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April 21, 2015

Easiest Card Ever!





Friendship Card


This A2 card gets my vote for the easiest card I have ever made. I started with an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of patterned cardstock, cut in half width-wise.


Hello Friend, card front

Sentiment

The 'hello friend' sentiment was cut using the Cricut Beyond Birthdays cartridge. I shadowed it in a charcoal gray.

Hello Friend,easy  dragonfly embellishment

Dragonfly


The dragonfly took a little bit of time. This was mostly because I was using a new die and stamp set, and tried to get too fancy with the vellum wings. I do like that they are still transparent, yet with a little bit of veining.




Inside



Since my aim was to make this attractive yet quick, I did not over-embellish the inside. I did however, print a custom message inside. This is easy to do in Word as a text box. 










And while I was at it, I printed my own little logo on the flip side to appear on the back near the bottom (another text box).











Embellishments

  • The obvious embellishment is the dragonfly, of course. Cut twice - once from white cs, once from vellum. I trimmed off the wings from the white one and sponged the body with aqua and light green, then glued the body to the vellum layer. A couple of blue rhinestones finish him off.
  • I chose a ribbon that coordinates with the yellow and gray in the sentiment. Before applying ribbon, I punched the one edge with my MS lattice punch.

I hope my friend likes her card. This one was fun to make!




April 2, 2015

GLORIOUS EASTER





The Phrase That Never Grows Old



"He Is Risen" is certainly a phrase that never grows old. There was nothing like it available on any of my Cricut cartridges. And in my mind's eye, I envisioned such a phrase being the central theme for these special cards. THIS reality is the very essence of Easter.

I created the phrase using my Gypsy, and incorporated the cross into it. The cross is cut from silver CS with a crystal heart sitting in it's centre. This is significant to me as it was LOVE that sent Christ to the cross that day




His Is Risen, Easter Card and Poem by Grace Baxter


Inside



My Real Easter, card poem by Grace Baxter


Another Version

He Is Risen, variation on a theme, card by Grace Baxter

I love the hydrangea designer paper used in these cards. Unfortunately, I only had one sheet of it and can't find more (at least, in Canada). So I had to carefully plan where and how much I used for each card. I made four in total, and each one is a slightly different.


My Real Easter, poem and card by Grace Baxter

Happy Easter to all my friends, family and blog followers.



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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!