Mixed Media Blog Hop with VLVS! Day 2

Mixed Media Blog Hop

Welcome to the IMAGINE Crafts and Viva Las VegaStamps! Blog Hop.  For the next week, our two design teams will be featuring some amazing projects featuring products from both our companies.   Amazing stamps require amazing ink, right?

Mixed Media Prize Package

We’re proud to announce your chance to win one of three different Mixed Media Prize Packages from IMAGINE Crafts and Viva Las VegaStamps!  You have until midnight PST on Sunday, May 31st 2014  to comment on as many of the Design Team Blog Posts from this week as possible. On Monday, June 1st  we’ll draw three random blog posts and one comment from each of those posts will win a prize package!

Ready for some inspiration from our artists?

Here’s today’s posts from IMAGINE Crafts:


Allie Gower


Linda Lucas

And from Viva Las VegaStamps!:

Tina Walker


If you’re just joining us on the Mixed Media Blog Hop, you can go here for yesterday’s list of blogs.


***Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture or the blog’s name) and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.

Radiant Neon Blog Hop with Stampendous Day 3

Stampendous and Imagine Crafts Header

Welcome to a week of fantastic collaboration between IMAGINE Crafts and Stampendous! We have to admit that our two companies were made for each other and we’re proud to have shared a long relationship of working together.  After all, what are stamps with out ink?  The projects created by our artists this week feature IMAGINE Crafts Radiant Neon™ inks paired perfectly with coordinating colors of Fran•táge Color Fragments from Stampendous, along with some of their newest stamp designs and Stack Art kits.

STM Imagine Crafts Prize Package

You can win 3 of the brand new Radiant Neon™ ink pads and 3 jars of our Color Fragments! We’ll give away three prize packages (color is our choice) to U.S. Mailing addresses. You have until the end of Sunday, May 25 to comment on as many of the Design Team Blog Posts from this week as possible. Monday we’ll draw three random blog posts and one comment from each of those posts will win a prize package!  You can check out the Official Rules for all our contests if you have questions.

So are you ready for some exciting inspiration? Here’s who is hopping today from IMAGINE Crafts with a preview of their projects:


Allie Gower



Ellen Taylor


Savannah O’Gwynn


Debbie Gaetz

And joining us from the Stampendous Design Team is:

Rhea Weigand

Suzanne Czosek


If you’re just joining us, here are the links for MONDAY and TUESDAY‘s posts.

***Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.

Uncommonly Fun Letters and Backgrounds

By Allie

Uncommon Splice WM


  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento Tangelo; Radiant Neon: Electric Blue, Electric Orange; Memento Luxe Nautical Blue; StazOn: Claret (Midi), Ganache (Midi), Teal Blue (full size); irRESISTible Texture Spray: Lady Bug, Bahama Blue; GooseBumps Shimmer; Shimmer Frost; Jumbo Dauber; Sponge Dauber; InkBlusher
  • JustRite Stamps: Samantha Walker’s Pattern Basics
  • Strathmore: Water color paper (cold press 140#)
  • DecoArt: Americana multi-surface SATIN™ Cottonball
  • The Crafter’s Workshop: Template Chicken Wire
  • Art Glitter: Dries Clear Designer Glue
  • Silhouette Designer Studio: Letters created with Champagne & Limousines font.


Uncommon Background beginnings

1. Begin by stenciling the background using favorite ink colors. Colors used here include StazOn Claret, Radiant Neon Electric Blue and Memento Luxe Nautical Blue. Later, Radiant Neon Electric Orange is added for additional depth.

Uncommon Inked Letters

2. Ink die cut letters using favorite colors. Tangelo Memento was used, then double inked with Teal Blue StazOn using a Sponge Dauber.

Uncommon Seal Letters with Goosebumps

3. Seal letters with Goosebumps Shimmer.

Uncommon Letters

4. Add additional color with StazOn Midi Claret.

Uncommon Spritz upside down with IrRESISTibles and Shimmer Spritz

5. Spritz background with irRESISTible Texture Spray in Lady Bug and Bahama Blue. Repeat spritzing with background turned upside down to get the best coverage.

Uncommon Stamp Accents

6. Accent background with assorted stamps. The stars were stamped with StazOn Claret, the dots with StazOnTeal Blue, and the tickets with StazOn Ganache.


