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May 19, 2015


Wishing You a Sweet Birthday

Cupcakes and birthdays naturally go together. But how about an entire cupcake SHOPPE!

Cupcake Shoppe Birthday Card, collage by Grace Baxter

Rather than make a flat card front, I decided to add a sweet awning to the shoppe window.

I had in mind a particular striped paper for the awning. This one reminds me of the striped canvas sling lawn chairs my Dad used to enjoy (though a different colour). It's all about the stripes; they have to be the right size and spacing. Fortunately, I had the exact paper in one of my stacks!


For the inside verse, I used a little birthday poem I composed quite some time ago. Having it on hand made it quick to finish up this card.

Note About the Awning

Someone asked about the awning and whether or not it would mail well. While the face of the awning is striped paper, what keeps its shape is the awning backing which is 110 lb. white cardstock, scored top and bottom. The awning flattens for mailing, and pops back out again when opened.

I might just have to make a few of these to have on hand. Once I figured out the best way to make the awning, the rest was easy.

C upcake Shoppe Birthday card front, by Grace Baxter

Cartridges Used

Gypsy Wanderings - awning and window sill
Straight from the Nest - cupcakes

Cupcake Shoppe birthday card, 3D awning, by Grace Baxter

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May 7, 2015

Graduation Pop-Up Card

Congrats to a Special Graduate

Graduating from high school is an important milestone in a young person's life. Graduating from high school with Honours is wonderful. And an Honour student who also excels at music... well now THAT is one very special young woman!

When I was asked to make a graduation card for this girl, I needed to ask a few questions. And when I found out how talented and smart she is, I was a little worried that I might not come up with something special enough!

I decided to try making a pop-up card. This is a 6"x6" card when closed, opening to a full 12" inside. After making the gown for the left panel, it seemed to me that the neckline needed a little something. A pearl necklace was the perfect touch for a young woman's graduation.

This is probably the most difficult card I have ever made. For sure it ranks at the top for being time-consuming. But I am more than thrilled with the outcome. Will I make another? Hmmm, possibly... but only for someone very special.

Here's a shot of the card open flat.

I hope Hannah enjoys receiving the card as much as I enjoyed making it for her. She deserves the best.

Cartridges Used

Elegant Edges - frames on the card front
Create a Critter - graduation cap
Quarter Note - Hannah's name, flute and 2015
Everyday Paper Dolls - diploma

April 21, 2015

Easiest Card Ever!

Friendship Card

This A2 card gets my vote for the easiest card I have ever made. I started with an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of patterned cardstock, cut in half width-wise.

Hello Friend, card front


The 'hello friend' sentiment was cut using the Cricut Beyond Birthdays cartridge. I shadowed it in a charcoal gray.

Hello Friend,easy  dragonfly embellishment


The dragonfly took a little bit of time. This was mostly because I was using a new die and stamp set, and tried to get too fancy with the vellum wings. I do like that they are still transparent, yet with a little bit of veining.


Since my aim was to make this attractive yet quick, I did not over-embellish the inside. I did however, print a custom message inside. This is easy to do in Word as a text box. 

And while I was at it, I printed my own little logo on the flip side to appear on the back near the bottom (another text box).


  • The obvious embellishment is the dragonfly, of course. Cut twice - once from white cs, once from vellum. I trimmed off the wings from the white one and sponged the body with aqua and light green, then glued the body to the vellum layer. A couple of blue rhinestones finish him off.
  • I chose a ribbon that coordinates with the yellow and gray in the sentiment. Before applying ribbon, I punched the one edge with my MS lattice punch.

I hope my friend likes her card. This one was fun to make!

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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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