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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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July 08, 2017

What's YOUR Favourite Theme?


Favourite Christmas Themes

Do you have a favourite Christmas theme that you enjoy seeing year after year?
I'm going to be starting on my Christmas cards earlier this year and I want to include designs that my followers enjoy seeing as inspiration.

I'd love to know YOUR favourite choices! Tell me your faves and I'll see what I can design around those themes!

Here are a few standard Christmas themes:
Nativity scenes:  manger, Baby Jesus, wisemen, angels, star
Christmas Trees: inside or outside
Floral: Poinsettias, holly, ivy, mistletoe
Home & Hearth:  candles, fireplaces, hot chocolate, mittens and scarves
Snow:  snowy scenes, snowmen, children with sleds etc.
Sleighs: Santa's sleigh, reindeer, old-fashioned sleighrides
Nature Scenes:  woodsy backgrounds with deer or other wildlife
Music: Musical instruments, choirs, carolers, Christmas music.

Here are a few of my cards from previous years, in the above themes. Click any picture for larger view. For details on any card, click the card title to the right of the picture.

Bringing in the Greens, with real music score. By Grace Baxter

Bringing in the Greens
Featuring the real music score from
"The Holly and the Ivy"
a-caroling we will go, tri-shutter card by Grace Baxter

A-Caroling We Will Go
A tri-shutter card
Playful, for the young and young-at-heart




Sleighride framed card, by Grace Baxter


Sleighride Framed Card
Nostalgic and heart-warming






blue sparkle tree, by Grace Baxter

Blue Sparkle Christmas Tree

Sparkling with many crystals
Modern and elegant

Snowman family Christmas card, designed by Grace Baxter






Snowman Family
Personalized for each family member!

Joy to the World, music themed Christmas card, by Grace Baxter



Joy to the World
For the music lover, traditional




wisemen still seek him, Christmas card designed by Grace Baxter



Wisemen Still Seek Him
Sentiment is my own creation. 






Do You See What I See, Christmas card. Designed by Grace Baxter


Do You See What I See
Inspired by the Christmas Carol of the same title
Son, Christmas-Birthday card, designed by Grace Baxter


A Christmas Day Birthday
This one has been all over the Internet as a favourite!

Deer Snow Globe, easel card. Designed by Grace Baxter







Deer Snow Globe, Easel Card
Very dimensional with many layers.

NOEL, A Wintery Scene Christmas card, designed by Grace Baxter


NOEL - A Wintery Scene
Suitable for a lady or gentleman

All the above cards are just SOME of the themes possible.

Let me know what your favourites are!




December 01, 2016

Merry and Bright

Strings of Lights


Merry and Bright

This cheerful card was fast and fairly easy to make. The colourful background is not in the typical Christmas colours, but it gives a modern youthful look to the card.

Merry and Bright, Christmas card. Designed by Grace Baxter

Two cartridges marry perfectly for the theme
"Merry and Bright"

Merry and Bright, Christmas card. Designed by Grace Baxter

Cartridges Used

Christmas Cheer:  for strand of lights
Winter Frolic:  Merry and Bright sentiment


Frosty, Shimmery Snowglobes

Snowman Globe 

Everyone loves a snow globe. These ones are no exception. For these ones, I used acetate for the glass to make them more realistic.


Joy Snow Globe card, by Grace Baxter


I kept the backgrounds simple so as not to detract from all the details inside the globes. For both cards I used a snowflake sky that is shimmery. It provided just the right background for the snowman and the church.

Country Church Snow Globe

country church snow globe card, by Grace Baxter

Each globe has sparkly snow inside, but the Peace globe is an actual shaker. Another time, I would not bother with fussing to make it an aperature. It was cute enough without that feature, but the OCD in me always strives to make things as realistic as possible. Sometimes, simpler is best.

Cricut Cartridges Used

Christmas Solutions - church
Joys of the Season - snow globe, "Joy", snowman
Winter Wonderland (Anna Griffin) - "Peace"


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