We have a Color Challenge for You!

Imagine Color Challenge July 2017 Pineapple

Color of the Month for July is Pineapple! We love the bright yellow color and have seen it trending this year in all sorts of ways. Pineapple is a delicious fruit eaten fresh, cooked, made into a juice or used in a number of ways in the culinary world. We hope to evoke the same creativity in the crafting world!

Imagine Color Challenge with a $30 Give-A-Way!!

We are also announcing the Imagine Color Challenge for all for the month of July! Use bright yellow colors from any Imagine or Tsukineko product in any crafty project. The project can be a card, scrapbook page, mixed media focus, home décor, etc of any size or shape. Post a finished project with mention of our product by July 31st on your social media. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag the photo of your project with the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge. At the end of the month, our team will select a random winner from all those who have participated! We will be re-posting or sharing some entries all month long!

How is the winner judged?

At random lottery selection of those that met the requirements. We will comb through all the social media posts and enter you name into a random lottery.

Prize

$30 dollars of products from the Imagine Shop (imaginecrafts.com) shipped anywhere in the US.

Rules

  • Tag us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with our handle and the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge
  • Post a high quality photo of the project. Blurry or low resolution photos will not qualify
  • Must use Tsukineko or Imagine products and name them. Example: Fireworks Craft Spray, Memento Luxe, VersaFine, VersaMark, etc.
  • Must use the Pineapple color
  • Must be a newly created project
  • Project is posted between July 1 and July 31, 2017 (at midnight PST) to be considered.

Do you need some inspiration to get going on this Color Challenge? Well, we have a few lovely projects just for you!

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Happy Summer Wishes by Elina Stromberg

Our beautiful color of the month is Pineapple, or bright and bold yellow. For me, yellow is the color of a happy summer day filled with sunshine, so I decided to create a summery flower card (those you can never have too many of in your stash!). For coloring the background, I used Dandelion and Tangelo Fireworks inks which work really well for watercoloring. Before painting the background, I covered the stamped flowers with masking fluid. Once the Fireworks inks were dry, I added some pattern with yellow irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, and finished decorating the background by stamping random patterns with a darker yellow Memento ink – Cantaloupe. The yellow flower blooms have two layers. I stamped the flowers on a piece of white cardstock, colored with Promarkers, fussy cut, and glued on the background. For decorating the flowers, I used On Point Glue and gold-colored microbeads to give a nice finishing touch to the project. Enjoy!

Supplies

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  • Stampin’ Up – ‘Helping Me Grow’ stamp
  • Kaisercraft – texture stamp
  • Sizzix – Sentiment stamp + die set
  • Winsor & Newton – masking fluid, ProMarkers (yellows, orange, light brown, green)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Card base
  • Cardstock – orange
  • Double-sided tape
  • Detail scissors

Layered Peony Memento Ink Tag by Mischelle Smith

When I think of pineapple and yellows – my mind always goes to flowers. I love the flowers of summer. In the small town I live in there are lots of gorgeous flowers during the summer and I’m always so thankful I get to enjoy them. For this project, I wanted to capture those warm, sunny memories in my work while also utilizing the piles of scraps I have growing.

This simple project utilizes scrap pieces of paper. To create the large yellow layered peony, ink each layer of the stamp set with Memento Dandelion for the base, Cantaloupe for the middle stamp and Tangelo for the outline or top layer stamp. To create the layered leaf, two base stamps with Teal Zeal and the final outline stamp with Nautical Blue to give the definition. For the ‘thanks’ die, I simply inked a jumbo dauber with Dandelion ink and shaded until I had achieved desired color and shading. To finish this tag design, embellish with white marker, arrange all the paper elements as desired, attach the gold thread to tag base, mount the stamped pieces on top of gold thread, punch the top with an Crop-a-dile, install eyelet and attach string.

