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A very warm welcome to my teeny, tiny part of the huge world of blogging. This is where I am hoping to 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 always 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.

Thursday, 24 July 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday?

How about a hug?  Well you can have one if you want but I don't think there will be many takers .. .. other than Mr Heart.

I think I was rather heavy handed with the garlic in the spag bol last night .. .. and coupled with garlic bread .. .. well lets just say I am pleased I am not meeting up with anyone today otherwise I would have to chomp on a packet of extra, extra strong mints .. .. LOL!!

So a fast share today because everything was sitting ready and waiting.  The image was already coloured and sitting in my "waiting to be put on a card" box and the papers were on my desk waiting to be put into the snippet drawers.

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "1736K" How About a Hug!!
Backing Papers:  Pink Petticoat "Vintage Rose" (sadly no longer available) and Pinstripes
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

and that is it.

I did make a "Get Well Soon" sentiment for putting on this card but decided I wouldn't add it and instead would just put a plain insert inside. That way it can be used for lots of reasons .. .. get well, thank you, birthday, well done, sorry I smell of garlic  (only joking I don't think anyone would send a card saying that .. . would they? ...LOL!!).

Enjoy your day - I hope you find a bit of crafty time all to yourself.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday .  .. . middle of the week already!

Flying by with my share for today:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "4126K" Hedgehopper
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using fonts "Wackadoo" and "Freehand 591"
Backing Papers:  Nitwits "Up and Away"
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Aeroplane button that is years old from the days when I used to knit the boys jumpers and make their shirts.  I loved to use quirky buttons on them .. .. (the shank has been cut off the back so I could stick it on my card)

and that is it!!

Enjoy your day .. .. I hope the sun is shining on you.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday .. .. teeny, tiny Tuesday!!  LOL!!

Here with another of my little 3.5 x 3.5 inch makes.

This used:

Image and Sentiment:  WOW! Clear Stamp Set "Gratitude"
Backing Paper for Card:  Pink Petticoat
Snippets for the Envelope
X-Cut Punch:  Tiny Butterfly
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Button and Pearls from My Crafty Stash Box

and of course the little envelope made with the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board

Picture overload today!

Catch you again soon.


Monday, 21 July 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Monday!!  I hope you had a brilliant weekend.  

It doesn't seem two minutes since I was saying this last week LOL!!

I thought I would share a couple of cards which were part of a set I made for the current issue of  Quick Cards Made Easy magazine.

Normally I just share my favourite .. .. .. but this time I have struggled to decide which to show because I love them all for different reasons.

So I have whittled it down to two.  The first one because I just love it .. .. and the second because I enjoyed encasing the lovely diecut in acetate.

I was asked to work with Wild Rose Studio Dies and Design Papers and I teamed them up with Pink Petticoat sentiments.  They worked really well together and I love the colours in the backing papers.

Of course my pictures don't look anything like as good as the ones the magazine took but at least they are good enough to share.

Have a lovely day everyone.  The weather is gorgeous again here today .. .. such a huge difference to Saturday! 

I'll catch you again tomorrow for "Teeny, Tiny Tuesday".


Sunday, 20 July 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Today is certainly a huge improvement on yesterday weatherwise!

My day is one of those kind where everywhere you look you can see something that needs either cleaning, cooking, ironing, polishing or just plain putting away .. .. my least favourite kind of day!

One of the pleasant parts of the day so far though has been a quick play with my snippets.

So here are my two shares for today:

As always on a Sunday I am lazy and do not list my ingredients but please feel free to ask if there is anything you wish to know (just can't help with the winning lottery ticket numbers for this week I'm afraid).  LOL!!

OK time to link up to Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge and then get back to what feels like never ending chores .. .. but at least I will be happy when I start tomorrow with everywhere tidier and more organised.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Saturday, 19 July 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Saturday!!

What is your weather like?

We were woken up very abruptly at 5.30am by an almighty thunder clap .. .. so loud we thought it was a cannon going off somewhere! Just the one episode thank goodness .. .. and then rain pretty much ever since!

The lawns will definitely be happy as they were well ready for a good old drink!!!

