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


In between the Halloween and Fall crafting that's going on, we also have to remember to do a bit for Christmas or else we will run out of time.  You do know how many weeks are left until Christmas don't you? Anyway, I designed a special pop up card and gift box using Graphic 45's amazing new holiday paper collection for this year--St. Nicholas. The images are so gorgeous and there is so many things you can make with. You'll be seeing it  a lot on the Graphic 45 blog in the next couple of months. This is one of my designer assignments for October and it is being showcased on the Graphic 45 blog today. I do hope you'll check it out on their blog as they are also sharing their card Pinterest board where you can get even more ideas.

Below is the card inside the box and what the front looks like. So much dimension--I had to make a gift box for it and it's a double pop up card.


That is the first popup section on the right with the box on the left.


And below is the second pop up section and my favorite part of the card.  There is a pocket where you can tuck a gift card.


So have you ever made a pop up card?  I hadn't but I did some research and came up with this one and took photos as I made it and have this SnapGuide Tutorial for you in case you want to have a go at one.

Check out How to Make a Graphic 45 Boxed Pop Up Christmas Card by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.

That's all for today. I'll be back tomorrow with another Thirteen Frights Before Halloween!

Happy Crafting,


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Hello to those who have been following along so far and welcome to those just now joining in on my Thirteen Frights Before Halloween!  This year I'm showing how to make a cute Halloween Gift Bag Mini Album and each day for the thirteen days before Halloween I work on it and share via my YouTube channel.  So far, we've prepped the gift bags to become the covers and pages of the album. We've patterned and decorated the cover of the album and today we will pattern the first set of pages for the album and decorate it and make some photo mats and a tag.  I'm using different embellishments I've purchased at Michael's for most of the decorating and the gift bags also came from Michael's.  The papers are Julie Nutting's "Bootiful" collection.

Here's the video for Day 3:

If you are reading this post via an email subscription, you will have to view the video on my blog or YouTube Channel.

I did stop by Michael's today and at my local store, they are out of the cute witch that I used on my cover; however they did have a few others to select from AND they are 50% off! If you don't have yours yet, you might want to go shopping.

Check back tomorrow for Day 4--

Happy Crafting!

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On Day 2 of my Thirteen Frights Before Halloween, we continue with the construction of the Halloween Gift Bag Mini Album by patterning the front and back covers and adding some unique finds and decorations to the cover.  I love how it turned out but I may add a few more things later...

If you read my post via email, you will have to go to my blog or YouTube channel to view the video.

Here's the link to the playlist for this project. I will add each daily video to this playlist when the video goes public so you can easily find all the videos in one place.   > Click Here for the Thirteen Frights Before Halloween 2016 YouTube Playlist<


On Friday, Graphic 45 will be showcasing on their blog my pop-up Christmas card that I designed for this month.  It was a lot of fun to make and turned out so special that I made a gift box for it. Yep, sometimes a card ends up being a gift too.  I can't show you all of it right now but I can show this sneak peek.


To see my card and the box, visit the Graphic 45 blog on Friday, October 21st.  And, I'll have a Fall project on their blog Monday, October 24th as part of a blog hop with Scrapbook Adhesives along with projects by Elena and Katelyn!

Tomorrow I'll have Day 3 of my Thirteen Frights Before Halloween here on my blog and in my YouTube Channel.

Happy Crafting!

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Hello! And welcome to my Third Annual Thirteen Frights Before Halloween! This is Day 1 and for 18 day we will work on a Halloween Gift Bag Album so that we have it finished by Halloween in time to put all our ghoulish photos in!  In today's video I show you how to prep your gift bags to turn them into the cover and pages of the album.  These gift bags are small bags with handles from Michael's and six came in the package--3 black and 3 orange.  You could use any color you wish for Halloween such as purple, lime green, all black etc.  You can also opt to not have any handles on your album.  It's up to you.

Here is the tutorial video for Day 1:

If you read my post via email, you will have to go to my blog or YouTube channel to view the video.

Have a great day and I'll "see" you tomorrow.

Happy Crafting!

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  • MarilynOctober 19, 2016 - 2:39 pm

    Looking forward to following along on your Halloween album. I have missed your tutorials on line. I am sure you have been busy with all that you do for Graphic 45! Glad you are doing this one for us!!!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerOctober 19, 2016 - 3:23 pm

      Awe, thank you Marilyn! Yes, I have been busy with Graphic 45 but I’ve been doing at least one tutorial a month for them. Sometimes it’s a YouTube Video but I also do SnapGuide Tutorials. I share the link or the tutorial here on my blog in the post showcasing the project and it’s also on the Graphic 45 blog post. Maybe you’d like to check those out too. Here’s a link to my SnapGuide:
      And I’m thrilled to be doing this Halloween tutorial for my Thirteen Frights Before Halloween! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Karon HOctober 20, 2016 - 11:12 am

    Great start – loving the use of those bags!ReplyCancel



Hope I didn't scare you! Ha, ha.  Of course it's not Halloween yet but I do love making Halloween cards and projects so I made this cute card for the Cards in Envy challenge that starts today. It's a color challenge--Purple & Green!  I sorted through my Halloween papers and found this cute purple with bats pattern and a fabulous green dots pattern which I knew would be perfect for this card. I stamped the images using a new Lawn Fawn stamp set (well, new for me) and colored it up with my Copics.  I used several shades of grey and dark purple to show the house at night time.

Here's the list of products and some of the tools that I used:

  • 12x12 Doodlebug Haunted Manor Paper--"Going Batty" and "Gallery of Ghouls"
  • Lawn Fawn "Happy Haunting" Acrylic Stamp Set
  • Copic Markers
  • Scrapbook Ahesives 3D Foam Squares (to give the house a bit of lift off the card background)
  • Doodlebug Halloween Twine
  • Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink in Dusty Concord for the sentiment
  • Eclipse Masking Sheet to stamp the moon, tree and ghost slightly behind the house
  • Memento Black Tuxedo Ink (you want to use this ink when stamping if you plan on coloring your images with Copic markers)
  • Misti Stamping Tool (I love, love, love this tool and it makes stamping images soooooooo easy!)

And that's it for today.  I do hope you'll try and join us for this card challenge at Cards in Envy. While it's a time that many make Halloween cards and if that's what you want to make, that's great but you can also make a card for any occasion as long as it has purple and green on it.  Just make sure your card is flat enough to fit in an envelope for mailing--it can be any size and any shape.

Tomorrow is the start of my Third Annual Thirteen Frights Before Halloween here on my blog and on my YouTube channel!  I'll be making a cute Halloween gift bag album and working on it each day for 13 days so it will be done by Halloween!  You can work along with me if you like and we'll have a frightfully good time!

Happy Crafting!

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  • Sybrina KOctober 17, 2016 - 7:51 pm

    Sandy, What fun! How cute! Love that crooked house and that great sentiment banner. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Donna NuceOctober 18, 2016 - 10:04 am

    Hi Sandy! Such a cute Halloween card. Looking forward to your thirteen frights. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Karon HOctober 20, 2016 - 10:49 am

    Wonderful card!ReplyCancel

  • Carol LOctober 20, 2016 - 6:06 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is really a fun Halloween card! I love all those colorful papers and the twine that look perfect with that haunted house 🙂 Cute!ReplyCancel