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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, 19 March 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope your week has been a good one.

Quite a bit has been accomplished this week in the House of Hearts .. .. .. .. but as always I am never satisfied and always expect more from my days.  

I wonder if I will ever reach the stage where I say "that will do for today" and then just chill!  I somehow doubt it!  

Today I have added a new sketch into My Sketch Vault, which you can find on a tab at the top of my blog.

It looks like this:

and when put to use can look like this:

This used:

Image: LOTV James the Bear Thinking Simply Print
Sentiment:  LOTV Simply Cute Sentiments
Backing Papers:  Papermania Capsule Collection "Midnight Blush" (super duper old)
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
Spellbinders Circle Die
Creative Expressions:  Shaded Peony with matching die set
Dew Drop
My Trusty Sewing Machine

If you want to play with any of my sketches then please feel free to do so.  I love using them as it takes half the thinking out of producing a card.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.


JD/ Jill said...

Great sketch and you made a beautiful card using it. I always struggle with sketches. I think one of these days are have to check out your sketches and see if I can actually make a card using a sketch.

meg said...

Love the neutral tones and your fabulous new layout the sentiment and image are perfect together

Aquarius said...

Thank you for yet another interesting sketch - might have a go with this one later. Love the card you've made with the thoughtful bear.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a gorgeous card Jules, this bear really looks very thoughtful too.

Sue xx

Kath said...

A lovely card Jules - such a cute LOTV image too.
Kath x

Elaine Stark said...

A fantastic card. Love the tones with a little pop of colour. A great sketch too. Elaine

Carole said...

Well who can resist a James bear? He is so gorgeous...I winder who he is writing to? Lovely card and lovely layout ad design. xx

cotnob said...

Another super sketch Jules, thank you for sharing. You have created a lovely card with the sketch, James is adorable.
I am starting to reach the stage when I say "that will do for today", not always though!
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Stamps and Paper said...

Love your sweet card Jules it would cheer anyone up...such a sweet image


Mariann Jakobsen said...

Such a brilliant card - So beautiful!! Love the colors, so soft and sweet! Thank you for the interesting sketch - I want to try this one.
Stay safe & take care. Hugs

Carol S. said...

Hi Jules,

James the bear is one of my favourites and I have quite a few stamps of him. The sketch is brilliant and a gorgeous cute card.

I am going to use your sketch, as I spend too much time faffing around. I have another batch to make for my other care home I supply with cards.

I don't think we ever will sit and say that's enough!! We have been here over 5 years and still can't get my other half to do any jobs that I would like to get done.

Love and hugs,
Carol xxxx

Brenda said...

What a great sketch Jules, you have quite a few of them now! I love how your card came out, that little image is just adorable. I love the color pallet of this card as well as the papers you used. Love the flower too! This little guy makes a good thinking of you card for sure. Hugs, Brenda

Claire said...

Aww teddy with his thoughts and a good cup of coffee... how darling is your card and sketch. I like the subtle colours with that pop of pink from the flower, nice finishing touch.

Thank you for the birthday wishes, much appreciated. Take care x

Aquarius said...

Hope you don't mind - I've CASE'd our card fairly closely but at least it has used up a few snippets and helped time to pass searching for toning bits and pieces.

The Craft Bucket said...

Gorgeous x

Mrs A. said...

I am absolutely rubbish at interpreting sketches. I love the result you have come up with. Yes I did look at the origami fold for a kite but it was too many folds and tucks for using on a card so chose a different way to make mine. Hugs Mrs A.

anne said...

Love this sketch, think I will be having a play with this one. Love your card too and thank you for the reminder that I have some capsule collection papers which will be perfect for a card I need for next month.

Enny said...

Oh, what a lovely card, and yes, I know how you feel ! My days are always too short, and my list of "things to do" seems to grow every day ! Hugs, Enny

Sarn said...

Another super sketch and beautiful card. That bear is just toooooooo cute! LOL.
Hugs, Sarn xxx