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February 28, 2016

Feather Sympathy Card

Feather - Cut of the Week


From the moment I saw this week's Cricut cut-of-the-week, I knew I had to use it. The feathers are just too cute not to!

The hardest part of the project was in choosing my colour scheme. The rest was just plain fun to do. I started making the various layers and had no idea what I would use the design for! But I knew I was needing to make a sympathy card. So I proceeded, thinking that I would wait and see how it turned out before deciding whether or not it is a good design for a sympathy card. Enough about the thought process... now for the card!

"Forever" sympathy card and poem by Grace Baxter
"Forever" Sympathy Card

The neat thing about the feathers is that you can bend them as much or as little as you want, to show the colours behind. 

feathers, for feather sympathy card
Close-up of Feathers

Inside

For the verse inside, I used one of my own poems entitled "Forever".

Cartridges Used

Dimensional Paper Art - Feathers
Heritage - Bird
Elegant Edges - Sentiment panel background
Home  Décor - "Forever"


Forever, sympathy card inside, by Grace Baxter


Since this card is for a young man I did not want anything flowery. I think the feather motif works well. 

"Forever" feather sympathy card and poem by Grace Baxter


This card was submitted to PDE Linky Party

February 21, 2016

Design Space: FONT REFERENCE GUIDE


Cricut Design Space:  Accessible Fonts

I have just completed a long project which I think will be helpful not only for myself, but for anyone using Cricut Design Space.


As a new user of Design Space, I found I needed a handy Reference Guide for all the fonts available to me that are designated as "Accessible" REGULAR fonts.

The drop-down menu just did not allow me to see the fonts big enough to help me in deciding which ones I wanted to use on any given project. I spent too much time scrolling down through dozens of fonts, searching for a font and then selecting it... only to discover that I didn't like it on my project. And the search continued.

Font Reference Guide: Cricut Design Space, by Grace Baxter
CRICUT FONT REFERENCE GUIDE
for use in Cricut Design Space

So, being a stickler for detail, I decided to create a list of ALL the regular Fonts. This took days to compile using three software programs. The finished Guide is an alphabetical listing in a PDF that is 34 pages in length. See picture above of the first two pages.

I have included visual samples of EVERY REGULAR Cricut Font listed in Design Space. The list is complete as of the date of compilation (February 21, 2016).

It's so much easier to leaf through the pages of my printed Font Reference Guide as part of my designing process. Just looking at the various fonts in large sizes helps me envision them on my projects. It is now more enjoyable thinking of creative ways to use these fonts. The fonts are now part of my creative process in making my projects! I have chosen to print out the PDF Guide, but I can also choose to view them in the Adobe Reader, enlarging them as big as I want on screen.

Because of the work involved in creating this useful Resource, I am selling the Font Guide PDF for a nominal cost of five dollars ($5.00). Click the link below to order your copy today.

If you have questions, leave me a comment along with your email address and I'll be happy to answer you.

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February 16, 2016

Flower Pot Pocket Card

First Project with Cricut Explore Air

I'm happy to share my first card made with the help of Design Space and my new Cricut Explore Air. 

Flower Pot Pocket Card

Flower Pot Pocket Card, by Grace Baxter

For the pot, I created my own template. After checking some similar styles online, I found that I didn't like the shape or smaller sizes. There are several flower pots available on cartridges but again, I wanted a cuff that I could decorate.

Details

Size:  The pot, full length before gluing sides is 11 inches long, 4-1/2" wide.
Flowers: 1 @ 2.79"w, 1 @ 2.89"w, 1 @ 2"W. Flowers are all from Forever Young.
Name plate on pot: Cut from Heritage, name was written with Explore Air. Attached with silver heart brads.
Butterfly: # M10BE98 from Imagine More Cards. Sized @ 1.7"

I stapled a piece of green ribbon at the top, to indicate that the flower card needs to be pulled out. For the message on the card, I used the writing feature in Design Space. Sorry I don't remember what fonts as I tested many.



Flower Pot pocket card, by Grace Baxter

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February 11, 2016

So DOGGONE Sweet!

A Little Boy's Valentine


Most every boy loves puppies! While making this little pup in the window, the song "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window" kept running through my head. And with a sweet little face like this pup's, how could anyone resist taking him home!


Doggone Sweet, boy's Valentine, designed by Grace Baxter

Doggone Sweet, 3-panel Child's Valentine, by Grace Baxter

Inside




The printed message inside was done in Cricut Design Space. And yes, it is a Grace Baxter original! Couldn't resist! However, it would've been much quicker to type it on the computer but I wanted to make use of the writing feature on my new Cricut Explore Air. I spent a lot of time testing fonts!

A couple of more pictures...


Doggone Sweet, Valentine by Grace Baxter
I love the shape of the window.

The fun just keeps on coming as you open the card. I know my grandson will love it!


Cartridges Used


Creative Cards - card base
Everyday Paper Dolls - dog house, grass
Sweethearts - dog, tiny heart
Gypsy Wanderings - heart banner
Home Organization - dog bone







If you like this card project, feel free to Pin and Tweet the post!

February 7, 2016

Elegant Valentine

Always In My Heart


Sometimes it's nice to do something a little unexpected. This card is beyond elegant in its style and colour pallette.


Daughter valentine, designed by Grace M. Baxter
"Always in My Heart" valentine ©Grace M. Baxter


For the sentiment, I thought about how this wonderful daughter is always in my heart. The crystal inside the larger heart symbolizes my sentiment. I created the sentiment, "Always in My Heart" on the computer and printed it onto pearlized cardstock.

Colour Combination


The beautiful cardstock was so lovely, I let it take the spotlight. Purple and pink foil combine with soft lime green to create a grown-up valentine. 

Daughter valentine, inside. Designed by Grace M. Baxter
"Always in My Heart" Valentine ©Grace M. Baxter

I chose soft pink vellum to add pleats to the scalloped edge. I love how the pleating brings attention to the scallops.

Everything about this card speaks of love, but in a subtle, femine way. Inside, I wrote a special loving message for the recipient.

I am so blessed to have wonderful children, and
it's a joy to create unique cards that express my love for them.





February 1, 2016

LATTE VALENTINE

Warm and Sweet Poem


Here's a card I designed for my daughters last Valentine's Day and could not post until they had received them. So I saved it to share with the world NOW. I plan on using the poem again in another way this year!

Latte valentine, designed by Grace Baxter

If you follow my blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Bloglovin pages you will know that I write special poems for my cards.

The well-used "Love you a latte" phrase has been around for awhile, so I decided to extend that thought with a poem and give it more meaning. See inside of card below.

This one is especially for Valentine's Day.






Two Versions

One of these things is not like the other!
Do you remember this little game from Sesame Street? Test your observation skills and see if you can tell the difference between these two cards.

Latte valentines, similar yet different, by Grace Baxter


Inside

Latte Valentine, poem by Grace Baxter. Copyrighted.
Latte Valentine poem by Grace Baxter

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If you use my poems in any way, would you please comply with copyright rules and give credit by providing a link back to this page if posted online: gracenotes4today.blogspot.com. If used for unpublished projects type a byline under the poem's title or somewhere in the description stating Grace Baxter as author of the poem used. Thank you.


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