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Thursday, April 29, 2010
sewing with sticky back canvas - easy necklace tutorial
Want to make some fun jewelry? Of course you do! In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a fun fabric necklace using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky Back Canvas image transfers, scrapbook paper and a little stitching!




And here's my little helper during the filming ... Stanley cat wants to sew too!

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Think I should put him to work for me? I could use some help around here!!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
St. Louis here I come!
I'm headed out the door tomorrow to teach at The Mary Engelbreit Home Companion Workshop event! I am beyond excited to teach at this event. it was such an honor to be one of the selected instructors!

Other upcoming classes:

May 16th - Mixed media collage workshop in Mesa AZ
A full day of my my most popular collage class - Collage Discovery Workshop at the Mystic Paper store in Historic Downton Mesa! Call the store at 480-834-0286 to register!
spaces still available!

May 22nd or May 23rd - mixed media class in Reston VA
Love adding new techniques to your repertoire? Join Claudine Hellmuth and discover over 14 fun-filled methods using the Claudine Hellmuth Studio product line. In this 5 hour class we'll be creating a swatch tag reference book brimming with color,texture,paint and various transfer techniques. Class details and sign up information are on the The Angela's Happy Stamper web site. Spaces are limited so sign up soon! Full for the 22nd, Sign up now for the 23rd!

August 26-28th - workshops in Chandler AZ
I'll be teaching at the Creative Escape Scrapbooking event in Chandler AZ. Click here for more details

September 17-19th - Collage Beeswax Intensive in S. Portland Maine
This two 1/2 day, intensive beeswax collage workshop will focus on mixed media techniques using beeswax collage, color, and composition. 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, glazing colors and more! Even if you have never collaged before you'll leave this workshop feeling like a pro! . To register, visit the Artascope Studios Web site. Supply list also available on the Artascope Studios Web site here! spaces still available!

October 8-11th - 4 day Collage Discovery Intensive in Sedona AZ
The four-day workshop format will be a "Collage Discovery Intensive" inspired Claudine's 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. To register, visit the Sedona Arts Center web site. Download the workshop itinerary and supply list, click here. spaces still available!

Hope to see you at one of my workshops this year!


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Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Mansion on O Street
Today Paul and I went for afternoon tea at the Mansion on O Street here in DC. The best I can describe the place and experience as a kooky, amazing, mad hatter tea party + Miss Havisham house all rolled into one.

The Mansion is made up of 4 or 5 row houses combined together to create 100 rooms (some are hotel guest rooms), and 32 secret doors behind bookcases and mirrors (we only found one!). Each room is over the top decorated and everything that doesn't move is for sale.

A must see for anyone coming to DC! I would recommend the guided tour or self guided tours, rather than tea time. The food while lavishly displayed wasn't authentic English Tea like we expected but it made our visit even more eclectic and fun!

Here are a few camera phone photos from our visit!

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Chandelier in main tea room

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We had our tea in this room

Everything here is for sale...
Everything is for sale, including that angel!

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Lots of odd juxtapositions: Santa with Vietnam Vets, travel mugs + a teddy bear? Of course!

Purple cauliflower!
Purple, green and yellow cauliflower!

Tons of cakes! Oh my!
Tables piled high with cakes!

Traditional English tea food? LOL!
Traditional English tea food? I don't think so ... (P.S. the bowl NOT the Twizzlers is $12)

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Semi-creepy doll watching over the cakes

Looks like a fun game...
Fun 80's game. I bought it! only $3!

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Wine Cellar room accessed by secret door through the kitchen

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Betty Boop Statue? Don't mind if I do!

Floor in kitchen of O st. Mansion
Trompe l'oeil painting on kitchen floor. Amazing!

If you are anywhere near DC or come here for a visit you MUST go to the O street Mansion. It's even a hotel and you can stay there if you like. The guest rooms are completely over the top!

Today was an amazing and fun day and not one I'll forget anytime soon!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Join the Craft Corps!
I am so excited to be in Vickie Howell's new book Craft Corps. This book is perched right on my nightstand I am savoring reading it every night!

Vickie is a TV show host, author, knitter and savvy business gal extraordinaire. So when I found out I was on her short list to be in the book, I was beyond honored, thrilled & excited all rolled into one!!

Vickie has a "book trailer" and you can see my Vespa Girl artwork animated in it:





OK after watching that, you know you have to have this book!! Visit The Craft Corps web site for all the details!

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Monday, April 19, 2010
apartment search
Our search for a new apartment in DC is on! We're starting early to give ourselves time to hopefully find the perfect place. We love our little apartment here on U St. but need to find a place a little cheaper so the search begins! And while we are looking for a less expensive place, I think it's an opportunity to also find a place that is the perfect nest for us.

