February 24, 2010

Valentines for 2010

Valentines by Grace Baxter, 2010

1st Birthday, Engagement and Valentine cards are now posted! I know I am late in posting these cards, but I couldn't risk my peeps seeing them on my blog before they actually received them. The last recipient just got hers in the mail, so I can now share them all with the rest of you. All my cards are 5.5 x 4.25 which is the A2 card size. I like the size and envelopes are easy to find. Be sure to click on the photos to see an enlargement of the pic.
gumball machine valentine, by Grace Baxter

gumball machine valentine, inside. By Grace Baxter

This one was created for my grown son who is still a big kid at heart. I knew he'd love the gumball machine, and he did! The details of how I made this would be quite lengthy. I am happy to share them with anyone wishing to try one of these. Notice the "glass" globe? That was so much fun to create. I was quite pleased with myself when this worked out.

Next up is the love kitten for my daughter who also happens to have a wonderful "Kittie". Don't miss the tiny paw print in the heart. The pink heart that Kittie is holding is popped to make it jump out. The sentiment was created on my computer.
kitty and hearts valentine by Grace Baxter

This next card was made on a day when I was longing for Spring. February is, after all, still winter so I tried to be realistic in my design.

Winter Love Tree, designed by Grace Baxter

I loved the little tree, bare and laden with thick snow. The tree needed some love so I added a variety of hearts. For shine, the sentiment is matted in red, then silver with tiny silver heart brads to match. But once I added the wee bird underneath the tree, it made me happy. Birds were actually chirping outside my window as I worked on the card. The recipient? My other daughter who also loves to sing.

winter love tree, inside. Designed by Grace Baxter

Pink and Girlie
The next few cards are all pink and girlie. These two both have roses but that is where the similarity ends. Each one has its own embossing, silver accents and bling. I loved how cute these ones looked standing side by side.

I'll show you each one individually next. All my sisters enjoy gardening so I knew their cards needed to include flowers. You can't go wrong with roses. What would Valentine's Day be without roses!

On  this one, the card base is white then overlaid with a pink print. I added an embossed panel of birds and leafy vines (click for closeup). The stars of the show, however, are the roses... deep pink with paler petal details. The rose leaves are surprisingly life-like.

The silver heart with sentiment is raised with pop dots, and I used vellum to shadow the heart.

Roses are from Walk In My Garden.

hearts and pink roses, valentine by Grace Baxter
Now, here is a happy accident. Don't you love it when those happen! While trying something different I ended up with a square of pink that had a stamp-sized hole in it. As soon as I laid it on top of my background I knew what it needed... a silver, bejeweled heart inside! To emphasize the stamp-shaped hole, I inked the edges with silver. It ended up looking so good, I tried to replicate it again but couldn't get the same look. So this little card is very special and I am probably the only one who appreciates why.

Bevy of Hearts, Valentine by Grace Baxter

Okay, so having made 2 cards with roses, I wanted something else... still floral, still Valentines-ish. I searched all my cartridges and rediscovered something on the Walk In My Garden cartridge.

How perfect. Bleeding hearts! But not just one little spray would do. I wanted a shower of them! On top of the dotted base stock I added some wide sparkly ribbon. Then I cut two hearts; a large scalloped one in dark pink and a white one. The white I embossed with dotted swiss and "popped" it on top of the pink one. But before gluing anything down, I created tons of bleeding hearts in two sizes.

explosion of hearts valentine, by Grace Baxter

The tips of the bleeding hearts were green after cutting the stems, so I hand painted each tiny heart tip with pink glitter ink. The hearts look just like the ones I used to have growing in my back garden. The effect was just what I was going for. I must remember to tell my sister the story about the bleeding hearts, as told to me by our Mother. And all the while I was cutting, painting and gluing these hearts I was smiling, remembering that story.

Inside, the card has an introductory page. A small heart with another wee spray of tiny bleeding hearts is on the top panel, and a bible verse on the bottom of the page. That page lifts to reveal a personal message.

