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.

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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

Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm sharing this coffre au trésor (that's French for treasure chest or box) that I created.  I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with a tutorial on how to finish/prep the chipboard pieces that I used in the scene that I placed on the lid of my box.  The Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chippies are fabulous for adding in with your fussy cut papers to add dimension to your project.  Here I've used their cafe table & chairs with the fancy lamp post and filigree frame.  If you haven't worked much with chipboard pieces, you should give it try.  It's so easy and every day on the GSL blog there is a new post with a new craft idea or technique on the chipboard sets you can buy at their online store.


I created my treasure box out of some chipboard using gaffer's tape and patterned it with the most beautiful Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian 12x12 paper collection.  I added a Tim Holtz glass knob to the flap that opens up.  I plan on creating a matching mini album to put inside my coffre au trésor.

You will find my tutorial and more photos of this box on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  I hope you stop by and leave me some comment love here and over at GSL.

Happy Crafting!

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  • ValerieJanuary 4, 2017 - 3:19 pm

    This box is so beautiful! I love how you staged it with the teacups! Well done!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 11:38 am

      Thank you Valerie! Right now this is one of my favorite boxes I’ve crafted and the little teacups are in my quilt room (photo staging area) and begging to be used! 🙂ReplyCancel

Hello! Christmas is over for the most part and the New Year is approaching!  This year I made a "Year in Review Album" using Graphic 45's 8x8 Mixed Media album and one of their newest collections--Nature Sketchbook.  Oh my! This is such beautiful paper!

This album is featured today on their blog at www. along with lots more photos!  I hope you go over and check it out and leave a comment or two here and on the G45 blog post.

If you haven't had a chance to see this Nature Sketchbook collection in person, you really should go take a look or just order it if you don't have a scrapbook store nearby.  I can think of so many wonderful projects and possibilities for this collection!

Click >Here< to go over to the Graphic 45 blog for more photos of my album and  the supply list;

Showcase Video:

Tutorial Video:

Happy Crafting!


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  • ValerieDecember 26, 2016 - 10:35 am

    It is really pretty paper! Beautiful project too!ReplyCancel

  • Ann DeHartDecember 27, 2016 - 5:18 am

    Beautiful project! Thank you so much for this informative video, showing ideas which will allow me to personalize each page without having to create the “skeleton” of the album. That is so time-consuming; thankfully Graphic 45 has done that tedious chore for me. Your finished album is breath-taking.Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 11:39 am

      Thank you Ann! I think you will love creating with the Grahpic 45 Mixed Media album. I did!ReplyCancel

  • Diana WhitneyDecember 27, 2016 - 8:29 am

    Sandy, thank you so much for these wonderful tutorials. You are AMAZING. I could watch you create all day! I love this paper collection. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 11:40 am

      Thank you Diana and thanks for your sweet compliment about my tutorials. I try to share as many as I can but find I do have gaps between them. I also do tutorials on SnapGuide so you might check there. 🙂ReplyCancel

That's all I'm going to show you.  I'll share that it is a box.  And that it features several Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard sets and the Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian 12 x 12 collection.  It will be on my blog December 29th but more importantly, it will be on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog on that same day (bright and early in the morning) along with a tutorial on how to dress up those chippies to add them into your fussy cut scene.

I will say that I'm in love with how this turned out!

Back to Christmas prepping....

Happy Crafting!

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  • ValerieDecember 26, 2016 - 10:40 am

    it is beautiful! There is so much detail! I like the depth the laser cuts give it.ReplyCancel

  • Leanna TimmermanJanuary 2, 2017 - 11:17 am

    I’m teaching a mini album class using Nature Sketchbook in just a couple of weeks, and was having some difficulty combining papers until I saw this video. Thanks very much for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerJanuary 16, 2017 - 11:41 am

      Hi Leanna, I think this comment was for a different post but that’s okay I’ve seen it! I’m so glad that my Nature Sketchbook Year in Review album has helped you with combining papers. With Graphic 45 I just mix together my favorites from a collection and sometimes if I need too pull in prints from another collection that work too! Good luck with your class!ReplyCancel