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.

September 16, 2012

Animal Instinct

Greetings and Salutationy things,

Today's project marks my last as a guest designer for Corrosive Challenges. I'm sending a great big Texas-sized "Thank you" to the crafty people over there for featuring me as their "GDT" for September!

Their challenge this time around is all about our furry/feathery/scaly/hairy/leathery/slippery/slimy/soft/fluffy friends. No...not your cousin Mortimer.

and their sponsor is

Our projects have to feature an animal. Any kind of animal--bird, mammal, insect, reptile, amphibian...doesn't matter. Heck, it could even be an amoeba...as long as it's in the "fauna" side of the taxonomy tree. Teri, over at Delicious Doodles has SO MANY beautiful animal-themed images, it was hard to pick just one! I decided on Raven Goddess. She just spoke to me. I know she's supposed to be Celtic, but when I saw her, I immediately thought "She's Native American and the raven is her spirit guide"...and that's how my card was born.

This is one of those cards where I could have EASILY kept adding "stuff". I probably should have stopped BEFORE I added the wheat, but oh well. I thought it went really well with the Native American theme. I know corn would have been better...but come on! An ear of corn would have been RIDONKULOUS on a card--even for me. 

The "blanket" in the background is a photo of a real Chickesaw Indian blanket that I printed off the internet. The image is on Kraft cardstock colored with Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment I cut...BY HAND. I've been cutting out titles and sentiments out of cardstock, by hand, since LONG BEFORE there was such a thing as a Cricut.

Here is a detail shot of my coloring. Ya know what? The color "black" is difficult to portray with colored pencils without it looking, well...just totally BLACK without details. I used a cool, blued black (a combo of 4 different blue pencils plus black) for the raven and feathers and a warm, greyed black (a combo of cream, light and medium greys and black) for her hair.

Cuttlebug Embossing folders - Provo Craft (Forest Branches, Oriental Weave set)
Prismacolor Pencils


  1. This is gorgeous,love the image and fabulous layout.xxx

  2. Seriously, this is stunning. Your colouration of the image is so beautiful. Black is very difficult to colour and yet you've managed two very different looks which are equally lovely and full of depth. The embossing and textures on this project are very cool. Love the wheat and the blanket image.

  3. Torrey, this is just STUNNING. I adore the addition of the wheat. Your coloring is fantastic, and I love your hand cut sentiment. Thank YOU so much for guest designing with us at The Corrosive Challenge this month! You are a most welcome addition :-)

  4. Torrey this is STUNNING!!! Great choice of image, beautifully coloured :)

  5. Torrey, this is simply AMAZING! I am so glad you didn't stop before you added the wheat! It is such a fabulous statement piece and it is brilliant that you gave the image a Native American spin! Beautiful coloring and love the embossing! It was a real pleasure to have you as our GDT at The Corrosive Challenge this month!


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