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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.

Wednesday 11 September 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

I hope your week so far has been a good one.  Mine has been one of those where time seems to be flying by far too fast!

Today is our youngest son's birthday.  The son who lives local to us and is trying hard to pursue a music career alongside his student support work at the local college.

My day started with our normal birthday routine where I arrive at his good and early armed with a warm bacon sandwich, a packed lunch for his dinner break and his pressies and birthday cards.  I then give him a lift to work.  

So a morning when he doesn't have to make much effort!  Lucky lad!!!

This was his card for this year:

This used:

Image:  Visible Image "Music Speaks"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Backing Papers:  Craft Sensations "Pastels"
Distress Ink Pad:  Spiced Marmalade 
Green Embossing Powder
Musical Charm
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is it.

Our son loves his music and spends every waking hour composing, listening or dreaming about it (a bit like me with my crafting LOL!!). 

His music went alongside this really interesting video where 12 calligraphers wrote psalms throughout the evening in a cathedral in Saint Petersburg last year. 

I love the video so much and have watched it so many times, completely in awe of  the immense talent shown by everyone.  How they can write so beautifully and accurately in the first place amazes me .. .. let alone do it with a camera inches away from them!!  My hands would be shaking like billy-o!

Anyway, that is me for today.  Best crack on with that "must do" list before another day disappears in the blink of an eye!

Have a good one everyone.

Saturday 7 September 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday!  I hope you have had a good day.

Many thanks for your kind comments, and birthday wishes for my lovely Mum yesterday  .. .. we both had a lovely time together and made some more happy memories that I won't forget.

As you would expect the weddings are now starting to slow down "a little" which means I can give my blog some of the attention it deserves.  I do love my blog and really enjoy it when I have time to post and visit my blog pals.   

This is my offering for today:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "30-521" Nose to Nose
Sentiment:  Computer generated using font "Sweetheart Script"
Backing Papers:  The Lovely Studio "Snow Flurry"
Penny Black Die Set:  "51-375" Snowflake Stitch Frames
Distress Ink Pads:  Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire
Crystal Glamour Dust
Masking Fluid
Little Stars from my snowflake box
My Trusty Sewing Machine

So that is me for today.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!  Catch you again soon.

Friday 6 September 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday .. .. another weekend is nearly upon us and it looks like it might be a chilly one.  In fact I have even had to break out the "long sleeves" again this week!

A busy day here with quite a bit of it spent with my lovely Mum as today is her birthday.  She is now a whole 89 years young and this is the card I made for her which reflects the poppy flowers on her tea cup and lap tray .. ..

This used:

Image:   Penny Black "4065K" Bountiful
Sentiment:  Lili of the Valley "Sentiment Tags"
Backing Papers:  Frou Frou Craft "Red Poppies"
Ribbon and metallic cord
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is it.

Many thanks for your lovely comments on my previous post .. .. I was asked how I made the jar look full of water.  To do this I stamped the jar twice and die cut them both.  Next I stuck stamped and coloured die cut flowers on top of the first jar, then trimmed an aperture into the centre of the second.  This was then glued on top of the first and then glossy accents was used to fill the aperture.  All you needed then was a barrow load of patience to leave it alone and not keep poking it to see if it was dried through.  Once it was it could be added to the card front.

So that is me for today.

Happy weekend everyone!  I am hoping for a super productive one!

Tuesday 3 September 2019


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a happy Tuesday!

We started off with a beautiful sky today that was full of sunshine and thankfully it lasted for quite a bit of the day!!  Let's hope we are still going to get a few more days like this .. .. I'm not ready for summer to end yet!

Today I am sharing a little "teeny tiny" card, which for anyone new to my blog is a whole 3.5 inches square .. .. just perfect for using up those snippets (but to honest I would need to make a few thousand to make any impact on the offcuts I have piling up).

But never mind .. .. making anything is good .. .. and I love that I make use of every scrap of paper and card.

This used:

Image:  Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection "CMS297" Flower Jar and matching die set
Sentiment:  Hobby Art Clear Stamp Set "CS013D" Floral Greeting
Glossy Accents
My Trusty Sewing Machine
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

and that is me for today, and as I have attacked my snippets I am popping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground to show of my creation.

Everything came from my snippet collection other than the paper for the envelope.

Catch you again soon.

Sunday 1 September 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday and Happy September  .. .. ..  where is 2019 disappearing to?

Just flying in quickly today with a card for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the theme this fortnight is to take your inspiration from the challenge's blog header.  What a clever theme!!

This is what I have come up with:

This used:

Image and sentiment from "Digistamp Boutique" sadly no longer trading .. .. boo hoo (please come back!!)
Backing Papers from "The Works" 
Crystal Glamour Dust
Snowflakes from my snowflake box
Creative Expressions "Aqua Dazzlers"
My Trusty Sewing Machine

So after all my ramblings of yesterday today is short and sweet and Christmas card number 37 goes into my box .. .. woo hoo!!

Hopefully catch you again tomorrow.