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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.

Friday, 23 July 2021

BAALAMB

Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!  Nearly the weekend .. .. .. .. yet again!!!  Where are these weeks disappearing too?

Here today to share a quick card which uses one of the images I have enjoyed colouring whilst sitting in the garden.  I don't think I have ever had so many images coloured up and "ready to go".  

Every year I promise myself that I will sit and enjoy the garden and the fresh air more .. .. .. and every year summer comes and goes and all I have ever done is "physically" garden .. .. .. but not this year.  

At last I have learnt to enjoy my garden in a different and more relaxing way.  It hasn't been a case of just digging and weeding ... ... ... though I have had to do that as well!  LOL!!

Anyway, let me introduce you to Baalamb .. .. :




This used:

Image:  Woodware "JGS768" Fuzzy Friends - Baalamb
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font Aracne Condensed Regular
Backing Papers:  From the snippet box .. .. all I know is it came from a Nitwits Collection
ProMarkers
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Isn't it just the most fun image?  Perfect for filling the front of a 14.5cm square card all on its own.

So it is nearly time for me to head off to Mum.  Friday is our laundry and cleaning day .. .. .. though today making a batch of peanut brittle is also on the cards. 

Mum really fancied some a while back and we have looked in every shop and supermarket over the last few weeks and haven't been able to find any.  I felt sorry for her, so decided I would have a go at trying to make her some myself.  She loved it .. .. .. so I am guessing this may become another part of our routine now.  LOL!!!


I know that looks like a huge glass of gin and tonic on the left .. .. but it is just cold water with ice in that I used to test my toffee was going to set  ... ... honestly guv!

So that is me for today.

Enjoy your day and your weekend .. .. whatever you are doing.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

PERFECT STRIPES

Hi Everyone

I hope you have been enjoying your week and haven't melted away in the heat!

What a lovely week of sunshine we have been having .. .. .. just a shame that the nights are just as warm!

My colouring antics have still been happening under the umbrella in the garden when I get chance, which means I have been accumulating a lovely box of ready coloured images ready for when I feel I can stand the heat that is in my craft pod. 

This morning started  nice and fresh so I at least managed to use one of my freshly coloured images to create a card: 






This used:

Image:  LOTV "Perfect Stripes"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Aracne Condensed Regular)
Backing Papers:  From a "new" box of snippets I found stashed away.  So even more of the blighters to use up now!!
ProMarkers
My Trusty Sewing Machine

next I would like to say a very big

"THANK YOU"

to everyone who searched for what I thought was going to be an impossible heart for people to spot .. .. .. .. but nah!  There was no fooling you hard and fast heart searchers.  

Well done to everyone who found it .. .. .. and to prove there really was one .. .. .. it was hidden in the centre of this snowflake.


I'll catch you again soon.

Saturday, 17 July 2021

PROBABLY AN IMPOSSIBLE HEART

Hi Everyone

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

It has been a scorcher here today and I have spent quite a bit of time colouring on the patio table under the shade of the umbrella.  Happy times and so relaxing!!

The current "As You See It" challenge is a sketch with a focal point.  Well we all know how much I love a sketch .. .. .. so I decided to make a Christmas Card .. .. .. to cool me down LOL!!!

This was the final result:





This used:

Cuttlebug Snowflake Die .. .. .. probably has antique value now as it is years old
DoCrafts Embossing Folder:  Snowflakes
Distress Ink Pad:  Chipped Sapphire
Spellbinder Circle Die
Ribbon
Crystal Glamour Dust (for adding to the snowflake)
DoCrafts Glitter Dome
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and the sketch for following




So that is me for today .. .. with another Christmas card in my stock box and lots of images coloured!

I am hoping that tomorrow is going to as productive as today .. .. .. with lots of colouring done in readiness for future cards!

Enjoy tomorrow whatever you have planned and apologies if the heart isn't showing up too well on the photographs.  But I promise there is one there.

Friday, 16 July 2021

BIRTHDAY CHEERS

Hi Everyone

I hope your week has been going well ... ... and you have seen some summer sunshine!

Lots of re-organising and gardening has been happening here, which hasn't resulted in anything to share on my blog, but I did find a little bit of time today to make this:




This used:

Image:  GCR Designs: Wine Definition
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Backing Paper:  JAnnB Designs Cork Papers
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is all! 

So now you know the definition of wine please don't get all your nutritional "5 a day" from a wine bottle .. .. .. as nice as that might sound you will more than likely end up with a BIG headache!  LOL!!

Take care everyone.

Hopefully catch you again soon.

