Monday, 5 December 2016

BJ Crafts Fundraising Day for MacMillan Cancer Support

Hello, we hope you've had a nice weekend. We wanted to let you know about a crafting fundraising day BJ Crafts are holding this coming Saturday, December 10, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. 

It's happening at their shop; 

BJ Crafts, Antioch Farm, New Road, Tilney St Lawrence, Kings Lynn,
Norfolk PE34 4QF

between 10am & 5pm.

There will be technique demos from Jean, make & takes, cake stalls, a Tombola, raffle prizes & more.

**One lucky raffle prize winner will get to choose £50 worth of crafting goodies from the BJ Crafts shop!!**

Entry is free, tea/coffee & cakes will be available to buy throughout the day. 


For more information, or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Jean; 881382. or visit the shop this coming Saturday, December 10.

We'll be back later in the week with information about our shows on Hochanda next Monday, December 12. Until then, have a great week.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

November Newsletter




Hello, Sue here, I hope you're well. It's been a busy time for us since my last newsletter. Following our Hochanda programmes in October we were at the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts shows at the SECC in Glasgow and the week after at the NEC in Birmingham. Both shows were extraordinarily busy for us and if you attended either show and visited our stand, thank you very much, it was lovely to meet so many enthusiastic crafters. Lisa and I hope our demos inspired you and you've been playing with your new craft goodies ever since - why not share a photo of your Imagination Crafts projects on our Facebook page?? We'd love to see them!

Today's exciting news is that we are launching our BRAND NEW set of Sparkle Medium colours next Thursday evening at 8.00pm on Hochanda TV!! These are our first new Sparkle Medium colours for some years and there is much excitement here as the colours are beautiful, we're certain they are going to be very popular. There are eight new colours, including Blue Lagoon, Crushed Bilberry, Silver Dollar and Blackcurrant, all of which I have completely fallen for. They are all different to the other colours in the Sparkle Medium collection. We have been using them with some brand new stencils and they are already firm favourites with all of us. They're going to part of our new One Day Special, so the price is fantastic. If you've watched our shows on Hochanda before, you know how quickly we can sell out and as usual we only have so many ODS sets to go around, so please don’t miss out; get your order in early so you aren’t disappointed. 

The new colours are not available from us at present as we didn’t have enough to go around, so that's another good reason for getting this fantastic deal from Hochanda.  

With the weather turning colder recently we've had a few questions about Sparkle Medium getting dry, so I thought I'd give you a few tips on keeping yours in good condition...... Sparkle Medium is a water based product and over time the water evaporated and the Sparkle Medium gets thicker. To avoid it getting too thick - and that can happen if you aren't going to use it for a while - just add two teaspoons of boiling water into the pot before you put it away. Make sure you store it in a warm place (it is like us and doesn’t like getting cold!!)  If you have had yours for some years (and I know lots of you have) and it is thick and hard, please don’t throw it away, place the pot on a warm - not hot - radiator for a while then pull out the medium. You can cut it up into gorgeous chunky glitter, like I do, or, if it's thin enough, you might want to die cut it - make sure you smear a little Vaseline onto the cutting die first, so that the medium will release easily.   As I said above, Sparkle Medium likes warmth, so if you are using it during the cold winter months, put the pot on a warm radiator beforehand and it will make it more liquid and easier to use. Don’t forget that Sparkle Medium can be re-used, so keep an extra pot for your ‘waste’, the mixed colours are always gorgeous.

Kerri-Ann and I hope you will join us on Hochanda on Thursday evening at 8pm, then again on Friday at 9am, 12 noon, 4pm and 7pm. You will be pleased to know that we will have your favourite colours of Rusty Patina on the shows and I will be using them on glass with Starlights and Sparkle Medium. It looks amazing so don’t miss the demos. There are also some terrific 'Cyber Deals' during the programmes but only in very limited numbers, so don't delay checking out your baskets.

