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! It's time again for another card challenge over on the Cards in Envy blog.  This time the theme is any occasion as long as it is pink & gray which means it's a color card challenge.  I decided to go with something appropriate for the upcoming month of love--February.  This card would be a great Valentine but then you could use it any time of the year too.

For this one, I pulled out an older 12x12 paper collection--Pink Paislee's Secret Crush as it definitely had pink and gray patterns that I could use for the card.  I decided to take several different rectangle and oval dies and cut out layers and used a mish mash of those shapes to create this card.  I inked the edges of the gray papers with Prima Ink Vintage Pink and the edges of the pink papers with Prima's Worn Jeans (gray color).  A few punched hearts out of the paper and inked in pink (the paper has tiny gray squares) pulled the layers together as did the gray bow tied from seam binding ribbon.  The sentiment is also cut out of the paper and attached with foam squares while the layered piece is attached to the white cardstock base with foam tape.  I used 3 in 1 glue to attach all the layers together. The small hearts are a Stampin' Up! punch that I've had for quite some time.

Here you can see a close up of the inking around the edges.


You'll notice that I offset the rectangle layers and then layered the oval on top of those.  I like how it turned out.

I invite each of you, if you make cards, to pull out some pink & gray and create a card for this challenge.  Remember it must be flat enough to go in an envelope for mailing but can be any size and any shape.  The challenge runs until February 5th and you'll find more details over on Cards in Envy.

Happy Crafting!

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  • Donna NuceJanuary 16, 2017 - 1:03 pm

    Great Valentine card Sandy! That bow is a great finishing touch! Have a great day!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much Donna! I love Seam Binding Ribbon Bows and very sad that company went out of business but rumor has it another company may start manufacturing that ribbon. I hope so! Loved your card this week too!ReplyCancel

  • Carol LJanuary 17, 2017 - 11:48 am

    I just LOVE how you layered these elements and put them all together! That gorgeous bow tied everything up with a touch of beauty!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 23, 2017 - 11:24 am

      Thanks Carol! I love when a pretty bow brings everything together on a card.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry HickeyJanuary 20, 2017 - 3:27 pm

    Hi Sandy! Your card is beautiful! Excellent and interesting design and I think I swooned a bit over the gray bow, lol.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 23, 2017 - 11:25 am

      Thanks Sherry! Sometimes a look for a different layout on a card and I can never go wrong with one of those seam binding bows!ReplyCancel

  • ValerieJanuary 22, 2017 - 11:57 pm

    This is a beautiful card! I love every thing about it! I’m working on mine for the challenge 🙂ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 23, 2017 - 11:35 am

      Thank you Valerie! Looking forward to seeing your card for the Pink & Gray card challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Karon HJanuary 24, 2017 - 8:22 am

    Wonderful card, love the layers.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 24, 2017 - 10:07 am

      Thank you Karon! I love simpler cards too but do love lots of layers. 🙂ReplyCancel

Okay, I must be suffering from after the holidays mental shut down or something!  I created this Let it Snow mini canvas for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog on the 4th, last Wednesday.  And I'm 95% certain that I did a blog post about it here in my own blog....but, it's not to be found.  Not in drafts, not posted on the wrong day, nothing,  nada.  So perhaps I typed it and didn't save it?? Ugh.  But anyway, I shall share it with you today!   As I said, I created this for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts January 4th blog post.  Here is the link > Mixed Media Let It Snow Canvas.  Just click on it and you'll be on the GSL blog and my post over there where you'll find more photos of this project and my YouTube video on how I made it.  This would have been much more appropriate for my blog last week as we did have a bit of snow here in Texas.  This week we will be near 80 degrees!  Wow!

My apologies to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts for losing my post. I have had a lot of office paperwork and crafting assignments on my to do list but that's really no excuse.  But I still wonder where that post went!!

Happy Crafting!

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  • Diana WhitneyJanuary 11, 2017 - 9:36 am

    Beautiful! As for the missing post, I always blame the cybergoblins!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 11:33 am

      Thanks Diana! And I think you may be right! Cybergoblins!!! Ha, Ha.ReplyCancel

  • ValerieJanuary 23, 2017 - 12:05 am

    this is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Karon HJanuary 24, 2017 - 8:21 am

    This is stunning! WOW!ReplyCancel

I love Graphic 45! I love designing with Graphic 45 and I love sharing, teaching my projects to others.  I'd love to meet other Graphic 45 crafters and enthusiasts in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex (or other cities/states if you wish to drive or fly in!) So I've booked the Crafty Creations Retreat House in Mansfield, Texas to host a fun 3 night,  4 day workshop retreat featuring projects and mini classes using Graphic 45 products (all Graphic 45 supplies needed for the projects are included in your fee along with your lodging and meals!)  See the above for date, price, deposit and how to contact me to sign up.  Space is VERY limited! So don't wait too long!

