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1. I'm featured on etsy!

I am so excited! I am a featured seller on the etsy blog and homepage. Click here to read the full article.

HUGE thanks to Stacey Maloney for her fabulous photography and taking that cute shot of me and Maggie dog! If you are in need of great photos in the DC/MD/VA area send Stacey a message!

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2. mentor makers event!

I am mentoring at the Maker Mentors conference next month!

When I was first asked to be a mentor for this event I was thrilled. But then fear and doubt started to settle in. Just between you and me I am currently looking for full time work for the first time in my 14 years as a freelance artist/illustrator. I thought, "who am I to tell someone else how to make it, when I'm possibly going back to a regular job?"  and then I nearly backed out of the event. 



One phone call to Cassie (the director of Maker Mentors) had me feeling 1000% better and more excited than ever to be attending and participating in this online event. 

Here's what you'll find at this event that you won't find anywhere else -  REAL LIFE stories from all of us about the rollercoaster ride that is being an artist/creative and you will learn how those of us have dealt with and overcame a variety of situations! We all work alone in our tiny little bubbles, when you look on facebook and twitter you can't tell the hurdles that another person has had to go through to make their business happen. At Mentor Makers you are going to hear it all so you can walk away armed with the stories, ideas and knowledge that you need to make your own business soar.

The conference is happening May 14th-16th. Everyone who signs up gets access to 20+ live sessions with creative business experts, an interactive forum and tons of resources to help you grow your business. Don’t worry if you can’t make it live. All of the content is recorded so you can access it anytime. I'll be there along with tons of other mentors and speakers and you won't want to miss what we have to share!

Register now with discount code “CLAUDINEHELLMUTHVIP” and get $50 off of your conference fee. Click here to find out more and to register!

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3. I'm in Mary Jane's Farm Magazine!

I was thrilled to discover that my Happy House favor box kits were featured in the April/May 2015 of Mary Janes Farm Magazine in their Farmgirl Expression section!

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4. Business News Daily: Etsy Seller Success

Business News Daily featured me as part of their story on Etsy Business Success! Check out the full article here

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5. Artist & Makers Magazine feature

Exciting news! Artist and Makers magazine featured me in an article about creativity and technology. Here are a couple scans from the article in their Winter 2015 issue.

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6. my popcorn favor box kits are in Yoopa Parents Magazine!

Yoopa Parents Magazine September issue featured my popcorn stand printable kit in an article about outdoor movie parties for kids!

Planning a movie themed party? You can download and make your own printable popcorn stand kit right here from my shop

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7. printmaking unleashed book giveaway!

My friend Traci Bautista has a brand new book! It's titled Printmaking Unleashed: more than 50 techniques for expressive mark making and she's generously offered a copy to giveaway here on my blog! Thanks Traci! 


In Printmaking Unleashed, Traci shares numerous mark-making ideas and over 60 step-by-step tutorials for creating non-traditional tools from objects like kids wood blocks, craft foam, zip ties, crocheted yarn and sink mats to name a few!

There's a little mix of digital printmaking ideas, monoprinting with acrylic skins and plexiglas, mixed media collage, art journal pages, handmade Collage Pauge silkscreens and Traci's popular technique of creating your very own hot glue stencil masks. 


As you flip through the pages and learn how anything with interesting texture or shape can be incorporated into printmaking for exciting, unique effects. You'll never look at a toothpick, freezer bag or plastic zip tie in the same way again!

So are you ready to win a copy!? Here's how! 



PRIZES:  1 winner will win 1 copy of Traci's brand new book Printmaking Unleashed

HOW TO ENTER: post a comment below to enter.  Don't forget to include your email if you don't have a blogger profile, so that way I can contact you!

CONTEST CLOSES: Winner will be selected at random on Wednesday September 3rd at 5pm EST and I'll notify the winner by email as well as post here.

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8. new back to school printable kits!

It's late summer and that means it's almost time for back to school here in the USA! 

How did that happen? The summer just flew by!

Here's a photo of me heading off to my first day of school when I was 7 years old. Other than seeing friends again, what I looked forward to most was a new back to school wardrobe and as you can see here from my socks-with-sandals look I was very fashion forward! ;) 

If you've got little ones ready to head back to school soon, I've got some quick and easy Back to School kits for you in my Etsy shop! They are perfect for teachers and let's not forget the tutors or bus drivers too!

it's a new school year!

get ready for back to school with these printable kits! 