Inspired by Jamie Ridler (if you don't subscribe to her podcasts you should!) I started a little dream board to help get clarity about what I would love our new place to be like. I used the mosaic maker to create this one.

new apartment dream board

from left to right on the top row:
1) A cute row house or other fun building
2) has parking
3) a small garden
4) inside details have character
5) a clawfoot tub!
6) hardwood floors + studio space for me!
7) pets allowed
8) pets allowed again!
9) washer + dryer in unit + A/C!

A place that feels safe and cozy, with Paul and pets, within 6 blocks of a metro at a price we can afford. Asking too much? Universe help us make it happen!

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Friday, April 16, 2010
still missing you
It's hard to believe that it's been a year since we said good-bye to our Toby and helped him cross over the rainbow bridge.

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Our hearts still ache for you Little T. It's not the same without you!

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Monday, April 12, 2010
workshop updates
This weekend I taught at a wonderful store in Fredricksburg VA, if you are in the area, make sure to stop by Scrapdoodles! Great store, super classroom, amazing people! I can't wait to go back and teach again!

My next class is just around the corner St Louis at The Mary Engelbreit Home Companion Workshop event! You don't want to miss this one! Click here for all the details and to register!!

I've also been hard at work on my online summer class for Big Picture Scrapbooking. More details on this one when registration opens! This is going to be an AMAZING 12 week class LOADED with ideas and techniques!! I am even surprising myself at all the fun things I am coming up with for this class!

Other upcoming classes:

May 16th - Mixed media collage workshop in Mesa AZ
A full day of my my most popular collage class - Collage Discovery Workshop at the Mystic Paper store in Historic Downton Mesa! Call the store at 480-834-0286 to register!
spaces still available!

May 22nd or May 23rd - mixed media class in Reston VA
Love adding new techniques to your repertoire? Join Claudine Hellmuth and discover over 14 fun-filled methods using the Claudine Hellmuth Studio product line. In this 5 hour class we'll be creating a swatch tag reference book brimming with color,texture,paint and various transfer techniques. Class details and sign up information are on the The Angela's Happy Stamper web site. Spaces are limited so sign up soon! Full for the 22nd, Sign up now for the 23rd!

August 12-14th - 3 Day Collage Discovery Intensive in Fish Creek WI
Inspired Claudine's 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. Call the Art Center to register at 920.868.3455 . Visit the Peninsula Art School web site spaces still available!

August 26-28th - workshops in Chandler AZ
I'll be teaching at the Creative Escape Scrapbooking event in Chandler AZ. Click here for more details

September 17-19th - Collage Beeswax Intensive in S. Portland Maine
This two 1/2 day, intensive beeswax collage workshop will focus on mixed media techniques using beeswax collage, color, and composition. 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, glazing colors and more! Even if you have never collaged before you'll leave this workshop feeling like a pro! . To register, visit the Artascope Studios Web site. Supply list also available on the Artascope Studios Web site here! spaces still available!

October 8-11th - 4 day Collage Discovery Intensive in Sedona AZ
The four-day workshop format will be a "Collage Discovery Intensive" inspired Claudine's 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. To register, visit the Sedona Arts Center web site. Download the workshop itinerary and supply list, click here. spaces still available!

Hope to see you at one of my workshops! Let me know if you have any questions!



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Friday, April 09, 2010
illustration friday: linked
Here's my submission to this weeks' Illustration Friday theme of "Linked"!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Escape from Illustration Island Podcast!
I was excited to be interviewed by Thomas James of the Escape from Illustration Island Podcast last week. The episode is now online click here to take a listen!


If you haven't listened to Escape from Illustration Island before, this one is a must add to your iTunes list! I listen to it while I am working and always look forward to the new episodes. Also check out the EFII blog/web site. Lots of good info for illustrators and artists!

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Friday, April 02, 2010
illustration friday: dip again!
This is another submission for illustration friday's theme of "Dip"

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I wanted to create something today just for Illustration Friday in addition to custom artwork piece that I submitted to earlier.

The past few weeks have been lots of travel and prep work for classes and I haven't gotten to make as much art as I would like. My hands are getting itchy to make something just for fun!

In this piece I am experimenting with incorporating more line work and minimal color. Something I've been wanting to play with a little bit more! We'll have to see how it develops.

So here's my "Ode to Dip" with the most delicious Nutella!

Perhaps more civilized Nutella connoisseurs wouldn't treat it as a lowly dip and use it as intended as a "spread"

But I believe when eating Nutella it should be a dip!! Dip those strawberries right in the jar!! mmmm mmmm YUMMY!!!

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illustration friday: dip
Here's my submission for this week's illustration friday theme of "dip"

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This is a custom artwork that I created for a client. These sweet kiddos love to swim in the pool!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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