Tuesday, 19 July 2016

A Wonderful Day at Hochanda and A Trip To Kent

Hello everyone, just a quick blog post to thank you all for your support during our Hochanda shows today. We had so many products sell out, much to our surprise and delight. 

The stamp sets sold out in the first hour this morning, so Harvey & Janet did a super quick stock take of the sets we had left & they are now on our website, with the discount offered on Hochanda - a massive 75% off. 

Not all of the sets are available and there are very limited quantities of the rest, so if there are some sets you like, you might want to grab them sooner rather than later.

Sue and Harvey's next stop is Lisa B's Craft Extravaganza Day, this coming Saturday July 23, in Maidstone, Kent............

Sue will be demoing throughout the day as well as doing a one hour workshop, where twelve participants will make this card, using Starlights, stencils & stamps...............

A place on the workshop costs £6, must be booked in advance & is non-refundable. There are very few places left now, so if you would like to attend, please email Lisa; lisabaker1@btinternet.com.

That's all from us for now, thank you again for your support and we hope to see lots of you in Maidstone on Saturday.

Hochanda Shows Today

Good morning! It looks like it's going to be another beautiful day here, hope the sun is shining where you are. Just a quick post to remind you of today's Hochanda shows, Sue & Lisa will be on at
10am, 1pm & 5pm.

The highlight of the shows will most likely be the stamp sets at an incredible price of only £1.99 per set.

We've covered all four seasons & virtually all occasions to give you plenty to choose from.

Sue & Lisa will have lots of demos to share with you, so we hope you can tune in, but if you can't, don't worry, you can watch the shows on Hochanda's catch up service following transmission.

Have a lovely day & if you're out in the sunshine, don't forget to wear sunscreen! 

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Hochanda Newsflash!


Masterclasses and TV Shows
Thursday July 14 & Tuesday July 19

Hi everyone, hope you're well.
Just a quick note to let you know that we have three programmes on Hochanda next week on Tuesday, 19 July at 10am, 1pm and 5pm. The best news is that Hochanda will be doing an incredible bumper deal on stamps with prices that are unbelievable, so don't miss this opportunity to bag a real bargain, especially if you want to buy some early Christmas gifts for crafting friends.

 As ever, Lisa and Sue will have some great techniques to show you and there will be lots of samples made with the products in the shows.

If you have ever wanted to try creating a mixed media canvas but don't have a class or workshop near you, Sue will be doing two of the first ever masterclasses on Hochanda this coming Thursday, 14 July at 11am and a different canvas at 4pm.

There a just couple of places left on both masterclasses. If you feel like some creative tuition with no selling in a workshop environment in the comfort of your own home, visit
the Hochanda website for all the information. We realise these types of workshops won't appeal to everyone, but we think this is an experiment worth trying. It's a great way of spending more time on a project without the timing constrictions of live shows.

Updates & photos of our Hochanda projects will be posted here on the blog,
on our Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/imaginationcrafts and on
And after the shows they will be added to our designers' boards on our Pinterest page; https://uk.pinterest.com/imagination230/

Hochanda is on Freeview, Channel 39 (6am-9pm), Sky, Channel 663 (24/7), Freesat 817 (24/7) & at www.hochanda.com

In other news, the amazing Lisa B is hosting her annual Craft Extravaganza Day on Saturday 23 July at Fant Hall in Maidstone.  Lisa, Sue, Kirsten and Harvey will be there along with the lovely Jenny Mayes from Hobby Art and Georgina Ford of Designs by Georgina. As well as demoing throughout the day, Sue, Jenny & Georgina will each be teaching a one hour workshop on the day. The cost is £6 per workshop, payable in advance & non-refundable. To book your place, contact Lisa on 01622 675078, or via email; lisabaker1@btinternet.com.

 So, if you are in the area on Saturday week, July 23, please join us for some great demos & inspiration. There'll be plenty of crafting goodies to buy and a huge SALE too.

That's all from us for now, we hope you can join us at Hochanda on Tuesday, July 19 to get what we think are the bargains of the year!

Love from the team at Imagination

Monday, 4 July 2016

One Day Special Sneak Peeks From Sue

Hello, we're only 24 hours away from the launch of our new One Day Special during Hochanda's '12 Days of Christmas Crafting' event & we'd like to show you some of Sue's samples, where she used our NEW Starlights for textiles & a brand new stencil.

If you missed last night's blog post with sneak peeks of Lisa's projects, you can find it HERE & don't forget to watch Sue & Lisa's video on our Facebook page, giving you the first look at the Starlights for Textiles.

The ODS will be a starter kit of the Starlights for textiles & it will include a Pearl, so that you can mix your own lighter shades & tones.

To see more of Sue's samples, tune in to Hochanda, tomorrow night, Tuesday July 5 at 8pm. Our ODS will continue on Wednesday, July 6, at 9am, 12 noon, 4 & 7pm.

Sue & Lisa have prepared dozens of demos & samples, which they hope will inspire & delight you.

