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.

Hello and Happy  Monday!  Today we have started a new card challenge over on Cards in Envy  for Black and White cards with a smidge of color.  To make sure I didn't go overboard on the "smidge of color" part, I kept this card simple like the ones we did for the last challenge.

Here's a list of what I used to create this one:

  • Black Cardstock
  • White Cardstock (I cut an extra layer of the white and scored it to give it the lines you see)
  • Heidi Swapp 6x6 Favorite Things patterned paper
  • Celebrate Teal Braid Ribbon
  • Teal Flat Flower, Petaloo
  • Acrylic Sentiment from my stash (sorry I don't know the name of this set)
  • Prima Chalk Ink in Teal Damask

I really like how this turned out in the black & white with just that bit of color pop.  I hope you'll join us for this challenge going on until April 2nd over on Cards in Envy.

Happy Crafting!

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  • ValerieMarch 24, 2017 - 10:44 pm

    I love the simplicity of this card. So elegant! I need to get working on mine!ReplyCancel

I've always loved putting my photos into scrapbook albums.  Way back when I was a teenager, I helped my sister put all our parents photos into scrapbook albums and spent a summer, labeling and documenting the stories they had told us about their families, courtship and marriage.  And then as an adult I discovered Creative Memories and got hooked using their techniques and products.  Each year my scrapbooking style changed and evolved with the latest trends and before long I was using almost everything in my scrapbook albums that was available in the scrapbook store.  When I discovered the beautiful Graphic 45 paper collections, I began to add them into my layouts too.

I received the Deluxe Collectors Edition of the Olde Curiosity Shoppe from Graphic 45 and immediately decided to design a quick and simple layout for the January CHA show.  With a favorite photo, a couple of sheets of the paper collection, a Graphic 45 metal embellishment, ribbon and flowers; I quickly had a finished page.  One trick for doing layouts with Graphic 45 papers is to use solid cardstock to mat the photo.  This helps to bring the focus back to the photo espeically if the patterned paper you've chosen has lots of detail like the butterflies.

You may feel hesitant to use the thicker flowers and metal on your layouts and if you are putting it into an album, you might want to go with something flatter.  However, I will be putting this layout into a shadowbox style wall frame for display.

This layout is featured today on the Graphic 45 blog along with Pam's Midnight Masquerade invitation that she designed for the show.  Please go over and check them both out and leave a comment to let me know you were there.

Happy Crafting!

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  • HeidiMarch 17, 2017 - 8:37 am

    That is a gorgeous layout! I am a big fan of the graphic 45 paper pads. They have such gorgeous designs.ReplyCancel

  • Karon HMarch 19, 2017 - 9:50 am

    Beautiful design and love that butterfly paper. TFSReplyCancel

  • ValerieMarch 24, 2017 - 10:47 pm

    You still got it! this is a stunning layout! Absolutely LOVE it! Nice to see you do a layout again 🙂ReplyCancel

The clipboard sets (chipboard) from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts are so cute when decorated!  They come 4 to a package and are very reasonably priced.  I think they'd be really cute as favors at a shower or ladies retreat.  What do you think?

I created this for today's post over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog using Graphic 45 Botanical Tea.  I've posted a detailed supply list and a photo tutorial in that post so you can easily create one (or more) too.  It's a great project to use up some of your leftover papers and flowers and other embellishments.

I will be on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog again on April 5th and I'm thinking it might be another Spring project.  You'll just have to check back then.  I do hope you'll go over the the GSL blog and check out my post there.

Happy Crafting!


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  • Karon HMarch 19, 2017 - 9:50 am

    OMG this is so adorable! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • ValerieMarch 24, 2017 - 10:54 pm

    This is so cute! It would be great for a shower or ladies retreat!ReplyCancel

This is the card I originally created for the current Cards in Envy challenge--Keep it Simple (create simple cards). And while it was simple to make, it did take longer with lots more steps so I decided it wasn't simple enough for the challenge.

I do like how it turned out and will share the products and steps below on how I created it.

  • I used white cardstock for the base of the card, A2 size.
  • I matted the plaid patterned paper onto the card base.  This paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Tea for Two 6x6 paper pad.
  • I then cut out another piece of white cardstock and stamped the two bottom flowers directly to the white mat. These are acrylic stamps from the Wow! "Hey Little Flowers" set.  I used Memento Black Tuxedo Ink for the flowers.
  • I also stamped the sentiment onto the white mat which is from the Wow! "Just Saying" acrylic stamp set.  I used Memento Red Ink for the sentiment.
  • The smaller two flowers were colored with Copic Markers.
  • The large red flower was from my stash.  I'd colored it last year with my Chameleon Markers and fussy cut it out.
  • I used a black fine tip marker and ruler to draw the lines all around the flower mat piece.
  • Once the lines were drawn, I attached the large red flower with foam tape.
  • Before attaching the flower mat to the card base, I used watered down black ink and a brush to add splatters to the piece.  I allowed some splatters to land on the flowers.
  • The last step was to attach the flower mat to the red plaid that was already matted to the card base.

