Friday, November 18, 2016

Kids Christmas Class.... Markets and more!

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Hi everyone,
I hope you are all safe and well, as today has been a reminder of how easily things can change, with another large earthquake this morning and lots of after shocks it certainly has been busy with phone calls and facebook messages to friends and loved ones in the areas where the earthquake has struck the hardest. I hope that you are all safe and sound wherever you are.

It has also been shocking recently to have lost another craft store here in NZ! It is a constant reminder to us how fragile our industry really is. We work extremely long hours to find new products and manufacture them and make/design kits, and we appreciate the constant support we get from all of you. There are a few groups on line selling products, and if you do see people asking for products or shops in NZ, we would appreciate it if you can suggest us. We are not allowed to self promote on these sites, but other people can recommend us, it is so hard to sit and watch people suggesting going overseas for products when they are right here in NZ.  I know sometimes that we are more expensive, and trust me we do everything we can to keep the costs down, but we do pay import duty on everything that comes in, and postage and GST, so that is usually why.  We also pay wages and support/sponsor events here in our local communities and NZ that other overseas companies do not.

Remember if you are after something that is not on our website, please email us or ring us, as we may just not have it loaded, or we may know who in NZ does stock it. If you have suggestions for stock please do suggest it, we love feedback and always need to know what you are needing. We are not going anywhere! We are totally focused on keeping NZ made products available right here, and 2017 is going to see some new and amazing products coming out of the store.

Right on a more positive note CHRISTMAS IS COMING!  So excited, I am busy organising our town promotion again, Spirit of Christmas, and looking forward to seeing how that works out this year. We have C4 fast approaching and we have SOLD OUT!!!!!!   So we are all very excited about that.

Also make sure you check out the upcoming KIDS XMAS CLASS - where we have 12 spots available for  kids to make 5 gifts for Christmas - mum, dad, one girl, one Unisex present and a grandparents present. Day includes a hot lunch (yes there is hot chips and more), and some sweet treats!

All the best Jo.
 
C4 is SOLD OUT!!!!! 
Only two short weeks to go so we are busy packing kits for this big event!! 
For those who were fortunate enough to get booked in we will be contacting you a couple of days out from the event to go over details including what you need to bring and the location etc.

While this event is sold out we will be doing this again next year and maybe a mid year special so keep your eyes out for the next one!!! 
KITS AVAILABLE
XMAS ADVENT CALENDAR  $80
Create a beautiful Christmas advent Calendar in greens and reds, perfect for your family for this Christmas. Includes 24 little drawers for holding goodies for chocolates or even small gifts.

We have one spare kit but we have not loaded this online, so please email us or come instore.
CHRISTMAS TRAIN  $55
Create this magical Christmas Train in time to put out on display in your house this year! Includes all the product and pieces shown in the photo, has a caboose and carriage with Santa's Christmas sack overflowing with presents and letters.

We have two train kits left - http://www.imagineif.co.nz/product/christmas-train-kit/
We will be at the Te Aroha Market!
Sunday 20th Nov

Come and see our stall at the Te Aroha Domain Christmas Market day this Sunday November 20th. We will be taking out lasercut Acrylic and MDF Decor items as well as our Acrylic and MDF Cake Toppers.
NEW STOCK!!!
DINA WAKLEY MIXED MEDIA TAPE

We have just received some fantastic new products instore including Dina Wakleys Media blank paper Tape perfect to colourize with acrylic paint, inks and more. Comes with three widths - 1/2", 3/4" and 1" with 10 yards length each.

http://www.imagineif.co.nz/product/media-tape-blank-paper/
TIM HOLTZ IDEOLOGY TROPHY ANTLERS
How cute are these miniature resin reindeer antlers and head? Perfect for miniature rooms and scenes!

http://www.imagineif.co.nz/product/tim-holtz-ideaology-resin-trophy-antlers-2pk/
MOD PODGE BRAYER
The Mod Podge Professional Tool Set includes a brayer tool and squeegees – essentials for any decoupage artist! The 4.5 inch brayer tool smoothes paper and fabric onto your Mod Podged surface, eliminating air bubbles and creating an even look. Squeegees perform the same job on non-flat surfaces, in corners, and in other hard-to-reach areas. Each Tool Set includes one brayer and two squeegees: One 2 inch squeegee, and one 3.5 inch squeegee.

http://www.imagineif.co.nz/product/modpodge-brayer-professional-tool-set/
NEW LAYOUT BY SHARON
Make sure you check out Sharons new designs on the blog...

http://www.imagineifnz.blogs
pot.co.nz/2016/10/art-inspired-pages-with-sharon
NEW DECOR DESIGNS
What do you think of our new Acrylic Mirror Lasercut Kiwiana designs? Available on the website individually for $7.00 each.

http://www.imagineif.co.nz/?s=mirror&post_type=product
UPCOMING CLASSES
KIDS XMAS CLASS
Tuesday 20th December 10am - 3pm $65

5 CHRISTMAS GIFTS IN ONE DAY!

Make 5 Gifts for your family for Christmas and includes lunch, a drink and a sweet treat!  Photos coming soon.
The 5 Gifts include - 1 for Mum, 1 for Dad, 1 for a Boy, 1 for a girl and 1 unisex gift which could also be for a grandparent(s).