Thank you again for your support. Until next time, happy crafting. Love, Sue and all at Imagination

Hochanda ODS programme times:

Thursday, November 24 8pm
Friday, November 25 9am, 12 noon, 4pm, 7pm

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

BJ Crafts Workshop in Taunton Somerset, November 25

Good morning, we hope you're having a nice week. We're deep in preparations for our new One Day Special, launching on Hochanda on Friday November 25 at 8pm, but we wanted to take a few minutes to tell you about a workshop Jean of BJ Crafts is holding in Taunton, Somerset on the same day; Friday November 25.

It will be an all day workshop, starting at 10am and ending at 4pm, at the
 Exmoor Suite, Junction 24, Market Way, Bridgewater, Taunton, Somerset TA6 6DF

The aim of the workshop is to complete 4 or 5 projects, including cards, a mini canvas and a calico bag,  using a variety of Imagination Crafts' products. Some of Jean's project ideas can be seen in this post.

The cost of the workshop is £40 per person. All materials & equipment, as well as tea/coffee will be supplied, please bring a packed lunch.

There will be a small shop, open throughout the day, in case you need to replenish your crafty stash with some new goodies. 

There are some spaces left. so if you would like to attend you can book via the BJ Crafts website; or you can telephone Jean on 01945 881382 and she will be happy to take card payments over the phone.

It looks like being a fun day, with lots of our favourite techniques to learn, so don't delay, contact Jean before Thursday November 24 and book your place. 

BJ Crafts Roadshow Workshop - Taunton - Friday 25th November 2016

Venue:  Exmoor Suite, Junction 24, Market Way, Bridgewater, Somerset, TA6 6DF


Sunday, 16 October 2016

New One Day Special on Hochanda

Hello everyone, Sue here, I hope you're well. It's been ages since we did a blog post. We've been so busy & the time is going by so quickly.

If you received our newsletter on Friday you'll know that we're back on Hochanda on Tuesday and Wednesday with a new One Day Special. We are very excited to introduce a brand new product for us called ‘Just Pearls’, they are absolutely GORGEOUS. I have fallen completely in love with them & I can't wait to demo them for you.

We know how much you love your Starlight Paints so we thought it was time we launched some brand new colours. We've put together a set that we're calling 'Autumn Gold' and we think it's a beautiful selection of colours. And they will all work perfectly with the 'Just Pearls' collection.

  We're launching the new ODS with a TWO HOUR show on Tuesday October 18, starting at 8pm and lasting until 10pm. The programme times for Wednesday October 19 are 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.

Lisa is having a bit of a break and going on holiday so myself and Kerri-Ann will be introducing you to the 'Just Pearls' range, the new colours of Starlights, and much more. We had a great response to Kerri-Ann's demos on the last Hochanda shows, so I'm sure lots of you will be looking forward to seeing her again.

We have sent all the sets we have of the new Starlights & 'Just Pearls' to Hochanda, but there is only a certain amount of each available and they are exclusive to Hochanda, so will not be available on our website. Based on our previous shows, I think they could sell out quite quickly, so if you like them when you see them, please order quickly as I would hate you to be disappointed.

Thank you for the wonderful messages, emails and photos that you send in, I love reading them and seeing how you are using your Starlights. Thank you also to everyone who has liked our Facebook page, it now has over 6000 likes, which we're all astonished by. We couldn't do what we do without your support, so thank you again.  We'll be going to Glasgow for the Hobbycrafts show at the SECC from October 27 to 30 and I hope to see lots of you there.

That's all the news from Imagination HQ for now. I hope you can watch at least some of our new Hochanda One Day Special shows next week, I have a feeling that you are going to love the 'Just Pearls' just as much as we do!

See you on Tuesday 18 October at 8.00pm.

Love from Sue and all at Imagination  

Imagination ODS on Hochanda Tuesday October 18 8pm
Wednesday October 19 9am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Sue's Playtime on Hochanda Tomorrow

Hi everyone, a quick blog post to let you know that Sue will be standing in for Leonie, tomorrow, Wednesday September 7 between 2 and 4pm. Leonie is having a week off and Hochanda have asked Sue to step in for a couple of hours to show you some fun techniques.

