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Thursday, November 27, 2008
I'm in the New York Times!
I am in an article about artist entrepreneurs today on page B3 (in the Business Section) of the New York Times! Here's a link to the article online!

We were all so excited, we ran out early this morning and bought up all the NY Times copies that they had at Starbucks!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
it's turkey time!
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at the crack of dawn, well BEFORE dawn, at about 4:30am Paul and I will be loading up the car with Toby in his doggie car seat for a 14 hour drive to Orlando FL. I'll be updating via Twitter as we travel and over the weekend! I hope everyone has a safe and stress free Thanksgiving!

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holiday orders are full
Just a quick update! My Holiday order schedule is full. Custom artwork orders placed from here on out can not be guaranteed in time for Christmas. As an alternative, I have an On Its Way Certificate option. This is a perfect choice to let your recipient know that you have a special gift -- literally on its way! You place the order and all your special someone has to do is sit back and wait for their surprise to arrive. You will receive a certificate and full color brochure to give to your recipient on Christmas Day. Click here for more info.

Sunday, November 23, 2008
weekend round up
Saturday I headed out to Angela's Happy Stamper where I did a two hour meet-n-greet + demo. We packed the store and I was so exited to see so many people came out on a freezing cold Saturday! Angela's quickly sold out of all the products, but don't worry if you are in the area, she'll be getting more in soon!!

After I got back I was exhausted, had a big huge nap, then headed to an office party for Paul's work in Georgetown. I love Georgetown it is so cute! I just wish it weren't so expensive or we would be living there.

Today I worked all day on various projects and custom orders, illustrations and things I need to get done by Tuesday evening. Wednesday we'll be doing the 14 hour drive down to FL.

If you get the NY Times, check the small business section on Thanksgiving Day, I may be mentioned as part of an article about artist entrepreneurs. I was interviewed last week, and I hope my part of the interview makes the cut into the article!!!

A big linky shout out to Jenny Doh who made a cute lazy susan project using the Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas and paints!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008
busy busy!
I am feeling a lot like one of Santa's elves working away in my workshop on custom orders for Christmas! Right now my work table is filled with canvases in various stages of completion. I have a lot to get done before we leave on Wednesday for Florida for Thanksgiving.

It didn't help that I smashed my hand by accident on a kitchen cabinet and then spent a good part of the day icing it down so I could draw and type! It's still swollen, I am wondering when the swelling will go down. At least it doesn't hurt anymore so tomorrow I should be nice and productive barring any unforeseen injuries!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
free demo this Saturday
Just a reminder that this Saturday I'll be at Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston VA from 1-3pm giving a free demo and meet-n-greet to celebrate the launch of my Claudine Hellmuth Studio product line with Ranger. For those of you in the VA/DC/MD area -- Angela's Happy Stamper has all the paints, the mediums, brushes and sticky-back canvas in stock now! Hope to see you Saturday!

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Monday, November 17, 2008
scrapbooker's creativity kit!
I just got the advance copy of my new book The Scrapbooker's Creativity Kit! I am so excited to be able to share it with you!

This book isn't like my other books, it's based on an idea generation process that we did when I was in art college. I loved working in this method when I was in college and I still use it today I am excited to be sharing with you my variation of it with this new kit.

Here are a few photos so you can see what it's like:

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This is the front of the kit, it's a box that you open up and all the goodies are inside. I love the packaging!

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When you open the kit, this is what you'll see! At the top left there is a deck of word prompt cards and on the right there are the color prompt cards.

Opened up for you to see here - is the book part of the kit. Which explains the process, and is loaded with examples from designers in each section.

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This is the back of the kit with the blurb!
The book isn't available until January but you can pre-order it from Amazon now!


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
North Carolina here I come!
Tomorrow I am driving down to Raleigh where I'll be teaching 3 days of classes at the Jerry's Artarama event.

In addition to the classes there is a trade show with all kinds of amazing goodies and art supplies! The trade show is free + open to the public if you want to stop by and say hi!

Ranger will be there at the trade show with all the Ranger goodies including the Claudine Hellmuth Studio product line! There will also be lots of other cool vendors there!
Here's a list of all the Vendors.

The trade show is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sunday closes at 2pm)

And here's the location!

