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February 21, 2018

Amazing You, Birthday Card

Amazing You

Cool, winter colors set the style for this card. It works as birthday, encouragement or congrats!

Pick a Theme

My new cardstock collection, Ice Crystals, is what inspired the design of this card. I couldn't wait to use it in combination with the matching washi tape. A first for me!

Rule #1 - It MUST be about them!

What do they love? What do they DO? What are they great at?

My recipient is a singer and music teacher. Her birthday is also in a winter month. Tying these facts together provided all the inspiration I needed to design the perfect card for HER. I hope she likes it.

musician's card sentiment, badge, focal point. By Grace Baxter

Dimensional music badge completes the Amazing sentiment.

The 8th notes and flourish are raised on pop dots.

The sentiment "Amazing" and the notes are from the Quarter Note cartridge.

I have a personal attachment to this cartridge. Ask me about it some time.

The large sentiment is created with 2 layers. Then the white CS received a generous painting of glitter on top.

Amazing You, inside verse by Grace Baxter


I prepared the birthday greeting inside in Word, then mounted it against the same aqua used on the front. A strip of taupe music CS ties it all together.

I love the washi tape with its music score. So perfect in reinforcing the theme of this card!

February 6, 2018

How to Make Action Wobble Springs

1-inch action wobbles, by Grace Baxter

Action Wobbles add a lot of fun animation to your cards. The best part is, they are EASY and cheap to make!

Instructions in the video show how to make action wobble springs in Cricut Design Space.

You can also easily make them using a 1-inch punch to cut the cardstock circles. Make a few or make a batch!

Tools and Materials

  • Card stock, 110 lb or 100 lb at a minimum
  • Wire, fine gauge. I used florist's wire
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Scotch tape or other clear tape, 1-inch- Dowel, marker, glue pen or anything with a round 1/2" barrel
  • Glue dots


  • You may want to use coloured card stock for the wobble to match your card project.
  • For low profile springs, cut wire at 1-1/2 turns using a 1/2" dowel. For higher profile spring, wind and cut wire at 2 full turns.
  • Instead of a dowel, use a marker, makeup brush handle or pen ... in fact ANYTHING that has a 1/2" barrel will work.

Watch for my next card post featuring the Action Wobble!

January 23, 2018

Disney Pixar Cars 7th Birthday

"Cars" 7th Birthday Card

Children's cards need to be simple and colourful. This one features that loveable car character, Steve McQueen -- the hero of the "Cars" crew.

Card Inside

Cartridges Used

Disney Pixar Cars - car, road and route sign
Nate's ABCs - numeral 7
Classroom (February & March) - Happy Birthday banner


Finished card size is 4-1/2" x 6-1/4". The car and sign were printed then cut in Cricut Design space. The car had many tiny pieces that would've made it a long process to make, so Print+Cut did the trick.

The birthday banner and #7 for the sign were cut from sparkly vinyl cardstock.
The inside verse was created in Word.

Doggone Sweet! Valentine

So Doggone Sweet

Child's Valentine

How much is that doggie in the window? Little boys love valentines, too. This one is for a young child and features a dog in the window with lots of puffy candy hearts.

Card base is from Creative Cards, cut at 11.5" wide when opened. Height is  5.5"

Cartridges Used

A Child's Year - dog bone and grass border
Basic Shapes - heart
Creative Cards - card base
Gypsy Wanderings - heart banner
Paper Dolls for Everyday - dog house
Sweethearts - puppy

January 17, 2018

Baby Elephant Theme Cake Topper

baby girl shower cake topper, elephant theme. By Grace Baxter

Baby Girl Elephant-Theme Cake and Topper

For this baby shower, the Mommy-to-be requested an Elephant theme, so we went all out using the best colour scheme for a baby girl's shower.

It helped that the baby's name is "ELLA". I immediately knew what I was going to do with that! There are so many cute details, it's hard to know where to start!

Cake Topper

Topper with be-ribboned Banner

I designed the topper in Cricut Design Space using my favourite font, Alphalicious.

The sign shape is from Elegant Edges.

Flags are from Creative Cards.

Cake Topper Phrase and Elephant

The sweet little elephant was free clip art that I imported into Design Space.

This little elephant will show up again in the other Shower décor items.

Finished topper width is 8 inches.

The lovely cake was made by Rebecca
of Tiers of Joy Cakery

Brief video of the cake and topper

The 2-tiered cake was delicious as well as beautiful. And to go along with the theme,
Rebecca also made matching favors. See pics and video below.

Wrapped Oreo Pop Take-away Favor
Oreo and Rice Crispie Pops

The favors were an extra yummy take-home treat.

Some were Rice Crispie cubes, others were Oreo pops, all covered with white or pink chocolate and fancied up with drizzle and sparkly sugar.

Be sure to check out my post on the rest of the Baby Shower Décor items. Watch for
Elephant-themed baby shower banner and signs.

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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!