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! :)


I so love doing this blog hop. So nice to read about every once love for paper. Thank you for sharing yours.
/Camilla Olsson - also in the blog hop
A while back I purchased your retro oven cupcake box w/ removable cupcake tray, and I absolutely love it. I really is so adorable and fun to use. Thank you so much.
Love Love LOVE, the trailers. Any color will do:)
Really great work, I have enjoyed my visit.
Even though I like everything, my favorite has to be the ovens!
What a sweet story and also the cute items, brilliant with the world-travelling paper 3D´s, brilliant! My first time in a bloghop, and loving it already, Lise:
The paper wallet kit was a huge hit this past year for all the birthdays I used them for!
Your printables are adorable. I already own several. If I were to win I think I'd add a camper to my collection. I can't decide between the yellow with aqua or the pink though!

Thanks for the giveaway <3
Love your kits!
Thanks for the chance to win one!

I've made several of your wonderful paper creations, and it was hard to pick a favorite. But I absolutely love the cassette tape gift card holders. I have teenage sons, nieces, and nephews, and I enjoy making these for their gift card presents. They really get a kick out of them and it's so much cuter than the average retail gift-card holder! So thankful for your creativity!
Love, love, love your printables! Keep them coming and should I win I would like the retro.
oH hOW f u n!!! Hi, Claudine! Thanks for this FAB opportunity to win BIG!I already have so many of your darling little paper LUV goodies....However, should I hit it big and W I N....I do not have and so ADORE the Sweet Happy Houses gift box set! Cuz...they make me H A P P Y!!! e-me @ THANKS and have a FANTABULOUS day!!
I adore the bird ornaments! I have things calling for me to "put a bird on it!" Love your work as always, and have had so much composition fun and experimentation since I took your collage composition class on BPC :) Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!
arghhh! email:
I LOVE your paper dolls! :o) I just love all paper in general. :o)
I love the trailers. I would love one to decorate with.
I love your work Claudine! Catherine L.
Claudine, you are awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.

Everything in the etsy shop is so cute, fresh, and fun- it is hard to pick just one! I think I would pick the whimsical bird ornaments. I love their plump little bodies, ornate wings, and wee little beaks.
I LOVE the little ovens! You are soooo talented!

Love the oven - giving one to a friend who has a bun in the oven!
I absolutely LOVE your oven cupcake box! It's been on my wish list for quite awhile!

My favorite is the retro oven - cupcake box! It's so hard to pick just one!! Love them all!!!
hey Claudine,
Love your shop but I don't have a personal cutting machine and don't know how much I'd use another "trick up my sleeve" or where I'd put it but you have given me lots to think about. Any way, thanks again for all you your art!

Sandee Walsh
What an amazing list of blogs!! Thanks for sharing! I have made the Retro Ovens and can't express what a hit they are. Next on my list is the Cassette Tape gift card holders. I also think the Retro campers are adorable and, the Halloween line . . . they're all so wonderful. You're amazing. :)
This isn't an easy decision because all of your kits are just too adorable, but if I have to pick one it would be the tombstones. My grandson would love to get those for Halloween. Thanks for the chance to win.
I adore your cassette tapes! Though it is very hard to choose as you have so many awesome designs. I would love to win a paper kit for me and my boys to make.
Oh Claudine, so hard to pick just one. My two favs from your shop are the Paper Dolls and the wallets! If I won I would be happy with any thing! Love your style so much. I am starting to run out of my things from your HSN days. Thanks so much for the giveaway.
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Oh my!!! It's so hard to choose! But if I have to choose 1 I think it would be mini hot air balloons. They would look beautiful for my girls birthdays coming up in June/July :)
Janice xx
Right now I'm loving the Happy Houses. I bought a few of your kits a while back. My son's girlfriend and I had so much fun putting them together. I'd love to win the Happy Houses : )


i love the cassette tapes! but i also still have a tape deck in my car :)
I love your work! Everything is so adorable!
You brought back some fond memories of cutting out Betsy McCall paper dolls in my mother's monthly subscription. Every month a story of where she's (Betsy) going, and the clothes to cut out that she would need for her trip. I would cut out the pictures in ads and make up my own story. Good times. Absolutely LOVE the oven; the conversation hearts and cassette box are tied for second place!

