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.

May 2, 2013

Plugging Away

Well, I still feel craptastic. But, somehow, I managed to get another project done before I crawl back to bed. This card is for my dad's birthday (which, to come clean, was awhile ago...better late than never). A little background: He likes Mickey Mouse, and he was a pilot. So, I put them together to produce this wonderfully-complex card. I had to do something worthy of him turning 3/4 of a century old. Somehow, I feel like it's not quite finished...but I can't put my finger on what else it needs. Any suggestions?

I found the image of Mickey somewhere online. I crafted the pilot wings in Photoshop using of the head of another image. I printed out the images on Kraft cardstock and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils in sepia tones (sort of). The base of the whole shegang is the 3-D Accordion Album by Karen Burniston (Sizzix). I'm loving this die.

Here is a closeup of Mickey. Looking at it now, it kinda looks like he is sporting a 5-o'clock shadow. Hahahaha. That's appropriate for a weather-beaten pilot, dontcha think?

3-D Accordion Album and Bracket Label dies - Karen Burniston for Sizzix
Stencil Numbers die - Sizzix
Riveted metal embossing folder - Sizzix
Cargo letter dies - Spellbinders
Scallop edge punch - Martha Stewart for EK Success
Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye and others
Gems - Studio 112
Old Photo Distressing Ink - Ranger
Prismacolor Pencils
star brads - Creative Impressions
clear lacquer


  1. The only thing it's missing is your Dad's delight when he sees it! I LOVE THIS! You've done a wonderful job with creating something very masculine that uses Mickey Mouse - an impressive feat! The way the Happy Birthday floats on the twill is so creative! Love that!

  2. I absolutely LOVE it! IT IS PERFECT!!!!!


  3. I think it's wonderful! The colours and the theme and your colouring is fantastic.

    Now, I don't normally suggest anything when crafters ask, I figure it's their creation, who am I to mess with it? But, if you twisted my arm (or, if you're a pacifist, bribed me with some chocolate) I'd suggest.....maybe a die cut (or fussy cut) airplane attached to the top of the card with some acetate??? So it would look like it's floating along above the card?? I dunno, it's almost something you'd have to see done to see if it would work.

    Anyhoo, that's my 2¢. (Well, I guess I'd have to say 5¢ as us Canadians have done away with our penny. :-) )

  4. Love it... I do like Jan's suggestion of adding an airplane someplace, but think that it really doesn't need anything else. Wayne is going to love it!
    Hugs and hoping you feel better soon!

  5. Thank you, ladies! And Jan... I think you are right. I'm working on adding an airplane as we speak. Thank you for the suggestion!


  6. I love this card. I'm a big Mickey Fan.

  7. I am Torrey's Father.

    I think that this card is absolutely fabulous !!!!

    It is the best card that she has ever made. (Up for debate.)

    She is SO TALENTED !!!

    I may be a bit prejudice, but that is only because I love her so very much !!!

    Go T.

  8. It's a fab card, all the way down the riveted "DAD".


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