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Congratulations to Barbara Macrowen!!  Barbara won the $100 Visa Gift Card from the Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop!  To claim her prize, Barbara needs to email with her mailing address to claim her prize.  To see other winners from Einat's End of the Year Celebration, visit her blog at:

Thank you so much to all of you who visited my blog during the hop, left a comment and signed up to win the prize.  And again, congratulations to Barbara Macrowen!

Happy Crafting!


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  • ValerieJanuary 4, 2017 - 3:16 pm

    congratulations Barbara!ReplyCancel

Hello and Happy New Year!  I don't know about you but it's a bit hard to grasp that we are in the year 2017!  Just where as the time gone??!!  Today we start our first 2017 card challenge over on Cards in Envy.  The theme is "Snow Birds."  Which means we want cards that have some or a lot of snow--snowflakes (like on mine), snowmen, snow blizzards, snow scene, etc. WITH one or more birds.  I decided to use some Graphic 45 paper to create my Snow Bird card for the challenge.

Here's a list of my supplies:

  • Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 8x8 paper pad
  • Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 6x6 patterns & solids paper pad
  • White cardstock for a 5x5 base
  • Button Twine
  • Stampendous! Class a' peel Stickers, Dot Sparkler Sliver
  • Wink of Stella Pen, Clear

This card is entirely created from the Graphic 45 paper pads, even the "Happy New Year" sentiment.  I just started cutting out "scenes" from the 8x8 paper and layering onto some of the 6x6 papers and then layered it all together into this card design.  This is the first time I've used the Stampendous! Class a' peel Stickers.  They were included in my Graphic 45 Designer box of supplies.  These are great for cards as they are completely flat yet add just the right amount of sparkle and look a bit like rhinestones.  I know they are hard to see in the photos but there is one in the center of the button twine bow and in the centers of the snowflakes on the paper.  I think you can see some of them in the photo below a bit better.

And that's it for my first 2017 blog post.  If I get the time, I might do a favorite projects of 2016 blog post sometime this week.  But that's a big might. Ha, ha.  For now, I hope you will join us over at Cards in Envy for our "Snow Birds" card challenge.  It runs for 2 weeks.  Cards linked to the challenge must be flat enough to be mailed in an envelope.  They can be any size and any shape.

I wish each of you a blessed and happy New Year and lots of crafting time!

Happy Crafting!


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  • Donna NuceJanuary 2, 2017 - 5:31 pm

    Hi Sandy! Great minds think alike. Love that G45 Time to Flourish paper – perfect this challenge. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 11:35 am

      We did think a bit alike on this challenge! I love that Time to Flourish paper too and it looks fabulous on your card!ReplyCancel

  • kathy jo woodJanuary 3, 2017 - 6:15 pm

    What a beautiful card! And the Graphic 45 papers- love them!

    Thank you very stopping by my blog and leaving the sweet comments. I am happily your newest follower!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 11:35 am

      Thank you Kathy Jo! And thanks for being a new follower. I hope to see you around in the comments now and then.ReplyCancel

  • Sybrina KJanuary 3, 2017 - 7:58 pm

    Happy New Year, Sandy! What a gorgeous card! Nobody does vintage quite like you. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 11:36 am

      Ahh, Thank you Sybrina! I do love Vintage. I love your card that you created for the Snow Birds challenge too!ReplyCancel

  • ValerieJanuary 4, 2017 - 3:18 pm

    Happy New Year! What a great card! I’m going to work on one this afternoon for the challenge!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 11:37 am

      Thank you Valerie! I saw your card on the CIE challenge post! It’s very cute and I love those little birds on the snowy branch!ReplyCancel

  • Carol LJanuary 11, 2017 - 4:56 am

    You just can’t miss with Graphic 45 papers and this card proves it! I love the little tag tied on with twine – so very pretty! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 11:37 am

      Thank you Carol! I think Graphic 45 paper scraps make beautiful cards! And often they have the sentiment right there in the paper.ReplyCancel