Friday, January 18, 2013

Grow Your Blog Party and Tutorial!

      I am so happy :) you stopped by.

        Please, help yourself to some scrum*dilly*umptious refreshments while you look around.

 Before I tell you about myself, I would like to give a special thank you to Vicki, over at 2 Bags full for hosting this wonderful blog party.
 Vicki is a very talented, and very sweet lady. I really think you will love Vicki and her blog.

                           A little bit about myself;
   My name is Diane. I am married to 
a great guy, who supports me in all the crazy things I do.
   We are grandparents raising beautiful grandkids, and we love every wild and crazy minute of it.

I started blogging several years ago.
 One of the art groups I belonged to, had suggested starting a blog to help in promoting sales.

I found that the blogland is simply amazing!
I have met so many wonderful and talented people, and I am looking forward to meeting you too:)

I am an artist,
 and I work in many mediums, but my favorite is air dry clays.
You can view some of my work in the pages above, under "gallery".

I like to go thrifting, and give old  discarded items a new purpose.

          Or, Jazz up new items!

 Like these little plastic containers I found at the $ store. 
There were 10 in a package for                              only $1.  
I thought, WOW! I can sure make some extra cute candy containers for all the grandkids and my booth space up town, with those lil' cutie's.

If you would like, I'll show how i did it!

I gathered my supplies: Spray paint,Mod Podge Dimensional glaze ( I LOVE THIS STUFF! It can be found at any Hobby Lobby or Michaels craft store). Glitter ( I use Martha Stewarts fine glitter). Acrylic craft paint and the plastic containers found at the Dollar store.

First I gave the lids several coats of spray paint.

Then like in above pic, I added dimensional glaze and spread it around.

Then, while the glaze is wet, I generously sprinkle with glitter.

After about 5 minutes of dry time, then add a top coat of Dimensional glaze. This will seal the glitter in and give a sparkly glazed look, and it keeps the glitter from getting everywhere.

Now you have some wonderfully, glittery lids.

Then you paint your design...
I kept mine simple, painting hearts.

You can finish with adding some dimensional glaze to the heart to seal and give it shine ;) if you want to add dimension to the heart you can add as many layers of glaze as you like, then you have a puffy heart..

And wallah, cute candy containers...

I hope you will be inspired to create! 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog,
And I look forward to meeting you :)

Have a Happy Day!



Cameron said...

Oh, Diane! I'm so glad to know you here in Blogland! It is a wonderful place filled with talented and genuinely nice people (like you!).

I love keeping up with all you do....


LLA Creations said...

Hope to see more of your projects! Love the lesson I've been wanting to play:)
Of course it would be great to own a piece of your artwork!
Thanks for the chance

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Oooh I just finished making some cherry bomb cake balls. Now I'm thinking I need to make some of those containers to give them away in! Very nice to meet you and thanks for following my blog!!!!

maddyrose said...

Great tutorial! The next time I visit the $ store I'm looking for some of these containers.
I'm in agreement with Lisa and Cameron. You are one very talented and genuienly nice person and it would be wonderful to own a piece of your artwork.
Enjoy your weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane! Great to meet you and thanks bunches for stopping over at my blog to say howdy! :D What a cute idea for those little candy containers... who knew?! :D I am so happy you are a new friend and I look forward to many crafty conversations online!
Beth P
P.S. that little snowman is too cute!

The Sage Butterfly said...

Thank you for the instruction on those cute little containers. And it seems like a lot of fun. It is so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog party. Have a very pleasant weekend.


Hello Diane, Lovely to meet you. Your tutorial is great. Your grandchildren are sweeties. Hugs Judy

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love the details - how you made them & all ... that is great!! it's so the small things. glad to meet you. please stop by my blog when you get a chance. take care. enjoy your weekend. ( :

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Hi Diane,
Happy to meet you. I love to thrift shop too! Great tutorial.

Jocelyn @

KarenB said...

Hi Diane,
Thanks for the tutorial. That will probably come in handy soon. The little containers are very cute! Thanks for stopping by for a visit. It's nice to meet you!


