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 18, 2012

Name Your Poison

...I think I'll call mine..."Chino".

"Chino" is short for  C21H22N2O2. That's strychnine, btw.

I've been working extra double time in the Labora-Torrey lately to get my entry ready for the Kraftin' Kimmie DT call. I made 2 cards for their call. One of them is sweet and elegant, the other is quirky and creepy. Thought I'd show them 2 sides of the many facets of Torrey.

They're having a challenge over at the Kraftin' Kimmie blog, so I thought I'd enter one of the cards I just made for their DT call-- since it fits their theme. The theme is "Lots of Dots". And, since I'm a bit "dotty" myself, this challenge was cake.

Here's my card using their "Perfect Poison" stamp set. I made the background paper by daubing acrylic paint through a piece of Punchinella. This made a whole LOTTA dots! They're subtle...but that is the ONLY thing about this card that's subtle.

Next, I drew in some Zentacles (that's Zen-speak for Zentangled tentacles) with my Micron pen then shaded them up with a purple pencil. I thought they lend an extra layer of creepiness to my poison-y theme. I stamped little Miss Ivy (get it? POISON Ivy??) onto white cardstock, then colored her in with my Prismacolor pencils. And, you're not seeing things...she has a green cast to her and yes, she's exuding  a green aura. She's toxic ya know. I hand cut an irregular "frame" around her and matted it in deep purple cardstock. Then, I added some Zubbles (yeah...Zentangle bubbles--now you're gettin' it) to give it that extra somethin'-somethin'. I consider them "dots" too.  I really love the color combo of poison green and aubergine. It's positively pernicious, dontcha think? To finish it off, I used my Xacto knife to cut around some of the Zentacles and lifted parts of them off the background. Then I wove a glowy green ribbon across the bottom and up the right side.

"Perfect Poison" stamp set - Krafin' Kimmie Stamps
Corner punch - EK Success
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Micron 01 pen - Sakura
Acrylic paint - Plaid
ribbon - Michaels


  1. This is SOOOOO you! I love it and they would be fools not to jump at the chance to have you working with them! Now, stop showing me up... <3

  2. Gorgeous card and coloring! I love the purple and green together on this.

  3. Wonderful! Love the corners. Good luck!

  4. this is gorgeous...love the image and great layout.xxx

  5. GAH... I am so jealous. I love your tangles. Mine are always so symmetrical. Great card.


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