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.

June 1, 2016

Simon Says Stamp!

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!
Simon Says Stamp

A few months ago, I was asked to be a guest designer for Simon Says Stamps for the month of June. What an honor!!! And what do you know...it's JUNE! So, here is my first project for the brandy new challenge over at their challenge blog. Just click on the banner just below to be whisked away to their blog.

Today marks the start of their new challenge! The theme for this week's challenge is:
"Mask It" 
They are featuring products from Altenew! So hurry on over to their blog for your chance at winning this fabulous $50 gift certificate prize!!
Without further ado...here is my project!! 

I must admit, when I first learned about this theme, I immediately had images of cards wearing domino masks...you know...masquerade masks. And I thought, "What kind of a challenge is this??? You won't be able to see the card if it has a mask on it." But, I decided "Who am I to judge?"...and slapped a mask on my card.

Ta Da! (just kidding)
Sometimes my brain gets very literal.  It's just scary when that happens. 

I searched and searched through my stencils and masks and just wasn't inspired by any of them...so I decided to make my own mask using diecuts! I forget sometimes that diecuts can be so much more than mere embellishments!

Sadly, I don't have any Altenew products...yet. So, for this challenge I used one of my favorite Mo Manning stamps by Penny Black--Fan's Cricket. I gently colored her up with my Prismacolor pencils. Then...I used a couple of diecuts as stencils and dabbed ink through them (with a sponge dauber) both around the image, and then on the background paper of the card front itself! I love the way it turned out. It's a great way to customize plain-Jane paper.

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Thank you for venturing out here to Left Field! Be sure to check back every Wednesday in June for new projects for Simon Says Stamps!!


  1. Gorgeous card Torrey, Fanny is adorable and your colouring is fabulous! I love that you made your own stencil to use as a mask for the background too, the whole design is brilliant :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. I have that "literal" gene, too, Torrey! I love your masking! I'm looking forward to your cards for the rest of the month!

  3. Your design are amazingly detailed and intricate! This is quite a masterpiece! Your DIY background is gorgeous! So glad that you join the SSS Wednesday Challenge as a guest designer this month!

  4. Wow--I can't believe how many layers and details you included on your card. When I try to do that mine always look like a mess. How did you make yours look so pulled together?!! Love it.

  5. Gorgeous card, Torrey! Love your coloring!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. Wow - beautiful card! I need to make better use of my own die-cuts - what you did with the background is fantastic!

  7. OK - First - she is adorable and colored to perfection. Next your stenciling really adds so much interest and depth to this gorgeous pink paper. NEXT - YOU ARE HILARIOUS with the MASK!! hahaha... love your sense of humor. Thank you for all the great laughter you bring to this crafty world. LOVE YOU WOMAN!


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