June 29, 2013

When Life Gets Tough

Songs sung by Grace Baxter, for those times when Life Gets Tough and you need a little encouragement.

When You Need Comfort ~

Often, we see entries on blogs that are both touching and sad. There are times when we all go through tragedy and sorrow. Whether it's illness, loss of a loved one, or a flood that has taken away our home... we go searching for comfort and help. At times like these, it is so important to have someone to lean on and to hear encouraging words or music that can give us hope.

For these reasons, I decided to provide a few of my recordings that you can hear right from my blog. You may click this link or go to the music page from the top menu. I pray these songs will be a source of comfort and encouragement to you.

Music by Grace

June 20, 2013

Bookworm Graduate

Grade 8 Graduation Card for a young teen leaving elementary school. The poem inside, 'Done Grade 8' is by Grace Baxter. Card features a very smart Bookworm on a peek-through window that says, 'You Did It!'


I love the bookworm graduate on this card for a grade 8 graduating student. He's not only cute... he's smart too!

For this card I used a base from Creative Cards, designing it to be 5.25h so it would fit into an A2 envelope.

When I first saw this window style frame, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. I welded the phrase "You Did It" across the top third of the open window.

This left the perfect amount of space to have the bookworm showing through the window.

I cut 2 white frames, sized to fit behind the window. One of the frames I used on the third panel as background for the bookworm. With the other, I printed my verse on top.

The front title is cut from silver CS, a little smaller than the welded title behind. This is easy to do with the Gypsy or CCR.

To finish the title, I added a crystal star to the centre of the large star.

Bookworm and Hat

The bookworm is two layers; dark green behind with antennae showing, front layer bright green with cutouts.

My Gypsy was not cutting properly so for the hat, I cut it freehand and made the tassel from silver cord, fastening it through the small hole in the middle of the cap and gluing it underneath. I added a silver rhinestone on top for sparkle and dimension. Isn't he cute!


For the verse, I wrote a little poem and prepared it in Word, sizing it to print perfectly on the white mat.

In keeping with the "book" theme, the right inside panel features the silhouette of the boy reading. Under the verse is an open book, which gave me the perfect place to sign my name.

Cartridges Used

Creative Cards - Card Base
Beyond Birthdays - "You Did It" phrase
Create a Critter - Bookworm
A Child's Year - Boy reading and open book
Alphalicious - 2013 on gift bag

Grad Gift Bag

Here is the matching graduation gift bag. I cut a large grad hat and highlighted the tassel with white gel pen. For the numbers, I cut shadows in black and the face number from white. Then I glittered the white layers with silver. A silver rhinestone in the top centre finishes it off.

June 6, 2013

Card for Piano Teacher

Piano Teacher End of Year Recital Card. A special card for a very unique occasion... the end of year piano recital. Designed by Grace Baxter of Grace Notes for Today.


Take a Bow, Teacher piano recital card
A unique occasion requires a card that tells a unique story. 

My sister Ruth, having followed in the footsteps of our Mom, is a piano teacher. Each June she holds a recital for her students, and this year will be her biggest one yet. A piano recital is definitely one of those special occasions that needs to be recognized with a personalized card.

Inspiration for the Card

I well remember Mom's recitals when she would have her daughters play and or sing as part of the program. I recall Ruth as a little girl, dressed in a fluffy pink dress and patent leather shoes... perched on the piano bench, her feet not yet touching the floor. This vision in my mind was the inspiration for the card's design.
I love the image of the little girl curtsying after playing her piano piece.


Card size:  5 x 6-1/2" white cardstock
Black panel 6"
Gray pearlized frame, from Elegant Edges
White frame backing, same size as gray, embossed with Allegro
Piano and phrase, from Quarter Note
Girl curtsying, from A Child's Year

Take a Bow, piano recital card front

Piano and "Take a Bow" phrase are cut from black cardstock that has a swirly shiny design. The picture at left illustrates this.

Pink and gray paper is pearlized.
Take a Bow, piano recital card verse


The verse was prepared on the computer, printed and trimmed to fit. I incorporated the word "Bravo" into the verse, placing it near the bottom. 

Pianists are typically presented with roses at the end of their performance. I like that this phrase includes a rose.

Bravo, piano recital sentiment

The "Bravo" phrase was cut from a pink pearlized paper, shadowed in gray, then I painted the rose stem green and outlined the bud in pink Promarker.
Grace Notes signature

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