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February 11, 2016


A Little Boy's Valentine

Most every boy loves puppies! While making this little pup in the window, the song "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window" kept running through my head. And with a sweet little face like this pup's, how could anyone resist taking him home!

Doggone Sweet, boy's Valentine, designed by Grace Baxter

Doggone Sweet, 3-panel Child's Valentine, by Grace Baxter


The printed message inside was done in Cricut Design Space. And yes, it is a Grace Baxter original! Couldn't resist! However, it would've been much quicker to type it on the computer but I wanted to make use of the writing feature on my new Cricut Explore Air. I spent a lot of time testing fonts!

A couple of more pictures...

Doggone Sweet, Valentine by Grace Baxter
I love the shape of the window.

The fun just keeps on coming as you open the card. I know my grandson will love it!

Cartridges Used

Creative Cards - card base
Everyday Paper Dolls - dog house, grass
Sweethearts - dog, tiny heart
Gypsy Wanderings - heart banner
Home Organization - dog bone

If you like this card project, feel free to Pin and Tweet the post!

February 7, 2016

Elegant Valentine

Always In My Heart

Sometimes it's nice to do something a little unexpected. This card is beyond elegant in its style and colour pallette.

Daughter valentine, designed by Grace M. Baxter
"Always in My Heart" valentine ©Grace M. Baxter

For the sentiment, I thought about how this wonderful daughter is always in my heart. The crystal inside the larger heart symbolizes my sentiment. I created the sentiment, "Always in My Heart" on the computer and printed it onto pearlized cardstock.

Colour Combination

The beautiful cardstock was so lovely, I let it take the spotlight. Purple and pink foil combine with soft lime green to create a grown-up valentine. 

Daughter valentine, inside. Designed by Grace M. Baxter
"Always in My Heart" Valentine ©Grace M. Baxter

I chose soft pink vellum to add pleats to the scalloped edge. I love how the pleating brings attention to the scallops.

Everything about this card speaks of love, but in a subtle, femine way. Inside, I wrote a special loving message for the recipient.

I am so blessed to have wonderful children, and
it's a joy to create unique cards that express my love for them.

February 1, 2016


Warm and Sweet Poem

Here's a card I designed for my daughters last Valentine's Day and could not post until they had received them. So I saved it to share with the world NOW. I plan on using the poem again in another way this year!

Latte valentine, designed by Grace Baxter

If you follow my blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Bloglovin pages you will know that I write special poems for my cards.

The well-used "Love you a latte" phrase has been around for awhile, so I decided to extend that thought with a poem and give it more meaning. See inside of card below.

This one is especially for Valentine's Day.

Two Versions

One of these things is not like the other!
Do you remember this little game from Sesame Street? Test your observation skills and see if you can tell the difference between these two cards.

Latte valentines, similar yet different, by Grace Baxter


Latte Valentine, poem by Grace Baxter. Copyrighted.
Latte Valentine poem by Grace Baxter

Copyright Note

If you use my poems in any way, would you please comply with copyright rules and give credit by providing a link back to this page if posted online: gracenotes4today.blogspot.com. If used for unpublished projects type a byline under the poem's title or somewhere in the description stating Grace Baxter as author of the poem used. Thank you.

January 1, 2016

Coffee Lover's B-day Card

CHEERS... to Another Great Birthday!

For my birthday recipient this time, I wanted to speak to his personal taste... for coffee, that is!

THE most popular coffee shops in our area are Tim Horton's where there are always line-ups to get your favourite beverage and something yummy to go with it. "Tim's" (or Timmy's as they are also called) is a Canadian ICON. No wonder Cricut included it on the Go Canada cartridge. Smart move. Nothing else is quite so well known or recognized.

Cheers, birthday card designed by Grace Baxter

Easy Details

The cardstock is coffee brown (my own name for it). It's perfect for both the coffee cup and the donut! Card size is an A2, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". And don't you love the rim? It looks puffy, just the way the real ones are.

The letters in "CHEERS" are from Suburbia, cut in red and shadowed in coffee brown. I love this font. The only tricky part of making this card was that I had to do the front message the old-fashioned way. That means, creating it on my computer in Word and placing it just right. But guess what? (I'm so excited about this)... Santa brought me a beautiful new Cricut Explore Air for Christmas and from now on, I'll be able to print all kinds of messages on my cards. Can't wait to get started with that!

