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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.

Monday 29 May 2017


Hi Everyone

Well what has happened to all that lovely sunshine?

It was lovely yesterday until late afternoon and then it all went downhill and today we have rain.

Oh well .. .. it is good crafting weather .. .. which is a good thing because I have lots I want to do.

Today I thought I would share some work I did for the latest issue of Quick Cards Made Easy which should be on the shelves now.

I worked on two technique commissions.  The first was using Perfect Pearls which was something I hadn't used before and this was my favourite from that collection.

and the second was a Double Partial die cutting commission.  I really enjoyed this technique and can't wait to try it out again with some of the dies and stamps in my collection:

 So that is me.

A mountain of things I need to do today so I had better get my skates on!

Enjoy your day everyone!

Saturday 27 May 2017


Hi Everyone

I hope your bank holiday weekend has got off to a good start - certainly a mixed bag of weather here - but nice enough for my "happy couple" all being well.  No major rain showers .. .. yet!!!

One of the things I miss most when I am busy on the wedding front is playing with my Penny Black stamps .. .. so today I decided I would indulge in a Penny Black session and see what the theme is this month over at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Well a bit of a struggle for me this one .. .. Wedding, Anniversary and all things Love .. .. LOL!!!

But here is what I came up with:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1587K" So Glad to Catch You!
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Aracne Condensed Regular"
Backing Papers:  Nitwit "Everlasting Collection"
Nestabilities Dies: Circles and Scalloped Circles
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Glossy Accents
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Metallic Twine from my crafty stash box

and that is it.

Having a crafty session with my lovely Sis today (YAY!!!) and then and Indian takeaway together ... .. happy times!!!

Catch you again soon.

Thursday 25 May 2017


Hi Everyone

As I am sure you will all have guessed by my lack of absence in blogland .. .. things have been VERY BUSY in the House of Hearts .. .. especially on the wedding front .. .. .. and although there is still plenty to be doing, things are starting to calm down to a more "just plain busy" pace of life.

One of my "happy couples" will get married this Saturday and I am just hoping this lovely weather will last for them. They are one of four weddings I have been working on over the last few weeks and now they have all left the building I need to empty all of their boxes ready for filling with supplies for new "happy couples".

This now means I can turn my attention to some of the general orders I need to get crossed of my crafty do list .. .. as well as make a stack of cards we need for family and friends!

But before I started on those, I made this card whilst thinking of all those people who have been affected by the awful happenings this week in Manchester.  I can't even imagine what injuries some of those poor people have encountered.  So much hurt, pain and worry .. .. and so many lives changed forever in a nanosecond.

I don't know about you but when the radio alarm goes off in the morning or I switch the TV on I just dread what the news is going to reveal.

What a scary world we live in at the moment!

Anyway, here we go:

 This used:

Image:  Stampendous Clear Stamp Set "SSC1111" Agapanthus Thank You
Sentiment:  Stampendous Clear Stamp Set "SSC139" Love Messages
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat
Martha Stewart Edge Punch:  Traditional Scallop
X-Cut: Butterfly Punch (very old and no longer available)
WOW! Embossing Powder:  Metallic Platinum
Stampendous Frantage:  Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon from my crafty stash box

and that is it!

Before I go I would just like to say a very sincere thank you for all the lovely comments and emails I received following my last post when I told you about my Son's album release.  It has been a very exciting time for him (and us), which has seen him being asked to do magazine interviews and even hearing his music played on the radio.  Thankfully there are still some nice things happening in the world.

Catch you again soon.