Friday, 17 June 2016

June Newsletter



11am, 2pm and 5pm

Hello everyone,

Perhaps like us at the moment you are considering getting a rowing boat what with all the rain we have been having. But I suppose, looking on the bright side, it does give us time to craft as we can’t spend too much time in the garden.

Speaking of the garden, we have taken this as our theme for the next set of programmes on Monday.  We have, as ever, some lovely new stencils featuring flowers and trellis and baskets and we have some new Art Stamps for you featuring the English Countryside, flowers and nature, which we hope you will enjoy. We are going to be using these with some new inks so the results are very colourful, as it should be for summer and the garden.


Our Lisa is on holiday, so it’s me and Gwen holding the fort and our Gwen has some amazing new techniques to show you. She has been teaching for 20 years or so and has a completely different take on things, which is great for getting the creative juices flowing.


In contrast to inks, stamping and stencilling, I am going to be taking it back to basics with a twist and showing you how to do some really detailed stuff with Sparkle Medium. Lots of you ask me at shows how to separate colours so I will be sharing my hints and tips with you. I will also be showing you how to keep your medium soft and pliable and discussing how to use it with die cuts.

You have been telling us how much you have enjoyed having a go at a bit of mixed media on a canvas featuring the Seascapes from the last program so I have decided to use the beautiful Oak Tree from the new Art Stamps featured in the programme and use it to show you how to produce a landscape this time. Starlights are perfect for creating quick easy backgrounds that blend together really easily and quite honestly, from there, it is really straightforward. So why not give it a go and let us see the results?  As you know, we love to see what you make, after all that’s why we all love to share our ideas and projects. Kirsten has asked me to do a step by step on the canvas for our blog so we will let you know when it is uploaded.

Looking ahead a little, we are planning something completely different for the up and coming, (dare I say it, Christmas shows), next month. We are going to start adding all sorts of new products and techniques to our portfolio. This is a big departure for us, but we are very excited & looking forward to it enormously. I know lots of you are starting to craft differently and some of you have been decorating, glass, ceramic, using fabrics and mixing media together for some time. With this in mind we are going to start mixing it all up with some really exciting new products. 

We also thought you might be getting a bit bored of all of us and we wanted to inject a bit of youth and vitality into the team so we are going to hopefully introduce you to a very new member after she has had her screen test. She is young, with a passion for crafting that is really refreshing. She is just finishing her art and design degree and has a really different take on crafting, so as soon as we can, we will be letting her loose to inspire and entertain you with some different ideas.

In other news, we are delighted to be taking part in Hochanda's new Masterclass Series and when we have more news about our programmes and the date for the first one you will be the first to know.  We know that there are lots of different viewpoints on Masterclass out there but hopefully it will be of benefit to all of us in the future. Let’s see!

As always, the samples created for Monday's shows are gorgeous. (Sneak peeks in this newsletter from myself, Lisa B & Gwen).
 Look out for them & for more updates on our blog;
our Facebook page;
our Twitter account;
And after the shows they will be added to our designers' boards on our Pinterest page;

As you probably know by now, Hochanda is back on Freeview, Channel 39 (6am-9pm) and you can also watch on Sky, Channel 663 (24/7), on Freesat 817 (24/7) & at

I hope you can join us on Monday, June 20, our programme times are 11am, 2pm and 5pm.

Love from Sue and the team.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Tonight Is ODS Night!

Good morning, I hope you're enjoying the weekend so far. And if it's a bank holiday where you are, there's still another day to go, hurrah! We're 12 hours away from the launch of our latest One Day Special on Hochanda, so we have a very busy day ahead, making sure everything is ready for 8pm tonight. So much work has gone into this ODS. This was Sue's work table after 90 hours of prep by her & Lisa B..................

They made almost 40 samples & demo projects between them, so I'd say that it was 90 hours well spent. Well done, ladies!!

PS That's not mess. It's controlled chaos. :)

This ODS is particularly exciting as it includes a set of BRAND NEW Starlights!!!!!! We know lots of you are desperate to see the new colours, but we're going to make you wait a little longer & not release a photo of them until this evening. Visit our Facebook page  later for the big reveal...........

I received the stock list for the Hochanda shows from Harvey yesterday & it is HUGE. It contains all sorts of things, including Art Stamps, paints, rice papers, MDF pieces, stencils........ It's very possible that there won't be time to show you everything during the shows, so make sure you visit to see all the available products. 

Now for some project samples. These are from Sue................

These were made by Lisa B......................

These are a few of Gwen's samples..............

These were made by Jennifer Johnston..................

Jennifer's samples can be seen on her blog.

There will be samples from other designers shown during the shows, these are the ones I was sent & they will all be put on our Pinterest boards in the coming days.

That's it for now. We hope you'll tune in to Hochanda tonight at 8pm & tomorrow at 9am, 12 noon, 4 & 7pm for lots of fantastic demos & inspiration from Sue, Lisa B & Gwen. There'll be a live chat on our Facebook page for all five shows, so feel free to ask questions or give us your thoughts on the products & demos. 

Hochanda is back on Freeview - hurrah!!! -  on Channel 39 & you can also watch on Sky, Channel 663, Freesat Channel 817 & of course, at

Have a lovely day. 


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Friday, 27 May 2016

Summer on Hochanda

Good morning, I hope everyone is well. It's been so long since our last blog post, because as always, it's been extremely busy at Imagination HQ. We have so many exciting plans & new products coming up & obviously, we'll keep you informed as things happen, but for now let's talk about our new One Day Special for Hochanda, launching on Sunday night.

We have lots of new products for you; new stencils, rice papers & stamps & the ODS itself contains a set of BRAND NEW Starlights!!!!!! The colours in this set are seriously gorgeous & the price is amazing, so you won't want to miss out. You'll have to wait until Sunday to see the new colours, but if  you fancy taking a guess as what they might be, let us know in the comments below.

Here are some sneak peeks of Sue & Lisa's samples for the ODS. Our ODS is part of Hochanda's Bank Holiday Bonus event, so it seemed fitting that our theme is summer & the seaside.

Visit our Facebook page to see more sneak peeks & we'll start showing you the full projects here & on Facebook on Sunday.

As well as preparing for Hochanda & planning new products, (I'll just drop the word 'Christmas' in here......), we have also been welcoming a new member to the Imagination team. I'm delighted to announce that Gwen Fletcher is joining us as a demonstrator for our Hochanda programmes. 

Gwen is a long time crafter & teacher, with 20 years experience of working with different crafts. She has her own shop - The Stamp Pad - in Saddleworth, Yorkshire, where she holds classes & workshops. You can learn more by visiting her blog & The Stamp Pad's Facebook page.

Gwen had a screen test at Hochanda recently, which she passed with flying colours & she will make her television debut with Sue & Lisa B during this new ODS. We're thrilled to have Gwen join us & we hope you will make her welcome too. 

We launch our new ODS at 8pm on Sunday, May 29 & programme times for Monday, May 30 are 9am, 12 noon, 4 & 7pm.

As you probably know by now, Hochanda is back on Freeview - hurrah!!! - Channel 39 & you can also watch on Sky, Channel 663, Freesat Channel 817 & of course, at

I'll be back on Sunday with more project photos & maybe a sneak peek of the new Starlights.... Have a great weekend.


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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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