Photos of the complete projects will be shown on our Facebook & Twitter accounts during the ODS shows & then they will all be added to Sue & Lisa's Pinterest boards. 

We're really looking forward to tomorrow & Wednesday & we hope you can join us.

Hochanda is on Freeview, Channel 39 (6am-9pm), Sky, Channel 663 (24/7), Freesat 817 (24/7) & at www.hochanda.com

Until next time, happy crafting.

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Sneak Peeks From Lisa B

Hello everyone, we hope you've had a great weekend - with sunshine! We had some here & it was lovely.

Sue & Lisa made a video today to give you the first look at the new Starlights for Textiles, you can see it on our Facebook page.

Tonight we'd like to show you just a few of Lisa's samples for Tuesday's One Day Special launch during Hochanda's '12 Days of Christmas Crafting' event.

We can't tell you anything about these snippets of gorgeousness just yet, so you will have to tune in at 8pm on Tuesday, July 5, or during one of the four shows on Wednesday July 6, at 9am, 12 noon, 4 & 7pm.

We love doing the ODS shows & we're always excited about what you bring to you, but this one is extra special. We're launching our new Starlights paints for TEXTILES. We have spent so long trying to get the formula of these paints just right & we're confident that we have succeeded. 

Don't worry if fabric is not your thing, there will be plenty to inspire the card makers & paper crafters too, including a set of new ART STAMPS for your Christmas projects & brand new stencils too. 

Our current newsletter has more information with sneak peeks of some of Sue's samples & there will be another blog post tomorrow to show you more.

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Friday, 1 July 2016

July Newsletter - New Hochanda One Day Special!!

New One Day Special on Tuesday July 5 at 8pm and on Wednesday July 6 at 9am, 12 noon, 4pm and 7pm

Hello everyone, welcome to the July newsletter. I’ve got some news about our new One Day Special on Hochanda, during their '12 Days of Christmas Crafting' event. The launch show will be on Tuesday evening, July 5 at 8pm, followed by four shows on Wednesday, July 6 at 9am12 noon, 4 & 7pm.

I know we often say '’and now for something completely different'’ and you won't be disappointed because we have decided to expand our mixed media range into the exciting world of mixed media textiles. We are launching our new range of Starlight Textile paints alongside a fabulous new range of mixed media stencils. We have put together a fantastic starter kit at a great price, it will include a lovely soft Pearl, which means you can mix up paler colours and tones from the other cos in the kit. There will be plenty for paper crafters & card makers to enjoy too, as our Lisa is back from holiday and she will be showing you her take on all the new products in the programme.

The new Starlight Textile paints contain a binder which makes them thick and lustrous. The big advantage of this is that they do not bleed under a stencil like many other textile paints and they are washable up to 60°. I have also used them to up cycle a pair of canvas summer shoes and they look fantastic. We will be showing you how to make some beautiful little Christmas gift bags very quickly and easily, as well as how to add colour to a straw sunhat, shoes, T-shirt and a whole lot more besides. The colours are just so rich & very easy to work with.

We are also launching a set of Christmas Art stamps. These are lovely traditional designs that you will want to use over and over again. Other new products include some really special, brand-new mixed media stencils.  These are a different size to our usual range and are made from a thinner mylar because the designs are so intricate and quite different. They will add texture and detail to your mixed media cards and canvases. 

Speaking of canvases, Sue will also be hosting two Masterclass workshops on Hochanda on Thursday, 14 July at 11am and 4pm. All the details can be found on the Hochanda website. You may or may not like the idea of paying for workshops, but there is no selling and no presenter, the idea is that the workshops are to teach and inspire. Hochanda has asked Sue to host these workshops as lots of people have been enjoying her step by step introduction to mixed media on canvas. This is a natural step up from cards and it means you can use your Starlights, stamps, embossing powders and all those other bits and pieces already in your stash. You will be able to take the ideas and techniques and adapt them to your own style of crafting.

As always, we have created lots of samples for this One Day Special and we hope you will like them. 
 Look out for them & for more updates on our blog; http://imagination-crafts.blogspot.co.uk/
our Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/imaginationcrafts
our Twitter account; https://twitter.com/Imaginationcra4 
And after the shows they will be added to our designers' boards on our Pinterest page; https://uk.pinterest.com/imagination230/

Hochanda is on Freeview, Channel 39 (6am-9pm), Sky, Channel 663 (24/7), Freesat 817 (24/7) & at www.hochanda.com

Please join us if you can at 8pm on Tuesday, July 5 for the launch of this exciting One Day Special. If you can’t, remember to set your record button. The programmes will also be available on Hochanda’s catch up service for the week following transmission.

Love from Sue, Lisa and the team. 

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; http://imagination-crafts.blogspot.co.uk/
our Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/imaginationcrafts
our Twitter account; https://twitter.com/Imaginationcra4
And after the shows they will be added to our designers' boards on our Pinterest page; https://uk.pinterest.com/imagination230/

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 www.hochanda.com

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

Love from Sue and the team.