We'll be visiting family, catching up and enjoying the first few days of 2011 in the Florida sunshine!
I'll be updating via Twitter as we travel and while we're away and I'll be back in the studio on January 10th.
Happy New Year!
If you’re like me you love old style photobooth photos. It’s hard to find photobooths in real life but I found a fun substitute that you can use right on your computer. It creates photobooth pics that look like they come right out of the movie Amelie (my fav movie too)!
Just go to: http://laphotocabine.com/
The site is all in French but even if you don’t speak French it’s easy enough to figure out.
Once you’re done with your photoshoot you can even print out your pics and then scrap ‘em!
I found this fun photobooth link on Website Bakery. If you're in the mood for some fun eye candy (and who isn't!) check it out here!
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For my first workshop of 2011, I'll be at Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston VA on Saturday January 22nd teaching two 3 hour classes.
We'll make this amazing Paper Wreath using left over scrapbook papers from our stash along with some super fun techniques of course!
we'll make this accordion fold book using Sticky Back Canvas and you'll get to play with my new Creative Layers Stamp Collection!
I hope you'll be able to join us! Click here to register!
OTHER 2011 WORKSHOPS:
February 17 - 19th : Collage Discovery Workshop Intensive in Bonita Springs Florida. To register, call The Art League of Bonita Springs at (239) 495-8989
March 19th & 20th: Waxing Poetic Beeswax Collage & Collage Discovery Workshop at the Ink Pad in NYC
May 27th- 29th: Mixed Minded Event in Ontario Canada
I will also be teaching an online class or two with Big Picture Classes. More info coming soon on that!
More workshops and complete information are on my web site here!
I think this piece also works well as my entry for this weeks illustration friday theme of "winter." Nothing makes you feel more cozy about the cold days of winter than a brightly light Christmas tree and presents!!
I had fun making the tree for this dollhouse project piece and I even figured out how to light it with teeny weeny battery operated cake lights! (patting myself on the back)
Wishing everyone who celebrates a Merry Christmas! See you next week!
It's two days before Christmas so let's have a giveaway! Big Picture Classes has given me one seat to give away in Ali Edwards online class Yesterday and Today.
HOW TO ENTER:
Just post a comment below in this post to be entered for a chance to win, make sure to include your contact info so I can reach you. I'll draw a winner at random (using random.org) on Tuesday Dec 28th at 5pm EST.
ABOUT ALI'S CLASS:
Join popular blogger and scrapbooker Ali Edwards, along with a diverse group of memory keepers, as they learn to make meaningful connections to their past in order to live their life in a more thoughtful way. Projects are limited to one layout a week that address the questions listed below.
Are you new to online education? Ali’s robust, cutting-edge online classroom provides content in multiple learning platforms: video, audio and traditional written handouts. The classroom also houses sharing galleries and multiple message boards. This is your last opportunity to participate in Yesterday and Today at Big Picture Classes. Don’t miss out on this popular class!
Yesterday & Today
- Where do you begin creating with photos from generations past?What do you wish you knew about your parents when they were growing up? What life lessons do you want to pass on to your children?
- How do you document the challenging times in your life?
- How do you create layouts that tell special stories when you don't have any photos?
“The benefit of looking to the past is that we gain perspective. We see things differently after developing an awareness of what we know and what we wished we knew. Looking back, even if we're just viewing old photos of people we don't know, can change the way we approach the photos we take and the stories we tell today.”
Read the rest of the class description here!
Please email me to get all the info so you can take this class with Ali!
thanks everyone for playing!
Today I plan to relax and try not to work (we'll see about that!) Then tonight Paul and I will be heading out with our neighbors to a Christmas event at the Russian Cultural Center. Sounds like an amazing birthday to me!!
Have a great weekend everyone!
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We weren't expecting to get in the photo but decided to at the last minute, love how it turned out! Everyone made a huge fuss over Maggie in her Santa Suit and she had so much fun smiling for the camera.
It's so great to have Maggie with us for her first Christmas as a family. Without Bernie at A Place to Bark Maggie wouldn't be alive. Seriously. Bernie pulled Maggie from animal control just before she was scheduled to be put down. Without her we wouldn't have our wonderful Maggie.
A Place to Bark has has lots more sweet furry babies that need your help!
Even just $5 or $10 would go a long way to helping to support all the animals that she takes in and finds new homes. And the best part your donation is tax deductible !!
She was telling me yesterday that she spends $15,000 a year just on pet food not to even mention the vet bills! Wow! By networking with humane societies, she has rescued (and found homes for) over 700 animals this year! yay! go Bernie!!
Also a bonus! If A Place to Bark needs to raise $1500 more by the end of the year to receive a $5k matching grant. We can help her do this!
