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  • Sustainable Crafting

    Crafting is fun and fulfilling, but can sometimes feel wasteful. With Earth Day coming up this month, we here at Leisure Arts have been thinking about how to reduce waste and make our hobbies more sustainable. Whether you want to waste less or just need to make room for new supplies, we can help you make your crafting more eco-friendly. From home decor to wardrobe updates, being sustainable with your crafting is easier than you think.

    Diamond Art

    Dress up your wardrobe with Diamond Dotz. With strong adhesive and 13 faceted gems, you can step up your dazzle with ease. Diamond Art Freestyle is all about using extra gems or buying your favorite colors and letting the dots fall where they want! While this book provides more of a guide, it's a great first step on your Freestyle journey. It's also a perfect way to use up those extra gems without throwing them away or having to find space and storage for them.

    Quilting

    What do you do with all those old T-shirts that never get worn but you don't want to throw out? Take those treasured memories and well-earned mementos and turn them into a quilt! Perfect to give as a gift or remind yourself of good times, T-shirt quilts are a great way to sustainably craft. You can use scraps and small precuts to embellish them, and can even use an old top sheet as your base. Reducing, reusing, and recycling has never been so cozy!

    Crochet

    If you're looking for ways to waste less in your craft, turn to your stash! Stash busting is a term for purposefully using up your stash of yarn, fabric, and other materials. It's also one of the best ways to promote sustainability in your own home! It's the waste-not, want-not mentality. These 6 projects are meant to be created with small amounts of yarn in various colors, making it the perfect stash busting companion.

    Punch Needle

    Being sustainable doesn't mean you have to limit yourself. Whether you've never tried punch needling or it's your favorite craft, it's a great way to use up yarn in a textural, stylish way. It's especially great for adding to existing materials, like jackets, purses, pillows, and more. It adds a dimensional element to old pieces in a modern, fun way. Even the smallest scraps of yarn can be salvaged with punch needling!


    No matter how you do it, try to challenge yourself this month to be more sustainable in your life practices. From busting your stash to crafting with found materials, there's so many ways to be more eco-friendly and less wasteful. As always, tag us with @leisureartsinc or #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your crafty corner.

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • March is National Craft Month!

    It's one of our favorite times of the year: National Craft Month! We'll use any excuse to craft but this month we consider it mandatory. Whether you have just a few minutes or days at your disposal, 'tis the season to get creating! All month we'll be showing you some of our favorite projects and products, you're sure to fall in love with one. Let's take a look at some of our classic favorites.

    Diamond Art Freestyle

    Book #7685

    Diamond Art is one of our favorite modern crafts. There's so many things to dot and so little time! Although it's not for everyone, Freestyle is a great way to explore the craft, test your skills, and use up extra Dotz from your finished canvases. If you need a little direction, a book like Diamond Dotting Paper Crafting is the guide for you. With patterns for everything from desk accessories to cards, you'll find your way to Freestyle heaven!

    Crochet

    Book #7720

    Not only is it National Craft Month, it's also the start of spring! Welcome the sunshine and flowers with some crocheted afghans. You'll keep warm during those crisp mornings but feel warm with pride while holding your handmade blanket. Spring Afghans is full of afghans that are perfect for springtime preparation.

    Loom Knitting

    Product #56991

    Whether you want to get into a new craft or you just love looms, this is the bundle for you! Designed specifically for beginners, you don't have to worry about picking anything out or making sure you have everything, it's all here. You'll be covered from top to toe in loom knitted goodies and you'll have enough projects to keep you busy until next National Craft Month!

    Cross Stitch

    Kit #51104

    It's not always about the big, time consuming projects. Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most. This mini maker is perfect for new stitchers, time crunched stitchers, and everyone in between. With step-by-step instructions and diagrams included, you'll have everything you need for your new kitchen wall accent or to give to an avo-obsessed friend.

    Quilting

    Book #7645

    The magic of National Craft Month is undeniable. It's a whole month that's just for crafting! And what better way to celebrate than with a quilting project. Learn something new while spending time with the old in this book, It's Quilt Magic. You'll learn all the tips and tricks to working with triangles while refining and expanding your existing skills.


    This National Craft Month, our team reflected back to last March and all the making we've done since then. While there may be more indoor days in our future, that doesn't mean we can't fill them with exciting crafts and new creations. These projects and more are how we maintain balance and purpose in our lives during hard times. Finding the light in the dark is an essential part of survival, and what a light this month can be! As always, don't forget to tag us in your social media creations with @leisureartsinc and #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your craft corner.

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Dot Your Life

    Diamond dotting with kits is fun, but have you tried Freestyle yet? It's an easy way to add dimension and sparkle to every day items, some you may never have thought of... Join us in using the Diamond Dotz® Freestyle system to dot your life!

    Pet Tag

    Your pet is already the light of your life, now you can make them look like it! With just a few materials, you can get your pet looking like the shining star that they are.

    Supplies and Tools:

    Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack - 2-Styluses, 2 Pick-Up Wax, 2 Trays
    Diamond Dotz® Gems - Colors: 8085 and 7003
    Diamond Dotz® Freestyle Sandwich Adhesive Roll 12"x 36"
    Any Pet Tag, this one is a simple circle
    Marker or pen
    Scissors or punch

    Getting started

    To begin, you'll want to cut a piece of adhesive to the size of your tag. If you're using a common shaped tag, you'll probably be able to find a punch in the same size and shape to make a perfect template. You can also carefully hold the tag on top of the adhesive and mark around the tag, then cut around it.

    Remove both sides of the adhesive covering and place on your tag. If you want to do an initial, begin with that. This tag is going to have an M for Maisie.

    After you have your letter down, simply fill in the spaces, leaving the spot above the ring hole open so you don't remove any dots when putting the tag back on the collar.

    Once you're done dotting, put the tag onto the collar and marvel at how beautiful your pet looks! Make sure to let the resin cure before leaving it with your pet in order to eliminate possible consumption of Dotz®.

    Nails

    Whether you're quarantined and can't get to the nail salon or you just love nail art, dot accents are an easy way to get a dimensional manicured look.

    Supplies and Tools:

    Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack - 2-Styluses, 2 Pick-Up Wax, 2 Trays
    Diamond Dotz® Gems - Colors: 8236 and 7003
    Diamond Dotz® Freestyle Sandwich Adhesive Roll 12"x 36"
    Your choice of nail polish, this is a dark green
    Any nail glue, a precision tip is very helpful

    Getting started

    Start by applying 2 coats of nail polish.

    Once your nails are dry, place a dot of nail glue in whichever spot or area you want to design. Some ideas are: lines, flowers, single dots, crosses, and diagonal lines.

    That's it! It is so simple to elevate your nails right at home just by using Diamond Dotz®.

    Planter

    Plant parenthood is real, and so is the desire to decorate and DIY plant pots. Diamond Dotz® are an easy way to create a fun design for any potted plant.

    Supplies and Tools:

    Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack - 2-Styluses, 2 Pick-Up Wax, 2 Trays
    Diamond Dotz® Gems - Colors: 8218 and 7003
    Diamond Dotz® Freestyle Sandwich Adhesive Roll 12"x 36"
    A plant pot, this one has a faux succulent in it already but if you're not a perpetual plant killer start with an empty pot
    Scissors or a punch

    Start off by picking your design. This pot is getting triangles for a Tribal-meets-Art Deco look. Your could do dots, swirls, peace signs, candy stripes, or anything you can find or think of. To cut the triangles, simply cut a rectangle and make alternating diagonal cuts to achieve several similar triangles. You could also use a triangle punch.

    Just like with the pet tags, remove both sides of film from the sandwich adhesive and place it on your pot. Start at the top point and work your way down to achieve even placement. Continue placing triangles and dotting them until the pot is finished.

    Once again, it's as simple as that! Now your plants will glisten in the sunlight and stand out in the room.

    Bold Eyes

    Why stop at eyeliner? Line your eyes with Dotz® for a fun, embellished look!

    Supplies and Tools:

    Diamond Dotz® Gems - Color 8001
    Any lash or glitter glue
    Tweezers or Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack
    Mascara
    Optional: Eyeliner

    Optional: Start by mapping out your shape with eyeliner. This will be easier to follow and will get covered by the Dotz®.

    Follow this look for a Mod 60s look or create your own. To achieve the 60s eye, you'll dot an arc above your crease, following your eye shape until you get to the outside. The outer part of the line should extend slightly, elongating your eyes.

    For the iconic lower lash line, place 3 dots on the outermost corner of your eye, then groups of 2 along your lash line. The inner most line should be 1 dot. Add mascara to your top lashes and you're done. Groovy!

    Phone Grip

    Get a grip on your own sparkle! Set your phone grip apart with a custom dotted design.

    Supplies and Tools:

    Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack - 2-Styluses, 2 Pick-Up Wax, 2 Trays
    Diamond Dotz® Gems - Colors: 8085 and 7003
    Diamond Dotz® Freestyle Sandwich Adhesive Roll 12"x 36"
    A phone grip, like PopSockets
    Marker or pen
    Scissors or punch

    This may be the easiest Freestyle project you'll ever do. Just like the pet tag, start by cutting or punching your shape. Most phone grips are 1.5" in diameter. Then place your adhesive, dot your design, and you're done! A custom phone grip in under 5 steps.

    Pattern available in #7686 Simple Sparkle Jewelry

    Dotting your life is as easy as idea, execution, done. With these examples and many more to come, pretty soon you'll be living the multi-faceted life of your dreams! Happy dotting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • 'Twas Christmas in July: Diamond Art

    July is the perfect time of year to get some of your holiday projects finished early. It's a great excuse to escape the heat wave and sit in your air-conditioning. And it's the best time of year to use the downtime to make memories with your family. All the projects below utilize the Diamond Dotz Freestyle program and Diamond Arts Freestyle books.

    Everyone Was Diamond Dotting

    'Twas six months before Christmas and all through the house,
    everyone was dotting, except for the mouse;
    The Diamond Art projects were all laid out with care,
    in hopes that beautiful decorations soon would be theirs;
    The children were nestled all snug in their chairs
    While projects from Sparkle Holiday and Holiday books danced in their heads;

    And Ma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
    Had just arranged dots and canvases with patterns like a map,
    Then each of us chose a project with such excited clatter,
    We sprang from our chairs to pick the one that mattered.

    Ma chose a Merry Christmas cross as quick as a flash,
    The gold and the glitter were sure to make a splash.

    Merry Christmas Cross—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    Junior always loved the new-fallen snow,
    So it was natural he grabbed the snowman box to give it a go;

    Snowman Box—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    When what to Jill's wondering eyes did appear,
    As she shuffled through diamond dotting choices with cheer.
    With a little red hat, white beard and a smile, she knew pretty quick,
    What she wanted to do was to create a sparkly St. Nick.

    Hello Santa—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Holiday Book #7469

    He had a broad face and a little round belly,
    Jill did such a great job, as good as grape jelly.
    He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
    And I laughed with joy when I saw him for myself;

    More rapid than eagles our Little Johnny came,
    And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
    "Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
    On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
    He loved Rudolph the most, because he was small.
    Now dot away! Dot away! Dot away all!"

    Reindeer Hello—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Holiday Book #7469

    I watched my family with great pride and cheer,
    They had created a snowman, a cross, a Santa and a deer.

    These Diamond Art holiday projects are not only fun,
    They will bring great memories for years and years to come.
    The Diamond Dotz are sparkly, the designs are so merry!
    They'll look great on the wall, the table, or a tote that you carry.

    It was so nice to see the excitement and glow,
    I decided to dot an ornament that I could bestow;
    I searched and I searched and found it with glee,
    What I would create is a tree, to hang on a tree!

    Christmas Tree Ornament—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    Ma, Junior, Jill, and Little Johnny couldn't get enough, and neither will you,
    We're so glad we stocked up, and had more dotting to do.
    Ma chose an ornament, dainty and sparkly and blue.
    She liked it soooo much, she created twenty-two.

    Winter Blues Ornament—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    A wink of my eye and a twist of my head
    Let the children know they didn't have to go to bed;
    They spoke not a word, but went straight to their work,
    And painted their stockings; then turned with a jerk,

    Stockings—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Holiday Book #7469

    "Look Daddy, look," they said with a shout,
    And giving a nod, they knew I was proud.

    I sprang to my feet, to my kids gave a whistle,
    And hung stockings on the wall, like a painting of a thistle.
    And I heard them exclaim, as they headed off to sleep—
    "Happy Christmas in July to all, and to all a good night!"

    Sparkly Decorations And Memories

    So when Santa's off resting at the beach, you can make memories for your family. You'll be creating holiday decorations that can be used for years to come, or given as gifts anyone would love. The projects pictured above are just a few of our holiday offerings. Check out the Sparkle Holiday and Holiday books for more.

    We'd love to see what you and your family are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels.

    -Leisure Arts

  • Kids' Summertime Creativity Boosters

    Summertime for children is a time of sun, fun and relaxation. It's also a great time for them to be creative! Crafting not only allows children to express themselves in new ways, it helps with self-discovery, gives them a sense of accomplishment, and builds self-esteem. And, they will have a fun time doing it. Just think, you may never ever again hear those two dreaded words: "I'm bored."

    Just Plane Craftastic

    Children will fly into DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts with 13 easy-to-make projects with little or no help needed. From flowers made out of muffin cups to airplanes made out of clothespins, their creativity will have no bounds!

    Clothespin Wooden Airplanes; DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts #7193

    Muffin Cup Flowers; DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts #7193

    Knot Your Ordinary Friendship Bracelets

    Bracelet yourself! You'll be in awe of what the younger crown can create with Friendship Bracelets Beyond the Basics. Taking friendship bracelets to a new level, this book's 19 designs make each bracelet as unique as each friend. Last but knot least, this is an excellent activity for siblings or friends to do together.

    Friendship Bracelets Beyond the Basics #6284

    Foam Is Where the Art Is

    Easy Foam Crafts is perfect for younger kids. The super easy craft projects are a joy to create and will inspire them to do even more. Some of the projects in the book are storytime play sets, so the creating is only the start of the fun. The children in your life will hit a foam run with any of these activities, and will be clamoring for more.

    Easy Foam Crafts #6107

    Crafting Never Felt So Cute

    From royal crowns to fishing games to gardens, the fun designs in Kids' Felt Cuties will keep children engaged and entertained. Patterns and step-by-step instructions make them all easy, with just a little bit of cutting, gluing and simple embroidery stitches. Let their gardens grow!

    Kids' Felt Cuties #7166

    Celebrating Friendship

    "A friend is someone who reached for your hand and touched your heart."
    -Author Unknown

    Friendship Crafts are a great way for kids to celebrate their best relationships, and be creative together. The designs in this book are fun for best friends to make together and share with each other. Projects include a secret notes necklace, best friends bracelets, BFF monogram; heart charms bracelet and a friends pillow with a photo sleeve. One or all of these projects are sure to be a hit.

    Friendship Crafts #6092

    Patch Me If You Can

    Children of all ages can spread joy and sparkly cuteness with Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book. Easy enough for young children and entertaining enough for teens, the 20 quick and colorful patches can add a personal touch to tumblers, phone cases, notebooks, and more. We'll discuss fabrics, adhesives, tracing techniques that will make a procraftinator out of any child.

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book #7682

    Looking for A Boulder Craft?

    This book will rock their world! The whimsical designs in Rock Painting will bring a smile to any child's face, and to your face as you see the pride in their creations. Step-by-step photos and instructions make each design easy to create. When they're finished, the rocks can sit on a shelf and look pretty, but they can also be used to create fantastic story adventures over and over again. Add a little sunshine to someone else's day by leaving them out and about for others to find.

    Rock Painting #7240

    For The Sheer Fun Of It

    Teach a special kids in your life how to knit or crochet—they wool love you for it! Check out our recent blog, Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet, for some awesome books that will guide you and and the special child in your life step by step. Ewe won't be sorry!

    Blog Post: Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet

    Now that your children have something to keep them happily occupied, you can enjoy a bit of summertime relaxation yourself! Their faces will be beaming with pride at what they can create, and it will inspire them to do more. You could say they will be riding into the sunset, happily ever crafter.

    Be sure post photo/s on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy their summertime fun as well!  

    -Leisure Arts

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