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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 23 July 2020


Good morning everyone

I hope your week is going well.

At last I have found time to put together the "step by step" card I promised as the conclusion to my little "sewing on cards" tutorials.  

Lots of pictures, which I think are much easier to follow than a string of words/instructions .. .. but before I start this is the finished teeny, tiny 3.5" square card

I didn't include any circles that needed stitching 
.. .. .. but you could just as easily change the centre aperture into any shape you fancy.

So these are the basic shapes I began with.  

A base card that has a strip of design paper added, a green square that is slightly larger than the pink frame, and a piece of striped design paper that is slightly smaller than the pink frame.

Add small dots of glue to the corners of the frame - but not near the inner or outer edges as this is where you will be stitching and you don't want to transfer any glue into your sewing machine.

Add the striped design paper to the back of the frame

Stitch around the inner edge of the frame and pull the end threads through to the back

Stick the ends down with clear tape.

Add glue to the corners of the backed frame, again avoiding the outer edge.

Attach to the green square

Stitch the outer edges of the frame,  pull the ends to the back of your work 
and stick down with clear tape.

Add to the card front.

You could just stitch the frame and then mount it onto the striped design paper, 
but I like the fact that everything is stitched together strong and secure. 

Now it just needs the diecut bird and sentiment adding.

The sentiment was computer generated using font "Mr Sirloin BTN Rare"
The bird is a X-Cut Die - Folk Bird
and the musical notes are a small punch

So this finishes my string of sewing tutorials.  
I hope you have enjoyed the little journey 
and that some of you will have fun adding a bit of stitching to your creations.

Take care everyone and enjoy your day.


Lorraine said...

Hello Jules,
Sorry I haven't visited in a while :-( cricket - I think they are trying to fit a years worth of games into seven weeks! It doesn't help that Emma plays for 5 teams!

Anyway, just had a mooch around all your posts...GORGEOUS MAKES. Love your stitching tutorials -fab photos and clear instructions - they are brilliant.
Today's card is just so cute - I love it, fab colurs and beautifully designed as always.

Lorraine x

meg said...

Thank you for another wonderful tutorial,the step by step pics demonstrate everything so clearly,a beautiful tiny card

Crafting Queen said...

Lovely card, thanks for sharing your tips.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a beautiful card Jules. Thank you for the step by step tutorials you gave us, it was so nice of you to share this technique.

Sue xx

Pop's Cards said...

Oh I love this, how do you get a straight line, I had a go and it just went wonky, Im not even sure I was using it right as it was so fast...

I adore this little cutie its so pretty, the paper really makes the little bird stand out, hugs Pops x

cotnob said...

A sweet card Jules, thank you for all of your sewing tutorials, you have inspired me to get my sewing machine out - I just need to find it now!
My eldest son is moving out at the weekend, he and his girlfriend are moving in together, he also starts a new teaching job in September, exciting times for him.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

great card , love the stitched frame . x

Aquarius said...

Brilliant conclusion to your sewing tutorials and so clearly illustrated. I've been busy sewing but sadly not yet onto cards yet 😥

Enny said...

Such a beautiful sweet card Jules, and thank you for the tutorial ! I do hope that you and your family stay healthy, especially your dear Mother. We are also obliged to wear mouth masks, hopefully people are sensible, who wants to get ill ?? Hugs, Enny

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ohhh this is soooo cute, I love it. The wee birdy is fantastic. Thank You so much for doing the tutorials, I am planning on playing again at the weekend with my machine. Must get my stitching straight!!! Hazel x

cuilliesocks said...

Super tutorial and gorgeous card, beautifully designed and coloured, Kate x x

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous card, love the bird dies and the colours.

Kath x

Liz said...

Super card Jules, so cute. I always admire the stitching on your cards, so neat. One of these days I will have a go at machine stitching on my cards, thanks for the inspiration. xx

Karen Dunbrook said...

very sweet colours.
x Karen

Stamps and Paper said...

Morning Jules...thank you for your sewing tutorials just got to put it into practice now!
Your card really is sweet, love your little birdie die and as always everything matches beautifully

Have a good weekend


Kath said...

A cute card and another great tutorial.
Kath x

Gibmiss said...

Fabulous card ... Jules the hand stitching .... sooo neat ....
love the bird...
Hugs Sylvie xx

Sarah said...

I have much enjoyed the sewing journey you have shared with us and this was a fitting final stop. Such a gorgeous card, love the pretty green and amazing pink paper and the little folk bird die is a delight. I really do intend to be brave and have a go!! xx