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June 23, 2015

Musician's Party Décor

Musical Centrepieces

It was my pleasure to design and create centrepieces for a very special celebration. This was a combined milestone birthday party honoring an amazing pianist, singer/songwriter. 

I knew I would use the whole music theme, but spent many hours imagining what that would look like. Searching the Internet didn't produce anything wonderful. It needed to be classy and not juvenile.  I chose the colour scheme of black, white and bright green (the guest of honour's favourite colour).

Music Themed Centrepiece, by Grace Baxter

Music Elements

The main element in each centrepiece was the grand piano. Each vase had 2 of every element, adhered back-to-back on their stems. This was double the work but necessary in order for everything to look good, from any seat around the table.

Musical elements for centrepiece, by Grace BaxterElements:

  • sign - one side says "Music Lover", other side says "Solo" with microphone
  • grand piano with swoosh
  • half note
  • 8th note
  • 16th note
  • treble clef
Music Lover centerpiece signs, by Grace Baxter
Music Lover sign, embossed with music

Grand pianos and signs, by Grace Baxter

Grand Piano Pick for Centrepiece, by Grace BaxterI sized the pianos so that the outer legs would be the exact size for fitting into the glasses. The photo shows how it fits perfectly. I also positioned it low to allow for the sign to sit above the piano.

The sticks are 12" long.

Finishing Touches

I added fresh carnations to the arrangement; 3 for each glass. Each bloom was in its own little tube of water. They lasted more than a week!

Each glass wears a band of green with a music ribbon over top.

Music lover sign, by Grace Baxter

There is much more I could say about the centrepieces but I think the pictures are self-explanatory.

Video Clip:

Banner, Balloons, Card Box and Cake Table

The video clip shows the rest of the décor items: Birthday banner, bunches of balloons, long playing records on the glass under the banner, and the cake table with decorated card box.

I made a full-sized piano keyboard for the banner. Yes, it actually has 88 keys and they are the exact size of real keys on a piano! (My OCD for details was kicking in when I made this.)

piano keyboard birthday banner, by Grace Baxter

Since the venue had a lovely curved window, it was the perfect spot to set up the cake table.

One more thing... each centrepiece has an LP record underneath the glass. The records are decorated to hide the original label on one side. By the way, what makes the records special is that they were actual recordings made by the guest of honour, many years ago.

Music Lover Centrepiece by Grace Baxter

This project took quite awhile to put together, but judging by all the comments from guests and the birthday guy, it was well worth the effort!

June 16, 2015

TEE-rific Dad! Card and Poem

A Fun Father's Day Card

In planning a card for a young dad (my son), I thought about his favourite sports. Golfing is one that he really enjoys.  

Tee-rific Dad, Father's Day card front, by Grace Baxter

The card started out looking proper and dignified with its gray pinstripe base. And while it's sharp, I knew I couldn't let it get stuffy -- that isn't my Son, so ... to make it youthful, I designed a frame from golf ball paper in the shape that resembles a truck tire. I've had this paper for years, expecting to use it for scrapbooking which never happened. Can anyone relate? LOL!

The Front

TEE-rific Dad, Father's Day, golfball closeup, by Grace BaxterAs usual (being a stickler for detail) I wanted the golf ball, tee and grass to look REAL! As it turns out, the grass looks as though it is growing right through the centre of that ring of balls.

Ball on tee:  The golf ball cut already had the markings for the bumps and divets. Love that.

Tee in the grass:  To make the tee sit IN the grass and not appear to be stuck in front of it, I cut an extra layer of grass and snipped it to look real.

TEE-rific sentiment:  Prepared this on the computer, framed with a grass green CS. I like a little hardware on men's cards, so I attached the sentiment frame with metal eyelets and twine. The back is also popped with dimensionals. In fact, the entire white frame is popped!


TEE-rific Dad, Father's Day poem by Grace Baxter

For the verse inside, I wrote a poem that uses a play on words having to do with golfing. "Punny" or what!

I printed the verse onto white cardstock, punched the corners, and inked all the edges in pale green first, then gray over top (narrower).

I really like this technique for added dimension. Another frame of grass behind ties it all together.

TEE-rific Dad, Father's Day card 2015, by Grace Baxter

Cartridges Used

Elegant Edges
- golf ball frame

Everyday Paper Dolls - tee, golf ball and flag

I'm sure I've hit a hole-in-one with this card for my Son. (Hee-hee, couldn't resist.)

What do you think?

June 6, 2015


For the Pianist

A special piano card for an extraordinary pianist HAD to have something eye-catching. This pop-up piano card is the perfect design.

There are tutorials available on how to make the keys. Be aware though, the measurements may need adjusting. Now that I have corrected the errors and discarded the first attempt, I figured out how to make this work and will be able to make another.

I loved the idea of pop-up keys. For my piano, I added real music pages to the book. My recipient, who is an accomplished musician and pianist, loved his card.

Card Inside

pop-up piano keys, birthday card, by Grace Baxter

Card Front

pop-up piano keys, birthday card front, by Grace Baxter
Card size is 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" when closed. My Cuttlebug and Cricut came in handy in creating the front. 

For the treble clef, I created a frame and welded the clef inside with the Gypsy, then cut it from red CS. A black treble clef layered on top finished the medalion. The music notes behind the clef are from the same vellum as the music book, inside. 

And of course, I had to emboss the card front with the Amadeus music embossing folder.

Difficulty Level

I would give this card a difficulty level of 8 out of 10, simply because of the keys and getting them right.


Elegant Edges - frame for treble clef on front
Quarter Note - Treble clef

I hope you enjoy my project for today!

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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!