Friday, 9 December 2016

The TV Debut of Parveen, The Spice Queen's New Cookbook


In time for this year’s Christmas must haves we introduce Parveen the Spice Queen, Bradford’s answer to Nigella Lawson.

Parveen is an Asian housewife proud of her culture and cooking and in this, her first cookbook she brings together the flavours of India with a huge dollop of Yorkshire common sense. Parveen is passionate about her culture as well as her cuisine, as a wife and mum of three, she is a keen advocate of Indian home cooking and a dedicated cookery teacher. After leaving the corporate world a decade ago, Parveen began demonstrating and teaching cooking around the UK and Europe. She is a firm believer that with the right method and the right spices, anyone can create the most delicious authentic food.

For almost a decade Parveen has taught Indian cooking, ran cookery demonstrations and catered glamorous Bollywood Dinner Parties. She brings all of this experience to life in her step by step cookbook. The book includes every English favourite including Chicken Masala, Lamb Bhuna and Samosas and so many more mouth watering recipes!

But what makes Parveen’s book stand out is her innovative Spice Bags. These little bags of pre-mixed spices are designed to work hand in had with her recipes, taking the fear and uncertainty out of Indian cooking.


Parveen recognised that there had been a shift away from traditional cooking and that more and more people were relying on ready meals and jars to fit in with a busy lifestyle.  Even in Indian families the art of cooking was being lost and this struck a chord.


“Having been asked to teach the daughter of a family friend how to cook simple Indian meals in preparation of getting married, I realised that so many young people today did not know their way around a kitchen and appeared scared to even give it a try.  Hopefully the combination of my book and the spice bags will give even the beginner the confidence to try.”



From the comfort of your own kitchen you can produce restaurant quality Indian Cuisine that will leave your friends and family wondering how you did it. With this modern kitchen cookbook, Parveen demystifies the art of Indian cooking with simple step by step instructions, top tips on how to get the best from her recipes and beautiful clear images. Every recipe has a light hearted and personal anecdote, giving an insight into Parveen's family life and Asian culture... But, the real beauty of her recipes is that they really work.


If you love Indian food and have always wanted to learn how to cook it then this is the perfect book for you! Don't miss the launch of Parveen, The Spice Queen's brand new book on Saturday 10th December at 8am & 11am! 

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



Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Sizzix Sneaky Peek from Katie Skilton


Hello…

I am back with you on Hochanda on the 13th December with something a little bit different.  If you are totally organised and finished all of our Christmas crafting you might be thinking of was to see in the New Year.  With that in mind Sizzix have put together an amazing range of dies that will work brilliantly not just for New Year but for all those parties to come.

Today I am going to share with you a quick way to make some super fancy bunting!

Materials:

  • Sizzix Framelits Plus Die Set 10PK - Bunting
  • Sizzix Bigz Die - Stars
  • Cardstock
  • Twine
  • Glitter card


Method:

Step 1
Die cut your chosen amount of bunting from coordinating cardstock.  Punch holes in the top.



Step 2
Die cut 3 stars for each bunting flag and layer together using 3D foam pads.


Step 3
Trim a 1” strip of patterned paper for each bunting flag.  Adhere to the centre and trim.


Step 4
Adhere the stars to the centre of each bunting flag and thread twine through the holes.
 

This could be used for so many different occasions or to simply brighten up a room.

Remember to join me on the 13th December for more party themed inspiration.

Until then …

Katie 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

How to Make Festive Gift Boxes with Katie Skilton


Hello…
If you are anything like me you still have Christmas cards to make and things to decorate the home. That is why I am back on the 1st December at 8pm and the 2nd December at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm to give you some last minute festive inspiration.

I have some beautiful dies to bring you along with the One Day Special.

One of the dies I am bringing to you is the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - Box, Pillow & Poinsettias.  This is a beautiful die for creating gorgeous gift wrap and table gifts.

Here is how to make it:

Materials:

  • Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - Box, Pillow & Poinsettias
  • Patterned paper
  • Cardstock
  • Glitter washi tape
  • Twine


Method:


Step 1 
Die cut 2 of the pillow box sides from patterned paper.








Step 2
Using strong double sided tape adhere together.






Step 3
Wrap the wash tape around the centre of the box.







Step 4
Die cut the poinsettia as shown.








Step 5
Piece together the poinsettia.







Step 6 
Wrap twine around the box and add a bow.  Adhere the poinsettia.




These are so quick and simple to make and the best part is you can use the box and the poinsettia for separate projects too.




Until then …

Katie 



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

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

How to Create a Vintage Wooden Board from Creativ Company

This wooden board, with a hole for hanging - is painted with two colours and decorated with a pattern in a third colour, using a template and Chalky Vintage Look paint. When dry, the board is sanded with sand paper to achieve a worn and rustic look. Make sure you don't miss the Creativ Inspirations shows with Jill Albas this coming Tuesday, 29th November for three creative hours, here's a sneak peek of what's to come...





Step 1
Apply two coats of mauve Chalky Vintage Look paint. Leave to dry between each application.







Step 2
Apply another two or three coats of white Chalky Vintage Look paint. Leave to dry between each application.







Step 3
Make the pattern: Attach the template onto the wooden board using masking tape.






Step 4
Apply light green Chalky Vintage Look paint with a paint roller. Apply two (2) coats and leave to dry between each application. Remove the template. NB: Do not saturate the paint roller with too much paint as the paint might run underneath the template.






Step 5
Sand the wooden board with sand paper.








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



Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Create a Classic Christmas Card with Imagination Crafts

We've got such an exciting One Day Special coming up for you on Thursday 24th November from Imagination Crafts! We're so excited that we asked Sue to put together a beautiful step-by-step project using the fabulous Sparkle Mediums. 



