Diamond Art…a new trend in crafting

Diamond Art by Leisure Arts 

This past week-end was a stormy, nasty, stay indoors kind of week-end.

The perfect time for crafting and learning/trying something different.

I’d been wanting to start the new Rose Diamond Art kit that I received from Leisure Arts.

I knew the kit was going to take a little time and I was just waiting for the perfect opportunity

to give it my full attention.

What is Diamond Arts?

It is a new trend in crafting.

It’s similar to cross stitching and paint by numbers.

“A little bit tedious, curiously addicting and extremely satisfying.”

It was so addicting that I didn’t want to stop…

I had to bring it down onto the kitchen counter so I could work on the it while cooking dinner.

Leisure Arts makes kits for beginners, intermediate and advanced.

They have a great selection of Diamond Arts Kits for both kids and adults.

The Rose Diamond Art kit includes:

  • One High Quality Printed Fabric
  • Gems Pre-sorted by Color
  • Stylus
  • Craft Tray
  • Wax Piece
  • Comfort Grip
  • Instructions

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The rose design is pre-printed on the fabric with the symbols for the Diamond Art gems and

is coated with a special adhesive.  You pick the gem up using the stylus and place the gem

onto the corresponding symbol on the printed fabric.

It really is that easy.  Great for kids age 8 and up.

The kits comes with photos and great instructions.

If you’re a visual learner like me, check out the video below.

LeisureArts.com has a great selection of Diamond Arts kits that you can purchase online.

If you sign up for email updates you can get 15% off your first order.


THANK YOU Leisure Arts for providing this awesome Rose Diamond Art kit.

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When your favorite cashmere sweater has a hole…

When your favorite Cashmere Sweater has a hole in it you make it into something new.

I was pretty bummed when I found out my favorite sweater had a hole in it.

My first instinct was to throw it in the garbage.

 After retrieving my sweater from the throw away pile…

I decided to make it into a super soft pillow instead.

To make the DIY Sweater Pillow I used:                                  (*affiliate link)

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DIY Upcycled Sweater Pillow

Directions:

  1. Turn the sweater inside out.  Line up the pillow form with the sweater to determine best placement to hide the holes.
  2. For my sweater, since the holes were on one side…I decided to sew the bottom of the sweater together first and insert the pillow to determine how much I needed to cut off the other side.
  3. Cut the sweater slightly larger than the pillow form.
  4. Remove pillow form and sew second side together.

5.  To Personalize my pillow…Turn sweater back to right sides and iron the Joy Iron-On Embroidered Letters.  Cover letters with a clean soft cloth and iron the letters for 30 seconds.  Turn sweater pillow cover inside out, cover with cloth and iron for and additional 30 seconds.  Allow letters to cool before finishing the pillow.    

6.  Because there is a lot of give with the sweater material.  I was able to sew the 4th side       halfway and stuff the pillow form inside.  I hand sewed the pillow closed.

7.  To dress up the pillow…I created a sash to go around the pillow by sewing together flannel scraps.


 

    8.  Secure the sash around the pillow using a couple of big black buttons.

The pillow is perfect for marking my spot on my favorite comfy chair.

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets and appliques at your local craft store.

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Layout and Cards with Jillibean Soup’s Garden Harvest Collection

Layouts and Cards with Jillibean Soup’s Garden Harvest Collection 

This is one of my favorite pictures of my three kids now that they’ve grown up.

Silly, Carefree and Serious

It captures their personalities perfectly.

I have this picture in a frame in my family room,

but, I wanted to use it for a scrapbook layout as well.  (It is my favorite, after all.)

I used Jillibean Soup Garden Harvest Collection Pack* to make my layout and a few extra cards.

I love a “clean and simple” card.

“You are my happy” card.

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Creativation 2019

These are the moments that remind me how lucky I am to work in the Creative Industry.

Opening Day…waiting for the show to open

Last month, I got the opportunity to fly to Phoenix to work and attend the Creativation Show.

For those of you that don’t know what Creativation is, it is the annual trade show for everyone

involved in the Hobby and Creative Industry.

Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers, Designers, Bloggers.

For me, as a designer, it’s also the opportunity to reconnect face to face with friends

that I only get to see once a year.  (you know…”my tribe”)

Oh… and the chance to see what’s new and the latest and greatest in the industry.

Make and Takes in the Deflecto Booth

I always have great intentions of taking tons of pictures and possibly a video or two.

