Sandy's Crafty Creations » Sandy's Crafty Creations is a blog featuring handmade cards, mini albums, mixed media art journals, scrapbook page layouts and tutorials created by Sandy Trefger of Weatherford, Texas.

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    Hello, I'm Sandy. I love papercrafting, scrapbooking, card making, designing mini albums, photography and quilting! I work in the home office of my husband's construction business and often sneak away to my crafty room when all the "office" work is done! I'm Mom to three grown kids and Nana to five wonderful grandkids and have eight loveable cats inside and outside of the house plus 3 feral kitties that stop by and visit (eat) now and then. I love to teach others how to create my mini albums and other craft projects! I have a YouTube channel where I share how to make some of my creations or showcase in detail something that I've created. I'd love for you to visit my YouTube channel and subscribe so you'll know when I've uploaded a new video. Plus I'd love for you to follow me here on my blog/website too! Happy Crafting!! ~Sandy


Isn't that what the Cheshire Cat says in Alice in Wonderland?  "Curiouser and Curiouser!"

A recent assignment with Graphic 45 as a designer was to create a Halloween or Dark Side Steampunk "Think Outside of the Box" project combining two of any of their Box Staples to create a dimension project.  So I, of course, went with Halloween and the fabulous Graphic 45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland Deluxe Collection they re-introduced this year. Love, love, love that paper collection!

What I did was take the ATC Book Box and the Regular Book Box (in black) by Graphic 45 and tweaked them a bit and put them together to create this "Curiouser and Curiouser Trinket Box."  I did a remake on the regular book box to add a drawer which holds a fun Junk Journal.  I also added a mirror on top that turns around.  On the front you see Alice and the Queen of Hearts as shown in the photo above and when you turn the mirror you see a collage of many of the Wonderland characters as shown in the photo below.


I just adore how this project turned out! It was so much fun and I want you all to be able to make it too so there is a SnapGuide tutorial for creating the trinket box, one for creating the junk journal and one for creating the tag album that fits in the top section of the trinket box.




This project is being showcased on the Graphic 45 blog post today with lots more photos and there's also a fun and fabulous Halloween card by Nico, one of my Graphic 45 Design Teammates. Please check it all out on their blog post and leave a comment there as there is a prize to be given away this week to one lucky person. (Winner will be announced Friday).

Here's my SnapGuides for this project:

Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Halloween Trinket Box by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.

Check out How to Create a Hallowe'en in Wonderland Tag Album by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.

Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Halloween Junk Journal by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.

Detailed Supply List:

  • Graphic 45 Staples ATC Book Box & Tag Album, Black
  • Graphic 45 Staples Book Box, Black
  • Graphic 45 Door Pull, Shabby Chic
  • Graphic 45 Door Plates & Knobs, Shabby Chic
  • Graphic 45 Hallowe’en in Wonderland Deluxe Collector’s Edition
  • 1 each 6” #8 Threaded Rod
  • 2 each #8 Nuts & Washers
  • Decorative Glass Drawer/Cabinet Knob (Purchase at Hardware or Home Improvement Store)
  • Small Flat Mirror
  • Black Chipboard
  • Black Cardstock
  • 1 each 8” Party Straw
  • Decorative Die
  • Oval Die
  • Large Magnetic Snaps Set (+/-)
  • Metal Hitch Fastener
  • Black Hair Ponytail Elastic
  • Black Ribbons
  • Cheesecloth—Antiqued with Spray or Stained
  • Heart Stick Pins
  • Green Tulle
  • Heart Beads
  • Rhinestone Beads
  • Tim Holtz Clock Face
  • Chain
  • Silver Seed Beads
  • Flower Punch or Die
  • Glossy Accents
  • Black Lace
  • Purple Hug Snug Ribbon
  • Various Halloween Stamps & Stencils
  • Distress Inks
  • Prima & Petal Flowers
  • Kaisercraft Black Roses

I think this project would look fabulous with any Graphic 45 collection and you could make it with or without a mirror.  I hope you have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!

