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July 29, 2014

Giraffe Shutter Card

Baby's 1st Birthday

Who doesn't love a cute giraffe? For some reason, a toy giraffe is my little nephew's favourite toy. After checking out the various giraffe cuts, I think the cutest one is this little guy.


The shutter card opens to reveal a shiny "Happy Birthday" sentiment, and a baby giraffe.

The sentiment is cut from bright yellow CS then thickened up with glossy accents.

Print cardstock used is from Nana's Nursery, Baby Boy. I love the sparkly, embossed touches.

Baby Giraffe

Isn't this little guy the cutest ever? I love him being cut from yellow gingham to match the monogram letters. He's from the New Arrival cartridge.

I painted all the spots and shading using my Pro markers.

His mane, horns, tail and feet are shaded with Tea Dye ink.

The kite is a combination of things.
See full list of carts used, below

The right-hand panel needed something vertical to fill the space.

Making individual monogram medalions worked well for this and personalized the card.

Side View

I took advantage of one of the squares to place my signature. For this, I created a small text box in Word and printed it on vellum.

Cartridges Used

New Arrival - giraffes
Create a Critter - Happy Birthday and kite
Cricut Craft Room Basics - number "1"
Easter 2010 - grass
Elegant Edges - blue frame behind sentiment
A Child's Year - monogram letters and ovals

Here's one more pic of the finished card.

July 15, 2014


More Fun Than A Card?

If you have extra time to spend on something special, I highly recommend trying one of these exploding card boxes. This is my first attempt at one but it won't be my last.

Exploding B-day Card Box

Design possibilities are endless for this "card". I decided to go with bright summer colours. Instructions for the box can be found on the Internet. My first one was disaster as the given steps were incorrect and positioned the back tab in the wrong position. Once I figured out the right configuration, I was off and running.

Closed, the finished size is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". Normally, it would fit into an A2 envelope. This depends entirely on how thick the layers are.

I like lots of dimension with thick layers, so mine needed a larger envelope.


Exploding B-day card box, cupcake

I shopped for embellishments and once again, realized I could make cuter more appropriate things using items I already had in my stash at home.

Altogether there are 3 cupcakes sized at 1.5x1.75. There are so many different cupcakes to choose from. I used 2:  both from Straight From The Nest.

The "candy" hearts are cut from the same bright coral cardstock as the box then coated with 2 good coats of Glossy Accents and I let them dry well before using.

Cupcakes are from white CS with the tops cut from white vellum that already had white swirls. I emphasized the swirls by adding white Stickles and sprinkling clear glitter over top.

Cupcake wrappers are cut from shiny gold vellum. I scored lines from the wrong side to make the wrappers more real.


I cut several balloons from sparkly vinyl-like stock. This stuff is quite thick so the Cricut blade and pressure needed to be set on high.

Balloons are 1.25". Some have strings; some are stationary and some are floating. I love the effect of the movement as it gives life to the box as soon as it opens.

Balloons are from the Celebrations cartridge.


Candles were all cut from white CS, then each one was painted in coordinating colours.

Candles are from Straight From The Nest.I especially like the wicks on these. I left most of the flames open to be able to see through them. The candles were fun to do.

It's Your Day, sentiment

It's Your Day Sentiment

The front sentiment is cut from the same sparkly CS as the balloons, then shadowed in coral.

It's the perfect shape for the front flap.

Happy Birthday Banner

"Happy Birthday" is 2.24w x 1.15h. The background banner is from Elegant Edges and sized to fit the words.

I really like the finished header.

The Back

The box back provides a good space for the verse. I composed the poem and prepared it in Word, printing it on white CS.

To finish off the back, I added a couple of more balloons.

Cartridges Used

Celebrations - "It's Your Day" sentiment and balloons
Straight From The Nest - cupcakes
Elegant Edges - Frame for birthday sentiment
Create A Critter - Happy Birthday

The happy recipient, my daughter Rebecca

June 19, 2014

Getting Patriotic - It's Time

HELLO! We're Here, Too!

I received an email this morning that prompted me to redesign my blog template to one that is totally patriotic and Canadian. As we all know, the U.S. and Canada each celebrate their days of Independence -- July 1st for Canadians, and July 4th for Americans. Most of us recognize our bordering countries as being good friends. And yet, there are always some who don't GET it!

The email was from a well-known online store that I have always loved. They are having a sale on patriotic Cricut cartridges. I was excited to click the link and see which ones were included in the $19.99 sale price. Strangely, there were only two listed, and those two were both for Americans. But where is the Canadian cartridge called, "Go Canada"?

Here's the big title from that sale announcement:
Declare your Independence with these cartridge deals, $19.99

Pretty exciting, right? No doubt there are many happy crafters who would jump all over that announcement to order their patriotic cartridges. But where is the sale price on the only Canadian-themed Cricut cartridge?

What About Canadian Crafters?

In our somewhat reserved way, we Canadians don't usually kick up a fuss when we are slighted. So with all due respect, I will refrain from any desparaging remarks about business owners who neglect to offer sale pricing to Canadians. I will not name names, but how fair is this treatment of Canadian customers?

It's time to get with the program and recognize Canadians (cross-border shoppers) when planning your advertising campaigns. And seriously, you are missing out on a HUGE market by not catering to or even considering the Canadian customer.

And so, my readers and followers, I'd like to know what stand you would take on the question of whether or not Canadians should receive the same pricing as Americans. Please participate in the poll below. Answers are anonymous.

Update on Poll Results: Unanimous Yes.

Proudly Canadian,


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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!

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