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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.

Sunday, 11 August 2019


Hi Everyone

I hope Sunday has been a good day for you.

It has flown by in the blink of an eye for me .. .. just like the whole weekend has in fact!

Part of my day has involved making a couple of cards for entering into the Christmas Kickstart Challenge for this fortnight where the theme is Christmas Card, Christmas Card - Christmas Tree.  

The lovely Darnell is Jo's little elf helper this fortnight and as some of you will know Darnell runs a couple of challenges .. .. one of which is called a "Twofer" Challenge  where you make two "different" cards with the same stamp or die.  Sadly I have never had chance to enter .. .. even though at the start of the challenge I will put what I want to use to one side in the hope of entering.  Sorry Darnell, hopefully I will get there one day!!

Anyway, Darnell's theme has come along to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge and we are asked to make two Christmas Cards using the same Christmas tree.  Mine is a die but it could also have been a stamp or even a peel-off I guess. 

Anyway this is what I came up with:

These used:

Christmas Tree Die:  My Favorite Things "MFT-1429" Christmas Tree Window
Sentiments:  Lili of the Valley Christmas Sentiment Tags and Washi Tape
Backing Papers:  From the Works and The Range
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Tiny Pom-poms
Nail Heads

There is still one day to enter if anyone else fancies playing along  , ,,, but for me this means that Christmas cards 34 and 35 go into the box!!  Yay!!

Catch you again soon


Enny said...

Ha ha, now I'm on time with my comment ! :) Your cards are beautiful, lovely paper, trees, and I adore your wonderful bows! Yes, time flies, certainly the weekends... Have a nice week ! Hugs, Enny

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Two stunning cards.... love the colours
To hot here in Gib for card making...
hugs Sylvie xx

Liz said...

Your cards are stunning, Jules. I love your colour choice and the glittery trees and the papers are beautiful. xx

Tracey T said...

Fabulous! Love the colour combination and as always, I could gaze at your neat stitching for hours! Plus you've given me an idea for a card, so thank you! x

Aunty Sue said...

Wow love these and the backing papers are fab must look out for them. Oh I wish I had 30 odd cards made I keep trying lol. Take care

Darnell said...

Well done making two more cards for your healthy Christmas card stash, Jules! That little tree is so versatile and I love how you have decorated it in both cards and the pretty pp and bow you have used! I bought that die after Christmas last year, so thank you for the inspiration! And thank you for playing in Jo's Kickstart/Twofer challenge!! Hugs, Dolly

Darnell said...

p.s. Who's Dolly you might ask? That's what a group of friends calls me and I just signed off on one of their cards and then forget to use my other name. Hard to remember my birth name at my age, let alone my nicknames!! xxoo

Aquarius said...

Weekends do have a habit of rushing by! Two more super cards for your Christmas box and that is a great die, pleased you managed a 'twofer', they can be fun.

meg said...

these are stunning Jules, the splash of red against the icy blues looks amazing, great design lay out

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two stunning cards Jules.

Sue xx

Dotty Jo said...

Two beautiful cards, Jules! Love your colour combo and how you've used that pretty tree die. Always enjoy seeing your designs. Thanks for joining Darnell and I at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge, Jo x

Anne said...

I definitely need a kickstart with my Christmas cards this year, these are lovely - the colours you've used are fabulous
Anne x

JanR said...

Ooooh, so glittery and lovely! I adore the colours too.

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards Jules, I love the frosty colours and design, super tree die, Kate x

Kathleen said...

I think that this die will have been the most popular purchase for many crafters, me included, it is so versatile. Love your choice of colours and really lovely paper and the little pom-poms.

Kath x

Carol S. said...

Super cards Jules and love the designs. I had a busy Sunday, having my stall at a village fun day. Boy, was it busy!! Sold loads of stuff!! Big hugs, Carol S.xxxx

cotnob said...

Two beautiful cards Jules, a lovely Christmas tree and great colour choices - I love your papers.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Brenda said...

What a great Twofer Jules! I love the tree die, I think it is so fun and festive and you have made it look even more festive with the glittery papers. So cute with the pompoms on the one tree, loving the beautiful papers you used used and that bow, oh my goodness, that bow is stunning. Hugs, Brenda

Lynne said...

I meant to comment on these when you posted, but forgot! I love the colours you've chosen for the trees and the fab papers to match x