EvalinaMaria said...

You have a very lovely blog. I'm a new follower and a 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

Evalina, This and that...

Love You To The Moon And Back said...

Hi Diane, You are so talented and creative. You sure know how to turn things into magic! Love your art!!!Love your tutorial! Just plain love you!

Art and Sand said...

Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog. I envy you those grandchildren.

I look forward to reading more.

Kathy H said...

I am glad I found your blog and look forward to reading your posts. I have some of those little containers and was wondering how I could make them cuter. Thanks for sharing.

The Open Window said...

I Diane I am so happy to have found your blog through the Grow Your Blog Event. I love all the crafting that you do and look forwarding to reading more. Thank you stopping by my blog.

Nancy said...

Diane, Great to "meet" you today! I'm enjoying your blog and look forward to ready more. Take care of those grandkids - so cute! Nancy

Robyn said...

A crafter after my own heart!!

hueisei said...

I am a follower now :D
Beautiful blog and I love your lovely giveaway...
Thanks for the tutorial too!!!

Fun With This and That said...

I think we have alot alike .I all so paint a do paper clay
Maybe we can swap ideas.
If you visit I will visit you.
I retired and do what I like.

sharon said...

Hi Diane, nice to meet you! I just looked thru your gallery and WOW, your work is amazing! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance at your lovely giveaway! Please stop by my blog as well!

budgeteer said...

That is very cute. I would like to enter, and I'm now a newbie follower


Donna Heber said...

Hi Diane,

It is so nice to meet you. Your blog is lovely. I'm still making my way through visiting everyone from Vicki's Grow Your Blog party. I hope you will stop by to say hello.

Andria said...

Hi Diane! I came a little late to the GYB party, but am glad to have found your corner of Blogland. I love how you spruced up those dollar store containers (thanks for the tutorial!), and the snowman container is adorable. Nice to "meet" you! :-)

Debbie said...

Love your ideas, great photos. Nice to meet you via the GYB party.

Cheryl said...

I bought two bags of those mini containers.... I must do something like you've done to them! What a fabulous idea, thank you for sharing! big hugs!

pam said...

Thanks for visiting my blog too Diane. I thought I left a comment here when I visited the other day but maybe it didn't upload. Will be fun to get ideas from each other. What a great way to personalize those containers, I have seen those at our $ store too and would have never thought of trying something like that!

Renae at simple sequins said...

Jeepers, I is your newest following gal. I see you are from N. Utah. Me, too.

I've only lived here for about a year and a half. But grew up in Salt Lake county.

Your thrifty eye at getting those lids and making them cute is so coool. Happy to get to know you more, even if I don't make crafts. Crafts and I don't get along. But thrifty finds....yes PLEASE!!!! THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME AND MY PLACE.

kareninkenai said...

You have a very fun blog, Diane. Thanks for joining Vicki's Party. Please stop by if you haven't already and sign up for my giveaway. (I'm tardy because my motherboard died and went to the grave!) But, I have a replacement now! Hugs from Alaska. Karen

Diane said...

Thank you to all who stopped by my blog, and your comments are so wonderful!
It's such a great pleasure to meet you all :)


Maggie said...

I've enjoyed my visit here, and your craftiness, thanks to Vicki's blog hop! Great, easy tutorial and what a cute giveaway!!

Stop by my blog and giveaway if you get the chance!


mitz said...

..thanks for letting me tour your blog.. and.. wooohoo to your blog csndy.. thanks mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

Carolyn Phillips said...

Hi, it is lovely to meet you via this event. I love how you take time to reuse things and make something pretty out of old bits and pieces.

Maureen said...

Aw, thanks for the tutorial! Love your painting. So glad to have finally made it here on my way through Vicki's party list!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Send me that snowman! I need to check out that dimensional glaze. It looks awesome. Speaking of glitter everywhere...I was sewing on my dining room table yesterday - fully 3 weeks since I "cleaned" up my Christmas decorations - turned my fabric over from cutting out the pieces and guess what was all over it? Glitter. ARGH!!!