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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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November 21, 2011

Downloadable Gift Card Graphics

This is a "heads-up" to let you know about the new array of free downloadable graphics on my other site, It's All About Christmas. When you go to the site, click the menu tab, or click here Downloads - Family Tags.

These graphics are perfect to use as gift tags and cards. I even give you a tip on the best way to print them out. By the way, I would love to see your creative projects using any of the graphics I've designed for this holiday season. So please leave me a comment about what you've chosen and how you plan to use it.

If you haven't already discovered all the OTHER free downloads available, click here to go to the Downloads menu tab.

Happy crafting!
November 17, 2011

My Gift to You

Free Christmas Graphics

In keeping with the spirit of giving, I decided it was time that I got busy making something special for YOU, my followers and friends. On my Christmas blog you will now find a new page in the menu called Downloads.

There you will find several free Christmas graphics that you can download and use on your Christmas cards and projects. I really hope you will take advantage of this opportunity, as I have spent a lot of time creating these little gems. Oh yes, did I mention they are FREE?

I will be making more graphics as I am able to find time. I have SO many festive ideas running around in my head! Lots more surprises are on the way to my Christmas blog so you will want to check back often. While you are visiting It's All About Christmas, I would love it if you'd leave me a comment.

And now, let's see what you can do with this first batch of Christmas graphics!

November 15, 2011

Nearing 100 Followers

My Christmas blog is well underway. Thank you, faithful followers for putting up with the transition.
And NOW, dear friends, I need your suggestions on something. As I near the 100th follower, I'd like to know what you would suggest as a 'thank-you' gift or prize for that 100th follower.

Perhaps I should come up with something that each and every one of you could enjoy. But what would that be? I've put up a poll on the right sidebar. Would you please take a minute to complete the poll. It will really help me plan that something special in time to have it available.

Thanks again for your loyalty and kind comments.

~ Grace

November 11, 2011

Your Forte ~ Birthday Card & Charm

The fortieth birthday is always very special. But you know, some of us (women) don't like that number and don't want to be reminded of it. After thinking about this beautiful young woman and the word "forty" I realized something. Throughout her life she has acquired many fortes. So I wrote a special poem and designed this card around the word "Forte" which not only means "special accomplishment" or "strength" but in musical terms, it means "loud".

The musical definition is what inspired the music background and gemstone notes. The overall card size is 5-1/2" square. The colour scheme is elegant -- black base with white frame and background. The real hit of colour and star of the show is the turquoise foil sentiment in its oval frame. Another narrow frame of the same turquoise foil draws you in.

I wanted the number 40 to appear somewhere but in a very discreet and special way. So I made the dangling charm and attached it with silver cord that acts as a bookmark for the card. The finale is the collection of scattered gemstone notes in black and silver.


The card is designed as a booklet. Inside the front cover, I have created a page for the definition of the word "forte".

The poem is entitled Your Forte which is more than just a play on words. It totally describes the recipient of this card.

I used my Gypsy for much of this card. The frames had to be sized just right and I found that they could not be perfectly square, even though the card itself IS. The measurements on the Gypsy were always slightly off in order for it to work. This special 40th birthday card was a lot of fun to make, and it is TOTALLY "her".

Cartridges Used
Christmas Cards - Large white frame
George & Basic Shapes - Turquoise foil frame and oval
Heritage - Charm
Quarter Note - Font for "forte"
Allegro Cuttlebug folder - music background

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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!