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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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November 26, 2014

'Tis The Season

Winter Sports, Anyone?


'Tis the season for skating, tobogganing, skiing and of course... hockey. This tag was created with my son-in-law in mind. Any hockey enthusiast would like this one!


Go Canada! Cartridge


I knew I was going enjoy using the cute hockey skates, net, sticks and puck. There is also a goalie stick on the cartridge. In fact, the skates were my reason for buying this cart.

Skates

I couldn't resist adding a few details to the skates. They needed laces! I made them long enough to be wrapped around the ankles a few times, the way players wear them. I also gave the blades an extra shimmer of silver ink on the edges.


Layers

There are 5 layers to this tag. The skates are popped once for the left skate, and twice for the right skate which overlaps the other. Their aqua background is also popped from the white ice rink background.

The pic at left shows the layers better.







Cartridges Used

Go Canada! ~ Hockey skates, net, stick and puck
Elegant Edges ~ Aqua background for skates
Winter Woodland ~ Tag shape


November 21, 2014

Silent Night Gift Tag - Version 2

Hand Painted Deer



At first glance you might think this tag is exactly like the first one. Here's a link to that posting, in case you missed it. Silent Night Gift Tag #4

The overall design is similar but the ribbon, star and deer are different. To me, this little guy looks like a young buck because of the size of his antlers.










Deer


Sometimes cardstock does not always do well when cutting fine details with the Cricut.

After trying several different cardstock types, I usually end up cutting the shapes out of plain white CS that has a smooth texture and cuts crisply. 

For this tag, the deer and trees were made this way. I am not exactly an artist so I have to rely on my imagination in deciding on the most realistic colours to paint them. As always, I use my ProMarkers for this job.

The deer is from Winter Wonderland cartridge.


Layers

Lots of layers do the trick in giving these tags dimension and life. From front to back there are 7 layers. I wish the camera would capture the sparkle of the snow better.  The following pic illustrates the layers.


Cartridges Used

Library Fonts - 'Silent Night' phrase
Winter Frolic - tag shape
Winter Woodland - trees
Winter Wonderland - deer

Okay, that's it for the Silent Night tags. I'd better get busy making the next ones I have in mind. SO many choices... so little time!

November 19, 2014

SILENT NIGHT ~ Gift Tag #4

All Is Calm, All Is Bright

Silent Night, Christmas gift tag, front

I love the Christmas carol, 'Silent Night'. When we think about 'night' we don't usually associate it with being bright. But with a full moon, or an amazingly bright STAR lighting up the fields, it most certainly would be bright!

That thought was the inspiration for my Silent Night tag.

I designed this one with a particular gentleman in mind. I know he will love the handsome buck in the forefront of the scene.




Silent Night gift tag showing size
As with the others in this series, this tag is BIG, measuring 4-1/2"w x 5-1/2"h.

The pic at left illustrates the large size, spanning my hand.







Details

Silent Night Gift Tag, snowy evergreens

Background:

I cut the snowy hills freehand and sparkled them up with glitter. For the night sky, I used white gel pen to add snow. If you look closely, you'll see one bright (crystal) star in the "Silent Night" phrase.

Evergreen Trees:  

Trees are cut from white cardstock, then painted with ProMarkers. I wanted the trees to be heavy with snow. I love how they turned out. Trees are 2 sizes:  some are 1.78w x 1.37h. Others are 2.17w x 1.67h.

Silent Night Phrase:

I chose to design my own phrase rather than use one from a cartridge. Sometimes those are too flimsy and don't cut well. The phrase is cut from silver cardstock.

Cartridges Used

Library Fonts - "Silent Night" phrase
Winter Frolic - tag shape
Winter Woodland - trees
Winter Wonderland - the deer

As with the other large tags, I am making two of each design. Can't wait to see reactions from the recipients. Such fun!


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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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