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November 9, 2017

Screen-style Birthday Card

4 Panels Never Looked So Good

What woman wouldn't love a beautiful screen, designed with her personal style in mind! After seeing this style of card created using stamps and punches, I immediately knew I could recreate something similar in Design Space. What I love about Cricut's Design Space is the ability to visualize it so clearly and try different shapes before cutting.

Screen-style birthday card, standing. Designed by Grace Baxter

Screen-style card, opened flat. Designed by Grace Baxter

Pick a Theme

Pick a theme that speaks to your recipient. My screen card is for my garden-loving sister, and pink is her favourite colour. For her card, hibiscus, butterflies and a charming trellis are perfect.

About the Card

Full width of card when open is 11". Height is 5-1/2"
To create the feet, I used one of the many great shapes from Elegant Edges. I played around with a few I liked and went with the fancy square. It's pretty without being too ornate.

Screen card, front and third panel. Designed by Grace Baxter
Front and third panel

Hibiscus Leaves

There were no leaves to go with the flowers on the cartridge. When in doubt, make your own! I searched online for hibiscus plants and found the right leaf. Then I cleaned up the image and uploaded it into Design Space. I love that the leaves are "real" while the flowers are less dimensional.

Finishing Touches

In keeping with the garden theme, I used a lattice punch across the top of the card. Butterflies have a few lines of sparkly shine on their wings. Butterflies also have tiny pearls down their bodies. The word "Sister" also has glitter (though the pics don't clearly show that). 

Cartridges Used

Alphalicious - Font used for birthday greeting on the oval
Creative Cards - butterflies
Elegant Edges - Flourish cut-out and scallop oval
Heritage -  "Sister sentiment, trellis
Storybook - Hibiscus flowers, butterflies

Screen card b-day card, top view. By Grace Baxter
View from top shows butterfly wings in flight

Screen b-day card, 2nd and 4th panels featured. By Grace Baxter
2nd and 4th panel

If you enjoy this card project, please comment and share!



October 28, 2017

When It Comes to Shoes

Shoe Lover's B-day Card

If your recipient loves stylish shoes, this is the card for her! Heels, dressy boots and slip-on shoes are a few pairs that make this card fun.


Inside

For my verses, I like writing something unique for the birthday person that speaks to them. 


A Few Details

Card base is aqua cardstock
Top overlay (background), created by stamping swirls in aqua ink

Each pair of shoes is displayed on a tag with ribbon.

Sentiment on the front was printed in Design Space.
The word "shoes" was cut from the same turquoise cardstock as the base.

As always, the thought process took longer than the actual construction of the card. Some of you card makers can relate.





October 16, 2017

Pet Sympathy Card



Sympathy cards are never easy, and the loss of a precious pet hurts as much as the loss of anyone else.

Soshi, a Sheba Inu was a champion in so many ways. She won awards for agility and was loved by many people. Just taking her for a walk meant that really, she was taking you for a walk, all the while drawing the attention and praise of passers by.

Pet Sympathy Card, designed by Grace Baxter


I struggled with what imagery to portray on this card. The silhouette of her seemed best, as she will never be far from the thoughts of her owners.

Details

Finished card size is 4-1/2" x 6-1/4". All elements were cut in Cricut Design Space.

Collar

In Cricut Design Space it was easy to make the collar. None of the available collar cuts were right for this card, so I designed my own.  I can provide more details on that, if needed. I made the belt buckle from silver foil cardstock.

Heart Charm

Again, I created my own unique heart charm as I wanted it to look a certain way. It was quite easy to do!


For the paw prints, I had to create something from scratch. Some fonts were helpful, but fiddly.

I needed the paw print in two versions: as a solid that I could cut out, and as an outline, as used on her collar tag on the front. In Design Space, I imported each image. Using the "slice" feature, I was able to cut out 5 paws from a strip that fitted perfectly onto my card.



Pet Sympathy card, inside. Verse and design by Grace Baxter



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October 8, 2017

Thanksgiving Wall Art

SO Thankful For...

Today is Thanksgiving Sunday in Canada. So I thought I would share a little something I made for my dining room. In creating a Thanksgiving phrase to be framed, I wanted to keep it simple.
Three words beginning with the same consonant work well together. 


Faith, Family, Food Thanksgiving wall art, framed. Created by Grace Baxter

Hanging on the Wall

The artwork size is 8x10 inches. The wide frame gives me more importance. Otherwise I would have used a mat with the frame.


Lettering

The phrase "So Thankful for" is cut from pumpkin-coloured cardstock. Faith, Family and Food are cut from gold foil.


Faith, Family, Food. Thanksgiving picture by Grace Baxter
Artwork Unframed

Happy Thanksgiving!


September 24, 2017

Sparkly B-day Window Card 3

Sensitive 60th Birthday Card

Sshhhh!

In creating a sensitive 60th birthday card, I played up the glam side of the recipient, and played down the age thing. She appreciated the humour in the verse and loved the design. So, mission accomplished!

Glam Window B-day Card, by Grace Baxter

This is my third card created with this type of thick, embossed window. It gives the card stability and extra sparkle. More importantly, the image of the woman (who is peering in the window) invites you to look inside where the reader is rewarded by more beauty; shine and a personal verse.


Inside

As usual, I created the verse in Word, choosing a pair of fonts that work well together:
Title:  Great Vibes 22pt
Text:  Calibri 11 pt  


See the other cards created in this style:

Wishing you a Sparkling, Beautiful day!



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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!