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.

July 26, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

Let me see a show of hands...

How many of you are MELTING like the Wicked Witch of the West this summer?? You'd think, after 4 years down here in Texas, I'd be used to the heat.

I am not.

I am a delicate flower that wilts when the mercury climbs above 85 (that's 29.4 for you folks outside the U.S.). Right now, it's like a bazillion degrees outside. We're talking approaching the surface temperature of the sun. It's so hot you couldn't even fry an egg on the sidewalk--it would spontaneously combust into a tiny pile of ash. I think that's reason enough to sit in my studio...and create, don't you?

Thank goodness we have central air conditioning.

So I decided to create one more card for the Mo Manning guest DT call. They have a challenge going on over at Mo's Bronte and Bella's challenge blog called "In The Doghouse". We're supposed to either a) feature a dog on our project or b) feature someone who is in trouble (e.g. in the doghouse). For this challenge, I decided to attempt the former and I chose the uber cute "Taking A Break" image. This is the first time I've colored up non-Caucasian skin. It was challenging. This is my second attempt...in the first one he just ended up looking dirty and grimy (which is apropos for a little boy...but not what I was intending). I can tell I'm gonna have to work on my ethnic skin. The image is on Kraft-colored cardstock, colored with my Prismacolor pencils. Y'all know I'm Copicphobic, right? Just checkin'.

Here is a detail shot of my coloring on this one:

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

"Taking a Break" - Mo Manning
Prismacolor colored pencils
Patterned paper (sorry, they're all scraps so I haven't a clue as to mfg., I think one of them is DCWV)
woven ribbon - Hobby Lobby
wooden buttons
Twistel - Making Memories
Rafia - Plaid
Distress Ink - Ranger


  1. You colored the image beautifully. Love all the shading you did! A really fun sketch too. Loving the raffia and buttons.
    It's been super hot here in IL too, and you are right, thank goodness for air conditioning!

  2. I think you did an amazing job on his skintone. I have been playing with various skintones with my Prismas and it's tricky! This card is so fabulous both for the colouration and the design. I love the layers and the raffia and buttons are delightful touches. Good luck with the guest DT spot. You certainly would be a wonderful choice!

  3. That is a super cute image and your coloring on the Kraft is fantastic! So realistic. Thanks for sharing at The Kraft Journal!

  4. I think the little guy's skin looks amazing. I'm a Prisma girl so I really appreciate this. I also really like the rafia behind the button super cute card.

  5. Just love this card! Must practice more with pencil colouring on craft- I'm not in your league! - really love the way it looks!

  6. Looking around blog land and found your blog. I am just amazed at your colouring with pencils - something I have never tried. The whole card is great xxx

  7. Your card is so cute, great coloring on kraft paper. Love all the different papers and elements, they are put together so nicely, a really fab design!

  8. Great card, lots of details, I love the look of colour on kraft, thanks for playing with us at the Squirrel and the Fox, blessings Hilde

  9. I love all the layering on your cards. They always have so much to draw the eye. Beautiful coloring on the kraft. Thanks for joining us at Mo's!

  10. You did an amazing job on the skin, well donem and your card rocks.

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Squirrel and The Fox (where it was a frosty -7c yesterday morning here in Canberra, i could handle a 30c day lol)



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