Saturday, 25 February 2017

Textile and Mixed Media Shows on Hochanda This Weekend

Hello, Sue here.

Amongst all the packing and dispatching of orders, the unpacking after the trade show, the packing of stock for the Hobbycrafts show at the SECC in Glasgow next week and so much more, I thought I'd send out a quick newsletter to let you know what's happening in our corner of the craft industry. 

The trade show was a wonderful success. It's always lovely to see our retailers and this year they were out in force. Like us, they are very excited about our new products and if you are fortunate to have an Imagination Crafts' stockist in your area we hope you will visit and support them.

Our Lisa worked her magic on setting up the stand and we received many compliments on how eye-catching and beautiful it looked.

We launched a number of new products and the eagle-eyed among you may be able to spot some of them in these photos. We'll obviously let you know when they're on our website.

It's incredible to think that it's almost a year since we introduced rice papers and our gorgeous Textile Starlights paints on Hochanda and now we're bringing more beautiful creative textiles to you in three shows tomorrow. 


Lisa will be showing you our new Textile Fashion Ink Sprays, a new collection of Textile Starlights, new stencils an much more.

These products are so versatile and they're not just for textiles. They can be used on canvases, for card making and much more besides, so they're ideal whether you're new to paper crafting or creating with textiles. To make the textiles fans even happier, we will be introducing a revolutionary, new decoupage adhesive which will make your textiles washable. 

Programme times tomorrow are 10am, 2pm, and 6pm. All of the products available in the shows can be seen HERE.


On Sunday morning, February 26, at 7am I'm doing a one hour mixed media show on Hochanda, showing you how you can use the products on cards and canvases. I've got to be up at 4 and in the studio at 6am, I may have to break the habit of a lifetime and start drinking coffee!! The programme is being broadcast in Holland, which is a first for me, so I hope you can tune in. 


Once again, our Hochanda programme times are:

Saturday, February 25 at 10am, 2pm and 6pm GMT
Sunday, February 26 at 7am GMT

That's all from me for now. Thank you once again for your support, I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Sue and all at Imagination

Tags and Cards for the Trade Show - Kirsten Sheridan

Hello everyone, Kirsten here. I was demoing the new Sparkle Medium colours on tags at the trade show on the Imagination Crafts' stand & I thought I would show you some of them. 

 I made lots of backgrounds with Mixed Media Ink Sprays, MDF paints, Starlights & stencils, then cut them into tags...........

I prepared some tags with Sparkle Medium to display on my demo table...................

And here are some that I did during the trade show ...........................

I also made some cards with Starlights, the new Sparkle Medium colours & some of the 
new stencils..............

And here's my demo table.................

The trade show was hard work, a lot of fun & a great success for Imagination Crafts, I really enjoyed being a part of the team.................

ST Elephant and Baby     ST Starry Trail    ST Sugar Skull   

  ST Flower and Bug     ST Spring Blossom

Thanks for visiting the Imagination Crafts' blog. Until next time, happy crafting. 


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Life is Good... - Martina Tidball

Hello everyone, Martina here, thank you for all the kind comments and messages on my previous post. Today, I thought I would share one of my samples from the last ODS on Hochanda with you today: there were so many from the whole design team that Sue and Kerri-Ann didn’t have time to show them all! I made a plaque using a combination of stencils and the GORGEOUS new Starlight Waxes, designed to hang on the wall, shed or summer house, (if you are lucky enough to have one)!

This is how it all began…

Taking one of the plaques, I added two holes using a Crop-o-Dile and base coated using Baltic Blue MDF paint. Whilst this was drying, I mixed a small amount of the Mediterranean Blue Starlight Wax, with some Magi-Paint Glaze.

Initially I stippled my wax mix all over the plaque with a stencil brush, but did not quite get the effect I wanted. In the end, I found using an old baby wipe was the best method and gave me a mottled look to what was to be the sky.

Once this layer was dry, I used the Folk Butterfly Meadow Stencil to add some of the grasses. I applied Apple Green Starlight Wax using my finger, changing the pressure to get some variation. Moving the stencil every so often, I built up the density of the grass.

Still wanting some different tones in my ‘meadow’, I added some grass using the Diamond Starlight Wax, as well as adding some of the colour to the sides of the original Apple Green.

Now to add some colour! Using my finger again, I applied Antique Pink Starlight Wax through the flower heads of the same stencil. I applied this quite thickly, moving the stencil to the places I wanted the blooms to be. Wanting to add some smaller flowers, I picked out some of the ‘daisy’ type blooms from the ‘Life is Good in the Garden’ stencil and applied the wax in the same way.

