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.

Let's do this!  For about 4 weeks now, every Monday,  I print up the current Operation Write Home Sketch Sunday card challenge that's posted on the OWH Stars and Stamps blog.  And so far, I have not remembered to make a single one until this week.  Last night, after watching Survivor, I headed up to my craft room determined to make a card using Sketch #87!  It's an easy sketch but there were challenges.  You know--picking the right paper, embellishments, sentiment, etc.

Here's  the sketch:

I chose a pink card stock background, Teal dot paper for the first block, pink floral paper for the second block and a light pink with a scroll pattern (that you can't really see in the photo) for the third block.  I then stitched them on to the card stock background with my sewing machine before attaching the background to a white card base.  I then added Prima flowers and stamped the sentiment using a light green ink which when stamped on the pink looks almost sliver.  The sentiment shows up better on the actual card and it says: "may the happy in your birthday last all year long."
Whew.  Glad I got it made.  The making wasn't no where as hard as the choosing. Ha, ha.  You can join in on the Sketch Challenge fun too, just click on this link to go to the post about Sketch #87.
Have an awesome day!
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  • ScrappinSassySeptember 22, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    Great card Sandy! I love the stitching you did on the three blocks and the flowers are a nice touch! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • JulieSeptember 22, 2011 - 9:53 pm

    Really cute, Sandy! I love the stitching! Thanks for joining us in this week’s OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge!ReplyCancel

  • AllisonGSeptember 22, 2011 - 11:47 pm

    I love it, Sandy! I use OWH Sketches all the time when making my cards.ReplyCancel

Wow! It's already Wednesday!  Goodness where do the weeks and days go? This week the Midweek Throwdown Challenge over on OWH Stars and Stamps blog is "Sweet Treats."  Yum.  I love sweet treats but try to limit them.  So if you can't eat them, put them on a card!  Right?  Ha,ha.  Here's a little card I made for Operation Write Home that I'm submitting for the "Sweet Treats" challenge.

 I made this card from a 6x6 piece of two sided paper.  One side the stripes and the other side the pink dots. Then I cut the sweets from another scrap of paper.  The cupcake and the sundae on the left are attached flat to the card while the cake on the right is attached with a bit of foam tape to make it stand out a bit.  I stamped the "just because" sentiment on white card stock, cut it out and inked the edges lightly with pink ink.  Added a pink and brown bow.

Today's a big day.  Facebook changed their format and I'm having a hard time getting used to it and finding the current posts from my friends and family, so to celebrate I think I'll just go make cards or edit some photos that are sitting on my camera.

Have a wonderful day!

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  • Carol LSeptember 21, 2011 - 10:37 pm

    This really is a sweet treat card with all those pretty stripes and yummy goodies! Cute card!ReplyCancel

  • LindaSeptember 22, 2011 - 3:32 am

    Cute…great colors!ReplyCancel

  • Jan HunnicuttSeptember 22, 2011 - 5:20 am

    Sandy this is a cute card! Good idea, card making over trying to figure out FB today 🙂 Thanks for playing in our Midweek Throwdown challenge at Operation Write Home!ReplyCancel

  • Donna HanleySeptember 22, 2011 - 10:59 am

    Adorable card,yummy colors but now I need to go find some sweet to eat and it is only 7:00AM. I guess I can blame you for my wieght gain this week. LOLReplyCancel

  • RedonnaSeptember 22, 2011 - 4:57 pm

    Nice card. And made in one of my favorite colors so thats an added “YAY”! Thanks for participating in this weeks OWH Midweek Throwdown and TFS!

    (and, a side note regarding facebook: To get your news feed to go back to normal go to your account & go to notifications. At the top right is a box that says email frequency. Uncheck that box & your feed will show all the posts again. Next – go to your home page & anything in the “Top Stories” click on the down arrow in the upper right and “unmark as top story” – now your news-feed will be setup by time stamp rather than randomly picking “top stories!” (Can’t promise it works, but I did this & so far so good.) On the downside – here is an article about more changed coming soon:

  • airbornewifeSeptember 23, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    your card looks yummy enough to eat! thanks for sharing ~ PamReplyCancel

For Operation Write Home Challenge ~ Anything Goes!

