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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.

Sunday 28 February 2021


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday!

I hope that you are all having a really lovely weekend.

The sun has been shining beautifully here .. .. .. it certainly puts a spring in your step and lifts the spirits doesn't it?

My "clear up" campaign is still continuing and part of that mission involves making use of snippets of card and backing papers that seem to keep breeding when my back is turned .. .. .. .. and that is what today's card consists of.  

All card and paper came from snippet mountain apart from the base card.

This used:

Image and Sentiment:  My Favorite Things "Birthday Bears"
Backing papers:  All from Snippet Mountain
Spellbinders Frameabilities:  Scalloped Edge Frame (but I used the plain frame within the set and inked through the holes with Distress Ink).
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

So as I have used lots of snippets I am heading over to Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge.

Enjoy the rest of your day .. .. .. can you believe it is March tomorrow!!!!  Where is the year going? 

For saying we haven't been allowed to do much the time is certainly flying by!

Tuesday 23 February 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope your week is off to a good start.

Here tonight with a make for taking over to Fezziwig's Festive Frolics Challenge where the theme this fortnight is quite strict .. .. .. square or rectangular cards are banned.  Eeeekkk!!!

I decided on this little fella:

This used:

Backing Papers:  Wild Rose Studio "Winter Bauble"
Wooden Sentiment embossed with White Embossing Powder
Sizzix Snowflake Die "659912" (Discontinued)
Glitter Card
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today with another Christmas card into the box.  

Sunday 21 February 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all been enjoying your weekend.

Don't ask me where I have been this last week because I have no idea!  Life has been super busy and I don't seem to have stopped for a second.

The re-organising is continuing and I am actually able to see improvements in a few areas.  Woo hoo!!

I have a quick and simple share today that I am taking over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1445K" Partying
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Aracne Condensed Regular"
Backing Paper:  A lucky find in a snippet box .. .. I coloured my image last night and was quite pleased when I came to use it this morning that I had a scrap of paper that was a perfect match.
My Trusty Sewing Machine

The theme for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge is always "anything goes" (provided it uses Penny Black products) and this month the optional theme is "paper-piecing".  I started going through my stamps to decide what I would paper piece (other than the ones I "always" paper piece) .. .. and decided I was wasting far too much time so decided to just go down the "anything goes" route.

Hopefully this coming week is going to see me much more productive on the blogging front and catching up with all my lovely blog pals!

Take care and have a good week.

Had my Covid vaccine last Friday and was really surprised to learn that they were also allowing "walk-ins" to have one.  I guess it is a case of the more the merrier ... .. .. but it did make for rather long and slow queues!

I wonder what announcements Boris is going to make tomorrow?  I certainly don't envy him his job that's for sure .. .. ..  give me my little craft pod any day!  

Monday 15 February 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you have enjoyed the start to your week.  

Definitely the super cold snap seems to have given way to a much warmer day here today.

It is about time a new sketch for February made an appearance in my sketch vault (I am trying to add a new one each month) and this is how I have used this month's offering:  

This used:

Image: LOTV "Spring Blooms"
Sentiment:  DigiStamp Boutique Clear Stamp (sadly no longer trading .. boo hoo!)
Design Papers:  First Edition Papers:  Bella Rose
Martha Stewart Daisy Edge Punch
X-Cut Flower Punch
Double Fishtail Die - unbranded from Amazon
Dew Drop Sticker
My Trusty Sewing Machine
and my new sketch

If anyone wants to use any of my sketches then please feel free to do so .. .. .. I use them as a reference point when I want to create a quick card and don't have time to faff about thinking things through.

So that is me for today .. .. .. I will catch you again soon, hopefully.

Sunday 14 February 2021


Hi Everyone

Just a quick scheduled post to send everyone a little love on Valentine's Day.

Mr Heart and I will be tucking into our Valentine meal as this goes live but I just wanted to send some love everyone's way .. .. it is important to feel loved and give love wherever you can.

Hope the heart wasn't too difficult to find today!

Wednesday 10 February 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope your week has been going well.

Life is being super busy here at the moment with one thing and another and I seem to be getting nowhere fast .. .. .. in fact the only thing that seems to be going fast are the weeks!

Anyway, just flying in quickly with a card for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the theme for the current challenge is "Slimline Cards". 

This card did start off as a full blown DL card but in the end I trimmed it down a little .. .. so now I will need to make and envelope as well LOL!!

This used:

Image and Sentiment:  Indigo Blu " Stag Cliffhanger"
Backing Paper from snippet mountain
Distress Inks:  Stormy Sky, Pumice Stone and Milled Lavender
X-Cut:  Holly Die
White Gell Pen
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Christmas card number five into the stock box!

Take care and stay safe.

Sunday 7 February 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and are managing to find something to amuse yourself.

Certainly lots going on here which has resulted in me practically turning the whole house up-side-down! LOL!!!  

I must admit I was expecting to wake up to snow this morning (but thankfully we didn't) which is probably why I made this card last night.:

This used:

Die Set:  The Paper Boutique "Winter Wishes"
Backing Papers from snippet mountain
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I took photographs last night and again this morning but with using mirror card to mount the sentiment onto I was really struggling to get a decent shot without lots of reflections .. .. .. so today I am making do with just the one "fairly decent" shot.

This is for taking over to Fezziwigs Festive Frolics Challenge where we have a choice of ingredients this fortnight to pick from .. .. and need to use at least three of them. 

This is the list to pick from:

Ribbon (tick)
Shaped Card
Gems (tick)
Digi Stamp
Red (just a teeny tiny tick LOL!)
Gold (tick)
Snowflakes (tick)

Quite a good list to pick from really .. .. .. .. I wonder if anyone is going to manage all ten?

Anyway .. .. that is me for today.  Enjoy your Sunday whatever you are up to and stay safe.

Tuesday 2 February 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope your week has got off to a good start.

Quite a bit of my time has been spent on re-arranging my craft pod .. .. .. I am nowhere near finished yet and already I can't find everything I am looking for LOL!!

Just jumping in and out of blogland  quickly tonight with a make I finished today:

This used:

Sizzix:  3-D Embossing Folder "662716" Botanical
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set "664163" Wildflower Stems #1
Sentiment:  Digistamp Boutique (sadly no longer trading .. .. boo hoo!!!)
Border Die:  The Works
Distress Inks:  Speckled Egg, Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber
Gold Gilding Wax
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Apologies if you are getting fed up with seeing this die set and embossing folder, but I love them soooo much!!

.. .. .. and that is me for today.

Catch you again soon.