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 all!  It's time for another new card challenge over on Cards in Envy and because it's February and because Valentine's Day will soon be here, the challenge is all about "Be My Valentine" Cards which means you can make any size card, any shape card as long as it has to do with Valentine's and is flat enough to go in an envelope for mailing.

For my card, I pulled out some fun black and white chevron paper, black cardstock, white cardstock an some cute Valentine stamps that I bought last year at Michael's. They came in a jar and look cute just sitting on my shelf but they are also fun to use.  I bought them on clearance at 60-70% off so they were a really good buy.  Anyway, I stamped some of the candy hearts on white cardstock and then used a stitched rectangle die to cut it out and simply layered it up onto my card base.  I also added in some pink rick-rack ribbon before attaching the layers down.  I also put the layers onto the base a bit skewed so I could say that this is a "crazy hearts' card.

I'd love for you to make a "Be My Valentine" card and share it with us on the Cards in Envy Challenge.  This challenge runs for two weeks, ending the weekend after Valentine's Day.

Happy Crafting!

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  • ValerieFebruary 6, 2017 - 11:08 pm

    Cute cute card! I need to work on mine!ReplyCancel

  • Donna NuceFebruary 7, 2017 - 9:30 am

    Hi Sandy! Those candy hearts are so cute! Great bargain hunting! Have a great day.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry HickeyFebruary 7, 2017 - 11:27 am

    Sandy, love your layout, the way you used those awesome candy heart stamps, and your pink rick-rack–well, I love it all!ReplyCancel

  • Karon HFebruary 17, 2017 - 9:32 am

    Fabulous card and love the hearts! TFSReplyCancel

Here it is! One of those rare weekend blog posts! I just had to share this {FINALLY) finished project and didn't want to wait until next week!  Doesn't this just make you long for springtime? This beautiful Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook collection can certainly do that to you!  And how about those adorable blue eggs? A fabulous find at the local First Monday Trade Day.  This is a mini box album created with a Graphic 45 Square 5x5 Mixed Media Box.  The basic technique is from another Graphic 45 Designer, Danielle Copley with a different paper collection and page designs.

This will be one of the projects we will be creating at my April 2017 Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat in Mansfield, Texas. I'd hoped to have this finished sooner and it has been in the "almost done" stage for several weeks now but I had to wait for a few more flower embellishments to arrive before I could claim it done.  All the supplies for this are ready to be packed up and I can't wait to see how they all turn out!

Now I'm ready to create the card folio and cards for the next retreat project which will be done up in the NEW Portrait of a Lady collection!

Happy Crafting!!


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  • Barb in kazooFebruary 4, 2017 - 8:34 pm

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Karon HFebruary 17, 2017 - 9:33 am

    This is amazing! So wish I could pop along! Have a great weekend xxReplyCancel

Hi everyone! Here it is February 1st!  A few posts back, I shared a sneak peek of this project and a couple of you were able to guess what they were and some of you thought they were on another project,   I did put a mask on it but these are different ones!  I created these for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts using their fabulous chipboard Masks Shape Set! I decided to decorate each one differently and use different techniques.  As a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Educator, I have done a YouTube tutorial video on all three of the techniques used on these chipboard masks.   I invite you to head over to the GSL blog where I've done the post for today and you'll find a close up image of each mask plus the video and a supply list.

Looks like it will be another busy week here in the office and in my craft room.  I've got lots of things I want need to work on.

Happy Crafting!

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This Valentine card that I designed for Graphic 45 is on their blog today.  I created this with their Off to the Races paper collection which normally you wouldn't associate with a love or Valentine card but the rose images on the paper are so gorgeous.  Plus the ladies in their fabulous race hats are to die for.  The color palette of this collection works stunningly for a Valentine card.

I also used a different technique to alter just a bit the Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Metal Door Plates and I used the same technique on the oval frame that I purchased at the local trade days.  I share tips on how I did this in the post over on the Graphic 45 blog plus more photos of my card.

I have been really busy in the craft room since Christmas.  I've designed several different projects for the Graphic 45 booth at the CHA Creativation show last week in Arizona.  I would have loved to have gone to the show just to meet everyone  and to see all the different projects but I still have other projects to create especially for my Graphic 45 Retreat Workshop in April of this year and it's not a good time of the year to leave our construction business office.

Anyway, I hope you'll check out this card over on the Graphic 45 blog AND if you'd like to attend my Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat, I still have some openings.  It will be held at the Crafty Creations Retreat house in Mansfield, Texas on April 6-9, 2017.  You can arrive as early as 10:00 a.m. that Thursday and leave by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The cost per person is $275 with $85 of that payable as a non-refundable deposit to hold your place.  Our first project will be on Thursday evening but you can come and work on other projects that you might want to work on during the times we are not doing a Graphic 45 project.  I have plans for at least 4 projects plus Make & Takes  and the retreat fee includes the Graphic 45 supplies you will need for those projects plus a door prize each day and a goody bag. All meals except for Thursday lunch are also included. Let me know if you might like to attend.

Happy Crafting!


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  • Karon HJanuary 24, 2017 - 8:31 am

    Beautiful and love that frame xReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 24, 2017 - 10:05 am

      Thank you so much Karon! Good to see you back visiting! I enjoy your comments and your posts.ReplyCancel

After a day and a half in the office doing fun stuff like Payroll Tax Reports--940, 941, W2, W3, TEC etc.  I got to spend the afternoon today in the crafty room and then I went outside for a walk for an hour because our weather is so nice.  I intended to work on one of the projects for my upcoming Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat but there was an unfinished Gypsy Soul Laser Cut project on my work table and I decided to finish that.  And I did.  It won't be on their blog or mine until February 1st but I thought I'd give a little glimpse of it to see if you could figure out what it is.

I may to get to work more on projects tonight but for sure tomorrow and maybe I'll have a rare Saturday or Sunday blog post for you.

Have a great weekend and...

Happy Crafting!

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  • Donna NuceJanuary 21, 2017 - 5:58 pm

    Looks like someone was thinking about MardiGras! Have a great day Sandy.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 23, 2017 - 11:21 am

      Thanks Donna, I think you are going in the right direction thinking Mardi Gras!ReplyCancel

  • ValerieJanuary 22, 2017 - 11:27 pm

    It is intriguing but I have already seen it on the video Graphic 45 did at their booth! Awesome! I know a celebrity 🙂ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 23, 2017 - 11:21 am

      Ah yes, these are similar but are not what were on the Graphic 45 video. 🙂 These will be shown later on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog with a tutorial.ReplyCancel