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 25, 2015

Kraft Cheese Birthday

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

I'm here with yet ANOTHER installment in my card making Lolapalooza!!

I recently reconnected with my college roommate, Mary. Talking to her on the phone brought me IMMEDIATELY back to those "good old days" of nursing school. And, they were VERY good days. Largely in part due to my dear friends Mary, Joanne, Gloria, and Therese.

Well, I remembered that Mary's birthday is at the end of May. (Am I good or what?) So, I figured I would send her a card.

And, as luck would have it, it just happens to be...ANOTHER HOUSE MOUSE CARD!!!

Can you stand it? Maybe I should think about joining their design team.

Some of you might ask, "Torrey, how do you get your inspiration for these cards?". Well, it's like this... I was eating a lunch (prepared for me by my DH) of one of my childhood favorites-- Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. That's when it hit me...Kraft....Cheese....which led to Kraft paper with a cheese theme.

Yeah. My mind works like that. Scary isn't it?

For her card, I decided to use Kraft cardstock, both for the card and for the images and sentiments. I love using colored pencils on Kraft. They can be very subtle...or they can cover everything underneath like a drag queen's makeup.

That is ONE THING Copics can't do.

Neener neener neener!

I used the "Say Cheese", and the "Cheesy Gift" stamps by House Mouse. I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils, then paper-toled (decoupaged) the main one into several layers to give it depth and dimension. I keep wondering what it would be like to use those pre-printed color image decoupage sheets where all you have to do is cut the images out...

Then, I think, "NAH!" It's more fun to do it myself. That way I get the colors I want. There are 4 layers on the camera, and then the mouse is its own layer. I made the title by hand.
Who knew I could draw cheese?

Here is a detail shot of the coloring:
(Prismacolor Pencils on Kraft cardstock)

And, here is the INSIDE of the card.

The colors are a bit wonky because I kept having issues with my flash reflecting off the waxy surface of the colored pencils. You can't even tell the images are on Kraft paper, can you? Oh, and forgive the cheesy sentiment. I just couldn't help myself. I'm a pun-Muenster...what can I say?

And, I'd like to enter this in the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge

Thanks, as always, for venturing out to Left Field!


  1. Goodness Torrey you are hilarious and super talented. Love your Mousey work and fab coloring. The paper tole dimension you've achieved on the awesome camera and Mousey is fab. Fun embellies and use of Kraft. Great job on the sentiment drawing too! You are on a roll and we hope it continues. oh Your College Nursing Friend will love this adorable HOUSE-MOUSE card too! Thanks for entering our HMFMC CHallenges. Cant wait to see what you will create next.

  2. Torrey, besides creating this adorable card, you are one funny story teller! Enjoyed the read. What a wonderful card, your long time friend is going to love it. Gorgeous coloring, and so much to look at and enjoy. Love your cheese too. Thanks for sharing and joining the fun at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


  3. What a fabulous read Torrey!! And your colouring...WOW!!!! Absolutely GORGEOUS card...your friend Mary will treasure it always and if she's doesn't...my address is...just kidding I'm sure that she won't give it up for anything!! Thanks for playing along with us at House Mouse and Friends and for the entertainment...hope to see you again next challenge!!
    Take care,

  4. This is just a fabulous card. Your coloring is incredible. I have to say, I love the way your mind works. Your friend is going to love this. Thank you for joining us at HMFMC. Keep coming back!!

  5. Absolutely adorable, Torrey and who wouldn't want to get a House Mouse card for their birthday. Love the "cheezy" sentiment too. :D ​Thanks for joining us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. Hope to see you again on the next challenge!

    Hugs,Snoopy :D​

  6. Another adorable card Torrey, just a gorgeous design and colour scheme............fabulous elements and a beautifully coloured cute image. You've managed photographing it beautifully in spite of difficulty!!!

    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for playing along with House Mouse & Friends Challenge.

  7. A fabulous card, such a brilliant image and fun sentiment.
    Thank you for joining us at the House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.
    I'm having a little giveaway on my blog if you would like to take a look - http://craftingwithcotnob.blogspot.co.uk/

  8. Another gorgeous card Torrey, the image and whole design of this is absolutely fabulous ! love the colours and how you finished the inside too, very clever and super adorable :-)

    thanks for joining us on the House Mouse and Friends Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x


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