Friday, 21 October 2016

WIN two tickets to the Dare to Create Retreat with Andy Skinner & Tracy Weinzapfel!

Have you found a new passion for mixed media? Or want to try something new with your crafting? Well we have the PERFECT competition for you! We’re giving ONE lucky crafter the chance to win TWO tickets to the Dare to Create Live Retreat with Andy Skinner & Tracy Weinzapfel in June 2017 – worth £398! 

Dare to Create Live Retreat
June 24 - 25th 2017
Holiday Inn, Coventry
What’s included with the ticket:
  • One full day workshop, one half day workshop and Dare 2 Create Live
  • Fabulous goody bag
  • Demonstrations on the Saturday evening
  • Onsite shop
  • Refreshments, including lunch (vegetarian options available)
  • Informal Meet & Greet with the tutors for those staying Friday night

Workshop days start at 10am.  There will be a break for lunch and hot drinks/water available all day.

On Saturday evening, either relax in the bar or come along to some of the fabulous demonstrations that will be available all of which are included with your ticket. If you are staying over on the Friday, you are invited to join the tutors and other delegates for an informal Meet & Greet.

To enter, simply complete our form for your chance to win this incredible prize right here!

Don't miss Andy Skinner's DecoArt shows on Tuesday 22nd November to find out if you're the lucky winner! 

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.

How to Make a Blended Sunset Background using the Faber-Castell Gelatos

The secret is out! Kay Halliwell-Sutton will be launching the brand new Gelatos pigment sticks on Hochanda this Friday, 21st October with an incredible One Day Special! 

To give you a sneaky peek of what's to come, check out this easy step-by-step project which you can also find featured in the Papercraft Inspirations magazine!

The water soluble pigments in Gelatos sticks mean that they can be used either wet or dry. For this stunning sunset card, designer Cathy has applied the pigments dry and used her finger to gently blend the shades.

“I wanted to create a border around my background so I masked the edges of a piece of watercolour card with low tack tape before applying the Gelatos colours,” says Cathy. “Once I’d finished blending from red through to yellow, I removed the tape to leave a white frame around the background. I was then able to stamp the different elements directly onto the background.”

To create the silhouette image, Cathy inked her stamps using black ink for a crisp, clean result. Follow the simple steps below to make this sunset design then try blending some backgrounds of your own.

Step 1
Trim a piece of watercolour paper to measure 10x30cm and score to create a 10x15cm card blank. Mask around the edges with low tack tape to create a border.

Step 2
Apply Red Cherry Gelato directly to the bottom of the card. The Gelato’s consistency is slightly softer than a crayon and should glide on well onto the paper.

Step 3 
When you have applied enough of the colour to achieve your desired hue, use your finger to blend the Gelato evenly. Continue until you are happy with the shade.

Step 4
Apply Mango and Lemon Gelato to the middle and top thirds of the card in the same way. The masking tape border means you don’t need to be too neat around the edges.

Step 5
Using black ink, stamp sprigs in the bottom left corner of the background. Stamp the sentiment in the top right corner and two butterflies in the centre of the panel.

Step 6 
Carefully remove the masking tape around the edges of the panel to reveal the finished design. We love the simplicity of this card but you can add embellishments if you like.

Don't miss the launch of the Gelatos from Faber-Castell with Kay Halliwell-Sutton on Friday 21st at 8pm, and again the next day at 9am, 12pm, 4pm & 7pm! 

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Big Cheese Making Kit is Coming to Hochanda!

Have you ever fancied creating your very own cheese? Now is your chance! Next week on Thursday 27th October we’re introducing Aly Proverbs is launching The Big Cheese Making Kit on Hochanda! Keep reading to find out a bit more before the shows…

The Big Cheese Making Kit came about through Ailsa's, the Managing Director, love of cheese and the curiosity to find out if she could make herself. This curiosity was triggered by a Celebrity Chef making yoghurt (I won’t name names but he lives in a cottage by the river!) She thought it looked really easy, and thought if you can make yoghurt maybe you could make cheese too?

"I started digging about online and found that yes, you could make cheese at home without any fancy equipment or having to age the stuff for 5 years under your stairs. In fact, you can make it really quickly and be eating it within an hour! I became hooked on making cheese and wanted other people to feel the same. I was always pleased by people’s reactions when they came for lunch and I had made cheese. They couldn’t believe I’d made it myself and said they wanted to try it too."

And so, after lots of trial and error, lots of focus groups, 100s of pints of milk and countless recipe edits later… The Big Cheese Making Kit was born!

In those early months, orders were being processed and her cheese-making kits assembled and dispatched from Ailsa’s spare bedroom - with the help of local mums from the village. Things are quite different now. The kits are no longer made from home for one thing. Ailsa's sister Alison joined the company and together the two sisters have developed a complete range of kits and stock over 400 retailers. 

But is it difficult to make cheese? Ailsa says "People are always surprised you can make cheese at home so easily. They tend to assume it’s a technical job and requires lots of fancy equipment. With our recipes, tested in my kitchen, cheese making is easy and lots of fun. And of course, the best part is the eating!"

