Today on the Graphic 45 blog, they are sharing my Fall Mason Jar with Flower Bouquet along with a great Hallowe’en in Wonderland shadowbox by Olga.  I created this decorative jar to use as a flower vase by adding papers from the Graphic 45 World’s Fair 12×12 pad and the Children’s Hour 6×6 pad.  I also used Children’s House Chipboard pieces, stickers and tags with pockets. Graphic 45 offers so many different collections that you can use alone or together to create a Fall or Autumn piece even though the collections are not specific for those season.  Many of the prints and colors work beautifully used this way and in the Children’s Hour collection you do find elements that are Fall themed, like the sticker with the pumpkin and the the Autumn leaves falling & pumpkin chipboard tag pieces.




You’ll find more details about this project along with a detailed supply list over on the Graphic 45 blog today.  I hope it’s inspired you to create an Autumn decor piece for you own home. Happy Crafting!


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!


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!


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:  http://g45papers.typepad.com/

It is definitely something that is curiouser and curiouser!

Happy Crafting!!


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, 12×12–18 sheets total (3-4 sheets of each pattern that I liked: Damask, Pumpkins,Hats, Harlequin, Banners and Cards)
  • Julie Nutting “Bootiful” Sticker Sheet, 12×12
  • 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!