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.

October 6, 2012

World Cardmaking Day!

Ya knew it HAD to happen, I mean there is a holiday for EVERYTHING else...so today happens to be

"MaD HaTTeR Day"!!!

Never heard of it? Me either, until today. And whatya know...it was "invented" in my childhood hometown of Boulder, Colorado. That totally figures. Wanna know more about this "kinder, gentler" version of April Fool's Day? Read HERE and become enlightened!

What's that? Today is also World Cardmaking Day? What are the odds of that??? Well, well, WELL. If that's the case I guess I had best be makin' a card or two to celebrate this auspiciously contrived occasion! 

It's true...today is World Cardmaking Day ("Cardmaking", by the way, is one word in my book...like "Scrapbooking" or "Cardstock"). There are ALL SORTS of fun goings on today in the card-making world. Click on the icon below to be whisked away to the official website with all the info!

World Card Making Day isn't just a "fluff" holiday. It actually serves two purposes:
• Celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family.
• Kick off (and get a head start on) the holiday card-making season (for everyone except Torrey who will probably start mid-December).

To participate in the cardmaking celebrations, the girls over at Bombshell Stamps have gotten together a little BLOG HOP of sorts--except we're not hopping. We're just sharing. So, I guess you could call it a BLOG SHARE. Our theme is "MaD HaTTeR" since today is also "MaD HaTTeR DaY". We were tasked with taking a Bombshell stamp and adding a hat or hats to the image and/or design of the card. I was REALLY lucky. I got to use Bombshell Angel! She is my little go-to chameleon. With a little help from her digital wardrobe at Bombshell, along with my own sprinkling of Photoshop magic, I can fix her up for ANY occasion. I am not kidding. You name an occasion...I'm 1000% certain I can adapt our little Miss Bombshell Angel to blend seamlessly. I challenge y'all to try me on that. If you post an idea for an occasion in the comments, I'll do my utmost to meet the challenge! I'll even devote an entire blog post to Bombshell Angel and her amazing transmorphing powers!

For today's challenge. I took the theme LITERALLY....or is that LITERARILY? (wow, when you say "literarily" out loud you kind of sound drunk). I didn't just give her a hat...I transmogrified her INTO the MaD HaTTeR from Alice In Wonderland!!! How cool is that??? See for yourself! I used a combination of 2 of the digital outfits that are available for her at Bombshell Stamps. The rest of her accoutrements I conjured up in Photoshop. I'm tricky like that. I colored her all up with my handy-dandy-omnipresent Prismacolor pencils. So here is my FIRST creation. I did make 2 cards for Cardmaking Day! And, did you notice??? The paper tucked in the band of her hat (which if you remember, is the same in the REAL MaD HaTTeR's hat) just happens to coincide with today's date...COINCIDENCE? I think not. It was providence I tell you! Bonus points, two snaps and a high-five to anyone who understands the reference in the sentiment on this card AND knows what the numbers on that piece of paper in her hat mean.
Clean cup, Clean cup...MOVE DOWN!

My second card for this celebration of crafty card making people...has NOTHING to do with the Bombshell theme of "MaD HaTTeR". BUT, I did use Bombshell Angel for it! I was just dinking around in Photoshop and came up with her retro look...saddle shoes, poodle skirt and bobby socks...the works!! The remainder of the card is comprised of some hand-cut cardstock and patterned paper, some sparkle punches and a ribbon. I then went CRAZY with the glitter pen. Can't have too much bling on a 50s card in my book.
Welcome to the 50s

Thank you for joining me for World Cardmaking Day! I hope y'all get out there and create something!!! Better yet...create something AND give it away to somebody you love!

I'd like to enter one or both of these cards in the following challenges:

Ingredients for both cards:
Business Bombshell digi stamp - Bombshell Stamps
Fantasy Bombshell digi stamp - Bombshell Stamps
teacup, teapot - public domain images
hat - my own design 
Patterned Paper - MME, Flair, SEI
star punch and eyelet corner punch - Marvy
glitter pen - Sakura
Prismacolor Pencils
ribbon- Offray, Michaels
Flourish border die - Revolutions maybe?
rhinestones - Michaels
ink - Memento (Tsukineko)


  1. WOW! What awesome creations! LOVE the 50's card ... very creative! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘BIRTHDAY’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'

  2. These are both FANTASTIC!!!
    I'd love to spend a day inside your head and steal some of your imagination! xx

  3. Torrey, these cards are just gorgeous Love what you did with the Bombshell Angel. She looks great. Very creative!

  4. Wow! Both cards are stunning! Love everything about them absolutely fantastic! Thanks for joining Craft Punked this week, Paula :))

  5. Torrey!!!! You are way too amazing! I love the mad-Hatter card, and then the retro card shows up and I cannot believe how great they both are!

  6. Wow, these are fab! I love the eclectic fun feel and vibrant colours. Thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie xx

  7. Wow theses are stunning just love them Thank you for joining us at Cutie pie.

  8. Two fantastic examples of fabulous creativity :) Thanks for playing along with The Sisterhood Of Crafters for our Happy Birthday Challenge.

  9. Very fun card. Love all the bright vibrant colors. Fantastic coloring, and fun sentiment. Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge!

  10. Lovely looking cards. Love the top one. Thanks for playing with us over at the Paper Shelter this week.
    Love n hugs

  11. Torrey, your beautifully colored and transformed Bombshell Angel images look fabulous on these wonderful cards. So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps' digi team's "My Sentiments Exactly!" challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose

  12. Wow, I lov your projects! thanks for joining us at Craft Punked this week!

  13. Brilliant - I love your cards - the colours are so vibrant and really catch the eye - thanks for joining us at Craft Punked this week x

  14. Both cards are just to awesome for words. But maybe if I type them it will work,,ummmm, cool, kewl, spiffy, nifty, awesome, fabulous, marvelous, well done, eye catching, memsmerizing (ok only works for hynosis but hey) way good.

  15. So gorgeous cards. Lovely designs. I like the softness of colors and those images are so beautiful. Love your creations. Thanks for sharing.


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