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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 24, 2017


Sending Christmas Joy

The perfect card design for a sister who shares my memories of skating together, years ago. Oh, the hours we'd spend on the ice until our toes were frozen! (Click pictures for close-up.)

ice skates Christmas card - created by Grace Baxter
Figure Skates, Shimmery Gold accents, Snowflakes and Greenery


This card is a generous size: card base measures 4-1/4" x 6-1/2". It is thick with layers and needed to be mailed in a protective, puffy envelope to protect the skates.

Everything was created in Cricut Design Space EXCEPT for the punched pine branches. See list of cartridges below.


Figure skates Christmas card, inside. Poem and verse by Grace Baxter
Figure Skates Christmas Card -- Inside

Poem and Verse, by Grace Baxter

Cartridges Used:

  • White embossed background overlay, flourish design label, from Elegant Edges, embossed with snowflakes
  • Gold foil frame, flourish rectangle, from Elegant Edges
  • Sentiment frame shape, label from Heritage
  • Figure skates, from Go Canada!
  • "Sending Christmas Joy" sentiment, written with Alphalicious font

Merry Christmas, Friends!

December 22, 2017

2-Minute TAGS

Gift Tags in a Flash

Here is the quickest way to make pretty Christmas tags for your gifts. 

Start with a package or two of gift tag stickers. I bought mine from Joanne, on sale. Choose the red and green combo, gold and silver, or blue with silver. I like a variety to go with any bag or wrap.

Quick gift tags from scraps - by Grace Baxter

Gift tag stickers are, when stuck directly on a gift -- flimsy and ordinary. They also get thrown out with the ripped off wrappings. With my beefed-up tags, they can be used every year! Just save them after all the gifts are opened.

Tags From Scraps

It's a great way to use scraps of foil cardstock, which we know can be pricey. I also used regular matte red and green.

Punch the corners and punch a small hole for ribbon or cording to go through. I always have red, green, gold and silver cording on hand for Christmas tags.

I also punched some tiny notes from silver CS to use either as confetti or to glue to other tags. I like the added gleam. Foil tags give sparkle on the gifts when the tree lights shine on them.

Cutting Tags from Shimmer and Foil Cardstock Scraps

Have fun making these easy, pretty gift tags!

December 11, 2017


Easy and Fun NOEL Blocks

These Christmas blocks make up so quickly, you might want a few sets that say different festive phrases!


  • 4 wooden cubes. Mine are 3" x 3" x 3"
  • White cardstock
  • Silver shimmer cardstock
  • Gold foil cardstock
  • Red foil cardstock (optional)
  • Red rhinestones
  • A favourite chunky font. I used the Storybook font because of the elegant serifs.

The above photo shows the 4 layers. Bottom to top they are: silver, gold, red, green. RED layer may be omitted if using red gems. See breakdown of layers below.

Silver layer, bottom
Gold layer
Red layer added
Green layer added


  • Cut squares from white cardstock to fit your blocks.
  • Cut letters as large as possible, leaving 1/4" border
  • With any Cricut machine, cut the various layers from Silver, Gold, Red and Green.
  • Red cardstock is optional and not really necessary IF you plan on using red rhinestones to give the blocks a more sparkly and chunky look.
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Merry Christmas!


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