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Poppies

  • Fresh and New Designs to Keep You Creating

    We've got plenty of new fun, stitching, crocheting, and crafting for you. Read on and we'll share a few of our favorite kits, which include everything you'll need to create to your heart's content.

    We’ve got a lot of new stitching kits for you to try out! 

    You'll be stitching until the cows come home with these kits — they come in 4, 6, and 8 inch, and have everything you need including a hoop, needle, pre-printed fabric or felt, needle, floss and instructions.

    Rose to the occasion with our new English Roses Stitch Kit.

    Mini Maker English Roses Stitch Kit - 10 Pieces - Includes Hoop, pre-printed Fabric, Needle, Floss and Instructions #52622

    These Teal Leaves will bring you restfulness as well as mental, spiritual balance. You won’t want to leaf this project behind.

    4-inch Teal Leaves Stitch Kit - 7 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #50753

    In the past, yellow poppies represented wealth, fertility, strength, or even protection from evil spirits. We love them because they are full of cheer and color, which you can bring into your world with our Poppy Stitch Kit.

    6-inch Poppy Stitch Kit - 16 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #50924

    “A flower blooming in the desert proves to the world that adversity, no matter how great, can be overcome.” 
    ― Matshona Dhliwayo

    Bring this sentiment into your home with our Desert Flower Stitch Kit.

    6-inch Desert Flower Stitch Kit - 9 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #50857 

    Our Coffee Please Stitch Kit is grounds for another cup, and some time stitching.

    6-inch Coffee Please Stitch Kit - 11 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #51452 

    No need to overthink this — you must create this piece with our Hold On Stitch Kit.

    8-inch Hold On Stitch Kit - 14 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #50767

    A pocket full of posies is the perfect addition to your wall. That can quckly be arranged with our Posey Stitch Kit.

    8-inch Posey Bouquet Stitch Kit - 11 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #52621

    Macramake Something Beautiful

    Hitch a ride on the Macramé train with this Macramé Feather kit. It's easier than you think, with our expert step-by-step instructions. It will fill any room with a touch of class and comfort.

    Macramé Feather Wall Hanging - Includes Wood Dowel, 28 yds cord & instructions #50869

    Get Hooked on Amigurumi

    Animal lovers are bound to be hooked by our adorable Crochet Amigurumi Kits. We've got an Elephant, Giraffe, Monkey, and Lion. If you're not keen on animals, we've also got our quirky Gigi Girly, and our superhero Marvin Mega Boy.

    Giraffe Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50935; Lion Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50939; Monkey Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50937; Elephant Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50936; Marvin Mega Boy Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50943; Gigi Girly Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50930

    This Punch Line Is No Joke

    Our Punch Needle Kits take a modern twist on this traditional needle craft. It is fun for all levels, and the results will fit in beautifully with your décor.

    Make waves with our Big Waves kit, and bring their soothing, restful rhythm to your favorite room.

    Big Waves Punch Needle Kit - 9 Piece Decorative Punch Needle Project #52613

    Mountain Waves will take you to new heights, where the view is great.

    Mountain Waves Punch Needle Kit - 9 Piece Decorative Punch Needle Project #51095

    If you're more down to earth, our Flowers kit will suit your fancy!

    Flowers Punch Needle Kit - 9 Piece Decorative Punch Needle Project #51094

    The only problem with so many new items is which one you'll pick first! These will bring joy, calm, and appreciation whether you hang them on your wall or gift them to your favorite people. We'd love to know which you pick and how it turns out! Don't forget to post on your social media channels and tag @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • New Diamond Art! More Designs to Dazzle

    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!

    Intermediate Kits

    Poppies - kit 51496

    Fairy - kit 51488

    Bald Eagle - kit 52510

    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 intermediate Fairy 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!

    Advanced Kits

    Abstract Wine - kit 52514

    Wildflowers - kit 52515

    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 kit is 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.

    Black Cat Floral - kit 52513

    Aurora Eagle - kit 52519

    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! The Aurora Eagle Diamond Art kit is 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.

    Tiger - kit 52525

    Pirate Ship - kit 52527

    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!

    Happy Diamond Dotting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Spring Blooms Coffee Filter Flowers

    Dying and making coffee filter flowers was so much fun as an indoor activity when the weather outside was a bit uncooperative. But it is spring, right? That means a lot of changeable forecasts that may alter family play time. So gather a few supplies and have fun indoors as this activity spaces out over a few hours to a couple of days depending on the volume of flowers you want to cultivate!

    I was reminiscing about my coloring from 6806 - Art of Coloring Flowers, when I decided to jump onto Pinterest to see what was popular using such search words as "flower" and "color".

    Spring inspiration, item 6806 - Art of Coloring Flowers by Leisure Arts. Spring inspiration, item 6806 - Art of Coloring Flowers by Leisure Arts.

    My Pinterest search lead me to the "coloring [or dying] of coffee filter flowers".  Making coffee filter flowers has remained very popular so I started to investigate further. When I saw a post on Poppies by Reality Daydream, I knew I had found my jumping off point into the wonderful world of dying and making coffee filter flowers!

