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.

October 25, 2011

A Very Skelly Halloween Blog Hop!

Hi Ho! I'm Torrey, I'm one of the newest members of the Bombshell Stamps Guest Design Team. I'm Ms. December. So, be sure to check back, often, to see what I cook up in my "labora-torrey" out here in Left Field !!

It's that time of the month...NO...not THAT time *rolls eyes*. It's the last Wednesday of the month so that means it's time for Bombshell Stamps monthly Blog Hop !! YIPPEE!!!  Appropriately enough, this month's theme is:
"A Very Skelly Halloween" 

If you hopped over here from Kelli's blog...you're in the right place! Hooray!! If not, don't fret!! Just hop on over to the Bombshell Blog and you can start from the beginning! You won't want to miss any of these FaBuLoUs projects!

This is the first time I've participated in a Blog Hop. I'm sorry I don't have any candy to share this time around. WHAT?!? NO CANDY?!? ON HALLOWEEN?!? IS THAT EVEN ALLOWED?!? I am sorry. I hope to have some candy for y'all soon. Besides, candy rots your teeth. In the meantime, give me your address and I may send you a toothbrush. hee hee hee. (gee, can you tell I'm really into "tooth hygiene" lately? Do you think it's because I had a root canal last week? Nah.)

Anyway...Participating in the hop was super fun, and got me in the trick-or-treating spirit! I ended up making 2 projects for this Hop. My first offering is this pumpkin treat basket. How stylin' would it be to hand out treats with this baby??? Or, do like I did...put in on the coffee table loaded with treats for anyone who cares to stop by. Martha Stewart's got NOTHING on me!!!
 Project # 1 
(Trick-Or-Treat Pumpkin Basket)
I got this pumpkin basket on sale at Michaels...it was a perfect platform for this project, don't ya think?
Here's the basic recipe to make this project:
  1. Punch out multiple sections of grass and iron fence from cardstock and splice them together to make bottom border. Adhere ribbon around bottom edge, and affix whole shebang to basket with foam tape.
  2. In photo editing program--size and arrange enough skeleton pieces for 6 whole skeletons and print out on white cardstock.
  3. Color skeleton pieces (I used colored pencils) and cut them out...carefully.
  4. Assemble skeletons using mini brads at joints--that way you can pose them however you like.
  5. Print sentiment on white cardstock. Die cut shapes around words. Color sentiments (I used colored pencils). Coat letters of sentiment with clear lacquer and let dry. Mount on black cardstock.
  6. Arrange and affix skeletons and sentiment blocks as desired on basket with foam tape.
  7. Drape gauzy netting over handle for extra creepy effect.
  8. Fill with goodies.
Close up view

  • Digital skeleton stamps - Bombshell Stamps "Muertos Doll" 
  • cardstock (white, black, kraft)
  • Border punches (grass, iron fence) - EK Success for Martha Stewart 
  • Prismacolor colored pencils
  • Nestability dies - Spellbinders (Inverted Scalloped Square, Long Scalloped Rectangle, Deckled Oval)
  • Ribbon and mini brads - Creative Impressions 
  • Glue Glider Pro adhesive - Glue Arts  
  • Clear lacquer
  • foam tape
  • Halloween decorative gauze - Michaels
  • apples - from some wrinkled old lady who came to my door selling apples. She kept muttering something about a "magic mirror"...she looked harmless enough...

Project # 2
(Happy Skeleton Card)
...Since I had leftover "stuff"...I made a card that coordinates (sort of) with the basket. I had just enough fence and one lonely skeleton left. I drew out the gravestones on cardstock and colored them in with (you guessed it) colored pencil, then cut them out. The sentiment is made from 3-D stickers by Jolee's. The top flap of the card is a good inch or so shorter than the underlying bottom--to allow for the word "Halloween" to peek out from behind the spiderweb edging. I punched the right edge of the top flap with a spiderweb border punch. I punched the edge under the word "Halloween" with a drippy edge punch and backed it in red to give it a little...oomph. Everything is adhered to the front of the card with foam tape and my adhesive gun. That lonely skeleton doesn't look so lonely anymore. He's happy now!

Card Ingredients:
So, thankyouverymuch (as Elvis would say) for spending some time here with me in Left Field (where creativity runs amok)
... please continue on with our BLOG HOP!!! You're gonna be visiting Meredith next! Have fun, and thanks for hopping by!

Here is a full list of the blogs on this hop:
Torrey (you're here!!) 


  1. Torrey these projects are just awesome- the attention to detail and they are so original and FUN!!!

  2. Wow, Torrey! This is stunning!!! What a FUN idea and I just LOVE how you've executed your idea!!! Great job!!

  3. You ROCKED it Torrey! Love the sense of humor, LOVE it! The coloring on the skeletons and way you put them together with brads is fabulous. That basket is completely amazing and the card wonderful. GREAT!!!

  4. Woohoooo Torrey!!Both projects are AWESOME!

  5. Two awesome projects! I think I NEED that stamp set. That skeleton is so cute (if a skeleton can be considered cute! LOL!)

  6. Wow! You totally rocked your first blog hop with two amazing projects.

    The basket is totally amazing and will be useful come Halloween and for years to come!

    I also love that card. Great coloring, design and details!

  7. Martha Stewart move over there is a new diva in the house. All I can say is wow!

  8. I am really loving that gauze on your projects! Great details!

  9. Ok those are wonderful but I like the basket best. I love how you did your words and skeletons.

  10. Oh Torrey!!!! WOW WOW and WOWWWWW!!! Both of your project are simply PHENOMENAL!! That apple basket is to die for!! (no pun intended;) hhahhah! And your skelly card is divine!!! Beautiful creations!!

    Crafty Hugs!

  11. I love the basket and those little skeletons crawling all over it!

  12. Torrey!!! WOW. I love how you decorated the basket. Very brilliant use of the skeletons.

  13. First of all, your a hoot! Loved reading your post ;D Secondly, dang, your project rocks hard! AND, thirdly, a card, too? Now you're just showing off ;D Seriously, though...loved it all! Hugz, Cheryl

  14. You are da'bomb! This is awesome and the detail amazing!


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