7. Adhere letters to background and accent with white paint.


Kaleidacolor GO GO GO Card

By Allie



  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Kaleidacolor Tahiti, Jumbo Dauber
  • Jamie Koay: Chevron Lace Background Digital Cutting File
  • Echo Park: “About a Boy” by Lori Whitlock Element Stickers
  • Thermoweb: 3d Foam Squares, Memory Tape Runner XL
  • Miscellaneous: cardstock


1.  Die cut chevron overlay from Chevron Lace Background digital cutting file.

Kaleidacolor overlay stencil

2.  Use overlay as a stencil on white cardstock. Tip – tape in place with repositionable tape.

Kaleidacolor sponge on color

3. Ink Jumbo Dauber with Kaleidacolor Tahiti and sponge onto overlay randomly.

Kaleidacolor Step out underneath

4. Blend inks as desired.

5. Remove overlay and attach to a card base.

Kaleidacolor step overlay

6. Rotate overlay 180 degrees to create a fun pattern.

7. Attach airplane to the background with dimensional tape.

8. Adhere GO GO GO sticker  directly to card.

Strawberry Plant

By Allie
strawberry airs


  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko:  Goosebumps Texture Shimmer (dauber top), irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Rhubarb Stalk, StazOn: Claret, Olive Green
  • Jamie Lane Designs: Strawberry Plant digital cutting file
  • Crafter’s Companion: Petite Dots Embossalicious Embossing Folder
  • Art Glitter:  Dries Clear Designer Glue
  • Adtech: hot glue
  • Miscellaneous: cardstock, embroidery thread, Silhouette Cameo machine


1. Die cut pieces for plant out of coordinating colored cardstock.

2. Emboss berry pieces with Petite Dots Embossing folder.

3. Coat berry pieces with Goosebumps Shimmer Texture; allow to dry completely.

strawberry-how-to 1

4. Color berry pieces with StazOn Claret.

strawberry-how-to 2

5. Using the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Shimmer, add dimensional dots to the embossed pattern.

strawberry-how-to 3

6. Coat leaves and stems with Goosebumps Shimmer Texture. Let dry.

strawberry-how-to 4

7. Color leaves and stems with StazOn Olive.

strawberry-how-to 5

8. Gather berries and tie shut with green embroidery thread.

9. Attach flowers, berries, and large leaves to stems.



Mono-Printing and Circus Card

Mono-Printing with The Craft Mat

by Allie

Craft Mat Technique


  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Radiant Neon Electric Yellow, Memento Luxe Pistachio, Embossing Powder Clear, Fireworks! Craft Spray Lady Bug, Craft Mat
  • Want2Scrap: Baby Bling Brown
  • May Arts: ribbon
  • Miscellaneous: stamp, die cut letters, linen cardstock (for card base), Neenah Solar White cardstock, patterned paper, adhesive


1. Create an A2 card base from Linen Cardstock and cut a mat 4×5.5″.

Craft Mat Technique

2. Splatter some Neenah Solar White cardstock with Fireworks! Craft Spray.

Tip: Use a larger piece than you’ll need, to allow for trimming and straightening.

Craft Mat Technique

3. Apply Electric Yellow and Pistachio inks directly to the Imagine Crafts Craft Mat.

Craft Mat Technique

4. Stamp an image into the ink.

Craft Mat Technique

5. Lay the cardstock down onto the craft mat. Gently press to absorb all the ink.

Craft Mat Technique

6. Coat the inked area with Clear Embossing Powder and heat to melt.

7. Trim your background piece and/or tear the edges and apply to card.  Tip: Since most of the patterned mat won’t be seen, use it to die cut letters to match.

8. Embellish with ribbon, bling, and a sentiment.

Life Is a Circus

by Maureen



  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento Luxe Grey Flannel, Tuxedo Black, Love Letter; Clear Embossing Powder, Sheer Shimmer Spritz Frost; Fireworks Lady Bug
  • Stampotique: Big Top Stamp
  • Stampers Anonymous: Angel Stamp
  • Stampendous: ‘Life’s a Circus’ stamp
  • Amuse Studio: ‘Birthday Wishes’ stamp
  • Hero Arts: Words Background stamp
  • Miscellaneous: red striped ribbon, silver pen, white cardstock, popcorn bag



1.  Cut 8.5″ x 8.5″ white cardstock, fold in half.

2.  Stamp ‘Big Top’ Stamp on lower half of the card with Memento Luxe Love Letter and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

3.  Stamp ‘Life is a Circus’ at top of card with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

4.  Stamp ‘Words’ background stamp with Memento Luxe Grey Flannel at an angle to cover card.

5.Add striped ribbon piece to top of card.

6. Stamp Angel on white cardstock with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black, clear emboss and cut out.

7. Outline detail with silver pen.

8. Stamp Angel again on white cardstock with Memento Luxe Grey Flannel, spritz with Fireworks Lady Bug and cut out wings.

9. Adhere red wings to back of angel and adhere angel to card inside the big top.


9. Stamp Birthday Wishes on scrap cardstock spritzed with Fireworks Lady Bug and adhere to card.


10. Use popcorn bag for envelope.