Friday, 29 April 2016

Imagination ODS on Hochanda Tonight & Tomorrow

God evening everyone, we hope you've had a good week. It's the start of a bank holiday weekend here & unfortunately, the weather is not looking too promising, so we hope you're going to be able to tune in to some of our One Day Special shows on Hochanda, starting tonight at 8pm. 

We have crammed so much into these 24 hours. There will be new storage items, canvases, a brand new stencil collection, old favourites such as Alchemy Waxes & Sparkle Medium & lots more. 

As always, Sue & Lisa have worked incredibly hard to bring you wonderful demos with lots of different techniques to inspire to get the most out of your crafty stash. and they, along with our designers, have created an astonishing array of gorgeous samples, which you will see throughout the shows.

Hochanda is celebrating its return to Freeview on May 3 with lots of special offers & we're adding quite a few discounts to our products too, so don't miss out.

Programme times are: 8pm tonight, April 29.

Tomorrow, Saturday April 30 at 9am, 12 noon, 4pm & 7pm.

Sky 663 (24/7) Freeview 39 (12am-4am) Freesat 817 (24/7)

And for Hochanda's catch up service, click here...........

(Programmes are available to watch for a week following live transmission).

Until next time, have a great weekend.


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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

New Hochanda One Day Special On Friday

Good morning everyone, we hope you're well & managing to keep warm in this VERY cold weather - some of us had SNOW yesterday!!

I'm delighted to confirm our next Hochanda shows will be this coming Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30. We are part of their Craft Extravaganza weekend, so we will have lots of special offers & great prices.

We have a new One Day Special, a brand new stencil collection, new MDF storage items, art canvases & lots more.

The new stencils are a big departure from our usual style & we are thrilled with them. Sue & Lisa B used them for many of their samples for the Hochanda shows & loved them so much that we are designing more. They will give your projects a real sense of drama & beauty & we think you're going to love them too.

One of the MDF storage items is a stencil storage box. It holds about three hundred stencils, which, given that we have one of the biggest collections of stencils in the UK, makes it a must-have.

As always, we will have special offers on stencils, Sparkle Medium & more & of course, Sue & Lisa have lots & lots of fantastic demos & techniques to share with you, using not just the new stencils, but favourite items such as the Starlights paints, the patterned rice papers, Sparkle Medium & more. 

We hope you can tune in either on Friday night at 8pm, or for one or more of our shows on Saturday, April 30 at 9am, 12 noon, 4 & 7pm. 

Find out how to watch here...........

And in great news, we'll all be back on Freeview from May 3!!!!!!!.................

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Art Stamps & Mixed Media Ink Sprays

Hello, Kirsten here again. This time I'd like to show you the cards I made with my 
Mixed Media Ink Sprayed backgrounds & a few of the new Art Stamps........

The cards are all very simple, as I just wanted to see what the Art Stamp images looked like. 

This is the Dahlia AS, stamped with embossing ink & heat embossed with white EP. The background is Blue & Orange MM ink sprays..............

The Beach Huts AS stamped with Onyx Black Versafine & heat set with clear EP. The background is Orange, Yellow & Green MM ink sprays...................

The very cute Fox Cubs AS, as with the Beach Huts on a background of Light Purple & Light Blue MM ink sprays.............

The Baby Owls AS on a background of Red, Yellow & Orange MM ink sprays with a little Distress Ink through the Leaf Swirl stencil on the card blank..........

I realised with these last three cards that my Versafine ink pad needs replacing, but I like the patchy effect. The background colour showing through the black is very effective.

I can safely say that I'm looking forward to a lot more playing with both the Mixed Media Ink Sprays & the Art Stamps. There are so many techniques I want to try, so watch this space. I'll try to be back with more projects over the weekend.

Art Stamps - Baby Owls     Art Stamps - Beach huts    Art Stamps - Dahlia   Art Stamps - Fox Cubs       ST Leaf Swirl      

**If this is your first to our blog, remember to visit our Facebook page too, especially as we have a rather nice giveaway happening at the moment................**

Take care & happy crafting,


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Updates & Ink Sprays

Hello everyone, hope you're well. Kirsten here with an update of what's been happening in Imagination Land recently.

April 9 saw us at Alexandra Palace in London for the Crafting at Ally Pally show. Sue demoed for most of the day on the BJ Crafts stand, alongside Jean of BJ. Lisa B was there too & it was great to meet so many lovely crafters.

Anji got a quick Sparkle Medium tutorial from Sue................

In the afternoon Sue did an hour long programme for Hochanda. Here she is with Leonie Pujol, preparing to record their intro link.............

A view from the back of the audience during Sue's show. She worked with Matt for the first time & they had great fun........... 

It was the last live broadcast of the day, so of course, something had to go wrong. :) And that something was Sue's microphone dying. If you saw the show you'll know there was much hilarity as one of the crew tried to replace her battery pack without being seen on screen & all the time, Sue just tried to carry on................. :)

It was a really enjoyable day. Thank you to everyone who visited the BJ Crafts stand over the weekend, we hope you enjoyed the show & found lots to inspire you. 

Last Friday, Sue & Lisa B were back in London. This time to demo at a PR event for Hochanda, alongside Katie Skilton Design, Sizzix & Barbara Grey of Clarity Stamps. Sue & Lisa taught the journalists & bloggers the joys of using Sparkle Medium, you can watch
 the video on our Facebook page. More videos can be found on Hochanda's page.

