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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.

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.

August 31, 2016


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.


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


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 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
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.


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!

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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!