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 7, 2012

Kraftin' with Kraftin' Kimmie

Over at Kraftin' Kimmie stamps, they're having a "Krafty" challenge. Ya know...using Kraft paper somewhere on a project. Well, do I have the PERFECT card to enter! I made this card a little while back using the lovely Kimiko stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie.

I was inspired to recreate those little Japanese hand-carved cork dioramas. I happen to own a couple of these...they are INCREDIBLY detailed and so lovely. Here's what they look like. They usually consist of a Pagoda, some trees, a bridge and at least one crane. They are so intricate, it's hard to fathom that someone actually carved them by hand. This particular one is about 4 inches wide. Teeny.

So, here is my version. I built it on a side-step card base, so it really does fold flat (ish). I used my Cricut to cut out all the elements from Kraft cardstock (to mimic the look of cork). Kimiko is also stamped on Kraft cardsock...and I colored her with my Prismacolor pencils. I even gave her traditional Geisha makeup--with porcelain looking skin and a rose-color blush across her eyes.

That's basically all there is to this card...even though it looks really elaborate, the magic is in the assembly and placement of the elements on that stair-stepped background.

Alas, there is no crane on my little diorama...I had one cut out, but decided he looked like an afterthought, so he flew off to rest on an ATC. But, if you look closely, you'll see three little dragonflies resting on the bamboo and the sentiment. Domo very much for visiting my blog!

Here is a closer look at the beautiful Kimiko

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:

Kimiko stamp - Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps
Pagoda cartridge (Cricut) - Provo Craft
Dragonfly punch - McGill
Prismacolor colored pencils
Kraft cardstock


  1. WOW...... Love the card, you did an awesome job out in left field.

  2. WOW!! What an incredible creation!!! Your colouring is OUTSTANDING!!! I love the colour combination and the beautiful scenery you created!! Thanks SO much for joining our Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge this week!

  3. Holy mama! WOW and WOW!!!!!!!! Extremely beautiful!!!!

  4. Absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Kraft Journal!

  5. Your card is JAW-DROPPING! Oh my goodness... the way you colored the image, all the time to cut and layer, right down to using the kraft card stock to mimic the cork... every detail considered! Simply amazing. :) Thanks for playing along in our 'Put a STAMP On It!' challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xx

  6. This card is absolutely gorgeous. I love how you made they entire scene and your coloring is amazing!!!!!!

  7. AWESOME card Torrey!!! Well done on your KK win!!! xx

  8. beautiful layering! fabulous coloring!

  9. Freakin' amazing!!!! Wow.

    Off to pin it.


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