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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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March 30, 2013

A Real Easter Card

He Is Risen

Easter is not complete without cards that express the true meaning of the holiday. In fact, the very fact that we celebrate it as a "holy day" should be enough of a reminder that Easter holds real meaning.


This 5x5" card has a cream base. I cut a light green panel and embossed it with the Cuttlebug. Then I sponge-inked the birds in aqua and the leaves in light green. It was THIS treatment that gave me the colour scheme for the card. I loved how the teal-aqua looked under the embossed panel.

He Is Risen - Sentiment

I created the sentiment using my Gypsy and the font from Quarter Note. Letters are cut from the same cream CS, then outlined with my ProMarkers in Cinnamon and blended.

The cross is created from shapes on the George cartridge. I used woodgrain paper layered over white CS for stability. Then I cut two shadow pieces from dark brown and adhered them together. Notice the markings for on the cross for the spike holes.

In placing the cross on the card, I "popped" it with dimensionals. Placing the cross on its side is a reminder that the cross no longer stands. The grave is empty, and He is Risen! Hallelujah.
Wishing you a Blessed Easter. 

Easter Place Cards

Bunnies, Chicks and Egg-heads! 

These quick and easy place cards will make even your most dignified dinner guest smile. Most of these are reused from a previous year (they kept very well in a zip-lock baggie).

The cards are simple tents, decorated with the names of each guest. The little characters are stickers with skinny straw legs.

The place card at right is a tag cut from A Child's Year. For the bunny, I coloured the cut-out with my ProMarkers and popped him with 2 layers of foam tape.


Optional: Some of the tents have small pieces of ribbon taped to front and back to keep the tents from collapsing.

I can't wait to set the table and place these little guys at each plate.
March 26, 2013

You're Not Old

Vintage Birthday Card

What man wouldn't enjoy this vintage card featuring an old-fashioned truck. I had so much fun designing this card. 

Size is 5"x5"
Double-sided cardstock used for card base, truck, sentiment background and oval matting.

The truck is a Heritage cut, backed with a blackout cut in white. Highlights are silver ink.

I made 3 ovals to frame the truck. The red is pearlized, the gray is sponged over with silver, and the top white oval is embossed with a grass-like design for texture. The truck's window is blue vellum.


I created my own sentiment on the computer. And of course, no regular type style would do! To get the right look for the sentiment, I had to download a couple of new fonts. I love the old typewriter style of type, and the word "Vintage" has a worn look, perfect for the sentiment. Remember the old image of a hand pointing? So very vintage!


The reverse side of my cardstock was perfect to use as a background for the sentiment, and to mat the truck. Inside, I maximized the star theme of the CS by cutting a variety of stars in pearlized gray-blue.

Cut stars are all from Home Décor. I know!

I wrote a special poem for my brother, the recipient of this card. It's a limerick, which is unusual for me to write. I think he will like it.

To finish off the card, I "popped" the truck, one oval layer, and the sentiment panel.

Star brads added some punch to the front. If you look closely you'll see stars in the print of the cardstock.

Also, the truck wheels have "platinum" hub caps to resemble the "baby moons" of the era.

I love how this one turned out.

I hope my brother does too!
March 10, 2013

Happy "St. Patty's" Birthday

Double-Duty Card

When you want a card that says it all with few words, a simple shape card is all you need. 

This card celebrates two occasions -- St. Patrick's Day and Birthday.

The overall finished size is almost square at 5.32 wide x 5.25 high.

There was a lot of playing around to get it sized correctly. Cricut Craft Room wasn't working for me so I made most of the card the old-school way, cutting straight from my Cricut.

Shamrocks on the front are sized at 1.5 cut once in green glitter cardstock and once in black.

Inside, the shamrocks are 1 inch.

Card base is solid green.

It was necessary to line the card with a stronger CS so that it would stand well.

I used my favourite standby for white cardstock; 110 lb. purchased at Staples. I can't tell you how much of this stuff I've gone through. It's smooth, stiff enough, and easily goes through my printer.


As usual, I prepared the inside verse on the computer (text box in Word).

I sponge-inked around the edge of the verse to make it stand out.

The two small shamrocks match the front, cut at 1"

To finish off the card, I lightly sponged around the front of the card in black, and around the entire inside in green.

This easy card was satisfying to make because I kept it simple. I know the recipient will love it. And he's not even Irish!

Cartridge used: A Child's Year

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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!