No scheduled post today .. .. but a card I made this morning using the sketch from the Sketch Saturday Challenge.  I think I am becoming addicted to sketches!!  

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3864F" Bohemian
Sentient:  Digistamp Boutique "Essential Sentiments Set"
Backing Papers:  First Edition Papers "Blank Canvas"
Spellbinder Nestabilities:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
Woodware Punches:  Daisy
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine (although it isn't quite so trusty this week .. .. the light keeps playing up on it)
Leone Em Pty Punch:  Ash Branch
Glossy Accents
Distress Ink Pad:  Crushed Olive
Brad and Ribbon from My Crafty Stash Box

and here is the sketch if you fancy playing along:

Hubby is just making a bacon, onion and mushroom sandwich .. .. yummy, yummy I can smell it from here .. .. so I am off to feed my face and then play with a few more bits of paper.

I love rainy days as you don't feel guilty for staying indoors!!  LOL!!

Have a great weekend everyone.


Friday, 18 July 2014


Hi Everyone

Well this has to have been the fastest week ever!!  I just don't know where it has gone!!

Just a quick nip in and out for me today with these little characters and yet another scheduled post:

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "4130K" You Make Me Bob!
Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Poor Richard"
Backing Papers:  First Edition Papers "Desert Blooms"
Spellbinders Nestabilities:  Classic Circles and Scalloped Circles
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Diamond Stickles
Brown and White Fineliner Pens

Just realised that it has been two consecutive posts with hedgehogs .. .. ooops .. .. never mind .. .. you can't have too many of the cute little characters can you?!?!?

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Hope you don't melt in the heatwave!!  


Thursday, 17 July 2014


Hi Everyone

I'm not happy at all with how quickly this week is disappearing :-(

Where has it gone?!?!?!

Still far too much to fit in before the weekend .. .. but I am pleased that alongside all the busy days my blog has been nicely "ticking over" with scheduled posts instead of me disappearing for days on end like I normally do!

I hope I can keep it up!!  I still have a few makes finished and ready to share so hopefully I can.

Today my share is for taking over to the Mojo Monday Challenge

This used:

Image:  Penny Black "3823H" Delights
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat
Backing Papers:  Nitwits "Cottage Charm Too"
Nestabilities:  Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Ribbon from My Crafty Stash Box

and if you fancy playing along there is still time .. .. and this is the sketch .. .. a fabby one I will definitely use again !!!

As I am in schedule mode at the moment I will link up later today.

I do love a good sketch .. .. and can't believe there are so many out there.  A bit like I can't believe there are so many of us human beings in the world .. .. and we all have different faces!!

Enjoy your Thursday.  


Wednesday, 16 July 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday!

This week seems to be disappearing very quickly .. .. but at least the scheduled posts are working.  

Today my share is for entering into the Sketch N Stash Challenge where you are encouraged to follow a sketch as well as use either some "new" or "neglected" stash (and letting the world know which you used).

So here is my entry:

This used:

Image and Sentiment:  Woodware Clear Magic Stamps ""FRS131" 21st Birthday
Backing Papers:  Dovecraft "Sugar and Spice"
Woodware Punches:  Daisies
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Clear Embossing Powder for the numbers
Brads and Ribbon from My Crafty Stash Box

This fortnight you can choose from all the sketches in the catalogue and I chose Sketch No. 72 .. .. which looks like this:

As for my new/neglected stash .. .. well I have gone for the neglected option using another of those paper packs that have been hanging around for far too long.  I am nearly left with just the "strange ones" now LOL!!

I will link up later as I am still in scheduled post mode.

Have a good day everyone.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday!

Back with another of those teeny, tiny 3.5 x 3.5 inch cards.

I love making them!

This used:

Backing Papers:  GCD Studios "Tea Time"
Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat
Sizzix Die:  "654612" Cupcake and Ice Cream
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Woodware Punches:  Daisy
My Trusty Sewing Machine
Tiny length of ribbon, button, metallic sewing thread and a brad from My Crafty Stash Box

and of course a little envelope made with the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board

Just had to have a smile to myself because when I look at these tiny little cards on my computer screen they look bigger than they are in real life LOL!!

Hope everyone's week is going well.