ONLY 12 SPACES AVAILABLE
So be in quick to book!
9 PAGES IN ONE DAY -  SCRAPBOOKING
Sunday 20th November 9am - 3pm $70

SOLD OUT!!!
We have an action packed day creating 9 gorgeous layouts in one day! This class sells out every time and is a favourite by all who attend so don't miss out!  
Well that is it for this week, we look forward to seeing you in store or hearing from you online.

Happy Crafting!
Jo, Aly, Pauline and Sammy

Monday, November 14, 2016

Art Journal - Tracy


Hello, Tracy here. I haven't shared anything in a while with one thing happening after another in everyday life, things had to take a break. But I really enjoyed doing this art journal page and getting my fingers dirty.
Firstly I used patterned tissue paper, and picked out some colours from my Gelatos. Then it was a case of picking out stencils and stamps from the shop that I wanted to use. Face 3 - Samantha was stencilled on first. I then wanted to frame her face using Dylusion Stamp - Branching out. It didn't stamp to well on coloured paper so I used acrylic paint over these. I then used some coarse texture gel over Brick Pattern stencil and Texture Paste for the Pattern Circles. Below you can see a close up. Happy crafting - Tracy


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November already!!!

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Only a couple more days until its NOVEMBER!!! Where has this year gone? Can you believe it's only 9 more weekends until Christmas!!!

We have so much on at the moment in the shop between the many classes, custom cutting and graphic design/invitation work Aly has been doing it has been all hands on deck! So much so that my daughter Sam is moving down from Auckland to help us out!

Just when I finally have my new house all sorted we have have a house load moving in! Sammy and her partner Sean (who has already been living with us for a couple of months because of his new job in Hamilton) are moving in properly and they are bringing their best friend Danyon from Auckland down as well - he is also moving into our spare room, which was purple, but has changed to tones from black to blue and brown! So its suddenly a lot fuller around here both at work and at home!!! But honestly I enjoy cooking and baking for the boys - they love my food (and are not fussy like my girls are) so I'll keep them around!

C4 is fast approaching and we only have 2 spaces left (including Kits) so don't miss out, call us if you would like to book in the class or would like a kit to make them at home!

All the best Jo.
 
C4 - Cupcakes, Crafting, Chocolate and Christmas
ONLY $120 for 10 projects held on 1 day!!!
9am - 6pm |  
ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT
Taken as either a class or a kit


If you want to make these 10 fantastic projects below (either in the class or as a kit) you have to be quick as we can only make 9 more sets! So make sure you phone us now so you don't miss out! For those who can't come on the day ($110 for a kit incl tracked postage (obviously no food included)).

You will be making the following:                                                     
1. A fun Christmas shaker card (top left)
2. A 3d Opening Tag
3. A Christmas "Joy" Bunting (bottom)
4. A Butterfly shaped book/album (bottom right)
5. A Mixed Media shabby chic canvas (middle)
6. A pretty but grungy hanging heart
7. A framed 3d floral hot air balloon (top right)
8. A men's grungy Journal cover
9. A Christmas star Decoration for your house
10. A Sewing Spool themed project (bottom left)  
Sammy (left) and Aly (right)

INTRODUCING SAMMY!
OUR NEWEST STAFF MEMBER AT IMAGINE IF!

Sammy is the youngest daughter of Jo and obviously she is Aly's sister - she starts today - Monday 31st - and will be helping out in the shop, giving us a hand to catch up on the many many hours of jobs we have piling up! She will also be helping out with our many classes such as the upcoming - C4! 
NEW STOCK!!!
A5 Paper Pads Packs

We have just received a massive shipment of A5 paper pad packs in a range of colours and themes perfect for making cards! 

Check out the brand new Christmas range to get started on all those cards for Christmas!

http://www.imagineif.co.nz/?s=hunkydory&post_type=product
CHRISTMAS BOOK!!!
Available as a kit - $80

Make this beautiful Christmas Book as a kit - available now on the website or in store.

