Sunday, 16 October 2016

New One Day Special on Hochanda

Hello everyone, Sue here, I hope you're well. It's been ages since we did a blog post. We've been so busy & the time is going by so quickly.

If you received our newsletter on Friday you'll know that we're back on Hochanda on Tuesday and Wednesday with a new One Day Special. We are very excited to introduce a brand new product for us called ‘Just Pearls’, they are absolutely GORGEOUS. I have fallen completely in love with them & I can't wait to demo them for you.

We know how much you love your Starlight Paints so we thought it was time we launched some brand new colours. We've put together a set that we're calling 'Autumn Gold' and we think it's a beautiful selection of colours. And they will all work perfectly with the 'Just Pearls' collection.

  We're launching the new ODS with a TWO HOUR show on Tuesday October 18, starting at 8pm and lasting until 10pm. The programme times for Wednesday October 19 are 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.

Lisa is having a bit of a break and going on holiday so myself and Kerri-Ann will be introducing you to the 'Just Pearls' range, the new colours of Starlights, and much more. We had a great response to Kerri-Ann's demos on the last Hochanda shows, so I'm sure lots of you will be looking forward to seeing her again.

We have sent all the sets we have of the new Starlights & 'Just Pearls' to Hochanda, but there is only a certain amount of each available and they are exclusive to Hochanda, so will not be available on our website. Based on our previous shows, I think they could sell out quite quickly, so if you like them when you see them, please order quickly as I would hate you to be disappointed.

Thank you for the wonderful messages, emails and photos that you send in, I love reading them and seeing how you are using your Starlights. Thank you also to everyone who has liked our Facebook page, it now has over 6000 likes, which we're all astonished by. We couldn't do what we do without your support, so thank you again.  We'll be going to Glasgow for the Hobbycrafts show at the SECC from October 27 to 30 and I hope to see lots of you there.

That's all the news from Imagination HQ for now. I hope you can watch at least some of our new Hochanda One Day Special shows next week, I have a feeling that you are going to love the 'Just Pearls' just as much as we do!

See you on Tuesday 18 October at 8.00pm.

Love from Sue and all at Imagination  

Imagination ODS on Hochanda Tuesday October 18 8pm
Wednesday October 19 9am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Sue's Playtime on Hochanda Tomorrow

Hi everyone, a quick blog post to let you know that Sue will be standing in for Leonie, tomorrow, Wednesday September 7 between 2 and 4pm. Leonie is having a week off and Hochanda have asked Sue to step in for a couple of hours to show you some fun techniques.

Sue has some great things planned with a new Rusty Patina set, Alchemy Wax, MDF and other goodies. She's got 2 hours to play and the focus is on techniques, with lots of demos & useful tips. If you’ve bought Rusty Patina and Alchemy Wax in the past and want some inspiration and some great techniques that are effective and quick to do, please tune in to Hochanda tomorrow afternoon from 2pm.  

Sunday, 28 August 2016

One Day Special on Hochanda Today

Good morning, we thought you'd like to see a few photos relating to our One Day Special, which launched on Hochanda last night & continues today.

Lisa just sent these photos of the studio looking wonderful with all the samples & products..........

The ODS itself was a big success last night & sales continued through the night, thank you to everyone who ordered. 

It is such a fantastic concept, created for Imagination Crafts by Lisa B. I love that you can choose to use all the pieces together to create a dimensional scene, or you can use them separately.

There are two options available in the ODS & you can get all the information here.

Also new for Hochanda is this set of gorgeous Christmas-themed Art-Cutz. You'll see these on lots of our designers' samples..........

We are delighted that we were able to get more stock of Rusty Patina for this weekend's shows, but sales were so high last night that it might not last for long today..............

Programme times today are 9am, 12 noon, 4pm & 7pm. We hope you can tune in to watch Sue, Lisa & Kerri-Ann. If you're not spending the day at home, you can watch the shows from tonight on Hochanda's catch up service.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend & thank you for your support.

The Imagination team.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

New Imagination Crafts' ODS on Hochanda


Hello everyone, Sue here again. We're in the midst of a heatwave at the moment, I hope you're all managing to stay somewhat cool.

I wanted to let you know that Imagination Crafts is joining in Hochanda's 1st birthday celebrations and launching a fabulous new One Day Special this coming Saturday evening, August 27, at 8pm. The fun continues on Sunday at 9am12pm4pm and, if there is anything left, (!) at 7pm.

It's incredible to think it's been a year since Hochanda launched and it's wonderful to see how they've grown since those very first shows. All of us at Imagination are thrilled to be a part of the Hochanda family and we wish them a very Happy Birthday.


There are some incredible bargains to be had during our 24 hours, as you would expect on a special event, so we hope you can join us. We are really excited about this One Day Special. It is such a clever concept and one that we have never seen before. One set will give you the option of many different combinations, so the value of each set is fantastic.

 Our Lisa has been frantically designing with all the different sets & combinations and we think you will love the results. She & I have made lots of samples and I've included a few sneak peeks are in this newsletter.

We will be uploading a short video to our Facebook page before Saturday's launch so that you can see a little taster of the One Day Special, but don’t forget there will be, as ever, something for everyone, from MDF to papercraft.

We will also be using the new Rusty Patina, which sold out so quickly in our last Hochanda shows -12 minutes I think!! That was completely unexpected & we were sorry to disappoint so many of you who were looking forward to the demos, so it's great that we are able to include it in the ODS shows.

