Wednesday, October 31, 2012
happy halloween!
Happy Halloween! I hope everyone on the east coast is safe after Frankenstorm Sandy!


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Sunday, October 28, 2012
mother-daughter week!
There have been so many times that my Mom has helped me move over the years: to college and back  (multiple times!), to my first apartment, my first condo, our first house, and twice already in DC.


A couple months ago my parents started the process to get divorced. Now the shoe is on the other foot and it's time for me to help my Mom move to her first home of her own! She found a great condo in Winter Park (such a cute location!) and I am so glad that I will be there to help her set up her new place. We're going to have a Mother/Daughter week of buying furniture, decorating and making it feel homey! I can't wait!

Saturday, October 27, 2012
quick last minute halloween decorations
In need last minute Halloween decorations? I've got a free banner printable download, that you can get right here!

Storm ready East-coasters -- print now and make a festive and cozy indoor Halloween for your little ones!

Be safe in the storm everyone!!


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
red thread retreat
My bags are packed and I am heading out to teach at Lesley Riley's Red Thread Retreat weekend in Knoxville MD! 

I've taken a little break from teaching this year but this is a special treat to teach for Lesley's event. She and I have been close friends since we both started teaching, (we met while teaching at ArtFest in 2001) and that's when we also met Nina Bagley who is teaching at the event too. Good friends all back together! It will be like old times!! Get on the waiting list for the Red Thread Retreat 2013!

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Monday, October 22, 2012
spooky tree gesso image transfer technique
Ready to create some spooky trees with a fun gesso image transfer? I've got a little tutorial video for you here using my Claudine Hellmuth Studio White Gesso by Ranger. 

Download the tree image so you can try yourself. Just right click the image below to save :)

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
printable giveaway!
Let's have a giveaway! Comment on this blog post and you will have a chance to win my Halloween Tombstone Favor Box Printable kit! One winner will be selected on Friday at 5pm EST

UPDATE - WE HAVE A WINNER! winner has been picked! scroll down to view winner!

These little tombstones are illustrated completely in 3D so you can display them anywhere! They come as a set of 8 with 4 large tombstones and 4 mini tombstones. Personalize them with names and they double not only as favor boxes and just decorations but they make perfect table setting markers! You can print as many as you like to make an entire spooky graveyard :) If you combine this with the  Spooky Forest kit you can really make an elaborate haunted graveyard! More of my printable kits in my etsy store here!

Comment on this blog post and you will have a chance to win my Halloween Tombstone Favor Box Printable kit!. One winner will be selected at random on Friday at 5pm EST 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! 

Thanks for playing! 

UPDATE WE HAVE A WINNER! winner has been picked! Congrats to Linda!! We'll have another giveaway very soon! thanks for playing! 


Monday, October 15, 2012
happy birthday mom!
Super Happy 74th Birthday to my Mom today!


This is one of my favorite photos of my Mom in her 20's when she was working for The Sunday Express in Johannesburg. She's sitting on the shoulders of Mr Universe! So cute!I I've posted it before but can't resist sharing it again. Love you Mom!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
halloween stop motion movie!
Here's a little stop motion movie that I created using my new Halloween printable kits! While I was working on the printable collection I couldn't help but think what fun it would be to make a stop motion movie with the elements! So I did!! 

And then after I made it, I was almost too shy to post it! Thanks to Michelle for the nudge and encouragement to be brave and share it! If you are reading this post from a feed, click here to watch the video.

All of the items in this movie are available as printable kits that you can download and make. Find out more in my etsy store here!


Tuesday, October 09, 2012
at HSN! here we go!
I'm headed to the HSN studios in Tampa to get all set up! I have a long day ahead! I'll be at the studio at 1am but I'm not on air until 5am! Can you say long night? I'm glad my friends Beth Kingston (Xyron) and Andrew Hiller ( We R Memory Keepers) will be here with me! At least I'm not all alone in the greenroom trying to stay awake!

I hope you'll be able to watch us on HSN & starting at Midnight tonight. There will be some great one day only deals on my kits and on other crafty goodness that you won't want to miss!

