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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.

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~ Grace

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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

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 a 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"

I entered this card in the Craft Journal Challenge, Make it Monday - Anything Goes Winter, HERE. Fingers crossed that my entry places in the top 3.

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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