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Yep. It's coming....later this week.  The official first day of Autumn or Fall.  It says so right there on my calendar--Thursday, September 22.  Autumn begins.  So of course, the new card challenge over on Cards in Envy is all about Fall or Autumn cards.  Here's mine and I'm sharing it a half a day early. The challenge actually starts at 12:15 a.m. Monday but I'm jumping ahead just a bit as I will have a Graphic 45 Design Team blog post share that day and I don't like two posts in one day. Why confuse myself and others, right?

So here's my quick and simple fall card for the challenge.  I used white cardstock as always for the base and then layered some beautiful Graphic 45 Bontanicabella papers, added a bit of lace and some silk fall leaves from my stash (I hoard them in a baggie), tied a lovely green Hug Snug ribbon bow, stamped the sentiment and it was done.

Here's some sad news about the Hug Snug ribbon which is my FAVORITE.  The company that makes it has gone bankrupt!  Another company has purchased it but not sure if they will continue making this most wonderful ribbon and as a result, right now, some of the colors are discontinued or no longer available for purchase.  I know because I placed an order and some of the colors I wanted/needed are gone!  It is very sad when you have a favorite craft product that works fabulously and suddenly you can no longer get it.  Keep your fingers crossed that they do start manufacturing it in all it's wonderful colors soon.

Sorry to have changed the subject, let's get back to all things Autumn and the Cards in Envy challenge.  It's a card challenge.  Any size and any shape will do as long as it is flat enough to fit in an envy for mailing.  The challenge runs for 2 weeks and it is just for fun and bragging rights if you are chosen as either First Class or In the Mailbox.  I hope you'll make a card and join us.

Happy Crafting!

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  • Carol LSeptember 19, 2016 - 7:11 pm

    So sorry about your favorite ribbon company, but you used the ribbon you have to make one pretty card! I love the little cluster of leaves with that pretty lace and ribbon! Happy Fall 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Karon HSeptember 23, 2016 - 3:54 pm

    Gorgeous fall card and yep – fall is finally here. It was so nice to turn off the air-con today 🙂ReplyCancel


Check back Monday to find out what this is! I used the new Graphic 45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland to create something really fun!  The tutorial for it will be on the Graphic 45 blog on Monday too. You can find it there at:

It is definitely something that is curiouser and curiouser!

Happy Crafting!!

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  • Donna NuceSeptember 15, 2016 - 9:06 pm

    Wow! Amazing piece Sandy!ReplyCancel

  • Sybrina KSeptember 17, 2016 - 6:39 pm

    Sandy, This looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the rest of this awesomeness on Monday. 🙂ReplyCancel


I debated as to whether I'd have the time to do my Thirteen Frights Before Halloween this year or not, but I love Halloween so much and I just couldn't pass it up.  But I will be doing just one project again this year and it will be a tutorial that you can follow along with here on my blog for thirteen days and of course, it is the thirteen days before Halloween.  So, starting on October 18th, 2016 check here for my first blog post featuring my Halloween project for this year.

To keep things simple for me and for you, I've already decided that I will do a Halloween Gift Bag Album.  I've selected my supplies and the paper collection that I will be using.  If you want to purchase or order the same as what I'll be using, here's the supplies I have so far:

  • Celebrate It! Halloween Small Gift Bags with handles from Michael's--these measure 5.25 inch x 8.5 inch and come in solid black and orange, 3 of each color in the pack
  • Julie Nutting "Bootiful" Paper Collection, 12x12--18 sheets total (3-4 sheets of each pattern that I liked: Damask, Pumpkins,Hats, Harlequin, Banners and Cards)
  • Julie Nutting "Bootiful" Sticker Sheet, 12x12
  • Little B Spider Web Washi Tape (Black with white webs)
  • Julie Nutting Cling Stamp Set "Witchy Poo" (May or may not use this on the project so it's optional)
  • Recollections Halloween Bling Rhinestone Stickers in purple, clear and black
  • Assorted Recollections Halloween Sticker/Embellishment Packs:  Spiders, Spiders & Webs, Jack-o-lanterns
  • Various ribbons and twine from my stash
  • Celebrate It!Halloween Witch Decor Hanging Piece that says "Best Witches" from Michael's (see photo above)

I may use some or all of the items listed.  For sure, the bags and paper!  You can add your own mix of embellishments, trim and decor pieces as you wish.