Michelle's Scrapbooking & More blog is doing an "Anything Goes" challenge in honor of Operation Write Home's birthday!  Okay, I think I can do that.  And since it's September and since Friday will be the first day of Fall (ahh....Fabulous Fall because I love, love the fall season), I think I'll share a card I made for Operation Write Home that is a "Fall" card.

To make the card, I used a white card stock card base then selected two different fall leaves patterned paper from my scraps stash and a piece of green card stock. I arranged and attached the papers to the front of the card base, added silk fall leaves, a button and stamped the word "Fall."  Another simple creation but a great  generic card for writing home during the Fall season.

I'm thrilled that most of this week will be more "fall like" temperatures for Texas.  Don't laugh...our temps will have highs of upper 80s and 90s which is indeed, after our blazing hot summer of over 70 days of 100+ temps, Fall for us.

If you're visiting from Operation Write Home or Michelle's Scrapbooking & More, thanks so much for stopping by!

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  • MichelleSeptember 21, 2011 - 3:24 am

    Sandy thank you so much for joining the challenge, greatly appeciated. I had completely forgotten the first day of fall was this week. I am always a little sad this time of year, for me it means winter is right around the corner and here in Ohio that is NOT fun!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy TrefgerSeptember 21, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    @Michelle Michelle, I so understand your not looking forward to winter. It’s a bit like how I never look forward to our hot summers, so for us fall and winter is a blessing. Looking forward to seeing all the entries on your challenge.ReplyCancel

We rarely have a white Christmas here in north Texas but that's okay, it doesn't stop me from thinking about snow and a white Christmas when I create Christmas cards for Operation Write Home.  Here are a few cards I created a few weeks ago.

First one is created with a pre-colored digital stamp of wreath & birds.  The birds are attached with a bit of foam tape to make them stand out a bit, scrap papers for the background  and a "Merry Christmas" stamp with four red rhinestones added to the corners. Quick and simple.  (Digi Stamps are from Fred, She Said Designs.)  I also used glitter pens to add just a touch of sparkle on the holly berries.

Next up is a real easy project.  The entire design is made from some gorgeous paper scraps I had in my stash.  (I also scrapbook and save the large pieces of favorite papers for card crafting.)  I love the trees in the paper so I cut a circle around them to make them the center point of the card.  Scrap paper for the background and stamped "Joy" on the corner and then added a felt bird which I think is Basic Grey.

I love this next card (sorry it is dark--I took it with my iPhone). The snowman is a stamped image that I colored with my Copic pens and cut out.  I attached him with foam tape.  Added the verse and a felt snowflake that  I had in my embellishment box.  The other snowflakes are cut from some Christmas ribbon (felt) that I bought after Christmas last year at Target.  I bought two rolls and absolutely love using the snowflakes on my cards.  After a holiday always check the gift wrap section for clearance items that might work for card creations.

Just returned yesterday from a scrapbooking retreat in Mt. Calm, Texas where I created over 65 cards! Doubt that I will photograph ALL of them but will for sure snap a pic now and then of a few as I get them ready to ship to Operation Write Home.

Have a wonderful week!

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  • ValerieSeptember 20, 2011 - 2:22 am

    GREAT cards Sandy! Wow! you got a lot done!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy TrefgerSeptember 20, 2011 - 11:27 pm

    Thanks Valerie! I did get a lot done and I went shopping and got plenty of sleep and visited with friends. It was a fun and productive weekend!ReplyCancel

I  love making birthday cards and I especially love this little digital stamp I acquired last year.  I've used it many times. In fact, I've colored several with my Copic pens and just keep them in a photo box to use whenever I need something cute for a birthday card and nothing's cuter (to me)than a mouse all dressed up in her party frock carrying a big yummy cupcake!  I created this card using a scrumptious paper I bought at the scrapbook store on Saturday (sorry I can't remember the manufacturer and all that as I cut up my paper into A2 sizes and file them into a photo divider thing--so I don't keep track of those details just yet).  It was a two sided paper so I had the stripe on the back to use and then added a scrap of paper lace I had lying around and then stamped the "Happy Birthday" sentiment and created the banner--the edges are inked with pink. A quick and simple card to make but so fun to send and hopefully to receive!

Happy Wednesday to you!  It's getting closer to the weekend! Yay!!!

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