 With my background dry, the next bit was to add my favourite ALL TIME product….SPARKLE MEDIUM!!! Using Repositionable Stencil Tape, I masked off the words from the rest of the ‘Life Is Good in the Garden’ stencil and placed into position. Once happy, I applied Antique Bronze Sparkle Medium with a Spatula

Once the Sparkle Medium was totally set, I decided wanted to add a little more interest, so reached for the Butterfly Art-Cutz. I chose a butterfly and applied Dark Orchid Starlight Wax to both sides. To add a bit of sparkle, I used my finger to apply some Diamond Quartz Sparkle Medium to the top and a few pearls. The final touch was to add some Art-Cutz birds from one of the other sets, painted with the Med. Blue Starlight Wax and inked on the edges to define from the sky area.

Here is the finished piece…

Starlight Wax - Apple GreenStarlight Wax - DiamondStarlight Wax - Mediterranean Sky

Starlight Wax - Dark Orchid Starlight Wax - Antique PinkSM Antique Bronze     SM Diamond Quartz     SM Spatula - P4    ST Folk Butterfly Meadow    Art-Cutz Butterflies     Repositionable Stencil Tape   

Thank you for reading and I will see you again very soon!


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Starlights and Structure Paste - Margaret Brackenbury

Good morning from all at Imagination, here's a new blog post from DT member Margaret Brackenbury.........

 Hello, Margaret here, I hope you all enjoyed watching Sue and Kerri-Ann on Hochanda during the new One Day Special shows yesterday, we're all so excited by the new Starlights Waxes!

 I have been playing with Imagination Crafts Starlights paints and the fantastic new Structure Paste. I love mixing different mediums and here is a small canvas I did recently. Sorry there are no step by step photos to go with the instructions, I think they are fairly easy to follow..................

I used a 6"x 4" canvas hard board as my base and firstly mixed Structure Paste with Turquoise Starlight Paint, about 50/50 mix, mix well together and applied through the  Medium & Small Lotus stencil. I left the canvas to dry which did not take too long.

When it was dry I washed over the whole canvas with a mix of Turquoise Starlight Paint and water, quite a lot of water as I only wanted a hint of colour........

Next stage I used the mini text stamp from the new background stamp set, (available soon) and stamped around the edges randomly using more Turquoise Starlight Paint.

When stamping with Starlights remember to lightly spritz your stamp with water before applying the paint and wash the stamp immediately afterwards.

To finish I added Inca Gold Alchemy Wax around the edges and with a fine paint brush and added more to some of the petals and leaves.

I hope you have a go mixing our fabulous Imagination Crafts products, you never know what you can achieve until you have a go!!!!!

See you next time.


ST Structure Paste - New !!!Starlights - Turquoise    

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Mixed Media Layers - Kirsten Sheridan

Good morning, Kirsten here with a quick tutorial post for one of the cards I made for the Imagination Crafts' shows on January 22. I used...........

Mixed Media Ink Sprays - Magenta, Sunshine Yellow, Orange
Mixed Media Art stencils (back in stock soon)
Starlights Metallic Paints - Diamond, White Gold, Black
White Gesso

I began by spraying the MM inks randomly onto a piece of white cardstock, then set it aside to dry. Once dry I began adding the Starlights through the various stencils, the first layer was Diamond...........

The second layer was White Gold..................

The third layer was Black Starlights...............

The final layer was white gesso........

I applied Black Starlights through the Lotus stencil & added a sentiment from my stash................

I used squares of white & black cardstock to matt & layer & mounted them on to a 7x7" white card blank...............

Starlights - Black Starlights - DiamondStarlights - White GoldMix Media Spray Ink - MagentaMix Media Spray Ink - Orange  Mix Media Spray Ink - Sunshine   Imagination Crafts Stencils x 6   Lotus  Poinsettia  Poinsettia M-981379    White Gesso

I hope you like my card & if it inspires you, we'd love to see your projects on our Imagination Crafts' Facebook page. 

Tonight at 8pm GMT, Sue & Kerri-Ann will be on Hochanda, launching our new One Day Special - STARLIGHT WAXES!! We are really excited by these & we hope you are too. Sue & Kerri-Ann will be telling all about them & sharing lots of demos, so tune in for some great shows tonight at 8 & tomorrow at 9am, 12pm, 4pm & 7pm. There will be other new products, some old favourites & a special offer or two. If you've watched the shows before you'll know that items can sell out very quickly, so please don't delay checking out your basket if there's something you want.

Until next time, have a great week.