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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 30 May 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

A very wet and rainy day here unfortunately.  A sign the schools are on half term .. .. but at least the gardens will like all the water!

Flying in and out quickly today as things are rather hectic here at the moment .. .. but I at least have something I can share with you all.

This used:

Image and Sentiment:  Digistamp Boutique "Watercolour Flowers Set" (I went for the green set but it is also available in Rose and Blue).  Each set has the image presented in three different ways and two sentiments (spoilt for choice really).
Backing Papers:  Docrafts "Kraft Notes"
MFT Die Set:  Stitched Flowers
Nestabilities:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
X-Cut Punch:  Small Butterfly (very old and still going strong)
Distress Ink Pad:  Victorian Velvet
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon, Pearls and Nailhead from my Crafty Stash Box

and that is me for today.

I need quite a few cards in a rush so you never know I might even have something else to share tomorrow!!  LOL!! 

Have a good day whatever you are doing.

Thursday 24 May 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday!

Sorry folks.  

Once again I have been a little AWOL . .. so much cracking off for me all over the place .. .. but I have actually made it here today and I am sharing a beautiful digi image and sentiment from DigiStamp Boutique .. .. can you believe that it is going to be the freebie that everyone receives who enters the May Facebook Competition here ?  Just a few days left to enter!

 This used:

Digital Image and Sentiment:  The Digistamp Boutique "freebie for May competition entries" (but will be on sale later for anyone who doesn't enter but would like to own it)
Backing Papers:  First Edition Paper "Blank Canvas"
X-Cut Punch:  Corner Rounder
Glossy Accents
Diamond Stickles
Glamour Dust and Quickie Glue Pen
Button and Ribbon from My Crafty Stash Box

and that is me for today.

Enjoy the rest of your day - I hope you have seen some sunshine today.  Ours didn't appear until quite late today for some reason.

Monday 21 May 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Monday!

I hope your week is getting off to a good start.

Lovely sunshine again here .. .. and Mr Heart has a few days of annual leave he is taking .. .. so he dragged me off to get plants for the garden.  Back home again now in time to post my creation before heading off to Mum.

This used:

Image:  DigiStamp Boutique  "Garden Bench"
Sentiments:  DigiStamp Boutique "A4 quick print plus - Retirement"  (or part of the sentiment bundle here)
Backing Paper:  First Edition Papers "Sweet Nothings"
X-Cut Punch:  Corner Rounder
Martha Stewart Punch:  Traditional Scallop
ProMarkers and Chalk
Twine and Charm from my Crafty Stash Box

and that is it!!

Because the retirement sentiments come as an A4 sheet "and" single images I was able to add the sentiment directly next to my image .. .. .. and also add a whole vertical line of my second sentiment directly onto the backing paper.  

Love the sentiments .. .. especially the one on my backing paper.  Almost makes you want to retire .. .. .. but not yet .. .. I still have too many goals I want to achieve before I hang my hat up!!!

Catch you again soon.

Sunday 20 May 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday!!!

Hope you are enjoying some more beautiful sunshine today.  Did you watch the Royal Wedding yesterday?  Awww .. .. they look such a lovely couple and soooo very happy!

I watched some of it with Mum (on her TV .. .. we hadn't been invited LOL!!) and then I went to my very first "baby shower".  What a laugh that was.  Lots of fun and games out in the sunshine.  The party was for my Niece .. .. who looks due to "burst" already .. .. let alone in a few weeks time when she is actually "due".  Not an ounce of fat on her and this huge hard baby lump sticking out in front of her.  Doesn't seem two minutes since she was a baby herself.  As you can see from my card .. .. the baby is a girl .. .. well I hope so anyway because all the gifts she received yesterday would look mighty strange on a boy!!!

So for my very first baby shower I made my very first "baby shower card" to take along with me.  This used up quite a few leftovers from my ever increasing snippet mountain and a new image/sentiment called "Baby Showerthat was recently released into the Digistamp Boutique .. .. what good timing!!

So with using up so many leftovers I am heading over to the sunny playground to share with my pals in Pixie's Snippets Playground (a great place for inspiration and fabby prizes if you get chance to play along).   Mmmmm.... I wonder if the ice-cream van will be outside the gates?!?!?

