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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.

Wednesday 28 April 2021


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you are going to have a good day.  

I woke up early convinced that it was Thursday today .. .. so I now feel like I have a whole extra day in my week!  LOL!!  I am definitely going to make the most of it.  Lots and lots on my list that I am hoping to accomplish before bedtime.

Today I am sharing a teeny, tiny card. 

I haven't made any of these for a while and my stock of them is starting to dwindle.  For anyone new to my blog they are a whole 3.5 inches square and are perfect for using up those small pieces of card and paper that we just can't bear to part with.  Even the envelope only needs a 6" square of paper.

This used:

Image:  Stampin' Up!  "Jar of Love" plus matching die set
Sentiment:  Verve Stamps "Thankful Hearts"
Backing Papers:  GCD Studios "Ella Blue"  
Go Kreate Die:  Frilly Square #3
X-Cut Punch:  Tiny Butterfly (very old, but very useful)
Memento Dewdrop Ink Pads
Distress Ink Pad:  Tumbled Glass
Teeny tiny pearls for a Teeny Tiny Card
We are Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
(Shock horror .. .. .. no sewing machine).

So that is me for now.

Off now to make the most of the rest of the day .. .. .. and hopefully this evening I will have chance to catch up with my blog visiting as I am a little behind with that.  Sorry folks :-(

Sunday 25 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend.  Hasn't the weather been brilliant!

Fingers crossed we are going to have a lovely sunny summer this year.

So with the sun shining beautifully .. .. .. I make a Christmas card!  LOL!!!

This used:

Image:  Clearly Besotted clear stamp set "One More Sleep" (half price at the moment and I just couldn't resist it)
Distress Ink Pads:  Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky and Pumice Stone
Stampendous! Chunky White Embossing Enamel (heat set from underneath so it doesn't fly everywhere)
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am taking this over to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where theme is "You Sleigh Me".   So time to bring out your Santa sleighs!

But don't panic .... it isn't really one more sleep.  If the website I looked on is correct we actually have 244 sleeps!  So if we make one card a week until Christmas we will have nearly 35!  Is that going to be enough for you?   It definitely won't be for me!!  

Take care everyone.

I will catch you again soon.

Friday 23 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you are well and enjoying the week.

Life has been super busy here in the House of Hearts .. .. .. but that said, I am a weird and hyperactive kind of person and the busier I am, the busier I want to be and I keep coming up with new things that I want to try.  If only I didn't need to sleep or do housework!!  Just think of all that extra time I would have LOL!!

I have been playing for the As You See It Challenge.  This is a new challenge to me and you may remember me playing along a few days ago where you had to make a card in under 10 minutes.  This week we are asked to use their simple layout (with no time constraints this time LOL!!).

This is what I came up with:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3344J" Rosy!
Sentiment:  Digistamp Boutique clear sentiment stamp set  (sadly no longer trading)
Backing Papers: Pink Petticoat "Perfect Papers"
Unbranded Fishtail Die from Amazon
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and the simple layout which was provided:

and that is me for today. 

Catch you again soon.

Monday 19 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and your week has got off to a good start. 

Definitely some more lovely sunshine here which was great to see!

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while may remember that on the run up to last Christmas I decided I was going to try and make all of my Christmas cards.  Well, I did make "most of them" .. .. and we got some lovely thank you messages afterwards which I thought was nice.

So I am thinking that if I get started early enough I might be able to make "all of them" this year.  So I am trying to design some super quick digital makes, save the files to my computer, and I will be "good to go" whenever I get a spare moment to pull some together.

This first design has been put together using a selection of different digital images and my Serif Craft Artist programme.

This used:

Image:  Bugaboo "Snowflake Reindeer Silhouette"
Background Image:  Huckleberry Hearts (Etsy) "Watercolor Clipart Set"
Sentiment:  Digistamp Boutique (sadly no longer trading)
Backing Paper:  The Lovely Studio "Doodle Flakes"
The Little Stars came from a Memory Box Die "Snowflake Heart"
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am also taking this over to Fezziwigs Festive Frolics Challenge where the theme this fortnight is "Oh Deer".   Just hoping my images counts.  Is a Reindeer the same as a Deer?

Catch you again soon folk.

Saturday 17 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a good week.

We have been blessed with some lovely sunshine here .. .. .. let's hope it is going to continue for a while whilst we try to catch up on some of those outdoor chores that need attending to!!  (Though to be fair even if it rains I have more than enough chores indoors as well to keep me busy)!!!

I noticed .. .. ..  what only feels like a couple of days ago .. .. .., that Di  has reached her 400th challenge post over at Pixie's Snippets Challenge.  

Well done Di!  
Just think how many snippets you have encouraged us to put to good use.

I was determined to play along for this landmark challenge and when I nipped over to see how long I had left to enter I was shocked to see there were only hours left!!!  I thought there was at least a week .. .. .eeeekkk!!!

So I decided I had better quickly pull a few snippets from the ever growing mountain range (hoping there wasn't an avalanche in the process) and get cracking.

Everything on my card was a snippet, the only thing that wasn't is my card base.  Thankfully my jar of flowers was able to be put together from die-cuts that were already stamped and cut.  I keep them all in an old Chinese takeaway container .. .. .. ready for when a quick card is needed (like today LOL!!)

