Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Imagination Crafts On The Move!!

Good evening blog visitors, we hope you are well. As you know, we don't usually make dramatic announcements or personal comments in our newsletters & blog posts, or on our Facebook page, but we felt that this one needs a bit of a trumpet fanfare.............

  So, breaking with our long held tradition, we are thrilled to announce that we will be joining the new home of Crafts, Arts and Hobbies; the new Hochanda TVchannel.  

In all our 23 years of experience in the craft industry we have never felt so excited about the huge changes that are about to take place.

  Hochanda is run by people who have a personal passion for craft and who want to make their crafting customer the most important person. The whole ethos at Hochanda is about valuing people and treating them with honesty and respect.

 You will recognise many of the companies who have joined the channel, but you will also be able to see a whole new range of craft companies, who will bring new crafts and exciting ideas to inspire all of us.  Hochanda are using new ways of enabling us to show you our crafting in a much more intimate way, which opens up many exciting possibilities. 

The channel launches at midday on Thursday, August 27 and we will be bringing you our new products on 
Thursday 10 September at 1pm and 5pm 
and we hope you will join us and give us your support. 

Please be kind and give us time to settle in, but as ever, your comments, good and bad, are more than welcome. 

  We really hope that Hochanda will bring all of us the kind of crafting we have asked for over the years, so let’s give them all our loyalty and support and most of all, time to make it work in the way we will all enjoy.

If you haven't already done so, please 'like' the Imagination Crafts & Hochanda Facebook pages, to be kept up to date with all the exciting developments, programme times, etc.

 Hochanda will broadcast live daily from 9am to 9pm & you can find the TV Channel on

Freeview channel 39 (6am to 4am), Sky channel 663, Freesat channel 822 and online via the Hochanda website (IPTV)

(For customers of Virgin, you can find information on how to watch on the Hochanda Facebook page)

On a personal note, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of you, our lovely customers, because to some extent you are the silent, respectful majority and you don’t make a loud noise, but you have always been so kind, understanding and incredibly supportive to us and we value that more than we can say. 

Our very best wishes to you all,

Sue & Harvey.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Starlights Frame

Hello, happy Saturday. Hopefully, lots of you have received your Starlights by now & are busy playing. The response to the new colours has been phenomenal & you can see individual images of all eight colours in this blog post.

Sue made a terrific video about the Starlights............

 I managed to get a little free time & decorated the HOME MDF frame & charm kit with three Starlight colours; Blue, White Gold & Zinober Gold..............

I applied the White Gold Starlight with a paintbrush, rather than a brayer as Sue describes in her video, because I wanted to see the brushstrokes. I painted the back board with black gesso first, then a very thin layer of White Gold - Starlights are semi-translucent & I wanted a slight contrast between the back & the frame.............

When the Gold was dry, I mixed a little water with the Zinober Gold & added splatters, then I applied Blue Starlight through the Leaf Swirl border stencil with a piece of Cut & Dry foam..............

The heart was painted with Firecracker Satin Silkies.

That's it. A really easy project, but I hope it shows just how shimmery, shiny & gorgeous the Starlight paints are.

Starlights - White Gold  Starlights - Blue    Starlights - Zinober Gold SL Firecracker Satin    Black Gesso    Home 030     ST Leaf Swirl Border

Thanks for visiting the blog today & we hope to be back soon with more Starlights projects.

Have a great weekend. 


Thursday, 13 August 2015

Starlights The Video

Good evening, thank you to everyone for the fantastic response to the Starlights paints. It has been an exciting & busy two days as we have packed & sent out all the orders.

In the midst of all the busyness Sue made a video about the Starlights & earlier today sent out the link with a newsletter. If you haven't received the newsletter, worry not, here it is.............

Hi everyone,
We promised that we would let you know when we had stock of the fabulous new Starlight gilding paints and there is great excitement here, as at last, they have arrived.  Also, to help you to get the most out of your Starlights, Sue has done a quick video of some techniques to get you started on YouTube and here is the link:

If you have never used Starlight paint it is a revelation in paint technology. These beautiful shimmering paints can be used for brayering, painting or sponging with Cut and Dry Foam or a brush, onto Die Cuts, Punched shapes, MDF, Imagination Art-Cutz, glass bottles, candles and most other surfaces.  

The paints are made with crushed metal gilding flake and as you paint or brayer you will see the shimmer of the flake coming through the colour.  Their light reflecting properties are incredible and Sue has devised a great ‘Gilding, gold leafing technique’, that is so quick and simple and doesn’t involve messy glue and lots of flakes floating about everywhere.  Get yourself comfy with a cup of something hot or a glass of something cool and watch her on YouTube to get some ideas and inspiration.  Everyone who has been lucky enough to get their paints is raving about them and in 20 years we have never seen anything so shimmery and bright!

A note on the colours to help you choose, as even on YouTube the true tones are sometimes a bit difficult to see.  

