holiday flower tutorial + a giveway!
Let's kick off the holiday season with a super cute holiday flower tutorial.

Learn how to make these festive flowers and also get a chance to win super amazing products from Ranger, simply by posting on their blog! Just click here to view the tutorial and post a comment on Ranger's blog to be entered to win!

Check back on the Ranger blog Saturday, Sunday & Monday to win prizes by Jenni Bowlin, Tim Holtz and Suze Weinberg too!

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happy thanksgiving!
A little illustration I made .... Thanksgiving Day in just 4 easy steps!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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illustration friday: sneaky
Happy Friday! Here's my illustration friday entry for this week! I used this weeks' theme of "sneaky" as a chance to experiment with another piece for my dollhouse project!


For this illustration I wanted to illustrate "sneaky" but also do it in a sequence of images. This is another step as I practice my way to working up the nerve and stamina to do a whole graphic novel (or more like graphic "booklet") about my character. I haven't worked with squencing images since I was a sophomore in college in illustration class so it was fun to play around with thinking of images in this way.

The last few of my dollhouse illustrations I have used my own face (with retro hair added!). I decided that if I want Betty to have a range of expressions I am going to need to take my own photos and my face happens to be handy and with me all the time. It seems to be working out.

have a great weekend everyone!! 

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quick cards using creative layers stamps
Check out this super cute card tutorial created by Ellen Hutson using my Creative Layers stamps from the Claudine Hellmuth Studio line!

CLICK HERE for complete instructions how to make these cards!

Stamps are available for purchase online, at a retailer near you and at

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holiday orders are full
My holiday season order waiting list is now full. Custom artwork orders placed from here on out won't be able to be completed in time for  the Holidays. 

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. And of course Gift Certificates are available too!


illustration friday: burning
Happy Friday! Here's my illustration friday entry for this week! I used this weeks' theme of "burning" as a chance to experiment with another piece for my dollhouse project!


Have a great weekend everyone!

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interview on art and soul radio
Last weekend I was interviewed by Lesley Riley for Art and Soul Radio.

Since 1999, Claudine Hellmuth has been a leading creative force in the ever-growing arena of collage and mixed media. From her original romantic style to her new whimsical creations, Claudine has been a major influence to artists and crafters all over the world. Discover how she began her career just 10 short years ago and the mindset and know-how she uses to keep it fresh and grow her business.

CLICK HERE to listen to the show!


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2011 mixed media collage workshops
The holiday season is around the corner ... now is the perfect time to ask Santa for the gift of creativity!

Next year I will be teaching my most popular 3-Day Collage Intensive Workshops at only TWO locations!

The first one is in February at The Art League of Bonita Springs on the gulf coast of Florida ..... I can't think of a better time to travel to Florida and get away from the winter blahs than in February! The Bonita Springs Art League is an amazing space to hold a workshop. Big tables, large workspace lots of light - what more could we ask for! 


February 17th - 19th 2011 -- 3 day Collage Discovery Intensive in Bonita Springs FL

The three-day workshop format will be a "Collage Discovery Intensive" inspired Claudine's two books, Collage Discovery Workshop & Collage Discovery Workshop Beyond the Unexpected 

We'll start the weekend with a focus on color mixing and expanding our color palettes. We'll move onto to a concentration on composition and design principles. Then we'll learn a combination of painterly collage techniques, which will enhance the surfaces of your collage artworks. We'll play with image transfer methods and other experimental methods of working.

A variety of idea generation tools will be covered to help us "dig deeper" into the meaning of our collage artworks. Our work together will be paced to allow for personal artistic discovery as well as studio time for working on our collage artworks. The atmosphere will be one of support and encouragement. The most important ingredients you can bring to this workshop, is an open mind and a willingness to share and explore.

Workshop is available to artists of all skill levels - beginning to advanced.


: call The Art League of Bonita Springs at (239) 495-8989.
ART LEAGUE PRICES: $375 Members/$425 Non-members
DATES: Feb 17 - 19th



"What I learned in Claudine's workshop was priceless......The workshop has sent me in a true direction for once in regards to my own art and how I create it. It was my first true workshop of this nature and I had a BLAST!" - Jo Ankney

"I used to think of collage as glueing down images in a pleasing composition. Claudine's Collage Discovery Workshop class changed all that. What great techniques!! Backgrounds, transfers, beeswax, WOW! That was the BEST class! .......The Adventures in Color was incredible for me too. I learned to mix paints and create a whole new source of inspiration to work from. Not that I've never mixed paints but I never went through the process the way you taught us. I didn't know to use black to shade down the color and white to tint up. That lesson alone will probably save me lots of $$ by not having to buy so many different colors of paint! Thank you for your generosity and making learning FUN. You were a pleasure to be around. You are an excellent teacher and I will be forever grateful to you for the direction my art has taken." - Sandy Friel


using inks with foam stamps? yes you can!
Check out this new video by Ranger's Creative Director Tim Holtz and Marketing Coordinator Patti Behan. They will show you how to stamp with Ranger Inks and my new Creative Layers Stamps. Makes a beautiful sponge painted effect!

Thanks Tim and Patti for creating this great demo!

Click here to visit the Ranger web site for a list of products used!

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good bye little stanley
I can not believe I am even writing this blog post. I feel like I am in some kind of nightmare, I'll wake up and our Stanley cat will be here snuggling with me under the covers.

Our little Stanley has crossed over the rainbow bridge.

Stanley cat enjoying the 4th floor view

Late last night he suddenly collapsed and was howling out in pain, he couldn't move at all. I knew right away what it was, because I was warned at every 3 month visit to Stan's cardiologist that this could happen.

We rushed him to the Emergency Vet immediately and it was determined that he had multiple blood clots in 3 of his limbs. They had difficulty finding a working vein to administer IV pain meds. After discussing it with the vet we decided it was time to say good bye. Such a huge and difficult decision to make but even if were able to get the clots under control the likelihood of them coming back were at about 100%. He was in tremendous pain so it was our time to be brave for him and help him cross over.

We are comforted to know that he had amazing quality of life right up until his last hour. He showed zero symptoms yesterday and zooming around just like his usual frisky self.

Stanley was such a joy in our lives. Rescued and bottle fed by Bernie at A Place to Bark at only 2 weeks old. We drove up to Atlanta to get him on our 5 year wedding anniversary and he was just 5 weeks old and our little baby.

here he is testing the patience of Mabel!

he was such a teeny little thing giving Paul kisses ....

These two say "rise and shine!"
Stan and Mabel always hanging out together....

Stanley cat says "time to wake up!"
Always ready when we woke up ..

he loved watching us get ready in the morning. For a long time I couldn't even use our sink!

Stan getting his blood pressure taken at CCVCA Cardiology in Vienna Virginia
he was so brave at his visit to the Cardiologist every 3 months for his checkup and echocardiogram.

Stanley cat loves the Ikea bags
I couldn't open a shopping bag without him jumping in..

Stanley cat is helping with my artwork
he was an artist ...

Stanley cat loves Paul at home all day
a cheerleader when there was work to get done....

Stanley cat says it's yoga time
and a yoga instructor ...

and lollipop lover...

sweet dreams little Stan..... 4 years was not long enough with you. Our hearts are aching. We miss you already little guy!


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