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April 30, 2011

Poll Results ~ Thanks for Voting!

Well, the final tally is in. Of everyone who voted, a whopping 89% of you said you want me to continue providing details on the cards I post.

I want to thank all of you who took the time to vote. I will continue to do my best to bring you fresh card ideas. I don't post every day, and as you can see by most of my cards, they are quite detailed. This means it takes me longer to make them. Also, I do not mass produce them. Each card is a one-of-a-kind design. I can't seem to break out of that habit. Wish I could! I often say to myself, "Self... you need to make a few more just like this one." But I never do.

Keep those comments and requests coming. I love hearing from you!


April 26, 2011

Only TWO Days Left!

Time Is Running Out

There are only two more days to participate in the poll (at left). So if you'd like to express your opinion as to whether or not I am giving too much information about my cards, now is the time to jump in.

It will only take a second. I've been spending a lot of time preparing these posts, trying to be as detailed as possible in order for visitors to be able to follow the process. I'm sure some people only want to see pictures, while others (like me) always wonder, "How'd she DO that?"

After voting in the poll, feel free to also leave me a comment if there is anything in particular you'd like me to try doing in a card. The next "occasion" coming up is Mother's Day but since my Mom is in heaven now, I don't have a mother to make a card for. I'll keep trying to bring you something pretty or fun.

Until next time... happy crafting!

April 22, 2011

Happy Easter ~ Happy Spring

This 5"x7" card was a lot of fun to make but did take quite awhile. I was inspired by Jeannie Phillips' card last year and kept it in the back of my mind to do something similar. Mine has an extra spin; I had the mischievous bunnies looking for Easter eggs.

The bunnies on the EPD cartridge are just adorable! You will need to use either Design Studio or your Gypsy to get the sizing right for the eggs and bunnies. Jeannie has provided her basic instructions HERE.

"Beware of Bunnies" sign is 3" cut from WIMG. For the words on the sign, I printed off a text box on plain computer paper, traced around the sign shape and cut my word piece out by hand. Then I sponged, shaded and outlined my printed piece to give it an aged look. By the way, this was my first attempt at using the ProMarkers I won. 

I prepared the scripture verse and poem on my PC, then printed it off on a 7"x10" piece of the same background paper as the front. You would want to do a test print first on plain white paper.

For the inside top of card, I cut the frame from Fabulous Finds. See below details of cartridges used.

I may have gone a little overboard on the inside but I wanted it to carry on the theme from the front. (I took the photo at right before adding silver studs to the sign frame. I like how these touches finish off the frame.)

Lots of Layers
If you take a closer look, you'll see the many layers. This profile picture shows the dimension.

Cartridges Used:
Everyday Paper Dolls - Bunnies, grass
Walk In My Garden - Pots, garden sign, tools, the word "happy"
Easter 2010 - Eggs
Fabulous Finds - Frame inside top panel
Jasmine - the word "Easter" (welded and cut on Gypsy)
Stretch Your Imagination - "Spring"

Easter. Why is it important? Please listen to this song for the answer. The link will take you to Singsnap where I recorded, "When He Was On The Cross". Click HERE, then click the PLAY button below my picture.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you a blessed Good Friday. Have a wonderful Easter weekend, and please take time to thank God for the gift of His Son.

April 20, 2011

Easter Irises

Grace Notes For Today - Handmade Cards with how-to details and tips.

Spring Irises. What could be lovelier for an Easter card? I love all the colours of irises. As hard as I try, I cannot even come close to creating something as beautiful as real irises with their ruffles standing up, and their darker petals draping downward. Only our Creator can make something so gorgeous.

3D irises

inspiration photoHere are the flowers that were my inspiration. I realize it's no competition but I think I managed to come close in the colours. I cut out all flower petals from white cardstock, then coloured them with my new ProMarkers.

The card is 5-1/2" square. I embossed the white panel, leaving a one inch plain border for my letters. The "Easter" letters are actually cut from a pearlized CS although the shine doesn't show up. I had to use my Gypsy to size down the letters as 1-inch made them too crowded.

3D flowers side view
As you can see by the profile pic, these flowers are quite dimensional. I'll probably have to make a custom envelope to fit.

