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How to Make a Rock Style Gift Card Holder by Annie Williams

Do you struggle with creating cards and gifts for men and teens?  The newest stamp sets from Sheena Douglass, “A Little Bit Sketchy – Rock Style”, are perfect for creating masculine projects like this easy gift card holder.


You will need:
Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - SingSheena A Little Bit Sketchy - ShoutSheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Beat ItSara Signature Collection Just For Men 6"x6" Paper Pad Brights CollectionDie'sire Decorative Dies - Elegance Stamping FrameSpectrum Noir Markers: DR1, DR5, DR7, IG2, IG4, IG7, GB4. GB7, GB9, IB1Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White CardstockBig ScoreCardstockAdhesiveInk Blending ToolBlack and Various Colored Inks

Directions:



Step 1 Trim a piece of blue cardstock to 6.5” x 9.5”, align it with the left side of the Big Score, and score it at 0.5” and 6”.







Step 2 Rotate the cardstock 90 degrees, align it with the left side of the Big Score, and score it at 4.25” and 8.5”.






Step 3 Trim out the area shown using scissors (created …

Everyone's a Winner in Our Crafted Birthday Wishes Competition

A month before our birthday we asked you, our crafter customers to send us your crafted birthday wishes. Beautiful gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and all different materials so we asked you to let your imaginations run wild! Sew a bunting, Knit a teddy or create a fantastic birthday card – the possibilities really were endless.

We were so overwhelmed by the amount of beautiful crafted wishes we received, it was a joy to have them on display in the office before our birthday celebrations kicked off!

Paul Wright our Co-founder and Chairman was thrilled to see so many beautiful makes that he explained that everyone had to be a winner! So he decided on top of the main winner receiving £25 credit to spend at Hochanda, he’d like to give everyonewho entered £10 on their account too!

Here’s all your beautiful makes;


We had entries from far and wide, here is the list of crafted birthday wishes that were received;

The Winner of the £25 Credit - Lynn Mayo from Chester

All of our other winners…

Never cruised before? Then you're really missing out!

If you have never cruised before, then you are really missing out on a wonderful experience and we’re not just saying that! There are some things about going on a cruise holiday that you will not experience on a land based break; visiting some of the most beautiful places and only having to unpack once – now you don’t get that on every holiday!

Travelling really is one of life’s great pleasures, and booking a cruise is the perfect way to discover and explore a multitude of incredible destinations.



These are just a few of the things that we think make a cruise the perfect choice:

The Incredible Sunsets
You will get to see some of the most amazing sunsets at sea. Sunsets that you just don’t get on land. Imagine – you’re out at sea aboard a cruise ship, the sun is just starting to set and the only thing on the horizon is a boat in the distance… you probably don’t get to see that at home.

Food
The food onboard many cruises are superb and many dining venues at sea rival some of the best rest…

Andy Skinner is joining the Hochanda Family!

We’re super excited that Andy Skinner the master of all things mixed media is joining us here at Hochanda! Make sure you catch Andy’s shows this Tuesday night at 8pm and again on Wednesday at 9am, 12pm, 4pm & 7pm - these shows are ones not to be missed!
Andy Skinner is an established mixed media artist and tutor who teaches regular workshops all over the world and now he’s coming to Hochanda to teach YOU in the comfort of your own home!
Andy is an accomplished painter and ceramicist but is best known for his ‘industrial gothic’ altered art and assemblage pieces. His unique style is edgy, dark, and enigmatic, pushing the boundaries of the medium with new and innovative techniques.

Born and raised in Oxford, England, Andy was interested in art from a young age and the influence of his parents is obvious in his artistic style. His mother, a watercolour artist, encouraged Andy’s love of paints, while his father, an engineer with a knack for constructing amazing toys and gadgets from f…

We Celebrate Our First Birthday

Join Hochanda, The Home of Crafts, Hobbies and Arts to celebrate our 1st Birthday.
We’ve got 7 Days packed with celebrations! 
To celebrate we will be bringing you some fantastic deals, competitions and bonus gifts from your most loved guests and brands for a whole week! You can look forward to shows from Creative Expressions, Inkylicious, Sheena Douglass, Crafter’s Companion, Claritystamp, Debbie Shore, Imagination Crafts, Six Penny Memories, IndigoBlu, Chloe Endean, Craft Yourself Silly, Sizzix, Robert Addams and so many more!!
So what have you got to look forward to?
Credit on your Account For anyone who has not shopped with us before, we’d like you to join in on our birthday celebrations too, so how does £5 off* your first order sound? Simply proceed to the checkout once you have chosen your items and we’ll do the rest – it couldn’t be easier!
We wanted to say a HUGE thank you to our existing, loyal Hochanda customers and what better way could we do this than by giving you £10 credit

How to make a Vintage Wreath and more with Simply Vintage...

