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May 15, 2018

1st. Mother's Day Card

For the Mom-to-Be

A Mom-to-Be is as much a mother before the baby's birth as she as she is after the baby is born. To acknowledge my daughter as a first-time Mom, I created the perfect sentiment for the card front. The poem inside describes why she is already a mom as she awaits the arrival of her baby.

First Mother's Day Card and Pendant, designed by Grace Baxter
1st. Mother's Day Card and Pendant

Matching Pendant

For our Mothers' Day get-together, I created a pendant for my daughter to wear, to match the card. I designed the sentiment in PhotoShop using one of my favourite fonts -- Magnolia Sky. The pendant will be a scrapbook keepsake as a reminder of my daughter's first Mother's Day. She loved it! 
The flower frame is cut from pearlized cardstock.

1st. Mother's Day Card and Pendant, designed by Grace Baxter
1st. Mother's Day Card and Pendant

1st Mother's Day Card. Poem and design by Grace Baxter
1st Mother's Day Poem
1st. Mother's Day card front. Designed by Grace Baxter
1st Mother's Day Card, front

Our wonderful mothers deserve to be
honoured and appreciated every day.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you Moms!

May 14, 2018


1st. Anniversary Card

This young couple each had the same surprise idea, behind their backs. A sweet bouquet of tulips. Don't you just love young love?

1st. anniversary card, by Grace Baxter
5" x 7" 1st. Anniversary Card

Cartridges Used

A Child's Year - boy and girl
Everyday Paper Dolls - grass
Jasmine - font for title phrase
Stretch Your Imagination - small tulips inside
Walk in My Garden - tulips on front

February 21, 2018

Amazing You, Birthday Card

Amazing You

Cool, winter colors set the style for this card. It works as birthday, encouragement or congrats!

Pick a Theme

My new cardstock collection, Ice Crystals, is what inspired the design of this card. I couldn't wait to use it in combination with the matching washi tape. A first for me!

Rule #1 - It MUST be about them!

What do they love? What do they DO? What are they great at?

My recipient is a singer and music teacher. Her birthday is also in a winter month. Tying these facts together provided all the inspiration I needed to design the perfect card for HER. I hope she likes it.

musician's card sentiment, badge, focal point. By Grace Baxter

Dimensional music badge completes the Amazing sentiment.

The 8th notes and flourish are raised on pop dots.

The sentiment "Amazing" and the notes are from the Quarter Note cartridge.

I have a personal attachment to this cartridge. Ask me about it some time.

The large sentiment is created with 2 layers. Then the white CS received a generous painting of glitter on top.

Amazing You, inside verse by Grace Baxter


I prepared the birthday greeting inside in Word, then mounted it against the same aqua used on the front. A strip of taupe music CS ties it all together.

I love the washi tape with its music score. So perfect in reinforcing the theme of this card!

February 6, 2018

How to Make Action Wobble Springs

1-inch action wobbles, by Grace Baxter

Action Wobbles add a lot of fun animation to your cards. The best part is, they are EASY and cheap to make!

Instructions in the video show how to make action wobble springs in Cricut Design Space.

You can also easily make them using a 1-inch punch to cut the cardstock circles. Make a few or make a batch!

Tools and Materials

  • Card stock, 110 lb or 100 lb at a minimum
  • Wire, fine gauge. I used florist's wire
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Scotch tape or other clear tape, 1-inch- Dowel, marker, glue pen or anything with a round 1/2" barrel
  • Glue dots


  • You may want to use coloured card stock for the wobble to match your card project.
  • For low profile springs, cut wire at 1-1/2 turns using a 1/2" dowel. For higher profile spring, wind and cut wire at 2 full turns.
  • Instead of a dowel, use a marker, makeup brush handle or pen ... in fact ANYTHING that has a 1/2" barrel will work.

Watch for my next card post featuring the Action Wobble!

January 23, 2018

Disney Pixar Cars 7th Birthday

"Cars" 7th Birthday Card

Children's cards need to be simple and colourful. This one features that loveable car character, Steve McQueen -- the hero of the "Cars" crew.

Card Inside

Cartridges Used

Disney Pixar Cars - car, road and route sign
Nate's ABCs - numeral 7
Classroom (February & March) - Happy Birthday banner


Finished card size is 4-1/2" x 6-1/4". The car and sign were printed then cut in Cricut Design space. The car had many tiny pieces that would've made it a long process to make, so Print+Cut did the trick.

The birthday banner and #7 for the sign were cut from sparkly vinyl cardstock.
The inside verse was created in Word.

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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!