As well as step-by-step instructions, each kit contains everything a novice maker needs – including a thermometer, citric acid, vegetarian rennet and a muslin square for sieving. The Ultimate Kit even comes with a recipe book which Alison and Ailsa created together.

The kits are made in the UK, vegetarian, gluten free, sourced organically where possible and are designed to have the lowest possible impact on the environment, with no unnecessary packaging or products. There are even suggestions on what to do with your whey – the by-product of cheese making – so nothing need go to waste.

For services to the food industry founder Ailsa recently received an MBE. Commenting on her award, Ailsa said “I am amazed to have received such a great honour. The purpose of the company is to demystify the cheese making process so that anyone can make fresh cheese easily at home and it caught on almost immediately among foodies and as a quality gift.” Indeed, with over 100,000 kits sold in the first 3 years it could be described as a quiet revolution in cheese making.

We’re thrilled to be bringing The Big Cheese Making Kit to your screens, it’s definitely a hobby that we have been WOW’d by here at Hochanda HQ. We were lucky enough to let a couple of the team here try out the kits watch this space to see how they got on…

Don't miss the launch of The Big Cheese Making Kit shows with Aly on Thursday 27th at 8am and 11am! 

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.

How to Make a Sizzix Nautical Card by Katie Skilton

Ahoy there!

Today I want to share a project with you from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Ship Mates that will be featured on the Sizzix show on 27th October.

I am looking forward to bringing you some of your favourite dies.

Nautical themed projects are currently very popular and so I have designed a card that would also make a lovely picture for a home decor project.

Step 1
Trim 3 layers of cardstock, slightly smaller than the card blank.

Step 2
Die cut a circle into the centre of the white panel and create a circle frame so that the aperture is the same size as the one in the white panel.

Step 3
Trim a light blue panel and adhere a strip of dark blue.

Step 4
Adhere the blue panel behind the aperture using 3D foam pads.  Attach all the layers together and adhere the frame to the front.

Step 5
Die cut the boat, wheel and anchor and adhere to the card.  Add adhesive stones to embellish.

With dies like this you can allow them to do all the hard work and make beautiful projects very easily.

I look forward to bringing you this die set and many others on the 27th October!

See you then!


Don't miss the Sizzix shows with Katie on Thursday 27th at 10am, 3pm and 5pm! 

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

We Introduce a NEW Member of the Hochanda Family... Colourist!

We’re bringing another, brand new supplier to your screens this Wednesday, 26th September! Let us introduce to you Colourist…

Colourist Heat Transfer Paints are a unique range of heat transfer paints. They are applied to ordinary paper and printed onto a wide range of items using an iron or a heat press. There are 35 colours in the range including all the primary colours plus different reds, blues and browns and some really brilliant colours such as Hot Pink.

The paints were originally developed for professional fabric designers but have become increasingly popular with crafters who are discovering the versatility of the paints. Unlike ordinary fabric paints, Colourist paints do not sit on the surface of the printed item, they are absorbed into it giving a professional, colourfast finish. The printing process is easy and quick and once printed the items are ready to use and washable! How great is that!

On the first Hochanda shows you can look forward to demonstrations giving you ideas for designing placemats, coasters, tea towels and cushions but there is a huge range of products available to be designed using the paints.

The paints are water-based and non-toxic and can be mixed together to make more shades. Crafters can paint detailed water-colour style pictures or bold abstracts, do cut out techniques and apply the paints with stamps.

Demonstrating the paints will be Catherine Garvagh who has owned the company for ten years and knows as well as anyone how exciting and versatile Colourist Heat Transfer Paints are. She says:” Colourist Heat Transfer Paints are used in schools and universities across the UK and abroad by textile artists and designers. More and more craft enthusiasts are learning that they can easily design many interesting and unexpected items at home and achieve a professional finish in minutes. It’s really amazing to see how people seeing a demonstration of the paints suddenly realise how they work and their imaginations start to blossom as the possibilities become clear.

The best way to get to know these paints is to see them in action.

Don't miss the inspirational shows with Catherine this Wednesday at 8am, 11am and 1pm! 

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Crafter's Companion Turns 11!

We’re so excited that Crafter’s Companion are celebrating their 11th birthday (WOW!) that we’re bringing you 11 days of amazing shows from your Crafter’s Companion guests. with 5 One Day Specials, 2 Weekend WOWs, and 1 Weekday Wonder this is an event you do not want to miss... 

“We can’t believe Crafter’s Companion is celebrating their 11th birthday later this month, and we’re so excited that we will be bringing you AMAZING new products, special offers and bonus gifts! We wanted you to be amongst the first to know what’s going on so you can be sure not to miss a thing!
So make yourself a cuppa, sit back and relax for an amazing line-up of guests including Leann Chivers, Sheena Douglass, Debbie Shore and Fiona Clayton and make sure you tune in for the launch!”  

