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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, 6 June 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you have enjoyed your weekend.

Yesterday was wonderful sunshine from start to finish here, but today has seen spells of rain and sunshine .. .. .. what gardeners would call "growing weather".  At least Mr Heart has been spared watering duties!  LOL!

Today I had my first proper play with "The Frisk Speckling Brush" I showed on my previous post .. .. ..  I speckled the image panel once all the work had been done on it (apart from adding the sentiment).  So I "speckled" thinking .. .. "I hope this works or I will have wasted my time"!  Thankfully all worked out OK and once the paint was dry I was able to stitch the sentiment in place and stitch the panel to its backing card.

This used:

Images and Sentiment:  Stampin Up! "Hearts Come Home"
Snippet of Green backing paper (which you can hardly see)
Distress Ink Pads:  Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire
Memento Dew Drop Ink Pads:  Rhubarb Stalk and Bamboo Leaves
Versafine Ink Pad:  Onyx Black
Slightly watered down White Acrylic Paint for the speckles
Frisk Speckling Brush
My Trusty Sewing Machine

I am taking this over to Fezziwigs Festive Frolics Challenge where the theme this fortnight is "Red & Green".

I gained this stamp set "pre-loved" from Ebay a couple of weeks ago and it came with some beautiful dies alongside.  They will be played with another day .. .. but for now I am happy that another Christmas card is making its way into the stock box.

So that is me for today. I'll catch you again soon.


Mariann Jakobsen said...

WOWSA!! This is SO beautiful!! Love every details! Speckles and stitchs workes very well, it was a brilliant idea I think! LOVE it!!!

Carol S. said...

Hi Jules,

Catching up a bit and love this card. The sky is amazing and a gorgeous design.

Love and hugs,
Carol xxxx

meg said...

A fabulous snowy scene,your snow looks wonderful the speckling brush as great buy.Sounds as though your sister is having lots of work done,we're not able to get a joiner to fit a new kitchen till August, so I'll just have to be patient.Take care and have a great week.

Aquarius said...

A great card as usual and you've made a brilliant job of the speckling with your new brush. Good weekend weather here but quite overcast this morning. Enjoy your week.

Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh this is stunning and love the paint speckling. Have just looked at your wee brush. Fab investment!! I usually use a toothbrush and get paint everywhere except where I want it!! Thanks for sharing with me over on Fezziwigs, Hazelxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Fabulous card Jules, your speckled sky looks amazing....just spotted that tiny heart!


Doreen said...

A gorgeous card Jules,love the

cuilliesocks said...

Gorgeous card Jules, love the design and your speckles are fab, worked so well, Kate x

Kathleen said...

Stunning card.

Kath x

aussie aNNie said...

Love your toy brush below Jules.
Beautiful card and as always created perfectly. xx

Enny said...

Wow, what a beautiful card, and that brush seems to work great ! I also love to make snow speckles, but often they turn out too big. Lots of sunshine here and hot, so I'm a bit lazy (apart from walking the dog and watering the pots in the garden every evening). Hugs, Enny

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Oh wow Jules this is fantastic, the speckles look great. I love this card.

Sue xx

cotnob said...

A super Christmas card Jules, you have created a lovely scene - I am always frightened to add speckles in case I ruin what I have done, yours look fabulous.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Sarah said...

Love this fabulous snowy scene xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

After reading this & looking at your last post I now have a 'Frisk' brush thingamajig on its way lol
Just love the sky, looks amazing!
Hugs Shell xx