Monday, 12 July 2021

A QUICK CHRISTMAS CARD

Hi Everyone

I hope you enjoyed your weekend .. .. .. shame about the football result but at least we got to the finals and enjoyed the excitement of the game.  It is also a shame about all the bad and embarrassing behaviour but I am not going to start on that because I will rant on for ages!!!!

Instead I will just share a Christmas card:




This used:

Image:  Visible Imaged "Inked Holly"
Backing Paper:  From my snippet mountain
Gold Embossing Powder
ProMarkers
Red glitter
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I began by heat embossing the image in gold and then re-stamping in black to colour, cut out and add to the embossed image.

So that is another Christmas card into the box .. .. .. I need to pull my finger out on the Christmas front .. .. .. we are over halfway to Christmas 2021 already eeekkk!!!.  

If I want that chilled Christmas build up I promised myself this year I need to be getting a move on!  This year seems to be whizzing by!

Take care everyone.

Catch you soon.

Friday, 9 July 2021

LOADS OF LOVE

Hi Everyone

I hope your week has been a good one and that you are ready for your weekend.  Hope it is one filled with things you enjoy.

I needed to nip to the supermarket for some additional supplies for Mum today and I couldn't help but see what other folk were putting through the check-out!  Most folk appeared to be buying food that wasn't going to take much preparation to eat alongside the football on Sunday .. .. .. a few people even had bottles of bubbly so were clearly planning on having something to celebrate!  Oooooo .... ... wouldn't that be nice .. .. .. an England win .. .. .. in fact that would be very nice! 

Anyway, just a quick share from me tonight:




This used:

Image:  Julie Hickey "SKU: JH1043" Sweet Daisy Stamp Set
Sentiment:  Penny Black Clear Stamp Set "30-146" Loads of Love (Great to be able to curve clear sentiment stamps).
Backing Papers:  All from my snippet mountain
Distress Ink Pad:  Bundled Sage
ProMarkers
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
Ribbon
My Trusty Sewing Machine
and Sketch Number from Five from my Rectangular Sketch Library  (feel free to use it if you like the look of it).


Enjoy your weekend everyone .. .. .. whether you are a footie fan, a tennis fan or someone who isn't interested in either.  

Personally I don't have the foggiest idea how to follow the scoring with tennis .. .. .. but footie .. .. I will definitely be there for that!  Come on England!!!!

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

TEENY, TINY TUESDAY

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday .. .. .. I hope your day has been a good one. 

Here today to share a "teeny, tiny card" which for anyone new to my blog measures a whole 3.5 inches square.  

These are great for attaching to gifts, sending as an "actual greeting card" .. .. .. and those without a sentiment sometimes look great mounted into a picture frame.  A set of them look great in a larger frame, be it just two, three or four .. .. even more if the frame is big enough. LOL!!

Just a little singleton from me today though along with a handmade envelope:




This used:

Image:  Woodware "JGS489" Cosmos Flowers
Sentiment:  Julie Hickey "SKU:JH1043" Sweet Daisy Stamp Set
Distress Ink Pads:  Speckled Egg and Bundled Sage
ProMarkers
Gold Glamour Dust
The envelope was made from a square of Pink Petticoat paper that was leftover from another project.  I quite like a pattern inside the little envelopes .. .. it makes them appear extra cute.
My Trusty Sewing Machine


and that is me for today.

Supper time now but I will catch you again soon.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

SUNDAY SNIPPETS

Hi Everyone

I hope your Sunday has been a good one.

We have had sunshine followed by big rain showers on repeat all day .. .. .. so I was very happily able to turn my back on the laundry basket and ignore it!  Yay!!!

Instead I continued on my crafty tidy up campaign and when it came to my snippet mountain I decided to use a few of the black and white ones to create this:



This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3859H" Corner Piece
White Embossing Powder
My Trusty Sewing Machine
and a few black and white snippets

Unable to stamp so that everything joined together beautifully, I stamped and embossed the image four times and cut each into squares to piece them together .. .. .. hence the join lines.

I hope you see the hearts that I see?

I am taking this over to:

Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge .. .. where we are encouraged to use our snippets rather than cutting into new sheets of card etc.  (everything on my card was a snippet apart from the base card).

and

The Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme is always "anything goes as long as it includes a Penny Black goodie" or there is an optional theme of "Monochrome" .. .. which I went for.

So that is me for today.

Before I go I would just like to say "thank you" for the lovely comments I received on the "retiform" card that I posted.  Quite a few of you asked and emailed for a tutorial.  There are lots on YouTube but I came up with another .. .. "much simpler" way to create the effect which I didn't see anywhere else.  I am hoping to share that with everyone later this week.