Follow the link below to purchase this beautiful design in time for Christmas.

http://www.imagineif.co.nz/product/christmas-book-kit/
DYLUSIONS JOURNAL $45
Dylusions-Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Square Journal. Perfect for creative art journaling! Contains one 8-3/4x9x1 inch journal with forty-eight 8×8 inch unlined pages of mixed media cardstock and one string-tie envelope. Imported.

http://www.imagineif.co.nz/product/dylusions-creative-journal/
Glamour Dust Glitter Paints
Ultra fine, elegant glitter in easy-to-use brush-on paint. Ideal for use on wood, paper mache, ceramic bisque, terra cotta, glass, and most porous surfaces.Available in gold and silver.

http://www.imagineif.co.nz/product/glamour-dust-glitter-paint-2oz-gold/
UPCOMING CLASSES
CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR  $80
($40 per week)
HELD OVER TWO NIGHTS - 6pm - 8pm
TUES 1st NOVEMBER & TUES 8th NOVEMBER 

Create a beautiful Christmas advent Calendar in greens and reds, over two week nights, perfect for your family for this Christmas. Includes 24 little drawers for holding goodies including chocolates or lollies or even small gifts. 

THIS BEAUTIFUL DESIGN IS ALSO AVAILABLE AS A KIT!
Christmas Train  $55
SATURDAY 5th NOVEMBER  9am - 1pm

Create this magical Christmas Train in time to put out on display in your house this year! Includes all the product and pieces shown in the photo, has a caboose and carriage with Santa's Christmas sack overflowing with presents and letters. Make sure you book in quick - sure to sell out!
9 Pages in 1 Day - Scrapbooking  $70
SUNDAY 20th NOVEMBER 9am - 3pm

ONLY 1 SPACE LEFT!!!!
We have an action packed day creating 9 gorgeous layouts in one day! This class sells out every time and is a favourite by all who attend so don't miss out! 
Well that is it for this week, we look forward to seeing you in store or hearing from you online. 

Happy Crafting!
Jo, Aly, Pauline and Sammy

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Art Inspired pages with Sharon

Hi again everyone

Sharon here to share with you a couple of pages I have made lately. 

Firstly I wanted to share with you this watercolour page. 


I was inspired to do this page from the quote I found on of of the “quotes and sayings” sheets  “Life is about using the WHOLE BOX of crayons” . As a painter, I can totally relate to this quote….and wanted to use a photograph of some of my paintings I exhibited at my very first solo exhibition earlier in the year.

I began by sprinkling some watercolour powder over the page in three loose striped areas . I spritzed with water and allowed the colours to mix a little. ( Not too much because I did not want mud!!!!) Once dry I applied texture paste through the “turkish design” stencil using texture paste. The colour from the watercolour seeped through to colour the paste over the top of just the watercoloured areas  which is why I did it in this order. 

I then layered up washi tape and a few pieces of painted chippie to create a "mantel piece" for the photo to sit on. A few doodles around the edge of the page and I am calling it “done”.

The second page I want to share with you uses another “art themed” photo. 


(Photo taken at an art class with an internationally acclaimed NZ  painter. 
Minutes after this was taken, I stepped back to look at what I had done, tripped over my easel, sending the easel the painting and all my brushes and paints into a big drain LOL ….needless to say that painting never made the wall, I just regret I did not take a photo of my whoopsie !!)

Again I used the quote for inspiration, edged in in a coloured ink to add a wee pop of colour in an otherwise neutral coloured page.  I also used several chipboard pieces I had gessoed and painted, along with several die cuts to showcase the photograph. 

Thanks for looking.

Sharon 



Thursday, October 6, 2016

CLASSES GALORE AND PRESENTING C4!!!!


What? OCTOBER ALREADY!!!!

I cannot believe that this year is three quarters of a way through.  I had much pleasure in checking out a Christmas shop in Christchurch last weekend, and it was amazing. I wanted to get my Christmas stuff out and have a play in my new house, as soon as I got home, but when I suggested that, I got 'the look' from the man of the house, so 1st of December it is. The kids have been really excited by the projects in the school holiday program, and we have been very pleased with the response. This will ensure that we run another program, however it will not be till the end of term 1 next year now.   
We have been making Christmas projects as fast as we can here in store. We have our new classes and kits listed below, so if you are keen to get in the Christmas spirit, then these are the perfect things to get you going..

Especially our newest SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.....
Here at Imagine If, we work really hard to create new and exciting projects for you so - myself, Aly and Pauline are all so very excited and pleased to announce a new crafting day hosted by us - we believe we have an amazing day planned for you... Check it out!
From Jo
C4 Cupcakes, Crafting, Chocolate and Christmas!!
10 PROJECTS IN ONE DAY!
Saturday 26th November - 9am-6pm - $120

Yes, you read that right! 10 Projects!!!! 
This is going to be so much fun, a totally crazy, crazy day where you will be making some amazing things that you can keep or giveaway as presents for Christmas. We are still adding the finishing touches to our plan so we only have one project picture to show you so far but more will be coming soon so keep your eyes out!  


