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June 20, 2017


Together Forever, title

Wedding Box Card

One of the nicest things about a wedding is the beautiful colour scheme and the way all the pieces come together on that special day. 

The colour "Spa" was the inspiration for this card. It was my daughter's colour choice for her bridesmaids' dresses. It's a lovely watery shade that went so beautifully with the light gray suits the groom and his men wore.

Together Forever wedding box card. Designed by Grace Baxter

View it in full screen, HD on Youtube for best enjoyment.

In the Making

The following pictures show the box card in its early stages. "Together Forever" sentiment is embossed and lightly glittered. I love this Mr & Mrs silver cardstock. It's perfect for lower outside panels. I continued the Mr & Mrs theme on the centre front flap, and cut it from sparkly paper.

Together Forever, collage
Left:  Card Closed                         Right: Open, Showing Sentiment

Together Forever, closeup

Wedding Attire

Groom's suit is gray with sparkly lapels. His "Spa" coloured tie matched the bridesmaids' dresses perfectly!

This bridal gown is a different style than the one actually worn by the bride, but I think it's quite pretty.

I used real "diamond tulle" fabric as an overlay on the bridal gown. Narrow "Spa" ribbon folded in half gives another accent of colour. A crystal flower adorns the waistband for extra sparkle. The neckline is dressed up with sparkle, too.

The Rings

Symbol of love forever, wedding rings need special attention.

Together Forever, Rings by Grace Baxter

These are cut from the shiniest silver foil and accented with -- as you would expect, diamonds. Okay, not real diamonds but they are real crystal.

Decorated Flaps

For the side flaps, I created my own phrases in Cricut Design Space.Together Forever box card flaps, by Grace Baxter

Back Panel and Verse

Happily Ever After, Sentiment and poem by Grace Baxter

In keeping with the "Forever" theme, I created another sentiment piece in PhotoShop.

I love the idea of "Happily Ever After" starting NOW. The finished oval fits perfectly on the back of the sign.

For the verse, I composed a little poem that is simple yet gives the message I want to say.

The ribbon and bow are from the "Sweethearts" cartridge.

Together Forever wedding box card, by Grace Baxter
My daughter and son-in-law loved their card.
This one was SO enjoyable to make!

Some of my other Box Cards you may enjoy:

Garden Box Card     Exploding Birthday Card Box

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April 23, 2017

Bridal Chair - A Make-over

The Making of a Bridal Chair

Why a bridal chair? For the story of WHY and HOW I made this chair, watch the video below. I'd love to know your comments after viewing the video.

From old and plain to      >>>>            Pretty and chic!

Here's a snippit from the video which follows.

Bridal Chair project by Grace Baxter, gracenotes4today.blogspot.com

The Making of a Bridal Chair

The Video

For best viewing quality, watch in full screen and HD.

Cleaned, sanded, filled
and primed

Painted and Custom
Cushion complete

Skirt being made

There were many steps to this project. The video above explains everything.
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April 11, 2017

Sympathy Card


A Card and Poem by Grace Baxter

When words are not enough, and there is nothing you can do to help a grieving family member feel better... sometimes it helps to remember where that loved one is now, and that you will see each other again.

Forever. Sympathy card by Grace Baxter

Close-up Sentiment

This poem inside is entitled, "Forever". It is suitable for the loss of any loved one -- male, female, young or old. If you'd like to read the poem, search the "Sympathy" category at left and you will see it used for various loved ones.

Love Bug Engagement Card

The Love Bug Has Bitten

It took me awhile to come up with an Engagement Card theme! I am embarrassed to admit that I was not inspired for months. I wanted something unique, not too serious and above all else FUN. The engaged couple are my daughter and her fiancé.

Here is what I came up with:
Notice the font. I chose it because the love bugs have left their little nibbles and footprints around the words.

Love Bug engagement card by Grace Baxter

Love Bug Engagement card and poem by Grace Baxter

My daughter and her fiancé loved their card.

March 24, 2017

18th Birthday Card

Simple, Yet Effective

I shopped in ten stores, looking for a cute card for my nephew who was turning 18. I wasn't fussy about the theme, just wanted it fun and colourful. The same few pathetic cards showed up in several stores. The verses were absolutely lame. And then there was the plethora of disgusting, crude cards that I would never give to a young man -- certainly not my nephew.

My Tasteful Version

Happy 18th Birthday card fromt, designed by Grace Baxter

The card base is black, 5-1/2" square.
For extra dimension I embossed it with a block design. Then I lightly stamped the background with similar blocks. I use this simple technique to fill in bare spaces and add depth and perspective.

Cartridges Used

Celebrations - Balloons
Gypsy Wanderings - Happy Birthday
Sorry, I don't remember which font I used for "18th."

View showing shine and sparkle of the light aqua and silver cuts.


I wrote a poem written especially for my nephew, Adam. He was pretty happy with my card.

And honestly, I could have saved myself hours of shopping, simply by making my own card in the first place!

February 7, 2017

Gatefold Valentine

Girlie Gatefold Valentine

Made With Cricut Explore

My Cricut Explore Air made this valentine fairly simple. Last February, I was not yet familiar with my new Cricut but was determined to make something pretty. This was the first valentine I created.

Gatefold Card Front

The writing feature on the Explore made the scrolly designs easy.

November 12, 2016

Garden Box Card

75th Birthday Box Card

garden box card, by Grace Baxter. Gracenotes4today.blogspot.com

This card is for a special sister who loves gardening and obviously, flowers. The "exploding box" card is always a fun surprise for the recipient. Here is my version.

All the flowers are double.
There is a subtle reminder of the 75th birthday with the silver numbers tucked behind the flowers.

The name, "Angie" was created and welded in the Cricut Design Space.

The closed overall size of the card is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". It did require a larger envelope because of the thickness of the flowers inside.

flower garden box card, closed. By Grace Baxter, gracenotes4today.blogspot.comPanels on the outside top flaps are matted. The top layer is embossed for extra dimension.
Another picture from a different angle.

flower garden box card by Grace Baxter. Gracenotes4today.blogspot.com

My recipient loved her card, which always makes me happy.

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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!