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April 22, 2016

Let Your Light Shine

Throw-Back Thursday

I originally created this card in 2009 and just came across it again today... waaayyyy down in the list of cards. I think it needs to be shared again.

The Lighthouse

There is something about a lighthouse that is welcoming, yet by itself it seems forlorn. My card post will give you all the details on how I made it. More importantly, though, it gives you my reasons for making the card and exactly what the Lighthouse means.

Following are some pics from the original post. Click any pic to see it bigger.

I invite you to enjoy the whole blog post from October 19, 2009.

Let Your Light Shine

By the way, I still have this card in my possession... waiting to give it to someone special for a particular occasion or reason. Have you ever made something and then had a hard time giving it away? This card speaks to me in so many ways, I may have to keep it forever as a reminder of God's love and grace towards me.

Do any of you remember a little song called "This Little Light of Mine"? We sang it all the time in Sunday School, years ago. Join me in letting your light shine... for Him!

April 19, 2016

Masculine Card Showcase

Men's Birthday Cards

Masculine cards are sometimes hard to find amid the sea of all other occasion cards. I've pulled together my collection of men's cards and specialty items. These projects span several years of cardmaking. I hope you find inspiration here. If you DO... please leave me a comment.

Note:  If you want me to write you back, please leave your email address in the comment.

Next to each card, I am giving you the direct link to that post so you can read all the details.

Coffee Lover's Birthday

Coffee Lover's Birthday Card

Simple and fun.

Personalized Birthday

Making It Personal

For a glassy guy. Great for the gentlemen on your list.

Tow Mater Birthday Card

Need a Tow? Mater, That Is

Designed for a young man whose life is all about cars.

Winter Birthday

Warm Birthday Wishes

Created for my son whose birthday is Christmas Day.

Rockin' Birthday

Rockin' Birthday

For a teenage boy's 15th birthday

Traveller's Birthday

World's Best Son-in-Law

For the travelling man.

By-Plane Birthday Card

Bi-Plane and Bygone Memories

For an ex-pilot's birthday

Pianist's Birthday

Pop-Up Piano Card

Birthday card for the pianist

90th Birthday

90th Birthday

Bronze grandfather clock, in honour of this elderly gentleman's birthday.

You're Not Old

You're Not Old -- You're VINTAGE

Created for a man celebrating his 70th birthday.

St. Paddy's / Birthday

St. Paddy's Day / Birthday Combination Card

Old World style.  The Inspiration:  Recipient's interest in jousting, archery, and reading books about characters from the King Richard and "Robin Hood" era.

The verse inside is a scroll with an "Old English" birthday greeting


Double the Fun!  Christmas/Birthday Combination

Subtitle for this one is: Birthday tracks in the Snow. I used a special technique to curve the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment.

Created for my son whose birthday is Christmas Day. His favourite thing about Christmas was always "Bringing Home the Tree".

Sailer's Birthday

Sailer's Delight

For the sailer.

Pilot's Birthday

For the pilot.

General - for Any Man

SMILE! It's Your Day

Masculine Cards:  Other Special Days

Father's Day Card

Father's Day Card with unique verse inside

New Dad Memory Book

Father's Day gift

Feather Sympathy Card

Sympathy card for a young man who lost his Grandma. Special poem inside.

Elegant Thank-you


A non-mushy valentine for a young guy

We Have an Anchor - Version 1

We Have an Anchor - Version 1

All Occasion card. Includes music from the hymn by the same title.

We Have an Anchor - Version 2

We Have an Anchor - Version 2

Deer - Any Occasion Card

Features the scripture verse:  "As the deer pants for water brooks..." Psalm 42:1

St. Paddy's Day

To see my Christmas cards, go to It's All About Christmas

Thanks for visiting!

March 22, 2016

Bunny Hop Easter Card

Happy Easter!

bunny hop Easter card, by Grace Baxter

This Easter scene started out as a simple card but when I discovered a cute picket fence in Design Space, the card took on its own design!

The bunny, Peter Cottontail's sister Pipi, takes front and centre as she hops over the garden fence. She is cut from white CS and shaded in all the right places.

bunny hop, closeup. By Grace Baxter
Pipi Cottontail, all dolled up for Easter

This card is a generous size: 4-1/2" x 6-1/4" landscape style. I've given it plenty of dimension. The frame is popped with dimensionals and the bunny has double dimension.

Inside Poem

I always like to give my Easter cards real meaning, even when I design a fun or secular motif like this one. There really IS just ONE reason for the holiday. So the inside features a new poem I wrote for this Easter season. I am using it on most of my Easter cards this year.

Easter card poem, Spirit of Hope. By Grace Baxter

Cartridges Used

Easter 2010 - Bunny
Walk in My Garden - Tulips
Holiday Cakes - Happy Easter sentiment
My World - fence frame

If you like this card design, I'd love to hear about it!

