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If you follow my blog or know me at all, you will soon realize that I spell certain words differently from what you are used to seeing on most web sites. This is because I am Canadian and I am a spelling NUT. It drives me crazy when things are misspelled. So naturally, it would rub me the wrong way to purposely leave out letters from words that I know need them. Canadian spelling is actually a blend of British and U.S.


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The card designs, graphics and poetry provided here are my own creations. I am pleased to share them for your inspiration and pleasure. As is customary, please provide a link back to this site if you use any portion of my designs.

Since every good and perfect thing is a gift from God, I recognize that my inspiration and creativity is from Him.

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March 3, 2015

Top O' the Mornin' To You!

They say there are two kinds of people in the world... those who are Irish, and those who wish they were. I am neither of those but I do love Kelly Green and white together.

Luck O' the Irish, St. Patrick's Day Card by Grace Baxter

I came across the sweet background paper a few months ago. And not knowing how I would use it, I knew I woud think of something! Also, I do not have a special cartridge for these occasions. So here is what I came up with.

Luck O' The Irish, phrase

Luck O' the Irish, card sentiment by Grace BaxterFor the phrase on the card's front, I needed to design something unique because, again, nothing appropriate was on any of my Cricut cartridges. 

Using my Gypsy, I created the phrase using a font from Anna Griffin Library Fonts.

The pic at right also shows the background paper of tiny shamrocks. Cute, or what?!

Inside and Details

Luck O' the Irish, St. Patty's Day card, inside by Grace Baxter
These cards are A2 (4-1/4" x 5-1/2"). So, before adding anything else to the cardstock, I first printed the graphic on the inside top panel. This is a free stock photo and reinforces the St. Patty's Day theme. I also printed my logo on the backs of the cards.

I composed the little poem for the verse and prepared it in Word.

The background paper of thousands of shamrocks is what inspired the poem. Imagine standing out in a field of clover, looking for that one special ONE. The girl on the front and the boy inside have each found the one they love best... each other!

The girl and boy are cut from pale green smooth cardstock, then shadowed in the same Kelly green as used elsewhere. To make the shamrocks they're holding more noticeable, I painted them with a medium green ProMarker. I love how they turned out!

The inside needed a touch more green, so I cut a 1/2" strip of Kelly and embossed it with a Cuttlebug folder from the Iron Works pack. I think it looks Celtic, don't you? The only embellishments are the black and white satin ribbon on one card, and green/white baker's twine on the other.

Difficulty Level

I would grade this as "moderately difficult". If you know how to use your Gypsy or can design in the Cricut Craft Room, you will have no trouble creating something like this phrase. It takes a bit of patience and trying different fonts, but you can't beat an original phrase! Once the phrase was completed, the rest was very easy.

Cartridges Used

A Child's Year ~ girl and boy holding shamrocks
Anna Griffin Library Fonts ~ used to create Luck O' The Irish phrase

Luck O' the Irish, St. Patrick's Day Cricut card 2 by gracenotes4today.blogspot.com
With twine embellishment

Luck O' the Irish, Card 1 by Grace Baxter
With satin ribbon embellishment

Wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Grace Notes for You, Signature
February 17, 2015

Birthday Winter Fun

The best part of winter for kids is playing in the snow. And the Sesame Street gang know how to make it FUN! This card is for a special little boy who loves the Muppets.

Sesame St. Angled Shutter Card, by Grace Baxter

Angled Tri-Shutter Card

Sesame St. Angled Shutter Card, inside

Although this card looks large, the size when closed is 4" x 6". What gives it so much extra space is the way the shutter panels are cut, maximizing the front and back panels. Directions for how to make this unusual card are below.

I wanted to keep the design clean and uncluttered, in order to emphasize the characters which are quite detailed. So  my background is crisp white. And oh yes, there are lots of snowflakes inside, too.


Once I decided on the best placement of my completed characters, I temporarily attatched them with removable double-sided tape. Then I stamped snowflakes with Versamark ink in between the characters. 

Sesame St. Shutter Card, embossing closeup
It was easy to remove the taped pieces before sprinkling the embossing powder over the snowflakes.

And of course, the heat gun did the work of bringing them to life.

The picture at left better illustrates the embossing.
The card can be displayed 2 ways -- depending on which way you flip the shutters.

Below, In the left-hand picture, you'll see words showing in the right-hand corners.

Sesame St. Angled shutter card, shutters flipped

In the right-hand picture, only snowflakes are showing. You have the option of flipping the card to whichever way you prefer. I like the hint of what's inside, so I prefer the first picture.

"How-To" Details

The card base is 6" x 12". Exact measurements for cutting the angled tri-shutter are in the following illustration.

Angled Tri-Shutter card. My thanks go to Norma at frommycraftroom.blogspot.ca for her template. I added the highlighting to help ensure I wouldn't make a mistake in the cutting.
angled tri-shutter card, cutting diagram

You can download the image above (right-click and save), or request my PDF version. I'd be happy to email it to you.

You need to carefully measure before cutting the shutters. It is not difficult. I found a sharp blade worked better than a cutter. Just take your time. The results are worth it!

Layout and Design

Sesame St. Shutter card, layout

I sketched out the rough design and hung it on my memo board above my craft table. This was very helpful as I was working on the layout and sizing things.

I've never worked from a sketch before but I have to admit, it made things go more quickly. I'm no artist, but I had an idea of what I wanted. I did end up switching pieces around. What fun!

Cartridges Used

Sesame Street Seasons - all characters
Library Fonts - Happy 6th Birthday and Daniel

Sesame St. Winter B-day shutter card, open

January 19, 2015

Fabulous Solution

I have to thank Charlotte C for the link she placed on She's A Sassy Lady blog. This is such an amazing solution, I can't wait to use it on my own glue bottles!

Have you ever had your glue, Glossy Accents, snowy accents and other types of liquid craft products dry out before they are even half gone? I certainly have. It gets expensive throwing them away and having to buy more.

Solution to save glue from drying out

  • No More Clogs 
  • No more using pins or paper clips to save glue

I got pretty excited about this tip. You have to watch the video. And don't be surprised if you find yourself shouting out a big YES! when you see how easy this is to do and the amazing results.

Not only will this solution keep your glues from drying out, they will flow easily with no clogs. Here's the answer... Silicone baby bottle nipples and foam tape.

You will enjoy this video. Here's the link:

Have a great crafting day!


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