Thursday, April 28, 2011

I Won!!

About a week ago Amy at one artsy mama held a giveaway for one of her fabulous photo enhancements.....and well, I'm sure you have guessed by now that I won! (did the post tittle give it away?)

I emailed this pic to her
She has so many beautiful examples of her work on her blog, that I knew what ever she did was going to be great, and......boy was it!!
I love the way she highlighted the tu-tu and the quote is perfect for my little dancer! Amy, thanks again for this beautiful gift! I can't wait to get it framed!

 
And don't for get to enter my 50 Followers Giveaway!!  I am looking forward to making one lucky follower some one of a kind art :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

50 Followers!!

Today when I woke up I felt a bit like this....
(My little worker man...when he was much, much smaller)

I felt this excited because I woke up to 50 followers! This past Monday, I celebrated one month of blogging and today I get to celebrate having 50 followers!! Since starting this blog, I have loved getting to know so many other creative souls out there in blog-land...I have been inspired, encouraged, and welcomed with open arms. So for all of these things, I say THANK YOU!!

I think the best way to say thank you is a GIVEAWAY!!!

My most popular project so far has been my "Happy Home Wall Art".....so I was thinking I would love to make a piece like this for one lucky follower! The winner gets to choose the wording or quote and I will paint it up and send it your way!!


Three ways to enter this giveaway:
1. (Mandatory) Follow Creative Carmella, leave a comment below letting me know you follow
2. "Like" Creative Carmella On Facebook! and leave a comment below letting me know you do
3. Share this giveaway on your blog or facebook page and leave a comment below

Good Luck! I will be choosing a random winner on Monday, May 2nd!!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mod Podge Transfer Art

Hello, my name is Carmella and I am addicted to Mod Podge.....


I have to say that this post would not be made possible without an awesome blog that I found a few weeks ago, Life Without Whiteout.

Ginger from Life Without Whiteout made this adorable canvas art for her "little helper"
I learned so much from this post and wanted to try my hand at making a little Mod Podge canvas art myself...Ginger's complete instructions are HERE , you will want to check these out to see how it's really done!

I wanted to make my daughter a new painting for her room, with all of this talk about the new baby, I wanted her to know how special she will always be to me

I started this project with a picture of my sweet girl taken by my friend at Bird's Eye Photography

Using Picnik, I cropped the picture and turned it into a pencil sketch


Then I printed it out on regular printer paper and covered the entire image in Mod Podge


I then turned the image "face" down...hehehe onto the canvas and smoothed it out


After it dried completely (I gave it about 2 hours) I used a sponge to wet the back of the paper and began to scrape away the paper


I kept removing the paper until the image was the only thing left on the canvas
Like this....



Now time to finish....


I used my trusty Cricut to cut stencils....all I had to do was think about my sweet little girl and all the things I love about her



I continued stenciling down the canvas using pink and purple acrylic paints until it was all finished.......



I think it turned out great...and I think it will be a nice surprise for her when she gets home from school today!





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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter....

Today, in Tennessee, the sun was shining, a breeze was blowing and an Alice in Wonderland themed Easter celebration was the place to be!

Our friends transformed their backyard into wonderland and oh, how fun it was.....

There were giant candies.....
larger than life flowers...

complete with directions to lead you on the right path??

There was tea time....
and treats....

and just so, so many eggs!

I am so thankful for all of our friends who feel just like family...God has blessed us so much! And as much fun as we had today...what this weekend is really all about is the best part....

Greatest man in history, named Jesus... He had no servants, yet they called Him Master. Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him... He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today!!!!

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... (NIV)
 
Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Out on a Limb.....

Anyone who knows me, knows I love birds. I have always been very sentimental about birds. Red birds will forever remind me of my Pap-Paw, and baby birds remind me of my own babies (no matter how much they grow) I am so excited to add another "baby bird" into our family later this year, and I have been looking all over blog land for some creative ideas involving birds. Yesterday, I came across Under the Sycamore, Ashley shares so many ideas for beautiful DIY projects. I spent over an hour on her site and loved every minute of it! I found the perfect "bird" project there and got started on it right away! You can find her tutorial and finished product here , you will want to see this, it is beautiful!!

This is my finished product
follow along to see how I got here.....

It starts with a canvas, I used a 10x10
I sketched where my branches would be in pencil



I used fabric scraps to cut leaves and my little bird from and layed them out



Did you notice the bird's beak? It's made from a small piece of copper wire that I attached to the under side of the bird with a little tape



Then, I was ready to paint my branches. I used "Mississippi Mud", Americana acrylic paint



After the paint was completely dried, let the Mod Podge fun begin!!! I brushed on a layer of Mod Podge onto the canvas and put my fabric leaves on top. I then smoothed them down and gave them a layer of Mod Podge. Continue until all your leaves and bird are on the canvas. I let the whole piece dry over night and added other painted details, like the little bird's eye and some definition to his wing.



I'm not sure yet where this bird's home will be...maybe in our new "baby bird's" room...we will just have to wait and see.....


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Little Something for the Neighbors

Let me just start by saying we are so lucky to have awesome neighbors! Sometimes, when you buy a home you never really know what you are going to get in the "neighbor department" but we hit the jackpot!
This past Sunday, one of our neighbors came over to see if we needed any help with our (very over-grown hedges) My husband had talked with him about this before and since he had been doing similar work in his yard that day, our neighbor offered his help. And help he did...he brought over so many new toys for my hubby to drool over and the trimming began. Once it was underway and we all were hauling limbs to the street other neighbors noticed and came to lend a hand too! The job was finished in no time at all!

Today, I decided I would make a little present to show them all how thankful we are for them. I bought my very first bottle of Mod Podge on Saturday and I wanted to find something to do with it....this is what I came up with:
Mod Podge Flower Pots

Kind of cute, huh?


I started with these plastic pots, I wasn't sure why I was saving these until today :)



I cleaned them up and brought them inside to start my very first Mod Podge project!
The tops of the pots were sprayed with white spray paint to act as a primer for the paint I would add later. I traced the side of a pot onto scrapbook paper and cut it out to see how it would fit



I repeated the "trace and cut" pattern for all four sides



Let the Mod Podging begin!! I added a pretty generous layer onto the pot then smoothed the paper down and added a layer of Mod Podge to the paper, taking extra care to get the edges to lay down nicely



I repeated all of the above steps for all three pot and turned them upside down to dry for about 45 minutes. I painted the rim of each pot with a light green acrylic paint to finish them off.



And here they are ready for my wonderful neighbors complete with some Hosta's I divided up from my flower beds! It will be fun seeing their smiles when they get home from work today :)



I could make about three more of these to give out...we have ALOT of really nice neighbors! Oh, how blessed we are!

 “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”


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