HOW TO DONATE:
To donate just scroll down to the 6 Degrees Badge in my right side bar. Your donation is tax deductible too!
To learn more about A Place to Bark visit the web site
Friend A Place to Bark on Twitter or Facebook to follow along with her animal rescue adventures!
I love listening to podcasts.
It seems that when I am listening to a good story or an interview it seems to keep my brain busy so that I am not thinking “too much”. My left-brain is concentrating on the story and my right brain can be creative without my inner critic rearing up! Or at least that's the plan :)
I have a whole list of them and I thought I’d share them with you!
Click the links below or search on itunes to download:
- Craft Sanity
- Creative Living with Jaime
- Escape from Illustration Island
- Big Illustration Party Time
- An Illustrated Life with Danny Gregory – he’s not making any more of these but don’t miss the old episodes
- Michael Nobb’s AudioBook
- The Accidental Creative
- Art a GoGo
- Art Heroes Radio
- Art and Soul Radio with Lesley Riley
- Art Marketing Action Podcasts from Alyson Stanfield – Alyson stopped making these but listen to the old episodes
- Freelance Radio – this one stopped for a bit but I hear it is starting up again!
- Creative Solopreneur Podcast by Abby Kerr – this one isn’t on itunes (wish it was!) but you can listen here.
- How She Really Does it with Koren Motekatis
- The Great Work Interviews
STORIES / TALK:
Let me know if you have any favorites not on this list. I am always looking for new podcasts!
Paul and I with the leg lamp! We peeked in the shed in the backyard and there tons of leg lamps in there!
It was a lot of fun to go and see. If you are in the Cleveland area check it is worth a visit. Especially this time year, really gets you in the holiday mood!
Here's the project I made on the show. It's a necklace pendant/broach combo using my Sticky Back Canvas and my new Creative Layers Foam stamps with Ranger.
And another version of the project. Katie made the beautiful necklace to go with the broach....
Getting ready for the taping.
Katie and I on the set!
I'm not sure when the show will air but I'll post here when I find out!
We film Monday morning and we'll be making a necklace pendant/broach combo using my Sticky Back Canvas and my new Creative Layers Foam stamps with Ranger.
I'll be tweeting updates from the taping if you'd like to check in and see how it goes. If all goes smoothly, I'll be driving back to DC Monday after lunch. Fingers crossed!
Happy Friday everyone!
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I have posted this tutorial a couple times, but it's a such a favorite of mine for the holidays here it is again!
Suggested supply list:
- Old Music papers and assorted scrapbook papers
- Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint in Dash of Red, Landscape Green
- Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium (matte or gloss)
- Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint brushes
- Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky Back Canvas
- Ranger Inkssentials White Pen
- A back pen (I like the Faber Castell PITT in size S)
- a BATTERY operated tea light candle (no flames please!!!)
- Template for the houses - I made one for you! Download here!
STEP ONE: Put the house template (download here) on top of a sheet of old music paper and trace around it with a pencil and then cut it out.
STEP TWO: Draw in where you would like the windows and doors to go.
STEP THREE: Paint in the house. Paint around all the doors and windows leaving them unpainted. Here I am using Dash of Red from the Claudine Hellmuth Studio Line. If you are using these paints, you will notice that they remain transparent and you can still see the music notes even through the color, making a really beautiful effect!
STEP FOUR: Here I added details. I used Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky Back Canvas to make the curtains, a black pen and the Ranger Inkssentials White Pen.
STEP FIVE: Fold all your edges and then glue the tab to the other side of the house with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium.
STEP SIX: Pinch the sides to shape the house.
STEP SEVEN: Place the roof template on a piece of scrapbook paper, trace around and cut out
STEP EIGHT: Fold down the center and then add details. Here I added trim but cutting a piece of Sticky Back Canvas
STEP NINE: Put the roof on your house and then place a BATTERY OPERATED tea light candle underneath. DO NOT use a regular tea light candle with flame because it will catch your mini house on fire! You can find Battery tea light candles at home stores like Bed Bath and Beyond, Dollar Store or at your local craft store.
YOU'RE DONE! Here's the little house ready to bring Christmas cheer! It was difficult to capture just how glowing the houses are with the battery tea lights underneath. When you make yours, you will see how magical they are!
Now make a whole bunch more and display them on your mantle! A perfect Holiday Village for your home!
WHERE TO BUY:
Check your local crafts/scrapbook or arts supply store for availability. Claudine Hellmuth Studio Products are for sale online at Ellen Hutson LLC. Google for more online locations. For more videos and information about the Claudine Hellmuth Studio product line, visit my web site!