Hilton North Raleigh
3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

hope to see you there!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
online workshop starts Monday!
Just a quick update! I have a 3 day online workshop that I am teaching with Scrap in Style TV. It's now available for purchase - only $12! WOW! Class starts this Monday Nov 17th and will run for 3 days. There will also be an hour long chat for questions and I will be answering questions during the 3 days. All class participants will receive a downloadable PDF so they can work at their own pace.

Here's the class description:

In this 3 day online workshop you'll create along side Claudine while she shows you her latest tips and tricks with her new Claudine Hellmuth Studio product line. You'll learn 9 easy techniques, such as how to glue with gel medium, image transfers, creating custom backgrounds, and more that you can use to enhance any scrapbook, paper craft, altered art or collage project!

Click here to see the project preview or to sign up!

EDITED Wednesday 11:55am:
I see some of you have questions! Please check the comments to this post because I am answering them there!

EDITED Wednesday 2:40PM: Just a note to those of you who have never taken an online class before or might not be sure how it works. You don't have to actually be online at your computer during the class. By signing up for the class you will then be able to download the class and work on it at your convenience. I will be giving the classes Monday - Wed and answering questions during that time + the one hour chat on Tuesday night -- but you can be online at anytime!

All of the supplies are probably ones you already have in your craft room, and you can gather the supplies once you see how the class is going. I will also have printables for you download an start using right away!

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Sunday, November 09, 2008
the only good thing about winter
The only good thing about cold weather in my book is the fact that I can now buy as many scarfs as I like! I am a scarf-a-holic and not afraid to admit it! Most of the time even in semi warm weather I will be wearing some sort of scarf. I am always cold, and there's nothing like a scarf to keep to you warm. I have spring, summer and fall scarfs and now a cute winter scarf too!

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This is one that I got from Betz White. Love her work! So whimsical and fun! You should check out her felted cupcakes. Too cute!

It warmed up last week but now it's cooling down and soon I'll be able to wear cute scarfs like this every day! That might make the winter seem just that little bit more fun!

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Thursday, November 06, 2008
it's thursday but it feels like wednesday
It has felt like Wednesday all day to me. I can't believe tomorrow is the end of the week! Akk! This time next week I will have driven to Raleigh NC and I'll be getting ready to teach at the Jerry's Artarama event Nov 14-16th.

Those of you who are in the Raleigh area, there is a tradeshow open to the public (you don't have to take classes to come to the tradeshow!) and Ranger will be there with The Claudine Hellmuth Studio product line and all the other Ranger goodies!

I am headed off to get an early night. Lots of work to get done tomorrow!

And a big linky shout out to Sue Pieper, thanks for the write up about my paints!

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
new books in my studio
I have two new books that just arrived in my studio all about paper folding and paper engineering. Both of these books are inspiring and make me wish for a little more free time so I can play and experiment with these techniques!

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The first book is the The Pocket Paper Engineer by Carol Barton. What a great pop-up instruction book!

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Here's a view of one of the inside pages. The books have little elements tucked inside pockets in each chapter that you can use to experiment with the paper folding techniques that Carol shows you. There are tons and tons of diagrams. Super detailed instructions with fold outs and pop-ups you can try right away. Turns out that Carol lives near the DC area and teaches classes, I can't wait to sign up for one!

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The second book is Interactive Art Workshop by Kim Rae Nugent. I actually have a piece in the back in the gallery section! This book arrived arrived just about the same time as the Pocket Paper Engineer. Hmmmm.... maybe my muse is trying to tell me that I need to be doing more pop-ups!

Kim's book is an interactive treat! I love how she combines mixed media art with interactive constructions. One of the things that always intimidates me about making pop-ups is that I feel I would need to be neat and tidy with my paper and not get paint all over it. Kim, throws those fears out the window and shows how you can make interactive MIXED media art!

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Sunday, November 02, 2008
color mixing with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints
In this video I will show you easy beginning color mixing techniques using my paints. If you've never mixed paints before - this is the tutorial for you!

I have created a companion PDF guide to mixing all the colors. Click here to download the Color Mixing Chart. You'll learn how to take the 15 original colors in the Claudine Hellmuth Studio Line and expand them too over 51 colors! Wow! That's a lot of colors!




If you are a retailer and you sell the Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints, please feel free to download the chart and include it with the paint display in your store!

Check your local crafts/scrapbook or arts supply store for availability. Claudine Hellmuth Studio Products are for sale online at these locations:


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