illustration friday: skinny
I have two submissions for this week's illustration friday theme of "skinny"

The first thought that came to mind was the typical scale/weight theme when I thought of the theme so here's what I made first:


Then as I was working on the piece above I had a new idea! I thought about our cat Mabel and I decided to do a piece with her in it. Mabel is the opposite of "skinny"! Mabel's actual photo was used for the cat :)


Mabel is our huge fatty beast of a cat who I found in 2005 wandering the street outside our home in Florida. She was so skinny you could see every rib - hard to imagine now!

When we first took her in she would trick us. She's an academy award winning actress, telling Paul I hadn't fed her and vice versa. So we were both feeding her and before we knew it she was not skinny anymore! We do try to keep her weight down to a reasonable level, but it's difficult with a very demanding cat!

here's a photo of Mabel in her favorite TV watching position.


Have a great weekend everyone!!

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fall fiber wreath tutorial
Check out this incredible Fall Fiber Wreath by artist Alisa Burke.

This is a GREAT project that could easily be adjusted to make a Christmas wreath or even a Spring or Summer wreath too. I can't wait to make one of these!

Alisa created this project with Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints and Sticky-back canvas, click here for the complete tutorial on her blog.

Thanks Alisa for such a super tutorial and beautiful project :)

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linky shout out time!
Lots of exciting linky shout outs and a big THANK YOU to everyone who used the Claudine Hellmuth Studio products on their blogs! Take a look at these great projects and ideas!
And just a reminder! 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 linky blog 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! For more information about the Claudine Hellmuth Studio product line click here!

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my Monday in list form
today I...
  • did yoga
  • took Mabel to the vet for her millionth blood test. Still checking her liver levels - long story.
  • worked on custom artwork orders
  • played with ideas for Ranger's CHA booth Make - n -take
  • answered emails
  • looked at pekingese photos on Potomac Peke rescue group.
  • updated A Place to Bark blog for Bernie - don't miss this important post!
  • listened to the new Craft Cast podcast while I worked
  • packed up samples to send off to Ranger for the CHA booth
  • packed up 4 custom paper doll orders to send off tomorrow - they turned out so cute!
  • organized lawn service and a handyman to work our house in FL that we are renting out
  • now getting ready to watch Heroes and relax!


illustration friday: fast
Here's my piece for this weeks illustration friday theme of "fast"


Nothing goes fast like those NYC taxi cabs! When you hop in one of those, you're in for a wild ride!

have a great weekend everyone!


beeswax collage workshop in daytona beach
Here's an update on my LAST workshop for 2009! Don't miss it!

Daytona Beach FL - November 14th

Waxing Poetic: the art of beeswax collage. Learn how to create a collage entirely with beeswax - no other glues or adhesives are necessary! You'll learn beeswax transfers, stamping in wax, layering collage elements, transparency, glazing colors and more! Contact the Daytona Beach Art League at (386) 258-3856 to register.

A little preview from my Beeswax Collage DVD of what you'll learn in this class:

Can't make it to the workshop? Click here to order the DVD now!


wednesday already?
This week is one of those that has been swallowed up with errands. Every day I have had a list of errands to go on and it's making me antsy. I wish I could live in harmony with errands and do them, come home and get right to work. But I have found I have an errand threshold. I can do them one or two days a week but any more than that and it throws off my whole week.

I usually like to have at least 3 days in the week where I don't go anywhere and I sequester myself in our 700sq ft apartment to make real progress on my work. But that's not happening this week! I am already looking ahead to next week where I plan to hide in the apartment and get lots of things off of my to-do list.


illustration friday: frozen
Here's my submission for this weeks illustration friday theme of "frozen"


A little too much to get done today to create something new for the topic but I have this piece that I created earlier that fits the theme. This is a photo of myself when I was little. I based the artwork on my favorite pink angora sweater that I wore just about every day because I thought I was just the coolest girl in town whenever I wore it!

I have to say that this topic is perfect for today because it's raining and freezing outside. Definitely a hot chocolate day!

happy weekend everyone!


new custom artwork
New custom artwork from my studio!


This custom artwork was a birthday present from Stacy Julian who ordered it for Kayce, the cute gal you see here. She spends most of her time on the computer all day working very hard on the web site Big Picture Scrapbooking. Her precious kitties were also included in frames on the desk!

This was such a fun piece to work on!


Diva Craft Lounge Radio Show
I was on the Diva Craft Lounge Radio Show today! Click here to listen to the interview. It was a lot of fun! Here's a link to the color chart that I mention on the show.

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easy embossing with stencils on sticky-back canvas
Here's a fun new technique that I just discovered - embossing on the sticky side of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky Back Canvas using Ranger Adirondack embossing powders, Perfect Pearls and stencils.

This is a perfect way to get a second life out of a piece of Sticky-back canvas - especially if don't like what you created on the front. Just emboss on the back!

Thanks to
Allie Gower for coming up with idea to emboss on the back of the Sticky-Back in the first place. Brilliant!

Here's my twist on the idea:


A piece of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas
Embossing powder
Perfect Pearls
Heat-it Craft Tool

To get started, remove the backing paper from the Sticky-back canvas and place sticky side face up. Place any plastic stencil on top. The stencil will stick to the surface just enough so you don't have to worry about it sliding around.

Sprinkle Ranger Adirondack Stream embossing powder all over the piece of Sticky-back canvas. Here I am doing this over a sheet of printer paper.

Remove the stencil and then heat the embossing powder with your heat tool.

Once it's cooled, dust on a little Perfect Pearls, to remove the stickiness from the exposed areas left by the stencil

All done! Here's a closeup of the completed technique. The Adirondack powder on the sticky-back canvas produces an interesting leathery texture. Very fun!

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. For more videos and information about the Claudine Hellmuth Studio product line, visit my web site!

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illustration friday: flying
Here's my submission(s) for this weeks illustration friday theme of "flying"

space flight

I actually have quite a few flying pieces because it's a theme that I enjoy, here's a custom artwork that I created of this little boy and his two cats flying in space!


And here's another one of my favorite
custom artworks I created with a flying theme. This piece was ordered in celebration of the adoption of a new baby girl and this family loves to travel. The client and I came up with the plane theme with everyone together as a new family!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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ho ho ho!
It's already October and the holidays will be here before you know it! Now's the time to place your custom artwork order so we can make sure it arrives before Santa does!


Here's a custom canvas artwork that I created last holiday season for a client at their favorite beach getaway all decorated for Christmas. We turned this piece into holiday cards that were a huge hit!

I have four personalized artwork options available, ranging from fully-customizable to semi-custom and for any budget too! Prices start at just $75 for paper sketches and only $25 for custom magnetic paper dolls.

Once your artwork is ready to ship, we can create matching notes, stationery or holiday cards!


last workshop for 2009
Here's an update on my last workshop for 2009! Don't miss it!

Daytona Beach FL - November 14th

Waxing Poetic: the art of beeswax collage. Learn how to create a collage entirely with beeswax - no other glues or adhesives are necessary! You'll learn beeswax transfers, stamping in wax, layering collage elements, transparency, glazing colors and more!

Contact the Daytona Beach Art League at (386) 258-3856 or click here to register.


illustration friday: germs
This is my submission for this weeks' theme of "Germs"


When I think of germs I immediately think of cleaning. After I have been sick with a cold I always clean like crazy scrubbing all the germs away!

Have a great and germ free weekend everyone!


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