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.

One of the February Graphic 45 designer assignments was to create a frame or wall hanging using a favorite quote.  I have many favorite quotes but really loved this one:  "Follow Your Butterflies." It seemed perfect for any of the many Graphic 45 collections that featured butterflies.  But for my framed piece, I decided to use the beautiful Botanicabella paper collection.

Here are  a couple of closeups of the quote sections of the frame.


I fussy cut out the butterflies from the paper and added them to the frame and the sections.  This is a purchased frame that I bought new and then sanded to distress it a bit.  I have a YouTube tutorial video to show you how I created this piece.

I invite you to check out my project over on the Graphic 45 blog along with an altered tray by Olga.  There are more details over there about both projects.

Happy Crafting!


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Happy Day after Valentines!  I hope how ever you like to celebrate (or not) that you did have a wonderful day yesterday.  This card is not a Valentine card though it could have been but it is a romantic card or at least I think it is because of it's soft, vintage colors.

I created this card for my blog post over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  Click >HERE< to read that post and for my SnapGuide tutorial on how to finish the chipboard pieces from GSL and create the card.

I have not been able to do much crafting or sharing lately. I have been sick for the past week with allergies (thanks Mountain Cedar) and upper respiratory infection (coughing ALL the time it seems). I'm getting better a little each day but still very tiring.  More project supplies have come in for my upcoming Graphic 45 retreat in April and I'm slowly getting a couple more of the projects samples done. Hoping to share at least one maybe two later this week.

So for now this is what I've got to share.  Do click over to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts to check out my post and tutorial.

Happy Crafting!

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  • Karon HFebruary 17, 2017 - 9:31 am

    This is beautiful and love those die cuts! TFSReplyCancel

  • Valerie LightFebruary 20, 2017 - 10:25 am

    This is a stunning card! Very elegant! I’m sorry you have been sick. Lots of people have been! Hope by now you’re feeling better!ReplyCancel

I was so excited back in December to receive a special package from Graphic 45!  Inside, fresh from their printers, were 12x12 papers of the newest collections that would be introduced at the CHA Show Creativation in January.   All of the USA designers were sworn to secrecy and invited to create projects to send in for display at the show!  I was just wowed with the gorgeous Midnight Masquerade collection and the newly designed Graphic 45 Square Tag and Pocket Album.  So I set about creating a Mardi Gras album!  It came together so easily because of the stunning paper designs and colors.  The collection was so new that the chipboard sets and other ephemera were not available so I created my own flowers and embellishments from the papers.  This is the first time I've made an album with the Square Tag and Pocket Album.  It has lots of pages and pockets where you can add a wonderful assortment of photos.

You will find my album featured on the Graphic 45 blog today where I've shared my supply list as well as more photos. Not only was my album on display in the fabulous and beautiful Graphic 45 booth in Phoenix for Creativation but it was also taken and put on display at the Creative World show in Frankfurt, Germany-(I spied it in a video!)

This collection will be arriving in stores this month, I hope you'll check it out. Call your LSS and ask when they will have it on their shelves.  I'm positive that you will not be disappointed with this collection and you will be happy with whatever you decide to create with it.

Happy Crafting!

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  • TracyMartinezFebruary 14, 2017 - 1:18 pm

    Oh that is lovely!! The paper collection is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Karon HFebruary 17, 2017 - 9:30 am

    This is stunning and those papers are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie LightFebruary 20, 2017 - 10:31 am

    Wow…just wow! Excellent job! I am so happy for you in the exposure you’re getting in the crafting world! I did see that video and your project! That is so cool! This line of papers is very beautiful. Love the bright colors!ReplyCancel

Yesterday, this Love Tag album that I designed was on the Graphic 45 blog.  It's hard to believe that I have been designing for this fabulous company for 9 months now! And I still love it as much as I did when I first started.  If you didn't see the Graphic 45 blog post yesterday, I encourage you to go check it out.  There are lots more photos of my album plus a Snapguide tutorial, supply list and a designer tip from me.  And you'll also want to check out Lena's beautiful St. Valentine's tags.  I have learned so much and been so very inspired by all of my Graphic 45 Design Team Mates and you will too.

I designed this album to not only lay flat as an album but so that you could also stand it up as a banner for a decorative piece.  I used the beautiful Enchanted Forest paper collection and stamps to create this romantic album.

The adorable cherub on the front of this tag album was a fantastic First Monday Trade Day find back in November or early December. That's the time of year that many of the dealers bring out their odd and end Christmas ornaments and decorative items.  I found two of these in a box and bought both of them.  Such a fabulous find and it ended up being perfect for this love project.

Be sure to check back Friday here on my blog and on the Graphic 45 blog for my next designer share.  One of my projects that was on display at Creativation in Phoenix and at Creativeworld in Frankfurt, Germany will be shared with photos and more details.  It's of one the new collections that is arriving this month in the stores for you to buy!

Happy Crafting!!

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  • Karon HFebruary 17, 2017 - 9:32 am

    Gorgeous! And really?! 9 months already – where has that time gone!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie LightFebruary 20, 2017 - 10:33 am

    what a beautiful little project! the Cherub was a great find! You’re right, it’s perfect!ReplyCancel

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