Sunday, February 1


Greetings, dear reader!

Well, with the advent of February 1st comes the madness that is the Clouse House Valentine's Day preparation.

First of all, I relentlessly mock friends and family for "sappy sentiments" and loving gestures. HOWEVER, I confess (seems I'm doing aLOT of that these days) that I too, am a sap. Yes. It's true. When it comes to Valentine's Day and drawing and making little hearts of ALL kinds, I am rendered helpless. I succumb to the red and pink festivities and begin decorating the tree (THIS YEAR I found an aluminum silver one! WOOHOO! I can't wait to get it set up and decorated with my vintage valentines!)

All that being said, here is what I've been up to lately.

I love, love, LOVE these! I found these little hangers all boxed and beautiful, and immediately knew that I would find a way to use them for Valentine's Day...aren't the little charm hearts just darling? Here's what I've done:

I've used lots of brand new items fresh off the shelf from CHA...Prima flowers, Prima Glitter Transparencies, Making Memories Rouge Embellishments, and Vintage trims.

I have 5 of these little beauties for sale (and I'm keeping one for me!) All you need to do is drop a pair of earrings, chocolate, or a necklace into the little heart, and voila! A stunning valentine for a dear friend or family member! If you want one, just email me or leave a comment and I'll give you details. :-)

I've also been altering matchboxes, (7 Gypsies Matchboxes. ..which are sized perfectly for ATCs!) books, behold:

I especially love the cover of the matchbox. I've been wanting to try my hand at foiling, flocking and glittering...and I really like how it turned out.

Most of the 6 ATCs have vintage images on them...some are even actual old Valentines!

And finally, here's a peek at the altered book I've been working on. The book pays homage to women and their importance and beauty:

My niece Emileigh had a part in the book too...she is a completelytamazing artist...and her sister Aria is an incredible photographer...I expect to have a page dedicated to each of them before all is said and done!

One more big announcement...but I'll save that for my next post!

Love, love!

More soon,


Paula Clare


Miss Angie said...

Amazing Valentine Goodies!!! I love the matchboxes...I have several that I want to do something with myself. Oh hey, and big congrats on the "canned ham"!!! WOO HOO!!! Can't wait to see the pics!!!!!!

"Heartily" Yours~

Krissysart said...

How fun are your new pieces! I love them! And what a treat to enter your blog and be greated by the voice of the great Janis. She has a sweet part of my heart!
Have a great week..

Cat said...

GORGEOUS stuff as usual. I love the altered book and the heart stuff is amazing.