My newest back to school kit and just uploaded to the shop! This easy to make printable Retro Lunchbox kit holds cupcakes, treats, favors and small gifts! Included cupcake trays fit two standard cupcakes or three mini cupcakes. Comes with matching a matching gift tag too! Take a closer look here -->> 



1. Pencil Candy boxes printable - perfect for a last minute teacher gift, these pencil candy boxes go together quickly!
2. Apple Candy boxes printable kit - just right for fall themed parties or as a teacher appreciation gift. They also look cute displayed in a bowl in our kitchen!
3. Alphabet Blocks mini cupcake and favor boxes in bright primary colors - comes with an included cupcake tray to hold one mini-size cupcake! Also fits wrapped candies, small gifts and treats. Letters A-Z and numbers 0-9, print as many as you like to spell out words and use the included number blocks to display dates or ages!
4. School Bus cupcake and favor box printable kit - everyone loves a cupcake! This school bus holds two standard sized cupcakes or three mini cupcakes!
5. School House cookie and favor box printable kit - adorable school box shaped cookie box, holds more than just cookies, use it as a favor box for small gifts, gift cards or as a school themed party centerpiece!

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9. I'm on the Outlier on Air podcast!

It was such a treat to be interviewed by Melinda Yeaman on the Outlier on Air podcast. We had a great time chatting and covered all sorts of topics including one of my favorite topics - how to generate passive income as an artist or maker!

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




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10. free printable apple cupcake toppers!

Can you believe it's nearly August? That means it's almost time for back to school! I thought I'd whip up a little freebie for you so I created a free printable apple cupcake topper kit - perfect for back to school or you can use them for fall parties and events too!


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CUPCAKE TOPPER PRINTABLE!  -- file is approx 2MB

To download from the preview widget above, click the button with the arrow in the top right. This will save the high res file to your computer and you will have beautiful apple cupcake toppers ready to print and enjoy! :)


For more Back to School (and any occasion printable kits) to download check out my Etsy store! Here's a kit that I just finished up - a retro lunchbox that can hold 2 standard size cupcakes or 3 mini cupcakes!



Don't miss any freebies! Make sure to sign up for my email list here:

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11. retro car printable cupcake boxes!

I remember the first car that I bought "completely brand new" - I was 26 years old and it was a 2000 New Beetle in BRIGHT yellow. I loved this car right from the first minute I drove it off the lot. 

It was so adorable, like driving around a little piece of sunshine! I even had a sunflower in the dashboard bud vase. 

 In 2008 when we moved to DC we sold my car and I actually cried when I said goodbye to it. My heart still flutters when I see a yellow Beetle drive by! 

And just for the record I do not approve of the new redesign of the Beetle. It's not as cute and girly anymore, don't you agree? 


new in the shop:

retro car cupcake and favor boxes!

Speaking of cars of adorable cuteness ..... I have created a whole fleet of retro car cupcake boxes and just added them to my shop! It took a full 6 weeks of work on this kit -- but it was worth all the effort! 

I didn't make a Beetle car, instead, I put on my car designers hat and came up with my own design. I like to think of it of a mini-meets-fiat-meets-beetle and I think it came out pretty darling! 

These new little car cupcake and treat box kits come with TWO removable cupcake trays - one for standard cupcakes and one for mini cupcakes. Can also be used as a cookie, candy, gift card box, party centerpiece, favor box, paper toy too! 

Also, I've designed this kit so that you can customize the banner and license plates with your own text! Just open in Adobe Reader and type in the provided text boxes, easy as pie! 

Perfect for so many occasions: weddings (just married car!), birthdays - sweet sixteen!, gender reveal parties, baby showers, Father's Day (didn't Dad always say he wanted a new car!) and so many more occasions! 

Each car kit also comes with two mini suitcase templates that sit on top of the car for an extra retro touch. The mini suitcases can hold small treats and candies, lip gloss or other tiny gifts too!! 

easy to assemble:

watch the video tutorial!

I always create a tutorial video for every kit, I like to share with you tips and tricks to put your kit together easily with no stress. Click below to watch the video!

 


blast from the past:

my first attempt at a 3D paper car was in 2008!

