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.

November 24, 2015

Glorious Geisha

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

I'm here today to share a little something-something I did while I was in Colorado. I tell ya, the mojo just flows when Jodi and I are sitting across from each other.

You know we refer to ourselves as ToJo Mojo, right?

I'm serious.

While I was in Colorado I got to play with Crafter's Companion's full line of Spectrum Aqua markers. Boy howdy are they a BLAST! I just can't get over how beautiful the results are...and with minimal effort/skill.

Here's my project. This one is gonna get framed and hung on my wall. I like it that much!

I started out with a piece of Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Cardstock. Then, I literally scribbled in the colors diagonally down the paper starting with purples in the upper left progressing to green in the lower right. I took a big, flat paintbrush and washed the entire paper with water...just slopped it on. Then, I tilted the paper vertically and let some of the colors run. When I was satisfied with the "drips" I laid the paper flat and sprinkled table salt all over the surface.

Two interesting things happen when you add table salt to wet watercolor. It causes the paint to "bloom" and spread into a sort of organic marbling that looks like clouds or seaweed. Once the paper was dry, I brushed away the salt crystals. This causes the second cool effect. Little bits of salt remain embedded in the paper and they create a glitter effect. It's really kind of cool. So, those little white spots you see on the background are actually sparkly bits of salt crystal remnants.
I stamped the beautiful Geisha (from the Kimono "Porcelain" stamp set) directly onto the background paper and then colored her completely black (except for her flower--which I colored in "flower" colors) to create a perfect shadow base for a cut-out version of her to rest on. I stamped the "cut-out" version on another piece of watercolor paper. By first stamping the image onto the background it enable the flower and parts of the Geisha's hair to remain on the background which meant I didn't have to cut them out. Pretty smart.

I colored the second "cut-out" image of her with the same color palette as the background, but I did so in reverse order--starting with green at the top and going to purple at the bottom. I did this so that she would coordinate perfectly yet stand out from the background...otherwise, I think she probably would have been camouflaged.

After she was dry, I fussy-cut her out and adhered her onto the background paper with foam tape.

I used the Die'Sire Create-a-card die (Thinking of You) to make the gorgeous black frame. I admit, I did a little customization on the diecut. I cut out the sentiment and trimmed back some of the swirls until they framed her just right. That's one thing that's nice about diecuts...you can change them to suit your needs with just a few snips of the scissors!

If you're just ITCHING to play with Spectrum Aquas (I know you are...) just head on over to Crafter's Companion and order yours today!

Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Cardstock
Spectrum Aquas (Heather, Red Violet, Wildflower, Kingfisher, Peacock Blue, Aquamarine, Sea Green, Bud Green, Evergreen, Jasmine, Black)
Porcelain stamp set by Kimono
Die'Sire Create-a-Card "Thinking of You" die
Black cardstock, black foam tape

Thank you, as always, for making your way out to visit me here in Left Field!

November 23, 2015

Anything Goes

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

It's Monday, so that means it's time for another challenge over at 
This time our challenge is a Christmas-theme challenge...only you can't use a Red and Green color scheme. So this is one time where a BLUE Christmas would be a good thing!!

...or pink, purple, orange, gold, silver, aqua, chartreuse, or even puce.

Now...I dunno about you, but it's TOO EARLY for me to be thinking Christmas.


I refuse...until AFTER Thanksgiving.

So, for today's challenge, I'm opting for an "Anything Goes" theme.

Because I can.

And, so can YOU, if you don't feel like following the current theme! Heck, you ALWAYS have the option of "Anything Goes" in our challenges!

My project is a Get Well card I made for one of my favorite teachers. I got the opportunity to see her when I visited Colorado. What a treat!

Her name is Carol Koch (pronounced Cook). Ms Koch was my English teacher in high school. She is one of the reasons I became a writer. She encouraged me to write poetry and short stories. She made learning English ENJOYABLE. And, under her tutelage, I excelled at it.

So this was for Ms Koch (I just can't bring myself to call her "Carol"...it just doesn't feel right even after 35+ years). Man, has it really been that long since I graduated from high school? Oy vay.

Anywho...here is the card I made for her. I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils and if I do say so myself...I ROCKED the coloring on this one. Just look at that wicker basket!!! It looks so 3D!!! I then fussy-cut out the image and mounted it on the white circle Nestability background with foam tape.
Now it's YOUR turn to come join us at House Mouse and Friends for our
(*but no red or green) 

We have some FaBuLoUs sponsors this time!
($20 gift certificate)

(a random selection of dye ink pads)

Our 3rd sponsor is Dis Digi Stamps
($12 voucher to her store)

and 4th is this wonderful wood-mounted HM stamp
(called Peaceful Candlight- donated by our teamie Christine!)

Thanks, as always, for venturing out to visit me in Left Field!

