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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, 26 June 2018


Good morning everyone

Bright and early for me today .. .. .. for a change!!

It must be because I am excited to be sharing one of the new releases from DigiStamp Boutique.

I have used another of the "new style" of images that Sally-Ann is so brilliant at creating .. .. but I am showing how I have used it in two different ways.

This is my first card which for me represents the beautiful sunshine we have been experiencing recently .. .. and I have simply matted a layered the scrummy image and added a sentiment from the set along with various little embellishments.

and for my second card I indulged myself in a little inky playtime ... .. and have turned the background into a moon.. ..

These two cards used:

Image and Sentiments:  DigiStamp Boutique "Large Flower Panel Set"
Background Papers:  Docrafts "Kraft Notes"
Distress Inks:  Stormy Sky, Dusty Concord, Mermaid Lagoon and Iced Spruce
X-Cut Punch:  Corner Rounder
X-Cut Mini Die:  Moon Gazer
Inkylicious Duster Brushes
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon, Cord, Charm, Button, Flower and Pearls from my Crafty Stash Box

I love both cards but enjoyed playing with my inks on the second one very much.  To create this look I printed off the brown version of the image firstly onto copy paper and then onto smooth white card (the set has brown, green and grey/purple options within the set for you to choose from).

I cut the moon from the photocopy printing and used a temporary glue runner to attach it as a mask over the moon on the printed card.  I then used duster brushes to add colour in bands across the image starting with the lightest shade at the bottom and working up. 

Once happy with the inking I then removed the mask and added a little ink to the moon image so it wasn't too stark.  It was just a case of trimming and layering the panel up then.

So what do you think to the cute little rabbit die?  I saw it cut out on an inspiration board at a local craft store (the die cuts the rabbit and the flowers) but it was never in stock.  It sold as quickly as it arrived!!  Then one day .. .. in an attempt to take Mum somewhere "different" I took her a drive out to a garden centre for a bite to eat and a nosey around .. .. and guess what?!?!  There the little beauty was.  Just one solitary little rabbit sitting waiting just for me!!  I love him!! 

Anyway, there we go.  Two ways to use a digi download.  One for if you are in a bit of a rush and one for when you have the luxury of a little "playtime".

Can't wait to play with the other new releases Sally-Ann has created .. .. .. but first it is back to wedding work.  I have two weddings in July and am chipping away at Order of Services and venue stationery for those.  So, I had best get on.  

Have a great day and thank you for calling by to see what I have been up to.


Aunty Sue said...

Hi love them both awesome images but the last just makes me want to sit with him. Have a win waiting on Sally so will be getting this with it for sure want to try the last one

Kath said...

Two beautiful cards - it's great to see the same image used in different ways.
Kath x

MagsB said...

Two gorgeous cards, Jules - I love seeing how one image can be used in different ways! My favourite (just!) has to be the second one, such pretty colours. The rabbit is so sweet, I'm glad you found him and are giving him a good home!

Have a lovely week!

love Mags B x

Aquarius said...

Lovely to see two versions of the same image and I like them both. Good to have a quick result idea alongside the inky version which would take a bit longer to produce.

Carole said...

Two brilliant cards Jules..both very classy and love how you got inky with the second one. Bunny was just meant to be wasn't he!...and really cute too.Hugs xx

Lynne said...

Two beautiful card and it's amazing how different they look. I love the first one, but still need my hubby to sort my printing out as the colour's never come out right :( xx

cuilliesocks said...

Oh I do love these Jules, both are beautifully designed. They are such gorgeous papers, and love the the dies you've used on the second card, Kate x

cotnob said...

Two beautiful cards Jules, lovely new images and it's nice to see them used so differently.
I hope all is well with you.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Carol S. said...

Both gorgeous cards Jules. The second one is my fave, only because I love the colour!! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two stunning cards Jules, I love both of them.

Sue xx

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous cards Jules, brilliant backgrounds and designs, super images too. Isn't it nice when you find something that you have wanted for ages.

Kath x

Brenda said...

Wow Jules, both of these cards are so elegant and so beautiful! I love them both, the first one is perfectly perfect for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, etc...card. It's so soft and has a calm serene feel. The second card is something I might see outside my door in my backyard, comforting and nature at it's best. The inking is so soft and beautiful leading to the comforting feel of a summer's evening. Sigh, I so love them both! Hugs, Brenda

Sarah said...

These are fab Jules, I can't pick a favourite I am afraid!! Clearly you were meant to have that sweet bunny!! xx

Debbie said...

Wow what a great find, glad you got the die in the end. I am loving your two cards.I always say I love you to the moon and back to my mum... 2 very beautiful cards. Inspiring. Hope you're okay. Hugs xx

Brawny x said...

Hello dear hope you are well. Am just about to email you. Fab cards x

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Stunning selection of cards. Sue x