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.

I'm  excited to share this afternoon a sneak peek of a project I designed for Graphic 45 using their most beautiful paper collection--Nature Sketchbook!

I know you are super busy with the holidays but I think you might want to mark your calendar to check back on Monday December 26th either here on my blog or on the Graphic 45 blog to see more!  There will be a Tutorial Video and and Showcase Video on this and lots more photos!

Okay, that is all.  I won't keep you long with lots of words but did want to let you know this project will be coming soon!

Happy Crafting!

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  • ValerieDecember 26, 2016 - 10:42 am

    I’ve got to quit reading your blogs backwards 🙂 This project is so pretty!ReplyCancel

Well the countdown has really begun!  If you haven't mailed out your Christmas cards, I think you (and I) should get that done tomorrow or maybe just give them with a gift.  We have a new card challenge starting today on the Cards in Envy challenge and the theme is "Celebrate the Season." Which means, you can make any card for the challenge for however you celebrate this holiday season--Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's etc.  Just remember your card must be flat enough to go in an envelope for mailing though it can be any shape or any size.

I used ALL stash items for this card so I can't tell you the specific products used.  I used white cardstock for the base and the snow banks, pink cardstock for the layer background, snowflake chipboard stickers that came with that cute snowman (I think I've had these for several years and they may have been purchased in the gift wrap section of a store) and an acrylic Christmas stamp from Papertrey Ink.  It was really quick and easy to put together.  The snow banks are cut out with a die and my Big Shot.  Just layer it all up and you are done!

Not sure if I'll be doing much blogging this week or not.  But I will be back on the 26th with a fun album project for Graphic 45 using their 8x8 Mixed Media album AND their new Nature Sketchbook paper collection.  I will also have a post on the 29th for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and you won't want to miss that one! It will feature Graphic 45's Cafe Parisian paper collection and some wonderful chipboard elements from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Just in case I don't post again this week, I want to wish each of you a wonderful holiday season and Merry Christmas from me to you if you celebrate.  If not, have a wonderful time celebrating however you choose to celebrate!  Oh! If you missed it, I did have a post yesterday for the Last Minute Gift Idea Blog Hop! There are some really great ideas from other designers if you click on their name in the blog hop list PLUS you can win a $100 Visa Gift Card by leaving a comment on yesterday's post AND signing up on the Rafflecopter widget. You've got to go to yesterday's post, just CLICK HERE> Last Minute Gift Idea Blog Hop Post.

Happy Crafting!

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  • Donna (Texas)December 19, 2016 - 8:46 am

    Cute card and I really like the Merry Christmas font!

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 3:35 pm

      Thanks so much Donna! That is one of my favorite Christmas sentiment stamps!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara ChaplinDecember 20, 2016 - 2:37 pm

    love card and tags!ReplyCancel

  • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 3:36 pm

    Thanks Barbara! So glad to see you were able to comment! Just an FYI this is the card challenge post so if you are wanting to comment for the Blog Hop, make sure you go to that post and comment on it–you’ll have to scroll way down past all the other comments left there. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sybrina KDecember 20, 2016 - 8:11 pm

    Sandy, What a fun card, and I just love that touch of glitter. It takes your eyes right to that cute little snowman. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • LisaMDecember 21, 2016 - 4:23 am

    Love the colors and cute snowman Sandy!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Donna NuceDecember 22, 2016 - 4:07 pm

    Hi Sandy! Love that this was made with bits and pieces from you craft room. Very adorable. Have a Merry Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie MarcotteDecember 24, 2016 - 1:48 pm

    Such a darling card, Sandy! And yay for being able to create it using up some items from your stash. Merry Christmas to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry HDecember 26, 2016 - 10:37 am

    Hi Sandy! I think your snowman card is perfect!! I just stopped by to say Merry Christmas and thank you for having me on your Design Team! I learn so much from your wonderful talents!ReplyCancel

