Sunday, October 25


Greetings, dear reader!

I want to share with you some of the paper items made for Halloween...lots are vintage-esque and fun to have around! Behold the Halloween houses made from 3 kraft colored paper mache houses. Little tags adorn each and the letters are hand cut (argh) and hand glittered (UGH...what was I thinking?!) by me. :-)

You likee?

Also, I created several "magic wands" from paper mache ornaments found at Michael's for 99 cents. They are reminiscent of the "nap fairy wands" used in Kindergarten! I just love the papers from Making Memories Spellbound collection! I added dried beans inside so they rattle. Voila! Halloween noise makers!

AND because it's that "time of year" , I have been watching the Phantom of the Opera for the nine jillionth time...the song, "Masquerade" inspired the following piece. Again, hand cut, painted and glittered by yours truly...I just love the harlequin paper and the clowns! (

Counselor sidenote: did you know that statistically, Coulrophobia: clown phobia is one of the top 5 phobias listed among mental health practitioners? Isn't that incredible?

I hate to hear that...for I was a clown in "another life." "Aggie" (short for agape) made several appearances for inner city kids at Sidewalk Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and even several city events. (Photographic proof forthcoming) For one who makes her living trying to help people find healing, I hate to think that I may have been the cause of putting someone on another counselor's couch! I digress...

Here are some little tags made last year with some sweet images:

And lest you think all of this Halloween hooplah is just TOO MUCH...I give you HALLOWEEN OVERKILL. In a nearby neighborhood, the little gramma that lives in this house decorates for EVERY holiday like this. A path has been made so trick or treaters can find their way to the front door. Typically, there is no path. I suppose the resident(s) use the back door. :-)

It's beyond hilarious...but (brace yourselves) something in me LIKES the over-the-top-ness of it all. I mean, if *I* were one to decorate my yard, it would probably look very similar! As it is, my junque books and papercrafts must take all of the overdone embellishment!

Back soon to regale you with tales of our weekend camping trip...and Webster the Wonder Dog!

Hugs and kisses,
Paula Clare


Creative Breathing said...

Paula, It is so funny when someone reads my posts as I am checking them for editing. I had wanted to send you my extras to begin with but was to embarrassed to ask. E-mail me your address at, and I will have it off to you tomorrow. The paper is so cute! Paula, your work never ceases to amaze me. I learn with each new post. I'm not at the "let it all out" point yet, but at least I'm hanging over the edges a little more. My shower tag book for my D-I-L was a stretch for me! So hard for me not to craft cute! I am asking for the punch and binding machine for Christmas. Can't wait! Have a great upcoming week! E

Sandy said...

All of these things are so darn cute, and I love your Halloween Blog! The backround, the rick rac, everything! I am fairly new at this and I am just amazed at the creativity out here! I sure like those wands....I am just getting my craftroom ready!!! (Oh buy!) Next Halloween, look out, here I come! I am going tot ry to get some Christmas things done tho....thank you for having such a fun place to visit!

Paula Clare said...

Hi Gals! Thanks for leaving the comments! I absolutely LOVE creating with paper! (can you tell?!)And E, "cute" is wonderful...don't stop doing what you're good at!

Sandy, I am so glad you stumbled upon my blog...since you are just getting started with your craftroom, you might want to watch my videos...they will tell you what you MUST HAVE to get started!

Let the paper fly!