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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.

Tuesday 27 February 2024


Hi Everyone

I hope your week is going to plan.

I am a little worried that I have sent myself along the track of another obsession!!

Not only can I not stop making this type of card (I make one most days in various colours and for various occasions) but I now feel I might also end up on the same slippery slope with this style of card too because it holds so many possibilities   .. .. 

This used:

Globeland Postage Die (via Amazon)
Sentiment Globeland (via Amazon)
Images:  Digital Download from DigiStamp Boutique (sadly no longer trading Boo Hoo!!)
Backing Paper from Snippet Mountain
My Trusty Sewing Machine

This is the second postage stamp style die I have purchased .. .. the main draw being that it included lots of additional dies, the most useful being the rectangles to fit within each section.  

I have lots of ideas and plans for this style of card .. .. .. just not enough time to put them all into action at the moment.  

The first postage stamp die I purchased was simply a background frame and is also brilliant but for a different reason .. .. .. I will share that one with you another day.

Saturday 24 February 2024

JUST TO SAY .. .. ..

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all  looking forward to your weekend .. .. .. ours started with one very big covering of frost, but some beautiful sunshine has since appeared and has now melted it all away.  Definitely makes a change from all the rain we have been deluged with recently!

Today I am sharing sketch number 20 which has been added to my rectangular sketch library (you will find others on the tab at the top of my blog if you fancy playing with any of them|).

I used the sketch to make the type of card that I am always grateful to see in my stock box when I need a card in a hurry .. .. a "just to say" card!  Always handy to have on hand because they can be used for a multitude of occasions.

This used:

Image:  Stampendous Cling Stamp "CRR112" Ranunculus Field
Sentiment:  LOTV Digital "Stamp Block Sentiment"  (love this sentiment set and use it loads and loads)
Card and Paper from Snippet Mountain
Spellbinders:  Circle and Scalloped Circle Dies
Unbranded Stitched Tag Die
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and Sketch Number Twenty

Not made for any other reason than the fact that I need lots and lots of cards before my little crafty pod is finally emptied of all things crafty and the big move happens.  

Enjoy your weekend and I hope you manage to find a little bit of crafty playtime to lose yourself in!

Take care.

Friday 23 February 2024


Hi Everyone

Well, another week has whizzed by super fast .. .. and sees my crafty stash starting to dwindle and get packed away slowly but surely (boo hoo)!  

I am already starting to feel serious withdrawal symptoms approaching and know that eventually I will be left with hardly anything to play with.. .. .. .. and who knows how long it will be before it all gets unpacked again because there will be lots for us to do once we move. 

Perhaps I am going to need to put an "emergency crafty fix kit" together to pull out when the withdrawal symptoms get too much to handle LOL!!!

Hopefully soon we will have our actual moving date .. .. .. or am I going to see the Spring flowers in my garden appear for the last time?  I won't be sorry if I do though because it is a lovely sight.  Especially the bluebells.  I love those.  I was hoping the new "house of hearts" couple would have the pleasure of seeing all the bulbs break into flower, but the first daffodil is getting ready for opening .. .. .. so perhaps that treat is meant to be mine.

But anyway, yesterday I had a little crafty play, which culminated in me having Christmas card number 14 to add to my collection and take over to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the theme this time is "Out on a Limb" .. .. .. which is basically things you find on a tree at Christmas time.

So I have gone with what is probably my favourite part of Christmas .. .. Christmas lights .. .. .. 

This used:

Die Set:  Lawn Fawn "String of Lights"
Sentiment:  Julie Hickey "DS-DE-1020 Christmas Border A6 Stamp Set
Lots of Glitter Card Snippets
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Still time to play along if you fancy going "out on a limb"!

Will catch you tomorrow with my new sketch for this week but in the meantime have a great day!

Saturday 17 February 2024


Hi Everyone

I hope your Saturday has gone well .. .. .. it has been a very wet one here!

A quick share that uses my new sketch for this week:

This used:

Altenew ALT 4038 "Rolled Roses" Die Set
Sentiment Stamp:  "Lots of Love" Ebay Unbranded  
Papers:  Snippets from Nitwit Collections "Snow Princess"  (this is what I love about Nitwit Collections .. .. even if themed for Christmas there are papers within their kits that can be used all year round).
Heart Punch
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and my new rectangular sketch for this week

I wasn't too happy with how the letter "s" looked on the sentiment die so must admit I trimmed it a little .. .. but I do love it and will be using it loads!!

So that is me for today.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. 

I can't believe we are over halfway through February already!!  Where is time disappearing to?  Someone with influence needs to have a serious word with that "time thief"!!

Friday 16 February 2024


Hi Everyone

Happy Friday!

Today I decided I would satisfy my never ending "compulsion to do something crafty" by making a  couple of  teeny tiny cards .. .. which for anyone new to my blog measure a whole 9cm square.

These are what my little crafty session produced 

Firstly a birthday card .. .. .. 

This used:

Image:  Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp and Die Set
Sentiment:  LOTV Embossed Labels
Frame:  MFT-926 Stitch Round Square Frame
Distress Oxide Inks:  Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce and Broken China
Papers and card from snippet mountain
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and then a Christmas card to help with that new year resolution I rashly made to produce a Festive card every week.  My 2024 Christmas card total is now 13!  .. .. woo hoo!!

and this used:

Stampin Up! Die Set:  Hearts Come Home
Sentiment:  LOTV Christmas Sentiment Tags
Frame:  MFT-926 Stitch Round Square Frame
Card and Papers from Snippet Mountain
Die Cut Snowflake
My Trusty Sewing Machine

My crafty supplies are "very slowly" starting to get packed away (but to be totally honest every other room in the house is much further forward .. .. including the kitchen!!)  Note my order of importance .. .. .. yes .. .. .. I can go without kitchen supplies much more easily than I can cope without crafting goodies LOL!!!).  

