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.

  • Welcome to My Blog!

    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

February will soon be here--the month of love and Valentines!  Today I've shared a beautiful Valentine Wreath on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog using several of their different chipboard sets and a chipboard wreath base.  I had so much fun creating this and it was really easy.  The chipboard wreath base is wrapped with ribbon and all the chipboard hearts are finished with either embossing powder or Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Rub.  I even found a bit of vintage Graphic 45 paper to use on this!  I know I've had this little bag of scrap paper for several years. I'm not even sure when this collection came out but I kept the leftover cut outs and they were perfect for this wreath.

To see more photos of this project, the YouTube Tutorial Video and the Supply List, just click >HERE to go over to the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog<  I'll be checking to see if anyone goes and takes a look so please do leave me a comment over there.

Here's one more close up photo:

Happy Crafting!

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Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat Update! Scroll Down...

Hello everyone.  If you have already sent in your $85 deposit--thank you so much!!  And if you indicated interest but have not paid a deposit, please note that your place and lodging room is not guaranteed until deposit is received.  Two bedrooms in the house have already been filled!

I also wanted to let you all know that I have put pencil to paper and I'm excited to share that you will be doing FOUR Graphic 45 projects during this fabulous workshop weekend and all of the Graphic 45 supplies for those projects are included in your fee!

  1. Portrait of a Lady Card Folio with 6 beautiful cards
  2. Nature Sketchbook Mini Box Album
  3. Cafe' Parisian Treasure Box  OR Nature Sketchbook Treasure Box*
  4. Vintage Hollywood Train Case

I will be sharing photos of these as soon as I have the sample projects completed.  I have to wait until I receive the newest paper collections before I can even start on those but hope to have them soon!  The Cafe' Parisian Treasure Box is shown in the flyer photo above.  *I will have base album kits available for purchase that will fit inside  your treasure box if you want an album for your project.  The album kits are an extra cost and are pre-cut chipboard plus cardstock.  You should have plenty of patterned paper from your Graphic 45 collection that comes with the box to finish the album.

I'm so excited to be hosting this retreat and sharing with you my love of all things Graphic 45!    If I have any openings for  Day Croppers, that will be announced at a later date depending on space availability and kits available.

Please contact me if you'd like to register (deposit may be paid by check or Paypal) or if you have any questions.

Happy Crafting

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  • Sybrina KJanuary 17, 2017 - 7:05 pm

    Sandy, This is so pretty, and that bow is gorgeous! Thanks for being such a wonderful CIE leader. 🙂ReplyCancel

Hello! It's time again for another card challenge over on the Cards in Envy blog.  This time the theme is any occasion as long as it is pink & gray which means it's a color card challenge.  I decided to go with something appropriate for the upcoming month of love--February.  This card would be a great Valentine but then you could use it any time of the year too.

For this one, I pulled out an older 12x12 paper collection--Pink Paislee's Secret Crush as it definitely had pink and gray patterns that I could use for the card.  I decided to take several different rectangle and oval dies and cut out layers and used a mish mash of those shapes to create this card.  I inked the edges of the gray papers with Prima Ink Vintage Pink and the edges of the pink papers with Prima's Worn Jeans (gray color).  A few punched hearts out of the paper and inked in pink (the paper has tiny gray squares) pulled the layers together as did the gray bow tied from seam binding ribbon.  The sentiment is also cut out of the paper and attached with foam squares while the layered piece is attached to the white cardstock base with foam tape.  I used 3 in 1 glue to attach all the layers together. The small hearts are a Stampin' Up! punch that I've had for quite some time.

Here you can see a close up of the inking around the edges.


You'll notice that I offset the rectangle layers and then layered the oval on top of those.  I like how it turned out.

I invite each of you, if you make cards, to pull out some pink & gray and create a card for this challenge.  Remember it must be flat enough to go in an envelope for mailing but can be any size and any shape.  The challenge runs until February 5th and you'll find more details over on Cards in Envy.

Happy Crafting!

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  • Donna NuceJanuary 16, 2017 - 1:03 pm

    Great Valentine card Sandy! That bow is a great finishing touch! Have a great day!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much Donna! I love Seam Binding Ribbon Bows and very sad that company went out of business but rumor has it another company may start manufacturing that ribbon. I hope so! Loved your card this week too!ReplyCancel

  • Carol LJanuary 17, 2017 - 11:48 am

    I just LOVE how you layered these elements and put them all together! That gorgeous bow tied everything up with a touch of beauty!ReplyCancel

Okay, I must be suffering from after the holidays mental shut down or something!  I created this Let it Snow mini canvas for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog on the 4th, last Wednesday.  And I'm 95% certain that I did a blog post about it here in my own blog....but, it's not to be found.  Not in drafts, not posted on the wrong day, nothing,  nada.  So perhaps I typed it and didn't save it?? Ugh.  But anyway, I shall share it with you today!   As I said, I created this for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts January 4th blog post.  Here is the link > Mixed Media Let It Snow Canvas.  Just click on it and you'll be on the GSL blog and my post over there where you'll find more photos of this project and my YouTube video on how I made it.  This would have been much more appropriate for my blog last week as we did have a bit of snow here in Texas.  This week we will be near 80 degrees!  Wow!

My apologies to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts for losing my post. I have had a lot of office paperwork and crafting assignments on my to do list but that's really no excuse.  But I still wonder where that post went!!

Happy Crafting!

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  • Diana WhitneyJanuary 11, 2017 - 9:36 am

    Beautiful! As for the missing post, I always blame the cybergoblins!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 11:33 am

      Thanks Diana! And I think you may be right! Cybergoblins!!! Ha, Ha.ReplyCancel

I love Graphic 45! I love designing with Graphic 45 and I love sharing, teaching my projects to others.  I'd love to meet other Graphic 45 crafters and enthusiasts in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex (or other cities/states if you wish to drive or fly in!) So I've booked the Crafty Creations Retreat House in Mansfield, Texas to host a fun 3 night,  4 day workshop retreat featuring projects and mini classes using Graphic 45 products (all Graphic 45 supplies needed for the projects are included in your fee along with your lodging and meals!)  See the above for date, price, deposit and how to contact me to sign up.  Space is VERY limited! So don't wait too long!

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