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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.

SKETCH LIBRARY

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

EARLY BIRD TODAY

Hi Everyone

Just for a change I am nice and early with my share today .. .. but only because I need to set up a big job and get cracking with it.

I actually did the background work to this last night so that my hands had time to work themselves clean before I started touching wedding stationery today.  I don't think my brides would be happy for alcohol ink splodges and smudges to suddenly make an appearance on their invitations!!!  Eeeekk

So here is my share:





This used:

Sentiment:  Pink Petticoat
Sizzix Die:  "656640" Tattered Florals
Adirondack Alcohol Ink:  Currant, Eggplant and Copper
Distress Ink:  Dusty Concord
Acetate
Clear Embossing Powder for the flower
My Trust Sewing Machine
Buttons, Threads, Feather, Cord, Wire and Eyelets from the Stash Box

This is the first time I have used my alcohol inks on acetate.  I have used them on foil and buttons etc but I quite like the look of it on acetate.  This is where my inspiration came from in case you fancy having a play.  Probably very basic stuff to a lot of you hardened crafters .. .. but I still have loads to learn and I am enjoying finding new techniques and trying them out when I find the odd spare minute to have a play.

I am entering this into The Papertake Weekly Challenge this week where they would like to see sewing on your project.  Be this "real" or "faux" and also into Pixie's Crafty Snippet Challenge .. .. as this creation was made with my snippets .. .. only a few granted .. ..  but every little snippet used helps in the grand scheme of things   LOL!!!

Hope you are having a good day.

Thanks for calling by and I'll catch you again tomorrow .. .. time for me to settle down into that big job now!!!

Love

54 comments:

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

stunning card the adirondack ink background looks great as does the big flower.janex

Sandy said...

Jules, this is a gorgeous card. Love the colours, the sentiment and the big flower:)

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Oh my goodness me . . . this is STUNNNNNNNNING and I mean STUNNING! Absolutely divine creation. xxx

Craftilicious said...

Fabulous! I have 4 bottles of inks I've never opened - they scare me! (Had them at least 2 years) and I find Tim's projects look muddy.... Yours reminds me of marbling inks we used to do at school in a tray of water and I love the effect so I may just open the bottles and have a go!
Tara x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, stunning card, love the inky background and the flower is just gorgeous. It's a wee while since I had my alcohol inks out and played with them ... just keep forgetting they are there. As you're early I can see have a lovely evening. Elizabeth x

Jane said...

Simply stunning as always. Jane x

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, that is one stunning card, I love your backing papers those inks have created a gorgeous paper and your flower is fabulous. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Debbie said...

Gorgeous card Jules.Love the fantastic background that you've produced with alcohol inks - I've never used them.....yet - never say never!It's a great effect. Beautiful sentiment and lush flower.Hugs Debbie x

Carol said...

Gorgeous card Jules, your inky background looks fabulous on the acetate. Thanks for the link - I may need to buy alcohol inks now to try for myself!! Carol x

amanda stokes said...

Hi Jules,
Gorgeous card,love your background and fab details :) x

Loopylou. said...

oh wow Jules that is gorgeous! love the effect! I can't believe its acetate! it looks wonderful hun
Huge hugs Lou xxxx

Linny said...

This is so beautiful. love the background. Lindax

mags said...

Absolutely stunning card Jules. So love the alcohol ink background and the flower is gorgeous.
Mags
x

jackid said...

Hi Jules this is stunning another wowser from you beautiful colours to love it
Hope you got your hands clean
Jacki xx

lisa said...

Your alcohol inks look great, they make gorgeous panels, I've never thought of using them like that.
You've made me smile twice today, it struck me I'd be no good at wedding stationary, I make a terrible mess just making simple cards and am forever cutting the backs off them and remounting 'cos of all the ink smudges, even when I've tried to keep them clean.
My second smile was when I was making said simple card and the main image looked just too plain and I was wracking my brains what to do and then I thought of your stitching borders and problem solved so thanks for that.
It's been perfect crafting weather today hasn't it, I can't remember such a wet day for ages.
I hope your big job goes OK.
Hugs Lisax

Donna Mosley said...

Ooh! Jules, this is amazing hun. Love the background you've created. Hope the big job is going well.

Donna x

Jenny said...

Very sophisticated Jules?..I think it's the feather that does it!
Love the inky bkgd too :0)
Jenny x

Stella said...

Wow; I think this one of your best creations ever. A striking and stunning combo. I love the subtle flowers on the background and that gingham flower. You make me swoon!
X

Catherine said...

This is gorgeous and I adore that huge flower....

susiestacey said...

I Really love this - so different x Susan x

Anesha said...

Beautiful card, love the background.

Amanda said...

Fab card Jules, can't imagine how messy your hands were after making this lol. Hugs, Amanda x

Debs said...

Simply stunning Jules.
I feel inspired to dig out my alcohol inks now - thanks.
Have a fab evening - enjoy The Apprentice :o)
Debs xx

Sue said...

Hi hun
a totally gorgeous card, beautiful paper luv the flowers its stunning hun, sue,x

Marie-Louise said...

Beautiful card. The colours are great.

Katina said...

WOW!! This is stunning Jules! Thanks for the link.
xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Stunning hun, love the backing looks fab!
Hugs Shell xx

Vicky said...

Just so beautiful Jules...love the inks and the flowers is stunning too hun :o)

big hugs Vicky xx

Kath said...

Lovely card Jules - I think the background is fab.
Kath x

Debs M said...

ooh love this, great effect and the flowers is fabby too x

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

I'm so used to seeing gorgeous pastels from you Jules these brighter colours using this fabulous technique is a lovely surprise.

Gorgeous creation!

Cheers,
Kasey ~ in Oz

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...wowzers...this is just amazing, loVe everything about this piece especially that super sized flower...superb work...Mel :)

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I love the background. I really should play with my alcohol inks more, but I find it hard to get results I am pleased with.
Nikki x

jules said...

wow just stunning Jules!!!!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Jules, That is one elegant card, I love the inky background and your use of the tattered floral flower and feather is simply brilliant! I've missed so many of your wonderful cards, I'm sorry :{ Life just gets busy sometimes but I have checked them out and they are beautiful! The little Pirate and the Saturated Canary image cards are so lovely, hugs Gay xxx

Molecraft said...

Wow, stunning work Jules, fabulous inking!
Helen x

angelwhispers said...

WOW Jules this is so different and such beautiful colours and design! Chanelle xxx

Di said...

Fabulous Jules! Everything about it screams 'classy' - love it!

Know what you mean about inky paws - I keep toddling off and washing mine whilst working on the never-ending wedding invites :( Never again!!!

Love, Di xx

Miss Smith said...

Beautiful card - the acetate ink effect is just stunning.

coldwaters2 said...

Wowzer Jules that background looks fantastic it looks like something Mother Nature would create, wow, the flower and other embellishments look super.
hugs
lorraine x

Cynthia said...

WOW. It's like a party on a card!! I love it!!

Beryl said...

It's gorgeous Jules. Makes me think I ought to get mine out and have a go again.
Went to salsa tonight with inky fingers - nobody said anything so I'm hoping I'm the only one who noticed.
Beryl xx

Tracy said...

I love everything about this card Jules! It's been so long since I've drug out my alcohol inks. You make me want to play with them again. LOL They look fantastic on the acetate and I really REALLY love your punched flower! Fabulous composition on this card too. Hugs!

Christine said...

Wow this is so funky! So different to what we normally see from you. Love the colours! and the background is fab xx

mckinkle said...

Oh how beautiful Jules, I just love this card!
Keryn x

Lynne K said...

Wow, Jules, this is absolutely stunning! LOVE the background, and the colours, so elegant. Wow again!

Hope you're ok, & the big job goes well.

Lynne x

coops said...

wow this is fantastic jules.love the flower and design and the effect with the inks is stunning :D

xx coops xx

Dragonlady said...

Jules what a totally stunning creation. The background is gorgeous and I love the colours and design.

Hugs Ali x

M said...

Gorgeous! I love the look of alcohol inks, but I've never bought any! M x

jojo79 said...

Beautiful card - I love the flower xx

Sue said...

Wow!!! what a stunning card Jules. The background is beautiful - like marble and I love the whole layout. The twine with the glitter and the flower with the feather are awesome!! It's a work of art - I could look at it all day!! :-))
Hope you have a great evening!
Love Sue xx

~Tammy~ said...

Jules, so very classy! I love the feather! and the flower embellishment! Your bg is beautiful!

Bernie said...

Wow, Jules, this is absolutely stunning! LOVE the background, fabulous colors! That flower is gogeous!
Hugs

Angie said...

Pretty card love the flower and the fab colours. Thanks for joining us at Papertake weekly
Angie x