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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 4 July 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope your Sunday has been a good one.

We have had sunshine followed by big rain showers on repeat all day .. .. .. so I was very happily able to turn my back on the laundry basket and ignore it!  Yay!!!

Instead I continued on my crafty tidy up campaign and when it came to my snippet mountain I decided to use a few of the black and white ones to create this:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3859H" Corner Piece
White Embossing Powder
My Trusty Sewing Machine
and a few black and white snippets

Unable to stamp so that everything joined together beautifully, I stamped and embossed the image four times and cut each into squares to piece them together .. .. .. hence the join lines.

I hope you see the hearts that I see?

I am taking this over to:

Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge .. .. where we are encouraged to use our snippets rather than cutting into new sheets of card etc.  (everything on my card was a snippet apart from the base card).


The Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme is always "anything goes as long as it includes a Penny Black goodie" or there is an optional theme of "Monochrome" .. .. which I went for.

So that is me for today.

Before I go I would just like to say "thank you" for the lovely comments I received on the "retiform" card that I posted.  Quite a few of you asked and emailed for a tutorial.  There are lots on YouTube but I came up with another .. .. "much simpler" way to create the effect which I didn't see anywhere else.  I am hoping to share that with everyone later this week.

In the meantime enjoy what is left of your weekend and continue to stay safe.


meg said...

You created a beautiful statement focal image Jules,the black and white stamping and layers is really elegant.Weather here has been glorious apart from yesterday when it was overcast in the morning,no downpours thankfully,have a great week

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Hope you are well….
So hot here …to hot to do anything ….
I have that stamp …just used as a corner … but yout card looks amazing …
Hugs Sylvie xx

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful card, so sshatriking. Hugs Anesha

Aquarius said...

A dramatic black and shite design, beautifully matched. I guess it would be virtually impossible to line up things with that wood-mounted stamp. So looking forward to your tutorial for the simplified retiform technique.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

This looks stunning in the black and white Jules.

Sue xx

cotnob said...

A stunning card Jules, I love the black and white design, it is very dramatic.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Brenda said...

Beautiful card Jules, I love how it looks like tile, joining all together to get this beautiful design. I do see the hearts! A fun and beautiful image that joins and makes a beautiful design, love it! Hugs, Brenda

Carol S. said...

Hi Jules,

Another little beauty!! Lots of hearts on show too!! A lovely detailed stamp and perfect on the black card.

Enjoy ignoring general housework and have fun in your craft room!!

Love and hugs,
Carol XXXX

cuilliesocks said...

A stunning card Jules, love how you've achieved the image from that corner stamp, would make a super male card, Kate x

Claire said...

How lovely and so striking in black and white x

Carole said...

Very clever use of that corner stamp Jules and striking in the black and white...almost thought it was a posh snowflake at first glance! xx

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely card and the stamp is beautiful Jules. xx

Pauline C said...

Fabulous .. very effective x

Di said...

This is stunning Jules - what a gorgeous stamp and a perfect end result. I found the heart(s)!! Wahoo!!


Di xx

Sarah said...

What a fabulous card Jules, very grown up and quite nautical I thought. A useful card to have in stock for all sorts of occasions xx

Tracey T said...

Ooh, this is clever stamping! Loving the mono design, so striking xx