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August 17, 2017

Pop-up Book Wedding Card

Love Story Book-style Wedding Card

What could be more romantic than a "Love Story" wedding card? And what could be more special that one with huge impact!

pop-up book wedding card, by Grace Baxter 2017

This pop-up card took extra time but is the perfect design for something really special. I love the Mr. & Mrs. foil cardstock which sets the theme on the cardfront. The sentiment is another one that I made especially for this occasion. As mentioned on a previous posting, I will be sharing some of my own Sentiment creations in an upcoming post. Stay tuned for that!

pop-up book wedding card front, by Grace Baxter 2017

 Inside Surprises

pop-up book wedding card, fully open. Design by Grace Baxter 2017
As soon as the card is opened, the fun kicks into high gear.

The frames, cut from the same Mr & Mrs cardstock used on the front took careful measuring. These were prepared as an over frame, rather than just sticking the messages on top of a panel. More work, but a much prettier result.

Wedding bells are cut from shiny silver foil CS, accented with crystal dingers and a white satin bow. The Sweethearts cartridge came in handy for this.

The bells are cut twice so that the inside of the bell could be textured. The cardstock is actually light gray.

Silver wedding bells are an older tradition works well with the modern lines of the card.

(Sorry about the glare. Shiny foil CS is difficult to capture without glare.)

Click any photo to see it larger.

My "Love Story Wedding Book" card was a joy to create and give. I hope it made the bride and groom smile.

August 8, 2017

Vintage Masculine B-day Card

A masculine card with a vintage feel. Colours are muted and the "painted wood" designer paper really looks like the paint is peeling off.

YOU-nique Bday card, designed by Grace Baxter

The Sentiment
I created a special sentiment to go along with the theme of the vintage paper. I first designed it in PhotoShop, then uploaded it into Cricut Design Space. This gave me an image to upload in Design Space to print then cut. 

About the Card

  • Size: 5x7" muted aqua base
  • Front:  2 finished panels 
    • 1 woodgrain paper, matted with chocolate brown;
    • 1 designer birthday paper matted with chocolate brown
  • vintage truck, cut from smooth rustic/vintage navy cardstock
  • truck mounted on corrugated piece (from a cookie package)


Prepare the verse in Word, print on cream coloured cardstock.

Cut a frame to lay OVER that page, rather than wasting designer paper by laying a large piece underneath the verse page.

I made my frame in Design space by creating 2 boxes, and "splicing" them to remove the centre piece. This leaves a nice frame without waste.

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July 16, 2017


Make a Splash, birthday card. Designed by Grace Baxter

A Summery Theme

I love this cute little whale, showing off and making a splash. I wanted to keep this theme fun-loving and playful, even though it is for an accomplished adult. Birthday cards don't always have to say "happy birthday" on the front.

Make-a-Splash Sentiment

It's all about the FONT. I created my own graphic for this one. I love designing my own sentiments because I can create the perfect sentiment and choose the font that works best!

Note:  Because so many of you want to know how I make my sentiments, I will be coming out with a special posting on Sentiments, SOON. Some of my sentiments will be available to my Followers. These little gems can be printed and used on your own cards. And yes, you will be able to upload them into Cricut Design Space to print and cut there. Or add the jpg to your own Word file and incorporate the sentiment into your own design. SO many possibilities. So stay tuned for that!

Make a Splash sentiment. Graphic design by Grace Baxter

waves frame with birthday verse, designed by Grace Baxter

Cartridges Used

Stretch Your Imagination -- Waves frame
Splish Splash -- Whales

July 7, 2017

FOREVER - Sympathy Card

Elegant Dragonfly

Sympathy cards for men are often hard to find. I like the simple elegance of the dragonfly. The card front is rich with embossing while the message and design are uncluttered and clear.

sympathy card, dragonfly design Grace Baxter

The Dragonfly

I used a small die and stamp set to create the dragonfly. I cut it 3 times; 1 from silver foil cs, 1 from teal, and one from white vellum that has a few swirls. To create the texture, I stamped the vellum layer with pale aqua ink, then heat embossed it with clear. This wing layer came out shiny and textured. 

dragonfly with 3 layers, designed by Grace Baxter
Dragonfly close-up


The sentiment "Forever" is cut from the same silver foil cardstock as the frame layer and bottom wing layer of the dragonfly. I love the splendour it provides. It looks different from every angle as the light flashes across it.

sympathy card, "Forever", designed by Grace Baxter

sympathy card with dragonfly, by Grace Baxter for gracenotes4today.blogspot.com

June 29, 2017

Lifeline Thank-You Card

Throw Out a Lifeline

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball with unexpected stress attatched. How wonderful to have someone notice, and jump in to DO something helpful. This is a thank-you card for just such a person.