Here’s a taster of what’s to come… 

To Celebrate the Crafter's Companion birthday in style we're giving YOU the gifts! That's right, you'll receive a free gift with EVERY SINGLE ORDER! 

Here's a selection of what you could receive - make sure you tune in to the shows to find out more! 

For more sneaky peeks and to check the schedule check out the booklet below!

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

How to Make a Romantic Bangle with Resin8

This adorable, romantic bangle by Tali Iserles from Tallulah does the Hula combines sweet pastels with funky sparkle and vivid hues. It's the perfect accessory for all your outfits! Windows showcasing feature beads are nestled in between super stripes to create a fun-usual ‘eye candy’ bangle.


  • A wooden mixing stick
  • A cocktail stick
  • A set of electronic scales
  • At least two mixing pots (eg empty yogurt pots)
  • Large acrylic block
  • Wet and dry sandpaper


  • Resin8 silicone bangle mould
  • Standard resin and hardener
  • Low viscosity hardener
  • Pink pearl resin
  • Lilac sparkle resin
  • Pink E opaque colour paste
  • Red fluorescent colour paste
  • Sulphur-free plasticine
  • 6 x 8mm glass beads

Step 1
Using your hands, shape your sulphur-free plasticine into six rectangles, measuring approximately 10cm by 12 cm by 8cm. These do not have to be perfect but they do have to be fitted snuggly inside your bangle mould.

Step 2
Insert your plasticine rectangles into your bangle mould, ensuring that the rectangles are evenly spaced apart. Ensure that the rectangles fit snugly into your mould. You can use the mixing stick to flatten the plasticine.

Step 3
Weigh out 3g resin and add 1.5g standard hardener. Using your mixing stick, add a small pat of Pink E opaque colour paste to the mixture and mix well. Pour a thin layer into the mould.

Step 4
Once the first layer has at least partly cured, you are ready to mix together the next stripe. It's time to get glittery! Weigh out 3g lilac sparkle resin and add 1.5g low viscosity hardener. Mix well and pour into the mould.

Step 5
Once the top layer has at least partly cured, it's time to get pretty in pink and bring out the pearls. Pink pearl resin, that is. Weigh out 3g of the resin and mix together with 1.5g low viscosity hardener. Pour a thin layer into your mould, leaving some space at the top, and leave to cure in a warm, dust-free place.

Step 6
Once the layers have fully cured, carefully push the plasticine and resin sections out of the bangle mould. Try to remove the plasticine but don't worry too much about residue as this can be cleaned up later. Any plasticine that's in a good condition can be put in a sealable bag and reused.

Step 7
Run your resin sections under a tap and wash off plasticine residue with hand wash or washing up detergent. Sand off rough edges on the ends of your resin sections with sandpaper, starting off with rough grade paper (eg 120) and finishing off with fine paper (eg 400). Using wet sandpaper inside a tray filled with water will eliminate dust.

Step 8 
Place the resin sections back in the bangle mould, ensuring that they are evenly spaced out. Place an 8mm glass bead in the gap between each resin section. Mix together standard resin and hardener and pour it in between the resin sections to create ‘windows’. Ensure that the resin in the clear segments is at roughly the same level as the stripy sections. Once the clear resin has slightly cured, you may need to use a cocktail stick to move the beads into the middle of each window if they have changed position. When the clear layer has fully cured you may need to apply another thin layer to ensure that it is level with the stripy sections.

Step 9 
Once the clear resin has cured, mix together 4g of standard resin and 2g of standard hardener. Using your mixing stick, add a small pat of red fluorescent colour paste to the mixture and mix well. Pour a thin layer into the top of the mould, ensuring that it covers both the stripy and clear sections of cured resin. Once it has fully cured, remove the bangle from your mould and sand the top to get rid of any rough edges.

Step 10
Pop the bangle onto a block with the sanded bit facing up. Roll the plasticine into two long, thin strips and wrap them around the bangle, ensuring that the bangle is completely covered on both sides. This both secures the bangle onto the board and stops drips during the doming process from ruining the rest of your bangle! Now mix 4g of standard resin and 2g of standard hardener and add a dab of Pink E opaque colour paste. Mix well and thinly layer across the top of your bangle. This will create a coloured dome.

Step 11
Once the bangle has fully cured, carefully peel off the plasticine using your fingers. The plasticene can be put inside a sealable bag and reused. Any residue can be washed off the bangle using soap and water.

Step 12
Carefully sand both sides of your bangle to get rid of rough edges. It's best to do this using wet sand paper, starting with a rough grade (eg. 120) and graduating to a fine grade (eg 400). Mix together a small amount of standard resin and hardener and dome one end by spreading a thin layer across the top. Once the dome has cured, flip the bangle over and dome the other end. Your Windows of Wonder bangle is now complete! Enjoy!

We're thrilled to have Resin8 joining the Hochanda family. You can catch shows with Tali Iserles on Monday 24th at 10am and 2pm.

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.