Dark Orchid and Turquoise are really rich and deep, Orchid is purple and Turquoise is a very dark, deep bluish colour which flashes with jade tones when it catches the light when dry.  The new Topaz is an incredible colour, incorporating a deep chocolate, bronze tone with gold crushed gilding flake shimmering through.  

The deep Blue is well represented in the video and the White Gold is pale and bright.  Menthol is a light soft shimmering green and if you want to make a statement, Orange Oxidised is a burning hot flash of metallic orange – we love it.

 Trying to choose the colours you like the most is really hard, you will all have your own personal favourites.  If you need any advice please feel free to ring us.

Here is the link to Sue's video again............

Thanks once again & we hope you have lots of fun creating with your Starlights.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

New Starlights Paints!!!

They are finally here! Restocks of all the Starlights metallic paints, plus eight gorgeous, new colours..............

Antique Pink............



Rich Gold............




**(This is a dark turquoise)**

Zinober Gold..........

You can find all the available colours on the website........

The reaction to these fantastic new paints has been quite overwhelming & advance orders have been flooding in. We thank you all & we will get your orders shipped to you as fast as we can. 

We would love to see what you create with your Starlights, so please feel free to share your photographs to our Facebook page; 

If you prefer Twitter, tweet us with a photo;

We hope to be back soon with some of our Starlights projects & maybe even a video, so watch this space. 

Have a great week & thank you again for your support.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Sue's Upcoming Demo Day at Dandie Crafts & Photos From Create & Craft

Good evening, we hope everyone had a nice weekend. We would like to thank everyone who helped make last Friday's Create & Craft programme such a success for Imagination Crafts.

As you can see from these photos, the studio looked wonderful, with all the gorgeous samples made by Sue, Jennifer, Lisa, Christine, Kathryn & Jean.

 There were a number of sell-outs, including the gorgeous sleighs & the set of Starlights paints, but rest assured, new supplies are on their way & we will let you now as soon as we have them.

We are also awaiting delivery of more home decor items that will be perfect for Christmas gifts, we expect to have them online next week sometime. 

For all updates on products & future Create & Craft programmes, please join the Imagination Crafts Facebook page. You will also find us on Twitter.

This coming Saturday, August 1st, Sue will be demoing at the Dandie Crafts Open Day in Pontypridd, Wales.

Her demo times will be from 10am until 1pm, then from 2pm to 4.30pm.

Dandie Crafts is at Unit D10-3, Main Avenue, Treforest Industrial Estate, CF37 5UK, approximately 17 minutes from Cardiff by car.

You can find more information on the Dandie Crafts Facebook page, or you can telephone the shop on 01443 842785 & ask for Debbie, or Mandy-Jane.

Thank you again, we appreciate all the messages of support. Have a great week. 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Imagination Crafts on Create & Craft July 24

Good morning, we thought we would tempt you with a few sneak peeks & a little information about the Imagination Crafts show on Create & Craft, tomorrow morning, July 24, at 11a.m.....................

Freesat 813 Virgin 748 Freeview 36 Sky 674

Starlights paints will be back, in a set of four colours; Menthol, White Gold, Blue & Orange Oxide & there will be a special offer on the set.

There will be brand new Art-Cutz, such as the ones used in these projects by Lisa B..............

(Keep an eye on the Imagination Crafts Facebook page to see all of these projects & more from our designers)

There will be the new MDF Sleighs, perfect for Christmas gift-giving & table centrepieces

. This one was decorated by Lisa B, using the Starlights & new Art-Cutz................

There will be Sparkle Medium in vintage colours & some new stencils too.

All this, as well as some fantastic demos from Sue. So, tune in at 11a.m tomorrow morning, July 24...................

Freesat 813 Virgin 748 Freeview 36 Sky 674

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Celtic Dreams Stepper Card

Good evening blog visitors, Christine Saunders has very kindly sent us a step by step tutorial for this beautiful stepper card, made with the 
Celtic Dreams 'Nurture' cutting die................

 Die cut a Celtic Dreams Die..............

 Spread Sparkle Medium through the stencil...................

Cut the Cottage Garden card along the bottom leaving it whole both sides for your sparkled image to slot into..................

Fold a Card into a Stepper and add 3 Imagination Crafts Byron Village panel cards..................

Slot in and stick the sparkled image into the slotted cardstock (you may have to decrease the size slightly of the sparkled image to fit into the slot) and stick onto the front of your card.

Add some die cut leaves and a decorated Butterfly etc to embellish...............

CD Nurture   SM Amethyst    SM Blue Moonstone   SM Turquoise  PC Byron VillagePT Cottage Garden

Thank you Christine!

Imagination Crafts will be on Create & Craft this coming Friday morning, July 24, at 11a.m & there will be another blog post tomorrow with information about the products Sue will be using on the show, as well as a few sneak peeks of samples............