Saturday, 27 May 2017

Flutterby Flowers - Margaret Brackenbury

Hello everyone, Margaret here again. Thank you to everyone who liked my Butterfly Spring card from Thursday. I'd like to show the other two cards I made, using the same techniques with different stencils...........

For the first card I applied Black Starlight Wax through the Modern Flowers stencil onto a piece of white card I painted with a wash of Japanese Jade Alchemy Wax

I then applied Structure Paste through the Flutterby stencil and when that was dry I brushed on a little Silver Sparkle Medium to highlight the butterflies.

I kept the matting and layering simple, with black card and blue card brayered with
Silver Sparkle Medium..........

For the second card I applied Black Starlight Wax through the Alpine Poppy stencil onto a piece of card that I'd used to mop up excess paint. I applied Structure Paste through the 
Wheat panel stencil and when it was  dry I brushed Gold Shine Sparkle Medium on top..................

I added a greeting and a black matting layer to finish..................

Tonight sees the launch of a new Imagination One Day Special on Hochanda. I hope you can join Sue at 8pm and then tomorrow at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm. All the products in the show can be found on the Imagination page on the Hochanda website. There are some great savings to be had & the ODS itself is a real bargain. 

Thanks for visiting the Imagination blog today, I hope you have a lovely weekend.


ST Alpine Poppy       ST Flutterby PS Wheat

Starlight Wax - BlackST Modern Flowers

SM Spatula - JT3Alchemy Wax - Japanese JadeStructure Paste 

       SM Gold Shine      SM Silver      

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Butterfly Spring by Margaret Brackenbury

Hello folks, Margaret from the Design Team with a quick card for you all. I've used the Butterfly Spring stencil, with Black Starlight Wax and Structure Paste.......................

 I love making my own backgrounds, but for quickness Imagination's range of patterned card is perfect. Not only   are there lots of beautiful designs to choose from, but the card takes paint/wax/structure paste/etc. really well. 

I used the Butterfly Spring stencil and applied Black Starlight Wax onto two pieces of Wildflower patterned card with a piece of Cut and Use foam. Just a tip; I cut my pieces of foam into little fat fingers, I find they are really easy to handle, particularly in small areas.

 I then took the Butterfly Panel stencil, placed it on the side of my card and applied Structure Paste, which was dry in hardly any time at all which meant I could quickly finish my card..........

To finish the card, I trimmed my work to allow me to matt onto a piece of black card and another piece of patterned card. I added some extra flowers and a butterfly cut from the second piece of patterned card together with some Baby Pink Just Pearls and there it is...............

I hope you like my card, I had such fun making it that I made two more in the same way. I'll show you those another day. Thank you for visiting the Imagination Crafts' blog today.


PS Butterfly Panel    PT Wild Flower            ST Butterfly Spring - New!!

   Structure PasteSM Spatula - JT3        Starlight Wax - Black

Just Pearls - Baby Pink 592Cut & Use Foam     

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Tempting Techniques With Lisa on Hochanda Today

Good morning! A quick post from us to remind that Lisa will be on Hochanda for three programmes today; at 8am, 3pm and 6pm GMT................


We've had many questions recently about how to use our core products; Sparkle Medium/Starlights/stencils, from people who are either new to crafting, or are moving from another craft to card making. And we've also had requests for refresher courses from people who might not have used the products in a while, so we thought we'd answer all of those questions and requests in these shows.

Lisa has planned lots and lots of demos for the shows. The cards in this post are just a tiny portion of her sample projects. There will be some new products and a special offer or two. If you want to shop ahead, visit our page on the Hochanda website, the products in the shows have now been added.
We wish you a great week and we hope you can tune in at some point for Lisa's shows - and if you have any questions you can email the Hochanda studio at and get a reply live on air. 

Programme times are 8am, 3pm and 6pm GMT today, Wednesday May 17.

As always, thank you for your support and if you visited us at the Create It show in Kent, thank you, we hope you had a great time.

 Best wishes from all at Imagination Crafts.

Watch Hochanda on Freeview channel 85, Sky channel 663, Freesat 817
and live at​​​​​​​

Friday, 12 May 2017

Imagination at Create It in Kent This Weekend

 Hello, it's almost the weekend and we are setting up for the Create It show, in association with Hochanda Live, at the Kent Event Centre, Kent County Showground, Detling.

This is the first time, as far as we're aware, that such a big show has been held in Kent and we are really looking forward to it. You'll find lots of your favourite craft companies under one roof, get to be in the audience for live programmes from Hochanda and we hope you'll spend lots of time on the Imagination Crafts' stand, where you'll get to meet Sue, Lisa, Kirsten and The Man From Imagination, Harvey and watch demos from Sue and Lisa to learn all about your favourite products.

**If you're 'letting the train take the strain', there is a FREE shuttle bus from outside Maidstone East Station every hour from 9am.**


Doors open at 9.30am on both days and tomorrow Sue is doing a live one hour programme on Hochanda from the show at 10am GMT, so if you're attending the show you'll have time to grab a seat in the audience. If you'll be watching at home, we hope it will be a fun start to your weekend.

Due to popular demand, Sue's show will be all about tote bags and canvases with mixed media techniques. There will be Art stencils, Textile Starlights, new Rice Papers, our amazing Fabric Decoupage Glue, some special offers and much more.


