Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ocean Seagull Card for OWH - Featured Digi Sketch

Over a month ago I began chatting with a delightful lady known here in blogland as Nana Connie.   Her blog is Grammy's Attic.  If you are familiar with the Operation Write Home project, you will probably have run into her from time to time.  As we got talking she mentioned that she would be doing a featured card for the Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown at the end of July, and that the theme would be WATER.  I offered to do a digital sketch especially for her to use, and when I found out she loves SEAGULLS, this is what I came up with for her:


(I plan to post Connie's Seagull next Monday with the regular digital sketches)... but if you choose to save it from this post, please follow my simple Terms of Use ... thank you. :)

So now that it's official and Connie's lovely card is up and shining on the OWH page (she was very clever with her paper piecing of the image--really wonderful idea)....
I decided to play along too with the same image.
  Anyway, how could I not? ;)
Here is my card:


I'm also entering in the following:




And the following color variation for the Just Add Ink #78 challenge:





Materials Used on these Cards:
Cardstock {Papertrey Ink, DCWV}
Hand-drawn digital image {Kathryn Ritter}
Ink{Ranger}
Watercolors {Grumbacher}
Epoxy Sentiment Sticker {Fiskars}
Brads {Spare Parts by The Paper Studio}


Thank you so much to Connie for featuring my sketch in her card art, and many thanks to all of you for visiting!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Free Digi Sketch: Whooper's Swan

Good morning friends! It's Monday and I have another Digi Sketch to share with you today!

This sketch is of a Whooper's Swan in some water.  Swans are so graceful about all they do that they make nice sketching subjects.  I hope you enjoy this image; it would work especially well for a wedding card, I think.  But it's up to you how you use it :)


File is in .jpg format

You are welcome to use these sketches for your projects, but all I ask is that
1) You do not try to pass off my artwork as your own and
2) Please link back to me on your posts or projects. Images are still copyright to me, Kathryn Ritter. 
3) I would love to see your projects as well; please come back and link them up so that we can all see YOUR work! :)

Also, when you are telling others about my free sketches, please use the watermarked image below for display and provide a link back to the main Digi Sketch page--THANK YOU!


 
As I add more sketches to the collection, you'll be able to find them using the tab at the top of the page. I hope you will keep checking back or follow so you won't miss any new sketches as I make them available. My goal is to share with my fellow crafters so the more the merrier! :)
Have a great day!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Free Digi Sketch: Baby Teddy Bear with Bottle


Good morning friends! It's Monday and I have another few Digi Sketches to share with you today!

I had some fun colorizing this one too, so if you have a color printer you can save yourself some time on your project. :)

This sketch is of a baby teddy bear bear with a bottle.

(Click to view images full size)

Next are a number of colorized versions.  Again, to view and save these colored versions, click on the individual image.  They are the same dimensions as the Black and white version above.












Files are in .jpg format

You are welcome to use these sketches for your projects, but all I ask is that
1) You do not try to pass off my artwork as your own and
2) Please link back to me on your posts or projects. Images are still copyright to me, Kathryn Ritter.
3) I would love to see your projects as well; please come back and link them up so that we can all see YOUR work! :)

Also, when you are telling others about my free sketches, please use the watermarked image below for display and provide a link back to the main Digi Sketch page--THANK YOU!


You can find all the sketches in the collection by clicking the Digi Sketches tab at the top of the page. I hope you will keep checking back or follow so you won't miss any new sketches as I make them available. My goal is to share with my fellow crafters, so the more the merrier! :)
Have a great day!

Masculine "I Love You" card


Hello all--well I goofed on the scheduling of my Sentimental Sundays post this week, so here it is, but better late than never.
Our theme this week is "For the Men in Your Life".... plus a sentiment, of course.  I made an I Love You card for DH:



Other challenges:



Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {SEI}
Stamps {Hampton Art}
Inks {Ranger, Stampendous}
Flower {Recollections}
Circle Punches {EK Success}
Swiss Dots embossing folder {ProvoCraft}

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Also there is still time to join in with my
new tree-themed monthly challenge!
 

You can enter as many times as you like... which is in your interest, since
I'm offering a prize that will GROW along with the number of entries!
Give it some thought... I'd love to see your take on the July theme, which is
FAVORITE TREES.
In other words... practically anything goes! (As long as it's inspired by or has a tree somewhere on it!)

