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.

September 21, 2015

Painting Smiles

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

I'm here today to throw my proverbial hat into the ring for a chance to become a full-fledged member of the House Mouse and Friends design team. The current challenge over at House Mouse et al  is a BINGO challenge. You know the kind where you're given a grid of 9 things and you have to use 3 in a row of said things...either vertical, horizontal, or if you're feeling crazy--diagonal. Here is the BINGO board for this challenge.

Since this challenge is for their design team, AND since I'm totally insane, I decided to pull out all the stops and do a BLACKOUT BINGO--where I use EVERYTHING on the board.

That's a lot of stuff for one little card.

I was worried that by attempting to do a BLACKOUT that my card would end up a total junk heap and the image would get buried like the basement of a 4-story house in a 7.8 earthquake.

Wow, that was kind of an insensitive thing to say considering there was recently a huge earthquake in Chile. I apologize to anyone who was impacted by that disaster.

Here is the card I am entering as my proverbial hat-in-the-ring. I colored up my image with

(wait for it)

Prismacolor pencils...(no surprise).


Copic markers (big surprise).

Before you get too excited about me using Copics...I only used the Copics to create the soft mottled blue background. It was WAY easier than trying to do it with pencils. I created the little "pansy" embellishments to coordinate with the image using a very old punch I had stashed away. And (to preserve Jodi's sanity) I tied all my buttons with twine. It's hard to tell, but the buttons and Bakers Twine are purple...to echo the paint that our little mousy friend is using to paint the smiles on the pansies.

Ok, let's see if I got everything for the BLACKOUT on there...
  • Buttons (check)
  • Ribbon (check)
  • Bakers twine (check)
  • Orange color (check)
  • Yellow color (check)
  • Green color (check)
  • Pearls/Gems (check)
  • Flowers/Leaves (check) - punch by All Night Media
  • Use an Embossing Folder (check) - Chevron folder by Magenta
And whadya know...it doesn't look like a cluttered hot mess! BONUS! I somehow managed to keep the design rather clean looking...almost graphic...that surprised me! (because, as most of you know, I have NO IDEA how most of my projects are gonna turn out. They just sort of...evolve)

So, with this card, I formally submit my application to become an esteemed member of the House Mouse and Friends Design Team.

I would also like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Thank you, as always, for coming out to visit me in Left Field.


  1. Hi there Torrey!! A HUGE WOW came out of my mouth when I saw this...your colouring is so realistic I thought that I could reach right out and touch this sweetie while hoping that I didn't get paint on my hands...lol!! Beautifully done...thank you for sharing another fabulous card with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge!
    Take care,

  2. Fabulous card ! we would love for you to join us over at http://gruffiesandguests.blogspot.co.uk
    Shaz x

    1. Thank you, Shaz! I just entered over at Gruffies too!

    2. Adorable card; love the vibrant colors you used. Thank you for sharing with us at Gruffies & Guests Challenge.

  3. They would be fools to let a talent like yours away! House Mouse, hear my plea!!! Don't be fools!!!! Grab this talent and never let her go! <3

    1. LOL. Jodi, dear...they're gonna think I bribed you or something. Silly woman. <3

    2. Don't know what you're talking about... (chocolate should be dark)

  4. Fab colourful card, thanks for joining in the fun over at Gruffies & Guests, good luck in the challenge, Anne-Marie DT x

  5. Your card is gorgeous and thank you for joining in our challenge at Gruffies and Guest "Make it Fruity” with the option of “Anything Goes” good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

  6. Fabulous card, Torrey!

    Snoopy :D

  7. Torrey, Congrats on the FULL HOUSE. Card is wonderful, bright, fun and coloring is awesome. Love all your embellishments too, Thanks for sharing your card, and joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


  8. Your colouring is awesome and I love the many details on your card!!!! Happy crafting, Maike

  9. Cute card, thanks for sharing at Crafting for all Seasons!

  10. Oh Lori how super cute is this fab creation love the vibrant colours goes so well with this sweet image, love all the detailed layering think you cracked the FULL HOUSE great take on the BINGO chall..

    Thanks for sharing with us on our Bingo chall this wk.@ House Mouse & friends Mon. chall... good luck with the DT call..

    smiles Christine DT xx

  11. Hi Torrey! You are hilarious and I can always count on a good fun and super creative post when I visit you. I love what you've done with the grid here! Fabulous take on that with your choices. Thank you for always playing along with us at HMFMC House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. You are very talented and we adore your Mousey work. Good luck with the DT call. :)

  12. Fabulous card and thank you for joining in our challenge at Gruffies and Guest "Make it Fruity” with the option of “Anything Goes” good luck and hope to see you again.
    Hugs Shaz x

  13. Congratulations Sugar - I can certainly see why you are the latest DT -- you definitely have a ton of Southern Lady talent!! I love your creation - absolutely smashing. I only wish I could follow you via email. I will have to look into the methods that you offer. Looks to me like you have a delightful blog and once again congratulations!
    Sandy xx

  14. Fabulous and adorable card with such a sweet image, beautifully designed and embellished. Thank you for joining our 'it takes two' challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges and please come back again for the brand new one.
    Anna xxx


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