    Close-up of a Poppy; a coffee filter flower. Close-up of a Poppy; a coffee filter flower.

    There are many methods and supplies for dying and making coffee filter flowers. I gathered my basket coffee filters and food coloring to dye them. To add variety to my flowers, I wanted to cut shapes from some of the coffee filters. I again relied on Pinterest to assist me;  this Pin shows simple shapes.

    Fold several basket coffee filters and cut shapes before dying. Cut different shapes to make a varied floral arrangement. Fold several basket coffee filters and cut shapes before dying. Cut different shapes to make a varied floral arrangement.

    With shapes in mind, next I needed to get my dyes ready. I relied on food coloring from the pantry. As seen here, my technique was simple; line up plastic containers of water with various dye colors. The number of drops of dye, the size container and amount of water, and the length of time the coffee filters sat in the dye are all contributing factors into the resulting color. One important note to make: the dye colors appear darker in the water, so as your coffee filters dry the shades appear lighter.

    Food coloring was the dye of my choice. I used assorted "traditional" and neon colors. Food coloring was the dye of my choice. I used assorted "traditional" and neon colors.

    I folded and cut three coffee filters at a time. I let each folded bunch sit in dye from 30 minutes to 8 hours. After removing each bunch from dye, I opened and placed each bunch on cookie racks placed inside an inverted box lid lined with waxed paper. I did not try separating each wet layer at this time. Coffee filters take forever to dry on their own! So my preferred method of drying was to place the inverted box lid (with wet flowers on cookie racks) under a ceiling fan! TIP: You may have to place another cookie rack over the inverted box lid to prevent any coffee filter flowers from flying around the room as each wet flower layer dries!

    Two different shapes just removed from food coloring dye. I opened each folded stack of three and placed on cookie racks. Two different shapes just removed from food coloring dye. I opened each folded stack of three and placed on cookie racks.

    I kept experimenting with multiple colors and shapes. Here's my finished variety of dyed coffee filters at the end of the weekend.

    Many shapes and colors later - voila! Now I have choices from which to begin. Many shapes and colors later - voila! Now I have choices from which to begin.

    I reviewed my Pinterest pin which led me to the post on Poppies to prepare both the center and the stem for each flower.  Since I am not a seamstress, I had no exciting fabric to use as the Poppies' centers, so I relied on felt. I glued the felt to some cardstock to give the center a bit more strength.

    Felt glued onto cardstock to be used as the center of some flowers. Felt glued onto cardstock to be used as the center of some flowers.

    To create the Poppies as described in the Pin, several layers of coffee filters would be stacked and glued one on top of another. But I wanted to insert a stem through the bottom coffee filter layer, not glue the wire to the outside of all of the coffee filters. I decided to insert floral wire through the bottom coffee filter layer and added an extra piece of plain cardstock for support. This bottom layer also hides the wire and glue as you stack the other layers on top of it.

    Floral Stem Wire (20 gauge) inserted through coffee filter and cardstock circle; hot glue melted over both. Floral Stem Wire (20 gauge) inserted through coffee filter and cardstock circle; hot glue melted over both.

    I noticed that I was drawn to the look of flowers that resemble both Peonies and Roses. This gathering of pale colored flowers was so inspiring, I wanted to try her technique. One drawback for me at this time was that I didn't want to use my flowers as a centerpiece, or glued to a wreath or for the underneath of each flower to be seen. Let me know if you think of a good technique to use to finish the back of these flowers so that the pinched masking taped center is hidden.

    With all of the above in mind, I decided to insert wire for stems into my other floral creations, too. I held a pipe cleaner with the 20 gauge floral stem wire to give my stem extra thickness before wrapping with floral tape.

    Day Lily-like flower. Curled pipe cleaner connected to 20 gauge floral stem wire; lighter-weight 26 gauge floral wire wrapped around base of flower. Day Lily-like flower. Curled pipe cleaner connected to 20 gauge floral stem wire; lighter-weight 26 gauge floral wire wrapped around base of flower.

    In addition to the Poppies I made, the other varieties of coffee filter flowers included a Day Lily, a Peony and a Shasta Daisy.

    Day Lily and Peony look perky in a decorative glass milk bottle (item #47918 by Leisure Arts). Day Lily and Peony look perky in a decorative glass milk bottle (item #47918 by Leisure Arts).
    Pretty yellow Shasta Daisy shows off its beauty simply placed in a decorative glass milk bottle (item #47918 by Leisure Arts). Pretty yellow Shasta Daisy shows off its beauty simply placed in a decorative glass milk bottle (item #47918 by Leisure Arts).

    I gathered all of my coffee filter flowers into a larger vase and placed on my desk. I wanted to enjoy the colors of spring everyday in the office; pollen-free and no watering necessary!

    A purple glass vase is perfect for spring and showcasing my floral bouquet; from left to right, see a Day Lily, Poppy, Shasta Daisy and Peony. A purple glass vase is perfect for spring and showcasing my floral bouquet; from left to right, see a Day Lily, Poppy, Shasta Daisy and Peony.

    Spring into something fun and share your love of color!

    Martha

     

     

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