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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, 11 October 2021


Hi Everyone

Life is still very hectic here .. .. .. last week was a blur with most of it centered around my Mum .. .. .. but I have my fingers tightly crossed that things are going to revert to some kind of normality again this week.

Today is a special day, it is our eldest Son's birthday.  The lovely London Kid who I am very proud of!  Not sure what I did to get two such wonderful sons but I am certainly glad and grateful that they are mine.

This is the card I made .. .. ..  which gives a nod to two black rescue cats he and his wife adopted early in 2020.

This used: 

Image:  Opulence by Design "Black Cat with Oil and Chalk"
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Backing Papers:  Eline's House Digital Papers - Roses are Red 1 and The Lovely Studio (sadly nowhere to link to)
Spellbinder Circle Dies
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
Nail Heads
Metallic Cord
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Hopefully things are going to be improving here this week.  There is lots to be working on  .. .. including a little thing called Christmas!!

Talking of which I picked up the Royal Mail delivery dates for Christmas last week .. .. so here are our panic dates for this year:

Saturday 18th December 
-  Latest recommended date for 2nd class post

Tuesday 21st December 
-  Latest recommended date for 1st class post

Thursday 23rd December
-  Latest recommended date for Special Delivery

I am sure we will all be ready well before these dates though .. .. .. 
after all we have known about it all year!  LOL!

Catch you again soon.


The Craft Bucket said...

Gorgeous x

Pauline C said...

Gorgeous card Jules .. hope things settle down for you with your mum xx

meg said...

A stunning image,the cat and background are gorgeous,hope mum is improving and that Paul has a great birthday

cotnob said...

A super card Jules, a great image and sentiment, I'm sure your son will love it.
I hope your Mum is OK and things return to normal this week - thanks for the last post dates for Christmas, you never know it might jolt me into thinking about my Christmas makes!
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Stamps and Paper said...

Great card for your son the sentiment....Another beautiful day of sunshine here hope the sun is shining on you also


Aquarius said...

Beautiful cat image made into an equally beautiful card. Is it my imagination or are those Christmas posting dates earlier than previously? True, we do know about when Christmas happens but are any of us ever truly ready 🤔

cuilliesocks said...

I love this Jules, a gorgeous cat image and a beautifully designed card. I hope your Son had a fab birthday, Kate x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A fantastic card Jules.

Sue xx

Liz said...

Fabulous card, Jules. Beautiful image and I love the monochrome look. Happy Birthday to your son, Paul. xx said...

Jules brilliant card I am sure your son will love it. Hope your mum is ok and things are getting back to normal for you. Love Alison x

Sarah said...

A lovely card for your lovely Son, a beautiful cat image Jules. Hope your Mum is doing okay xx

anne said...

Fabulous card Jules, hope things settle down this week.
Anne x

HilaryJane said...

What a beautiful cat and a lovely personalised card. I have no doubt that he will love it. Hope things settle down for you soon and thanks for sharing the Christmas posting dates, although I don't really want to think about it looming up xx

Carole said...

I bet your son loved his fabulous card Jules. The cat reminds me very much of one next door to me!! xx

Lisa said...

Happy birthday to your son I hope your mom is doing better. I love this great cat image. Super card with it too.

JD/ Jill said...

Stunning card!