Hi, I'm Torrey. Welcome to Left Field, where creativity runs amok and imagination is ALWAYS more important than knowledge. Shoes are not allowed but ties are optional. This is a repository of snippets from my life out here in Left Field. One never knows what shiny bits of creativity will be found here... cards, scrapbook layouts, photography, poetry, recipes, ponderings, rantings and musings. It could be anything! Life in Left Field is always changing, always real, always ...interesting.

April 30, 2016

Ex Libris

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

Just popping on for a quick post for Crafter's Companion (CC)! I'm sharing a project I made with my newest set of stamps from CC. I really, REALLY like this set. There is just something magical about a big old stack of books.

I colored up the images with Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers. I love the time-worn feel they imparted to the books. The flourish stamp from the set blended perfectly with the background patterned paper. And, of course, I had to put a sentiment on there that reflected my sense of humor. Thank you, Julius Henry Marx, for that wonderful saying.

Oh, you don't know who that is? You probably know him by his stage name--Groucho.

Crafter's Companion products used:
  • Stamp set: Knowledge by Sheena (A Little Bit Magical set)
  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers:  Chocolate, Chestnut, Terracotta, Sepia, Charcoal, Slate, Tan, Olive, Moss, Leaf Green, Marigold, Fawn, Evergreen, Topaz, Aquamarine, Burgundy, Navy.
  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolor cardstock

April 15, 2016


Bonjour, les crafty peeps!

I'm here today with a new project for 
And, for today ONLY, they are having a store-wide sale...15% OFF everything! Just use the code FB415 at checkout!

My project today is a card I made in the style of Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec...better known as Toulouse-Lautrec. He was a post-impressionist painter in France in the late 1800s. He painted the night life in and around Paris. One of his favorite subjects was a lady named Jane Avril. She was a can-can dancer during that time. Here is a sketch he did of Jane. Isn't she marvelous?


For my project, I used the Destinations stamp set "Hello and Goodbye". I loosely colored it with Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers to give it that painterly look. I also used the same markers to add color to the sentiment and the background matting. C'est magnifique, isn't it?

Crafter's Companion products used:

Merci for traveling out here to Left Field!

April 12, 2016


Hidy Ho Crafty Peeps!

I'm here today with a lovely project for Crafter's Companion. I used a new die set along with Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers and Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens to create a really lovely effect on a card.
The card went together fairly quickly! I used the Watercolor markers on some watercolor paper, then washed them with a broad, flat paintbrush dipped in water. This allows the colors to flow and blend beautifully! After it dried, I added a few additional splats of color to create more interest in the background. I arranged several lantern dies (aren't they terrific??) and then cut out the diecuts with black cardstock. I love the contrast between the black foreground objects and the colorful background. I hand-tore the background paper to size and added a stamped sentiment which I also colored with the watercolor markers. When everything was dry, I kissed the background with a clear sparkle pen here and there.

Crafter's Companion products used:

Nap Time

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

Hard to believe it's halfway through April already. I truly believe that time accelerates as I get older. I think I'll call that phenomenon the "AARP conundrum"...the older, and slower, I get is directly linked (as an inverse) to the passage of time.

It's time for a new challenge over at

The theme this time is  
"In the Garden"
So, put on your gardening gloves and grab a spade and hoe! Of course, if you don't feel all garden-y  you can ALWAYS enter an "Anything Goes" themed project!

We are sponsored this time by our friends at Simon Says Stamps
The winner will receive a random assortment of their wonderful ink dye pads!

I used a "vintage" House Mouse stamp for my project today. Sometimes the oldies are the best! I stamped several images, colored them up with my Prismacolor pencils, and then fussy-cut parts out and decoupaged them into several layers. And I totally agree with the sentiment I put on there!! Naps...they're a good thing! I just LOVE these Gerber daisies!

You have until April 23 to enter.

And now, if you'll excuse me, it's time for my nap.

April 5, 2016

Feeling Blue

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

Ok, so I am not feeling blue, but my latest project for Crafter's Companion is! It's a card done in the art journal/mixed media style using several layers of various stamps and a whole lot of sparkly goodness! It's hard to tell, but the blue color was achieved with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. Their sparkle power is AWESOME! And (bonus) you don't get those annoying loose flecks of glitter all over yourself and your craft room!!! The glitter stays put...where it belongs...on the paper! It makes for a very elegant card that will work for MANY occasions!

Crafter's Companion products used:
Thanks for journeying out to Left field!