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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.

Monday 21 June 2021


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:


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 .. .. 


Carole said...

Well this is very clever...retiform?....big word...what does it mean...need to google that. Anyway lovely and unusual background and all your colours go so well together and set off the rabbit in the middle perfectly. He looks like he has been caught in the headlights! . xx

meg said...

A fantastic technique Jules,the inked panels with tone on tone stamping form a wonderful background for the hare,the border die cut and flowers a great finishing touch. Was so taken with this I almost missed the base card with the heart paper.Hope you have a lovely week.

Aquarius said...

Well this is a technique completely new to me - must do a little research!! Loving the effect and the hare is gorgeous.

Claire said...

I've never heard of fetiform but heck it makes a wonderful background and one I might have to store in the grey matter... sweet shocked looking bunny, I like him :)

Super card Jules, take care x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Great make hun, just love the background....need tutorial please!!
Hugs Shell xx

cotnob said...

A super card Jules, I love the Hare - I've never heard of 'retiform', it looks great, you will have to do a quick tutorial for us.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

cuilliesocks said...

This is so beautiful Jules, I love the hare and the lovely background papers, such pretty colours too, Kate x

Crafting Queen said...

Stunning card Jules. Not long now and we can all get together as we used to. Can't wait to start craft group again. Hugs Anesha x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

This looks like an interesting technique Jules. I love the card and the patchwork background.

Sue xx

Lynne said...

Not sure what retiform is, but it looks good to me, another lovely card Jules x

Jan Clothier said...

Lovely card, Jules. I've always been fond of retiform but have never seen it used purely as background like this before. Lovely masculine colours too. Thank you for joining us at As You See It Challenge.

Stamps and Paper said...

Great card Jules and a technique I've not seen before, it makes a fabulous background


Elaine Stark said...

A super card, I like the look of this technique. I need to find some time to play. Elaine

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

I've never tried retiform or seen it used like this as a background in a scene but I love it Jules - it's so effective. I feel like I need to do more research on this and give it a go! Thanks for sharing with us over at As You See It for our current challenge!

Enny said...

Wow, what a fabulous card, never heard of retiform before, must search for it and try it ! Hugs, Enny

Carol S. said...

Hi Jules,

I love Hares and your card is stunning. The background is beautiful and love the colours.

Can't wait to be able to spend time with our friends and families.

Keep well.
Love and hugs,

Heather Cooper said...

Very cool background technique, Jules, and that hare is an interesting focal point as well. Thanks for joining us to apply the "Y" at As You See It Challenges, Jules!

LeAnne said...

Oh yes...retiform! I remember that from long ago! It is certainly nicely done here, I love the colors and all the little additions you put with them! FUN bunny too! Thanks for playing along at As You See It this week!

Brenda said...

I can imagine that you can't wait until the day arrives so you all can be together once again! I don't know what I'd do without Bret being around. Hope Father's Day was a good one for the Mister.

I've not ever heard of this "retiform" so will have to Google it. But your card is amazing, that background looks so cool looking and of course the hare is so stinkin' cute. His expression just makes me smile. A fabulous card for sure!!

JD/ Jill said...

Really cute card, nicely done!