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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.

Saturday 9 March 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday!

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend .. .. a real mixed bag of weather here but a nice day for crafting.

My card is my festive make for this week and is for taking over to Jo's "Christmas Kickstart Challenge #5" and is one for the serious heart searchers.  Its not quite so easy to spot today .. .. or am I wrong?!!?.

The theme for Jo's challenge this fortnight is "Have a Very Bear-y Christmas" and there are still two days left to enter.  I was running out of time for my make this week so went for a lovely pre-coloured image from Polkadoodles.  

I always feel I am cheating when I use a pre-coloured image but need to stop feeling like that because everything in this collection was of such a high quality that it was a real pleasure to play with.  The backing papers in the set and the sentiments are gorgeous!!  They are so lovely I am going to have to investigate what else is available.  There was no needing to print in "high quality" either .. .. they printed perfectly just on a standard setting.

So this is my offering:

This used:

Image, Sentiment and Backing Paper is all from Polkadoodles "Winne Winterland - Big Kahuna" digital download.  I bought mine whilst it was on offer just after Christmas. 
Crystal Glamour Dust
Memory Box Die "Snowflake Heart" 
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Many thanks for all your lovely comments yesterday regarding the stitching on my cards.  You are all very kind. 

These days no card feels right without some form of stitching on it .. .. and it has even crept into my wedding work now .. .. and is proving to be very popular.  I have just finished a wedding where all the place names, table names and even the table plan was stitched.  I was really pleased with it .. .. as was the bride and her Mum (I never did meet the groom LOL!!).

Anyway, best go and link my card up and put Christmas Card number 12 into my stock box.

So did you find the heart?  I do think there have been harder ones to find!


KandA said...

Adorable image and a very beautiful card Jules, and yes I did find the heart xx

Elizabeth said...

Lovely card, Jules. The image is perfectly beautiful and the bow is gorgeous too. Spotted the heart fairly quickly - must be all the years of practice I've had ;) Hugs Elizabeth xx

Carole said...

Beautiful as ever Jules and a lovely image. I bought some polkas doodles stamps at Harrogate (flowers)...see post....and.... Yes I spotted the heart! xx

Aquarius said...

Found it!! A lovely image and Polkadoodles always come up trumps. I really should try stitching on card but never think of it until I'm reminded by seeing things on your blog.

Sue - said...

I found it! Beautiful card Jules!

Tracey T said...

Got it! Such a pretty card, Jules - I love the soft tones in the paper and image. And yes, I still have "stitching envy" when I admire your work!! Hugs xx

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card Jules. Love the topper, there's no reason to feel like you're cheating! The paper and bow coordinate perfectly....and got it..found the heart!!
Hope you are having a lovely weekend
Lorraine x

Crafty Moone Cards said...

SO gorgeous Jules.
Sue x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a beautiful card Jules and not cheating at all. I have several collection from Polkadoodles. They have some great fun images on them.

Sue xx

Enny said...

Oh yes, I've found the heart, so sweet ! And your card is beautiful, lovely papier and such a cute image ! Wow, so much stitching to do, I used to cross stitch cards many years ago, but it's too difficult now with my eyes. Yesterday, I went to a day long workshop from my local Stamping group, I did meet Stamping Mathilda (who made stamps for Darkroom Door) ! Today very stormy weather, so time for cardmaking. Have a nice Sunday ! Enny

Kath said...

A lovely card Jules and yes, I found the heart!
Kath x

Dotty Jo said...

Another stunning card, Jules. I had to work for it, but I found the heart! I love that sweet image and how you've used the DP - beautiful. Thanks for playing along again at Christmas Kickstart Challenge, Jo x

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Jules, a lovely image - I managed to find the heart, which is quite good for me!
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

cuilliesocks said...

What a gorgeous image Jules, and such a lovely layout, Kate x

Kathleen said...

No you were not wrong, took me a while but then I clicked on the photo, which brought it up more and I spotted it, cheating, maybe.
Lovely image, and love the sentiment and lovely papers.

Kath x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
What a fabulous image... really cute ... beautifully coloured... love all you stitching ... so perfect...
we are in Coventry at the mom... for my uncles 90 th Birthday ... bit chilly here though ... left beautiful sunshine in Gib...
love to your Mum
Hugs Sylvie xx

Sarah said...

That really is a lovely image and I have to agree, there are always beautiful papers and lots of extras in these digi kits. I used to feel that it was cheating a bit to use pre coloured images but the skill is still in the layout/design and pulling it all together so there!! A gorgeous card Jules xx

Bev Henwood said...

What a lovely cute image, might have to investigate those. Found the heart!