We are sure to have a frightfully good time and will create a fun Halloween mini album.  Mark the date and join me here on the blog, October 18th!

Happy Crafting!


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  • MarilynSeptember 14, 2016 - 9:53 am

    So glad you are doing this!! I love your tutorials!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • KaronSeptember 23, 2016 - 3:55 pm

    Can’t wait to see what you get up to! 🙂ReplyCancel

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Hello! Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. If you live in the USA, it's a holiday weekend and even if school is back in session, it is the last "summer" holiday of the year--Labor Day.

A new challenge is starting today for Cards in Envy.  The theme is-- "For the Kids."  What a fun theme and I just couldn't help but make this "ocean" card with an adorable Lawn Fawn acrylic stamp set appropriately called "So Jelly."  This is a shaker card. I love to make shaker cards and they really are super easy.  If you use foam tape  to give lift to the inside of your "shaker pocket" and your sequins stick to the foam on the sides,  here's a tip--use cardstock instead (several layers).  For this card I used 4 layers of cardstock cut out with my circle dies into same size rings and glued them together to give the lift I needed for the shaker part to work.

Here are the other details of my card:

  • White Cardstock & Light Blue Cardstock
  • Printed Paper in two different patterns (from my stash)--I went with "non-traditional" ocean colors like the yellow and pink.
  • Lawn Fawn "So Jelly" Acrylic Stamp Set (purchased mine from Flossie Scrapper) which includes the star, jelly fish and sentiment sayings
  • Copic Markers
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Circle Dies
  • Plastic from album sheet protectors for the shaker window
  • Pretty Pink Post Sequins in "Ocean Spray" and "Fairytale Fuchsia"
  • Foam Dots
  • Lilac Posies and Cantalope Memento Ink for the sentiments

And that's it.  I hope you'll join us for our card challenge--Just for Kids over on the Cards in Envy

Happy Crafting!

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  • Donna (Texas)September 5, 2016 - 8:49 am

    Such a cute card!
    Happy Labor Day!

  • Sybrina KSeptember 5, 2016 - 9:30 am

    What a fun shaker card, and I just love all those colorful sequins!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie LSeptember 5, 2016 - 1:12 pm

    very cute card! Love the shaker concept and the colors. A kid would love this card!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn LeonardSeptember 5, 2016 - 7:46 pm

    Sandy – one of the cutest cards I’ve ever seen! I love it – soooo cute! ~ MarilynReplyCancel

  • Carol LSeptember 7, 2016 - 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the tip on making shaker cards! Mine always stick to the foam, so I gave up, but I may have to give your method a try now. I love all the jellyfish and sequins – the bright colors are so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Donna NuceSeptember 8, 2016 - 9:57 am

    Hi Sandy! Love the jellyfish! So cute! The shaker card is such a cute idea too! Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie MarcotteSeptember 8, 2016 - 4:52 pm

    What a super cute card, Sandy! I love the bright and cheery colors. I love shaker cards, but never thought to use cardstock rather than dimensional tape. Wonderful idea, especially to reduce the extra bulk. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Karon HughesSeptember 9, 2016 - 11:02 am

    Fabulous shaker card, so cute! TFSReplyCancel

  • Annie AbrahamsonSeptember 10, 2016 - 1:23 pm

    Hi Sandy! I love, love, love this and your “use cardstock” tip! I tried a shaker card – just once – and it was a disaster. You’ve given me some inspiration 🙂 Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel