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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 28 October 2015


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all well .. .. .. I don't know about you but I am not keen on these nights getting dark so early.  Nothing in my craft pod looks nice without natural lighting :-(

But anyway, as promised I have added a new sketch to my little library today .. .. and here is a card I made using it:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2988H" Caroling Duck
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat  - Traditional Christmas Sentiments
Backing Papers:  Kaisercraft - Silver Bells
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Distress Ink:  Spun Sugar
Small holly leaf craft punch with no name on it
Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Red Pearls

and here is the new sketch.  I hope you likey, likey!

You can find it, along with the other eighteen, on the sketch tab at the top of my blog.  Feel free to use any of them if you would like to.

So that is me for today.

Enjoy the rest of your evening and I'll catch you again soon.


Tuesday 27 October 2015


Hi Everyone

I hope Tuesday has been kind to you.

Here with another of my teeny, tiny 3.5" creations.  My customers love these and I just can't make them quickly enough. 

To begin with I thought they were popular just because they were so cute and because I sell them for less than my normal 5.75" ones .. .. but it turns out that isn't the reason.  My customers like the teeny, tiny ones because as they are so small they get stood at the front of any other cards the recipient might receive and don't get lost in the line up.  I never even thought of that.  Perhaps teeny, tiny Christmas cards need to get added to the mix?!?!?

Anyway, here is today's teeny, tiny creation:

This used:

Image:  Indigo Blu - "IND0159" Dinkie Peony
Sentiment:  Stampin' Up -  Lots of Thanks
Marianne Designs: Decorative Heart Die Set
Onyx Black Versafine Ink Pad
ClearEmbossing Powder
Distress Ink:  Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and Barn Door
Paint brush and water for adding those white drips in the background
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and have you spotted how good I have been?  The insert is already in there .. .. my New Years Resolution has succeeded more often than it has failed this year so I am part way there!

That is me for today. A new sketch for the library tomorrow so I will hopefully see you with that at some stage.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.


Monday 26 October 2015


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all well.

Wasn't it lovely to have that extra hour?  It seemed to make yesterday a lovely long day.   Long enough for me to trawl through all my Pink Petticoat downloads and make sure I wasn't going to be missing anything when the boutique doors are closed and locked at the end of the month .. .. boo hoo!!!

Today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite cards that I produced for this month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine which has now hit the shops.

One of my projects was to work with acetate and here are a couple of the creations:

This last one has tissue paper stuck to the back of the embossed acetate to give an opaque look and take the glare away from the little battery operated candle inside .. .. which you can just about make out from the photograph.  Don't look too hard for the heart on this one . . . it was a sequin heart on one of the other oval windows.

Then for one of the other projects I  really enjoyed myself painting this lovely gold embossed image with my water colour crayons.

So that is me for today.

I am hopeful of actually being able to produce a teeny, tiny card for tomorrow!!  Woo hoo!! Wonders will never cease.

Catch you soon.


Friday 23 October 2015


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday ahead of what I hope will be a happy weekend for everyone!!

Shock horror .. .. get me .. .. posting two days on the run .. .. wow!!  Just like the old days!

I have had a fabby day today.  No deadlines to meet .. .. a day to just make whatever took my fancy .. .. and this was one of the creations of the day:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1670K" Sugar Sweet Dreams
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat (sadly no longer available .. .. as will be the case with everything in the boutique soon :-( .. .. yep, it wasn't a nightmare .. .. I have finally convinced myself it is actually true and I am gutted.
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat "Pinstripes" and a page from an old cookery book
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch and Heart Palm Punch
Stampin' Up!:  Banner Punch
My Trusty Sewing Machine
and Sketch Number Seven which you can find on my sketch tab

and if anyone is wondering how I managed to get a long banner out of the tiny Stampin' Up punch .. ..  .. well I cut a narrow strip and did this:

.. .. .. and for anyone who is worried about the cookery book I used.  It is a very, very huge old book .. ..  the one I bought when we got married all those years ago to learn how to cook from .. .. and it is falling to pieces through lots of use and old age.  I have been taking out the recipes I want to keep and filing them away but as I am never, EVER going to be making jam I used a page from the "preserves" section for this card.

So that is me for today.

Hopefully catch you again soon.


Thursday 22 October 2015


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all having a good week.

