stanley loves lollipops
We discovered Stanley cat has a taste for Trader Joes lollipops!

Stan came from an animal rescue called A Place to Bark which is run solely by Bernie Berlin (she's also one of my closest friends). Bernie's rescue is in Tennessee so she had him transported to Atlanta where he waited a day or two for us to arrive at my friend Andra's house!

He was such a little baby (he had to be bottle fed for a few weeks before we could adopt him) and has brought so much joy to our lives! He would not be alive if it weren't for Bernie. She truly amazes me -- every day she is saving wonderful pets like Stanley from certain death at animal control. She saves so many lives and all these wonderful creatures have found new homes because of her. She is so amazing!

A Place to Bark is running out of money and desperately needs our help! Here's a FREE way to help! Please click this link and vote for A Place to Bark in the Chase Giving sweepstakes. All it takes is a moment of your time and can help to provide the much needed money to keep the rescue open. If A Place to Bark can win Bernie can continue to save many more lives like our little Stanley. Please pass it on to your friends and family and get them to vote too, tweet, facebook and spread the word! We can do this!!!


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

space flight

This was a custom artwork that I created of a little boy who loves outer space and he's on an adventure with his cats! More custom artwork here!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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DVD sale!
My DVD's with Creative Catalyst are on sale today!

Here's a preview of my Beeswax DVD usually available for $32.95 now on sale for $23.97! Click here to order!

And if you love beeswax, why not come and join me in S. Portland Maine for a weekend Beeswax collage retreat September 17th-19th! Class details and sign up info here!
a little inspiration
I can't get enough stop motion animation or creative animation. Today I found out about from Ward Jenkins (@wardomatic on twitter). They have a whole section on stop motion and I had to drag myself away from the computer to get some work done. My mind is swirling with ideas of animations I want to create! Now where can I learn how to make what is in my head a reality. hmmm.

here are a few of my favorites:

United Airlines commercial, beautiful and poetic. If more commercials were like this I wouldn't fast forward them!

Undone from Hayley Morris on Vimeo.

Haley Morris graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. Undone, her senior film project, is a tribute to her grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. Very touching piece.

the Blank Page from George Metaxas on Vimeo.

This one was made only with cardboard materials.

FLUFFY MC CLOUD from conorfinnegan on Vimeo.

This is so cute. and the mix of live motion with animation is so creative.

Something Left, Something Taken from Tiny Inventions on Vimeo.

I really love the fabric look of the figures in this one!

The United Arab Emirates Ecological Footprint is an initiative aimed at inspiring people in UAE countries to reduce their individual footprint. This clever stop-motion promotional makes the point by using recycled paper figures and settings. LOVE the use of paper in this one!

Opening theme to United States of Tara - a series on Showtime. Love all the drawn elements, especially the retro gal in the kitchen.


hello New Jersey!
Tomorrow I'll be heading up to the Ranger offices for a weekend of art with Tim Holtz, Suze Weinberg and yours truly at Ranger University! I'll be driving, (Ranger offices are only 4.5 hours drive from DC!) and I Can not express how happy I am about not having to deal with all the hassles of airport travel. Hop in the car and go!!

I'll be checking in via phone on
Twitter and Facebook and I'll try to give you a few little sneak peeks!

Have a great weekend!

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online class starts July 1st
My online class starts July 1st! I created this video to share with you a TEENY TINY sampling of just a FEW of the projects we'll be creating in my online class that starts July 1st. There are so many more exciting things we'll be doing in this class, but this will give you a small preview!


Well you are in for a treat with this class!! If you sign up we'll be spending 12 weeks together, making art, learning techniques, creating projects -- you'll come away refreshed and loaded with new inspiration and ideas! Think of it as an arty summer camp for your creative soul!

Class is $79! That's only $6.50 per week of class. And it's yours forever to refer back to, teach from, learn from and make it yours!!

But hurry! Class starts in just 3 weeks! Click here for all the details on the workshop!


creative escape sneak peek
Check out the Creative Escape blog for a sneak peek of my class I'll be teaching there in August! Like all my classes this one is loaded with information so you'll leave class with lots of new techniques to add to create your layouts and projects!

Would you like to join us at Creative Escape? There's a few spaces left! Grab them before they are gone!


family time!
My Mom's coming up to DC today, She'll be here for a whole week! hooray! We are really excited!


I'll be offline enjoying a little vacation time with her and showing her the DC sights. See you next week!
ott lite rock star
I always wanted to be a rock star and now I am. well sort of ... I'm an Ott Lite rock star!

Click here to read the story and watch video. Thanks Ott Lite!


happy birthday Paul
Happy birthday to my wonderful husband Paul!


wishing you the best 36th birthday ever!! I love you!

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