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



It's time for another card challenge over on Cards in Envy!  This time our challenge is "Wouldn't That Be Sweet? We are wanting cards that are flat enough to fit in an envelope for mailing that feature something sweet--candy, cake, cupcakes, etc.  It can be any theme as long as it as something sweet on it.  This time of year you are seeing lots of holiday and Christmas cards so I decided to go with a super simple but sweet birthday card.

Here's a list of the supplies I used:

  • White Card Stock
  • Heidi Swapp 6x6 Favorite Things paper pad
  • Simon Says Stamp! Stitched Rectangles Dies
  • Lawn Fawn "Year Three" Birthday Acrylic Stamp Set
  • Copic Markers R81, $85, N0
  • Nuvo Glimmer Paste, Pink Opal
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Ocean Spray Blue

I know you are all super busy this time of the year, but I do hope you will find a bit of time to make a "Sweet" card and share it on the Cards in Envy blog.  The challenge ends on Sunday, December 18th.

Happy Crafting!


 photo SandySignature_zps09a0cb53.png


Hello again!  Today I'm sharing my second project that I've done for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  It's the Countdown Tree!  You can order the kit for the tree with the base, words, tags and letters to create your own from their online store.  To decorate mine, I used some of last years Graphic 45 Christmas Carol paper collection and more chipboard sets from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I used their Christmas Shape Set for the Street Lamp, Snowman, Hat & Scarf and their Flourished Deer Set.  I added in lots of floral pick bits and pieces, Petaloo and Prima flowers plus a Poinsettia that I made on my Big Shot with a flower die and cardstock.  Lots of Wow! embossing snow glitter gave it a wonderful wintery look.

As part of our Educator assignments with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, we do a tutorial to accompany our project and post it on their blog.  I've uploaded a video on this one to show you how I put mine together and also included some process footage on how I decorated it.  You can find the link to the video over on today's blog post at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.


It's time to get out all the Christmas decorations to turn our homes into a magical wonderland. I'm hoping that this week I'll get most of mine done.

You may wonder why in my photos the countdown tree is set at 12 Days Until Christmas.  That's because in my video I used a Twelve Days of Christmas music track.

Happy Crafting!


 photo SandySignature_zps09a0cb53.png
  • Karon HughesDecember 1, 2016 - 10:26 am

    WOW – this is stunning! I love this so much. Have a fabulous weekend.ReplyCancel


Hello! I hope each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, survived eating so much turkey and pie and any shopping you may have done over the weekend!  Today I am up on the Graphic 45 blog with a "Merry Christmas" card and box envelope.  I used the beautiful Off to the Races paper collection with a bit of the St Nicholas collection (cardstock stickers and chipboard) to pull it all together.  I've done a YouTube video on this project to show you how to make the card and the box envelope with the Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. It is so much fun to create specialty cards for the holiday.  There are more photos and the video over on the Graphic 45 blog so I hope you'll go over to check it out and leave a comment there.  Click >HERE< to go to the G45 Blog.

Happy Crafting!


 photo SandySignature_zps09a0cb53.png

Congratulations to Kathy How Baier! You are the winner of the 6x6 fall paper pad and the fox stamp from my  giveaway in my last Cards in Envy post.  Email me at with your mailing address and I'll send your prize on it's way! Again, congratulations Kathy!


Thanksgiving is this week here in the USA, a time when we celebrate what we are thankful for as well as a time to eat {a lot} with friends and family.  Because of this thankful holiday and since we are starting a new card challenge today over on the Cards in Envy blog, we picked the theme of Thank You cards.  I decided to go with something that does have a bit of "autumn" coloring but with butterflies so I could use the card any time of the year.  This is another super simple card but I did have to stop and start over at least twice as I just wasn't "feeling" it. I'm sure that's never happened to any of you, right?  Anyway, I love how it finally turned out and I used the supplies/tools listed below:

  • Echo Park 6x6 paper pad "Everyday Eclectic"
  • Pretty Pink Posh frame dies
  • Lawn Fawn label die
  • Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Die
  • Thank You Stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Nuvo Glitter Drops - Clear
  • 3 in 1 Glue

Rather than explain how I made this card, I've again done a quick process video for you. It's sped up 4-8 times normal speed. I wish I really could work that fast! Just think how much stuff I'd get done!

If you are watching this video in an email subscription, you will have to go to my blog post or YouTube channel to view the video.