I was browsing my Flickr account the other day and stumbled across this photo taken in my studio in 2008 of my very first 3-D prototype - and guess what! it's a paper car! 6 years ago I had the idea, started it and then shelved it while I worked on other projects...now I am back full circle with finished paper cars! Love it when creative projects come back around like that!

 

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12. i'm in mollie makes handmade weddings magazine!

I was so excited to see that my Retro Cassette tape printable kits were featured in Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings Magazine in a DIY 80's wedding round up on page 70! Yay! 

You can purchase your own retro cassette tape printable kit in my shop here and grab this issue of Mollie Makes here

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13. I'm on the writing and creative process blog tour

My friend Beth Dryer Kingston invited me to join the "My Writing Process" blog tour! I've adjusted the questions to fit my creative process (as I'm not really a writer) and I've tagged three of my fabulously creative blogger friends - Kathy the Crafty ChicaAnn Butler and Jenipher Lynn - as the next stops on this fun tour, be sure to check out their blogs next week to learn all about their writing & creative methods!

1) What am I working on? 
I'm currently working on a retro car cupcake box! It was a challenge to design it so that the lid would open to fit a cupcake in in, but after a week of template design, I got it all figured out. I'm currently at the photo editing stage and I should have it ready for my shop next week!

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
My OCD comes in handy here giving me a nearly obsessive attention to detail :) I love color, whimsy (and polka dots too!) and through my work I try to convey a little happy escape from the every day world! 

3) Why do I create what I do? 
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! 

4) How does my creation process work? 
I thought I'd share my creation process by sharing with you a specific kit that I made:

1) a customer asked me if I had any cotton candy themed items... which then got my wheels turning. I love cotton candy so I was excited to try out a new design! I thought about it for two days even started a couple designs that just weren't working out, then I sketched out this little drawing late at night before going to bed.
2) the next morning I was anxious to see if my idea would work so I started working on the bag/box template structure, which involves a lot of folding of paper and measuring until i get a shape I like. Once I got the template down, I put one together and sketched out my idea (very roughly!) on the side to see if it would work. 
3) At this stage I am laying out the general color and making the template the correct size. Another rough sketch on top for placement, then there are many, many, (so many!) design revisions before moving on to step 
4) after much gnashing of teeth and fretting over teeny tiny design tweaks the finished design is ready and finished! 

Thanks again to Beth for including me in this blog tour! Kathy the Crafty Chica, Ann Buttler and Jenipher Lynn will be sharing their creative methods in the next week - I hope you will stop by and say hello!

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14. xyron surprise pack giveaway!

I have an exciting giveaway for you today! Beth Kingston over at the Aint She Crafty blog is offering a  surprise pack of Xyron goodies (valued at $100!!) to one of my blog readers - details on how to enter below.

And, if that's not exciting enough! I've got another giveaway for you! Visit Beth's blog and enter for a chance to win a spot in my Composition for Collage online class! Class starts June 19th - 4 weeks/$30/forever access - more info here!


GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
PRIZE: 1 winner will be selected to win 1 surprise pack of products from Xyron

HOW TO ENTER: post a comment in the comments below!  Don't forget to include your email if you don't have a blogger profile, so that way I can contact you!

CONTEST CLOSES: 1 winner will be selected at random on Tuesday June 17th at 5pm EST and I'll notify winners by email as well as post them here.


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15. melanie martinez album dollhouse cover artwork

I have exciting news! My Happy Houses printable kit is featured on the cover of Melanie Martinez debut album, Dollhouse! Here's a screen shot below, but you can get a closer look on itunes. And there's real cd's available here.

When I was first contacted by Atlantic Records, I had no idea who Melanie Martinez was (I hadn't seen her on season 3 of the Voice) but I quickly found out how much I liked her work and became and instant fan. Melanie styled and photographed the album cover herself, and I love how it all came together. It was a treat to collaborate with Melanie and have my work featured on her debut album!




The video for the single Dollhouse is fabulous - you must watch it -  nearly 1.5 million views!

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16. let's make teacher appreciation gifts!

Let your child's teacher know how much you appreciate all their work with a little something handmade by you. I've got some quick and easy kits for you in my Etsy shop that are perfect for graduation, year end parties and let's not forget the tutors or bus drivers too!