  • ValerieDecember 26, 2016 - 10:44 am

    This card is so adorable! The snowman is so cute! Love the snow layers. What die is this?ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 26, 2016 - 10:53 am

      Hi Valerie, I believe it is from Simon Says Stamps. Can’t remember the name of it but it is just one curve die and I cut it twice and moved it or offset it on the card to have a different “wave” to it.ReplyCancel

  • Annie A.December 29, 2016 - 2:50 pm

    Hi Sandy! This is such a happy card…makes me smile every time I look at it 🙂 I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to continuing on the CIE team in 2017!ReplyCancel

Are you ready for the holidays?
Do you need some last minute gift ideas?
We invite you to join the Last Minute Gift Ideas blog hop with a great group of talented designers. Hop from blog to blog and find easy, fast and amazing last minute gift ideas!
You can also win a great prize! Visit all the blogs participating in the hop, leave a comment and you can win a $100 Visa gift card!
Here's my last minute gift idea--a mini album gift card holder!


It's getting closer and closer to the holidays and if you find that you need something cute and quick for a gift, this idea might just be what you need. Not only is this a gift card holder but it is also a mini album to tuck in a purse to show off favorite holiday photos. I've made two of these--one out of coin envelopes and a second one out of card stock in case you don't have or can't find the envelopes.  Both versions are super easy and so fun to make.

This one is made out of the coin envelopes...






And the next one is made out of card stock...





mini-gift-card-album-14I have a tutorial video to show you how to make both of these versions.

Mini Album Gift Card Holder

If you are reading this post in an email subscription, you will need to watch the video from my blog or YouTube channel.

You have plenty of chances to enter to win the $100 Visa gift card each day of the hop, on any of the participating blogslisted below.  Click on each designers name for the link to their blog and their last minute gift idea.
Sandy Trefger <YOU ARE HERE
Everyone is eligible to win, whether you’re in the U.S. or International.  In order to win leave a comment answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?” and enter your name in the Rafflecopter prize drawing widget below:

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Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my blog today.  The winner of the $100 Visa gift card will be announced on on Sunday, Dec 25th.

Happy Crafting!

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  • Carol SterensteinDecember 18, 2016 - 12:31 am

    How absolutely lovely! The mini album is such a great way to display various papers from the collection. Love it!

    The one thing I cannot live without for crafting is my Big Shot. It’s the basis of just about everything I design.

    Thanks for a chance to win! And happy holidays.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:46 pm

      Thank you so much Carol and good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Anat WekslerDecember 18, 2016 - 1:05 am

    Beautiful gift card holder.
    Can’t do without my bigshotReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:47 pm

      Thank you Anat! I love my Big Shot too! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • VickieDecember 18, 2016 - 2:01 am

    its so had to pick but to me beautiful papers are an inspiration and a must, my Misti, Big shot, Dies are all meaningless without gorgeous paper.this is such a cute idea my granddaughter wants to make some of these for her friends at school tomorrow!!!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:48 pm

      It is hard to pick just one favorite tool! I’m thrilled your granddaughter will be making some of these for her friends! Good luck with the chance to win the gift card 🙂 !ReplyCancel

  • Carol EdwardsDecember 18, 2016 - 2:14 am

    Hello Sandi lovely gift ideas for a gift card, pretty and useful too. My favourite crafty needs are embellishments of pearls ribbons and butterflies.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:50 pm

      You can’t go wrong with pearls, ribbons and butterflies. So lovey! Good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • Jean BullockDecember 18, 2016 - 2:22 am

    Wonderful gift card holder. I love it. Watched the video. You did a great job on it.

