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.

July 20, 2015

How Sweet It Is

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

Welcome to another edition of "House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge"!

The challenge this time 'round is titled "House Mouse and a Friend". As I understand it, we're allowed to use ANY friend (as long as at least ONE of the images is either a Gruffies, Happy Hopper, or House Mouse). AND, as always, if you'd rather just do your own thing...Anything Goes is ALWAYS an option!

I put on my "creative" hat and went deep into the Labora-Torrey for this one.

The image on this card is basically a Frankenstein's monster.

I know it's more than a little early for Halloween, AND I know what you're thinking...
 "But Torrey...it isn't green and it doesn't have bolts coming out of the side of its neck."

This is true.

But I combined parts of several stamps to create this image.

The base is the Gruffies stamp "Bit of Honey". One of the mice is from the House Mouse stamp "School Supplies". The other 2 mice are from the Triple CD. A wave of my magic wand and SHAZZAM! They all came together to form a "new" image that I call "Sweet Friends".  I would tell you how I made my Frankenstein image...but I can't.

It's a Labora-Torrey trade secret.

I took an oath.

I colored it all up with my trusty Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment on the card is another Frankenstein's monster. I cut apart various words from the "Holiday Wishes" word dies and pieced them together to form the words I actually wanted, since words like "seasons" and "winter greetings" just didn't seem to work.

So, just sit back, scratch your head, and enjoy this week's offering! And, while you're at it, go over to House Mouse and Friends and enter your own creation for a chance to win FaBuLoUs prizes!!! 
Looks like that "stamp" was always that way, doesn't it?

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Gruffies and Guests #19 Lazy Days

Supplies used:
House Mouse stamps and images
Hex background die (Papertrey Ink)
Loopy frame die (Spellbinders)
Frosted gems (Spotted Canary)
Ribbon (Creative Impressions)
Holiday Words dies (Sizzix by Tim Holtz)
Kraft cardstock
Distress Ink (Ranger)
Patterned paper
Prismacolor Pencils

Thanks, as always, for venturing out to Left Field to visit me! I love getting visitors!


  1. Gorgeous card Torrey :-) I love how you combined the super cute images, clever girl, and your colouring is awesome! love the honeycomb hexagons and all the details too :-)

    Lols x x x
    p.s as long as one image is a house mouse, happy hopper or a gruffie, the friend can be any other image, even a Magnolia Tilda ;-)

    1. Thank you, Lorraine! I amended my post to clarify that!

  2. hee hee hee ... I don't know which I enjoyed more, your card or your description of it ...lol. It's a fabulous creation and we're so thrilled to have you as a Guest Designer! (Perhaps someday you can sneak me in for a tour of this amazing Labora-Torrey ...lol. I promise, what happens in the Labora-Torrey will stay in the Labora-Torrey. :D )

    Snoopy :D

  3. A stunning card Torrey, a super design with fabulous colours and die -cut background.........your beautifully coloured cute Gruffie is adorable and super little honey lovers friends - all wonderfully arranged!!
    It fabulous to have you as GD this month!!

    Heather xx

  4. Awesome combo of colors, textures and friends. Beautifully colored up and honeycomb background looks great.

  5. You're on fire - love this!!!!! and you!

  6. Torrey I really do enjoy your super cute card, so wery creative, glad you are joining us as a GDT,
    hugs Dorte

  7. Fabulous card! thank you for joining us at Gruffies & Guests hope you will join us again and good luck
    Shaz DT x

  8. Torrey, what a gorgeous card you have made here. It fits our challenge this month at Gruffies and Guests of “anything goes with the option of lazy days”. Love that Gruffies character you have used. Thanks for taking part and good luck. Best wishes, Kym (Gruffies and Guests Challenge Design Team Member)

  9. Adorable image and card! Thank you for sharing with us at Gruffies & Guests Challenge.

  10. This Card is just gorgeous! I love the little mice and the colouring ist just amazing! Thank you very much for joining us at Gruffies & Guests Challenge.
    Silvia DT

  11. another gorgeous card and I love that hexagon die and how you have used it too!
    hugs me x


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