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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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April 15, 2013

The Mounties' Musical Ride

Performing for Queen Elizabeth

In Celebration of Her Jubilee Year

Something all Canadians should be proud of.  This is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, along with the Canadian Tenors, performing for Queen Elizabeth -- an excellent horsewoman in her day. Watch the obvious joy on her face , near the end of the ride. The RCMP musical ride is based in Ottawa, Canada and well worth a visit to see it in person. Video is best heard if you have a head set.

April 12, 2013

A Baby Card ~ Acronym

B-A-B-Y Acronym card to welcome the new baby. Since the baby's gender was unknown, bright aqua and yellow was the perfect color combination. Designed by Grace Baxter.


When the gender of the expected baby is  unknown, colours to use in a card are somewhat limited. For this one I chose aqua, yellow and white.

The card size is a little different, at 5" x 6-1/2"
I wanted something a little different, yet still babyish. I decided to use the sweet little blocks that are on the New Arrival cartridge. But what else? 

Spelling out the word “baby” and placing the blocks this way and that gave me the idea to do an acronym for the letters. I completed the words on the computer, creating a small table in order to get the spacing correct. This part was fiddly.

You could use any words you wish that start with b-a-b-y. Or, if you know the baby's name, make blocks of each of those letters. 


I will be enclosing a gift card, so I made a small envelope and sized it to perfectly fit a gift card.

The cut out letters spelling 'baby' were from the cut blocks on the front of the card.

The Verse

The inside right panel is matted with the same aqua CS as on the front.

I prepared a personal message on the computer, then cut it down to show a good amount of the mat. The corners were punched with the MS lace corner punch.


Crystal triangles (6) placed in each small hole in the frame
Ribbon, 1/4" eyelet edge

Cartridges Used

White and aqua frames on front - Elegant Edges
Baby blocks and little feet - New Arrival
Small envelope inside - Christmas Cards

April 11, 2013

A New Award ~ Simply Inspiring!

Simply Inspiring!

Announcing the first recipient of the new award, Simply Inspiring!

I've heard it said that behind every dark cloud there is a silver lining. The bloggers I want to acknowledge with this award are people who are not shy to demonstrate their faith through their crafts. It is evident in their creativeness and by their very inspiring works of art, also known as cards. I totally believe that our Creator has blessed such individuals with an extra dose of artistry. Oh, you may not think you are an artist but I have come to recognize the hand of God in people's lives. I see how He works and uses everyday things to bless us.

These creative people are able to take crafting elements -- simple items like glue, cardstock, ribbon and sparkles, and fashion a lovely card that speaks words of kindness, hope, joy, peace and love. They may find inspiration for their work in scripture verses and carry that vision through to the completed card. And since every good and perfect thing comes from above, through this award I am letting them know that their efforts have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for sharing your heart and God's love through your beautiful cards.

Please join me in congratulating the first recipient of the Simply Inspiring! award...

Congratulations, Tammy! Thanks for all you do.

Note to Visitors:
Spend some time browsing through some of Tammy's cards and you will see why she is deserving of this award.
If you or someone you know qualify for the Simply Inspiring! Award by meeting the criteria described HERE, please let me know. This is just one small way of recognizing special people who bless us with their creative designs. 

April 4, 2013

Masculine B-day Card

Style for the Recipient

In designing cards, some people have difficulty knowing where to start. Here's a tip (and it may be obvious to some).
The number one rule for creating a personal card is... Design for the Recipient!
While it is nice to have a stash of general cards on hand for those unexpected occasions, it is still important to create unique designs to celebrate those special people and the big events in their lives.

The recipient of this card is a gentleman who is turning 90 years of age. What would appeal to a 90-year-old? After staring at the usual cuts of masculine images, I decided on the grandfather clock. It is perfect for his era, elegant and proper.

Older people often have a spiritual outlook on life, and the older they are, the more this is so. I like to include words of encouragement, rather than remind them of how old they've become with silly jokes about aging. See details for the Inside, below.

Style Details

Card size is 4-1/2 x 6-1/4" cut from cream CS.
Top panel is chocolate brown embossed paper.
Bottom panel is a vintage style print that harmonized well with the other paper.
The grandfather clock is cut at 4"H, from the Heritage cartridge. CS used is "penny" from the Metallic stack by DCWV. Love all these metallics.

Clock is cut 3 times: 1 for the metallic front, 1 blackout as a liner. These two pieces are glued together. The 3rd clock is cut at blackout from dark brown to be the shadow. The front of the clock and the shadow are separated by dimensional tape.
Behind the finished clock, I placed another piece of cream to make the clock stand out.

Sentiment: Birthday Blessings from George & Basic Shapes cut at 1.75"H from white CS. I painted the letters using ProMarkers, and yellow glitter ink for the candle's wick.


Bible verses are always a good choice to use as a quote inside. There's a verse for virtually everything in life.

For the actual verse of this card (right side not shown), I wrote a special poem, just for him. This is where you can let your creative juices flow. Draw upon the fun facts you know about your recipient, and weave those things into the story of your poem. I love doing this.

The pic at left shows the shine of the metallic clock better.
Capturing all the best features in a photo is sometimes tricky.

Hope you enjoy this gentleman's birthday card.

~ Grace

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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!