Fairly easy to create, but as I said earlier, I think it had too many steps for a Keep it Simple challenge.

Happy Crafting!

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It is so exciting to receive a package from the Graphic 45 home office.  In December all USA Graphic 45 Designers received the newest paper collections to begin creating for the January CHA show "Creativation."  One of those collections was the incredibly beautiful Portrait of a Lady that you've probably seen by now in your local scrapbook store or online or maybe you even have it in your craft studio.  For my project with this collection, I decided to create three romantic cards each with their own unique fold/design.  These are all card folds that are popular for card crafters and you can find numerous tutorial videos that show you how to fold and assemble them. These are special cards with thicker embellishments and certainly need to be hand delivered rather than sending them off in the mail.

These are being featured today on the Graphic 45 blog along with Pam's lovely layout using this same collection.  I hope you'll head over to read their blog post and leave a comment.  The Graphic 45 blog is a daily inspiration of fabulous projects made by the designers from all over the world. You're sure to see something you like and want to create on your own.

Here is a closer look at each individual card with a brief description of the fold I used for each one.  First up is the Drapery Fold.  If you look at the rose print paper, you'll notice that it is folded into pleats like drapes.  I just love this fold paired with beautiful ribbon, lace and a large rose.

The second card is a triple fold with two narrow folds on the left side and a magnetic pull piece to hold them in place.  I love using pretty paper doilies on cards like this.


The last one is an accordion or gate fold card. It is held shut with a ribbon that you tie into a bow and untie to open up the card.

Three beautiful and romantic cards created from the Portrait of a Lady collection.  We will be making a set of six Portrait of a Lady cards at my April Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat but they will be flatter and regular fold so they can easily fit in the Cardfolio we will be creating.  However, this does give you ideas on how you can add embellishments to special cards you will be hand delivering.

Happy Crafting!


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  • ValerieMarch 10, 2017 - 10:58 am

    WOW! these cards are so beautiful! Love all the different elements. They are so elegant! Beautiful paper too!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerMarch 13, 2017 - 9:27 pm

      Thank you Valerie! I think these are some of my most favorite cards that I’ve made!ReplyCancel

  • Shelia GrayMarch 10, 2017 - 1:03 pm

    These cards are amazing…soooo beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerMarch 13, 2017 - 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much Sheila!ReplyCancel

  • Marie PowersMarch 10, 2017 - 5:37 pm

    Sandy I am thrilled to have found you on FB. I love your beautiful creations using the romantic Graphic 45 paper. I just ordered my supplies of this collection today. I hope you don’t mind if I steal some of your ideas! I will keep watching for your amazing cards.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerMarch 13, 2017 - 9:27 pm

      It is a wonderful compliment that you want to steal some of my ideas! Love it! And have fun with it all! ~SandyReplyCancel

  • Barbara RankinMarch 10, 2017 - 10:29 pm

    Wow, Sandy. I love, love love these cards. Each one is a mini masterpiece. TFSReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerMarch 13, 2017 - 9:26 pm

      Thank you so much Barbara! I’m glad you love them!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie PetersonMarch 13, 2017 - 4:21 pm

    Hi Sandy,

    I just love the Portrait of a Lady papers and bought everything they had at my local craft store. Is there a way to get tutorials of your beautiful cards? I especially love the “hello beautiful” one and want to make it to send to my friend who just had a mastectomy.

    Maggie PetersonReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerMarch 13, 2017 - 9:25 pm

      Hi Maggie! Thank you so much for the compliments. For this card, I only created the one and did not take any notes that I recall and the actual card is still at the Graphic 45 home office so I can’t analyze it to determine how I made it. I think I saw a card fold like it but for the life of me I can’t find it now nor any link/video in my history on the computer. I know it’s a gatefold style card but it’s a bit different. I will look to see if I have any notes as I’m packing this week to go on a crafting retreat. And if I find anything I will gladly share it with you. If I have extra time over the weekend at the retreat, I will try to re-create the fold and let you know the results. If you get the fold you can look at my finished card and pattern it/decorate it close to the same. The ribbon bow on the front does untie to open the card and it is attached on the back and I think it is held in place by another piece of patterned paper, but without the card to look at I can’t be 100% sure on that. I make so many things and made this card in December around Christmas time so my brain is sluggish on remembering but if I find something I’ll come back to you. Send me a contact message from my blog/website so I’ll have your email address and make sure to tell me which card you want to make. ~SandyReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerMarch 17, 2017 - 4:19 pm

      Maggie, I was able to re-construct the card and get the measurements and do a quick Snapguide tutorial using a different Graphic 45 collection but you should be able to look at my Portrait of a Lady card on my blog and make it the same way. Here’s the tutorial link: Hope that works for you. ~SandyReplyCancel

  • Karon HMarch 19, 2017 - 9:47 am

    Stunning cards and loving those papers. Will also have to go at making that card with your tutorial 🙂 TFSReplyCancel