Mr Heart is becoming aware of just how many snippets I have actually accumulated over the years .. .. .. most of which I blame on years of wedding work which have resulted in mountains of offcuts that I could never bring myself to part with .. .. just in case!  LOL!!!.  After all a placename card doesn't need much card at all does it!

Wedding invitations invariably had RSVP cards and a small envelope for returning it, so I have been turning some of the offcuts into card blanks that will fit into the last of the small envelopes that are still in my collection, and I am passing these to a local charity store.  They make up little craft packs which they sell out of as quickly as they make them.  They have also gained quite a lot from "snippet mountain" for adding into the packs .. .. because lets face it .. .. .. we never run out of them do we?  I am sure they breed whilst we are asleep.

Last time we did a drop off to them they showed me the craft packs they had been putting together in their "crafty corner" .. .. they looked lovely .. .. but I resisted the temptation to buy one!  LOL!!!

Anyway, catch you soon with my new sketch for this week.  Be good until then!

Saturday 10 February 2024


Hi Everyone

I hope your weekend is going well.

My time this week has been spent doing more sorting and packing ahead of our impending move, but in an attempt to stop Mr Heart keep shaking his head in disbelief at everything "crafty" I have been trying to focus more on my craft supplies this week and make those take up less space than they currently do. 

Out of sight, out of mind, where Mr Heart is concerned, but not true for me.

Just because he has done the shed and "most" of the garage I think he feels I should be further forward with my crafty packing .. .. but the difference is I actually "use" my supplies on a daily basis .. .. and his outdoor belongings only ever came out "if they really, really had to" which would be "once in a blue moon" LOL!!!

But I did have a break from the sorting today in order to create my weekly new sketch and Christmas card.  I promise I am not going to be turning into a Christmas card blog .. .. it just feels that way at the moment. Things will improve eventually, I promise.

So here we go with Christmas card number 12

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3986J" Crystal Wreath
Sentiment:  Penny Black .. .. sorry will add later
Backing Papers:  from snippet mountain, but originally from The Lovely Studio (miss you Liz)xx
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
Gold Gems
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and sketch number 18 which has gone into my rectangular sketch file today.

Please feel free to use my sketches if you like the look of any of them.  You can find them on the tabs at the top of my blog.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Monday 5 February 2024


Hi Everyone

Happy Monday .. .. I hope your week is off to a good start.

Here today with a card for the Seize the Birthday Challenge where you have the option of "anything goes" (as long as it has a birthday theme), or you can add the special "topping" and follow the option for this challenge of "kraft and another colour".

Being a big fan of kraft card I went for that option and created this:

Yep, it is that card design again .. .. .. the one I just can't stop making .. .. LOL!!!

This used:

Digital Sentiment:  LOTV "Stamp Block Sentiment"
Spellbinders Nestabilities: Circle and Scalloped Circle Dies
Card and Papers from Snippet Mountain
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Time is running out on this challenge so I had better run and link up fast .. .. ..

Have a good week, and many thanks for everyone's lovely comments on my previous post. 

Saturday 3 February 2024


Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a really good week.

Mine has been brilliant because we got the news from the hospital yesterday that we have been waiting for .. .. .. for what has felt like an eternity, 

No more treatments, no more tests, no more injections, and no more oncology appointments for six months. Woo hoo!!!  I now just have to hope that my appetite returns and I start to significantly gain some weight .. .. .. otherwise I am back in 3 months.  

.. .. but for now I can return to where I am truly happy .. .. .. the amazing and super lovely subject of crafting and blogging, which is where I am always super happy.

This card used:

Image:  Penny Black "2754H" Xmas Kiss
Sentiment:  Penny Black "30-2592 Wonderful & Jolly
Papers and card from Snippet Mountain
X-Cut corner rounding punch
Circle and Scalloped Circle Dies
Hot Fix Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and rectangular sketch number seventeen which looks like this:

I hope you are all having a good weekend and manage to find a bit of crafting time .. .. .. and if anyone fancies having a play with one of my sketches then please feel free to do so.  You can find them all on the tab at the top of my blog.

Thursday 1 February 2024


Hi Everyone 

Happy February!  

I can't believe that we are one month of the year down already!!!!

Today I got my homework completed for handing into the current Snippets Playground Challenge

This challenge is where we are encouraged to use our offcuts of card, paper, fabric, ribbon etc to create something .. .. .. and believe me I am surrounded by snippets of just about any variety you can think of because I hate waste, and struggle to part with anything I feel I could turn into something else.

Anyway, this is what I have created for this fortnight using one of the very first stamps I ever bought .. .. .. many, many, many years ago!

Below are the snippets I picked to create with
 .. .. .. not that I used them all .. .. .. and I replaced the grey snippet with a black one 

Not much to report "ingredient wise"

Image:  Anita's .. .. but no name or reference number on it .. .. just a red reduced sticker that has stayed in place even after all those years!  LOL!!!
Sentiment:  Computer generated
Papers and card from snippet mountain
X-Cut Corner Rounding Punch
Woodware Circle Die
My Trusty Sewing Machine

.. .. .. and that is me for today.