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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, 4 May 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday!!!  

I hope your week has been a good one and that you have something nice planned for the weekend.

Lots of birthday cards needed here this month so I had a quick search for a challenge to give me inspiration .. .. .. I settled on Color Throwdown Challenge #541 and teamed it up with sketch number Twenty Five from my sketch library.

Then as I used a beautiful Penny Black butterfly image I am also entering the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.   The theme as always is "anything goes - as long as it features Penny Black" and there is an optional theme of "make your own background" .. .. but I didn't do that.  Perhaps next time if I get to play again.

So with most of the decisions already made, all that was left was for me to actually create something .. .. and this is what I came up with:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black Clear Stamp Set "30-116" Social Butterfly
Sentiment:  Lili of the Valley Clear Stamp Set "Sentiment Tags"
Backing Papers:  Craft Sensations "Sweet Candy"
Die-namics Die Set:  Blueprints 14
Brilliance Pigment Ink "Moonlight White"
Crystal Glamour Dust
Flat Backed Pearls
My Trusting Sewing Machine

These are the colours I was challenged to work with: 

Pale Pink  -  Brown  -  Black  -  White

and as my eyes were drawn to the spotted curtains in the inspiration picture I thought my spotted social butterfly was quite fitting.

This is the sketch I picked to work with .. .. .. I turned it clockwise 90 degrees.  After all every sketch has four ways of being used.

If you would like to use any of my sketches, you are more than welcome to do so .. .. you will find them on the tab at the top of the blog.

Enjoy the rest of the day (and the bank holiday if you are in the UK).  

I will catch you again tomorrow with this week's Christmas creation.


Aquarius said...

A gorgeous butterfly card in lovely colours. Thanks for the timely reminder about your sketch library, always handy when inspiration is lacking. Enjoy your weekend - lovely sunshine and blue skies here at present but rather too chilly for my liking. Never mind though because I can always find something crafty to do inside!

Stamps and Paper said...

Sweet butterfly card Jules and love the layout and stitching


Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Love your card... the butterfly is gorgeous... think I will have to get this set...
I go to the Uk on Tues... my Beautiful friend who I visit died a couple of weeks ago... she would have been 97 in August... she was a lovely lady...
Thanks for joining us at PBSC
Hugs Sylvie xx

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Jules, beautifully designed and such pretty colours, Kate x x

Carole said...

Hi there Jules. I have run out of expletives for your cards as they are always really super! Loving this one, I do like the colour palette and that butterfly is stunning. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xx

Lorraine said...

This is gorgeous Jules. I love the colours and all the layers. The butterfly is so striking. Love it.

Thanks for joining this months Penny Black Saturday Challenge too.
Lorraine x

Dotty Jo said...

Another beautiful card, Jules! You made me search for the heart with this one, Jo x

Kathleen said...

Great sketch and a really lovely colours mix. Love the way you have done the butterfly, even though it is only in black and white you have given it a lovely lift, so it stands out.

Kath x

Carol S. said...

Stunning Jules!!! Love the colours and both the flower and butterfly are gorgeous. A great design and I must say that it never occurs to me, that I should sometimes perhaps look at a sketch instead of pulling my hair out, to get a creative idea.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Big hugs, Carol

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a beautiful card Jules.

Sue xx

Lynne said...

A gorgeous card Jules. I bought this butterfly set off Ebay a while ago and not even used it yet! It looks lovely cut out as you have done x

Enny said...

Oh, what a gorgeous card, so beautiful, lovely paper and a wonderful butterfly and flower ! (But still searching for a little heart...?) Yesterday, we had 4 seasons in 1 day : hail, thunderstorm, rain, sunshine, and then all of it again... But nice weather to make cards ! :) Hugs, Enny

Vickie Z said...

IN LOVE with that butterfly! Great use of the sketch and colors! So happy you joined us at CTD!

cotnob said...

A gorgeous card Jules, a beautiful colour combination and great design - so pretty.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

KandA said...

Beautiful card Jules, super sketch and your butterfly is stunning xx

Wanda Cullen said...

Gorgeous take on the throwdown colors! Love all the layers! Thanks so much for playing along with our challenge!

Brenda said...

This is such a beautiful and feminine card Jules, I love the color combo and that beautiful butterfly. Your sketches are amazing and you prove it with your cards. Hugs, Brenda

Helen said...

Beautiful card Jules - love the touch of sparkle!
Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

Paddington fan said...

Love your beautiful card,really pretty colours, great design and I love the way you have lifted the butterfly wings! Thank you so much for joining us over at PBSC, good luck in the prize draw and I do hope you'll join our next challenge, love Jacky x