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.

August 17, 2013

To Twine or Not To Twine

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

I actually decided to make a card for an online card challenge. I realized it's been WAY too long since I've created something SPECIFICALLY for a challenge--as either a participant or DT member...usually, I create something for a DT, then I go find a challenge to enter.

But this time, I actually created a card for an existing challenge!

I picked Craft Your Passion (CYP for short). Over at CYP the current challenge is: 

"Don't Get Your Twine in a Tangle"
 ...which means...use twine or string on a project. 

There is also a side challenge (if you will)...to do something more "inventive" with said twine...other than just tying a bow or wrapping it around a card like ribbon (at least this is what I think it means).

So, I channeled my 1970s self and whipped up a macrame lace border out of twine. I used to do macrame a LOT (so did everyone else). I think it's time that it made a comeback, don't you???

The pattern I used is called "Bush Bar". It's super easy to do and looks really pretty --like jute lace-- when you leave it loose. Before you ask...the instructions are HERE . Aren't I nice??? Just nod your head and say "yes".

I also used twine to make a bird's nest embellishment. Just wove a bunch of different twine pieces and hot-glued them onto a cardstock circle. The "eggs" are dyed freshwater pearls. I also use twine to string the wooden letters (although that really isn't innovative). I could have kept adding little bits of ephemera...but I stopped after the art mannequin, so as not to overcrowd an already-busy card....But I could have added a LOT more "stuff".

I'd like to enter this card in these challenges too!
Bird stamp - Stampendous
Mannequin digi stamp - my own design
Patterned Paper - Basic Grey
Vintage doily die - Quickkutz
Deckle Oval die - Spellbinders
Prismacolor colored pencils
Distress Ink - Ranger
wooden letter tags (REALLY old from my stash)
twine (REALLY old...from the 1970s)
cardstock - Kraft, ocean, brown
freshwater pearls


  1. What a lovely card and such a great use of twine, hope to see you next time too, thanks for joining us over at Craft Your Passion ~ Denise DT xx

  2. This card is fantastic. Your use of twine is sensational! Your border and nest are perfect for the Craft Your Passion "Don't get your twine in a tangle" challenge. Great Job! Hope to see more of your creations at our next challenge.

    DT for Craft Your Passion Challenges

  3. I am so very impressed with the several interesting and creative ways you used your twine! Beautiful! Love the bird and the nest! Great details- especially the eggs!!! Thanks for joining us at Drunken Stampers this week!

  4. What a really super project Torrey, thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  5. WOW! What a gorgeous creation!! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Crafty Sentiments. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxx

  6. Wow, Torrey! I have missed you! Glad you are back doing challenges - Love your style! - Thank you for sharing your project in the “Don't Get Your Twine in a Tangle ” Challenge!
    Design Team - Craft Your Passion
    RubberMAD at GettyCollection.com

  7. A wonderful creation:)
    Loving the colours, design and attention to details!

  8. What a fabulous creation! Love your macrame border too! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments - good luck! Susan x

  9. Oh my goodness, those are such cool and creative ways to use twine. I would never in a million years thought of adding a macrame edge and the nest is so cute. The little hello bunting is fun. Love the image and those lacy circles. Such a great contrast with the rough jute. Glad you thought of us at Craft Your Passion this week.

  10. Such a beautiful card! Love the little twine birdsnest! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  11. Torrey this is fantastic !! Love evrything !! I use to do alot of macrame as you did, but what a great idea to use it as a border !! thanks so much for joining us this week at Crafty Sentiments Designs !!

    hugs Diane xx

  12. Fabulous - I love it! Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.
    Mandy x (PPCC DT)

  13. Holy Crow Torrey! Your card is fabulous! Love that macrame border, the birds nest, everything! Thanks for playing along with the Drunken Stampers Twine challenge!

  14. I did manage to skip the whole macrame craze... but love how you've used it on your card! And the bird's nest is so inspired, too. Thanks for joining us at Drunken Stampers this week! (And my twine is constantly tangled...) :P

  15. Your card is fabulous! I love everything you have going on from the weaving to the wood mannequin! Thanks for joining us at Drunken Stampers!

  16. So Beautiful! Love the design! Thank you for sharing with us at Card Crafter's Circle!

  17. Lovely lovely!!
    Thanks for playing along with the Drunken Stampers this week for the twine challenge!

  18. Now that is a unique way to use twine! And you know, it really IS time macrame made a comeback. I am in love with the detailed nest! Thanks so much for coming to play with the Drunken *hiccup* Stampers this week :)

  19. I love your amazing card! I am your newest follower.

    (Smiling) I am an RN too and I sure wish I could put my stethascope away and do art..... Soon..... Very soon! :D

    Thank you for joining us at Totally Gorjuss for our challenge!
    Marie XX

  20. Oh My Goodness... YOU WON! Congratulations! YOU are the Life of the Party at the Drunkne Stampers Lounge! GREAT CARD ... I loved how you made lace out of twine!

  21. Hey girl! Just wanted to let you know that you have been crowned the Life Of The Party at Drunken Stampers for the Twine challenge! Your card is phenomenal!! Love that border and the nest! OMG!! Awesome!

  22. WOO HOO!!! I'm the life of the party!!! Now, where'd I put that lampshade! Thank you!

  23. Congrats on Being the Life of the Party! Your card is exceptional! We are so glad you joined us at Drunken Stamper! Thanks for the "Bush Bar" instructions...oooh it's a bar.perfect again! Keep on joining our challenges at Drunken Stampers!!!

  24. Congrats on being the Life of the Party! Thanks for joining us at the Drunken Stampers!

  25. Hi Torrey, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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