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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.

Saturday, 19 December 2020


Hi Everyone

I am nearly back on track .. .. .. in fact I might be ahead of where I usually am at this time of year. Yay!!!

I still have a few special Christmas cards to make but other than that I am well on my way to be being ready for Santa.

But yesterday was Mr Heart's birthday and Christmas went on hold to celebrate his special day.  I do feel sorry that his birthday falls so close to Christmas and try my very best to separate the two.  The mantlepiece is still full of his birthday cards and they will stay there for a little while until I can't hold off from swapping his cards for fairy lights and candles.

This is the card I made for our youngest Son to give him .. .. .. 

This used:

Image:  Lili of the Valley:  James the Bear Cheers
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using "Carbon Type"
Backing Paper:  The Lovely Studio black circles printed onto blue card to match James' tie
Washi Tape
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.

I hope everyone is OK.  

Not sure if I should mention the re-arranged Christmas plans or not.  I just feel so sorry for all those people that may have gone out food shopping today to buy supplies for the Christmas they were planning to have when they woke up this morning.


JD/ Jill said...

Very nicely made Birthday card! I'm sure your husband will love it!

meg said...

Hope your hubby had a lovely day on his birthday,love this James bear card,have a wonderful Christmas,take care Meg xx

Aquarius said...

That's one really cute bear - a great idea to match the background to his tie as well, very clever.

Lorraine said...

A brilliant card Jules. James looks fab and I love the design. I hope Mr H had a very happy birthday.
I hope you are keeping safe.
Lorraine x

Kath said...

A lovely card for Mr Heart - I hope he enjoyed his special day.
Kath x

cotnob said...

A super card for your son to give his Dad Jules, my eldest son's Birthday was on Friday so I know what you mean about trying to separate them, we never put our Christmas tree or decorations up until after Matt's Birthday when he lived at home.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

cuilliesocks said...

Such a gorgeous card Jules, I just love James and you've coloured him beautifully.
Happy Birthday to your Hubby, Kate x

wannabcre8tive said...

I love this adorable card. I like the matching tie with the paper. Great coloring!

Crafting Queen said...

Lovely card. Have a great Christmas.

Stamps and Paper said...

Hello Jules...a really cute card James is such a sweet image...I wasn't surprised and the governments decision last night...we will now be on our own and thankfully we can freeze some food...I will miss the grandchildren opening their presents but its best to be safe....


Dotty Jo said...

I'm sure Mr Heart loved his card. It was my dad's birthday yesterday too. Just like you we make sure that we celebrate in non-Christmas style, Jo x

Kathleen said...

You just can not beat LOTv image, they don't age, they don't go out of style. A really super card, great design and colours. Yep pretty close to Christmas but I can beat you on that one, my Hubby's birthday is Christmas Day and he is a twin.

Kath x

Gibmiss said...

Fabulous card Jules ...happy Birthday to Hubby ....
Hugs Sylvie xx

Carol S. said...

Hi Jules,

James the Bear is my favourite LOTV Bear. So of course a gorgeous card!

My son was supposed to be going to London on Christmas Eve to a wedding!! Then staying overnight and having Christmas dinner there too. As he lives in West Sussex. he can no longer go into London. They was a bit fed up as they hadn't ordered any food for home!

Better safe than sorry.

We have a funny situation with our birthdays, as they are only 3 days apart. So as Rick's is first, his cards go on the fireplace. Then, when mine comes, his cards go on the windowsill and mine on the fireplace!!

Great fun!!
Love and hugs,
Carol xxxx

Sarn said...

Oh, how SWEET is this?! Lovely.
Hope your husband enjoyed his birthday as much as possible.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sarah said...

What a lovely card for Daddy Heart, bet he loved it!! Even more changes today, I don't like it and we are still in Tier 2. things can only get better surely!? If I don't visit again before the big day I widh you and yours a healthy and happy Christmas and I look forward to taking inspiration from your wonderful blog next year xx