November 21, 2015

Out of the Box Birthday

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps~

I just got home from a GLORIOUS trip to see my bestee in Colorado. It was way too short, but then again, anything short of being there permanently is way too short.

Before I left on my trip, I was hired to make a birthday card for a dear friend (by her sisters). Their instructions were that it had to be quirky and out-of-the-box. Other than that, I was left to create whatever my muse dictated.

I decided on a card-in-a-box format...what better format for an out-of-the-box theme? I calculated out all my measurements, because I knew this was gonna need to be a HUGE card...and a standard A-4 size just wouldn't do.

Here is the outside of the card. It measures about 8.5" by 9". I stamped up Kraft cardstock with my favorite woodgrain stamp (Stampin' Up) and paper pieced it to look like a stack of shipping crates. I even penciled in breathing holes in the top right crate.

Here is the back side of the card. I left a large section empty so that her sisters could write their greeting/wishes on it.

And, here is what it looks like when you open it up! There is a party going on inside!
All the party-goers are nestled in the packing material. There are 4 "snooty" people in there...all boring and, thus, colored monochromatic sepia as they sneer at the birthday girl. Then there is the "party girl" (which represents the birthday girl). She's technicolor and all decked out with interesting "gear". She is even sporting rose-colored glasses! There's even a DaVinci-esque guy flying by with a "Happy Birthday" banner!
A final gal anchors the sentiment on the card. She even brought her binoculars to get a closer look! Both she and DaVinci dude are mounted on springs so they jiggle and wiggle!
All the images on the card are vintage, royalty-free images that I snagged from the internet. I constructed the birthday girl out of various bits and pieces of vintage nicknacks--some goggles, a plant stand, a clock, and a hand fan.

Thanks for comin' out to Left Field!!

November 17, 2015


Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

I'm writing to you from blizzardy Colorado. Funny thing is, where I'm at...not a speck of snow. Where the airport is? That's a whole other story--over a foot of snow, most flights cancelled...highway to the airport closed.

Good thing I had the foresight to reschedule my flight back to Texas BEFORE the flakes began to fall.

I've been here in beautiful Colorado for a week and a half, visiting my bestee, Jodi. We've been crafting our everlovin' brains out. For those of you that don't know, Jodi is also on the Crafter's Companion design team. So, we pooled our mojo and our Crafter's Companion goodies together and have had ourselves a marathon-o-Crafter's-Companion-creating.

Today's offering is a fun little window card. I made the card into a quaint little Antique storefront.

Let's be windowshoppers! That sure is a nice arrangement of old bottles in the window. Notice the two paintings hanging on the wall behind the bottles? I sure wish we could go inside and take a closer look at them!

I stamped the bottle stamp on cream-colored cardstock and colored them with my Spectrum Noir colored pencils.  It was challenging to color them so that they maintained their transparency. After all, they're glass bottles. So, if you notice, you can actually "see" the bottles in the back through the ones that are in front of them.

Oh, look! The sign in the window says they're open! Let's go on in and look around, shall we?  Those are nice pictures hanging on the wall! It's amazing what a part of a stamped image, a diecut cardstock frame, finshed off with some magic from the Spectrum Noir colored pencils, and VOILA...you get some pretty convincing miniature antique portraits!!

I think this will be a perfect birthday card for my stepdad!


Thanks, as always, for wandering over to Left Field! Come back, anytime!

November 11, 2015

Happy Birthday Crafter's Companion!

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

There is a party going on over at Crafter's Companion, and you're all invited! Today, and all the rest of the week, we're celebrating Crafter's Companion's 10th birthday!! They are giving out all sorts of FaBuLoUs deals to all of us crafters!! So go take a look at the FUN goodies they have to offer! Just click on the link below!

It's a good thing that they are the ones handing out gifty deals...because I wouldn't know what type of gift to get a 10-year-old...company.

TOMORROW, you'll DEFINITELY want to check out Home Shopping Network...because Crafter's Companion is featuring their brandy new SPECTRUM NOIR SPARKLE PENS and FESTIVE WONDERS collections of coordinating dies, stamps, embossing folders, and papers!

Here is my latest project to celebrate their birthday bash! 
I used a heavily-textured watercolor paper to stamp this sweet bunny image and colored it up VERY lightly with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. I did this so that the texture of the paper shows through. And, of course, I colored the rose yellow...I am, after all, from Texas...and if you're from Texas it's a state law that all roses must be yellow.

As I've said before, I'm still learning how to use these pencils. I plan on posting a tutorial in the future on how to effectively use them once I've mastered them!

Sweet as a Rose image (Bebunni Floral collection)
Sentiment stamp - Kimono Stamps (Porcelain collection)
Chevron embossing folder - Embossalicious
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils - (used 008, 010, 017, 029, 045, 060, 061, 085, 088, 090, 111)
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Martha Stewart edge punch