Here are the hours I'll be on tomorrow - Wednesday October 10th:

5:00 am hour  - Swellsville Cardmaking Kit (only a few left!)
12noon  hour - Holly Jolly Craft Kit (now available!) & Happy Days Border kit (new kit!)
5pm hour - Whimsical Woodworks kit (only a few left!) & Happy Days Border Kit(new kit!)
(all times approximate and listed as EST) 

Any of the above time slots could be adjusted but I'll post last minute time changes to twitter and facebook.  
But don't worry if you miss my shows, they will be on right after I am on air! You don't even need to wait for me to be on TV to snatch up the kits. You can hop on over to anytime on Wednesday to grab the discounts!

Also don't miss Evie Erickson's blog, I came across her blog and she has been doing some cute tags and fun stuff with my kits from HSN!! thanks Evie!!!

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Monday, October 08, 2012
HSN Happy Days Border Kit early preview!
Here's a sneak peek preview video of my brand new Happy Days Border kit which launches on HSN and October 10th. That's this Wednesday!! 

This is a HUGE border kit with hundreds of borders created from my drawings and illustrations. It's perfect for scrapbooking and cardmaking! I whipped up a little preview video so you can see all the goodies that are included in this kit!

If you are reading this blog post from a feed. Click here to watch the video

Like all of my other kits on HSN, we only printed this kit in very limited quantities so grab 'em while you can! Once they are gone they are gone forever!

Here are my show times for Wednesday October 10th, you can watch on or on the HSN channel on your TV, I hope you'll be able to tune in to watch!

5:00 am hour  - Swellsville Cardmaking Kit (only a few left!)
12noon  hour - Holly Jolly Craft Kit (now available!) & Happy Days Border kit (new kit!)
5pm hour - Whimsical Woodworks kit (only a few left!) & Happy Days Border Kit(new kit!)
(all times approximate and listed as EST)

As often happens with TV, schedules change and any of the above time slots could be adjusted. I'll post last minute time changes to twitter and facebook. But don't worry if you miss it, it'll be on and you'll be able to find the kits on anytime!
All of my other kits are still available in limited quantities on too. Click here!

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Thursday, October 04, 2012
artistic syle and composition
I've posted a few time about finding your artistic style (here and here) before. And this week it's been on my mind a lot. Surfing around on my ipad on Flipboard I stumbled across Gary Painter's drawing tips. I think I could do a blog post about every one of his tips (and maybe I will) but my absolute 100% favorite of his tips is: 

#10 Don’t worry about a style. It will creep up on you and eventually you will have to undo it in order to go further. Be like a river and accept everything. 

ahh so true! I exclaimed out loud when I read it. 

which brings me to.... my very close friend Lesley Riley and I had a great phone call interview all about composition and artistic style for her new online class --- she's given me a little snippet to share here with you.  

Click here to play the 1 min audio. 

In this audio you'll hear me talking about style and how as artists we strive to find our own style but then that style also has a sweet spot. A place where it is comfortable and you are really in the groove, but that place is short lived because soon as artists we must grow our work. 

Similar to what Gary Painter was saying in his #10 tip, to stay in that comfy place for too long the work gets stale.... 

That's where Lesley's class comes in! Not only discovering your style and pushing your work, but more importantly studying composition. Click here to learn all about Lesley's online class that starts Oct. 17th. She has a discount code that is good ONLY until tomorrow October 5th. The code is LuckyMe and you will get a 25% discount! Yay Lesley! It was a treat to be part of your class, I know everyone will love it!


Monday, October 01, 2012
free halloween banner for your home!
Happy October! I have a freebie Halloween download for you today! It's a PDF file which you can download, print and display!

This is Maggie dog being a reluctant model in my Halloween banner photoshooot! Normally she loves sitting in front of the fireplace but she couldn't understand why I wanted her to sit there right then and kept getting up to come over to me where I had my camera. She has her confused expression on with ears straight out to the side. silly girl!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE HALLOWEEN BANNER PRINTABLE! YAY!! -- file is approx 4MB --  It's such an easy project and it looks so cute in our living room on our mantle.

Links to my printables on pinterest, twitter, facebook etc are very much appreciated! For more fun Halloween printable kits check out my Etsy store here

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