Sue has some great things planned with a new Rusty Patina set, Alchemy Wax, MDF and other goodies. She's got 2 hours to play and the focus is on techniques, with lots of demos & useful tips. If you’ve bought Rusty Patina and Alchemy Wax in the past and want some inspiration and some great techniques that are effective and quick to do, please tune in to Hochanda tomorrow afternoon from 2pm.  

Sunday, 28 August 2016

One Day Special on Hochanda Today

Good morning, we thought you'd like to see a few photos relating to our One Day Special, which launched on Hochanda last night & continues today.

Lisa just sent these photos of the studio looking wonderful with all the samples & products..........

The ODS itself was a big success last night & sales continued through the night, thank you to everyone who ordered. 

It is such a fantastic concept, created for Imagination Crafts by Lisa B. I love that you can choose to use all the pieces together to create a dimensional scene, or you can use them separately.

There are two options available in the ODS & you can get all the information here.

Also new for Hochanda is this set of gorgeous Christmas-themed Art-Cutz. You'll see these on lots of our designers' samples..........

We are delighted that we were able to get more stock of Rusty Patina for this weekend's shows, but sales were so high last night that it might not last for long today..............

Programme times today are 9am, 12 noon, 4pm & 7pm. We hope you can tune in to watch Sue, Lisa & Kerri-Ann. If you're not spending the day at home, you can watch the shows from tonight on Hochanda's catch up service.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend & thank you for your support.

The Imagination team.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

New Imagination Crafts' ODS on Hochanda


Hello everyone, Sue here again. We're in the midst of a heatwave at the moment, I hope you're all managing to stay somewhat cool.

I wanted to let you know that Imagination Crafts is joining in Hochanda's 1st birthday celebrations and launching a fabulous new One Day Special this coming Saturday evening, August 27, at 8pm. The fun continues on Sunday at 9am12pm4pm and, if there is anything left, (!) at 7pm.

It's incredible to think it's been a year since Hochanda launched and it's wonderful to see how they've grown since those very first shows. All of us at Imagination are thrilled to be a part of the Hochanda family and we wish them a very Happy Birthday.


There are some incredible bargains to be had during our 24 hours, as you would expect on a special event, so we hope you can join us. We are really excited about this One Day Special. It is such a clever concept and one that we have never seen before. One set will give you the option of many different combinations, so the value of each set is fantastic.

 Our Lisa has been frantically designing with all the different sets & combinations and we think you will love the results. She & I have made lots of samples and I've included a few sneak peeks are in this newsletter.

We will be uploading a short video to our Facebook page before Saturday's launch so that you can see a little taster of the One Day Special, but don’t forget there will be, as ever, something for everyone, from MDF to papercraft.

We will also be using the new Rusty Patina, which sold out so quickly in our last Hochanda shows -12 minutes I think!! That was completely unexpected & we were sorry to disappoint so many of you who were looking forward to the demos, so it's great that we are able to include it in the ODS shows.

We will also be introducing a new member to the team; Kerri-Ann.  She is an experienced demonstrator and is full of new ideas and techniques. We know you are always looking for new inspiration, so we think you will enjoy her energy and demos. 

Also to let you know, that I have been asked to step in for Leonie’s Hochanda show, Let Leonie Loose, on Wednesday 7 September, while she is on holiday. A bit scary, as those are big shoes to fill, (actually Leonie has a gorgeous pair of bright red patent heels that are very Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz!). If you fancy some technique refreshers then I would love you to join me for a few hours of fun and messy creativity. We will give you have more details nearer the time.

  Please make sure you don’t miss out on this weekend's shows, as we suspect it could be a very busy 24 hours, with numerous offers and bargains to be had. Once again, we launch the ODS at 8pm on Saturday, August 27 & continue on Sunday August 28 at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.

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Love from Sue, Lisa and the Imagination team xx

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