1. Pencil Candy boxes printable - perfect for a last minute teacher gift, these pencil candy boxes go together quickly!
2. Apple Candy boxes printable kit - just right for Fall themed parties or as a teacher appreciation gift. They also look cute displayed in a bowl in our kitchen!
3. Alphabet Blocks mini cupcake and favor boxes in bright primary colors - comes with an included cupcake tray to hold one mini-size cupcake! Also fits wrapped candies, small gifts and treats. Letters A-Z and numbers 0-9, print as many as you like to spell out words and use the included number blocks to display dates or ages!
4. School Bus cupcake and favor box printable kit - everyone loves a cupcake! This school bus holds two standard sized cupcakes or three mini cupcakes!
5. School House cookie and favor box printable kit - adorable school box shaped cookie box, holds more than just cookies, use it as a favor box for small gifts, gift cards or as a school themed party centerpiece!

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17. summer reading giveaway!

I've added a few books to my summer reading list that I'd like to share with you so let's have a GIVEAWAY!



First up is this darling and touching book by Jenipher Lyn: How being Stubborn Depressed and Unpopular Saved my Life. From the title it sounds like a heavy book, but don't be hesitant to read it, Jenipher covers universal topics that we can all relate to, self comparison, not feeling good enough (can I get a hand raise?!) all with her adorable and lighthearted illustrations and lettering. It's hard not to smile while reading this book, a great read to share with a teen or tween in your life (or anybody really!) we all deal with this stuff and it's a good reminder we are not alone! I first met Jenipher on twitter and saw her sweet illustrations, and that she was writing a book and she sent me one copy to share with you in a giveaway - giveaway details at the bottom of this post! See more views of the book here or purchase in Jenipher's etsy shop!


Next in our summer reading giveaway is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars and 22 other Incredibly Cool Father Daughter Projects by Mark Frauenfelder founder of Boing Boing and editor in chief of MAKE magazine. I was contacted by Mark's publishing company to see if I'd like to do a giveaway on my blog, I thought just based on title ALONE that this sounded like a fabulous book! As a kid I loved rainy day project type books and I would have been first in line to get this one! It covers everything from making an ice cream sandwich necklace (one of my fav projects from the book!) to silkscreening shirts to making a retro video arcade game. If you have a patient and crafty Dad, this book would be a great gift for Father's Day! AND I have a copy to giveaway too - see the end of this post for details to enter the giveaway.


And last (but not least!) is Pam Carriker's book, Creating Art at the Speed of Life: 30 days of mixed media exploration. Summer is perfect to catch up on your creativity, so why not get started with Pam's book and have a new project every day for a month! (this book pairs well with my online Composition for Collage class which starts June 19!) Focusing on art journals as your base, Pam takes you through a new technique each day and by the end of the book, you will have a fabulous art journal, filled with new techniques. Pam also covers design basics like color, shading, form, line etc and has Q & A highlights with artists featured in the book: Seth Apter, Lesley Riley, Mary Beth Shaw, Susan Tuttle and many others! I have one copy to giveaway to a lucky winner! Details below on how to enter!


♥ ♥ ♥ LET'S HAVE A GIVEAWAY! ♥ ♥ ♥
PRIZES:  3 winners - 1 of the above books per winner

HOW TO ENTER: let me know in the comments below which book you are entering for!  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 June 12th at 5pm EST and I'll notify winners by email as well as post them here.

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18. composition for collage online class!

My online class , Composition for Collage is back by popular demand! We last ran this class in 2012 and now it is updated and available for registration again! 

You are in for a treat with this class!! If you sign up we'll be spending 4 weeks together, from June 19th - July 7th -- you'll come away refreshed and loaded with new inspiration and ideas! Think of it as an arty summer camp for your creative soul!

This online class isn't just a blog with a password. It's Audio, Video, Slide Shows, Handouts, Message Boards and more. I will be there with you to guide you along and it will be a truly interactive experience - and here's the best part - I comment on EVERY SINGLE artwork that is posted in the gallery, so it's a great chance to get one on one feedback from me about your work!



Here's a little video from me to you all about the class and why composition is so important!

