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.

March 28, 2016

A Stampendous Hop!

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

Today is a momentous day in crafting for all you House Mouse fans! Today House Mouse and Friends is teaming up with the talented crew at Stampendous along with their partners -- Woodware Crafts and the Stencil Specialists!

"Why?", you ask.

Why not!!

But, for those of you who are interested, here is the history.

In July 2013 Stampendous was proud and excited to become the official rubber stamp licensee of House-Mouse Designs®. Since that time they’ve released over 235 House-Mouse, HappyHoppers, and Gruffies images as wood-mounted or cling-back rubber stamps. In January of 2015, they added the Dreamweaver Stencils company to their family, and they’ve been thrilled to release their stencils to their customers as well. Now, they’d like to have some fun combining all their new friends, and have invited us here at House Mouse and Friends to join in the fun!


You are NOT automatically entered to win simply by commenting on the blog posts as in some blog hops (although you DO have to comment). You MUST create a project and link it to the Linky Tool on the HMFMC website found HERE. For Instructions how to do this, see below (at the end of this post).

THEME: House Mouse and Stencils
We’re celebrating stencils, and using them with our House-Mouse Designs® images. We’re going to bring you tons of inspiration over the next two weeks, and we can’t wait to see what you enter into the challenge! You may use ANY House-Mouse Designs® images or characters on your project, and any stencils and stenciling techniques that you like. There is never any purchase necessary to enter. 

And, of course, as always on the HMFMC, “ANYTHING GOES” is always an entry option. 

Link your entry to the linky tool by the end of Friday, April 8, 2016 (11:59 pm in your own time zone). 
There are prizes!! Three entries, chosen at random, will win 1-HMD Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp, 1–Large Dreamweaver Stencils Background Stencil, and 1–Jar of Embossing Paste.  This contest is open to everyone!! 

We are also very happy and proud to be welcoming back our 2nd AWESOME sponsor
the Official Mousey Family, House-Mouse Designs(R)

HMD is also Offering another Lucky player a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at House-Mouse Designs(R)!

So, make a project and be sure to hop around to each designer’s blog and leave a sweet “eek” of delight at their inspiration! They’ve worked hard to create something you’ll love! Please give them some love right back! Here are the links to the Sponsor’s blogs and our designers playing today: (If a blog isn’t live when you visit, they might still be sleeping! Please, check back  in a few hours!)

Here are links to each site's blog-hop! Be sure to check them all out!

Now, on to my project for this AWESOME hop!

I made a gate-fold card that tells a little story as you open it up. It's sort of an inspirational story of creativity!

My story begins with little Mudpie looking quite distraught. It appears he's made some type of... mistake. But how could that be? Certainly Mudpie knows there are no mistakes in art.

AH! Now we see why he's upset! In his exuberance, it seems as though he painted Muzzy's poor tail green! Uh oh! Let's open the card up to reveal what is really going on!
 It's a reminder to all of us artists (big, small, fuzzy, or not at all) that there are NO mistakes in art...there are merely "Flopportunities"! 

Now for the 411 on how I made this card!
  • This was the first time I've worked with embossing paste with stencils. I will admit, it took me a few tries to get the technique down to where I wasn't making a horendous mess everywhere...but only a few tries.  I squeegeed the paste onto black cardstock for my first 2 attempts. Then, I got brave and stenciled onto transparency film. I was surprised that it was actually much easier going onto the transparency than the paper. It produced a much cleaner stencil. Surprise, surprise! 
  • I was working with pearl white embossing paste, which left me with the freedom (and challenge) of adding color to it. I've read about several methods of adding coloring mediums to wet paste, but I decided to let mine dry in its natural pearly-white state and THEN add color. 
  • I experimented with several different methods...alcohol ink, alcohol markers, Sharpies, Twinkling H20 paint, Pearl-X powders...they all worked, but some were messy, some were too dark, some too light. 
  • I finally pulled out my Crafter's Companion Spectrum Aqua markers (watercolor markers) and tried those. THEY WORKED GREAT. Not too light, not too dark, translucent coverage, easy and clean to work with, and permanent when dry.
  • I didn't want to waste my early efforts on the black cardstock, so I cut them to size and mounted them behind the die-cut panels on the front flaps of the card. I love how the color is just peeking through the die cut here and there, plus, it hides the inside of the card! The inside background of the card is the transparency film I stenciled onto...I cut it to size and mounted it with foam tape so that it's slightly elevated off the background.
  • For the final touch, I added the stamped image (which I fussy-cut and separated). I colored my image with colored pencils. The sentiment is hand-written and cut out of cardstock that has been washed with color from the Spectrum Aqua markers.
Stampendous supplies used:
Other supplies used:
  • Dies: Diorama Gate Fold (Sizzix Thinlits Plus)
  • Spectrum Aqua pens (Crafter's Companion)
  • Prismacolor colored pencils 
I am the caboose of this section of the hop, so you should have already visited all the other DT member's blogs. But if not, here is a list of all our Mousey DT, so you can hop on over to see their fabulous makes!! Just click on their names to be whisked away to their blog!
  1. Comment on DT's posts and Create something fun and a little bit wonderful. It’s not a talent show, winners are randomly selected. Use an HMD image PLUS a stencil on your work (or choose “anything goes”). It doesn’t have to be a card, it can be any kind of project. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
  2. Post your creation online. You can post it anywhere that will give it a unique URL (internet address). Most folks have a blog, but you can post on Flickr, or PhotoBucket, sites like Split Coast Stampers, or even on your Google+ account. (ps…creating a blog is free! What are you waiting for?)
  3. Get the URL for the specific post that contains your project – click on the title of your post, copy the URL from your browser’s title bar, click on the inLinkz picture on the HMFMC post, paste your URL into the tool. Add your name and email address and voila, you’re entered!

