freelance radio interview
I was thrilled to be a guest on the Freelance Radio Show! In this episode with Kristen Fischer and John Mitchell, we talk about creativity, deadlines, work/life balance (is there such a thing?) and we also talk about my favorite creative ipad app for cats! Click here to take a listen, or subscribe in itunes so you'll never miss an episode! 

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CHA show sneak peek!
I'm so excited to announce the new products that I am launching with Ranger at the Create N Connect show in Las Vegas next week! 

First up are 6 new stencil designs. These stencils go perfectly with the other stencils in the Claudine Hellmuth Studio line as well as the clear stamps too! Here's a little sneak peek of the stencil press release visit the Ranger web site for the complete announcement!

Here are a couple of little canvas samples with the new stencils designs. I love the tea pot and the blender! 

But wait! There's more! 

I've also got 6 new stamp designs that are coming out with Ranger & Stampers Anonymous. You can see the complete collection on the Ranger web site.

Here's a little catalog insert preview! I think my favorite set is the chairs! Or maybe the wedding.. or maybe the school or the tea sets! I really can't decide! I had so much fun drawings these designs, I hope you love them too :)

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new back to school cupcake and party favor boxes
Back to School time is just around the corner and I'm excited to share with you two new cupcake and treat box kits that I've added to my Etsy shop.

This School Bus box comes with TWO removable cupcake tray designs - one for mini cupcakes and one for standard size cupcakes, use a party table centerpiece, or fill with candies, cookies or even gift cards!

This little red school house is perfect for Teacher Appreciation gifts or Back to School parties and events! Use a party table centerpiece, or fill with candies, cookies, gift cards! Make a coin slot in the roof and use to collect money at your next school event or fundraiser!


The Declaration of You BlogLovin' Tour
This post is part of The Declaration of You's BlogLovin' Tour, which I'm THRILLED to participate in alongside over 100 other creative bloggers. Learn more here!!

For the Success Week of the blog tour I was asked to post a little bit about success! This got me thinking about how a few months ago an illustration student asked me to answer some questions for a paper she was writing.....
One of the questions she asked was about was when I felt like I had made it and truly achieved success, and so I thought I'd share my answer here with you! 

Here is what I wrote to her:

As with any career there is not one one golden ticket that launches you into "being there" and then you can sit back, relax and everything else is easy from there on out. I've done some really thrilling things over the years. 

I was on the Martha Stewart Show and crafted with her live on TV, I've worked with amazing clients like Smart Car and The Saturday Evening Post, I had a product line and appeared on the Home Shopping Network.

Now that I've been working for myself as an artist and illustrator for 12 years I can say that there are many wins along the way where you feel like "ok here we go!! this is it!! this is SUCCESS, I can now relax!" but then there are just as many set backs where you start to wonder what the heck you are doing. 

Being in business for yourself is a real roller coaster ride. But just like any roller coaster there are some really scary parts and some really exciting parts, and when you get to the end you look to your friend and say "let's go again!"

I can’t wait to be a part of The Declaration of You’s Facebook party this Friday at 9:30-10a PST/11:30a-12p CST/12:30-1p EST. We’ll be chatting in real time about TOPIC over at Hope you can join us! Click here!

The Declaration of You will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, with readers getting all the permission they've craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do! Find more info and order the book at!
TAP blog hop and a giveaway!!
The fabulous Lesley Riley is giving away a spot in her Create with TAP Transfer Artist Paper online class and you can enter to win right here on this blog post!

In the class, Lesley will show you how create transfers on a variety of surfaces and then you will get to make a book to put all of your transfers in! To enter to win a spot in the class, just leave a comment here on this blog post.

Contest closes Friday July 5th at 5pm EST!

** contest is now CLOSED! scroll down to see winner details! **
HOW TO ENTER: Comment on this blog post and one winner will have a chance to win one spot in Lesley's Online Class - Create with TAP. One winner will be selected at random using on Friday July 5th  at 5pm EST. No purchase necessary to enter. Please make sure to leave your email when you comment if you don't have that info on your profile so I can contact you! 

ALSO for more fun goodies ... make sure to visit Lesley’s blog to enter to win a 5 sheet package of TAP!

 *** This contest is now CLOSED! Congrats to the winner "Pupton"!! I'll forward your contact info to Lesley and she will get you set up for the class! thanks everyone for playing!! ***

Want even more chances to win? Check out these other great blogs!!
June 27 – Karen Watson — The Graphics Fairy
June 28 – Judy Coates Perez – Judy Coates Perez
June 29 – Theresa Wells Stifel – Stifel & Capra
June 30 – Lynn Krawczyk – Fiber Artysta
July 1 – Claudine Hellmuth – Claudine Hellmuth
July 2 – Gina Rossi Armfield – Joyful Purpose
July 3 – Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey
July 4 – Liz Kettle – Stitch Journeys
July 5 – Jane LaFazio – Janeville
July 6 – Joanne Sharpe – Whimspirations
July 7 – Pam Carriker – Pam Carriker
July 8 – Theresa Martin – Theresa Martin

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