spring printable kits!
I've got a few little happy and whimsical spring kits in my etsy shop to share with you

1) Just add a few Easter eggs and jelly beans to my Sweet Treat train and you have an adorable Easter/spring centerpiece! Once Easter is over you can use your Sweet Treat Train for birthday parties by adding cupcakes to the cargo cars!

2) My printable Church favor box goes perfectly with the Happy Houses kit so you can make an Easter village for your mantle! You can also use this little church for weddings or baptism parties too!

3) These little Happy House favor boxes can hold candy, favors and gift cards!

4) I created these little whimsical paper bird ornaments to be used as centerpiece decorations for Spring parties, but then while I was working on them I thought they could also be used for Weddings (how cute as a cake topper!), Baby showers (use the pink and blue for a gender reveal party!) or just to add a little whimsy to your home!

Our cat Brian, seems to think that these little birdies also make great cat toys! Here's an Instagram I took of him "helping" during my photo shoot. He decided he really loved these birds and wanted one to play with. I finally gave in and let him have one (after the photo shoot of course!) Follow me on instagram, I'm claudinehellmuth over there :)


paper love blog hop and a giveaway!
I'm excited to be a part of the Paper Love Blog hop!

Ever since I can remember I have loved paper. I have clear memories when I was about 6 or 7 making paper dolls with my friend from down the street - cutting images out of catalogs and drawing new outfits for our dolls.... I also loved the Whitman Punch Out Books - you could make an entire little village just by punching out paper and adding a little tape or glue. 

It seemed like magic that something flat could become dimensional adorable and fun to play with too!

Now 33 years later, I design printables for people to download, print and make and it still seems like magic! It is amazing to me that I can design and create something here in Washington DC, it can travel to it's new owner as digital pixels and binary bytes (sometimes as far as Dubai!), they print and cut it out, add a little tape and glue and then suddenly, they've got a cute little retro oven or ice cream truck just waiting to hold their cupcakes! 

♥ ♥ ♥ LET'S HAVE A GIVEAWAY! ♥ ♥ ♥
To share my love of paper with you, I'm having a giveaway! Yippee!!

PRIZES: 3 winners will each get to pick one kit from my etsy shop, it's your choice!  

HOW TO ENTER: visit my etsy shop, then let me know in the comments of this post which kit is your favorite  - don't forget to include your email if you don't have a blogger profile, so that way I can contact you!

CONTEST CLOSES: Winners will be selected at random on Friday March 14th at 5pm EST and I'll notify winners by email as well as post them here. Contest is now CLOSED! Winners below!

♥ ♥ ♥  Congrats to the winners: Jennet, Gail and Cheryl! I'll email each of you and check in to see which kit you would like as your prize! Thanks everyone for playing!! ♥ ♥ ♥
And here's a little more Paper Love for you! Use coupon code PAPERLOVE for 10% off your entire order in my Etsy shop. Etsy coupons can be a little fussy so make sure to check out this quick video so you don't miss out on your discount!

And.... don't forget to click the links at the below to discover more bloggers who love paper and hear their paper-love stories!

Majo Bautista / Tona Bell Louise Best Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly Jenny D'Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood Amelia Woodbridge

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here. 

♥ ♥ ♥ THANK YOU! ♥ ♥ ♥  
I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU! I woke up this morning to a flood of super sweet, happy comments in my inbox! Each and every one of you has made me smile! I am dying want to comment back to each of you, but I can't because it will mess up the contest drawing numbers - and we don't want that to happen! I am smiling from ear to ear as I read your comments! :)


linky love round up
I love finding interesting links to share on twitter and facebook, and here are some of my most recent favorites:

Advice from Artists: Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth: via @brainpickings

The Gift of Failure and the Pursuit of Mastery:  via @jonathanfields

In case you missed it, I was interviewed by Natalie of the podcast. Listen here!  

Fabulous essay by Emily Gould @emilybooks about her journey after a failed book launch.

Just discovered @marcuslemonis and the show The Profit on @CNBC. If you like Restaurant Impossible and Shark Tank you'll like this one too!

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Morning to Increase Your Happiness via @pospositive

"The meaner the voices are, the greater the probability I’ve just had a really juicy idea" GREAT article!  via @OrgArtCo

♥ Managing Your Creative Rhythm With @toddhenry [podcast - listen here]


i'm on the Biz Chix podcast!
It was such a treat to be interviewed by Natalie of the podcast. We had a great time chatting and covered all sorts of businessy topics, burnout, productivity, choosing yourself and so much more!

Click here to listen to the interview. Or subscribe on itunes or stitcher!

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