So that is me for today .. .. ..but because I know all you crafty pals love a bargain as much as I do  .. ..  I will give a quick "heads up" about some fabby new digi sentiments that Digistamp Boutique has just released .. .. what I am calling a "sentiment extravaganza" because there are loads and loads of them!!

You will find them on offer until Tuesday (22nd May)  here .  You can buy the individual sets .. .. but at a bargain price of £3.50 for all four sets why would you?  

You receive the A4 sheet which you can simply print and cut up, and also each sentiment individually too.  I can't wait to play with mine!!  I love a good sentiment .. .. but weddings are taking up my crafty time today.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone.  Slap that sun cream on!!!  

Saturday 19 May 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday!!

The weather is looking glorious for a Royal Wedding .. .. .. or any wedding .. .. .. or any occasion actually!  For me it is going to include time with my Mum, a baby shower for my Niece and a meal with friends this evening!  Hope I can last the course!!!  LOL!!.

A busy "full on" day here .. .. but just time to share a fantastic offer over at DigiStamp Boutique.

I have been dropping hints that Sally-Ann has been working on some fabulous new creations and today some of that work can be shared in the form of a mountain of fabby new digi sentiments.

With each set you get an A4 sheet to print, cut and create with .... .. and also you get all the individual sentiments too, so you can print them individually and even re-size them to suit your project.   Perfect!  

If you are anything like me then you love a new and "different" type of sentiment .. .. and there are some great ones available either as individual sets .. .. .. or as a fantastic bundle.

Sentiments that will cover:

New Babies

Pop over to here and you will be able to see them in all their glory.

You can buy the individual sets .. .. but at a bargain price of £3.50 for all four sets why would you?

They are only available as a bundle until the 22nd May 2018  though so don't dilly dally .

OK time for me to get cracking .. .. have a happy weekend everyone!!!!!

Thursday 17 May 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday!

I hope you have all been having a good week.

Mine has yet again seen me jumping from one place to another and wearing lots of different hats .. .. .. but all enjoyable so that is all that matters.

 I used to think my days and weeks went quickly before . . . . but now I am keeping my eye on Mum and her needs they are going even quicker!!  Swoosh and another week has disappeared.

So how many cows do you think constitutes a herd?  I am hoping my small herd of three cows is sufficient LOL!!  

Prepare for photo overload: 

These used:

Image:  Digistamp Boutique "On the Farm"
Sentiment Digistamp Boutique "Farm Sentiments"  a new sentiment set released this month to go alongside the fabby "On the Farm" set.
Memory Box Die Set "Marshmallow Clouds"
X-Cut Palm Punch:  Small Daisy
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Pearls from my Crafty Stash Box

and that is me for today.  

Time now to put my wedding hat on.  No .. ..sadly I am not attending a wedding .. .. I need to design some order of service booklets, place names, table numbers and a table plan for a July wedding.  I wonder if the weather is going to be this beautiful for them when their happy day arrives?  I hope so.

Enjoy your day everyone.

Sunday 13 May 2018


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a lovely Sunday .. .. the weather has been really nice here so the washing line has had to be utilised again!!

My craft pod clear up campaign is still continuing .. .. mainly because lots of goodies need to be returned to their rightful place.  I keep taking boxes to Mum's .. .. bringing them back .. .. taking the completed work out of the box but not all the other contents.  Shame on me!  

So as things were starting to look "a little" more like they should I decided to have a little play with a shaped card .. .. one which Mr Heart drew the template for yesterday.  (He has his uses LOL!!).

Not a huge card.  Just 11.5cm square and I thought it would be great for a Father's Day card .. .. especially if decorated in the recipient's favourite football team colours.  Not that these are Mr Heart's favourite team colours.

In fact if the template was scaled down it could even be of interest to my "happy couples" who have football themed weddings .. .. it would make quite a cute placename.  But my scan n cut would have to do the cutting .. I wouldn't want to cut 80 odd by hand that's for sure.

