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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 19, 2014


Masculine Christmas Birthday Card

This one is for my son whose birthday is Christmas Day. It could work well for any man you know who has a winter birthday.

Cardstock Determines Style

I love the new CS stack I bought recently at JoAnn's. It's called "Pine St. Square" and has so many great rustic designs. I especially love this design for the deer, wearing their plaid pajamas. (Work with me here people.) 

And while shopping there, I just happened to pick up a single sheet of plaid paper that is the same plaid! Don't you love when that happens? Totally unplanned and fabulous.


The card size is 4-1/2" x 6-1/4" cut from black CS. This is a tad larger than the usual A2 card, sized just right for my envelopes. Mitts are shadowed with black but not attatched to them. Plaid mitts are popped on top of the shadow.


I created the sentiment on my Gypsy using 3 different fonts. Normally, the rule is to use no more than 2 fonts on anything. But Cricut had used 3 for a similar phrase on the Winter Woodland cartridge. Apparently, they don't know the typography rule so I figured I could get away with it, just this once.

Here's the breakdown for the sentiment:
Warm - from Winter Woodland
Birthday - I created using Library Fonts, script
Wishes - Winter Woodland


I wrote a little poem for the inside, based on a children's song I used to sing to my son, years ago. (I hope he remembers.)

For the wee winter home, I embossed the left edge.

Corners are cut from the same green used on the front. It's a funny green that matches perfectly with the background paper.

Okay, okay. You want to see the finished inside including the poem. Fine, but no snickering. It's an family thing and ever since typing it this afternoon, I can't get that little song out of my head!

Cartridges Used

Elegant Edges - green gear-shaped circle behind mitts
Joys of the Season - Mitts
Library Fonts - "Birthday"
Winter Woodland - "Warm" and "Wishes"

December 16, 2014


Sparkly Ornament

This pair of cards are 2-of-a-kind, yet different. One base is green, the other red, and the frames are opposites too.

musical ornament Christmas cards, by Grace Baxter

Card size is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". I love red, white and green for Christmas. For a more modern twist, I decided to use a green that is not the true Christmas green, and a red that is more of a burgundy-raspberry. I just happened to have the right ribbon to accent the Music Ornaments.


White frame is 3.75"w x 5"h
The ornament shape is cut from Winter Wonderland at 1.82w x 1.96h.
"Joy" is 1.86w x 1.55h. All cuts were sized on the Gypsy.

Musical ornament card, closeup
The ornament shape was first cut from the white frame, then I added music behind the cut-out.

I created the music in PhotoShop and sized it down. It is the actual music from the Christmas carol, Angels We Have Heard on High.

To create the sparkly window, I used a special technique. 

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Musical ornament card, inside

Green Card

Inside, I repeated the ornament shape for the Bible verse, then I heat embossed the verse for shine and dimension.

For the card verse, I cut a shape from Elegant Edges, then printed my prepared Word verse onto the shape.

red musical ornament card, inside, by Grace Baxter

Red Card

For the red card, I kept the verse panel simple with a rectangular shape and embossed frame.

I used the same 1/4" embossing for the front panel of each card.

musical ornament card, by Grace Baxter

The "Joy" sentiment is cut from red foil cardstock and shadowed in the same green used for the card elsewhere.

The photos at right and below show the embossed borders on the white panels.

green musical ornament card, front

I am quite happy with the way these cards turned out.

I hope the recipients enjoy them!

Cartridges Used

Winter Wonderland - ornament and Joy
Elegant Edges - inside panel for green card

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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!

Hockey themed gift tag ~ skates, stick, puck, net and ice

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.


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.

Hockey skates, closeup pic, by Grace Baxter


Hockey rink gift tag, skates, stick, puck and iceThere 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

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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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