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  • Holiday Gift Guide: Must-Have Accessories

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! These must-have accessories come with your added personal touch, and will be cherished for years to come.

    Handy Handbags

    Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude, lays out step-by-step instructions to make crocheting the six beautiful handbags found in Must Have Handbags. All projects are rated easy, so grab those needles and crochet a purse or two for loved ones on your list!

    Must Have Handbags #75733

    Great Last-Minute Gifts

    With more than 40 stylish hats, gloves, scarves, & more, you'll have lots of last-minute gifts to create! The Big Book Of Crochet Accessories has projects to warm and/or fancy up every part of your body, or that of a loved one! Learn new techniques and put old ones to new, exciting uses with easy-to-follow instructions.

    Big Book Of Crochet Accessories #7578

    Make Your First Shawl

    Create your first stylish knit shawl with "Make Your First" Boomerang Shawls. Marly Bird guides you through every step to create 10 beautiful shawls, perfect for those on your holiday list! Choose from garter stitch, stockinette stitch, seed stitch and simply lace patterns and let the yarn do most of the work with self-striping or variegated.

    Boomerang Shawls #7553

    Warm Their Necks & Hearts

    Can you ever really have enough scarves? Each design in Beat the Chill is more fabulous than the last, and each is destined to warm your neck or that of a loved one! We’re sure of it. So grab some fancy fabric and coordinating thread and sew all nine of these beautiful designs!

    Beat the Chill #7570

    New Generation Latch Hook

    Latch Hook might not be the first craft that comes to mind when you think of colorful, contemporary, and cutting edge. But it offers modern creators endless possibilities combining contemporary designs with this classic craft to create this collection for a new generation.

    (bags or denim jacket accent) Latch Hook: 12 Projects for the Modern Maker #LEA7675

    Bend & Wrap Your Next Masterpiece

    If you’ve been searching for a fun, fabulous, and affordable way to express yourself, then allow us to introduce you to Wire Crafts! With just a pair of pliers and a little craft wire, you’ll be amazed at what you can create! Brought to you by wire artist Alice Nieh, you’ll be bending, wrapping, and twisting that wire into sculptures and fancy lettering in no time.

    Wire Crafts - 18 Wire Wrapping Projects to Bend, Wrap and Twist #7638

    All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, and they are sure to cherish them for years!

    What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!

    Accessoriely yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Practical Gifts

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! The practical gifts we're featuring today will not only add style, but will be useful to whoever receives them! With your added personal touch, every time they are used they will think of you!

    Clean & Organize

    Not only is the Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners THE most fabulous and functional place to begin your crochet adventure, it will take care of at least a few people on your list! Before you know it, you’ll be using or gifting one (or all 20!).

    Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Sew Simple

    Simple to Sew Aprons Sew your way to sooo much functional cuteness with these Simple to Sew Aprons. Thirteen quick and adorable projects await you several cooks on your list!

    Simple to Sew Aprons - 13 Sassy, Sweet & Functional Aprons in a Flash #7609

    Beautiful functionality

    The 11 home décor projects Quick & Simple Sewing Home are as useful as they are beautiful.

    Quick & Simple Sewing Home #7232

    Best of Quilted Bags has a great assortment of shapes and sizes, with pattern options to reflect many fashion preferences. Large or small, you're sure to find at least a few bags perfect for your friends or loved ones!

    Best of Quilted Bags #7061

    Add some sparkle to your organization! With Diamond Art freestyle, you can add a personal touch to everyday items that are great for organization and home décor.

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Storage Book #7691

    Handmade Soaps, Sanitizers, and Cleaners #LEA7806

    Handmade Soaps, Sanitizers, and Cleaners #LEA7806

    The wild at heart will love these chic desk sets in three exotic patterns: leopard, zebra, and giraffe. Each set Wild for Style includes a tissue box cover, a holder for sticky notes, a desk top caddy, and desktop calendar corners. Also, a coaster set and journal cover show a collage of all three prints! How striking!

    Wild for Style - Plastic Canvas Desk Sets and Accessories for Your Home #7750

    All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, organized and clean! They are sure to cherish them for years!

    What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!

    Practically yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Create Your Own Pumpkin Wall Art

    Add designer touches and show off your joyful personality with Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ and Diamond Dotz® Freestyle. Diamond dotting is not only fun and calming, it results in beautiful sparkly art. Today's tutorial takes you step-by-step through this pumpkin project, and before you know it, you'll have a great addition to your fall décor.

    I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, then be crowned on a velvet cushion.

    – Henry David Thoreau, Author

    Give 'Em Pumpkin To Talk About

    Anyone can hang fall decorations on the wall for a great look, but creating your own works of art adds that personal touch, and a bit of pride, to your home décor. It would also be a perfect gift for a fall-loving loved one! Read on for everything you'll need to create this charming and quaint Pumpkin on Metal.

    Supplies And Tools:

    • Diamond Dotz® Gems - Colors: 8001 , 8335, 8431
    • Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack - 1-Comfort Grip Stylus, Pick-Up Wax, Sorting Tray
    • Dotz® Stick Adhesive - Liquid Diamond Dotting Adhesive
    • 3-Piece Dotz® Deluxe Brush Set
    • 12” x 12” 28 Gauge Tin Sheet
    • Burlap Ribbon
    • Hot Glue Gun
    • Graphite Transfer Paper
    • Black Pen

    Many of these supplies can be found on leisurearts.com in the freestyle section.

    Get Started On Your Work Of Art

    1. Download and print the pumpkin and welcome design sheets (see above) on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. Place them on your metal and sandwich the transfer paper between the two. Using a black pen, trace over the design. The transferred lines will be light and thin.
    2. Carefully brush the adhesive within the the black lines on the areas you want to apply gems to; you should see a milky white layer of adhesive on the surface. You can apply the adhesive to one section at a time or to the entire design.
    3. Allow the adhesive to dry until it is clear. When adhesive clears completely it is ready for long term adhesion. On non-porous surfaces such metal, this may take up to 9-15 hours. Cover the design and adhesive with a piece of protective film if you will not be applying gems right away.
    4. Remove the clear covering on the adhesive.
    5. Start dotting! Apply the gems to the adhesive as desired.
    6. When you are not working on your project, place a sheet of protective film over the adhesive to protect it from dust.
    7. When you have completed your project, place the protective film over the gems and firmly roll over the whole design with a brayer or rolling pin. This ensures that the gems are firmly adhered.
    8. Attach the burlap ribbon to the back of the tin sheet with a hot glue gun.

    Craft Hacks & Tips

    • The liquid adhesive allows you to add gems art to any surface.
    • A bottle of liquid adhesive is enough to complete 4 full-coverage 9” x 12” artist canvases.

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Estimated Crafting Time

    3-5 hours plus drying time

    Gourd-geous Results In An Afternoon

    Once you start creating, please share your progress to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! Or share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Check out our other projects at DIYDiamondArtTutorials and take a look at this video for more inspiration!

    Happy Dazzling!

    -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

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