But my little creation as you can see is another Father's Day card which uses the same DigiStamp Boutique download as on one of my cards from yesterday .. .. just a re-sized blue version instead of the brown version I used yesterday .. .. called "Special Dad Circle".

So that is me for today.  A little earlier than last night!! LOL!!!

Saturday 12 May 2018


Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a good Saturday.

I spent some of mine tidying up my very messy craft pod and then had a quick play with some of the new releases from the lovely Sally-Ann at DigiStamp Boutique .. .. and with Father's Day looming in the distance I created these projects using a couple of quick print pre-coloured sentiments that are simply for printing and layering .. .. or even printing direct to your card base.  What could be quicker?!?

So my first card used Special Dad Square

and the second one Special Dad Circle

Each design come in four colours .. .. red, blue, green and brown .. .. and you get all four! 

Once they were finished I was whisked away to a local beer and sausage festival and as we got home again I sat down to watch a bit of tv and apparently nodded off before I got to posting up my creations!  Shame on me.

Must have been something to do with that yummy black beer and raisin wine I drank! LOL!!

Never mind, better late than never (and it is definitely late!).  Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone and thanks for calling by.

Friday 11 May 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!!  The weekend is upon us .. .. yet again.

My apologies for my lack of blog posts and blog visiting recently.  It has been one very hectic (but enjoyable) week .. .. which has flown by in the blink of an eye.  Admit it .. .. you thought I had simply melted away in all that super warm sunshine!!!  LOL!!

I have had my crafty fingers working on a few projects that I am unable to share at the moment .. .. and at the same time have been making the most of having a Mum who is now happy to be a social butterfly and let me take her out into the fresh air.  

We are getting quite proficient with the old wheelchair now .. .. but pushing one does make you see people in a different light.  Some who go out of their way to help and others who clearly see you as a hindrance .. .. I mean what a cheek that we should be wanting to use the automatically opening doors at the same time as someone who is quite capable of pushing open and walking through the next door along!!  LOL!!

I have also been having a play with a few of the new images that the lovely Sally-Ann from DigiStamp Boutique has released recently .. .. this is the first one I would like to share .. .. .. I will share the others another day.

This used:

Image and Sentiment:  DigiStamp Boutique "Sketchy Cats"
Backing Paper:  Nitwits Collection "Me-Wow Too"
Spellbinders Nestabilities:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
Martha Stewart Edge Punch:  Daisy
X-Cut Punches:  Corner Rounder and Daisy
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon, Button and Gems from My Crafty Stash Box

.. .. and that is me for today.

Hope you all have a good weekend and find yourself some crafty time (sorry this one isn't a bank holiday weekend .. .. but there is another just around the corner!!  Woo hoo!!).

Take care.


Saturday 5 May 2018


Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday .. .. what a lovely start to a bank holiday weekend.  I hope it is going to last!

Sadly so far the day has been taken up with the dreaded washing line being "over used" but hopefully that isn't going to be the story for the whole three days!!

I did make a little escape into my craft pod though as I had a card I wanted to finish .. .. .. 

This used:

Image and Sentiment:  Digi Stamp Boutique "Large Happy Birthday Set - Blue"
Backing Papers:  Papermania (sorry I don't have the carrier sheet to give the name but I think we have all seen them as they are quite old)
Memory Box Butterfly Dies:  Kaleidoscope Butterfly and Moonlight Butterfly
X-Cut Palm Punch:  Daisy
White Gel Pen
Lace, Ribbon and Pearls from my Crafty Stash Box

Off to the washing line again now .. .. sigh!!!

But before I go I thought I would just give you the heads up on two special happenings that are occurring over at Digi Stamp Boutique.

Firstly there is a 

and secondly are you a Pinterest fan?

If so you can now add Digi Stamp Boutique to your list of places to follow and at the same time be in with a chance of winning a £15 website voucher simply click here and follow!  Closing date 6pm on 6th May 2018.

So that is me for today.  Time to close the craft pod door for a little while .. ..and can you believe I had to pull the blinds down as it was far too bright to work!  Not very often we get to say that is it?!?

Enjoy the rest of the day .. .. and slap that sun cream on!!