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.

June 4, 2014

It's an Avalanche of Cards!!!

Hidy Ho, Crafty peeps!

So, it's kinda dusty in here, isn't it? I can honestly say I've been too busy to post.


I have been working overtime in the Labora-Torrey this spring. I completed a custom-scrapbook for a client (I'll post the layouts in a later post). And, for some reason, I've had a major influx of card making opportunities. (opportunities sounds much better than obligations). Let's see...in the last month I've had my husband's birthday, Mother's Day, my bestee's birthday, my step-dad's birthday, my anniversary, my in-law's anniversary, and graduations out the wazoo. I could have made a few more graduation cards, but honestly...I ran out of steam. So, I apologize to Danielle, Kate, and anyone else I missed. I wish you all GREAT successes in your next adventure...but this old horse needs to hole up in the barn for awhile and put down her scissors (at least for a week, then I'm on to round 2).

So...I will post ALL the cards I've made during the past few weeks (except the Mother's Day card which I've already posted) in this post. One thing you may notice is how very different they all are. How unique each one is. That's how I roll. I'm not a cookie-cutter type card maker. I tailor each to the individual it's intended for. All the styles are different because all the recipients are different.

Another thing you may notice is that most of the graduation cards don't have people in caps and gowns on them. I find those types of cards to be sort of cliche...although I did break down and make one of them in the "traditional" style. Besides, the character on the card sort of looks like Tristen (the young man I'm sending it to.)

Are you ready????

Card #1.  My husband's birthday card. 
It's one of those card-in-a-box cards. I really, really like these things. And yes, if you hold it just right...the track on the front flap of the card lines up perfectly with the one on the back of the card. 

Card #2. Jodi's birthday card.
Jodi is my bestee. But you knew that. I started it by ripping out a page from a real antique reference book...that I purchased just for this purpose. It's a technique I've been dying to try for awhile now. The paper of the pages are SUPER thin...almost like tissue paper. I printed a digital image onto one of the pages and colored it with my Prismacolor pencils. I printed the fairy onto textured cardstock and colored her up as well. I fussy cut her out and adhered her over the colored text. I really like fairies. A lot. And, I really like Jodi. A lot. So, it was a no-brainer.  And, I think it's worthy of framing. 
(hint, hint Jodi).

Card #3. Richard's birthday.
Richard is my step dad. He loves the city. And, I love this new cityscape die I just got from Memory Box. It comes in a silhouette version...but I liked the one with the windows. I made the background by sponging ink on the cardstock. I made "reflections" in the "water" using a black colored pencil and a white pen for highlights and a few stars coming out in the sky. Star light, star bright...first star I see tonight.
Card#4. Haley's Graduation
Haley is Jodi's daughter. She's my "adopted" daughter. Actually, there is no "adoption" about it. She's my daughter too as far as I'm concerned. She's a bright, shiny, determined and extremely capable young woman. She has overcome some incredibly big obstacles in the last couple of years...to the point where they didn't even phase her. She treated them like little cracks in the sidewalk...she just stepped over them and kept going. She's amazing.

For her card, I wanted to convey how very proud I am of her. So I knew I needed to create something over-the-top. Way over the top. Y'all know how I am. I love 3-dimensional, pop-up cards. I recently got this balloon die set from Docrafts (their Xcut build-a-scene balloon die set). I adore it. Enough so, that I bought one for Jodi for her birthday. Happy Birthday, Jodi.

 Following are 3 shots of the card. The photos, as usual, don't do it justice.

Fully closed
Partially open
(belly band opened)

Fully Open

Card #5. Tristen's Graduation
Tristen is Haley's significant other. He has had to grow up quickly, and I think it hasn't been easy for him. My hope for him is that he realizes how wonderful a human being he is and that his life is filled with opportunities. All he has to do is choose which ones to pursue...which path to follow. My prayer is that he will make GOOD choices.

Card#6. Tina's Graduation
I've known Tina about as long as I've known Haley. They grew up together. She's kinda like my second adopted kiddo. Tina, too, has gone through some tough times in her young life. Her latest challenges include some health issues that would totally ground the average person...but with Tina...she takes them in stride and just keeps flying. She's like the Energizer Bunny.
She has blossomed into a beautiful young woman. She has Japanese roots, and is very proud of her heritage. I wanted to honor this part of her. The origami doll on the front is a compilation of several different patterns, which I combined/altered until I got a doll that matched the vision I had in my head. I have to confess...I was REALLY tempted to make the sentiment inside read "Congraturations and Good Ruck"...but I opted not to. But I just had to confess that the ornery little imp that whispers bad ideas into my ear was present for the creating of this card.
Card #7. Wyatt's Graduation
Wyatt is my mom's cousin's daughter's son. I have no clue what type of cousin that makes us. I don't care. He's family. I am amazed at how much he looks like his grandfather (my mom's cousin). I mean, he is the spitting image of his grandpa Eddie. Wyatt is a fish. Not that he has webbed toes or gills... He has been an accomplished swimmer since...well, about since he could walk. He is a regional champion and landed a swimming scholarship to college. He'll be going to school in Colorado!!! I wanted his card to be somehow related to swimming/water, without it being a dripping wet guy in swim trunks with a graduation cap on his head. So I made it kind of nautical themed. It's close to a swimming theme, right?

Card #8. Anniversary Card
My dear hubby and I just celebrated our 3rd anniversary. I know that's not very long in the grand scheme of things, but it still amazes me how fast 3 years has flown by. The heart puzzle, puzzle piece, and floating hearts are adhered with foam spacers for added dimension. The inside is filled with mushy stuff. 

What's written inside the card...stays inside the card. amiright?

So that about wraps up my card-making Lolapalooza. I still have 1 anniversary, 3 birthday, and 3 Father's Day cards to come up with in the next couple of weeks. More posting later!

And, I'm not posting any of the supplies I used. If you REALLY want to know what supply I used, just ask me in the comments. I'll be happy to tell you.


  1. Gorgeous cards, Torrey! i love fairies too and especially that wonderful image! Where did you find it? I'm sure everyone was thrilled with your cards for them!

    1. Thank you, Susan! The fairy image I snagged from fairycoloringpages.blogspot.com Other than that, I don't have a credit for it. I know....I'm bad.

    2. Wow, I have no idea why it added all those spaces between the words.

  2. You have been busy!!! Way cool cards. =)

  3. Torrey, you have been one busy Angel!! I absolutely love the anniversary card you made for your hubby & the hedgehog stamps! I'm finding myself really drawn to those cute little critters. Where did they come from? Wonderful work, as always, and congratulations on 3 years of wedded bliss!! (((Hugs)))

    1. Thank you, Kim! The hedgehogs are from a Penny Black set called "Piece of my heart".

  4. Wow. All the cards are absolutely wonderful. My favorite is Jodi's, so ask her to send it to me. She can keep the inside mushy part. I just want the outside beautimous fairy on colored text paper.


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