back home!
I got back home from the Sue Gilman show yesterday and enjoyed snuggling with Toby doggie and the cats all day long. I even caught an earlier flight so I could be home a couple hours earlier.

Now I am wrapping things up and getting them ready for this weekend where I teach at Ranger U in New Jersey. I'll be gone Friday and Saturday again but this time it's just a short drive from DC which is wonderful to not have to fly. Paul arranged his work schedule so he can be home on Friday to doggie sit with Toby so we don't have to worry about him being alone all day, which is a relief. The way things are right now it really is day-by-day so knowing Paul will be with Toby gives me peace of mind!


on the road!
I am heading off to the Sue Gilman Show tomorrow to teach tomorrow night and do a make-n-take on Saturday. It's just two nights but I am a little (well a lot) stressed out about leaving Toby but Paul will be here with him (he's taking a 1/2 day from work tomorrow to doggie sit with little T)and I'll be home Sunday by lunchtime.

Toby is hanging in there, some good days, some not-so-good. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I am talking endlessly about it. Right now my world revolves around Toby.

It's just a short trip! Sunday will be here soon!!


the sister project
I have an interview on the web site The Sister Project today!

You can read the entire article, just click here!


my hero of the year
Those of you who follow my blog know that my close friend Bernie Berlin runs A Place to Bark animal rescue. She runs this rescue all by herself with a little help from just a couple faithful volunteers.

Animal Planet is having a Hero of the Year contest, the winner will receive $10k which could go a long way to helping Bernie's animal rescue. So I thought if we could get as many people as possible to nominate her, she might have a chance!

So will you help me, help her?


Here is the link to the contest entry form.

There's a few steps to entering, you'll need:

Her birthday: 9 -17-65
her phone number: 615-681-2631
her email:

and her address:
A Place To Bark
375 N. Jones Road
Portland, TN 37148

You'll also need a 250 word or under write up about Bernie, I am including mine below so that way you can use it as reference. Please write it in your own words or it could disqualify her.


Bernie Berlin is a hero to all the unwanted and uncared for animals in this world. She works tirelessly out of her own pocket to save every creature she can while educating the public about animal care, spaying, and the plight of rescue animals through her blog:

Bernie has been running her non-profit grass roots animal rescue, called A Place to Bark for the last 9 years and has found "forever homes" for over 500 dogs and cats last year alone! Estimated total number of furry lives saved since Bernie started her rescue is at 1,300. She has been profiled twice by WITI FOX News in Milwaukee.

Once a month, she makes a 16 hour one way drive from her shelter with a van full of death-row puppies to Humane Societies in Wisconsin and Chicago, where the puppies will quickly find homes in the more urban areas.

She works closely with local animal control volunteers to help them learn proper health care to avoid diseases like Parvo, Mange and parasite infestations etc. She has worked with the ASPCA during puppy mill raids and currently has over 40 puppies at her shelter from a recent raid in Tennessee.

If Bernie were to win Hero of the Year, it would be a tremendous help to her rescue and in turn she would be better able to save countless cats and dogs from a needless death.

thank you for your help!!


DVD sale!
Just a quick note to let you know that starting tomorrow (Tuesday) my DVDs will be $10 off at the Creative Cataylst web site for a limited time! Sale starts tomorrow! click here!

Here's a preview of my Beeswax Collage DVD:

You can also download the videos anytime from Creative Catalyst's new video streaming web site,
Studios Magazine
I am in the new issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Magazine. My little tiny studio in our apartment in DC! Here's a peek below! (click the image to enlarge) You can see our kitty Stanley in the window!


Scrapbooker's Creativity kit reviews!
A big thanks to ScrapFriends for the reviews of my new book The Scrapbooker's Creativity Kit. You can read the in depth reviews here!


changing the look of diabetes one bag at a time
Those of you who read my blog often know that my niece Maiya has type-1 diabetes and was diagnosed at age 4.

Here's a pic of Paul, Maiya, Toby and I at the 2007 JDRF Walk for a Cure.

Maiya is 8 now and has learned to live with all that comes with this disease. And along with the disease, also comes a lot of stuff that you have to carry everywhere you go just to keep yourself alive. Even just going on a bike ride can mean bringing 2 bags of stuff!

My sister in-law Maria invented her own super CUTE line of bags after seeing all the ugly medical bags that were the only bags available to diabetics. She wanted Maiya to have a bag that she was proud of to take with her to school and out every day, one that people would exclaim "where did you get that cute bag!" and Maiya would feel like the special girl that she is!

Well Maria has done it! Her dream is now a reality and she launched Skidaddle Bags Inc this summer. I am so proud of her! Here's an example of just one of her cute and stylish bags:

As a growing business Maria has entered Skidaddle Bags in a StartUp Nation Contest. She still needs more votes to be officially in the running, so if you have a moment, please check out her web site and then vote here using this widget for Maria!

You are allowed to vote once a day under the contest rules!!
how to make your own glazes
I thought I'd share with you a quick tutorial on how to make your own glazes using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium!