For The Guys - Matchbook Cards

Next up... matchbook valentines. These were made with my daughters' boyfriends in mind. They couldn't be too girlie or mushy. But still, they needed to look like valentines. Each of these has what I call a "button" for the closure. They were fiddly but so much fun to make.

The pink card is brown inside. Masculine, eh? In case you don't think so, check out the inside photo. I added a very cool bow and arrow. See picture following.

The red card looked much more scruffy once I embossed it. The card stock used has a white core which gives it an aged look when embossed. Masculine, right?

These little guys don't work well in envelopes. I could've undone the closures and kept them flat in the envelopes. But I wanted them to look as they should, once opened. Also, these were not going through the mail so it was alright to have them look bulky and funny in the envelopes. Once opened, the guys understood the funny shape.

February 19, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday!

My sweet little grandson turned 1 year old, just before Valentine's Day. And although he didn't know the difference, I wanted to make a special card for him that would be a keepsake. Can you tell that I'm just a tad sentimental? (Some would say "mental" but that's another story.)

It took me awhile to figure out a style. Should I go babyish? Or maybe more kiddish. I went with the soft hues of blue, white and yellow. The blue is a medium shade.

The card is 5.5 x 4.25 inches, or the typical A2 size.I bought some beautiful shimmery and sheer ribbon, 1-1/2" wide.

Front:  The card base is blue. I embossed the baby quilt design and added stars in 2 different sizes. Each star has a dab of glitter paint in the middle for some sparkle. The finished "quilt" is layered onto pale yellow, and tiny heart brads secure the corners. At this stage I added the wide blue ribbon and adhered it to the back. The combined yellow/white panel was then glued to the blue card front.

Front Sentiment:
I created this "seal" style sentiment on the computer in PhotoShop. This took far too long, but then, this IS my FIRST grandchild's birthday card! It was a labour of love. To complete the seal, I cut out the printed circle and layered it over a yellow scalloped circle, then that whole thing was adhered to a blue scalloped circle using pop dots. I also tucked in some white ribbon underneath.

I have a ton of beautiful baby papers, all purchased for the purpose of making a baby album. I HAVE started the album, but cardmaking usually gets in the way of doing my scrapbooking. So back to the card.

The inside needed some life. I decided to use a babyish animal print and secured it only on the bottom panel. Besides, the party's theme was "Zoo Animals" so this paper worked well. On top of that I centered the poem which was created on my computer. A couple of sparkly stars finished the inside.

I think it's precious, don't you? I hope this card will bring a smile to little Daniel's face when he is old enough to understand what it means.

February - The Love Month

We are now in the second half of February, the "love" month. Within a 2 week period I had to make a ton of valentines... 11 to be exact, as well as an engagement card and a birthday card for my wee grandson who celebrated his first birthday.

Love Bug
First up, I will share with you the engagement card I made for my daughter. She loves VW bugs (known as Punch Buggies in our family). And since she and her fiancé are always taking off on trips here and there, the "Love Bug" was perfect for their card. There is one tiny addition I made after taking the picture. I added a small, sheer aqua bow to the car's bumper. It looked adorable.

The card is a hefty 5x7" size. I love this colour combo. Bright aqua card (with matching envelope), teal and pale yellow. The inside of the card is the same shade of yellow. Just worked out that way!

For the car, I used metallic silver stock, gray, blue vellum, black and a tiny touch of pink. There are many layers. The window was especially fun to do. I also used my Cuttlebug to emboss the pale yellow background. The sentiment on the front was created on my computer. It took some fiddling around to get it just right and sandwiched between the frame and heart.


I had been looking for a reason to use my Fabulous Finds cartridge. In particular, I wanted to make something hinged. I also wanted an uncluttered look on the inside, just simple and to the point.

The raised silhouette heads looked better than I thought they would, backed up with black.

The "Mr. & Mrs." panel flips up to reveal another message -- "Congratulations!"

Although the card looks fairly basic, it does require a lot of time to get things sized properly.

The card in it's aqua envelope then went into a gift bag which I also made, especially for the happy couple. You can see it HERE.

Cartridges used were: Sweethearts, Fabulous Finds, and Jasmine.

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