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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.


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


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.


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


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.


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!

August 17, 2017

Pop-up Book Wedding Card

Love Story Book-style Wedding Card

What could be more romantic than a "Love Story" wedding card? And what could be more special that one with huge impact!

pop-up book wedding card, by Grace Baxter 2017

This pop-up card took extra time but is the perfect design for something really special. I love the Mr. & Mrs. foil cardstock which sets the theme on the cardfront. The sentiment is another one that I made especially for this occasion. As mentioned on a previous posting, I will be sharing some of my own Sentiment creations in an upcoming post. Stay tuned for that!

pop-up book wedding card front, by Grace Baxter 2017

 Inside Surprises

pop-up book wedding card, fully open. Design by Grace Baxter 2017
As soon as the card is opened, the fun kicks into high gear.

The frames, cut from the same Mr & Mrs cardstock used on the front took careful measuring. These were prepared as an over frame, rather than just sticking the messages on top of a panel. More work, but a much prettier result.

Wedding bells are cut from shiny silver foil CS, accented with crystal dingers and a white satin bow. The Sweethearts cartridge came in handy for this.

The bells are cut twice so that the inside of the bell could be textured. The cardstock is actually light gray.

Silver wedding bells are an older tradition works well with the modern lines of the card.

(Sorry about the glare. Shiny foil CS is difficult to capture without glare.)

Click any photo to see it larger.

My "Love Story Wedding Book" card was a joy to create and give. I hope it made the bride and groom smile.

August 8, 2017

Vintage Masculine B-day Card

A masculine card with a vintage feel. Colours are muted and the "painted wood" designer paper really looks like the paint is peeling off.

YOU-nique Bday card, designed by Grace Baxter

The Sentiment
I created a special sentiment to go along with the theme of the vintage paper. I first designed it in PhotoShop, then uploaded it into Cricut Design Space. This gave me an image to upload in Design Space to print then cut. 

About the Card

  • Size: 5x7" muted aqua base
  • Front:  2 finished panels 
    • 1 woodgrain paper, matted with chocolate brown;
    • 1 designer birthday paper matted with chocolate brown
  • vintage truck, cut from smooth rustic/vintage navy cardstock
  • truck mounted on corrugated piece (from a cookie package)


Prepare the verse in Word, print on cream coloured cardstock.

Cut a frame to lay OVER that page, rather than wasting designer paper by laying a large piece underneath the verse page.

I made my frame in Design space by creating 2 boxes, and "splicing" them to remove the centre piece. This leaves a nice frame without waste.

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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!