First let's answer the question, what is a glaze? A glaze in painting refers to a layer of paint, (usually thinned with a medium) so that it becomes transparent allowing the surface underneath to show through.

Many times I create a transparent layer of paint simply by adding more water to my acrylic paints, to make a wash. But if you are working on delicate paper using a lot of water might not be the best way to go. For example if you are working in altered book and you would like the text of the paper to show through, but soaking the page with a messy wash of paint, could damage the pages underneath ......

That's where glazes come in handy and it's so easy to make your own! Ready? here we go!

First, place a small dot of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium and another dot of acrylic paint onto your palette.

Mix together with your brush
and you've created a glaze! That's it! You can vary the amount of Multi Medium used to make your glaze more or less transparent.

Brush onto your paper and you can see what a nice transparent glaze of color you have created!
That was easy!

Here you can see by the stripe at the bottom the difference between paint applied at full strength vs. the glaze of paint.

You can use glazes to alter the look of scrapbook paper, photocopies, maps, just abut anything that you would like to add a little tint of color to! Happy glazing!

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book giveaway winner!
Announcing the winner of the book giveaway for Ann Baldwin's new book, Creative Paint Workshop!

Bettyann you are the winner!! I didn't see your contact info listed so please email me your address - claudine(at) - and I'll get this right out to you! Thank you to everyone who entered!

We'll do more giveways soon, maybe even next week! YAY!


toby smile!
Toby was having a good day today so I snapped this pic with my camera phone. I even got him to give me a little smile.

Toby feels good today!

A big change from even yesterday when he didn't feel good at all! Savoring each and every moment I have with him! Yay Toby!


giveaway day!
Let's have another giveaway! The publisher of Ann Baldwin's new book sent me a copy to review and one to giveaway to my blog readers. Thank you Quarry Books! This is a wonderful book about layered collage with loads of techniques. I have been a fan of Ann's work since 1998 and it is a treat to get an insider's view into how she creates her rich and beautiful collages.

To enter the giveaway just post a comment below and I'll do the drawing on Friday at lunchtime (around Noon EST)

A winner has been selected by the random number generator at View the winner here! Thank you everyone for playing! More giveaways soon!!

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linky Monday
Lots of exciting linky shout outs and a big THANK YOU to everyone who used the Claudine Hellmuth Studio products on their blogs in the last two weeks! I found some great projects that you don't want to miss!
  • The gals at Somerset Studio Magazine whipped up a super cute ipod case using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky back Canvas, paints and Multi Medium. Check it out here! They were inspired by the book Canvas Remix by Alisa Burke. Alisa sent me her book this week and it is fablous! I can't wait to try out more projects from there!
  • Julie Campbell stamped and used Copic Markers on Sticky Back Canvas to create a nesting doll tag!
  • Sharon Ong made an amazing canvas tote and decorated it using Claudine Hellmuth acrylic paints and Gloss Multi Medium. Take a look here! Sharon is in Singapore and it blows my mind to think of my product being there too!!
  • Martha Bonneau whipped up another one of her amazing totes using Sticky Back Canvas here!
  • Here's a great example of the vibrant watercolor effects you can get with the Studio Paints created by Gina Lee Kim!
  • Nancy Beyer created a lovely romantic shadowbox design using my resist tech and the Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints!
  • Neith Juch from created a layout using a gesso stamped photo treatment using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso. Love the look it creates!!
  • Judy at the Key to My Heart Blog designed a way to display my free downloadable color chart for eary reference while painting.
If you make a project and post it to your blog using any of my Studio Line products, let me know and I'll list it when I do another linky post! Also for the instructors out there: send me an email if you are teaching a class using my product line and I'll mention it too!

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somerset apprentice
I wrote an article for the new issue of Somerset Apprentice Magazine. Here's a sneak peek!


To make these easy silhouettes an frames, I used oval stretched canvases, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky Back canvas, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints and mediums and a photo copy to create the bird transfer! Complete instructions in this month's issue of Somerset Apprentice Magazine!


this week
This week has been all about Toby, snuggling him all I can and then working while he is resting. He got really sick on Monday but is doing a little better now after a visit to the vet and some fluids.

Each day that he is OK I am so thankful for. I wake up and check him laying next to me in our bed and say to myself. "We still have today." Then I try all day to focus on that and not think about what is next. I want to spend every spare minute with him, so I haven't had much time for blogging.

I do have some great links that I want to share with you, but will post those this weekend. I also have a giveaway too. Will do that soon too! Thank you so much everyone for your many comments, emails, twitters and facebook messages they are so appreciated!!!
snow day
Last night it snowed and snowed and we ended up with about 6 inches! Which is a lot for DC. The city was pretty quiet today, as usual DC likes to shut down when there any measurable amount of snow. it was very quiet out this morning!

I grabbed the camera when I took Toby out so I could capture our little Florida doggie enjoying the snow.


I thought he would be all surprised by the snow, but he didn't seem to like or not like it - he mostly ignored it. The only time he expressed emphatically that he didn't like it was when the wind blew snow drifts into his face. I didn't like that part either! I am so glad I got to see Toby in the snow at least once! Yay for the March snowstorm!


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