    I can’t live without my craft knife!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:50 pm

      Thanks Jean. Glad you liked the video. And I use my craft knife a lot too! Good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • HallellDecember 18, 2016 - 3:41 am

    Aww so beautiful and lovely quick gifts for the holidays ! I love the colors way you did that. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much! And good luck with the contest!!ReplyCancel

  • Ina GoodDecember 18, 2016 - 5:07 am

    Lovely mini albumReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:52 pm

      Thank you Ina! Good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • barb macaskillDecember 18, 2016 - 7:39 am

    LOVE both of these but my favorite one is the cardstock one! The Poinsettia is darling!!
    My “can’t live without” craft supply is glitter and watercolors! They are necessary to breathe and create!! TFS!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:52 pm

      Thanks Barb! I don’t use watercolors so much yet but that glitter….got to have it! Good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy FraileyDecember 18, 2016 - 9:15 am

    Those mini albums are a cool idea, even for birthdays and anniversaries!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:53 pm

      Thanks Cathy! Yes, these little mini album gift card holders would be fabulous for any occasion. Good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • Patti HodderDecember 18, 2016 - 10:09 am

    These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:53 pm

      Thank you so much Patti!ReplyCancel

  • KatelynDecember 18, 2016 - 10:23 am

    Your mini album gift card holders are adorable Sandy! Love the idea of making it an album but also having it be able to hold a gift card!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:54 pm

      Thanks Katelyn! These little books are so fun and easy to make!ReplyCancel

  • stephDecember 18, 2016 - 10:50 am

    What a sweet idea.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:54 pm

      Thank you Steph!ReplyCancel

  • […] designers from all over the world: Ola Khomenok Patti Hodder Kathy Clement Alexandra Morein Sandy Trefger Gloria Stengel Pam Bray Einat Alagem Keren Tamir Terry Ricioli Katelyn Grosart Einat Kessler Susan […]ReplyCancel

  • Ola KhomenokDecember 18, 2016 - 12:02 pm

    Very beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:54 pm

      Thank you so much Ola!ReplyCancel

  • Pattie JnsDecember 18, 2016 - 12:11 pm

    Very pretty, books to share or keep all the Christmas memories.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:54 pm

      Thank you so much Pattie!ReplyCancel

  • Margie MaloneDecember 18, 2016 - 2:28 pm

    I would put my grandsons’ Christmas pictures in it!!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:55 pm

      Margie, that would be a fabulous way to showcase your grandsons’ Christmas photos! Thanks for your comment and good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • MetalDecember 18, 2016 - 2:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing.
    My favorite “can’t live without” craft supply is beautiful papers and card-stock.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:56 pm

      Thanks Metal! Yes, cardstock and pretty papers are a must have! Good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa DoyleDecember 18, 2016 - 2:50 pm

    Sandy, your gift card holders are adorable. Had to share this with my sister as she loves making these kinds of things!
    I couldn’t work without my Tonic paper cutter!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:56 pm

      Thanks Teresa! I hope your sister has a go at making some of these little holders! And I love my paper cutter too–not a Tonic but got to have one for sure! Good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • KerenDecember 18, 2016 - 3:26 pm

    Love this idea!! TFSReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 1:59 pm

      Thank you Keren! I’m glad you love it! Good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • Gili GorelickDecember 18, 2016 - 5:29 pm

    Lovely mini album!!
    Can’t live without my bigshotReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:00 pm

      Thank you Gili! I love my Big Shot too! Good luck with the contest!!ReplyCancel

  • SuzanneDecember 18, 2016 - 6:39 pm

    I love them. I can’t live without gesso and matte medium. Seems to be the base of everything I do. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:00 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! I don’t use Gesso and Matte Medium on everything but I do use it a lot! Good luck with the contest!!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra MoreinDecember 18, 2016 - 7:46 pm

    A wonderful cute little mini!!! Thanks for the tutorial Sandy!!
    Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:01 pm

      Thanks Alexandra and thanks for stopping by. I loved your project too!ReplyCancel

  • Becca YahrlingDecember 18, 2016 - 7:48 pm

    These are so fabulous! I’d love to make one of these for my sister and SIL. They always have so many photos of their kids and they’d love these.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:02 pm

