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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, 13 October 2019


Hi Everyone

Two posts in two days!!  Wow!!  Things are looking up!

A lovely day here that is going to be full of rain from start to finish .. . .. perfect for crafting and not feeling guilty about ignoring those outdoor chores .. .. and a day when once again the bird bath will be turned into an infinity pool!  Lucky birds - they will have fun in that!!

So we are into October and Christmas cards are high up on the "must do" list. 

With things having been so hectic during the last month I have unfortunately slipped back a little with these and sadly I have missed a couple of the Christmas Kickstart Challenges.  Sorry Jo!  But I am pleased to say I back today!  

The theme this fortnight is "woodland friends" and I think this little character fits in nicely.

This used:

Image:  LOTV Digital "Woodland Owl"
Sentiment:  LOTV Christmas Sentiment Tags
Backing Papers:  Make and Create "Merry & Bright"
Crystal and Gold Glamour Dust
Ribbon and Twine
Glossy Accents
White Gel Pen
Nail Heads
Eyelet for the Tag
My Trusty Sewing Machine

So this now means I have made 39 Christmas cards this year so far .. .. nowhere near enough .. .. and  the ones I have made are no longer nestled in my stock box because I have sold most of them.

I must admit though I have been good this year and am putting to one side some I would like to send myself.  That is half the stress of Christmas for me.  I make cards and then sell them all and end up making my own in a panic at the last minute.  But not this year!!!  I have promised myself a stress-free Christmas with no last minute cards to make.  My own little stash is going to stay nicely tucked away.

Anyway, that is me for today.  Off to link up today's creation.

Have a good day everyone.  Sorry if the rain is going to spoil something you had planned.


JanR said...

Wonderful card! I especially love the papers and that sweet lil heart.

meg said...

gorgeous papers and topper Jules I love owls and robins, you've showcased this one beautifully

Dotty Jo said...

What a sweet little owl. I have some gorgeous owl images myself and never even thought of them for this challenge! Thanks for playing along again at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge, it's good to have you back and you are totally forgiven! Jo x

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Jules, what a lovely card, I adore the little sweet image and your lovely colouring. Beautiful papers and colouring. Enjoy your Sunday, Kate x

Aquarius said...

Definitely 'stay in and craft' weather - any excuse!! This charming owl is just right for the Kickstart challenge.

Lynne said...

A super sweet card Jules and lovely stitching x

Lorraine said...

I love this Christmas card, the owl is so cute and the papers look fab. You sound just like me...I make all my Christmas cards...sell them...then end up in a mad rush to make some for myself. Although I have 3 fairs booked and haven't really made much this year!
Lorraine x

Kathleen said...

Really great image, some lovely papers too and I am really draw to circles on cards these days but always forget to use them. Ver ylovely colours too.

Kath x

Carol S. said...

A gorgeous little owl Jules and love the papers too. A beautiful card.

It has rained on and off all day here in Suffolk. Great for me, as I was doing a Craft Fayre today. As we live near a gorgeous beach, if it's a warm sunny day, they all head for the beach!! If it's raining, they come to the Garden Centre where the fayre was! So we had a lot of sales for both days, Saturday and today. Great for my charity! Big hugs, Carol

Crafting Queen said...

Love the card!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a wonderful card Jules.

Sue xx

Sarah G said...

Love the folk style pattern papers framing this gorgeous owl - such a pretty woodland card. Great to see you at Christmas Kickstart, Jules and glad to see that you are making such good use of the wet weather :)

Stamps and Paper said...

Your little owl is so sweet Jules, love your stitched backing papers, like you I'm not going to panic this year either with Christmas cards, I actually made some in January...


cotnob said...

Such a cheerful Christmas card Jules, a cute owl and lovely papers.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob