By now you may have heard about Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, a calming craft that results in beautiful sparkly art! You masterpiece doesn't have to sit in a drawer or on the wall, because the possibilities are endless. You can sparkle up phone cases, throw pillows, storage boxes, or even a bag. We've got a tutorial for you on how to make a one-of-a-kind sports bag your superstar will get a real kick out of. This tutorial works with almost every design we offer, but we decided to use our Sparkle Art Soccer Ball Kit.
There are many other options from our Diamond Art collection to use on this bag, so if you're not into soccer, you have plenty of others to choose from! Might we suggest baseball, football, or even a unicorn?
OPTIONAL — Extra Accessories (pom-poms, tassels, beads, appliqués, etc.)
Get Started On Your Sports Bag
1. Dazzle Your Diamond Art Canvas
Diamond Art doesn't have a big learning curve, it is a leisurely craft that allows you to easily put the canvas away for later. Complete it in one day, or complete it one day next week, it's up to you!
2. Cut Out Your Dazzle Area
After you've dazzled your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to apply to your bag.
3. Create Your Trim (Optional)
Our canvas frays minimally, so don't have to worry about lining or sewing your edges. But, if you would like the extra support, carefully line the edges of your cut-out canvas with embroidery floss or thread. (We did sew the edges of our design in the photo above, because we liked the look of the black border.)
4. Craft Your Bag
Place your design wherever you want on the bag (we put ours towards the bottom so it will always be in good view), using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to lay it out flat, and smooth the canvas out to get rid of those pesky air bubbles. Our adhesive keeps our beads intact with the force of a thousand dazzling suns, so don't worry about our beads falling off. (Pro Tip: If you want extra support for your design, stitch a few notches into the into the bag itself with extra thread you used for the trim.)
6. Accessorize (Or Don't)
Now that your Diamond Art is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your Diamond Art Soccer Bag one of a kind by adding extra accessories such as beads or appliqués. Show the world how creative you can be with your dazzling craft. Be 'extra' to your heart’s content, and then SCORE! You have a sports bag with personality.
It's as simple as that. This is a great and unique way to use your Diamond Artcanvas to the fullest! Now that you're finished, you can fill your bag and head out to the soccer field, school, work, hiking, just about anywhere!
April is Stress Awareness Month, and it couldn’t have come at a more fitting time! If you are looking for ways to relax and bring those stress levels down, crafting could be your answer. Stepping back and taking these little moments in life to crochet, knit, paint, or do anything creative, does more good for your body than you may realize. When you are crafting, you are taking charge and focusing on your mental and physical health, which is critical in times like these. So craft away your stress with any creative project—here are just a few ideas to help inspire you!
Jump on the Diamond Art Bandwagon
If you enjoy crafting AND puzzles, it’s time to jump on the Diamond Art bandwagon. Our Rainy Day Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, powered by Diamond Dotz kit has what you need for a stress-free creative activity. The color-coded chart makes it easy for you to complete this abstract modern surrealist beauty, along with the pre-printed adhesive. With high-quality color printed fabric, 13-faceted diamonds, and handy tools like the comfort grip stylus and wax caddy, you’ll be dipping, dotting, and dazzling your way to a colorful masterpiece!
An Apron a Day Keeps the Stress Away
Sooooooo, you want to relax and be productive at the same time? (See what we did there?) Sew your way to calm with functional and adorable Simple to Sew Aprons. Whether you’re into gardening, chicken-raising, crafting, harvesting, or cooking and baking, we’ve got an apron pattern for you. You can never have too many aprons, right? Designer Billie Steward takes you step by step with instructions that will have you sewing these 13 quick projects and calming your nerves before you know it. With styles from bandanna to eggs to summer picnic or retro, these aprons also make amazing gifts.
Wrap Yourself in Hand-Knitted Warmth
Wrap yourself in hand-knitted warmth and comfort with theseKnit Cardigans by designer Andi Javori! Choose from 12 gorgeous cardigans, or heck, why not all of them? The hard part will be choosing which to knit first. Most of these aprons are rated Easy, with a couple of Intermediate ones sprinkled in just to keep you on your toes. Grab your knitting needles and make yourself a new sweater today! Each is destined to become a favorite.
Double the Creativity, Double the Fun
You and your kids can double your creativity with Play Mats from Leisure Arts—make your own interactive felt scenes, and then enjoy using them to make up your own fun stories. Seven different sets are all easy to cut and assemble with glue and simple stitching. Designs by Kimberly Layton include a castle complete with princess and unicorn, life under the sea, a sweet cupcake shop, a campsite, a farm, a cottage in the woods, and a neighborhood. Arrange the colorful pieces in endless ways and mix with other toys to expand the settings and characters.
Let Marvin Mega Boy Come to Your Rescue
Let Marvin Mega Boy save you from your worries! This Mini Maker Yarn Crafts kit is a bite-sized craft experience that will leave you with a cherished and cuddly super hero. The kit has everything you’ll need to create your own adorable 8.5” Marvin Mega Boy amigurumi, including easy-to-follow instructions, yarn, crochet hook and yarn needle. This little guy packs a big punch when it comes to bringing you joy. PS. He also makes a great companion for napping and watching TV.
Color Your Life with Paper Flowers
Not only are Paper Flowers easier to create than you’d expect, they bring out your creativity and wash away stress. With each turning page of this book, designer Jennifer Maker inspires you to create fabulous florals full of texture and color. And you’ll craft it all using tissue paper, cardstock, floral tape, and other readily available craft materials. You’ll uncover 10 projects in all that include a daisy, dandelion, orchid, and rose — one is sure to be your favorite. The best part — you’ll soon be diving into your very own blossoming projects. We’re sure of it.
Be Homebound in Comfort With This Cozy Quilt
Picture this: Lounging on your couch binge-watching your latest show, covered in a cozy blanket you quilted yourself! Our Homebound: Quilt with Leisure Arts pattern pack has a classic look, but never goes out of style. By adding a twist here or a fabric substitution there, you can go modern or traditional, or both! The finished lap quilt measures 49' x 65' with optional crib, twin, full, and king/queen sizes. The possibilities are endless-ish! And that makes us (and you!) very content.
A Bike Ride That Will Soothe Your Soul
Any Cycologist will tell you that this Bicycle Ride is good for your soul. You’ll have the sudden urge to jump on your own bike, gather flowers, and frolic your heart out, but not until you finish this charming embroidery project. If you find this Bicycle Ride embroidery project as charming as we do, then might we mention that your kit will contain everything you’ll need to embroider it into existence? Plus, the pattern itself is pre-printed on the enclosed fabric, so it’s ideal for beginners and experts alike. Yields one hoop of bicycle bliss. So go ahead – frolic away!
Yes, We Do Believe in Unicorns
Do you believes in unicorns? We do! Let this Unicorn Dreamcatcher protect you from your worries. The kit has everything you need to craft yourself to relaxation and create this unique dreamcatcher. But wait, there’s more! A bonus 32-page project book comes with your kit so you can create more great projects. You’ll be creating an organizer, doily dreamcatcher, ribbon chandelier, wreaths and more! Using the easy to follow instructions that come with our Mini Maker kits, you can easily bring creativity into your everyday life.
Pamper Yourself With Cotton
Pamper yourself and your family with the soft cotton creations featured in All About Cotton. This book guides you easily through 10 projects like making baskets, bottle carrier, tote, plant hanger, bath set, coasters, dishcloth and hanging dishtowel, potholder, napkin ring, and a rug. You’ll use soft and cool, yet sturdy and durable, cotton medium-weight yarn, perfect for quick crochet projects. Not only will you relieve stress by crocheting, you will be beautifying your home as well!
Choose one, two, three of these projects to bring some calm into your days, and come out of it with memories and cherished items. All of these projects are easy to accomplish and are perfect for you to do by yourself or include your children or other family members. Once you finish one or many of these stress relieving projects, be sure to share it with us @leisureartsinc or using the hashtag #LeisureArts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in the craft universe. In addition, most of the items we’ve written about in this blog post are included in our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and craft your way to calm.
You asked, we answered, makers! The new year has just begun, and we have some dazzling diamond paintings to celebrate. We just launched 9 brand new Diamond Art Canvases, intermediate and advanced, so you can diamond dot to your heart's content!
So what is this dazzling craft of diamond painting? It sounds strange if you've never heard of it before, but the act of diamond painting is quite simple. It's like painting by number, but with diamonds! You adhere 13 faceted gems to a sticky pre-designed canvas, and voila! You have a beautiful and unique creation that has super versatile display options. Here is a diamond painting up close, featuring our Aurora Eagle Kit.
You'll notice that we're introducing some new techniques and some new styles of diamonds, so scroll to see what your favorite new Diamond Art kit is!
These intermediate kits are great small diamond art projects to jump into if you are just getting started in the craft, and don't want to commit to a whole advanced canvas. If you're addicted to florals this year, then try out this intermediate Poppy Diamond Art kit! The coral pops (pun intended) off the light pink background, and the simple design gives a modern look to any space. This intermediateFairy Diamond Art kit brings out your imagination with multicolored and multi-faceted that balance the pink swirly backdrop. This would be a great canvas to diamond dot with a crafty little one, sot hey can have an adorable sparkly artwork for their room! You can show off your patriotic side by diamond dotting This Bald Eagle Diamond Art kit. This eagle looks so realistic you almost expect it to blink, and the American flag in the background is a perfect pop of color! This canvas would make a great 4th of July decoration, or even just a nice gift for someone who's served our country. You could even customize this with a nice festive frame!
If you've Diamond Dotted before, and you're looking for your next canvas, then you're in luck! These canvases are bold and beautiful, and they're ready to be diamond dotted. If you're in the market for an abstract piece, then look no further, because this Abstract Wine Diamond Art kit has everything you need. Mirroring stained glass, you get to depict a simple scene like two wine glasses in thousands of colors, turning a simple setting into a creative mural. This definitely gives off relaxing bistro vibes, and if having two wine glasses of wine after a long day at work isn't a mood, then I don't know what is.
If you want a garden to last a lifetime, then you erase it in diamonds. This Wildflower Diamond Art kitis perfect for the gardener at heart who can't keep a plant alive for more than day. You can diamond dot these beautiful flowers and they'll never wilt! Give this canvas as a fun crafty gift for a friend, or keep it for yourself and spruce up your space.
With new Diamond Art comes new designs, and new unique styles! This time around, we've played with the negative space art trend, and made the background dotted, and the foreground undotted. This Black Cat Floral Diamond Art kit is great for the inner hippie who channels 70's fashion. with the dotted design being the rainbow flowers, the canvas has a unique depth to it! TheAurora Eagle Diamond Art kitis similar, with a really striking tree line silhouetted in a northern lights landscape. This canvas features our AB coated diamonds, so it's extra sparkly too.
If you want to delve into a full drill canvas, meaning every inch of design is covered in diamonds, then we've got a treat for you! This Tiger Diamond Art kit is brilliant with its sunset background with rainbow accents. The tiger on the rock in the foreground makes for a beautiful artwork that could liven up any room that needs a refreshing pop of color. If you want to channel captain Jack Sparrow, you can diamond dot this majestic Pirate Ship Diamond Art kit! You can sail the dazzling seas with a beautiful sunset sky, bright green palm trees, and a little imagination.
We are loving this new batch of Diamond Art! Tell us what you think in the comments, or tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, we love to see what's going on in your studios!
Hey there, Makers! We kicked off the new year with Creativation 2020, which, is a trade show hosted by the AFCI (Association for Creative Industries) where you can check out the latest trends in crafts and craft products. The Leisure Arts booth was located in the newly created TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) pavillion. We had a blast this year with our sister company PA Distribution, and turned out two booths with all of our new products and product lines! But we know that not everyone can fly to Phoenix Arizona to see how great some of our new products and books are, so we're showing you here on our blog! We have some great videos from the Leisure Arts and PA Distribution booths, where you'll get to see what's coming soon! So scroll to see what's coming for the rest of 2020.
Leisure Arts: Coming Soon
We just recently launched our DIY Resin Pour kits, and you guys have probably watched the videos we just put out! These kits have everything you need and more to get into resin pouring, just choose your surface and you're ready to pour! Play with powerful pigments like blues, purples, pinks, and reds! You can elevate the simple cheeseboard with fun colors and marbling, or make a breakfast tray extra special with a wash of blue! Resin is just like paint pouring, but the result gives you more of a glossy and smooth texture. We're ringing in 2020 in luxury!
You've heard of our Stitchery Kits before, but now we have new ones! And they are perfect for that 2020 aesthetic. We're featuring posies, poppies, and priceless saying like "Coffee Please" and "Hold on, let me overthink this". What's great about these kits is that they are a great entry into embroidery, because not only do they include everything you need to get started, but you have a pre-printed cloth canvas to follow along the lines on and make the design perfectly on the first try. It takes the guess work out of the craft, and makes it super easy to try and get hooked on! We're so excited to bring these new designs to you.
Speaking of new arrivals, we have our Punch Needle kits that will be launching this spring! These were also featured in our booth, and they are basically the same concept as the stitchery kit, but with a different type of needle craft. Punch Needle is a craft that has been around for a long time, but its making a comeback in a modern and fashionable way! These kits will have everything you need to get started in the craft, and with modern and cute designs like the flowers you see above, you'll have a hard time choosing which one to start first! Look out for more information on these in the spring.
Our last soft craft you might have heard of is Amigurumi! We've made adorable Amigurumi kits with some of your favorites like lions, monkeys, and cute monsters! Elevate the typical stuffed teddy bear and gift someone with these as an extra special personal memento. These kits make it super easy to create your own customized plush doll with fun colors and quirky faces. These will be making an appearance sooner than you think, so watch out on our social pages for these guys!
New Diamond Art...And More!
We don't just have new Diamond Art canvases, but a new freestyle program from Diamond Dotz! This new program was the talk of the town at Creativation, because it has so many variations and possibilities. Diamond Dotz Freestyle is all about your design your way, because we give you the materials, and you design your canvas! You have two options of a liquid adhesive or sandwich adhesive, and you can use these glues to mix and match your favorite gem colors to jackets, purses, shoes, jewelry, serving trays, and more!
You can buy individual gem colors, or buy our coordinated gem color packs to style your own design to your surface. We've seen some great designs on surfaces like glass, wood, metal, and more! The adhesives are easy to apply, and makes customization effortless. If you need some inspiration on what to design, we've got it in the works! We're going to be releasing some new books specifically designed for the freestyle program! These 8 books will be released March 15th, and we can't wait for your guys to see the beautiful inspiration that's inside of them.
We've got a wide range of ideas, from animals and landscapes, to cutesy patches and expressions. We even have dog and cat specific books for the person who's dying to dazzle their own breed of dog or favorite cat. These books are as simple to follow as our kits, in that they provide you with the directions to build your design, and dazzle it to your liking with photos, charts, and diagrams! You'll be dazzling everything and anything in no time with the help of our new Diamond Dotz freestyle program. So get excited!
As you can see, we've got a lot coming down the pipeline for the rest of 2020! Be sure to watch the video of our booth to get the full list of all of our new product lines and improvements. Now we'll give you guys a sneak peek of the 2020 products from our sister company, PA Distribution!
PA Distribution: Coming Soon
New Brands: An Artist's Dream Products
You may have heard from our recent press release that PA Distribution picked up a few new art brands. This year in the PA Distribution booth you got to see some beloved art products on their shelves, like Cheep paints, ProArt canvases, and Art Advantage utensils! These art supplies have been well known and loved by crafters and artists alike for years, and it was really exciting to see that PA now houses their products. If you are a wholesaler, you can go to their website here and buy it in bulk, but if you just want to buy the products for yourself, stay tuned! We'll have these baubles on our website in the future.
If you want to level up your scrapbooking and paper crafting game, then these Paper Accents supplies are perfect for you. PA has recently expanded their lines of vellum and cardstock, and they are perfect for your next colorful project! Start small with their unicorn cards and envelopes, or get some bang for your buck with their Vellum Rainbow Pack. There's a lot of fun possibilities to work with!
PA essentials is exactly as it sounds. It's starting with the basics of crafting, but with a modern and fun twist! PA essentials line is full of fun starter packs in stencils, cloth, chip shapes, and more! This is a really great line to look into for beginners and seasoned crafters, because everyone relies on the basics of crafting before they branch out. They had such a wide selection at the show, and you can check out all of it on their site, or stay tuned to purchase individually from our site.
You may have heard of washi tapes if you're a bullet journal enthusiast like a lot of our crafters, but you haven't heard of these washi tapes, cause they're brand new! These tapes are bold, bright, and beautiful with metallic options and neon options. Perfect for a first time bullet journal maker, or for a serious scrapbooker! This is a great addition to PA's 2020 product line.
What did you think of our Creativation Lineup? Leave us a comment below, or shout us out @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts. We hope you guys are as excited as we are for these new developments for 2020!