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.

August 5, 2012

Nesting Instinct

Well...I stepped out of my card-making mode for today. I just wasn't in a card-making mood. Know what I mean? I've been combating a bad migraine for 2 days now. Yesterday, it was winning. Today...I'm really fuzzy, but I don't feel like my head's gonna s'plode...at least not imminently. My vision is still blurry (blurrier than usual)...and bright lights are still not my friends.

But, despite my current state of...dilapidation, I managed to turn out a project which I am actually quite happy with. I just picked up 3 fabulous images from A Day For Daisies, and couldn't wait to use at least one of them.

The challenge this week, over at A Day For Daisies is to create something with fabric and/or fiber.

I was thinking about using Shredded Wheat...I mean it's fiber, right?

OH...not THAT kind of fiber. Gotcha.

Instead, I used burlap (which kinda looks like Shredded Wheat) and a handful of various fibers from my "brown" stash. Don't ask me who makes 'em. I haven't a clue. Anyway, I hot-glued a chunk o' burlap to a piece of light-colored Kraft cardstock. Then, I grabbed about 6 different types of fibers and loosely twisted them together and formed it into a nest-like thing and hot glued it onto the burlap-covered background. I printed out this adorable image onto light-colored Kraft cardstock and colored it with my Prismacolor pencils. I fussy-cut out the fairies (sans wings) and the flowers. I printed the wings onto transparency then glued a light coating of micro glitter on the back side of them. I wanted them to look like REAL fairy wings (as opposed to fake fairy wings). I nestled the various pieces onto the...nest and hot glued them all down to create a VERY 3-D, touchy-feely likeness of the original image. I placed the finished piece into a shadowbox frame, hot glued some buttons onto the frame (WITH floss tied in 'em--you're welcome, Jodi)...and called it "Put-a-fork-in-it" done! I can't WAIT to hang this somewhere in my studio. I LOVE it.

Here's a detail shot of the coloring:

And, here, is the original image:

I'd like to enter my project in the following challenges:

Prismacolor Pencils
Kraft cardstock
micro glitter - Hero Arts
shadowbox frame - EK Success
wooden buttons
embroidery floss - DMC
hot glue


  1. Torrey, this is absolutely amazing!! I just love stalking, I mean visiting your blog :)

  2. Love this! It is so sweet with those little fairies in their real wings nestled into all those fibres. Fabulous!

  3. Very cute. Love the sparkly wings. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

  4. Outstanding!!! Complete joyous overload of textures that equal sensational!

  5. This is absolutely fantastic! Love those little fairies resting in their nest. How adorable!

    Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Passion. Come back and Play with us again next week!!

    Craft Your Passion Guest Design Team Member

  6. Wow, this is a cool creation that I saw on MIM. NancyD

  7. This time I'm commenting on behalf of CYP...not a problem though because I love this piece so much I have lots to say :) The way you inserted the fussy cut flowers into the edges of the nest is brilliant. It adds so much depth. Great use of burlap, too. Thanks for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion Challenges. I cannot wait to see what you come up with next!

  8. Now, this is such a fab creation! Love how you've played with textures on this card - makes the perfect background for your sweet image. Love it! Spotted this on MIM.

  9. Oh my ,Torrey.Just look at those cuties cosied up in their nest.Wonderful,clever creation.Super colouring too.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  10. Beautiful, what a great idea!! and I don't think it looks a bit like shredded wheat!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely creation with us at Paper Crafting Journey

    hugs Vicky xxx

  11. Torrey--beautiful card!!! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox &Friends blog challenge!

  12. This is gorgeous! I get migraines myself so I know how you feel. Someone I know told me yesterday sometimes when she has one she will drink a gaterade and it will go away so today I tried it and voila it went away. Weird. Ive tried everything else and it usually doesnt work . Imatrex works awesome but puts me to sleep so maybe the gaterade is a better option. Hope you feel better soon! Thanks for joining Speedy Fox And Friends this week.

  13. Your card is gorgeous! I love the ADFD image! Hugs, Ani
    P.S. I have a candy over at Card Mania Challenges, if you're interested...

  14. This is adorable! Love the nest and how you put all the sweetness in a shadowbox!

  15. LOVE the real fairy wings, and such a darling little framed scene ! Thanks for playing with us this week at The Kraft Journal !

  16. What a fun project!!! I love the colors of your image. Beautiful framed art!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends!

  17. And all this with the remnants of a migraine!!!
    Fantastic piece of artwork, love those gorgeous fairies and your artsy nest.
    Thanks for linking up with Make It Monday this week
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    Sandy :)

  18. This is so creative and wonderful! I'm so glad you played along with us in the ADFD challenge!!

  19. Hi Torrey!

    Love your funky blog!!

    This is such a gorgeous project!

    Thank you for entering my candy.


  20. Wow! Torrey, this is absolutely gorgeous. Such a beautiful image. Hugs...Mona

  21. Truly fabulous. I really love everything about it. Those fairies are just so sweet and look so peaceful nestled in your textured nest.

  22. This is so sweet Torrey! I love the direction your imagination took with this image. Thanks so much for sharing this with us and joining in the challenge at ADFD!


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