But in Reality…I also have to work.  (or play)

Each day, I taught a different “make and take” in the Deflecto Booth.

Deflecto is one of the great companies I have the honor of working with.

Deflecto is known for their awesome craft storage.

The Great Wall of Deflecto Stack ‘N Go Caddy Wheel Base, Craft Organizers*

At Creativation we like to have a little fun.

Each day in the Deflecto Booth they host a Stack ‘N Go Caddy Challenge,

attendees compete to see who can fill and stack the caddies with the fastest time.

(The one with the best time each day wins a American Express Gift Card.)

It’s a big hit and can get quite competitive at times.  At the end of the show, if you’ve got

your special postcard stamped, they give away all caddies used to build the great wall.

It’s a fun booth to work in.

Another company I have the privilege of working with is StyleTechCraft.

They have the best adhesive vinyl to work with.  (and they treat me like a queen)

As you can see…I had a three hour demo on Saturday.

Graphic 45 Booth

I love all their new paper collections.

The Graphic 45 booth is always one of my favorites because their samples are always

so beautiful and inspiring.

Bloom where you are planted…(I need this collection)

Another one of my favorite booths is the Jillibean Soup booth.

Besides being know for their fun paper collections they also have a wonderful line called

Mixed the Media.  I love everything about this collection.

I NEED these windows.  (just saying)

I also took a little “me time” and did a make and take in the Jillibean booth.  

This is from their Embroidery Hoop Art collection.

Simple Stories Booth

This is embarrassing.  As much as I LOVE Simple Stories, this is is the only picture I took.

Sometimes…I get to talking too much (and drooling) to take pictures.

Tim Holtz ideal-olgy Booth

As a “vintage lover” this booth always stops me in my tracks.

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Idea-ology Booth Make and Take

Look what I made.  Isn’t he cute?

 At Creativation there is a large variety of classes that attendees can take.  

Business classes, workshops.  This is from the Waffleflower class I took.

I got to use their new “Water Media Mat” that will be available next month.

I always wish I would have taken more pictures. 

My pictures are only a super small sample of all the wonderful and creative things

to see and do at the Creativation Show.

If you’d like to see more…

Check out the Creativation Round Up on the Designer Craft Connection Blog.

        

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Let’s have a Sedona Adventure…

Last month, after the Creativation show in Phoenix, we took a little extra time and went

to Sedona for a couple days.  I would love to say it was pure relaxation.

But… I think we did more walking (and hiking) than I did all week at the show.

When we went to Sedona last year, we took a Red Rock Jeep Tour.

This year, we did a lot more exploring on our own and after we got tired,

we took a trolley tour up to the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

The chapel and the views did not disappoint.

When we were getting ready to leave, I offered to take pictures for a couple of girls from our

trolley tour.  One of the girls took this photo for us in return.

She took our usual “old couple pose” and then said “now, do something else”.

It took us by surprise and this is what we got.  My favorite picture of the trip.

I don’t even mind the photo bomb in the trolley window.

For my Sedona Adventure Layout…

I started with a piece of woodgrain scrapbook paper and a Sedona map I picked up.

I used a SVG file and my Silhouette Cameo Wireless Cutting Machine* to cut the words

“let’s have an Adventure” in Black and Red Glossy Adhesive Vinyl from .

I also cut a circle and a smaller arrow to mark on the map the spot the picture was taken.

It’s an easy way to tell a story.

FYI…Even though StyleTechCraft vinyl is not acid-free, it’s still great for creating titles and accents on your scrapbook pages.  Just make sure not to use it directly on your photo’s.

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Love Makes a Family Banner

Create a sweet Home Décor Banner with Rose Appliques and letters.

To make the Love Makes a Family Banner you’ll need:             (*affiliate links)

Directions:
  1. Create a banner by folding the white felt in half lengthways.  Cut diagonally across the bottom from the center fold to a point approx. 3″ from the bottom corner on the outer edges.
  2. Set iron to cotton setting, or follow garment care label.  Position Rose Appliques and letters with shiny side down on felt.
  3. Cover with a fine cloth.  With firm pressure, iron over cloth for 30 seconds.  Turn banner over and iron the back of the letters for 30 seconds.
  4. Cut down 1″ longer than the banner.
  5. Glue or sew the top of the banner over the wood dowel.
  6. Glue gold trim to top of the banner.

You can find Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters, floral appliques at your local craft stores.

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