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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.

Tuesday 21 November 2017


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

I hope your week has got off to a good start.

I have pulled in a few (much needed) teeny tiny cards today and whilst at it I decided whilst making one I should make two!  

Here is what I came up with:

I haven't made a note of everything I used because I got a bit carried away and wasn't expecting to do as many as I did .. .. but if there is anything in particular anyone wants to know then please just ask and I will let you know.

All I do know is that I used only snippets of card and paper which means I can make a very rare visit to the snippet playground to join in with Pixie's snippets challenge and see the lovely Di and all the playmates.

Thursday 16 November 2017


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday!

I hope your week has been going well.   Mine has been mostly wedding work but I was determined to pull in a Christmas card this morning before I returned to printing and ribbon tying duties.

Those of you who were kind enough to visit my blog last year will remember I fell in love with tartan and plaids for my Christmas makes .. .. .. well it looks like I didn't quite get it out of my system because it seems to be creeping into  Christmas makes this year too. 

In fact tartan ribbon has also made its way onto the wedding work I sent for the wedding cabinet I am fortunate to have in my lovely Sister and her partner's salon. Basically there is just something about tartan ribbon that I love!!  LOL!!

So, here with a little tartan ribbon is my share for today

This used:

Image:  Hobby Art Stamps "CS138D" Nature Trail
Sentiment:  Penny Black "30-259" Wonderful & Jolly
Backing Paper  Craft Sensations "Merry Christmas"
Circular Stitched Die for embossing with from Ebay
Distress Ink Pads:  Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass and Frayed Burlap for a bit of dodgy watercolouring!
Glamour Dust
Red Stickles
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Fabby Tartan Ribbon,Snowflakes and Gems from my crafty stash box

and that is it!

Coffee break over and time to get back to the wedding invitations.

Enjoy the rest of your day

Monday 13 November 2017


Hi Everyone

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are all geared up for another week!

A scheduled post from me today (one of a few I have managed to cobble together) because I have a big week of wedding work ahead of me.

This one shows you my favourite makes for the latest Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine which is currently on sale.

My first commission saw me working on a Technique called "Mason Jar Cards" .. .. using a fabby stamp and die set from Stampin' Up! called Jar of Love.  Who would have thought it would team up perfectly with lots of penguins from DigiStamp Boutique.  I loved all of my cards from this collection but this one was my favourite .. .. and it is currently the wallpaper on my laptop!  A very festive reminder to crack on with more Christmas makes .. .. LOL!!

and my second commission was entitled Foil Transfers and saw me playing with foil transfers from Crafter's Companion.  Such a great selection of sentiments and designs .. .. and great fun to use too!  This one was my favourite from this collection

So that is me for today on the posting front.

More festive creations to follow as the week goes on .. .. yay!

Enjoy your day.

Saturday 11 November 2017


Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday.

I hope your weekend has got off to a good start.

I have been busy working on weddings and a little bit of Christmas work .. .. of course the weddings are secret but I can share a little bit of Christmas:

This used:

Image:  Hero Arts "H5629" Many Branches Tree
Sentiment:  Penny Black "30-316" Season's Gifts
Backing created using Hero Art "CL622" Designer Snowflakes - some stamped with Hero Hues Unicorn Pigment Ink and others heat embossed with white embossing powder
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
X-Cut Star Palm Punch
Diamond Stickles
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is it!

Another much needed Christmas card added to the box.  Yay!!  

Many thanks for your lovely comments and messages following my last post.  You are all so very kind.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thursday 9 November 2017


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday!!

I hope everyone is well and life is being nice and kind to you.

I did warn you that life was going to be extra busy in the House of Hearts .. .. and there is still no change there .. .. but I am having to turn my hand to the odd Christmas card amongst everything else that is going on .. .. .. so I thought I would share one of them here with you in an attempt to shake my blog out of slumber.

Add into the mix being blessed with a dose of shingles and pretty much sleeping for a whole week and you will appreciate why my blog has been so quiet.  I am very fortunate in that I am only ever ill  once every five or six years .. .. just a shame now was the time .. .. but let's face it there is never a good time is there?  At least that will be it now until 2022 or 2023 .. .. what a great positive!

But hey, we will forget all about that now.. .. all is good again and I am back fighting fit, full of energy and raring to go .. .. just in time for Christmas .. .. yay!!

So to celebrate here is a rare Christmas card which uses one of my favourite Snowmen:

This used:

Image and Sentiment:  DigiStamp Boutique:  "Sketchy Snowperson" and "Large Xmas Word Art"
Backing Paper:  Craft Sensations:  Merry Christmas
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Glamour Dust
Snowflakes, Ribbon and Gems from my crafty stash box

I will hopefully be back again soon with another of those Christmas cards I wish I had made earlier in the year!!  Will I never learn?!?!?!   LOL!!!

This little creation is also going to make its way to the DigiStamp Boutique Competition for November so just off to link up now!

Take care.