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!  Back soon with your free Monday Digital Sketch!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

What Have I Been Up To? -- ER, Etsy and Red Wagons!

Hello all and good afternoon!  The babies and DH are taking a late afternoon snooze so here I am taking the opportunity to update my recently neglected blog.  Where have I been?

Oh dear.....



Where have I not been with my two little tornadoes these past two weeks?! 
"Thing One" has an appointment with a Pediatric Orthopedist this coming week and will probably need braces for his little legs to correct a problem I'd been asking the doctor about for the past year.  They kept saying, "Oh, that usually just goes away on its own."  As it turns out, in 5% of cases, this particular problem DOESN'T go away "on its own" and now we're going to need some intervention to prevent a lot more trouble later on.  It's going to be so hard to see my little helper frustrated with not being able to just zoom and go.....



In addition, I injured my left arm a week and a half ago (got a little over-enthusiastic on the Rhythm Boxing workout... argh), and had two large custom Etsy orders to fill.  So I was crafting one-handed.... on a timetable.  Still, all the custom work is completed now with time to spare and I have been very pleased with the finished products.  Here is just a small part of one order.  Along with a lot of other things, I made 30 thank you cards for my client's little boy's Red Wagon themed birthday party.  I had such a good time I might just do a wagon b-day one day down the road myself.  In fact, though, Thing 1's obsession with trains might call for a Thomas the Tank Engine birthday.  (Good thing Mommy likes trains too :)

The red wagon cards:


I drew and colorized the little red Radio Flyer wagon graphic myself using my Wacom Intuos 4 tablet (this is how I've done all the Digital Sketches I'm offering here for you all on Mondays).  I am so happy with this tool!  I am glad I got the medium-sized tablet as well; the large would have taken up far too much space on my computer desk, and the small one just wouldn't have had enough working area for me.  If you happen to be thinking about buying a tablet at all, I highly recommend Wacom's products.  Not to mention it comes with free software downloads like Corel Painter, Autodesk Sketchbook (my preferred program for sketching so far), and Adobe Photoshop Elements.  OK, pitch over.... I'm just enthusiastic.


 Here are a few challenges (5 total):



Materials Used on these Cards:
Cardstock {Papertrey Ink, Martha Stewart, American Crafts}
Stamps {HamptonArt, Fiskars}
Ink {Ranger, Studio G}
Banner tags {Martha Stewart}
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circle (Lg) die
Circle cutter {Martha Stewart}
Swiss dots embossing folder {ProvoCraft}
Machine stitching
Original hand-drawn graphic

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On another note, have you thought of joining in for my



You can enter as many times as you like... which is in your interest, since
I'm offering a prize that will GROW along with the number of entries!

Give it some thought... I'd love to see your take on the July theme, which is FAVORITE TREES.
In other words... practically anything goes! (As long as it's inspired by or has a tree somewhere on it!)

Well I think that's it for now folks.  Hopefully as things normalize around here I'll be seeing more of you than in the past two weeks!  Until then, have a really wonderful rest of your weekend!


Monday, July 11, 2011

Free Digi Sketch: Bluebird on Blossoming Branch

Good morning friends! It's Monday and I have another Digi Sketch to share with you today!

This sketch is a nice little bluebird perched on a blossoming branch.
File is in .jpg format

You are welcome to use these sketches for your projects, but all I ask is that
1) You do not try to pass off my artwork as your own and
2) Please link back to me on your posts or projects. Images are still copyright to me, Kathryn Ritter. 3) I would love to see your projects as well; please come back and link them up so that we can all see YOUR work! :)

Also, when you are telling others about my free sketches, please use the watermarked image below for display and provide a link back to the main Digi Sketch page--THANK YOU!
You can find the entire sketch collection using the Digi Sketches tab at the top of the page. I hope you will keep checking back or follow so you won't miss any new sketches as I make them available. My goal is to share with my fellow crafters so the more the merrier! :)
Have a great day!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sympathy Tree

This week our challenge theme at Sentimental Sundays is "Inky Fingers"... that is, we're all being challenged to use an unconventional stamping technique or material... or I suppose you could just get good and messy with your project.  (Fingerpaints, anyone? :)

For this one I stamped with Distress Inks onto acetate, then cut out the image.
In terms of lessons learned.... just be aware that the Distress Inks take quite some time to dry on the acetate (no benefit of the paper fibers to absorb the moisture).  I tried using a heat gun to help speed the drying... it did help.... but you also have to be careful not to melt the acetate sheet...or your fingers!  (Eek!)




Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Papertrey Ink}
Stamps {Papertrey Ink}
Inks {Distress Inks - Peeled paint and Walnut, Black Ink - Ranger}
Pearls {e. by Prima}
Corner Rounder {EK Success}
Butcher's twine
Acetate sheet

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Also, the first Tretop Monthly challenge is now up and the theme is Favorite Trees! Just make a creation inspired by your favorite tree or tree photo (use the colors, etc) and upload to the Treetop Monthly post at this link: Treetop Monthly July - Favorite Trees
I'm offering a prize package that will grow with the number of entries!
Have a wonderful and beautiful finale to your weekend!  I'll be back tomorrow with news, another free sketch and more to share!



Monday, July 4, 2011

Free Digi Sketch: Vintage Airmail Airplane

Good morning friends! Since today is 4th of July I wanted to share a sketch inspired by a little bit of Americana with you today!

This sketch is from a vintage postage stamp of an airmail airplane. I've drawn just the plane so that you can use it for many different projects! It would be great for a little boy's birthday!
File is in .jpg format

You are welcome to use these sketches for your projects, but all I ask is that
1) You do not try to pass off my artwork as your own and
2) Please link back to me on your posts or projects. Images are still copyright to me, Kathryn Ritter. 3) I would love to see your projects as well; please come back and link them up so that we can all see YOUR work! :)

Also, when you are telling others about my free sketches, please use the watermarked image below for display and provide a link back to the main Digi Sketch page--THANK YOU!
As I add more sketches to the collection, you'll be able to find them using the tab at the top of the page. I hope you will keep checking back or follow so you won't miss any new sketches as I make them available. My goal is to share with my fellow crafters so the more the merrier! :)
Have a great day!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Wake Up America - Vintage Patriotic Americana Poster Card

Here is a vintage-inspired 4th of July card using an old piece of Americana--a poster that says Wake Up America!  I found the image at The Graphics Fairy.

Here are the challenges:
Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Papertrey Ink}
Spots and Dots embossing folder {Provocraft}
Image from The Graphics Fairy
Corner rounder {EK Success}
Butcher's twine

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Also, the first Tretop Monthly challenge is now up and the theme is Favorite Trees! Just make a creation inspired by your favorite tree or tree photo (use the colors, etc) and upload to the Treetop Monthly post at this link: Treetop Monthly July - Favorite Trees
I'm offering a prize package that will grow with the number of entries!
Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Floral Round Thank You Card

Believe it or not, I realized while writing this post that this card is the first ROUND card I have ever posted here on Kitchen Table Crafter for you all to see.  I was clearing off my scrap pile on the table again and this is what I came up with:


For the layout I've used this week's round sketch from Mojo Monday:


Also this week Pals Paper Arts is celebrating it's 100th!  The challenge is to use one or a few of your Favorite Techniques, so I've used one of my favorites which is using X-acto cutwork (also called "fussy-cutting" from a quilting term) and then layering up the different pieces.

Also Crafty Creations Challenges have a Thank You theme.  I love to make thank you cards, and not only because they seem to be the ones I am most often using (I have a LOT to be grateful for from a LOT of wonderful people in my life!)...  It just gives me a good feeling to think of all the things I have to say "Thank You" for when I am making a gratitude card.


Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Papertrey Ink}
Stamps {Fiskars, Papertrey Ink}
Black Ink and Clear Superfine Embossing Powder {Ranger}
Light green pigment ink cube {Studio G}
Scalloped circle die {Nestabilities Large Circle by Spellbinders}
Swiss dots embossing folder {ProvoCraft}
Rhinestones, Ribbon {Offray}
Butcher's twine
BIC Mark-it Markers


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Also, the first Tretop Monthly challenge is now up and the theme is Favorite Trees! Just make a creation inspired by your favorite tree or tree photo (use the colors, etc) and upload to the Treetop Monthly post at this link: Treetop Monthly July - Favorite Trees
I'm offering a prize package that will grow with the number of entries!
Have a great day everyone, and a wonderful 4th of July--
I'll be back tomorrow with a new free digital sketch for you and some more creations!

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