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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 30 April 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

The last day of yet another month!!  I have a feeling that 2019 is going to be a super quick year!!

I am at home all day today hopefully putting together wedding samples for sparkly new happy couples who have  recently appeared on the scene.  That is if the deliveries I have been promised for today arrive! 

I guess the good side of doing weddings is your work is seen by lots of people with the potential that some of them may also be on the verge of planning their own wedding.  Nearly all of the couples I have gained so far this year have been to weddings that I have  previously done the stationery for.  Some as long as 3 or 4 years ago!!!

So before the day was swallowed up by wedding work I indulged myself in a little play session and made one of my teeny, tiny 3.5" creations .. .. tailoring it to fit into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme for the remaining few days of the challenge is "anything goes" with the option of also including "fresh spring colours".

I looked out of my kitchen window and these are some of the colours I could see .. .. but sadly I couldn't actually see any heart shaped topiary happening anywhere LOL!!

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2551H" Sending Love!
Sentiment  My Favourite Things "LJD-23 Birthday Greetings"
Backing Papers:  Simply Creative "Floral Lace" Purple
Gossy Accents
Flat Backed Pearls
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is it!

Hopefully catch you again soon.

Sunday 28 April 2019


Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a good weekend.

Definitely not the glorious weather we had last week .. .. .. but at least the gardens received some of the rain they are needing. 

Here with my Christmas make for this week.  Just the one this time as there is a lot happening here at the moment and even one card was a bit of a stretch .. .. hence the late night posting!!

This used:

Image:  Lili of the Valley Digital Image"Skating Bunny"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Backing Papers:  Free with a magazine "ages and ages ago"
White Gel Pen
Glamour Dust
Snowflakes from my crammed full snowflake box
Metallic Ribbon
Creative Expressions Aqua Dazzler Circle Embellishment
My Trusty Sewing Machine

My card is for sharing with a couple of challenges:

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge .. .. where the theme this fortnight is "Christmas Bunnies"


The Rudolph Days Challenge for April .. .. .. where anything goes as long as it is Christmas

This now brings my Christmas card tally to 24!  Woo hoo!!!  Building up nicely!

Catch you again soon.

Wednesday 24 April 2019


Hi Everyone

Hope you all had a fabulous Easter .. .. .. wasn't the weather just fabulous? 

I have never known a bank holiday like it!  Wall to wall sunshine. 

Mr Heart has returned to work today and I have had my nose to the grindstone trying to get back on top of the crafty "must do list".

You may remember my first attempt at using my bottle of masking fluid here .. .. .. where I ended up creating a Christmas card .. .. which was bordering on being more of a "blizzard" rather than a snow flurry!  LOL!!

Well I was super excited to be asked by a magazine I hadn't worked for before .. .. Cardmaking and Papercraft .. .. to create some cards for them showcasing the masking fluid technique.  I used the fluid in different ways though .. .. not a blizzard in sight!! 

The magazine is now on the shelves so I am sharing just a couple of my creations  .. .. gosh I have been cramming so much in that it seems like a lifetime ago that I created these and they make me want to get that bottle open and have another play:

This card used the fluid to mask off stamped butterflies and the tops of some of the flowers
prior to adding the inky background.  The butterflies were coloured last.
For this card the masking fluid was used through a stencil to
create the chevron background prior to painting on inks.
So that is me for today .. .. .. you must at least be happy to not be seeing a Christmas card as that seems to be all that has been appearing on my blog recently LOL!!

Have a good week everyone!

Wednesday 17 April 2019


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good day .. .. I am just flying in quickly with this week's Christmas make .. .. or should I say makes .. .. some little teeny tiny ones!

I must admit my teeny tiny makes are high up the list of being my favourite ones to make, and being just 3.5 inches square they are just perfect for using up some of my huge stocks of snippets.

So here we go .. ..

These used:

Image:  Whipper Snapper "BY802" Let it Snow Snowmen (just part of the image was used)
Sentiment:  Penny Black "3535F" Snowflakes
Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Iced Spruce and Faded Jeans
White Embossing Powder
Diamond Stickles
Waste Dots from a Silver Peel Off Sheet

I am taking my little makes over to "Pixie's Snippets Playground" where we are encouraged to use up our "leftovers" and also to the "Christmas Kickstart Challenge #8" where the theme this fortnight is "Frosty and his friends".  Not sure which of my snowmen is Frosty .. .. but he certainly has lots of friends!!

So that is me for today with a total number of 23 Christmas cards in my box now!  Woo hoo!!  At this rate I might be looking at a much less stressful run up to the big day this year. What a lovely thought.  It does encourage me to keep going with them that's for sure.

Take care everyone and I will catch you again soon.

Monday 8 April 2019


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all well and your week has got off to a good start.

All super busy here .. .. which seems to be a regular thing at the moment.  Invitations sitting waiting for pick up and other work packaged up and ready for the postman tomorrow.

Something that isn't for the post yet though are these little creations that I have been working on in little stages all week  .. .. my forfeit for not managing to keep up with my weekly Christmas card new years resolution.

This little influx means I am actually a bit ahead of the game now:

These used:

Sizzix Alterations Stamp and Die Set "65937" Holiday Joy"
Sentiment  "Docrafts" Urban Stamps " Christmas in the Country Tags
Backing Paper: Pink Petticoat
Tiny Snowflakes from my snowflake box
My Trust Sewing Machine
Sparkly Gems

and that is it.

Flying over very quickly now to share these with the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where they are looking to see Christmas dies used on your work .. .. .. and I need to get there before the challenge closes .. .. which will be very, very soon!!  Eeeekk!!  Poor show when you have the work done but no time to photograph it and post it to your blog.  

So my forfeit has given my Christmas box a nice little treat and my total is now up to nineteen. Woo hoo!

Catch you again soon .. .. I hope .. .. as that will mean things are calming down a little.  But for now the ironing board is calling!  Oh I know how to "live it up" on a Monday evening.

Thank you for all your lovely comments regarding my Mum on my previous post.  You are all  so very kind!