 What a few participants said after taking the Composition for Collage class:
This composition class gave me a whole new perspective on everything I do from this point on - changed my style completely causing me to express in a new direction. - username Ourlife


One of my all-time favorite classes. Claudine not only gives great information, but was so involved in giving feedback that I couldn't believe it. She is one incredible artist and person! - Kathleen Conrad

This class is so worth it...in collage sometimes less is more...this class helps you learn that...and the icing on the cake is Big Picture classes are accessible forever after you purchase them...you can't beat that deal!!! - E'Layne Koenigsberg 

 
Full details are below and to register NOW click here!!

COMPOSITION FOR COLLAGE - CLASS DESCRIPTION
I have developed this class much like my popular Composition class that I have taught in live workshops all over the US, Canada and in Italy. Now brought to you in an online format! 


 Let me tell you a little background: When I was in art college getting my BFA degree we had very rigorous training in the fundamentals. We took 2 years of classes in composition. Yes TWO YEARS! That's how important good composition is! 

Well you can skip the two years of training because I have boiled down various methods, gleaned from my art college days and developed surefire tools for creating strong compositions in your projects. Easy to learn and quick to implement, you will be making professional looking collages by the end of the first week. I promise! 

Are you ever working on a project and you just feel something in your belly that says “this is not quite right but I don’t know how to fix it?” I will give you have the tools to know how to fix it so you can make your best work! 

Each week I will go over a new composition method by video and slide show in a fun lighthearted and easy to understand format. You’ll have images to download and all the tools you need to work with, no extra supplies are needed. It won’t be long before you discover how it easy it is and by using just a few new techniques, great compositions practically create themselves! Really!! 

So whether you are a scrapbooker making the transition to mixed media work, or have been creating altered artwork for some time…. you will find the investment in this class will give back to you for the rest of your creative life! Gone will be the frustration of working on composition. You’ll know how to apply the tools of good composition and it will make ALL the difference in everything you create!
THIS CLASS INCLUDES:
  • Welcome notes from Claudine in the classroom
  • Colorful instructional handouts with step-by-step instructions for each lesson/project
  • 20 sheets of high resolution printable collage pages created from Claudine's favorite images -- all to use in our composition exercises (a $100 value!!)
  • Instructional videos
  • Powerpoint slideshows with Claudine's audio instruction
  • Reminder emails when the classroom is updated with new materials
  • Weekly emails offering inspiration, images from other artists and discussion about what we are working on that week
  • Private posting gallery to share your work and view the work of your classmates and Claudine
  • Email access to Claudine and lots of "Claudine" time 
  • Message board to share your thoughts with your classmates 
  • Feedback directly from Claudine on artwork posted in the classroom gallery
  • and more!!

ALL FOR JUST $30!! 
YES! $30! That's only $1 a day!! Woweee!!! Ready to Sign up? CLICK HERE!


CLASS FAQ:
  • Is this class open to International students? - YES! That's what is so great about online classes no matter where you are you can take it!
  • Do I have to buy all Claudine Hellmuth Studio products to take the class? No you don't. Actually there is NO SUPPLY LIST. I repeat. NO SUPPLY LIST. Work with what you have and use the downloads I provide. yay!
  • Do I have to be "present" each day to take the class? no you don't! you can follow along as the class progresses, or check in periodically and download the directions, watch the videos at your leisure! it is *best* if you can follow along with the class as I'll be able to comment on your work and help you, but if you are out of town, don't worry, you won't miss out on any details!
  • When does the class start? June 19th
  • How much is the class? $30 for 4 weeks of instruction! That's only $1 a day!
  • Where is the supply list? Actually there is NO SUPPLY LIST. Work with what you have and use the collage downloads I provide. Easy!!
  • How long does the class stay active for those who registered? Students will have "forever access" to the class materials, which means that class will end July 7th (so there will no longer be teacher interaction), but students can go back at any point in time (as long as BPC exists) and access the class materials, gallery and message board! WOW!
  • I am just starting making art/collage: that's great! You'll get a jump just by learning these composition techniques and it will save you a lot of headaches.
  •  Will it be fun? Composition sounds like math? Of COURSE it will be FUN!! I like to have fun. I promise  we'll be learning and laughing!! Let me tell you one thing this class WON'T be is intimidating. I make sure it's a considerate and supportive environment to post your work. You will be getting supportive and encouraging but useful feedback that you can use right away. NO harsh critiques. 
  • Will it work on my ipad? Yes! you can lie on the couch and watch all the videos right on your ipad! 
  • I took this class in 2012, is this one the same? Yes it is the same class, but all the live interactions with me are live and fresh and new with new questions, new answers and new chats etc.
READY TO SIGN UP? CLICK HERE! - Don't wait! This class will not be repeated until next year or later!