Supplies

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  • Altenew – Beautiful Day Stamp & Die Set, thanks die
  • Die cutting machine
  • Circle punch
  • Gold thread
  • Foam tape
  • Twine
  • Black eyelet
  • Crop-a-dile
  • White Posca Marker
  • Scrap papers

Ray Of Sunshine Handmade Card by Roni Johnson

Pineapple is the color of the month here at Imagine and it was so easy to create this card because they offer up so many fun products in yellow! I decided to create a giant sunburst! But, don’t worry  because you will not need a fancy die-cut or stencil to make this sunburst pattern, just a pencil, ruler and some masking paper.

I started off by cutting a circle from masking paper, removed the backing paper and placed it on a card base. I then drew a dot marking close to the center of the circle and drew lines radiating out from that point. I like to keep the spacing between the lines a bit random for a more free-form look at the end. Here is the fun part! Fill in each segment with whatever your heart desires. I used stamps, stencils, a variety of inks, irRESISTible Texture Spray, Radiant Neon Amplify, sponge daubers, markers and more. The possibilities are endless. Once I was finished with the rays, I removed the circle mask and colored it in using a Fantastix and All-Purpose Inks.

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Stencils
  • ClubScrap.com – Stamps
  • Masking Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or straight edge

 

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Check Us Out in Phoenix! Imagine at Creativation

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We think we packed everything. We got our booth, our crafting table, swatches of Memento, irRESISTibles, StazOn, VersaColor, VersaMagic, etc, etc…snacks, bottled water, pens, our business cards, catalogs and baby wipes! So we are ready, and at this year’s Creativation, we will be featuring some new products. (We think we have washed all of the shimmer off our hands in preparation.) If you are going to be at this years show, please come by booth 2801 and say hi! If not- stay tuned to the blog for new product announcements!

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Marcie and Amanda, aka The Marketing Department, almost got shipped off in the crate too!

Always a highlight of the CHA shows are our classes with John Creighton Petersen. When he is not creating art or touring all over the world teaching, we are delighted to hang with him as he picks up supplies for his classes.

John Petersen teaches at Creativation 2017 using StazOn

John’s Creativation Classes

John Petersen teaches at Creativation 2017 using Memento Luxe

Everyday Crafting
Friday, January 20th 6pm – 8pm

Learn how to best use Imagine products successfully on fabric as well as layering StazOn on glass with the help of GlazOn.

John Petersen teaches at Creativation 2017 using Delicata

Technique Transformation
Monday, January 23rd 10am – 12pm

See how to use Imagine’s mixed media products successfully on a variety of surfaces, including blending, texturizing and other application techniques with Delicata, Creative Medium and StazOn.

Make sure you are signed up for these classes through Creativation. We hope to see you either at a class or at our booth!

 

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Say Hello to our 2017 Artists in Residence

AIRS badge 2017-10-5We are so excited to announce our Artists in Residence for 2017. We had such an amazing group of artists this year, plus another outstanding group of applications! We look forward to sharing the projects of this fabulous group in the months to come!

Nadine Carlier

nadine-carlier_headshot-2You have hopefully already come to know Nadine as a great artist whose videos show great techniques in a clear and concise manner. She describes her style as eclectic with a mixed media twist. She loves getting messy, trying new techniques, and inspiring others.

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Neva Cole

neva-cole-air2017photoAnother artists we have come to know and love over the past year, Neva’s projects tend towards elegant and contemporary with a touch steampunk and CAS when the occasion arises. A life long crafter who lives on a mini farm, she makes sure to find time to retreat to her craft cave and have fun!

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Martha Lucia Gomez

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Alison Heikkila

alison-heikkila-profile-editAlison’s fun and varied style makes her a natural fit for Imagine, which is why she’s back for another year. Her crafting style can vary dramatically. While she can gravitate towards creating things that are creepy and grungy, she can also create things that are over the top sweet too. She has a bachelor’s degree in art and loves to push the envelope in all her crafts.