In the meantime enjoy what is left of your weekend and continue to stay safe.

Saturday, 3 July 2021

ANNIVERSARY WISHES

Hi Everyone

I hope your weekend has got off to a good start .. .. .. .. I am sure the England football result will certainly have helped.

We have had thunderstorms and rainstorms here this evening so I felt sorry for anyone who was hosting a mini BBQ / football viewing with friends.

My share today is a wedding anniversary card:




Mmmmm... .. .. not sure how many people would celebrate their anniversary in a bath .. .. .. but it sounds pretty good to me LOL!!

This used:

Image:  LOTV "Bubble Bath"
Bubble Frame:  Digi Treats "Doodles Set 1"  So many frames available here and I love them all!!  xx
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Ink Free"
Backing Papers:  From snippet mountain, but originally from The Works
ProMarkers
Ribbon
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I hope the rest of your weekend goes well .. .. .. the garden definitely got a good rainwater watering today .. .. but tomorrow I would like to see some nice washing drying weather pretty please.

Apologies for the continued lack of posts and blog comments. This last week has been gobbled up by gardening duties, wall painting and most importantly .. .. keeping Mum happy and comfortable.  My blog will always be here but my Mum won't, and I need to make the most of being with her whilst I can.

But hopefully this coming week will see my blog being a little more active as all my orders are currently up to date.  Yay!!!!


Sunday, 27 June 2021

A CARD IN TEN MINUTES

Hi Everyone

I hope you have all been having a lovely weekend. 

We have spent quite a bit of ours gardening .. .. .. it feels so good when you can look out of your window and see where your time has gone!

Over at the As You See It Challenge it is time for another "Card in Under 10 Minutes" theme .. .. and I decided this morning that if I couldn't spare 10 minutes to make a quick card it was a poor show.  The theme being "fast foliage".

The only trouble was I ended up making two cards - because the first one went "over time" but the second one (with a few changes) came in at 9 minutes 38 seconds.  I still only just made it!

To play along you can design your card in your head or sketch it out first.  You can gather all your supplies ahead of time.  But once you start cutting/stamping/die cutting/embossing etc you must start your timer.

Anyway .. .. this is my final card:




This used:

Embossing Folder: Kaisercraft "Leaves"
Sentiment:  Wow! "StampSet33" Big Words
Distress Ink:  Bundled Sage
Sizzix Originals Die "655459" Frame Heart
Corner Rounding and Heart Punch
My Trusty Sewing Machine


and this was my first attempt .. .. .. which came in at 10 minutes 58 seconds 



Cutting out one of the layers and trimming my sentiment so it didn't need to fit the card front so precisely made all the difference, and I must admit I think I prefer the less fussy version.


Hoping for fewer jobs around the house and more crafting this coming week.

Sadly my wedding couple who were supposed to have got married yesterday have had to defer for yet another year.  We are hoping for "third time lucky".

They could have got married .. .. with reduced numbers .. .. no dancing, no group photographs and masks to be worn at the reception.  But I am not surprised they have decided to wait until next year in the hope that things are much more improved.

So no wedding .. .. .. but they could have travelled to the Euro games and stood side by side alongside hundreds of total strangers with not a mask in sight!!  Where is the sense in that?!?!?!

Monday, 21 June 2021

HARE IN THE MIDDLE

Hi Everyone

Happy Monday .. .. .. I hope you all had a good weekend and all the Dads enjoyed their special day. 

I needed to get up bright and early to clear the dining room table (yet again) ready for our youngest Son coming to celebrate the day with his Dad .. .. unfortunately the London Kids weren't able to be here but we had a good catch up on Facetime!

We can't wait for the day to arrive when we will all be together again.  It feels like a lifetime since we were.

A while back (in the good old days) I was fortunate to visit the offices of Immediate Media and whilst there got to sit in on a pre-issue planning meeting.  One set of cards that really stuck in my mind used a technique called "retiform".  

I thought about the technique over the weekend and decided to give it a go for the background of my card.  Not too bad for a first attempt.





This used:

Images:

Woodware Clear Stamp Set "JGS699" Hare in the Middle
Woodward Clear Stamp Set "JGS300" Going to Seed
Sentiment:  LOTV "Simply Cute Sentiments"
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set "664382A" Springtime Borders
X-Cut Flower Punch
Distress Ink Pads and Memento Dewdrop Ink Pads
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am taking this over to the As You See It Challenge where the theme is "Masculine".

Hopefully catch you again soon .. ..