If you have any other questions that I didn't cover just post them in the comments and I will answer!
Class runs from June 19th-July 7th but you will have lifetime access to all the materials and instructions!

FTC Disclosure: links in this post are affiliate links. If you click and purchase my class, I will earn a small referral fee. I appreciate your clicks and support!

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19. 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, and 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.
HOW ABOUT SOME MORE PAPER LOVE!?
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.

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20. 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 :)

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21. free printable easter bunny ears

How about a freebie! I've created a bunny ears printable that you can download and make. Perfect for Easter or maybe just because you wish spring were here already -  after this crazy winter, I can't wait for the spring weather!!


Here's my friend Amy's adorable son,  Alfredo modeling the ears for you! Thank you Alfredo for being such a good sport! Don't miss Amy's fabulous blog here!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BUNNY EARS PRINTABLE!  -- file is approx 2MB 


To download from the preview widget above, click the arrow button on the bottom right. This will save the high res file to your computer and you will have beautiful bunny ears ready to print and enjoy! :)

Links to this freebie printable on pinterest, twitter, facebook etc are very much appreciated! Spread the word! 

For more fun Easter, Spring (and any occasion printable kits) that you can download and make check out my Etsy store here

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22. silhouette studio V3 software update

Silhouette just released a new version of their software, Silhouette Studio Version 3, I'm using the Designer Edition.

There's quite a bit of internet buzz about it so I am sure more changes are coming as they get feedback from everyone who uses it. 

I downloaded the software today tested it out, and filmed a quick SVG print and cut tutorial. Right now I prefer the Version 2 software to this one, but I am hoping there will be some new updates soon to correct some of the bugs. I made sure to keep Version 2 on my computer and I recommend doing that if you can, or just waiting to download the update until they make any additional changes.

If you have already updated, or just want to see what it looks like, here's a quick little video that I filmed for you:

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23. i'm in professional artist magazine!

I was thrilled to be interviewed a few months ago by Kristen Fischer for an article in The January 2014 issue of Professional Artists Magazine! I can only show a little sneak peek but you can purchase this issue as a digital copy here.

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24. sweet shoppe themed chocolate party

I got an email from Karen of the Elderberry Street blog, with link to her blog and when I clicked over I saw the AMAZING chocolate themed party that she created for a women's retreat all themed around my Sweet Shoppe cupcake box kit!


1) beautiful table set up with vintage jars, tins and packaging
2) you can see here they even re-created my drawing from the front of my Sweet Shoppe on the cake! 
3) look at how many Sweet Shoppe kits she created - 53 boxes total! 
4) make sure to visit Karen's blog to see more pics - you won't want to miss the "cake" centerpieces she created from vintage jello molds and tins you can see just a peek of them in this photo!

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25. how to print + cut in the Silhouette Studio V3 update

Silhouette has come out with a new and much improved update to the Version 3 software that was released a couple weeks ago. 

Whew! I am so glad! I

 use my cutting machine to print and cut my printable kits so I am mainly concerned with how that process works and this update is so much better. 

It opens my SVG files correctly, handles layers better (still some tweaks needed but this is a big improvement), they also brought back the cut/no cut settings. It's generally more user friendly for print and cut. Yippee! 

So today I filmed a little video tutorial how to set up SVG files properly to print and cut in Silhouette V3 newest update! Watch the video below or click here to watch on youtube


For fabulous tips and help with all things Silhouette (+ other cutting machines too!) check out:

Clever Someday Blog - Kay has been beta testing the new version 3 and she is such a huge help to her blog readers with trouble shooting and tips! Make sure to read this post and check back for future updates before you decide if you want to update your software or wait a little bit longer.

Scrappy Diva Karin - Karin has so many free and super helpful videos on all types cutting machines, if you are new or seasoned pro, she's got tips for you. Her info was a lifesaver when I was first starting out using my machine just 2 months ago.

Doodling Debbie - is also a Silhouette software beta tester and she has a comprehensive video on her youtube channel with all the features in the new update to Version3.

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