The coffee cup with steam and a donut are on the Go Canada cartridge. And of course, I had to write a special poem for the birthday guy. Since this birthday was the end of December, thinking about future plans is on everyone's mind. I always enjoy adding a scripture verse to cards to make them more meaningful.

Cheers, Coffee Card poem by Grace Baxter

This card was a hit with the Birthday Guy and party guests!

December 28, 2015

Custom Pillow Cases

Winter Linens

Custom and designer pillow slips are very expensive, and you may not find exactly what you're looking for in the stores. I decided to make my own. These are gifts for family members and match their personal style and particular decor.

Come January, we will see lots of "white sales" with deals on bed linens. But sometimes, you need something ... custom. I made each of these from high quality cotton that are as smooth as they are attractive.

The best part? All seams are enclosed and hidden, so no fraying and no ugly top stitching. They will launder like a dream and last for many years.

Stars and Winter Trees

Starry Night custom pillow cases, by Grace Baxter
"Starry Night" Custom Pillow Cases

The silver stars are as sparkly as the wee snowflakes over the trees. I couldn't resist adding some shiny silver binding to separate the two fabrics. It's actually very soft to the touch.

Elegant Snowflakes

Elegant SNowflakes, Custom Pillow Cases by Grace Baxter
"Elegant Snowflakes" Custom Pillow Cases

I was thrilled to find pretty snowflake fabric that has just a touch of coral in the design. I was even more excited to find the exact matching plain coral for the cuffs!  No other embellishment was necessary. The snowflakes actually have a touch of silver outlining them. These match my daughter's coral bedding and sheers perfectly.

custom pillow cases by Grace Baxter
Custom Pillow Cases

For Little Boys

This fabric is what got me excited about making custom pillow cases. I HAD to buy it. How cute is this design for little boys? Construction dogs, upside down and right side up... who can say which is right? They are all so cute. And the matching border fabric! Adorable.

Construction Dogs, custom pillow cases by Grace Baxter
"Construction Dogs" Child's Pillow Case

I really enjoyed making all of these pillow slips. And the method for making them up is different from anything I've done before. I plan on making more, as they are easy to do and definitely worth the effort. By the way, they are a generous size  (22" wide x 30" long) and will fit the puffiest pillows!

Pillow Cases by Grace Baxter

I always welcome your comments and questions.

December 17, 2015

Christmas Train

Sending Christmas Fun

This card is in answer to the Charlotte C's request that I make something for children. And what child doesn't love a train, especially one driven by a teddy bear and pulling loads of presents and fun!

For the full details, go to IT'S ALL ABOUT CHRISTMAS. I've even made a video to better show off the details. You'll want to click the YouTube option to see it in high def.

Christmas train, children's Christmas card, designed by Grace Baxter
3-panel Christmas Card

Here you go, Charlotte. Thanks for reminding me
to do something special for the kids.

December 15, 2015

Bringing in the Greens

The Holly and the Ivy

In my November 24th post, I offered a chance for my followers to share their favourite Christmas theme, and I would make a card featuring that theme.

In response, Cocoa's Mom expressed her favourite theme:

What a fun idea, Grace! My favorite Christmas theme is the greenery. From the special 'Bringing in the Greens' service at church to the holly sprigs Mom tucked behind every picture to the tree lighting in the nearby town, this was the signal that the season was upon us. And, of course, my favorite carol is "The Holly and the Ivy!" : )
So here is my card, designed from the inspiration Cocoa's Mom provided. I also love designing cards and tags around themes provided in Christmas Carols . See my jumbo tags from Christmas 2014, featuring Away in a Manger and Silent Night version 1 and Silent Night version 2.

I did some research to learn more about the tradition of  "Hanging of the Greens" or Bringing in the Greens  

Card Inside

You'll find the story on the inside of the card. I never realized before that the carol, The Holly and the Ivy goes back in history to the days of the Pilgrims. The words are important to the whole idea of "Bringing in the Greens".

This card was fun to make. Thank you, Cocoa's Mom for the inspiration!

Cartridges Used

Elegant Edges - Scalloped border, frames for music
Anna Griffin's Winter Wonderland - holly

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