The lovely Melissa Waudby from Simply Vintage is back with us this week, so to give you a sneak peek of what's to come on her show, check out her Craft Inspiration Pack Challenge. She'll be with us this Wednesday with tonnes of inspiration and demonstrations of how you can get the most from your gorgeous Craft Inspiration Pack at 10am! Here's her step-by-steps...
This month I have been working on a little challenge - My Craft Inspiration Pack Challenge! To see how many craft projects I can make from just one of the Simply Vintage Mixed Craft Inspiration packs.
The full results will be live on the show in Wednesday morning - but here is a couple of sneaky pics of just two mixed media projects I recently finished.

From the kit I used: 1 sheet of music1 piece of floral fabric3 sheets of pagesButtonsLace piecesRibbonSnap fastenersPostcard

Just 10 elements…..from the 30 included! (and there are still parts of these left over!)





A Mixed Media TinTurning a vintage tin into a personal t…

Lottie Newitts' Summer Garden Party Tips

The summer garden party!
August has crept up and we now find ourselves in the middle of summer, school holidays have begun and it's time to make the most of your garden.


Grow your own herbs to flavour your BBQ meat! Get the drinks chilling and the BBQ flaming... We have a BBQ herb pack that will get you growing your own fresh herbs that will bring your BBQ meat bursting with fresh flavour!


BBQ Herb Pack recipes 


Rosemary
Pick strong, long stems off your Rosemary plant, then strip the leaves off (leave to one side) and soak the strong long stalks over night. Take the stems out of the water to skewer meat/veg onto the rosemary sticks for yummy kebabs.
Finely chop the rosemary leaves, sprinkle onto lamb chops with sea salt and pepper along with a drizzle of honey then grill or BBQ.


Sage
Finely chop a handful of sage leaves and mix into apple sauce, season with salt & pepper. Rub this mix into pork chops and let marinade overnight for a more intense flavour. BBQ or grill and serve wi…

How to Make a Traditional Christmas Card using Leonie's Entwined Dies by Nick Roberts

Leonie Pujol is adding to her Entwined Range this coming Wednesday so to give you a peek in to the fabulous new products that you can look forward to seeing, the lovely Nick Roberts, from Leonie's design team sent us a fabulous step-by-step. Check it out and let us know what you think by leaving us a comment below...

Morning, It's very exciting for me to be sharing a preview of a card I made using Leonie Pujol's brand new collection of stamps and dies. This beautiful collection is being launched on Wednesday evening (August 10th) at 8 pm for a One Day Special. There are some beautiful Entwining Dies along with her famous coordinating stamp sets. Once again the collection works well on it's own to achieve a myriad of special designs, or alternatively used with anything you already have in your collection.




The finished card measures 8 x 7''. To start, I cut out 3 identical rectangles from burgundy Silk Art card. I used the outer cutting edge from one of Sue Wilson&…

How to make a Dragonfly Scarf Bail

Let us introduce to you a fabulous new brand who is joining the Hochanda family this Monday, Indivijewelistic! Trish Kelly will be joining us with not one but two educational shows, showcasing a range of beautiful jewellery and accessory making kits. To give you a taste of some of the fabulous demonstrations to come check out the step-by-step project below... 


You will need:

Scarf Bail3 coils of 3mm wire (+ spares)4 wings beads4 Bead Caps32 Bicone Beads (+ some spares)3 Head Pins (+ 2 spares)3 Crystal SpacersLarge Head Bead2 x Blue Frosted Bead1 x 8mm Blue Crystal Bead1 x Blue Crystal Teardrop


Starting with the teardrop bead, load your spacers and beads onto one of the head pins as shown.







Turn the top of your head pin at a right angle.







Using a pair of point nose pliers start to turn a loose loop at the top.






Move your pliers back down the head pin bit by bit to help you form the large loop as shown below.



Take another head pin and slide on a bead cap, followed by a wing bead. Leave a gap…