As always mine has flown by in the blink of an eye .. .. but I am happy to say that Christmas card production has started in the House of Hearts today.  Lots, and lots, and lots needed so I decided I had better get cracking now that the weddings are slowing down a little.

I always love it when all the Christmas goodies come out.  

So here we go .. my share for today:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3741K" Filigree Tree
Sentiment:  Lili of the Valley - Christmas Tags
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat "French Country Christmas"  sadly Liz is closing the boutique at the end of the month :-(  but it does mean there are some mega bargains to be had.  Need to check what I haven't already invested in.
Wow! Embossing Powder:  Metallic Platinum
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine
X-Cut corner rounding punch
Ribbon, eyelet and cord from My Crafty Stash Box
and a new sketch added to the library today .. .. 


Tee hee .. .. that is the best I could do in the programme for a ribbon bow!  LOL!!

So hopefully now the weddings are quieter I might not be such a stranger in blogland for a while .. .. and I promise not to post Christmas cards every time!

Enjoy your evening.


Saturday 17 October 2015


Hi Everyone

Happy weekend!

Gosh it's a lifetime since I was here last .. .. .. but so much has been cracking off  that in some ways it feels more like two minutes than two weeks! 

Most of my time has been spent on wedding work .. .. with the last of my summer brides getting married today.  So it is fingers crossed for a happy sunny day for her.  This lovely couple have been on my books for exactly two years and we have worked on some lovely things together.  I shall miss them .. .. but will no-doubt be seeing them soon with their wedding pictures!!

So now I am round to my braver "winter brides" and am working on my first "snowflake" themed wedding.  I love snowflakes!!  .. .. .. except when they group in their millions on the roads LOL!!

Anyway, I have managed to actually make something in dribs and drabs over last two weeks and it was finally finished yesterday . .. and it fits nicely into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge this month where they want to see "embossing". 

So here we go:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3867K" Constellations
Sentiment:  Lili of the Valley "Sentiment Tags"
Backing Papers:  Kaisercraft "Botanica"
Spellbinder Dies:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
Die-namics Dies:  Blueprints 14
X-Cut Punch:  Butterfly (very old and no longer available I don't think)
Stampin Up! Embossing folder:  Stained Glass
Clear Embossing Powder
Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry
Ribbon and Pearls from my crafty stash box
My "not so trusty" sewing machine  .. .. .. the old hand one I bought isn't as reliable as my electric .. .. it seems to miss the odd stitch unless I am going super fast :-(  but it is going to be great as a prop for a wedding range I am working on!!

and to finish .. ..  a sketch I hadn't used yet from my library .. ..

So I think I have used all of the ones I have added to my sketch tab now .. .. so time to design some new ones!  Thank you for all the lovely messages and comments about how much you are enjoying using them .. .. that makes me really happy and is encouraging me to do more.

So things should be settling down a little now that the mad flurry of summer weddings is behind me .. .. .. time to get the Christmas supplies out!

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

I am off to get ready for a bride I have visiting soon.


Friday 2 October 2015


Hi Everyone

I hope your week has been going well.  

The weather has been really lovely here and I am hoping it is going to hold out until tomorrow when one of my lovely brides gets married.

She called and collected all her goodies mid week and suddenly I found I had gained half a room!!  I couldn't believe just how much there was until it was all collected together,

Lots of tidying up needed here in the House of Hearts .. .. but no chance to do any.  Still trying to do work for the wedding fayre on Sunday.

But I did have a little colouring session and came up with a creation which fits nicely into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme is to use three or more different patterned papers.  Only just in time to enter though .. .. the challenge closes in a few hours!!  Phew!

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1706H" I'm So Cute!!
Sentiments:  Lili of the Valley "Sentiment Tags"and Docrafts "Relations"
Backing Papers:  Nitwits "Dress Shoppe Collection"
Nestabilities:  Classic Squares and Classic Rectangles
Ribbon from my crafty stash box
and there is a bit of glossy accents on that character's little nose .. .. but you might not see it.

.. .. .. .. and along with my card comes Sketch Seventeen too, which I have also added to the library tab: 

OK .. .. off to link up quickly and then I need to head off for a quick catch up with my Mum, Sis and Nieces .. .. time for a bit of chatty girl time and no doubt laughter until we cry!!  It really is the best medicine!

Catch you all again when I do.

Have a lovely weekend.