Thank you for your great items!
It is difficult to choose just one of your items as a favorite, but if I must choose just one, I think it would be your darling birds. They are so sweet! And, in looking at your Etsy shop just now, I saw the Halloween Party Birds—how cute! Yes, the birds are my favorite!
I love the cupcake, pencil, and apple boxes. So cute! Just so hard to narrow down to one, but I am a cupcake lover so that gets my vote!
I just love the uniqueness of your things! I have purchased the retro oven and sweet shoppe and love them both. I truly love everything in your shoppe so if I win I would be happy with any of your kits! Thanks, Claudine!
Dearest Claudine,

In love with the pink and blue retro campers. I would be selfish and keep them for myself. Thanks for offering a give away!
Your kits are amazing! I really want the oven kit & the Popsicles one!
I love all the ones I have so far - retro oven, sweet shoppe and and conversation heart box but have my eye on the trailer..
The little retro oven is probably at the top of my list -- though the carousel is a close second!!
I have plans for what I will do with that Oven Cupcake box. Adorable!
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I absolutely LOVE your Sweet Treat Train set! It is so adorable! I have the retro oven cupcake box and I love that one too! All of your work is just lovely!
I love all the paper doll set. I've never grown out of them!
So tough to pick just one kit but I think I might have to go with the pencils! So neat. Thanks for the chance.
featheredneststudio(at) gmail(dot)com
Love your printables - all of them are great! My favorites (I cannot choose just one) are the Cupcake candy box kit and the bird ornaments! Thanks for the chance to win! :-)
LOVE every single item in your etsy shop! They are all so FUN!!
Thank you for the chance to win one.
I Adore the Halloween Party Birds - I can see SOO many projects for these little guys :) Thanks Christi
Thank you for the chance to win! :)
The cupcake candy box is my favorite! You can fill it with so many treasures.
what a great opportunity! Thanks for the chance to win one of your lovely kits.
LOVE LOVE the retro campers!
I love the new campers & carousels! And the hot air balloons are adorable, too. I already have several so if I won, I'd add either the pink or blue retro camper to my stash. :) Thanks for this opportunity!!
Hi Claudine I have ordered several paper items the little stoves which are great for that special friend and the heart shaped boxes for valentines. I would love to win the retro campers or he bakers shop. Love your products
I love the blue retro camper boxes! Thank you for this giveaway.

shangelx at gmail dot com
Well it is really hard to decide what I like best... I love all your Halloween stuff but then I saw the paper dolls & those Heart boxes - are adorable! But the item I like best would have to be your paper wallets ... I just think they are awesome & a great idea!
I love the retro camper series, especially the green ones. Thanks for the giveaway!
You are so creative, love them all. But the one I like most is the Christmas Church. Thanks for this lovley giwaway.
Jeepers! I love everything in your shop! But I'm itching to get my hands on the paper dolls!....but the carousel would be adorable for grandaughters bday...decisions, decisions
Claudine, I can't stop looking at your Happy Houses. They are the cutest things. Thanks for the giveaway.
I LOVE the blue retro camper kit. Thanks for the chance to win!
Thank you for the Giveaway!!
My faaav I've been looking at for a long time is the "sweet shoppe - cupcake holder, favor box, party centerpiece" !

My email is

Hi Claudine,

I just love your foldables! And this giveaway!! I have the retro ovens and the christmas kit already and I would really love to add the camper, the blue and pink one are my favorites!

Keep up the fun stuff!!
I love all this!
Gah! Choose ONE favorite? I like so many of your great printables. The Retro Oven is great. Thank you so much for the freebies you share from time to time. I use the Happy Halloween banner every year.
As a child of the 80s I have a special place in my heart for the cassette gift card holder set!