      Thanks Becca! I hope you get to make a couple of these little books for your sister and SIL! Good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • Pam BrayDecember 18, 2016 - 8:59 pm

    oooohhhh….I love the idea of adding a small photo album along with a gift card…super clever Sandy. Of course you know I love Graphic 45 paper, lol. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:02 pm

      Ha, ha Pam! Yes, I know you love Graphic 45!! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I love your project too!ReplyCancel

  • TrishaDecember 18, 2016 - 9:48 pm

    What a nice gift this will make! Yours is beautiful, thank you for sharing! My favs are Graphic 45, paper cutter and scissors 🙂ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:03 pm

      Thanks Trisha! I gal after my own heart! Graphic 45, paper cutter and scissors! You can’t go wrong with those! Good luck with the contest!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue LDDecember 18, 2016 - 10:45 pm

    Great albums!
    My favorite tool is my Tonic guillotine paper cutter.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:03 pm

      Thank you Sue! I love my paper cutter too! Good luck with the contest!!ReplyCancel

  • Mitsyana WrightDecember 19, 2016 - 12:02 am

    Such a great little album!! Love the papers!!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:04 pm

      Thank you so much Mitsyana!ReplyCancel

  • michal meiriDecember 19, 2016 - 4:32 am

    Beautiful gift card!
    Can’t live without my bigshotReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:04 pm

      Thank you so much Michal! I love my Big shot too and so have several others! Good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley PyleDecember 19, 2016 - 8:50 am

    What a lovely idea! Such a fun way to use the mini envelopes.
    I cannot live without my awesome WRML paper trimmer!
    Have a Merry Christmas.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:05 pm

      Thanks Lesley! I love creating with those little envelopes! You could add even more pages I’d think. Paper trimmers are very important! 🙂 Good luck with the contest!!ReplyCancel

  • Einat KesslerDecember 19, 2016 - 9:24 am

    This is such a beautiful project. Great idea!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:06 pm

      Thank you Einat! And thank you so much for organizing this blog hop! It seems to be going really well and I love your project!ReplyCancel

  • HelenDecember 19, 2016 - 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial on this project. Since my favorite crafting supply is a great variety of paper, I can’t wait to try this. . .for any occasion, not just a last-minute gift. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:07 pm

      Thank you so much Helen! This is a fabulous little project for someone like you who loves paper. And yes, any occasion would be so much fun. I’ve made several birthday ones and Halloween which are way fun! Good luck with the contest!!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy R.December 19, 2016 - 3:46 pm

    I cannot live without my CutterBee Scissors! Cute mini albums!!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:07 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy! My favorite scissors are the Tim Holtz ones but I’ve heard the CutterBee ones are great too! Good luck with the contest!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon GulliksonDecember 19, 2016 - 11:39 pm

    Gorgeous papers are my favorite craft supply.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 2:08 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog Sharon and for your comment! Gorgeous papers are a must for crafting I say! 🙂 Good luck with the contest!ReplyCancel

  • kathy/North CarolinaDecember 20, 2016 - 2:30 pm

    Sandy, this is such a clever idea! I’m such a huge fan of itty bitty mini albums, and this is the perfect stocking stuffer. You have the best ideas! Merry Christmas my friend!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 3:41 pm

      Hi Kathy! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂 I love, love itty bitty albums! Merry Christmas to you too!ReplyCancel

  • Billie McGuire (Seester #1)December 20, 2016 - 2:48 pm

    Sandy, your creativity continues to amaze me! Do these ideas just come to you in your sleep? All of your work is just so pretty and clever! Merry Christmas to you and yours.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 20, 2016 - 3:43 pm

      Hi Billie (Seester #1) Ha, ha. Thanks so much for commenting! No, nothing comes to me in my sleep. I’ve made these before in different versions like Halloween, Christmas too. I think I saw one before and tweaked it a bit and then made the base and the decorating just happens as I glue stuff down. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy BDecember 20, 2016 - 4:36 pm