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Roni Johnson

roni-johnson-2017Roni is a blogger and author whose favorite medium is ink! (No wonder we keep her around!) She loves teaching others the joys of ink, and finds time to work on her small farm between creating mixed media, collage & altered arts as well as searching for great vintage finds.

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Jessica Litman

jessica-litman-headshot Jessica is The Organized Mama. A midwest girl who grew up crafting with her mother and grandmother, she loves encouraging creativity, whether it be painting, scrapbooking, coloring, or knitting. With an emphasis on getting organized, and a background in teaching, her projects are sure to delight.

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Tenia Nelson

teniaTenia became hooked with stamping after perusing her first Paper Craft Magazine almost 15 years ago. She loves all types of styles but her favorite is closest to CAS, but with her own powerful style mixed in. Besides being a wife and mother and published artist, she is an active jazz pianist and music teacher to boot!

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Jowilna Nolte

jowilnanolte Jowilna knows creating can be a wonderful journey and therapy- making sense of things where life cannot. A much loved author and teacher around South Africa, she has definitely turned this into her life’s philosophy. Scrapbooking has become a passion along side her first love of card making.

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Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

kyriakos-photoLiving close to the sea in Greece, Kyriakos loves to walk the seafront to clear his mind and be inspired. Arriving to crafting via a painting hobby, he loves to expirement with different meterials and techniques with his projects. He likes to design projects that go beyond beautiful—and creates things that will become something special and even useful to someone.

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Trista Ree

trista-200x200Trista is a mixed-media artist hailing from Houston, Texas. We hope you come to love her videos where she lets her personality, mistakes, and most of all wonderful art shine through.

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Mischelle Smith

airs_mischelle_smith_headshotMischelle formerly owned her own stamp company and is a die-hard stamper. She now spreads her wings into the worlds of of mixed media, journaling, scrapbooking and everything she considers ‘Artsy Fabulous’. We hope you enjoy her projects which she sees as “art therapy”.

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Elina Stromberg

elina_stromberg_colorElina enjoys all kinds of crafts including sewing, knitting and crocheting, but paper has always been her favorite material. She loves to share her ideas with others and we hope you enjoy her projects where she puts an emphasis on color choice. Hearing that she has inspired others to create is the best reward Elina can receive.

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Jennifer Vanderbeek

jennifer-vanderbeek-portraitJennifer believes in the power of good laugh, and knows that daily creativity is essential to our overall health and well-being. An illustrator with a culinary arts degree, she really likes the term “mixed media” because it can encompass anything she decides to work with. We have come to love the surprising projects Jennifer creates, and hope you will continue to enjoy them too.

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Renee Zarate

renee-zarate-headshotRenee’s journey into the paper arts started over twenty years ago with scrapbooking. She quickly realized she could use those supplies to make many other project types. We hope you enjoy her mixed media creations she shares with you here.

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We look forward to a great year with this group and can’t wait to see all the wonderful projects they share with us and you!

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Free Shipping All Weekend Long

Thanksgiving weekend, from Thanksgiving day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, free shipping offer announcement.

We now offer free shipping on all retail orders over $50 in our Shop. The most exciting part is all retail orders over the holiday weekend (including Cyber Monday) will get free shipping! We invite you to browse our Shop and take advantage of this deal.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, and a fun-filled weekend!

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One more week to apply to be an Artist in Residence for Imagine!

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A sampling of just a few of our products mixed in with other craft supplies as well as artwork created by some of our many talented Artists in Residence this year.

Only one week before the deadline for your Artist in Residence 2017 application is due. We have so much fun with our Artists and wanted to get across to you really how fun, educational and rewarding it is to be an AIR. So, we thought you should hear it from them!