The flowers are cut at sizes 2, 2-1/2 and 3. Stems and leaves are cut from green CS that I then inked for a little more definition. I'm still getting used to these markers so they aren't perfect.

I made 3 frames, the large purple one is cut at 3-1/2. It's the horizontal frame on page 68 of Storybook cart, turned sideways.
dimensional irises side view

When placed vertically, it just barely fits within my 5" embossed  background. Why use a horizontal frame, you ask? I needed enough space for my tallest flower which is 3". So the 3-1/2" purple frame worked well with the right amount of clear space around the flower.

The mauve and white frames are sized down accordingly.

And just in case you are wondering where my signature ribbon is... I decided the flowers took center stage and didn't need any other embellishment.

inside card and scripture verse
Inside, both verses were prepared on my PC, printed on computer paper.

Cartridges Used:
Home Décor, Storybook and Walk In My Garden

Now, on to the next card!

April 17, 2011


Spring Thank-You Card

I am very honoured and excited to announce that one of my card creations has been published by Cricut Magazine. I have been patiently waiting for the April/May issue to come out. Those of you who already have your copy will find my 'Thank-You' card on pages 66 and 67 of the magazine.

When I first received word that they wanted to use this particular card, I was not only elated, but I was also surprised that they chose one of my more simple designs. For this issue, cards had to follow the theme of flowers, butterflies and birds. This 'thank-you' card certainly fills that requirement. I am so honored to be included in this Spring Issue of Cricut Magazine.

The card is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" cut from double-sided cardstock, Baby Girl/Tall Flowers by Heidi Grace (love that name). I cut the white front panel at 3-1/2" x 4" and embossed it with the Birds and Swirls folder. The "Thank-You" is from Storybook cut from bright pink at 2 inches. I cut the green background from pearlescent cardstock.

~ Grace
April 2, 2011

Bon Voyage ~ Step Card

Happy Cruising!

I loved making this Bon Voyage step card. I visualized the whole thing before even beginning. The steps really lend themselves to the different levels for the waves. But the star of the show is that huge cruise ship in the back.


Finished card size is 4-1/2"x6". Two back steps are covered in water paper. Love this paper; it's so realistic. All cuts on the card are done with Life Is A Beach cart.

The ship was cut twice, once in blue vellum for porthole windows, once in pearl white (Gemstones) for top deck. The hull of the ship was cut from thick "aluminum" CS. This stuff is amazing. I use it for a lot of cuts that need to look like steel or metal. It looks and feels like brushed aluminum.

Ship 2-1/2, palm trees 3-1/2. For "Bon Voyage" I cut the phrase and then snipped off the attached ship that goes with it. The remaining words happened to fit exactly within my one-inch beach front.

silhouette waves

Sometimes in cardmaking I am amazed to discover little things that can only be described as "meant to be". An example of this is the length of the waves.

I was expecting to have to use my Gypsy and resize the wave lengths to make them fit my 4-inch side steps. I did a test cut (as always) and found that they were the perfect length!

regular waves

Also, something funny happened. Funny-strange, not funny-haha. When I tapped "cut" on the Gypsy, the waves came out as a silhouette. Not sure how that happened but I like the variety of waves. The closeup pics above and at right  illustrate what I mean.

The waves closest to the ship are layered to look more realistic, using pop dots to separate them. I also did a lot of sponge painting over and around the waves to make these pieces blend into the picture more.

The Beach

I cut one continuous piece for the tall left side and the front of the first step. Pretty easy to do by measuring carefully. Then I sponged and dabbed brown ink over the piece, creating sand divets. For water on the beach I sponged blue ink lightly in a wavy fashion over the sand at the edge.

I prepared a personal message and attached it to the back of the card. You know, I think I might make one or two more of these to have on hand. Surprisingly, it didn't take that long to make and I think the result was pretty showy. The recipients loved it!

Added Note: As soon as I published this blog and went back to check on it, Google had placed a cruise ad next to my entry. I thought that was pretty cute. It made my card that much more believable. Fun!

Update January 18, 2018:  My "Bon Voyage" cruise ship card has popped up all over the Internet, hundreds of times since its first posting on April 2, 2011. PROOF that a good design will last forever! Thank you, followers and viewers for enjoying it and for passing it on, over and over again!

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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!