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.

May 23, 2016

Something Old...Nothing New

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

It's Monday, so that means it's time for a new challenge at 
House Mouse and Friends!!

The theme this time is
Something Old...Nothing New

I happen to be the hostess for the challenge this time around.  Here is how I came up with the theme...

Did you know that May 17 was National Pack Rat day? This prompted me to look around  my uber-cluttered studio, which made me realize that the time for cleaning up and moving stuff OUT is LONG overdue. 

I have this little cartoon that my mom clipped from the newspaper and gave to me about 8 years ago. It still hangs on the front of my fridge--held in place by a magnet from Wisconsin of a 3-D polymer clay cow head with a real, teeny-tiny cowbell (don't ask). I thought I'd share that comic with you. I actually took it off my fridge, dusted it off, and scanned the sucker.

Looking at it now makes me cringe...because it's SO true.

It was funny 8 years ago...but as I get older, the humor has been replaced with the horrible realization that I, too, (like both my parents) am a pack rat. What horrifies me is the fact that I do NOT have kids that I can "save" MY stuff for, let alone all my parent's stuff. When I go...I will leave behind a veritable TREASURE TROVE...of STUFF.

So, for this challenge, I challenge you to make a project using NOTHING new. That means ONLY OLD cardstock, patterned paper, embellishments, stamps, ink, coloring mediums, adhesive...NOTHING can be newer than 1 year old. I think that's MORE THAN fair. I was actually thinking about making people use nothing newer than 10 years old...but I'm nice.

Of course, there is ALWAYS the option of "Anything Goes" if you just HAVE to use new stuff. But come on...I KNOW how paper crafters are. We are the penultimate hoarders to end all hoarders! So dig through your stickers, papers, stamps, embellies and create something FaBuLoUs!
Here is my project:
I used the oh-so-cute "Dipped in Chocolate" stamp from the now-defunct Stampa Rosa company (may it rest in peace). I colored it up with my Prismacolor pencils. I found this REALLY old patterned paper from "Paper Pizazz" by HOTP in my stash...remember them? 

Back then, they were the ONLY patterned paper manufacturers. It was all 8.5 x 11 inches in size and a great many of their designs were photographs (like this lovely chocolate chip paper--which my husband actually really wanted me NOT to cut into--ha ha ha ha). 

Following is a list of what products I used and their ages.
  • Dipped in Chocolate stamp (Stampa Rosa) - 17 years old
  • Chocolate Chip patterned paper (Hot Off the Press) - 16 years old
  • Striped paper and "be silly" sticker (Colorbok) - 5 years old
  • cardstock - 5-8 years old
  • Prismacolor pencils - 6 years old
  • Ribbon - 8 years old
  • Oval die (Spellbinders--before Nestability dies) - 12 years old
  • Deckle scissors (Fiskars) - 17 years old
  • ATG adhesive - 4 years old.
  • Paper trimmer (Fiskars) - 17 years old
  • scissors (Cutterbees) - 7 years old
We have wonderful prizes (from fabulous sponsors) to give away for this challenge!

*** SPONSORS ***

We are thrilled to be welcoming back our AWESOME sponsor,
the Official Mousey Family, House-Mouse Designs(R)

HMD is offering a Lucky player a $20 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the official House-Mouse Designs(R) site! Eeeeek!!  How exciting is that? 
Second SPONSOR is

Winner will receive a Fabulous $20 Value Reward Card

In July 2013, Stampendous was proud and excited to become the official rubber stamp licensee of House-Mouse Designs®. Since that time we’ve released over 235 House-Mouse, Happy Hoppers, and Gruffies images as wood mounted or Cling Rubber stamps that can also be purchased at: www.STAMPENDOUS.comFor lots more inspiration from Stampendous, be sure to check out their other sites:
 STAMPENDOUS! Blog, The official Stampendous! Website (to Purchase Products).
 You can also find Stampendous! on Pinterest  and on Facebook.  

Winner MUST reside in the USA or CANADA to win the Stampendous! prize. 

(being the consummate pack rat that I am)
I am gifting a surprise goodie bag 
(bits of vintage paper crafting goodness collected from my coveted stash)
to the person who uses the OLDEST stuff!*
To qualify for a chance at this prize package, please tell me, in your post, what it is you used and how old it is!
One catch...the winner has to live in the U.S. 
(sorry, but international postage is a killer).
*In the event of a tie...I will put all the hoarders' names
into a hat and draw out one (maybe two, or even three).

To enter, just click the picture below

May 9, 2016

Sew Glad You're our Mom

Happy Monday, crafty peeps!

It's time for a new challenge over at  

The theme this time around is  
"You are My Sunshine!"

Interpret that any way you like! And if you can't come up with anything...you can always do an "Anything Goes" project...but you MUST use a House Mouse/Happy Hoppers/Gruffies image!

We have a terrific sponsor this time around!

and they've offered a random selection of their premium dye ink pads!
Simon Says Stamp has been in business since 2002, offering you the best selection of Rubber Stamps, Altered Art, Scrapbooking, Artist Trading Cards and Paper Crafting Supplies in the world. Stock includes over 100,000+ items along with the latest and greatest releases from the Simon Says Stamp brand Hero Arts, Tim Holtz, Lawn Fawn, Copics, House-Mouse Designs and so much more. With such an amazing variety and awesome deals on shipping, it’s always good timing to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp store! 
Here is my project! When I hear the phrase "you are my sunshine" I immediately think of my mom. And, since yesterday was Mother's Day, I offer the card my sister and I made for her. The best part about this card (besides the FaBuLoUs House Mouse image on the front) is the sentiment I put inside. 

My sister, Heidi, picked out the papers and the buttons (which she threaded just for my bff Jodi who can't stand naked buttons). I taught Heidi how to use the Big Shot and she did the diecutting! (I helped her a little with the parts that exceeded beyond the margins of the diecut area). It was also Heidi that chose the sentiment for the inside of the card. 

I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and did my best to match the colors of the papers Heidi chose. For the pin heads, I added a tiny blobs of dimensional fabric paint, and colored the pins themselves with a metallic silver colored pencil. I added glittery sparkle to the thimbles since Heidi said they weren't shiny enough.

They're shiny now, Heidi!

And, here's the inside!
 (We all know that I'm her favorite, but we won't tell the others.) Hee hee hee!


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: