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.

June 27, 2016

Mice by the Sea

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

Texas...in late June...is hot, no matter how you slice it.

I wish I lived near a beach. To me, there is nothing more relaxing than wandering down a beach, on an overcast day, hunting shells and sea glass--delighting in the cold shock of the effervescent surf breaking over the tops of my feet.

What I wish more, is that I could be the type of person who was able to lay out on a beach towel, roasting in the summer sun--a fruity drink with a paper umbrella in my hand...and a cabana boy at my beck and call.

But alas...I am a redhead with redhead skin. The sun and I aren't on speaking terms and haven't been for...ever.


It's mid-way through our current challenge over at  
Our current theme, "A Day Spent with Friends", made me wistful for a day at the beach, spent with friends.

Thankfully, I had this cute stamp on hand...and it satisfied my longing for more...melanin.
I used 2 copies of the image, so that I could paper tole (decoupage) various elements. The mice, shells, and umbrella are all fussy-cut out and mounted with foam tape over the background. I really had fun coloring this. I used my trusty Prismacolor pencils. I tried to make the umbrella appear as 3-D as possible...using dark grey for the innermost struts. Don't they look like they're having a blast?


You still have a few days to get your "A Day Spent with Friends" project entered at House Mouse and Friends for a chance to win one of our fabulous prizes!
And remember, you always have the "Anything Goes" option--as long as you use a House Mouse, Gruffies, or Happy Hoppers image.

We are thrilled to be welcoming back our AWESOME sponsor,
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June 22, 2016

Shimmery, Sparkly Goodness

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

It's time for round 4 of my month as the Spotlight Designer for Simon Says Stamps! June has really flown by. This has been a SUPER busy month for me, and I can't say I'm entirely sad to see June go bye-bye. But, today is Wednesday...and that means...
This week's theme is  
"Add some SHIMMER"
featuring products by Lindy's Stamp Gang
So, break out all your glittery, shimmery goodies and enter a project for your chance to win a...
Sadly, I don't own any Lindy's products...but I do have a clear Wink of Stella, so that is gonna have to suffice! I broke out a fun old die from Tim Holtz (I guess I'm still in a Tim Holtz frame of mind from a couple of weeks ago). And crafted up this fluttering beauty of a card!
I started out by die-cutting out butterflies (with the Butterfly Frenzy Die) out of the cardstock background panel and adhering the panel to the card front with foam tape to pop it off the base a bit. I scribbled some Distress Markers (more Tim Holtz product) onto a separate piece of watercolor paper, then did a water wash over my scribbles to blend the colors. After it was all dry, I die cut out my flutter of butterflies...arranged them in sort of rainbow order and adhered them to the background. Next, I brushed Wink of Stella over each butterfly and on the face of the card in the negative spaces that remained after I removed all the butterfly die cut pieces.
To finish it off, I added a scattering of iridescent sequins and a die-cut sentiment from Avery Elle.
If you hold the open card up to a light source, the cut-out butterflies on the background become illuminated. It's quite lovely. I tried to take a photo of that effect...but it didn't turn out that hot...but you get the gist!
OH - EM - GEE.....I just realized, I didn't use any colored pencils on this. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. Man, I hope they don't get mad at me like they did the last time I used another coloring medium. They got so torqued, they went on vacation for 2 weeks...and didn't send me a postcard (they claimed they had nothing to write with).

Here are the SSS products I used. Each icon below is a link to the corresponding product page on the SSS site!

Thanks for dropping by! Be sure to visit Simon Says Stamps and check out the fabulous projects the other design team members created!
Simon Says Stamp

June 15, 2016


Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

It's time for round 3 of my month as the Spotlight Designer for Simon Says Stamps! This month is flying by...which makes me sad. I'm having SO MUCH STINKING FUN working with Simon Says Stamps products! I mean...they have EVERYTHING. I've never seen so much product under one "roof"! And, the people of Simon Says are lovely. BONUS!

It's Wednesday, so that means
This week's theme is  
"Animal Magic" 
featuring products by Paper Smooches
 I just love the name of that company, don't you? 
So, step right up, create a project, and scurry on over to their site for your chance to win a
For my project, I decided to make Father's Day card #2 (remember, I have 3 dads). This one is for my dear father-in-law. He's a suburban farmer. He loves to raise vegetables in his huge garden. I'm pretty much a mess when it comes to gardening. Let's just say my thumb is definitely NOT green. Looking at my thumb, it's kind of brown. Must be all the Distress Ink I used on this card.

Anyway, here's my project for today's challenge!
The "Animal Magic" part of my card is how that critter got up there in the hay loft--the one peeking out of that window, and also how that little chick got up on top of the door. It's MAGIC, I tell ya... ANIMAL MAGIC!!! 

Here is what it looks like inside!
AH HA! So, that window-peeking critter was actually two window-peeking critters! Ok, so how many of you got the pun of my sentiment? Anybody? (HINT: it has to do with the critters above the sentiment).

I paper-pieced the card by hand (the barn), and used Distress ink on the edges of the "boards" of the barn so that you could actually see that they are boards. I used stitched square dies to make the frame for the window and the X on the barn door (with some creative cutting apart). I colored my stamped images with my coveted Prismacolor pencils. I added a little bow to critter #2...and cut off her "beard". LOL 

The rest of the card is pretty much just pen work on sentiments I printed off, and some foam tape and glue. 

This card is living proof that you don't have to have a boat-load of product to produce an uber cute card. Basically, all you need are: stamps, coloring medium, cardstock, and a little imagination. Oh yeah...and some sort of adhesive helps too.

Simon Says products used:

 Well, that wraps it up for part 3 of my time at Simon Says Stamps. Stay tuned because I have 2 more projects this month before my term is finished!
Simon Says Stamp

Thanks, as always, for making your way out here to Left Field. Y'all come back soon!

June 13, 2016

Fluttering By

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

Today marks the mid-way point of the current challenge over at 

This means you still have PLENTY of time to create something for our current theme
You always have the option of "Anything Goes"...So, hurry on over and enter before Saturday night!

We are proudly Sponsored by;
We're happy to welcome back Heidi and her fab team at Simon Says Stamp!

Winner will receive a RANDOM ASSORTMENT of Premium Dye Ink Pads

Here is my take on the current theme!
For my entry, I used the oh-so-cute Butterfly Express stamp. I wanted to make it look like the butterfly literally pulled our little friend right off the background of the card. To achieve this, I cut the stamped image apart and suspended the butterfly above the card with a piece of acetate. I used embroidery floss for the "kite" string. I couldn't decide on what color I wanted the butterfly to be...so I made it every color. I wish there really were rainbow butterflies!

Thank you for stopping by. If you would like to enter the challenge, click on the image below!


June 8, 2016

A Guy Thing

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

It's week 2 of my gig as a Spotlight Designer over at Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog! And that means...

This week's theme combines a tribute to those wonderful men in our lives, coupled with the guru of distressed craftiness, Tim Holtz! To me, it's win-win match made in crafty heaven!
"Father's Day/For a Guy" using Tim Holtz products
So hurry on over to their blog for your chance at winning a fabulous $50 gift certificate prize!!
I don't know about you, but I just LoVe Tim's stuff. His style is truly unique and VERY adaptable to just about any theme.
I created a Father's Day card for one of the fathers in my life. I'm blessed. I have 3 dads! One biological, one step, and one in-law! I just haven't figured out which one I'm sending this to, yet. Which one...which one?
I combined some new Tim stuff with some old Tim stuff, and some REALLY old Tim Stuff to create this card. I colored (well, actually painted) the stamped image and background with watercolor markers. I layered it all up with some of his die cuts. I created the "Dad" title block using a fun font printed on watercolor paper. I inked all the edges of just about everything with some Distress Ink, stamped some "stuff" on the background, added some bling, and then quit--because I usually don't know when to stop and I end up with a hot mess. 

I think I actually stopped on this project before reaching the critical mass of hot mess-ness. 
Yay me!
Simon Says Stamp
Here are the Tim Holtzy products I used for this project: all are available at Simon Says Stamp:
Thanks for tromping out here to Left Field! Check back next week for week 3 of my time with the wonderfully talented folks at Simon Says!