Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Winners

Morning, gals!  I hope you have a beautiful week ahead of you.
I'm stopping in to announce the winners (yes, you read that right)
of my Spring Cleaning Giveaway.
So, first for the main giveaway:
Next for a batch of craft books:
What a lovely shabby chic blog you have Olenka.
It's been nice to look at your many projects :)

For a £5 pound voucher to spend at Dragons Lair Designs:
This is Lena.
Congratulations, Lena!
And, lastly, a little something for everyone:
A free digi sketch!
This is a hand-drawn sketch of meadowsweet.  Enjoy!
Congratulations Lena, Olenkaja and Lilian!
Please email or message me with your response before the end of the week
so that I can get your packages / voucher codes to you ASAP.
I'm going to be busy in the hospital having baby H next week!
Wish me luck :)
Take care,
be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Undersea Spotlight, With Thanks

I've been saying for awhile that coloring has been difficult for me of late,
due to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Even typing this post is now difficult because my
hand control is fading and whenever I touch things with my fingertips it
feels as though my fingernail is being peeled backward.
Not particularly fun.
As I approach my due date, I may still
post a card here and there but for the most part, I will probably be a no-show
even on my favorite challenges for awhile.
I had forgotten how much I missed card-making and blogging, but
I think a break through July and a little of August is something you'll understand.
Baby H will make his appearance soon and I mostly need to rest
leading up to and after that.
My Robin and Jay still love making cards together and this has been a
fun thing we can do while I've tried to stay off my feet when possible.
However, with my finger dexterity now shot
(and try that on for size when you're a trained classical pianist)
even tying the bow for this card was a chore.

I decided to try to make my spotlight look like a bubble as well.
I took some inspiration from Chris's adorable "Just Keep Swimming" card ;)
(Thanks for the shoutout last week, girls!  You can tell I really liked the
feathered friends theme ;)

Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Rustic white - Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {My Mind's Eye, K & Company}
Image {free coloring page online}
Sentiment Stamp {Papertrey Ink}
Ink {Archival Black - Ranger}
Glossy Accents {Ranger}
Dimensional stickers {K & Company}
Wooden banner {Studio Calico}
Rustic woven trim, floral foliage {stash}
Copic sketch markers
I'll be back at the end of the week with the winner(s) of my Spring Giveaway,
so stay tuned and don't be surprised if I post another one soon.
Craft room cleanout always happens in stages. ;)
As always, thank you for visiting,
take care,
be well!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Family Man - Seahorse Undersea Card - Father's Day

I simply could not resist a little fun at my DH's expense this year
for Father's Day.  He won't know it unless I tell him...should I?
The world over, pregnant women get frustrated because men just
don't know, can't know what it's like.
Sometimes I think it frustrates our men too, because they're doubly worried
about us and the baby.  My DH has been good about foot rubs and bringing
plenty of water, cleaning up the kitchen when I'm completely worn out
just from standing at the stove long enough to get something onto the table.
But there's still that little kernel.
So enter an unlikely little creature--the seahorse.
Proof to all women that there is justice in the world.
Poor seahorse, he bears the brunt of it for all males--because
The male seahorse, not the female, carries the babies.

 I swear I did not put a googly eye on Mr. Seahorse.  It's glossy accents and a very frustrating shadow effect.  Believe me or not.

This was just a free coloring sheet printable that I had found awhile back
for use during an ocean unit with the boys.  I colored it with them on Sunday
while I was home with a sick Jay and very helpful Robin.
It's perfect because my DH will have his 3 boys very soon, just like this
seahorse dad.
A2, Father's Day, burlap / loose interpretation of 'watercolors'
Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {canyon clay, kraft - Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {My mind's Eye}
Image {freecoloring.com}
Sentiment sticker {TPS}
"seaweed" {floral stem foliage}
Burlap ribbon, heavy hand-quilting cotton
copper brads {TPS}
glossy accents {Ranger}
Copic sketch markers, Prismacolor pencils
Have a fantastic day!
I'll be back later on with the winners of my spring giveaway.
Be well and enjoy the sunshine,

Monday, June 13, 2016

Free Digi Sketch: Desert Fennec Fox

Good morning friends! It's Monday and I have another Digi Sketch to share with you today!
This original sketch is of a desert Fennec fox.

My Jay has a thing for foxes, and my father grew up in the desert.
Since I've done nautical cards for the men in my family
for many years at Fathers' day (including this year),
I'm thinking a desert-themed card
for my self-proclaimed "desert animal" Dad
will be a nice change for him next year.  Ssh.  Don't tell. ;)

Find out more about desert Fennecs at
the National Geographic website
or at the WWF Website.
I've been tempted to "adopt" one of the WWF plush Fennecs for awhile,
but the narwhal, sea otter or sockeye salmon might win first.
Either of these sites will give you good reference photos for coloring.

Image is in .png format
Click on graphic for full-sized version to save
And here are a few digitally colorized versions,
in case you find yourself in a rush by any chance.  I was a bit limited in my color palette,
and plan to do a card with a hand-colored version very soon.  But in the meantime,
the first has a pure white background, the second is a cream color.


Files in .png 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! :)
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!


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