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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 20 November 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

For today I have been super organised and scheduled a post to share a project I enjoyed working on for the current issue of Papercraft Inspirations magazine .. .. which is now decorating the newsagent shelves!

For this commission I was asked to work with a cute plastic dome which is lit with a tiny LED light, plain flat packed wooden shapes that are constructed to form decorative elements, a Moonstone "Prancing Pixies" die set and metallic gold gilding flakes.

I had great fun colouring, painting, constructing and gilding the wooden elements and then arranging and fixing them inside the dome, using modelling paste with Glamour dust sprinkled on top to create a snowy base.

To decorate the inside of the dome I added double sided tape to vellum, die cut and punched into the vellum and then removed the backing from the tape to attach the various elements.

The finished dome is approximately 14cm high and is going to look super cute decorating my home over Christmas.  I wonder where it will be nestled?

Tuesday 19 November 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

A very cold and wintery start here today .. .. in fact it started early evening yesterday when I even needed to clear ice off my windscreen to leave Mum's car park. 

As always variety is the spice of life in the House of Hearts and my time is being divided between wedding, magazine and Christmas work (and the odd bit of housework where absolutely necessary LOL!!).

On the Christmas front I did a few teeny tiny makes as they are really popular at the moment (a whole 3.5 inches square for anyone new to my blog) and this was my favourite from today's makes using exactly the same die as I used on Sunday:

This used:

Memory Box Die "98257" Modern Landscape Border
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Backing Paper:  Pink Petticoat
Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

and that is me for today.. .. .. .. back to the weddings for me next.

I'll hopefully catch you again soon.

Sunday 17 November 2019


Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a really lovely weekend.

I took a little time out from the wedding work this afternoon to create a Christmas card for entering into a couple of challenges.

The theme came from the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where this fortnight Jo is looking for some "snow" .. .. .. and as I culled a few snippets in the process of making my card I am skipping over to the playground to take part in Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge.

Here is my offering for today:


This used:

Cutting Dies:
Memory Box "98257" Modern Landscape Border
The Paper Boutique Cutting Dies "Winter Wishes"
Sentiment:  DoCrafts Papermania "PMA907180" Christmas in the County - Tags
Backing Papers:  Make & Create "Lovely Mystery"
Glamour Dust
Silver Metallic Twine

Everything has been in my collection for quite some time with the exception of the Winter Wishes die set.  I fell in love with this set when visiting my lovely blog buddy Sarah.   I was very fortunate to pick it up quite a few weeks ago in the Hobbycraft sale and it has been patiently sitting waiting until today to be used.

So that is me for today.  Enjoy what is left of the weekend.

Friday 15 November 2019


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday .. .. ahead of what I hope will be a good weekend for you.  Another week that doesn't seem to have lasted very long at all!

Time here is being spent getting wedding stationery ready for "happy couples" who want to distribute their invitations personally to their guests over the Christmas period .. .. and I have quite a lot of them to do.

One set is involving lots of machine stitching so Mr Heart is going to have to endure some more of that over the weekend because I have moved my sewing machine downstairs!

Only wedding stationery has been happening over the past few days .. .. but I do have some makes to share from magazines which are now making an appearance on the magazine shelves.

My first makes come from the Make Cards Today magazine.  One of those bumper packs where you can sit and make lots of projects using just the contents of the pack along with basic supplies.

I was asked to work on a sketch commission .. .. which was nice and easy for me as I have lots of sketches all ready and waiting on the sketch tab at the top of my blog.

These were the three cards I made

All using sketch number 25 .. .. of course the sketch has been rotated and used in different ways to show just how useful a sketch can be!

 I also worked on a decoupage commission and this was my favourite from that set


You can't beat a tartan ribbon at Christmas in my eyes LOL!!

I will share some other of my magazine makes another day rather than give you too many hearts to find in one day!  LOL!!

Back to my sewing machine now.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that the rain stays away so that some of the floods can start to disappear!  They are going to make life very difficult for so many people and businesses.  Not good at any time .. .. but it feels extra painful being so close to Christmas!

Tuesday 12 November 2019


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good Tuesday.

It has all been very busy here .. .. hence my lack of posting and visiting .. .. AGAIN!!!  Sorry!

Lots of making happening but not much of it is for sharing unfortunately.

I did take a bit of time out this evening though to make another couple of "scrapling" cards which measure a whole 13.5 x 6.5cm  .. 

These used:

Image:  The Lovely Studio "Christmas Diva Doodles"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Jelly Roll Pen
Glossy Accents
Tiny Gems
My Trusting Sewing Machine

and that is me for today .. .. whilst it is still Tuesday.

Sunday 10 November 2019


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them