The Hochanda Live! video is not the only thing you'll find on our FB page at the moment. This week, our page reached an astonishing 5140 likes & we're doing a little giveaway to celebrate. One lucky crafter who likes our page is going to win this selection of gorgeous goodies next Tuesday...........

In between everything I found some time to test out the new Mixed Media Ink Sprays & I have to say that I love them, the colours are just gorgeous & they blend beautifully. I gathered lots of pieces of white card, grabbed various bottles & started spraying.............

One handy tip; give the bottles a good shake before you spray. There's lots of colour pigment in the bottles & if they're standing upright for a while, some of that pigment will settle at the bottom. A good shake will mix everything together again.

You can dry the card with a heat tool, or just set it aside as I did. Drying time depends on how much ink is on the card - but remember; (handy hint no. 2!) if you think there's too much ink, take another piece of card & lay it on top. Press gently & remove. Hey presto, two backgrounds for the price of one. :)

Like many of you, I'm a fan of Eileen Godwin's work, I love how she uses colour & I wanted to make a couple of cards in her style..................

Inks used on these backgrounds; Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Dark Orange.

I used white gesso first through the Wheat Panel stencil on the ink sprayed backgrounds, then Light Copper Sparkle Medium on the card above & Blue Moonstone SM on the DL card.

The sentiment is from the Rose Elements stamp set, stamped with Onyx Black Versafine & heat embossed with clear embossing powder & I applied black gesso through the dots on the 
Grunge Elements stencil on the DL card........

  Mix Media Spray Ink - Dark Orange  Mix Media Spray Ink - Light Green Mix Media Spray Ink - Orange   Mix Media Spray Ink - Yellow  SM Blue Moonstone    SM Light Copper    ST Grunge ElementsPS WheatFloral Collage - Rose Elements White Gesso      Black Gesso    
That's all from me for now. I hope to be back tomorrow with the first cards I've made with the wonderful new Art Stamps. Sue & Lisa are preparing for the next ODS on Hochanda, April 29 - 30 & we'll have more information on that in the coming week.

If you have any questions, you can contact us via email;

or via our Facebook/Twitter pages. 

Until next time, thanks for visiting the blog & for your continued support.


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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Meet Sue & Lisa at Ally Pally!!!

This coming weekend, April 9 & 10, sees the first 'Crafting at Ally Pally' event of 2016 at Alexandra Palace, London.

Our stockists, BJ CRAFTS, will be there with a full range of Imagination Crafts products - including the brand new MIXED MEDIA INK SPRAYS & on Saturday, April 9, Sue & Lisa B will be joining Jean & Bob on the stand, to meet with customers, answer questions & do a little demoing too.

Not only that, Sue will be broadcasting live from the show, via HOCHANDA, at 3pm. She will have a new demo, using the ever-popular Rice Papers & there will be a new stencil offer for those of you watching at home.

It promises to be a fun day, so if you're attending the show you'll find us at Stand E6. We'd love to see you, so stop by & say hello - there'll also be quite a few of the Hochanda team attending the show, so you'll get to meet them too.

If you can't get to Ally Pally, go here to find out how you can watch from the comfort of your sofa...........

Until next time, happy crafting!

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Hochanda One Day Special Continues Today!

Good morning, hope everyone is having a great weekend. A very quick post from me with the final sample cards from Sue & Lisa for our Hochanda ODS that is happening RIGHT NOW! 

The feedback so far has been fantastic, we are thrilled that so many of you are loving the Mixed Media Spray Inks as much as we do. Keep watching the shows today, for more demos, hints & tips from Sue & Lisa.

Made by Sue.............

Made by Lisa B..............

We hope you can join us on Hochanda at some point today. The show times are 9am, 12, 4 & 7pm.

For details on how to watch, click here......

For information on the Hochanda/Freeview situation, see Sue's newsletter from Thursday.

Finally, have you subscribed to our YouTube channel??? EIGHT new demo videos were recorded by Sue & Lisa last weekend & most of them have been uploaded to YouTube by Super-Speedy Harvey! Click on the link below to see the list & select the ones you want to watch. (We think you're going to want to watch them ALL).

Once again, thank you for your support. Have a great Sunday.


Saturday, 2 April 2016

Hochanda One Day Special Tonight!!

Good morning! It's the weekend, hurrah!! Thank you all VERY much for the kind comments on 
our recent blog post & Facebook posts regarding Hochanda & Freeview. We felt it was very important that you understood what was happening & we're glad to have helped in our small way. 

We're now less than eight hours away from our new One Day Special on Hochanda - the launch show with Sue & Lisa is 8pm tonight. Already, the Mixed Media Spray Inks are creating quite a stir & that's with just posting a few photos of card samples! Obviously, you won't see them on the Hochanda website until 8pm tonight, but some of the other items in the shows are listed, so visit 

Remember we mentioned the EIGHT new demo videos, made by Sue & Lisa?? The first ones have been uploaded to our YouTube channel!! These demo videos feature Starlights, the new Mixed Media Sprays, Sparkle Medium & much more, so we'd love it if you can take some time to watch & let us know what you think.

Let's end this post with a few more sample cards for the Hochanda shows............

Made by Sue..............

Made by Lisa B..............

Made by Jennifer Johnston.............

Made by Eileen Godwin..................

You'll find more photos of gorgeous cards made for the Hochanda shows on our Facebook page.

Once again, the ODS launched TONIGHT at 8pm on Hochanda. Tomorrow's shows are at

9am, 12, 4 & 7pm.

For details on how to watch, see

Hochanda also have a catch up service. You can watch the shows on their website for a week following transmission of the live shows.

That's it for now. Thank you once again & have a great weekend.


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