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January 16, 2018

Bridal Shower Card

Bridal Shower Card

My daughter's bridal shower theme colours were pink and gold. I couldn't resist creating this card to match. Be sure to see my special project link below: "The Making of a Bridal Chair".

Sweet and Easy

Bridal Shower Card, front. By Grace Baxter

Close-up of the umbrella. The stem and handle are cut from the same gold foil cardstock as the sentiment.


To see how this card ties in with the Shower Décor, See my post, The Making of a Bridal Chair

For my daughter's bridal shower, I wanted to make something special. Something she could keep forever. My idea was to make over a chair for the Bride-to-be which would be a decor piece as well as something practical.

Video: The Making of a Bridal Chair
Don't you just love LOVE!

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January 8, 2018

Birthday Guy Chef

Birthday Guy

This "Guy" birthday card recognizes and celebrates the recipient's sense of humour along with his occupation.

birthday guy chef's b-day card, by Grace Baxter

Keeping It Personal

For this young man of culinary expertise, I wanted the card to appeal to his sense of humour... which is crazy good! Needless to say, he loved it!

birthday guy chef b-day card, angled. Designed by Grace BaxterThe hardest part was matching the cartoon body with his face. The original picture was a group shot and he was wearing a baseball cap. Don't ask how long it took to customize the images for this project. Seriously, it went on and on. But I loved it and could immediately see that it was going to work out well.

Even the stance of the cartoon chef is exactly the way my birthday guy stands!

Inside Card

joy of Christmas quote, by Grace Baxterbirthday guy, inside card by Grace Baxter

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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

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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.


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.


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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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!