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 9, 2012

Falling into Autumn

I love the crisp, cool tinge in the air during autumn...the whisper of winter's breath to come. I adore the crunch, crunch, crunch of fallen leaves under foot as the trees shake loose their leafy mantles. I drink in the dry, musty smell of those same fallen leaves. The warm, rich colors of the foliage are comfort food to my soul...

(Insert sound of a record-player needle dragging across a vinyl record)

Stop the music!

What am I talking about? This is Texas. Fall won't be here for at least another 2-3 months. *sigh*. Here it's still sizzling. Lawns (if they've been watered) are still green. Trees are still in full-leaf. The crepe myrtles are in full-bloom.

It's nowhere NEAR autumn here.


But, over at Kenny K's Krafty Krew, we're celebrating the warmth and richness of Autumn with this week's challenge of:
Autumn Hues
...where the colors of Fall and leaves are the order of this week...regardless of it being perpetual summer here in my corner of the world. 'Cuz, it's all about me, dontcha know.

This weeks first sponsor is Kenny K's Downloads
The prize from Kenny is the winner's choice of 5 digis.

And our second sponsor is Marianne Design

For this project, I decided on a warm palette of green and brown and chose one of Kenny's saucy Steampunk sirens...Capt. Locke, as the subject. I must say, Kenny's Steampunk Burlesque line is my all-time favorite. The detail in these girls is PHENOMENAL. I colored up the fabulous Cap'n on Kraft cardstock with my Prismacolor pencils.  I added a few glittery elements (her buttons, keys and buckles) to make the image pop. I then fussy-cut her out and mounted her with foam tape on vellum to create a sort of "dimensional aura" around her. I made the background using some left-over Kraft cardstock which I ran through my Wizard using an embossing folder. I inked the raised surfaces of the embossed background and fussy-cut and popped off various elements of it to add even more dimension. I finished it off with a really old (but favorite) die cut from Spellbinders (it's one of their very first dies) and a banner stamp from Bombshell.

Here is a detail shot of my coloring

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Capt. Locke image - Kenny K
Banner stamp - Bombshell Stamps
Heart lock die - Spellbinders
Cuttlebug Clockworks embossing folder - Provo Craft
star brads - Creative Impressions
rhinestones - Michaels
glitter pen - Sakura
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Distress ink - Ranger
Kraft, black cardstock
Patterned paper


  1. Hi sweetie!
    Your colouring is absolutely delightful. This card is totally breathtaking! Looove the steampunkstyle! Fabulous job, hunni! Hugs..Mona

  2. Wonderful! I love all the details.

  3. Amazing! A great image and your colouring is fantastic.

    Thanks for joining us at the Squirrel and the Fox.

    Helen x

  4. I love your steampunk card, fantastic colouring and great design. Thanks for joining us at AWNB
    Paula DT

  5. Great card. I love those sirens also. Your coloring is fantastic. Lots of wonderful detail. Thanks for entering Art With No Boundaries.

  6. phenomenal! love the gear background and coloring...awesome!

  7. So fun - fabulous coloring and very cool gear background! So glad you linked up at Art With No Boundaries!

  8. Beautiful card. So nice design. I appreciate this. Thanks for sharing.

  9. What a detailed card!! Thanks for joining the Card Caravan!

  10. Such a fabulous card. Great coloring, great design, great details.

  11. Great card and fantastic coloring job. I also love all the steampunk accents. Thank you for sharing this on Art With No Boundaries.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  12. Whoooeee Torrey! I love your coloring skills on this one. Well done!


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