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July 19, 2018


Jumbo B-day Cake

Who doesn't love a birthday cake on their special day!

B-day cake shape card, by Grace Baxter

The finished size is just over 5"x7". 
I had to get creative for the envelope since it didn't fit into a standard size.

Sentiment, Close-up

The sentiment was cut from shiny, textured cardstock that has a vinyl finish.

The same material was used to for the candle stripes, above.

No other embellishment was needed.


There's a lot going on inside!

The phrase on the right panel is made up of many layers. I could've just done the "print then cut" for this image, but it's MUCH nicer to cut each layer.

July 17, 2018

Baby Pop-Up Block Card

Baby Blocks 3D Card

Here's a sweet little baby card that will stand out from the usual flat cards the mom-to-be will receive. This one is for my new baby granddaughter.  My daughter loves it so much, she is displaying it in the baby's room as décor!

baby block card, designed by Grace Baxter
Baby Block Card, Front

Double-Sided Cuteness

baby block card, back. By Grace Baxter
Baby Block Card, Back

I composed this poem, especially for my baby granddaughter. The poem is copyright protected.

baby block card, poem by Grace Baxter
Baby Block Card, Poem by Grace Baxter

Other Views

block baby card, side view. Designed by Grace Baxter for Grace Notes for Today.
baby block card, front angled view. By Grace Baxter of Grace Notes for Today

You can view a video clip of the card HERE

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June 27, 2018

Pop-Up Birthday Cake Card

Pop-Up Birthday Cake

What's more fun than a giant 3-tiered birthday cake? This one is decked out with pink frosting and added "sparkly sprinkles". Candle flames shine!

Pop-Up Birthday Cake card, by Grace Baxter

CANDLES Everywhere!

The coordinating birthday paper sets the theme for this pretty cake card. I decided to play up the candles, making them the star of the show. But the INSIDE really "takes the cake". (Had to say it!)

Pop-up cake and candles Birthday card, by Grace Baxter
Pop-Up Birthday Cake Card Front

pop-up cake birthday card, top view. By Grace Baxter
Pop-Up Birthday Cake with Candles -- Top View

Inside Verse

Pop-up birthday cake card, inside verse. By Grace Baxter
Pop-Up Birthday Cake, Inside Verse

Cartridges Used

Anna's Pop-Up Cards ~ Pop-up cake
Straight from the Nest ~ Candles on front and inside on cake
Paper Lace 2 ~ "Celebrate" sentiment 
Tie the Knot ~ Verse panel and mat

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May 23, 2018

Feel the Beat ~ Birthday Card

For a Bass Guitarist

Have you ever noticed how you can FEEL the beat in your stomach when the bass guitar is loud? 

If you know a guitar player, you will know that owning one guitar is never enough. Most guitarists have several, with no limit on how many a person needs. The imagery on this card is perfect for my recipient.

bass guitar, masculine birthday card by Grace Baxter


The recipient of this card is multi-talented -- a fabulous pianist, singer, songwriter, and now bass guitarist. I know he will enjoy the details on the card.

Amp and Spare Guitar
Spare Bass Guitar and Amp. Designed by Grace Baxter
Closeup - Amp and Spare Guitar

Creating the amp was fiddly to do, but I wasn't satisfied with just a plain box for the amp. So I created the grid to be the speaker area.

And of course, music notes come from the amp, not the guitar itself. (Blue tooth, so no wires)


Inside Poem

Musician's Poem, by Grace Baxter. Copyright 2018

I believe the typical "Happy Birthday" sentiment, on its own, is far too ordinary for a card that I have put so much thought and personality into.

Nothing says "you are special" better than a poem written JUST for the recipient. This card follows my rule of always creating something unique, because ... if it's worth creating, it needs to be one-of-a-kind.

Cartridges Used

Quarter Note - Guitar player, guitars, "Feal the Beat" phrase
Creative Cards - Speaker front
Gypsy Wanderings - Music banner inside
Everyday Paper Dolls - Amplifier

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May 15, 2018

1st. Mother's Day Card

For the Mom-to-Be

A Mom-to-Be is as much a mother before the baby's birth as she as she is after the baby is born. To acknowledge my daughter as a first-time Mom, I created the perfect sentiment for the card front. The poem inside describes why she is already a mom as she awaits the arrival of her baby.

First Mother's Day Card and Pendant, designed by Grace Baxter
1st. Mother's Day Card and Pendant

Matching Pendant

For our Mothers' Day get-together, I created a pendant for my daughter to wear, to match the card. I designed the sentiment in PhotoShop using one of my favourite fonts -- Magnolia Sky. The pendant will be a scrapbook keepsake as a reminder of my daughter's first Mother's Day. She loved it! 
The flower frame is cut from pearlized cardstock.

1st. Mother's Day Card and Pendant, designed by Grace Baxter
1st. Mother's Day Card and Pendant

1st Mother's Day Card. Poem and design by Grace Baxter
1st Mother's Day Poem
1st. Mother's Day card front. Designed by Grace Baxter
1st Mother's Day Card, front

Our wonderful mothers deserve to be
honoured and appreciated every day.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you Moms!

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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!