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.

December 19, 2015

Shake-it-up, Santa!

Hidy Ho Ho Ho, crafty peeps!

Well, I got all the gifts wrapped!

Yay, me!!!

But, I must admit...by the time I got to the last one...it got REALLY sloppy. Heck, by the end, I wasn't even searching for boxes that would fit. I just wrapped the gift itself, no matter how irregularly-shaped it was.

I like to call it..Free-form wrapping: Unburdened by the box!

I also got my Christmas cards out.

Jonathan and I made Christmas cards this year. It was a 5-day process.

I kid you not.

I had a rough idea of how they would look...a "basic" idea. But, you know me, as we worked on them their design kept evolving. I could NOT have done this without Jonathan's help. He's quite the sous crafter! (that's like a sous chef--only without the hat). He's pretty handy with the adhesive gun now!

I finally got to the point where I just shoved them in the envelopes and called them done.

I ordered up some really cute stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn especially for our cards this year.

Here is the outside of the cards we made. Pretty unassuming, isn't it? White on white embossing with a little cut-out character in the lower right corner and a simple stamped sentiment.

But, open it up and it's a whole other story.

Wait for it....
We made little snow-shaker ornaments! They slide out from under the ribbon so they can be hung on a tree. You can't tell, but I used my new Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens on the "Let it Snow" sentiment. They really are the EASIEST way to add sparkle to your projects.

We did the cards in one of 3 different colors: lime, turquoise, red.

We used LOTS of different embossing folders for the inside background. And each ornament is unique! No duplicates! I colored all the images with my trusty Prismacolor pencils.

 On the back of each ornament, we stamped a sentiment, added a date, and signed our names. It's all sparkly too...though you can't tell. Then, we added a little removable tag that lets everyone know they are actually ornaments that can be removed from the card.

Here are most of the ornaments hung on a little tree!

We had fun...but they took F O R E V E R to make! I'm not sure my studio is going to recover any time soon! It's Christmas craft Armageddon in here right now...like a nuclear bomb hit Santa's workshop.

We were only able to make 25 of these little gems. We didn't have time or funds to make and send more, so, I apologize if we didn't send you one this year. It doesn't mean we don't love you. Not at all! Next year, we're starting in October, so we can make them for EVERYONE!

These cards were handmade, with love, by those two folks listed above.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenge(s):


  1. oh WOW!!! those are so a cool and truly a labor of love! The amount of work for each one… gosh golly!! =) they are so fabulous though. Merry Christmas Torrey! =)

  2. Methinks Jonathan deserves a hat.

    These are completely awesome. I adore the idea of including an ornament in a card. And they're all such fantastic ornaments too! I think I'll somehow sneak my name on the list of recipients for next year. ;-)

  3. Wow! These are beautiful!! Inside and out!! They look lovely on the tree!!

    Merry Christmas!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  4. Well, mine came in the mail and I have to say.... "DANG GIRL - YOU CRAZY!!!"... no wonder it took you guys five days. These are amazing! I love it and it hangs proudly in the front and center most spot on our tree. I love you and all your craziness!


  5. Those look great! Very impressive! Thank you so much for playing the Lawnscaping Challenge!

  6. WHAT??? I am stunned - These are absolutely AMAZING!!!! I was going to ask how long it took- but just saw - forever (-: I am so impressed! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Lawnscaping! Hugs, Karin

  7. These are all so fun! And I know they must have taken a TON of time, but it was totally worth the effort. Just adorable. Thanks for playing with us at Lawnscaping!


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