Welcome to my Christmas blog. If you arrived here from my other blog, Gracenotes For Today then you already know all about my love for cardmaking, home dec items, sewing projects and graphic design.

This site will host anything with a Christmas theme, either NEW or that was previously on the Gracenotes For Today site. Also, to the above list, I will include some of my poems that are perfect for use with cardmaking.

I'm so happy you decided to drop by. Please feel free to comment on anything you see here that inspires you.

~ Grace

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January 06, 2015

Final Christmas Card of 2014

Wise Men Still Seek Him

My last Christmas card of 2014 is one that points us to the real meaning of Christmas. Many of you comment that you appreciate my more spiritual cards. To me, they are where Christmas begins, and the holiday would be meaningless without the truth of Christ's birth at the centre of it all.

Wisemen Christmas card front


This 5"x7" card has a white base. I had a pretty blue sky-like paper in my stash that always looked like a night sky to me. This became the background.

What makes the card special is the title phrase: "Wisemen Still Seek Him". 

Note:  I know there is a similar phrase on the Winter Frolic cartridge, but they substituted the word "seek" with "adore". Though a nice thought, the Magi who saw the star and followed it, were seeking the newborn king. The truth is, wise men and women do seek Him. First we seek, then we find, then we adore.

I created the phrase on my Gypsy using two favourite new fonts from Library Fonts. The phrase is cut from sturdy silver cardstock.

Wisemen were stamped on white cardstock with black ink and heat embossed.
The star centre is accented with a crystal gem.

Cartridges Used

Winter Frolic - star
Library Fonts - alphabet letters to create phrase

Wisemen Still Seek Him, Christmas Card by Grace Baxter

That's it for 2014 Christmas Tags and Cards. Thank you, friends for all your encouraging comments.

January 05, 2015

Easy and Effective Christmas Card


Let It Snow, Christmas card by Grace Baxter

Late Christmas Eve, I was finishing up a few cards. This one was easy to pull together. The textured paper with the sign on the fence was already enough.

But of course, to add more interest I had to add the cute little vintage sled and an extra layer of snow, cut freehand and sparkled with glitter.

To make the sign 3D, I added glitter to snowy tops of the letters. This is a 5"x6-1/2" card with a white base.

Cartridge Used

Joys of the Season - sled

December 29, 2014


Yes, It is Still the Season!

Even though Christmas Day is past, we are still enjoying Christmas week up until New Year's Day. Here's a STEP card created for my daughter. It is reminiscent of her skating on a pond last winter, doing what she calls her "fancies".

Skating Girl - step card with poem by Grace Baxter

There's not a lot to explain about this one. The picture pretty much says it all. The cartridge used for this card is Winter Frolic. I added facial features with ProMarkers.

For the verse, I composed the poem, formatted it in Word and printed it on white cardstock (not paper). The back card panel is the perfect place for the poem.

Skating Girl - step card with poem by Grace Baxter

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Grace Baxter
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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!
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