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.

March 7, 2014

Up, Up and Away!

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

Ok...I'm exhausted. Who knew creating and crafting could be such hard work?  I'm here again with another installment of my "Sample Stampede". Today I'm offering up 2 cards I made using (what else) Karen Burniston dies!!!! No surprise there, right?

The first card I'm sharing I made using the Lucy Label Pop Up die set. I made this one especially for Maria. See, Maria (the owner of ItsCheaperThanTherapy.com) also owns and operates a hot air balloon touring company called 
I know Maria loves hot air balloons, so I decided to make a card honoring one of her passions. It's pretty unassuming on the outside...

But, open it up and VOILA!!!!

Before you ask...the strings on the balloon are real...they are made from embroidery floss. The "net" covering the balloon is something I created years ago in Photoshop. I print it out on transparency then cut out a balloon from whatever patterned paper I desire at the moment. The balloon is suspended above the basket using a piece of clear plastic that I saved from some packaging (I hardly EVER throw anything out). The tree and clouds are dies from Karen's All Season Tree die set.

So, thank you, Maria, for believing in me and my art.

The next card I did for her upcoming show is just a fun St. Patty's card. I decided I would send her 2 "seasonal" cards for her spring shows. For this one I used the Katie Label Pivot Card die. I gotta tell you, I love these Pivot cards. Leave it to Karen to come up with an easy-peasy way to make a 3-D interactive card. Here is me li'l bit o' Ireland card...from the outside

 And here it be, from the inside by begora! (I have no idea what that means, but it sounded Irishy). Look! There's even a pot o' gold at the end of that rainbow!!!

Well, that's all the samples for now. Now, I have to clean up my studio after Hurricane Torrey hit. Then, all next week I'm preparing for our garage sale by sorting through junk in the garage (what a novel idea). Next weekend is garage sale time...then the NEXT weekend after that is when JODI WILL BE HERE!!!

Jodi's coming out to play!!! She and I are attending a coloring retreat while she's here. Just think...an entire WEEKEND doing nothing but coloring. I know that the vast majority of the women that will be there are Copic gals...but who knows, maybe I can convert a couple to the Prismacolor Pencil side.

Who knows?

Lucy Label Pop Up Dies by Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Crafts)
All Seasons Tree Dies by Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Crafts)
Katie Label Pivot Card Dies by Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Crafts)
Edge punch (Martha Stewart)
Leprechaun image by Dulemba
Pot of gold image (public domain)
Spots and Dots embossing folder by ProvoCraft
Basket stamp (Sunday International)
Prismacolor Pencils
Patterned paper (DCWV Green Stack for balloon card)
embroidery floss


  1. Torrey, your ideas for the Hot Air Balloon and Irish Pop Ups are amazing. Just great cards.

  2. If anyone can convert someone to the Prismacolor side of the coloring world, it would be you.

    Both of your cards are beyond fantastic. I love, Love, LOVE that hot-air balloon, clouds, etc. (especially the etc.).

    I also adore your leaping leprechaun, the rainbow, and the pot of gold.

    You've made me want Karen's new dies, drat it all.

    I'm so excited for you about Jodi's visit! You're going to have such fun!!!


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