Thank you to each of you for faithfully following my blog and YouTube videos. I enjoy so much sharing with you all and hope that if you celebrate Thanksgiving this week that you have a wonderful and blessed day. Oh, and I hope you'll find the time to make a card or two for the Cards in Envy challenge which ends December 4th.

Happy Crafting!




 photo SandySignature_zps09a0cb53.png
  • Donna NuceNovember 21, 2016 - 2:24 pm

    Hi Sandy! Lots of beautiful layers on this card. Love it. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry HNovember 21, 2016 - 6:35 pm

    Hi Sandy! Your card is lovely! I have never seen those delicate butterflies and I think I must have them! Your delicate patterned papers complement the butterflies so well! Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie LightNovember 22, 2016 - 10:00 am

    It is beautiful! I like the frames and the stitching! The sentiment piece looks like leather!

    I should be able to take some time to make a “thank you” card!ReplyCancel

  • Carol LNovember 28, 2016 - 8:11 pm

    This is so lovely with all of those diecuts and beautiful layers! I especially love the colors and those delicate little butterflies!ReplyCancel

  • Karon HughesDecember 1, 2016 - 10:25 am

    Wonderful card and love the die cuts!ReplyCancel


Hello, hello!  I'm so thrilled to announce that I am now an educator (designer)  for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!  This is my first project and I've done my first post over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today! So what is Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts? It's an online store that sells fabulous chipboard kits and sets.  You'll be seeing me use their products at least twice a month from now on.  I really hope that I inspire you with my projects to want to have a try at creating or adding chipboard to your own projects.  But enough about that, let's jump into this project.  First of all, I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to use from all the wonderful chipboard choices over in the GSL store.  Once I knew I wanted to create an Autumn canvas piece, I selected the Fall Shape Set and the Fanciful Elements. Here is my finished canvas...

It's an 8"x 10" flat canvas done in a 3D style with lots of mixed media goodness--acrylic paint, texture paste, glitter paint, embossing glitter, etc.  I was inspired by other mixed media artists that you can find on YouTube and was really drawn to this style.   Rather than hanging my canvas on the wall, I purchased a metal stand for it and will be displaying it on a buffet table in our dining room.

I just love all the different layers I was able to achieve with the chipboard pieces combined with a few flowers and other metal embellishments.

I hope that you will want to create a Happy Harvest canvas too.  Below is my YouTube video with the steps that I took to create mine.  Use any paints and other mixed media pastes and sprays that you have on hand to create the color palette that you love.  I have dabbled with mixed media some in the past and use different sprays on my ribbons and flowers so I was able to create this without buying anything new except for the canvas.  I started out with brighter colors on mine but kept adding more copper, gold and platinum to achieve this metallic look.  I've discovered that a lot of the fun of mixed media is you just keep adding until you are "done."

Here are a few more photos of my canvas.

Supply List:

  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Fall Shape Set
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Fanciful Elements
  • 8 x 10 flat canvas
  • Gesso
  • Smooth Texture Paste
  • Acrylic Paint - Orange, Metallic Gold, Black, Brown
  • Glitter or Texture Paint - Orange, Brown
  • Distress Stain - Green
  • Spray On Color - Green, Gold, Brown
  • Rub On Paste Paints - Platinum, Gold, Copper
  • Embossing Ink
  • Gold Glitter Embossing Powder
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Distress Inks - Orange, Brown & Black
  • Metal Embellishments-knob, gears, flower
  • Assorted Flowers, Small
  • Twine
  • Rhinestones - Beige or Gold
  • Glossy Accents or other clear wet glues

I really encourage you to head over to the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog and leave a comment over there to let me know that you did check it out. I'll have another Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts project November 29th. I'm thinking maybe something for Christmas or maybe'll have to check back and see.

Happy Crafting!


 photo SandySignature_zps09a0cb53.png
  • Valerie LightNovember 22, 2016 - 10:05 am

    Congratulations my friend for getting chosen to be on Gypsy Laser Cuts! What an honor! Your project is stunning! So much detail and layers! Beautiful! I look forward to see what you create!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerNovember 22, 2016 - 10:44 am

      Thank you so much Valerie! It was such an honor. They contacted me and sent me so many wonderful chipboard items to play with. They cut so many nice kits and things out of really good quality chipboard that are easy to paint and alter. I’m having lots of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Karon HDecember 1, 2016 - 10:21 am

    Gorgeous canvas! Congratulations!ReplyCancel