You’ll need to COMMENT AND ENTER a PROJECT into the Challenge. So get ready to be inspired and you Hop along. You'll get one entry for each comment you leave on a post at HMFMC Blog, HMFMC Team member’s blog, Stampendous blog, and/or Stampendous Team member’s blogs.  (please, only one comment per post, per person)  
There will be 3 WINNERS, yes 3, for THREE Lucky players! 
 Each will win a stencil, a jar of paste and an House-Mouse Designs stamp. Open to everyone with the understanding that international winners may have to pay customs duties and fees to collect their prize.

WOW! How FUN is that??  Don't MISS OUT!  Be sure to play to win!


  1. WOWZERS - what a fabulous way to showcase and use that stencil with your super perfectly colored mouseys! This is so much fun! LOVE all that work. LOVE the fun bright colors. LOVE the way it turned out. GREAT work Teamie.

  2. Torrey this is fantasic and colourful card, great job
    Gr Karin

  3. Awww Torrey this is such an interesting way to use the Stencil MORE inspiration for my MW creation..lol the colours just pop on your balck card stock..fab work teamie.

    smiles mousey sister Christine x

  4. WOW!!!! You know I think I have to say that this just might be my favorite card!!! It is so adorable, fun, and all those colors. Just make for the most perfect WOW card!!!

  5. Hey there Torrey!! Wow this is so FUN and FABULOUS...I love all the paint splatters...beautifully done!! Have a great day Torrey!
    Mousey hugs,

  6. Oh Torrey...you are the master storyteller! Love that green tail...super cute and certainly cherished by someone that knows the true story! Great creation! ♥ Sue Kment

  7. haha, aww this is absolutely fabulous! I love the whole arty design of this, GORGEOUS :-)

    Lols x x x

  8. What a fab and super fun card it made me smile as I read your post thanks for sharing and your inspiration too.

  9. What a wonderful and fun card! Love the bright colors that pop against the black! Great job!

  10. Oh My GOSH, this is awesome! Love love love the unfolding story with just one HM stamp and Dreamweaver stencil. Your sentiments are perfect with it, too! Thank you for sharing your House-Mouse and Dreamweaver Stencil project with us.

  11. Hi Torrey, WOW! This card made me laugh and smile, its lovely, I love the little story behind the card, totally different to anything ive seen before with HM stamps. Love it.

  12. I just love to visit you Torrey :)
    And your card is F&F (Funny and Fab). Thanks for the laugh.
    hugs Dorte

  13. What a fun card! I can't wait to try this technique, too. :)

  14. Torrey, I'm late to the party of commenting, some "stuff" going on here too.
    What a fabulous card. Love those neon colors on the black and the little ooopps on the inside and the look on the little mouses face. Really fun card and take on this challenge with Stampendous!


  15. OH MY GOSH! This is sooooo PERFECT!!!! Love what you did with the whole design..and those mice are having a GREAT time! :)

  16. Adorable images and card! Love the splats!

  17. Love how your card folds open with al those bright colours!

  18. Fabulous card! Love all the bright colours against the black!
    Helen x

  19. Such a fun, colourful card. Love your whole design! x

  20. Great fun card and its awesome with the bright colours against the black too! very clever!
    hugs me xx

  21. Funny card with all the kind of colours and paintingshapes. I love that little mouse that giggle...so funny what is happend...Great!
    kind regards, Dora

  22. What a colourfull card you made, it makes my happy especially your sentiment, it's a true word.

    xx Yvonne

  23. I am catching up on all the fabulous cards in the hop this evening. I didn't want to miss out!!!
    Your card is just the cutest thing with the little HM whose tail got into the paint. Adorable!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  24. Hola! I've been following your website for a while now and
    finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas
    Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the excellent job!

  25. Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers
    and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!


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