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August 31, 2016


40th Birthday card, by Grace Baxter

40th. Birthday Card

A card celebrating a 40th birthday needs to be something unique. I created this one to please a vintage-loving, VW enthusiast and "car guy".

Vintage VW

My recipient owns a 1954 VW Beetle and loves all things Volkswagen. After researching every VW site online, I could not find anything that would work as a focal point.

The solution? MAKE MY OWN! I came across a gift bag that had VW bugs all over it in various colours. I bought the bag which became the gift bag for a sign I made. (See that post HERE).

I scanned the car that had the best angle. In PhotoShop, I flipped it and cleaned up the image. Then I imported my image into Cricut Design Space where I printed and cut it out.

The sizing (which was tricky to figure out) was perfect for my card front! I was pretty excited about the way it turned out -- all old and vintage looking. PLUS, the card now perfectly tied in with the gift bag!

Vintage VWfor 40th Bday Card, by Grace Baxter

Maximum 40

In thinking about the number 40, I decided to make a sign for the card's front. The play on words is fun but also true! I created the sign in PhotoShop.


A poem written especially for the recipient is hidden until the card is opened up wide.

VW Bug Shutter Card, designed by Grace Baxter

VW Bug Shutter Card, open wide. By Grace Baxter

See the VW Sign I made for the birthday
gift that goes with this card!

August 3, 2016

VW Parking Sign

Gift For the VW Enthusiast

My daughter's boyfriend is a real Volkswagen enthusiast. For his milestone birthday, I created a special sign to hang in his garage where he parks his 1954 VW beetle. This was a labour of love. It was also my first project in making my own stencils from vinyl with which to paint the wording on the sign.

VW Parking Sign, by Grace Baxter. Gracenotes for Today

Be sure to see the VW 40th BIRDAY CARD that went with this gift!

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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!