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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.

Thursday, 16 July 2020


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all well and the week is being kind to you.

Don't worry I haven't lost the plot and ended up confused about what the season is 
.. .. .. this is the new theme for the 

Summer  -  OR  -  Autumn ?

As guest designer for July, out of the two options I chose "summer".

As well as sharing a project to showcase your choice 
you also need to say why your selection is your favourite.

I must admit I did ponder Autumn for a while because I do love the colours that this season brings .. .. 
but Summer had to win as we get to enjoy beautiful long sunny days (if we are lucky),
we can walk out without needing a coat, and hopefully enjoy the odd picnic or two.

Plus the gas and electric bills are always cheaper in summer LOL!!!

So my creation used:

Image:  Penny Black "4083K" Break for Cake
Sentiment:  Crafters Companion "Let's Party" Clear Stamp Set
Backing Papers:  Etsy Digital Download Alphabet Store "Watercolor Strawberry" Paper Pack
Spellbinder Circle and Scalloped Circle Dies
X-Cut Small Daisy Punch
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I hope you get chance to play along and please pop over to here to see what the challenge design team members created.

Enjoy your day everyone and I will catch you again tomorrow.


meg said...

you chose the perfect summer image , a picnic, cake and strawberries, love the backing papers a beautiful card

Crafting Queen said...

Love this card Jules. Beautiful colouring. Have a lovely day.

Aquarius said...

And who doesn't love strawberries and cake!! I have a feeling I have that stamp which must have been hanging around for years somewhere in my stash.

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Jules, such a cute image and pretty papers.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Elaine Stark said...

A super card. Love summer, but we are still waiting here in Scotland! Elaine

Stamps and Paper said...

Hi Jules....Your card is adorable the little mouse sitting talking to the ladybird, this a card that makes you smile......Nothing nicer than a picnic sitting in the warm sunshine..


Brenda said...

Awww, this card is so cute Jules! I love the little picnic this guys are having. That background is so fun too, looks like a party in the sky! Then there is the little strip of strawberry paper, perfect, just perfect Oh gosh, summer or autumn? That is a hard one. I love summer for the longer days, the warmer days, the sunshine...but it brings hot, hot weather too and our electric bill goes up from running the air conditioner...sometimes non stop. I love it when I can throw the windows and doors open and enjoy the breezes, not the hot, humid breezes. But then without hot weather, I wouldn't enjoy the pool. I love autumn for the changing of color, but hate when the leaves all fall and we have naked trees. I love the sunny, warmish days of autumn where I can throw open the doors and windows too. I don't love when it is rainy day after day like it has been the last couple falls. Or maybe it was my moods that were dark and I didn't see the sunshine. And I don't like the shorter days or what's to come next. But I do enjoy all the seasons, just wish winter wasn't so long. lol So I guess I have to say summer right now. Hugs, Brenda

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ahhhh your card is super, what a great make. I love both summer and autumn for similar reasons. Love the colours of autumn but like not having to think how many layers I need to put on for summer!! (Although it seems to be a variety of seasons here every day just now!!) Hazel x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Love the backing paper...stunning image to one to me it ...
Hugs Sylvie xx

Kathleen said...

Really lovely papers and a great image, I think I used this one a few weeks ago, I think in future I will get you to colour my images! Super card.

Kath x

Little K Smith said...

Hi Jules
Lovely to hear from you the other day, I hope you're keeping well. I love this PB stamp and always love popping over to admire your work.
I think crafting has just about kept me sane during this lockdown ;D
Stay safe.
Kelly. xx

Carol S. said...

Gorgeous card again Jules. Love the PB image and the background is beautiful. Hope all is well with you.
Stay safe and big hugs,
Carol S.xxxx

R's Rue said...

So cute

Lynne said...

A lovely cute image Jules, not seen this one before, and fab papers to match x

Enny said...

What a lovely Summer card, such a sweet image, that picnic ! Hugs, Enny

Sarah said...

This is a perfect summer card, picnic baskets and strawberries xx