 If all that wasn't enough to tempt your crafting taste buds, our Lisa will be back on Hochanda on Wednesday, May 17 for three one hour shows - at 8am, 3pm and 6pm GMT. The theme for these programmes is Spring into Summer and there'll be lots of pretty colours, stencils, Sparkle Medium and more. 
We hope you have a great weekend whatever you do. 
Best wishes from Sue, Harvey and all at Imagination Crafts. 

Watch Hochanda on Freeview channel 85, Sky channel 663, Freesat 817 and live at

Programme times:

Saturday, May 13 at 10am GMT
Wednesday, May 17 at 8am, 3pm and 6pm GMT

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Altered Clock by Martina Tidball

Good morning all! Martina here, with a post showing you how one of the Dutch Doobadoo clocks I made for the One Day Special over the weekend came together from start to finish…

My first step was to use Café Crème Rusty Patina to stipple all over the MDF areas that were going to be on the outside. Rusty Patina Café Crème has a gorgeous subtle colour and gives amazing texture which would come in useful later on…

Using one of the gorgeous Rice Papers, I cut away a large vintage clock face and used MagiBond Decoupage glue to adhere it to some thick card. Once dry, I cut it out and stuck it firmly to the MDF clock base, placing the circular mount on the top: easy peasy!

I looked in my craft box and found lots of odds and ends that I thought might come in useful on my final piece. I coated each item with some more of the Rusty Patina and set aside ready to play with later.

Once the clock pieces were dry, I decided to add some colour. Using some of the Clover MDF Paint, I dry-brushed all over the Patina. This technique really works with the Patina, as you get a lovely surface for the paint to cling to and the texture really ‘pings!'

I wanted to add some more detail to the clock, so I added some more Rice Paper (featuring pastel roses) in small sections. I added a small amount of water to the paper which allowed me to feather and tear the edges. Using more of the MagiBond Decoupage Glue, I adhered the torn sections all over the clock.

To give the clock a vintage and pretty feel, I decided to have a trailing bouquet of flowers starting in the clock face.  I used lots of wired flowers and accessories from my stash to create a bouquet, picking out the colours from the paint and papers that I had already used. 

I also added a few flowers to a centre piece I created with the elements I had covered in Rusty Patina earlier. To add a little sparkle, I applied some of the Silver Rose Sparkle Medium with my finger.

I decided to add some Wildflowers Art-Cutz at the last minute, so used some more Patina and Sparkle Medium to decorate them and tie it all in. I also added some Silver Rose Sparkle Medium through the Counting Cogs Art Stencil, placing the stencil over areas of the clock face and stand.

Once all my pieces were dry, I started to arrange the elements until I was happy with them. I used hot glue to secure them all firmly. 

All done! 

Art-Cutz Wild Flowers    Magi Bond DecoupageSM Silver Rose      

Rusty Patina - Cafe Creme     MDF Paint - Clover   Counting Cogs MU 62

I hope you like it and I look forward to sharing another tutorial with you very soon.


Saturday, 29 April 2017

Exciting One Day Special on Hochanda

Hello everyone, Sue here, I hope you're all well?

As usual, it's been a hectic few weeks at Imagination HQ, what with new stock arriving seemingly every day and Hochanda programmes to prepare for. This week has been a lot of fun, because our Lisa is here, helping us get ready for our new One Day Special on Hochanda, launching this Sunday night, April 30 at 8pm. Lisa and I have been creating lots of samples and preparing dozens of demos and there has been a lot of silliness going on at the same time - along with the occasional glass of wine..................
We have created a fabulous, mixed media extravaganza of a One Day Special for you with something for everyone, from MDF clocks and canvases, to butterflies and flowers. This show is crammed with fantastic techniques on card, MDF and Canvas. I think we've prepared a feast of colour and creativity, with plenty of beautiful techniques and tips on how to create gorgeous pieces that will fire your creative spirit.

We have put a lot of products into these ODS shows, including gorgeous new stamp sets designed by Lisa and fantastic new Art stencils.

We know how upset you are when you miss out on products and we hate disappointing you so we should tell you that we think that this beautiful ODS, featuring Lisa's brand new mixed media inspired stamp designs could sell out quickly. We also know how much you love the Art Stencils, so we're fairly certain they will go in a flash - we think that this is the best selection of inspiring Art Stencils so far, so please, please don't miss out. Get ahead on the Hochanda website to make sure you get your order in quickly. The products available in our shows can be found HERE and you can shop whenever is convenient for you. 

 Lisa and I will fit in as many demos as we can during the shows. We've included all your favourites, such as Starlights, our fantastic Structure Paste, Rusty Patina and more. If you have any questions while you're watching the shows, remember you can email the studio; and the producers will relay your question to us, live on air.

Our One Day Special programme times are..............
Sunday, April 30 at 8pm GMT
Monday, May 1 at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm GMT​​​​​​​

In other news, following many requests we have added a range of stencils featuring the 
signs of the zodiac to the website. We are delighted with how these have been designed and they are proving very popular already. 

We hope you're following us on social media, as quite often we announce special offers, or popular items that we only have limited amounts of, so it's a good idea to follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram to stay up to date with what's happening in our corner of the craft world. ​​​​​​​
Have a lovely weekend and we hope you can tune in to Hochanda on Sunday night at 8pm and for at least some of our shows on Monday.

**Edited to add: Lisa and I created a video off all the gorgeous samples we and the design team have created for the ODS. You can see it on the Imagination Crafts' Facebook page.**

Sue, Harvey and all at Imagination Crafts

One Day Special programme times are...........

Sunday, April 30 at 8pm GMT
Monday, May 1 at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm GMT