You will be making the following:                                                     
1. A fun Christmas shaker card
2. A 3d Opening Tag
3. A Christmas "Joy" Bunting
4. A beautiful Butterfly shaped book/album
5. A Mixed Media shabby chic canvas
6. A pretty but grungy hanging heart
7. A beautiful framed 3d floral hot air balloon
8. A men's grungy Journal cover
9. A Christmas star Decoration for your house
10. A Sewing Spool themed project (pictured below)    




Everything is supplied, you just need to bring scissors, distress inks, tape and glue. 
Morning and afternoon tea and lunch all part of the price. 
We only have 30 spaces available, and have designed something for everyone! 

Bookings are essential, contact us by email or by phone for bookings and or questions regarding this event.  

Email imagineif@xtra.co.nz | Phone  Shop 07 889 7838
Or Jo 0274991485 or Aly 0273274233

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CHRISTMAS BOOK   $80 
OVER TWO WEEKNIGHTS - Tuesday 18th and Tuesday 25th October  6pm - 8pm 
Create a magical Christmas book using the new Heartfelt Creations expanding book with lots of pockets, extensions, and plenty of spaces for you to put photos, and or Christmas ideas, Christmas gift and card lists as well as a Christmas menu /grocery list and even our own IMAGINE IF Christmas Cake Recipe for you included! 
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A CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR   $80 
($40 per week)

HELD OVER TWO NIGHTS - 6pm - 8pm
TUES 1st NOVEMBER & TUES 8th NOVEMBER 

Create a beautiful Christmas advent Calendar in greens and reds, over two week nights, perfect for your family for this Christmas. Includes 24 little drawers for holding goodies including chocolates or lollies or even small gifts. The theme will be the 12 day's of Christmas and there has been heaps of interest in this class already!
(PICTURE COMING SOON!)
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THIRD - 9 PAGES CLASS IN ONE DAY  $70
SUNDAY 20th NOVEMBER
12 Spaces Only!
We have an action packed day creating 9 gorgeous layouts in one day! This class sells out every time and is a favourite by all who attend so don't miss out!

NOTE: THIS CLASS IS NEW AND IS DIFFERENT TO THE ABOVE 9 PAGES CLASS ON THE 15th AND THE ONE HELD A FEW WEEKENDS AGO.
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CHRISTMAS TRAIN   $55
SATURDAY 5th NOVEMBER  9am - 1pm 
Create this magical Christmas Train in time to put out on display in your house this year!

Includes all the product and pieces shown in the photo, has a caboose and carriage with Santa's Christmas sack overflowing with presents and letters. Make sure you book in quick - sure to sell out!
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NEW KIT!!!!
VINTAGE TAG ART KIT - RELEASE 3!!!

After the sell-out Class at SENZ this year, we released a second kit based on the Tag Art design - but this also sold out !! So we have decided to release a further 3rd and 4th Design! It sure is proving popular! 
Design Release 3 is pictured above (VINTAGE THEME) and design 4 (PINKS AND PASTELS THEME) will be coming soon! Keep your eye out for the next Newsletter!
To purchase click on the link below:http://www.imagineif.co.nz/product/vintage-wall-tag-art-kit/
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NEW DYLUSION'S 
ACRYLIC PAINT!!!
Dylusions Blendable Acrylic Paint by Dyan Reaveley
Acrylic paint for creative journaling and more! These packs contains one 2oz jar of Dylusions paint. They comes in a variety of colors (we have 18 in store!).  Non-toxic. Acid free.
ONLY $8.50 EACH!

To purchase click on the link below:
http://www.imagineif.co.nz/?s=dylusions+paint&post_type=product
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NEW NUVO CRYSTAL DROPS!!!
Tonic Studios-Nuvo Crystal Drops. Add 3D beads in various sizes to craft projects for that extra sparkle! This package contains 1oz of crystal drops. We have 9 different colours instore!
To purchase click on the link below:
http://www.imagineif.co.nz/?s=nuvo&post_type=product
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NEW Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray 1oz!!!
Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Mica Sprays. These sprays can be used as a finishing spray or layered over inks and paints. Sprays adhere to most non-porous surfaces including paper, canvas, wood and fabric. This package contains three 1oz spray bottles of mica spray in three colors. 

To purchase click on the link below:
http://www.imagineif.co.nz/product/tim-holtz-distress-mica-spray-1oz/
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INVITATION DESIGN
How cool is this? In store we have Aly, who is a qualified Graphic Designer, and we have our own in-house printer, so we can design and produce Invitations for all occasions!
From Weddings and Engagements through to Birthdays or even corporate functions and events.



Come in and see us or send us an email and we can give you a quote and make your invite dreams come true!
Email imagineif@xtra.co.nz or if_creativestudios@yahoo.com
Phone the Shop on 07 889 7838 | or Aly on 0273274233
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Well that is it for this week, we look forward to seeing you in store or hearing from you online. 

Happy Crafting!
Jo, Aly and Pauline