could make a great omelet, grill a steak & that was it!!! Though I say it myself, I am now quite a whizz in the kitchen lol.

Love the card & hope to see it framed soon.


Stamps and Paper said...

Happy belated Ruby wedding Jules...sound like you had a super time...
Sorry to hear about your website its a shame these people have nothing better to do.
Your card is beautiful and I bet it looked even better framed


Lynn said...

lovely to hear from you Jules. Belated happy ruby anniversary to you and Mr. Heart. I hope you find the right frame for that gorgeous card. Lynn x

Linby said...

Congrats on your ruby anniversary and what a fab card you made.
Sorry to hear about your website, but as you say hopefully good will come out of it.

Carol said...

Lovely to see you Jules and many congratulations on your Ruby Wedding. Your celebrations look and sound lovely. Love your card, a gorgeous design. Carol x

cuilliesocks said...

Congratulations to you and mr. Heart and so pleased you managed a lovely celebration for your anniversary. What a room, what a bed.

What an awful thing to happen Jules, why do people do things like this, was it a competetor do you think!
Your card is beautiful, love all the little hearts, take care, hugs Kate x

April Diva said...

Hi Jules, Congratulations to you and Mr Heart on your Ruby Wedding Anniversary! The room & four poster look 'fabulous darling'!!

Glad you've had a great time. But what a mean thing to have happened to your website. Obviously some peeps had idle hands.

Love the where can the heart!

Hugs, Pauline xx

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Its great to see you back Jules and what a stunning card to show us. Love that velvet bow.

Pleased Mr and Mrs Heart had a wonderful anniversary, the hotel looks super dooper!

Look forward to seeing your new website.

Chin Up!

Love Sheila x

Carole Z said...

Good to see you back Jules, I haven't been about very regularly myself lately, so sorry for delay in commenting...your card is beautiful and many congrats to you sorry about your website, hope your new one is sorted soon, hugs Carole Z X

Lynsey said...

Hi Jules, glad you are ok! Sounds like you have been super busy! I love anniversary card that's pretty!
Hugs Lynsey x

Anneke said...

hi Jules
congratulations to you and many years in good health
you must have a wonderful night in this kingsize bed, ha,ha
but beautiful and nice to hear that you had a good time.
hugs from Anneke

Sarn said...

What a beautiful Ruby Wedding project Jules.

Belated anniversary wishes going your way and I'm glad you had a lovely time of celebration.

Shame about the website, but I'm sure you'll get it sorted out even better than it was before.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Carole said...

Hi Jules, cant believe i missed this post, so glad all is well with you and mr heart and Happy Anniversary, sounds like you had a lovely time with your family in London. The card is beautiful. I wont mention the website problem! as I am about to launch a new website which has been in the making for nearly a year and cost me a fortune! Missed you lots try not to leave it as long next time. I have been bust leaning patchwork no end to my talents lol take care xxxx

Nannieflash said...

It looks as if you had a wonderful Ruby Anniversary and what a gorgeous bed, would love to sleep in one of those. Your card as always is just stunning, and I love the layers on this one. I do apologise for not popping by for so long, been a bit lazy really. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Brenda said...

Well Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. Heart Jules! Your room was very lovely and a place I could definitely spend time at. You are right, business should treat all their customers this way. I'm so sorry your wedding site got hacked, it bothers me that people that talented won't put their talents to use for good deeds!! But like you said things happen for a reason, I always have believed that. I hope your new site is more amazing than the last one! Although I don't know how much more amazing you can get! Love, love, love the card and I'm thrilled that you are going to frame it. Very cool customer to have you make your own card. lol But I'm loving it!!! Hugs, Brenda

Sally H said...

Congratulations on your Ruby wedding Jules! The card you made is gorgeous! Wilcos have started doing plain wood square frames for 3d projects - perfect for painting to match x

LesleyG said...

Stunning room you stayed in, and stunning card here too. Sad folk who messed up your website, but admire your positive attitude xxx