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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.

Saturday, 11 September 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope your Saturday has been a happy and productive one.

I mentioned previously that September is a busy month here for birthdays, and today it is our youngest Son's birthday .. .. .. the one who is seriously into music .. .. .. so I like to try and bring a bit of that lovely theme into the cards I make for him.  He plays several instruments, but this year I focused on the guitar.

As well as working as a solo artist with his keyboard compositions he also plays guitar with a local band and today they were playing at a Sausage and Cider Festival at Catton Hall in Derbyshire.  Apparently during their set the band started playing and singing happy birthday to him and got the crowd to join in too.  I bet he was dead embarrassed!

Anyway, this is the card I made for us to deliver to him this morning along with his birthday goodies, before he headed off:

This used:

Image:  CutLeafSVG  "Guitar"
Backing Papers:  The Digi Rainbow "Vintage Music Sheets"
Card Base:  Creative Craft Products, Side Stepper Card Die Set
Crafters Companion Metal Dies:  Balloon Trio
Stamp Set:  MFT "Stars Above"
Music Stave:  Unbranded from Amazon
Silver Gilding Wax
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Two of the music staves were cut from black card.  Once glued together I added silver gilding wax.  Really pleased with how that turned out .. .. in fact that might be my favourite part of the card.

I reduced three different colours of the music sheet down and used those to cut out the three balloons.

So that is me for today.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.  


meg said...

You must be so proud of your son Jules,a talented young man. A brilliant card to celebrate his birthday

JD/ Jill said...

This is a really neat card! I bet he loved it! I know I do. September is the month that I have to make the most birthday cards...followed by November!

cotnob said...

A super card Jules, a great design - the music stave and balloons look fabulous.
I hope your son had a great Birthday.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Aquarius said...

A super card - you've made a grand job of combining all the musical elements.

Gibmiss said...

What an amazing card Jules …bet Steve loved it ….
Hugs Sylvie xx

Pauline C said...

Gorgeous card .. perfect for a young male musician πŸ˜€πŸŽΌπŸŽΈ

cuilliesocks said...

Happy Birthday to your Son and he will love this fabulous card from Mum and Dad, brilliant design and elements. Hope he has a fabulous day, Kate x

Elaine Stark said...

A brilliant card. This would suit my son too. Love the colours and the music staves are fantastic, they look like metal. I hope he has a fab birthday. Take care. Elaine

Carole said...

Great and clever card Jules..I like the music stave...well I like everything about your card...and I bet your son did too! xx

Brenda said...

What a fabulous step card for your son Jules! I love that your son plays so many musical instruments. Love that you chose the guitar for his card though. The music staves are so fun in the silver gilding wax, love that! Love those balloons in the music paper. Such a fun and festive card! Yes, I'm sure your son was embarrassed, I know I hate attention brought to me! lol Hugs, Brenda

craftycreationsbydebbie said...

This is amazing Jules, all those elements are just perfect, Hope you're keeping well. Debbie x

Carol S. said...

Hi Jules,

We have the same problem with birthdays this time of year. Ours start the last week of August until the the end of next week. We have had 9 up to my eldest sister yesterday. Got another 2 next week.

Love the card for Steve and perfect for him from your description of him.

Love and hugs,
Carol . xxxxx

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful creative and gorgeous colours. xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A fantastic card Jules.

Sue xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Wow Jules what a fabulous birthday card...I am sure your Son loved it....and how lovely to have such a talented man in the family...I always admire people who can play instruments....I gave up piano lessons when I was about 13 its only now I regret it...

Have a good day..


anne said...

A fabulous card Jules, I love the stave die and the effect you have created on it. He sounds super talented.

Sarah said...

Such a perfect card for your Musician Son. Fancy getting serenaded by the fabulous!! xx