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August 11, 2013


Fabulous at 50, feminine card for 50th birthday, card for shoe lover

When a woman reaches that dreaded number 50, she needs to be celebrated for how wonderful she is! The recipient of this card has so many fine attributes, there is only one word needed to describe her. FABULOUS!

FABULOUS at 50 birthday card front

Everything about this card is hand made except for the bling added to the shoes and flower.

The 5x7" base is cream cardstock that has a linen feel. I embossed the turquoise background panel to break up the space.

The title, "Fabulous" is cut 4" wide from gold metallic cardstock.

The cartridge used for all cuts is Forever Young.


Fabulous at 50 birthday card shoes
My recipient loves shoes. This pair of shoes was cut at 3", with each shoe measuring a hair more than 2". 

I cut a base from white cardstock first, to see how the large stones would look on that size shoe. Pretty impressive, so I went with that size.

The shoes have gold heels and inserts from the same gold metallic as the title. The shoe body is a muted cream design, which doesn't show up well in photos.
Fabulous at 50 shoe box designed by Grace Baxter


But the BOX is where I really had fun! It's cut at 2". I altered the shape by cutting the lid off and designing it as a separate piece. Both box and lid are lightly stamped with a script stamp, and inked around the edges.

The finished box is quite sturdy, with the lid being thicker. All box pieces are stuck down using thick square foam pops.

Flower Embellishment

The original flower cuts out with the box. The large flower layer is cut from sparkly pink. That's obvious. I cut the smaller layer from white, and painted the inner petals only, then blended them out. 

Sparkly flower handmade for shoe box on card
This step made all the difference in the flower looking more life-like. A crystal centre sparkles up the flower and matches the sparkles on the outer petals.

The leaves are also white cardstock, painted green.

The layers are all separated by and adhered with pop dots.

To make the shoe box more realistic, I added puffy tissue, first cut with scallops and gathered together, taped at the back.

Fabulous at 50 poem by Grace Baxter


The poem inside is one I composed especially for my niece. I printed it on the same cream print paper as the shoes, and mounted it on the turquoise. An extra little flower finishes it off.

Fabulous at 50 feminine birthday card

I would definitely describe this card as having "simple elegance".

August 8, 2013

Baby Gift Bag

Little Monkey Baby Gift Bag, designed by Grace Baxter

Easy Baby Gift Bag

After completing the Baby Door Hanger, I needed to package it. A box was too bulky. So I searched for just the right bag to go with the nursery animal prints used on the card and door hanger. It needed to be babyish, yet still an animal.

For anything custom, I usually end up making something. This time, I found the perfect little MONKEY!

Isn't he cute! The painted wooden monkey is from Michael's.

In styling the bag, I made another title strip like the one used on the Baby Shower Card, HERE.

Then I cut some big jungle leaves and a branch for our monkey to be swinging on. As Mary (from Cardz TV) would say, "It's just so stinkin' cute!"

Leaves and branch are from Sweethearts cartridge.

We're not done yet!

Now I needed a tiny gift card for this package, otherwise in the shuffle of so many gifts, the expectant mommy wouldn't know who it was from.

Small Gift Card

I made a tiny aqua envelope from the same paper as used on the shower card. Then I composed a little poem and printed it as an insert that fit the envelope.

The Poem

To My New Little Nephew
I can’t wait to meet you
And see your sweet face;
This wee gift is something
Hand-made, from Aunt Grace.

It’s nothing to play with,
To drink or to eat
But it might make you happy
When you’re trying to sleep!

(Crystal, if you are feeling a little modest, there is a wardrobe of diapers, inside this envelope.)

These three baby shower items (door hanger, card and gift bag) were so much fun to make. Don't you love it when it all comes together?

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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!