Materials:

  • Imagination Crafts Medium and Small Poinsettia Stencil
  • Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium Merlot Red and Vine Leaf Green
  • Imagination Crafts Just Pearls Champagne 
  • Imagination Crafts Stencil Tape
  • Imagination Crafts Spatula
  • Red Card
  • White Card
  • Christmas Greeting
  • Double Sided Foam Pads
  • Double Sided Sticky Tape


Method:

Step 1
To create your card first of all tape the medium sized Poinsettia to a piece of white card and using a spatula spread Vine Leaf Green Sparkle Medium on to the top leaves of the Poinsettia, followed by Red Merlot to the petals of the flower. When you are applying several colours of Sparkle Medium it is easier to start at the top of the design and work your way across and down using alternate colours. I find it easier to do it this way than trying to do one colour first and then the other colour.  If you are nervous use your stencil tape and mask off the other areas when you start and unmask them as you go.

Take your time when you are applying more than one colour and carefully apply small amounts of the medium to each area so the colours stay separate.  You may also find it easier if you also mask off the smaller flower before you begin.




Step 2
Remove the Stencil and put the Poinsettia image aside to let it dry.










Step 3
Using the Vine Leaf Green Sparkle Medium spread it over 3 of the leaves, put aside to dry.






Note: You can speed up drying with a hair dryer or put on to a warm radiator.




Step 4
Meanwhile cut a rectangular aperture out of some red card.









Step 5
Cut another rectangle out of white card a size up from the red aperture so that it frames the red aperture and also forms a frame that you are going to stick onto the red card.












Step 6
Stamp and emboss (or die cut) a Christmas Greeting to go inside your card (see picture).
Mat and layer it onto red card.













Step 7
When the Poinsettia and Leaves are dry cut them out with a white border around the edge.







Step 8 
To assemble the card, using foam pads mount the white frame onto the outside of the red card.


Step 9
Using double side tape stick the greeting inside the card so that it shows through the aperture.




Step 10
Assemble the Poinsettia and Leaves as in the picture and stick onto the bottom left hand corner of the card so that the flower overhands the frame, using double sided foam pads so that they don’t show when you open the card.









Step 11
Finish the card by applying tiny pearls from the Just Pearls about the leaves.  Allow Pearls to dry for several hours.









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


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

How to Make a Purple Sparkle Bracelet by Jane Aldridge of Aldridge Crafts


We super excited to be launching our very first, dedicated jewellery making hour - Jewellery Box with Aldridge Crafts this Saturday, 19th November at 11am. To get us all ready for the fabulous demonstrations from Jane Aldridge, she has given us this step-by-step necklace project - it’ll add a bit of homemade charm to your jewellery box and a sense of pride to any occasion when, of course, you'll be asked where you got it from. 


Follow these step by step instructions to make this elegant sparkly purple bracelet design featuring the Pretty Purples Sparkle Bead Collection from Aldridge Crafts.  There is also an Autumn Browns Sparkle Bead Collection available too that you can use with this design.



Products used:
  • Silver Colour Findings Starter Kit Including Design Board
  • Pretty Purples Sparkle Bead Collection
  • Tools

Method:

To Begin
Cut a length of Tigertail beading wire to about 10 inches.  Feed your wire through 2 crimp beads, through a jump ring, back through the crimp beads and then pinch the crimp beads shut with a pair of flat nose pliers.

Step One
Start by feeding on the Rice bead, 6mm round faceted bead, Crackle Bead, 6mm faceted bead, rice bead onto your tigertail. Alternatively, you can use your design board and lay out the whole design before feeding all of your beads onto your tigertail at the end.


Step Two
Next feed on the following pattern and repeat four times; Faceted rondelle, rice bead, 6mm round faceted, crackle bead, 6mm round faceted, rice bead


Step Three
Finally feed your tigertail wire through 2 crimp beads, through a jump ring and back through the two crimp beads and feed the excess wire through a few beads. Gently pull tight and then squeeze the crimp beads shut with flat nose pliers and trim off any excess wire. 
Open the jump ring at one using two flat nose pliers end add a lobster claw clasp and then close the jump ring and on the other end add a large jump ring.


Notes
To make your bracelet larger, you can add an extra repeat of pattern, or simply add a few extra beads at each end – perhaps a line of rice beads.


This design is also ideal to use with the Autumn Browns Sparkle Bead Collection too and looks just as pretty in the brown shades.



Don't forget to tune in this Saturday, 19th November at 11am for a dedicated hour of jewellery making tips and techniques from Jane Aldridge! 


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

Monday, 14 November 2016

How to Make a Wedding Card with Katie Skilton form Sizzix

Hello…

I am back with Three Sizzix shows on the 22nd November at 3pm, 6pm and 9pm.  I will be featuring some of my favourite die sets from this year all designed by My Life Handmade.

Today I want to share a quick tutorial using one of these die sets - Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Wedding by My Life Handmade.


Materials:

  • Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Wedding by My Life Handmade
  • Cardstock
  • Adhesive Stones


Method;



Step 1
Create a card blank by folding and scoring dark grey cardstock.  Trim the peach strip to go down the centre of the card and a panel of white and grey.








Step 2
Add all the layers to the card and add the main panel using 3D foam pads.







Step 3
Die cut the cake in three colours and the Mr & Mrs sentiment.







Step 4 
Layer the cake together and adhere to the card.  Add the Mr & Mrs sentiment.






There you have a quick and simple wedding card that would be perfect for wedding invites too.



Remember to join me on the 22nd November to see all of the other My Life Handmade sets.

Until then…

Katie

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