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.

December 2, 2011

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Anyone?

Howdy Hey There!!! Guess what??? It's time for the INAUGURAL (that means very first) challenge over at  

For those of you who have never heard of CCCC, it's a brandy new card-making challenge site that you'll WANT to become a part of! 

This week's challenge theme was "Celebrate", hosted by Bugaboo Stamps. When I think of "Celebrating" I ALWAYS think of chocolate. I mean, come on...CHOCOLATE = CELEBRATION. They're synonymous in my book. So, of COURSE I had to have chocolate featured on my project. Had to. 

The image that chose me (yes, IT chose ME) was this cutie patootie mug set called "Coffee Time - Perfect Blend"  (I say they're cocoa, though technically they're coffee--so I added mini marshmallows and VOILA...cocoa). My card didn't start out life as an easel card, but when I had it all put together I thought, "Dang, this sure LOOKS like it SHOULD be an easel card"...so I ripped it all apart and made it into an easel card. 

Card Closed

Card Open

I colored the whole shebang with my trusty Prismacolor colored pencils and used the paper tole technique to really add dimension to the image. 

Closeup of Paper Toling

Digital image - Bugaboo Stamps (Coffee Time - Perfect Blend)
Nestability die - Spellbinders (Labels 10)
Loopy border punch - EK Success for Martha Stewart
gingham ribbon - Creative Impressions
Designer paper - K&Co, MME, Frances Meyer
Prismacolor colored pencils
frosted gems - Darice
stamping ink - Colorbox
foam spacers

The challenges are held every other Thursday. Each challenge is a different theme, hosted by a different stamp company! There are PRIZES and LOTS of GREAT inspiration to be had! So go check out CCCC (or Cx4 as I like to call it) and play along with us!!


  1. Wow! So awesome! I love your pencil coloring! The layers on this make it all really POP! Super!

  2. This is so cute and the colouring is fabulous!

  3. Hello there. Wow, this is fabulous. Such a wonderful design. Love your fun image, great colouring. It is a fabulous bright and happy creation.
    Thank you for joining us at The Glitter Fairies and good luck. Happy crafting.
    Love Sandra xx

  4. What a fantastic card and congrats on the DT spot. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  5. Wow gorgeous card,love the design.Thanks for sharing this with us at Craft your Passion this week,hope we see you next week.xxx

  6. What a sweet card. And love the sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion 'Tis the Season Challenge this week.
    Cathy Lee

  7. This is a stunning card! I just love it! Thanks for joining us at Glitter Fairies this week!
    Tammy DTxxx

  8. This is REALLY gorgeous - LOVE your coloring the layers you've popped and those sweet little marshmallows! Really gorgeous - thanks for joining us at Some Odd Girl!

  9. Your card is just gorgeously cute!! love you take on the sketch and those dimensions and layers are just amazingly stunning! Thanks for joining us at Cardabilities.

  10. WOW I just love this!! It´s gorgeous!! Thanks for joining us at Some Odd Girl!

  11. Aw, I love this! Such a cute card and love the unique shape. Thank you for playing along with us at Some Odd Girl. :)

  12. I so love your card! I saw this at the Chocolate, Coffee & Cardstock blog and had to stop by.

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I saw your card on the CCCC blog and thought, "Wow, that is so cool and soooo over the top!" Now it makes perfect sense since you commented on my blog that you are from TX, too. Everything is bigger in TX, right? Even cards!

  14. wonderful creation thanks for joining is at glitter fairies this time
    Jacki xx

  15. WOW!!!! I love your card.... it's made me smile!!! Thanks a lot for joining us at Stampavie & More.
    Hugs, Giò

  16. A really wonderful card!!

    Thanks for joining our "Easel card" challenge at Stampavie and More :)
    Hugs, Nina.


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