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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, 1 January 2020


Hi Everyone

Happy New Year!  I hope that it is going to be a happy and super crafty one for everyone.

No super rash promises/resolutions from this end .. .. for the first time ever .. .. because I know this year is going to be super chaotic before I even get start on it.  Mainly down to Mr Heart who is taking early retirement at the end of March .. .. and I get the feeling that my life is about to change big time.  

I hope you all had a wonderful and happy Christmastime.  Did anyone else give themselves blisters by needing to chop far too many vegetables? 

Christmas in the house of hearts was lovely, with my little nest nice and full again as all the family came home .. .. just for a while.  But now they have all flown away again. Boo hoo!!

But I suppose all good things must come to an end .. .. and soon I will be back into the old routine for just a few weeks, before retirement chaos hits .. .. but not until all those sheets and towels have been laundered and I get my crafty pod back into some sense of tidiness. 

Just a quick birthday card to share today that was put together on the dining room table because I couldn't get to the desk or my sewing machine in the craft pod .. .. ..

This used:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set "664163" Wildflower Stems #1
Paper Smooches Wise Dies "FBD120" Birthday Words
Make & Create Paper Pad "Sweet Colours"
Distress Oxide Ink Pads:  Frayed Burlap, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries
Unbranded stitched square die set

The lovely Sizzix Die Set was delivered by Santa and I have been itching to cut and colour it all Christmas.  Today I finally got the chance.

Happy new year wishes .. .. ..


Carole said...

Oh I love this!...that dark blue background really sets off your lovely flower. You are one dedicated crafter Jules! xx

meg said...

Beautiful die sets Jules the papers complement the colours you used for the flowers percectly

Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful elegant card. Happy New Year to you. Hugs Anesha

cotnob said...

Such a pretty card Jules, I love the contrast of the pale pink flower and dark blue bakground - a super sentiment, a great font.
Things will certainly be different when Mr H retires but you will soon settle into your new life together - it was the best thing my Husband ever did and his early retirement was not planned, it was an opportunity that was too good to miss.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and crafty New Year.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Lynne said...

Happy New Year Jules. Back to normal for us tomorrow after we've taken the Christmas tree down but we haven't even started the Christmas cake yet and I'm wanting to lose a bit of weight too! I hope hubby will enjoy his retirement, I know mine loves it and always finds plenty to do x

Lorraine said...

Happy New Year Jules. I wish you a very happy, healthy and crafty 2020.
This card is gorgeous, love the cas design and that lovely sentiment die.
Lorraine x

Tracey T said...

Happy New Year Jules! Sounds like there are going to be some interesting changes ahead - looking forward to hearing about them. Love your card, the die is so pretty xx

JanR said...

Lovely card! Such pretty colours too. Happy New Year to you!

Stamps and Paper said...

Happy New Year to you Jules....beautiful will be different when your hubby retires but its lovely having them home and being able to go out and about more..enjoy your time together


KandA said...

Happy new year Jules. Gorgeous card, love the colours and super die-cuts xx

Kath said...

Happy New Year to you too Jules.

A beautiful card Jules and a lovely die cut flower.

Kath x

Liz said...

Happy New Year, Jules!
Stunning card, I love the colours and the flower is just fabulous. xx

Kathleen said...

A very Happy New Year to you too Julie. A really great card, super dies, especially the sentiment one, don't often see those. Great background borders, like the choice of black and white.

Good Luck on Hubby's retirement, First words in the morning could be "What are we doing today"?

I am just going to pop to ?????? Oh right "I'll come with you"

Where ever we go "I'll drive"
I could go on but.....

Kath x

Aquarius said...

A happy and healthy new year to you. This is a lovely card and I'm sure you will love using these flower dies, so versatile.

Sarah said...

Happy New Year Jules, sounds like it is going to be a lovely one in your house. What a lovely card this is, didn't Santa do well, that is such a pretty die and coloured beautifully xx