We will also be introducing a new member to the team; Kerri-Ann.  She is an experienced demonstrator and is full of new ideas and techniques. We know you are always looking for new inspiration, so we think you will enjoy her energy and demos. 

Also to let you know, that I have been asked to step in for Leonie’s Hochanda show, Let Leonie Loose, on Wednesday 7 September, while she is on holiday. A bit scary, as those are big shoes to fill, (actually Leonie has a gorgeous pair of bright red patent heels that are very Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz!). If you fancy some technique refreshers then I would love you to join me for a few hours of fun and messy creativity. We will give you have more details nearer the time.

  Please make sure you don’t miss out on this weekend's shows, as we suspect it could be a very busy 24 hours, with numerous offers and bargains to be had. Once again, we launch the ODS at 8pm on Saturday, August 27 & continue on Sunday August 28 at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

New Hochanda Shows

At 10am, 1pm, 5pm

Hello everyone, Sue here.
I hope you are making the most of the weather at the moment, although we had better get the fans out for the heatwave predicted for this coming week! 

We hope you will be able to find time to watch myself and Lisa on Hochanda on Tuesday 16 August, as we are launching a brand, brand new product, called RUSTY PATINA!

It is a dream for stencilling with on to acetate and Mirri card, altering glass bottles, using on canvases and stippling on die cuts. It is wonderful for creating aged and vintage effects, so it will be perfect for all you Steampunk fans.

Personally, I want products that work together and that’s one of the things I love about Rusty Patina. You can use it with all your other crafty stash, which makes it a real winner for me.  It does what it says on the tin; it’s so easy to work with, dries very quickly, gives an incredible textural, matte finish and the colours are beautiful, I love the Verdigris Green and the Café Crème. Of course you can mix the Café Crème with the other colours and change the tones, which is always such a bonus.

We will be using it on some fantastic new MDF products in the Hochanda shows and I will be upcycling a glass bottle with it and tissue paper, just to show you how easy it is. We know how much you loved the projects we have done on glass bottles in previous shows. We are always being asked to do them, so this will give you another reminder, but with a twist!

We have some beautiful new Art Stamps for you, the designs just get better and better and Lisa will be demoing these throughout the day. We have put large quantities of the Art Stamps into the shows, but we have a feeling that they are going to absolutely fly, so if you like them, please don’t delay ordering them.

We also have some new stencils in the show and we are going to be using them with the MDF collection.

As you can see, lots of new goodies and of course new techniques, so please join us this Tuesday at 10am, 1pm and 6pm on Hochanda.

I will be back next week with news about our NEW Hochanda One Day Special on August 26 and 27. Have a great week.

Love from Sue, Lisa and the team.  

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Daisy Corner

Hello everyone, hope you have a nice weekend planned. I have a very simple card to show you today, but it took a while to make due to drying time. I used the Daisy Large Flower stencil, Zinober Gold, Passion Flower & Red Starlights & Mixed Media Ink Sprays.

To make the splattery background I unscrewed the nozzle of each ink spray & flicked it over a square of white card, trying to get different sizes of splats.

I used four colours; Sunshine, Red, Light Blue & Light Purple. I didn't want any colour mixing, so I applied the colours one at a time, letting them air dry thoroughly in between, which is why it took so long to finish the card. I could have used my heat tool, but that tends to force colour into the card & I wanted the illusion that it was sitting on top.

When the final colour was dry, I began applying Starlights, starting with a layer of Passion Flower as a base.

Layers of Zinober Gold, Red & more Passion Flower were added to the petals & Topaz to the centre.

I added a greeting from my stash & layered the card on to black card & a 7x7 white card blank.

ST Daisy Large FlowerStarlights - Zinober GoldStarlights - TopazStarlights - RedStarlights - Passion FlowerBlending ToolMix Media Spray Ink - Light PurpleMix Media Spray Ink - RedMix Media Spray Ink - SunshineMix Media Spray Ink - Light Blue

That's it for today. There'll be another blog post in the next day or two, with information on our Hochanda shows, this coming Tuesday, August 16.

Have a great weekend.


Upcoming Hochanda dates..........

August 16 - 3 shows, times TBC

August 26/27 - NEW One Day Special

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Flower Bunch Thank You

Hello everyone, Kirsten here with another of my recent cards, made with the
Mixed Media Ink Sprays, Starlights, new stencils & on this card, black Stencil Medium.

I sprayed a square of white card with Yellow, Orange & Dark Orange MM ink sprays & left it to air dry - you can dry the ink with a heat tool, but I find you get a more intense colour if it's left to dry naturally.

I chose my colours of Starlights - Menthol, Silver Gold, Lilac Mist, Amethyst, Dark Orchid - and used a small stencil brush to apply the paint through the Flower Bunch stencil.

I also added dots of Pearl Starlights to the centre of the flowers with an embossing tool.....

When the paint was dry I placed the Thank You stencil on top & applied black Stencil Medium through it with a JT3 palette knife, setting it aside to dry for a few hours.

Once the stencil medium was completely set, I used black card & a white 7x7 card blank to finish.........

Mix Media Spray Ink - Dark OrangeMix Media Spray Ink - OrangeMix Media Spray Ink - YellowStarlights - Lilac MistStarlights - AmethystStarlights - Silver GoldStarlights - Dark OrchidStarlights - PearlStarlights - MentholST Flower Bunch    ST Thank You    5/8" 16mm Crafters Choice Stencil BrushSM Spatula - JT3    
The stencil & card SPECIAL OFFER is still available on the website. Thank you to everyone who has purchased it so far, your orders are being dispatched as quickly as possible.

I'll be back soon.


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