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.

October 26, 2015

White Out

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

It's Monday! That means it's time for a new challenge at
House Mouse and Friends
This week Miss America has set the theme. It's a challenging one...
especially for a colorist like me.
She has tasked us with
as the theme. This means that only your image may be colored. The rest of your project is to be nothing but pristine, clean, snow-driven white.  So scurry on over to House Mouse and Friends and play with us for your chance to win!

There are fabulous prizes to be had from our sponsors!

Our lovelyTeamie America
is donating a FaBuLoUs mousey prize package!

 Now...as for our "All White" theme...

Lying in bed the other night, I had myself a little brainstorming session (with the aid of my dear husband) as to what might fit the WHITE theme. Some of our ideas were viable. Some of them were TOTALLY off-the-wall. 

Here's what we came up with:
  • Snow/ice
  • Winter
  • Paint
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Underwear (think tighty whities)
  • Socks
  • Laboratory (I almost chose this one)
  • Bathroom
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Heaven
  • Cotton
  • Clouds 
  • Feathers
  • Pearls
  • Igloo
  • Kleenex
  • Antarctica
  • Lace
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Marshmallows 
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Vanilla cake
...as you can see, toward the end there, I must have been hungry.

I figured almost everyone would be doing their take on winter/snow/ice...which makes sense, given the time of year. But, you know me...I gotta be different.

I ultimately decided to combine SOAP with BATHROOM. So, here's MY take on ALL WHITE.
Squeaky Clean

Now, technically, it's not "all" white...but it does give the IMPRESSION of total whiteness. I did sneak in a teensy weensy bit of color to make the bubbles look more...bubbly. And, I used the palest of greys to highlight the bubbles, wall tiles, beaded molding and the soap. 

To make the "faux" tiled background, I scored a piece of white cardstock to create a sort of diamond pattern. Then I gently colored the bottom corner and tapering up the sides of each tile with Prismacolor pencil PC1059 (10% Cool Grey). For the "beaded" molding, I took a strip of white cardstock, drew circles across it with that same light grey pencil, and added a little trompe-l'oeil shading to make it look more dimensional.

I chose mice from several different digi stamps (sort of like I did on my "In the Pink" bra card).  I even found an image of soap that I thought worked perfectly.  I colored it all with my Prismacolor pencils.

After I colored my meece...I cut them all out in circles, then cut out extra cardstock circles for bubbles in various sizes. I colored the outer part of each bubble with that same light grey pencil, blended it toward the middle with OMS, and then I coated each "bubble" and the soap with clear lacquer to make 'em shiny.

Totally white? 

Well, technically, grey isn't a color--it's a shade. But, pink and turquoise are definitely colors...so yeah, I cheated.

BUT...does it come across as TOTALLY WHITE? 

Yeah, I think it does.

Thank you, as always, for journeying out here to Left Field.



  1. It's adorable! Love the bathroom scene you created and the sweet mice in the bubbles are awesome.
    Great take on the challenge!


  2. LOL Torrey you are a one with your lists..love it girl..& the amazing take on the White chall theme..how creative with the bathroom tiling & images in bubbles..stupendous teamie..lol

    smiles Christine xx

    ps YES this one really had me smiling..lol

    1. I figure my "lists" serve two purposes...1) Jumpstart people with some ideas...and 2) Provide a brief glimpse into what goes on inside my head (which is sometimes pretty scary).

  3. So adorable - I love the movement you created in the layout and of course your coloring is divine sista. Can't wait to see you and share some of your mojo! Soonnnnn....

    1. I'm packing my mojo (in my carry-on so it doesn't get lost)!

  4. Love your post, love your ideas (LOL), love your card, Torrey, awesome!
    Dorte xx

  5. This is a wonderful scene! I love the way you incorporate different images.

  6. Such a fun take Torrey and very clever !!

    hugs Diane xx


Thank you for taking the time to comment! It is always wonderful to get virtual pats on the back!! I truly appreciate every comment...they are little bits of love.