“I’m having a wonderful time with it, and I’m learning a lot too!”
−Alison Heikkila

“I have really enjoyed working with all of the Imagine products and look forward to the new ones that may be in development. I see only good things ahead for Artist in Residence and Imagine!”
−Neva Cole

“I sincerely love the products and enjoy trying to come up with fresh and unique ways to incorporate Imagine products into various projects. I’ve never been a good salesman at selling myself but I give 110% to all of the companies I work for and I may give a bit more to Imagine because it feels like a family.”
−Roni Johnson

We can’t wait to see what all you creative people come up with! We encourage you to apply so you can join in all the fun with us. (Plus, think of how many years it will be before you have to ever buy another ink pad! Did we mention we partner with other companies like Echo Park Paper, CAS-ual Fridays, and Xyron which give you more freebies for your stash? Not to mention the fact that we will promote your artwork all over the place!) Click on the badge below for information on how to apply to be one of Imagine’s 2017 Artists in Residence.

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2017 Imagine Artists In Residence Call for Entries!

AIRS badge 2017-10-5Imagine is proud to announce its call for Artists In Residence for 2017! We are looking for artists and designers who can inspire our customers and community with amazing projects using Imagine and Tsukineko products.

Perks of being an Artist in Residence for Imagine:

  • Exposure of your work as it will be featured on our blog, social media, website and print platforms.
  • Generous supply of Imagine and Tsukineko products with which to create your projects.
  • Be involved with product development and get advanced access to new products before the public.
  • Opportunities to grow your stash with product from Imagine’s preferred partners.
  • Links back to your blog or website connected to each blog post featuring your work.
We are looking for energetic artists to fill two different exciting roles for 2017:
  • Project/Tutorial Artists who create and provide 3 different projects or innovative techniques per month with complete instructions and photographs that will be featured online and in printed formats.

OR

  • Video Project/Tutorial Artists who will submit 2 edited videos per month featuring a project and/or innovative technique, which will be shared with our community.

Artists in Residence basic requirements:

  • Commitment of one year — January 1st, 2017 through December 31st, 2017.
  • Ability to “professionally” photograph, edit and submit high-res JPG format images all projects (including step-by-step) by required due dates.
  • Submit clearly written and detailed instructions in English for each project, including a comprehensive list of all supplies used, in Word or PDF format.
  • Socially active online with an established blog and Facebook presence.
  • Not currently employed and/or affiliated with competing manufacturers including as a design team member, guest designer, etc.

For further information, see our Artists In Residence Summary.

Show Us Your Artwork!

Show us just how creative you are! The only “rule” for submitting artwork for consideration is that Imagine and/or Tsukineko products were used it its creation. This means that there are virtually no limits to what you can create—scrapbook layouts, cards, altered art, mixed media designs, jewelry, home decor items or whatever your niche art may be.

Please submit one original work of art—one that hasn’t been published, featured online, etc.

Submission Process for Round 1

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Send your submission to marketing@imaginecrafts.com with the subject line of “AIRs Round 1 <your name>”.

The body of your email must include the following information: name, mailing address, phone number, email address, your personal blog and/or website address, and two links to any additional online content of your work (including videos) that you feel showcases your style.

  • If you are submitting to be a Project/Tutorial Artist:

Attached to your email should be a quality, minimum 700px wide jpg of your original artwork. Please also include a short paragraph about your piece and list what products you used to create it. Name the photograph of your artwork “AIRs_<your name>_2017.JPG” using underscores in the name instead of spaces.

  • If you are submitting to be a Video Project/Tutorial Artist:

Attached to your email should be a quality, minimum 700px wide jpg of your original artwork. Please also include a list of what products you used to create it. The two links you provide should both include videos you created about your artwork in general (not necessarily the artwork you submit). Name the photograph of your artwork “AIRs_<your name>_2017.JPG” using underscores in the name instead of spaces.

Round 1 submissions are due by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, October 19th.

Those artists who will be continuing on to the next round will be contacted by Tuesday, November 1st with further instructions.

Once we have announced our 2017 Artists In Residence, the work will quickly begin…each Artist In Residence will be shipped their “essentials” kit, along with our NEW releases for the 2017 CHA Show.

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