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August 31, 2016

VOLKSWAGEN BUG B-DAY CARD

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".

40th Birthday card, by Grace Baxter


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.


Inside

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




August 3, 2016

VW Parking Sign

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!




July 20, 2016

CELEBRATE! A Special Birthday

Happy 35th Birthday


Each year, I try to come up with something special for my children's birthdays. This particular birthday, I wanted the design and simple sentiment on the front to immediately tell the story of my daughter.

center step birthday card front, by Grace Baxter

Style

Centre step card. The artwork for this is a high res picture I had saved for just such an occasion. It's a floral cake, all feminine and girlie. The perfect show stopper for this card!

centre step birthday card, front angled. By Grace Baxter

Inside Card

Centre step birthday card, Inside. By Grace Baxter

Have a Happy Crafting Day!


May 26, 2016

JUKEBOX RETRO BIRTHDAY CARD

Jukebox Birthday


The recipient of this card loves music from the 50s. Anything from that era is always fun for him! I had it in mind to make a jukebox card but wasn't thrilled with available images.
Until THIS!


Jukebox b-day card, by Grace Baxter

There are TONS of layers in this design. The most striking, eye-catching layer is the chrome overlay on the front.
Jukebox B-day Card with Record, by Grace Baxter


Jukebox b-day card front, by Grace BaxterIf you know me and my card designs, it will come as no surprise that I had to make it REAL by substituting the flat gray CS suggested for gleaming chrome! 

Pictures do not do it justice.

 I love everything about this design. Directions in Design Space were very scant, so I spent some time figuring out how it all comes together. And as usual, I added a few things to the design.

The oversized RECORD was cute. When I first saw it I thought, "What am I supposed to DO with that!" It was flat and boring. I had to make it DO more! 


Jukebox Card with Record - Flip Side
JUKEBOX CARD WITH RECORD - FLIP SIDE
It needed a hit song title on the front, and lyrics on the back. The lyric side is only visible if the record is turned over (obviously).



But WHERE in the world does the record go? Take a peek inside.



I love the stack of records that
show through the window.


INSIDE JUKEBOX CARD WITH RECORD IN POCKET




What makes me most happy about this card is knowing that it

is perfect for the recipient. I hope he LOVES it.


Have a Musical Day!



April 22, 2016

Let Your Light Shine

Throw-Back Thursday


I originally created this card in 2009 and just came across it again today... waaayyyy down in the list of cards. I think it needs to be shared again.

The Lighthouse


There is something about a lighthouse that is welcoming, yet by itself it seems forlorn. My card post will give you all the details on how I made it. More importantly, though, it gives you my reasons for making the card and exactly what the Lighthouse means.

Following are some pics from the original post. Click any pic to see it bigger.

I invite you to enjoy the whole blog post from October 19, 2009.

Let Your Light Shine


By the way, I still have this card in my possession... waiting to give it to someone special for a particular occasion or reason. Have you ever made something and then had a hard time giving it away? This card speaks to me in so many ways, I may have to keep it forever as a reminder of God's love and grace towards me.





Do any of you remember a little song called "This Little Light of Mine"? We sang it all the time in Sunday School, years ago. Join me in letting your light shine... for Him!


April 19, 2016

Masculine Card Showcase

Men's Birthday Cards



Masculine cards are sometimes hard to find amid the sea of all other occasion cards. I've pulled together my collection of men's cards and specialty items. These projects span several years of cardmaking. I hope you find inspiration here. If you DO... please leave me a comment.


Note:  If you want me to write you back, please leave your email address in the comment.


Next to each card, I am giving you the direct link to that post so you can read all the details.


Coffee Lover's Birthday




Coffee Lover's Birthday Card

Simple and fun.








Personalized Birthday




Making It Personal

For a glassy guy. Great for the gentlemen on your list.







Tow Mater Birthday Card




Need a Tow? Mater, That Is

Designed for a young man whose life is all about cars.







Winter Birthday




Warm Birthday Wishes

Created for my son whose birthday is Christmas Day.






Rockin' Birthday




Rockin' Birthday

For a teenage boy's 15th birthday








Traveller's Birthday






World's Best Son-in-Law

For the travelling man.












By-Plane Birthday Card





Bi-Plane and Bygone Memories

For an ex-pilot's birthday







Pianist's Birthday




Pop-Up Piano Card

Birthday card for the pianist






90th Birthday




90th Birthday

Bronze grandfather clock, in honour of this elderly gentleman's birthday.






You're Not Old





You're Not Old -- You're VINTAGE

Created for a man celebrating his 70th birthday.






St. Paddy's / Birthday


St. Paddy's Day / Birthday Combination Card

Old World style.  The Inspiration:  Recipient's interest in jousting, archery, and reading books about characters from the King Richard and "Robin Hood" era.

The verse inside is a scroll with an "Old English" birthday greeting





Christmas/Birthday


Double the Fun!  Christmas/Birthday Combination

Subtitle for this one is: Birthday tracks in the Snow. I used a special technique to curve the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment.

Created for my son whose birthday is Christmas Day. His favourite thing about Christmas was always "Bringing Home the Tree".




Sailer's Birthday




Sailer's Delight

For the sailer.








Pilot's Birthday





For the pilot.






General - for Any Man





SMILE! It's Your Day









Masculine Cards:  Other Special Days


Father's Day Card




Father's Day Card with unique verse inside







New Dad Memory Book





Father's Day gift







Feather Sympathy Card





Sympathy card for a young man who lost his Grandma. Special poem inside.








Elegant Thank-you











Valentine





A non-mushy valentine for a young guy









We Have an Anchor - Version 1


We Have an Anchor - Version 1

All Occasion card. Includes music from the hymn by the same title.






We Have an Anchor - Version 2




We Have an Anchor - Version 2







Deer - Any Occasion Card




Features the scripture verse:  "As the deer pants for water brooks..." Psalm 42:1








St. Paddy's Day
















To see my Christmas cards, go to It's All About Christmas


Thanks for visiting!




March 22, 2016

Bunny Hop Easter Card

Happy Easter!


bunny hop Easter card, by Grace Baxter

This Easter scene started out as a simple card but when I discovered a cute picket fence in Design Space, the card took on its own design!

The bunny, Peter Cottontail's sister Pipi, takes front and centre as she hops over the garden fence. She is cut from white CS and shaded in all the right places.


bunny hop, closeup. By Grace Baxter
Pipi Cottontail, all dolled up for Easter

This card is a generous size: 4-1/2" x 6-1/4" landscape style. I've given it plenty of dimension. The frame is popped with dimensionals and the bunny has double dimension.

Inside Poem


I always like to give my Easter cards real meaning, even when I design a fun or secular motif like this one. There really IS just ONE reason for the holiday. So the inside features a new poem I wrote for this Easter season. I am using it on most of my Easter cards this year.


Easter card poem, Spirit of Hope. By Grace Baxter

Cartridges Used


Easter 2010 - Bunny
Walk in My Garden - Tulips
Holiday Cakes - Happy Easter sentiment
My World - fence frame

If you like this card design, I'd love to hear about it!

Wishing you all the Blessings of Easter





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