    Super cute and so very clever!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 22, 2016 - 3:02 pm

      Thank you so much Kathy!ReplyCancel

  • TammyDecember 20, 2016 - 8:53 pm

    I really liked both versions. They turned out really nice. But man that could get thick quick. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 22, 2016 - 3:01 pm

      Yes, these little books could get really thick quickly. I think that’s why I only put a few pages in them.ReplyCancel

  • Barbar C.December 21, 2016 - 12:09 pm

    Could not live without internet inspiration, creative people, and MS 12 cutterReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerDecember 22, 2016 - 3:01 pm

      Thank you Barbara! Glad to see you were able to comment! And yes, internet inspirations from creative people is a fabulous too! The Martha Stewart 12″ cutter too!:) Thanks for following my blog and for your comment!ReplyCancel

  • ValerieDecember 26, 2016 - 10:48 am

    I’m bummed I missed this 🙁 Too much going on. Great gift idea and very cute!ReplyCancel


Hello! I know you are all super, super busy this time of the year so if you are stopping by my blog I want to Thank You!  Today I'm sharing these beautiful Christmas tags that I created by using the extra large chipboard tags and different chipboard elements from the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts store!  Having these sturdy tags and the wonderful chipboard elements to decorate made this project so easy!   I have shared these and a tutorial for each tag on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog TODAY so be sure to head over there to read how to make them.  Step by step photos are over there too as well as a complete supply list.






Here's a list of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts products that I used to make these tags:

  • Tag Extra Large, D92E
  • Winter Shape Set D38C
  • Flourished Deer Miniature D84HT
  • Bird on Branch Assortment D17B
  • Ornament Double Side D37OD

You can find most of them now in the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts store.  In the tutorial post on the GSL blog, you will find a supply list including the other products used.

Check back on Sunday, December 18th for my last Christmas project post. I'm participating in a Last Minute Gift Idea Blog Hop with many other designers from around the world.  It's a two day hop and we are giving away a $100 gift card so don't miss out!

Happy Crafting!

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  • Donna (Texas)December 17, 2016 - 8:22 am

    So pretty!!
    Have a super Saturday!

  • ValerieDecember 26, 2016 - 10:54 am

    I love these tags! I haven’t made any in quite a while. I think my fav is the deer one.ReplyCancel


This is a desk top easel album that I've created out of a Graphic 45 8x8 Easel Album and their beautiful St. Nicholas paper collection!  On the cover I added in some beautiful chipboard street lamps that I altered with gold Nuvo paste and embossing glitter.  The poinsettia flowers are cut from a die set and shaped with a flower shape stylus.  I created the centers out of gold seed beads and inked the flowers with the gold Nuvo paste.  The leaves and greenery are also punched out of cardstock and inked with gold.  I added in some mini pine cones, red cardinals and glittery berries.  The snow flakes are clear glitter buttons that I had in my stash.


I love how this turned out.  If you'd like to see the inside pages, you can check it out on the Graphic 45 blog today as one of their featured designer projects.  I added in pockets and photo mats so that this would make a wonderful gift to someone who loves Christmas.


Right now I have it sitting under my vintage aluminum Christmas tree in my craft room.  But I'm seriously thinking about putting it in someone's gift bag for this Christmas.  Or should I keep if for myself? Decisions, decisions!


I did make this  for my Graphic 45 December Designer assignment which was to create a last minute gift idea so maybe I should use it as a gift.  Hmmmm....still thinking.

Happy Crafting!

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  • Donna (Texas)December 8, 2016 - 9:18 am

    KEEP IT!Hahaaa….It’s just gorgeous!

    • sandytrefgerDecember 12, 2016 - 10:42 am

      I did decide to give it as an early Christmas gift to a friend over the weekend. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Valerie LightDecember 12, 2016 - 11:51 am

    This is beautiful and a great idea for a gift! I did go look at Graphic 45 blog and saw the pages. Very well done!ReplyCancel