Wishing you all the Blessings of Easter

March 10, 2016

Tutorial: Adding FREE Fonts to Cricut Design Space

How to Find, Download and Install Free Fonts

Fun with Fonts

Have you ever wished you had some beautiful fonts but don't want to buy them? Or maybe you're not sure how to install them. This video tutorial will help you find, download and install FREE fonts to your PC using Windows 10. Once installed, the fonts will be available for use in Cricut Design Space under "System Fonts". I will also clear up some terminology about fonts, making it very simple to understand.

Screen Shot of Menus

I walk you through the step-by-step process and show you actual screen shots of what the menus look like. To follow the steps and see everything clearly, I recommend viewing the video in HD and full screen.

Video Tutorial

How to Find and Install Free Fonts

March 7, 2016

Creating Shadowed Phrases in Design Space

Using Your System Fonts


I have made the most wonderful discovery in Cricut Design Space! I figured out how to use my own computer (System) fonts to create phrases, sentiments and titles. But hold on... these are not ordinary FLAT phrases. No, no... that wouldn't be exciting or different.

With my technique, you will now be able to type ANY WORD OR PHRASE in your favourite font and then create a shadow for it. In my video tutorial, I teach you step by step how to make the shadow and how to manipulate and place the shadow correctly for the best result. I also give you some tips about choosing fonts.

how to use System fonts in Design Space to create shadowed phrases
Phrases created using System Fonts with Shadows

Fonts used in above illustration

Hello and Hello Again:  Dancing Script
I love Spring:  Philosopher
Family (aqua): Chopin Script
Family (gold)  Chaparral Pro
GO TEAM!:  Centrum Poster

You will want to view the video in HD so I recommend clicking on the YouTube button and viewing it full screen to see everything up close. Hold onto your hat... this will blow you away!

Using this method of shadowing text, it is possible to make gorgeous phrases and titles all while working inside the Cricut Design Space. No other software or computer knowledge is required!

Tutorial on creating shadowed text
using your OWN computer fonts
in Cricut Design Space

There are literally thousands of FREE fonts available for download on the Internet. This method of designing with fonts takes creativity to the absolute highest level! And I am so thrilled to have figured it out.

Because of this discovery, I will be coming out with more video tutorials on best practices in using fonts, and how to make some amazingly creative "Print and Cut" images for your own projects. So stay tuned!

Creatively yours,

February 28, 2016

Feather Sympathy Card

Feather - Cut of the Week

From the moment I saw this week's Cricut cut-of-the-week, I knew I had to use it. The feathers are just too cute not to!

The hardest part of the project was in choosing my colour scheme. The rest was just plain fun to do. I started making the various layers and had no idea what I would use the design for! But I knew I was needing to make a sympathy card. So I proceeded, thinking that I would wait and see how it turned out before deciding whether or not it is a good design for a sympathy card. Enough about the thought process... now for the card!

"Forever" sympathy card and poem by Grace Baxter
"Forever" Sympathy Card

The neat thing about the feathers is that you can bend them as much or as little as you want, to show the colours behind. 

feathers, for feather sympathy card
Close-up of Feathers


For the verse inside, I used one of my own poems entitled "Forever".

Cartridges Used

Dimensional Paper Art - Feathers
Heritage - Bird
Elegant Edges - Sentiment panel background
Home  Décor - "Forever"

Forever, sympathy card inside, by Grace Baxter

Since this card is for a young man I did not want anything flowery. I think the feather motif works well. 

"Forever" feather sympathy card and poem by Grace Baxter

This card was submitted to PDE Linky Party

February 21, 2016


Cricut Design Space:  Accessible Fonts

I have just completed a long project which I think will be helpful not only for myself, but for anyone using Cricut Design Space.

As a new user of Design Space, I found I needed a handy Reference Guide for all the fonts available to me that are designated as "Accessible" REGULAR fonts.

The drop-down menu just did not allow me to see the fonts big enough to help me in deciding which ones I wanted to use on any given project. I spent too much time scrolling down through dozens of fonts, searching for a font and then selecting it... only to discover that I didn't like it on my project. And the search continued.

Font Reference Guide: Cricut Design Space, by Grace Baxter
for use in Cricut Design Space

So, being a stickler for detail, I decided to create a list of ALL the regular Fonts. This took days to compile using three software programs. The finished Guide is an alphabetical listing in a PDF that is 34 pages in length. See picture above of the first two pages.

I have included visual samples of EVERY REGULAR Cricut Font listed in Design Space. The list is complete as of the date of compilation (February 21, 2016).

It's so much easier to leaf through the pages of my printed Font Reference Guide as part of my designing process. Just looking at the various fonts in large sizes helps me envision them on my projects. It is now more enjoyable thinking of creative ways to use these fonts. The fonts are now part of my creative process in making my projects! I have chosen to print out the PDF Guide, but I can also choose to view them in the Adobe Reader, enlarging them as big as I want on screen.

Because of the work involved in creating this useful Resource, I am selling the Font Guide PDF for a nominal cost of five dollars ($5.00). Click the link below to order your copy today.

If you have questions, leave me a comment along with your email address and I'll be happy to answer you.

NOTE:  Your payment is processed securely through PayPal.

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