Monday, March 30, 2015

Free Easter Printable

Hi, Friends!

I hope you all are enjoying these spring days where you are. Our weather here in middle Tennessee has been so nice, and I am so grateful for it! Getting to have dinner on the patio in March really is something to write home about to me, haha!

My babies are on week two of their spring break this week.... I can't believe how fast the school year has gone! They are keeping me busy, and you know I love that!

I have been trying to get up a little earlier than they do in the mornings to sneak in a little watercolor painting time. I started playing around with some flower paintings, using little bits from all my favorites... turning them into one print.

The print I am sharing with you today started last night when, my boy in the middle, Bryce, and I were sitting on the couch talking about Easter. He knows exactly why we celebrate but even still, I wanted to tell him the story all again.

While I told him about Mary, and Mary Magdalene going to look for Jesus and not finding Him in His tomb, I got goose bumps all over.... that happens every single time. :)

I let him help me design this print so that we could share that message with all of you too!

Just Right-Click to save this print to your computer and print it out on watercolor paper or cardstock!
For personal use only please, but feel free to print to share with friends and family too!
I hope you all have a great week, and a beautiful Easter too!

Jesus Has Risen

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Matthew 28 1-10

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello Spring & A Free Watercolor Printable For You

It's obvious that my style of blogging has been doing only one post per year these days.... life sure does just get busy doesn't it?

I haven't forgotten this little corner of my world, but making time for writing and doing creative, crafty things has been overtaken with my small, but growing, business. I won't complain about that, it's been an answered prayer as a way for me to work from home and still be there for my family too. It's pure joy, and something I pray I never take for granted.

Making jewelry is something that I enjoy so much and as happy as I am about making a sparkly something every day, I sometimes need to re-fill my "creative tank" by stepping out of that box and doing other things just for a minute. Know what I mean?

That's where my new found love of watercolor painting steps in....and I am so glad I gave myself time to learn and practice it. It has been a source of so many calming moments lately when I have started to feel overwhelmed. {along with my "French Café" station on Pandora too.... the two together are like a mini vacation!}

I share some of these paintings on Instagram and had some questions about what I use and how to get started. I am in no way a watercolor expert... far from it to be exact but I have learned to just let go of trying to be perfect with it and just enjoy the process.
I start all of my paintings as a pencil sketch. I have a really hard time painting from memory so I usually always have an image as inspiration to help guide me. In this case, it was my "song birds" stamp set I picked up at the post office. As soon as I bought them I knew I wanted to try and paint them. {I find myself doing that with lots of things these days!}
The sketch book that I am using here is from Hobby Lobby, it's called a "visual journal" and it's filled with watercolor paper.  
The paints that I used are from an artist's estate sale, they are from the 60's and still work like a charm. My friend Amanda found them for me and there's just something about using these old paints that I know have created so much art that really inspires me....
Finding time to paint is always a little tricky, I started on this little Mountain Bluebird long before the sun was even up... when all the kiddos were sleeping. Just me, Pandora, and  my coffee {that I accidentally dipped my brush into close to 100 times} haha! I'm sure it added a little more character to this painting!
After I finished four of these little birds, I knew I wanted to break them out of my sketch book and make them into a print.... so that I would have something to share with all of you that have encouraged me so!
Just right-click and save to your computer to print, personal use only please!
I printed this one out on watercolor paper, but you could also use card stock paper as well. I love the colors for spring and will be using my print on my mantle when I finally finish taking down the hearts from Valentine's Day, hehehe :)
I hope you will love it! If you do print one, I would love to see!! Please tag me on Instagram at @creativecarmella
Take care and thanks so much for following along on this creative journey with me!




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

Well, hello December! How did you get here so fast??

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, I missed posting here the entire month of November because my online shop was keeping this little mama pretty busy! Thank you to all that ordered this year, it was a joy for me to be able to do what I love! My shop has closed up as tight as a snow globe for the month of December and it will be nice to have time now to slow down and spend lots of days snuggled up with my family soaking in what Christmas is all about.

I had to put off my Christmas crafting last month, but got started in a hurry yesterday! First up, our new Christmas Advent calendar! I started this mid morning yesterday and finished just in time to add the treats before the big kids got home from school!! It was a close call, but I think I work best under pressure, haha!

I loved these advent boxes as soon as I layed my eyes on them at Hobby Lobby. You can find at set at your local store, don't forget to download a coupon if it's not on sale!!

I was happy to have a reason to use some of the scrapbook paper I hoard... ummm.... I mean, save for special occasions such as this ;)

The possibilities are endless with this project! You could stick with just two or three patterns and colors and work from that, or you could make each box unique from all the others...

Trace and cut out your paper to size to each box, they are each just a little different in shape. Once you have your paper glued into place {I used Mod Podge} use a nail file to smooth out all the edges. This will give it a smooth and seamless look.

Add embellishments like ribbons, buttons, or even jewelry if you want added sparkle! What ever you do, just make sure to let your inner kindergartner come out and make a big mess while you are cutting and gluing.... this makes it way more fun, trust me!

I warned you it would be messy, but it's a lot more fun this way I 

I loved treating each box like they were mini canvases, this one is my favorite for sure....

Here is our advent calendar all finished.,..

{those little boxes are now filled with kisses and rolos, and it's killing me not to eat them already! haha!}

Thank you so much for stopping by!

I hope you all have a great week! I hope to be back soon with some more Christmas goodness to share with you all!