This is what my snippets turned into:

This used:

Backing Papers:  GCD Studios "Ella Blue"
Sentiment Panel:  Julie Hickey "Birthday Background"
Stamp Set:  Stampin' Up!  "Jar of Love
Spellbinders Nestabilities:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
Dew Drop Ink Pads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

In fact looking at my ingredients this post could have been called "a few of my favourite things" as they all rank high on my crafty "love" list!

Enjoy your weekend everyone - must fly and link up smartish!

Thursday 15 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope your Thursday has gone well.

Just a quick post from me today using an image that I always enjoy colouring. 

I have a box into which I put spare stamped / printed out images and I love delving into the box when I am in the mood for a serious colouring session.  They then move into a "coloured and waiting to be turned into a card" box.  

This coloured image made its way onto a card front this evening, but to be honest I have printed it out so large that there isn't a lot you can do in the background.  It is one large, fun, cute image!!

This used:

Image: LOTV "You are my Sunshine"
Sentiment:  LOTV "Everything's Better Sentiments"
Backing Papers:  DCWV "The Gilded Paper Stack" (a very old and never ending beautiful stack)
Crystal Glamour Dust
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today.

Short and sweet.

Tuesday 13 April 2021


Hi Everyone

Well all this sunshine we have been having (in-between the snow showers) has woken up the pesky dandelions!  Mr Heart's least favourite flower.

He tries so hard to remove each and every one of them from our garden .. .. but of course once they are in full bloom in other people's gardens the seeds blow across like confetti in the air .. .. and he's never happy about that.

But once "I" see my first dandelion then I immediately think of one particular stamp in my collection and simply have to colour it up .. .. this one .. .. ..

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "2070K" Frequent Flyer
Sentiment:  LOTV "Simply Cute Sentiments"
Backing Papers:  Nitwit Collection "Cherish"
Stamper's Anonymous Layering Stencil "THS032" Flourish
Distress Ink:  Tumbled Glass
Nail Heads
Diamond Stickles
Glossy Accents
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and the latest new sketch from my rectangular sketch library.

My rectangular sketches are very sparse at the moment .. .. but I am enjoying building the collection up.  You will find them, along with my square sketches, at the top of my blog.  Feel free to use them if any of them take your fancy.

Catch you again soon.

Sunday 11 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you have been having a good weekend.

We have had very mixed weather that has included sunshine and the occasional snow flurry! 

I came across a new challenge yesterday thanks to Fiona's lovely blog here.

The challenge is the "As You See It" Challenge .. .. .. .. and the theme is to make a card in under 10 minutes using the word "blossoms" for inspiration.. .. .. I thought it sounded fun and decided to have a go.

I knew exactly what I was doing before I started and had everything set out on my desk ready for action,  (taking my inspiration from a lovely birthday card I received).

Pressing the stopwatch on my phone, this is what I achieved in 8 minutes 53 seconds.

This used:

Image:  Penny Black Stencil "25-013" Luster
Sentiment:  Wow!  "STAMPSET33" Big Words
Distress Ink Pads:  Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutters
Clear Embossing Powder
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I really had fun with this challenge .. .. perhaps I should set myself a time limit on every card I make to speed me along and stop me faffing!!!  LOL!!!

Enjoy what is left of the weekend and I hope the new week is kind to you .. .. .. anyone booked in for a haircut this week (besides Boris)?

Friday 9 April 2021


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday .. .. .. another week that has whizzed by in the blink of an eye.

If the whole year is going fly by at this speed I decided I had better get another Christmas card into the box .. .. .. otherwise it will be a last minute rush at the end of the year and I certainly don't want that!

So I am playing along with Fezziwigs Festive Frolics challenge where this fortnight the theme is "Santa Says"!  (But of course we all know what Santa says .. .. ..  "Ho Ho Ho")

This is my offering:

This used:

Image:  A square from a strip of fabric that I bought many, many years ago from Hobbycraft (still lots of squares left!)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Backing Paper:  The Lovely Studio "Jingle Bells Book Print"
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is me for today .. .. with another Christmas card in the stock box.  As you can see there are lots of other squares to play with too.  Wouldn't they all make wonderful stamps?!

Catch you again soon.

Tuesday 6 April 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope everyone enjoyed the Easter break.  

It was quite exciting here because my lovely baby sister moved house and it is now so lovely for her to be only 248 steps away!  That is how far it is from her front door to mine!  Yay!!  Not that we have been over each other's thresholds .. .. .. we have been super good on the distancing front. 

Standing at our kitchen sink I can see her house.  It is brilliant for her to be so close and we have been impatiently waiting for all the paperwork to go through for months and months.  It has taken ages!

Easter was quite busy with lots of sorting out done, but sadly not much crafting or blogging .. .. so time to make amends and get myself behind that craft desk again.

Here is today's share:

This used:

Image and Backing Papers:  Whimsy Dreams Clipart "Blue Fairy Meadow"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I really love this image, and used another larger image from the set as a backing paper.  There are other images in the collection and I am really looking forward to playing with those too.  Loving the blue tones .. .. they remind me of our dinner service and the tea, sugar and coffee containers we had in our kitchen when we were first married LOL!!  

Take care everyone and I will hopefully catch you again soon.