Lifesaver thank-you card, designed by Grace Baxter


I knew I wanted to use the theme of a lifeline for this card. In fact, there is a hymn that was running through my head as I designed the card ("Throw Out the Lifeline). I still sing it to myself whenever I look at the finished project.

Nautical, cruise ship background paper helped with the colour scheme. I used my "Thanks" punch along the top edge of aqua. Then embossed below that with an embossing folder that works beautifully for waves. 

Behind the aqua layer, I placed a navy blue piece with the wave edge done by my cutter. This piece symbolizes dark waters. Lots of pop dots were used for dimension.


The lifesaver is what it's all about. It was a bit tricky to thread the red-and-white "rope" through the tiny rings, but it was definitely worth the patience! The lifesaver image is from Life Is A Beach Cricut cartridge. But it could easily be cut using circle punches.

Lifesaver thank-you, by Grace Baxter for GraceNotes4today.blogspot.com

This design could also be used as a bon voyage card.
I'd love to hear your comments.

June 20, 2017


Together Forever wedding box card. Designed by Grace Baxter

Together Forever, title

Wedding Box Card
One of the nicest things about a wedding is the beautiful colour scheme and the way all the pieces come together on that special day. 
The colour "Spa" was the inspiration for this card. It was my daughter's colour choice for her bridesmaids' dresses. It's a lovely watery shade that went so beautifully with the light gray suits the groom and his men wore.

View it in full screen, HD on Youtube for best enjoyment.

In the Making

The following pictures show the box card in its early stages. "Together Forever" sentiment is embossed and lightly glittered. I love this Mr & Mrs silver cardstock. It's perfect for lower outside panels. I continued the Mr & Mrs theme on the centre front flap, and cut it from sparkly paper.

Together Forever, collage
Left:  Card Closed                         Right: Open, Showing Sentiment

Wedding Attire

Groom's suit is gray with sparkly lapels. His "Spa" coloured tie matched the bridesmaids' dresses perfectly!

This bridal gown is a different style than the one actually worn by the bride, but I think it's quite pretty.

I used real "diamond tulle" fabric as an overlay on the bridal gown. Narrow "Spa" ribbon folded in half gives another accent of colour. A crystal flower adorns the waistband for extra sparkle. The neckline is dressed up with sparkle, too.

The Rings

Symbol of love forever, wedding rings need special attention.

Together Forever, Rings by Grace Baxter

These are cut from the shiniest silver foil and accented with -- as you would expect, diamonds. Okay, not real diamonds but they are real crystal.

Decorated Flaps

For the side flaps, I created my own phrases in Cricut Design Space.Together Forever box card flaps, by Grace Baxter

Back Panel and Verse

Happily Ever After, Sentiment and poem by Grace Baxter

In keeping with the "Forever" theme, I created another sentiment piece in PhotoShop.

I love the idea of "Happily Ever After" starting NOW. The finished oval fits perfectly on the back of the sign.

For the verse, I composed a little poem that is simple yet gives the message I want to say.

The ribbon and bow are from the "Sweethearts" cartridge.

Together Forever wedding box card, by Grace Baxter
My daughter and son-in-law loved their card.
This one was SO enjoyable to make!

Some of my other Box Cards you may enjoy:

Garden Box Card     Exploding Birthday Card Box

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April 23, 2017

Bridal Chair - A Make-over

The Making of a Bridal Chair

Why a bridal chair? For the story of WHY and HOW I made this chair, watch the video below. I'd love to know your comments after viewing the video.

Pretty and chic that started as the following picture:

A used, one-of-a-kind chair that needed some TLC.

Here's a snippit from the video which follows.

Bridal Chair project by Grace Baxter, gracenotes4today.blogspot.com

The Making of a Bridal Chair

The Video

For best viewing quality, watch in full screen and HD.

Cleaned, sanded, filled
and primed

Painted and Custom
Cushion complete

Skirt being made

There were many steps to this project. The video above explains everything.
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I guess you might call me a "right brainer", loving all things creative. Cardmaking is the perfect hobby for me as it allows me to be totally creative, combining design with poetry or verses I can compose myself. With Christmas being such an important occasion for cardmaking and crafting, I decided to create a separate blog just for Christmas projects. "It's All About Christmas" will host all my Christmas items. "Gracenotes For Today" will still feature items every other occasion of the year. I hope you'll drop by often and stay awhile!