Just making my way [slowly!] around the other stops on the #Paperlove hop! Hello from a fellow hopper: Julie :-)
Love your stuff! I am not talented when it comes to creating but I can be very good with putting together when I have the proper instructions and materials...would love to try yours. Hope I win a giveaway!
I love the pink retro camper!
The pink retro camper. All your stuff is so cute.
I purchased the retro over kit because we have a beautiful 1950's over in our home, but I also dream of a family vacation in a camper just like your green retro camper, so I bought that also. So next, I have my eye on the Happy Houses. They are just so magical!
Dear Claudine,

When I was in grade school a very long time ago, I remember art class, and how very excited I was when the teacher would open the paper storage cabinet. All those colors! All those textures! Oh how exciting art class was going to be! I remember putting together a 3D Christmas tree one time. I fell in love with paper way back then. And then one day I stumbled on your creations, and I fell in love all over again! I think my favorite might be the paper doll family, or it might be the little village, or it might be the camper, or gosh, I don't know, it's just so hard to decide a favorite. I think my favorite might just be YOU, for creating and sharing all of this with us. Thank you so much!!!
Linda Robb
I already have and love the Retro Stove. My next favorite is The Sweet Shoppe!
The paper wallets are a big hit with my nieces, nephews and the grands. What a great way to present a gift card or some cash!
My favorite is the oven which I have already and love to make all the time. I think my new favorite is the hot air balloon. Especially with the new trendy shower theme of Adventure awaits. Its PERFECT!!!! I love all of your stuff.
Claudine, I also love paper - actually, I'd say I have an addiction to it. I also love folding it, not so much in an origami way but to make useful things such as envelopes, small boxes, bags, etc to hold my jewelry gifts. I love to take things apart and reverse engineer them. I have purchased some of your wonderful printable houses on Etsy before but I went a step further and cut out the windows, filled them in with tracing paper and used battery votives so they would glow. They turned out to be so pretty on my mantel. I would absolutely love to win a kit!
Claudine: Thanks for a chance to tell you my favorite item which is the ice cream truck. Sooo cute.

My first love is still your retro oven! But I also LOVE the cassette tape boxes, so adorable! would love to win them! ;)
I have some of your paper items and really love them. Would like to add the blue retro camper to my collection.
I have your darling retro ovens (I'm a cupcake baker), my niece adored the paperdolls with her own face on them, and the Scooter Christmas Cards were awesome. Would love to win the cupcake boxes!!! Perfect for my baking addiction! Thanks Claudine XOXO
Truly can't decide between the Halloween tombstones or the blue reto camper. Oh the choices I have make! (And listen I had to work
I have the retro oven set and it is just too cute! I am just loving those little tombstones. Your designs are all adorable!

Thanx for the chance to win!

Hi! Love the Happy Houses gift box. Love your work.
Susan Samuel
Yes, I would love to be chosen to pick a new downloadable. I have previously purchase the retro oven and used it to surprise my friends for their b-days. I made pink champagne cupcakes from scratch, but the little oven in different colors was the best gift of all. I have my eye on the retro camper and the popcorn stand- love them. You are so talented keep up the creativity. Love from Minnesota.
They all are so cute - really hard to pick just one. I guess the hot air baloon would be my favorite, since it reminds me of the baloon ride I took over see the animals below was just a dream come true. I must say any of these would be a great way to give a small gift, to that someone special.
Absolutely love the retro ovens! They just make me want to bake!!!

Cool stuff, Claudine! Hard to say which is my favorite, but I'm thinking the Happy Houses would be great to have for spring. Now, back to looking at your interviews, links,!
i love the retro oven. everyone has been thrilled with it.
really just pick one??? O my
well I like the Ice Pop and the Conversation Hearts love them all
I really like the conversation heart gift boxes
Your etsy shop is charming! I love the bird ornaments, but they don't say "kit" in the description, so just to be on the safe side, I'm going to say I love the paper wallets kit the best. Thank you for the giveaway!
I'm loving the Christmas trees!
I love the paper wallets. I tried to find something different to give my coworkers for Christmas last year & came across this. It was a hit. Everyone loved them. Even the guys. I've read some of the comments & definitely trying one of the cupcake boxes next. Just trying to figure out which one.
I first heard of your shop because of the popularity of the retro oven kit. It's still my favorite of all your kits, although I think every one of them are so adorable.
I love the yellow camper box the best although all the houses and vehicles are great too.
I like Retro Oven.

They're all adorable! Today I am partial to the camper. Love your creativity :)
YIPPEEE! Thank you so much! Can't wait to make some cute little birdies with my CH pattern!
I have been taking my time working through this blog hop and it has been so much fun. Really enjoyed your post and have been a fan for some time.
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