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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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December 17, 2013

Special Gift Tags

It's All About Christmas - Handmade cards, tags and downloadable graphics by Grace Baxter

For the Girls - Beautiful skater tag


It's fun to make unique tags for that extra large gift, or for the gift that is going to bring the most excitement and joy to the recipient.

For the girls on your list... young and old.

Skater

beautiful skater gift tag
The gift wrap used is actually very shiny. 
I Cut a pretty frame out of glittery aqua cardstock (pic doesn't do it justice).  Frame size is 5-1/2".

The skater and all her layers are cut at 4 inches. Skater is from Winter Woodland.

Dress and Skates

The dress is cut from sparkly dotted cardstock from DCWV Cherry Limeade stack.

The trim layer pieces are plain white cardstock, glittered with sparkle dust.

Skates are plain white cardstock with silver glitter added to the blades. Isn't she lovely!

For the Boys

ski hills gift bag
The young men on my list are actually grown boys. This tag is going to my son-in-law who enjoys skiing. For extra fun, I added the North Pole sign to the top of the mountain.

Ski hills are cut at 5-1/2 inches. I cut all the layers shown in the handbook. Then I ran the large hill through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dot folder. The two smaller hills only needed some soft inking around the edges using light aqua.

The snowy lower panel is just a piece I cut freehand and rounded the corners. Then I added swooshes and mounds using aqua ink. For sparkle and dimension I rubbed Twinkles Writer Glitter Paint over the inked areas, and set the piece aside to dry.

Trees on the mountain tops are painted with my Pro Markers.

For the skis, I used royal blue glitter cardstock with plain black bindings.
The ski poles are cut from foil cardstock.

Cartridges Used

Winter Woodland - Skater, skis and poles
Winter Frolic - Hills and North Pole sign



November 20, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas

A Musical Game and a Gift

Part 1

In my family, music is a big deal in that we all love to sing. So, as part of our Christmas Day fun I have an idea for a musical game my family can all participate in.


12 Days of Christmas tags
In this post, I will share half of the artwork I am creating.

Everyone knows the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Here are my Cricut-made versions of the first six days.

In the next post I will explain how the artwork will be used.
partridge in a pear tree gift tag

Day 1:     A Partridge in a Pear Tree

I did some research to find out what a these various birds really look like. Partridges are typically white with black and grey markings, and red crowns.

My partridge is a little big for the tree, but I did that on purpose. HE is the star of the show!


two turtle doves gift tag

Day 2:     Two Turtle Doves

Turtle doves are native to Africa, Asia and Europe. In total, by the end of the song the recipient will have been given 22 turtle doves.

Perhaps because of Biblical references (especially the well-known verse from the Song of Songs), its mournful voice, and the fact that it forms strong pair bonds, Turtle Doves have become emblems of devoted love. 

3 French hens gift tag

Day 3:     Three French Hens

French hens are mostly white with brown, yellow and orange around their collars.
4 calling birds gift tag

Day 4:     Four Calling Birds

Also known as "colley birds" which are blackbirds





5 Golden rings gift tag

Day 5:     Five Golden Rings




6 geese a-laying gift tag

Day 6:     Six Geese A-Laying




Soon to come... days 7 to 12. Each one takes longer to make than the previous number because of the extra cuts needed.

Stay Tuned for part 2




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Grace Baxter
Ontario, Canada
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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