076: Creativation 2018

 

I recently attended Creativation — the annual trade show for the craft industry.  It used to be called CHA (craft and hobby association) and now it’s called Creativation.  And the organization, which also used to be called CHA, is now called AFCI.  Here are a few photos from booth set-up:

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Creativation was a whirlwind of interviews…

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…friends…

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Friends-wm…and demos!  New stencils:

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And new Art Foamies (they weren’t at the show, but I demo-ed my new stamps in the Pin It Canada booth):

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And then all the fun stuff to see on the show floor:

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I think you can see the trends in these photos:

  • home decor
  • decorative painting
  • brush lettering
  • florals
  • florals on a dark background
  • rustic look
  • painting on wood
  • wood & metal
  • fabric & stitch elements
  • lots of color

As I mention in the podcast, I did some poking around for Make It Artsy, and handed out these silly postcards about the show:

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Tomorrow I’ll be sharing an in-depth look at the wall I made for Brother using the ScanNCut and DesignNCut!

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Next week some projects made with the PTouch Embellish, plus lots of stencil and stamp info.  **AND** I’m going to be doing TWO livestreams on YouTube with stencil and stamp giveaways!

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Saturday, February 3 at 2pm EST I will be sharing all of my new Art Foamies as well as some Art Foamies techniques.  I’ll also be answering Art Foamies questions and giving Art Foamies away!  It’s going to be a super fun Art Foamies party!

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Monday, February 5 at 9pm EST I will be sharing all of my new stencil designs!  Of course there will also be stencil techniques, a huge stencil giveaway, and I’ll be answering your stencil questions! 

Livestreams are 100% free and can be found on my YouTube channel.

Side Note: I was delighted to be a “Creativation VIP” this year.  You can see the page about me here.

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073: Super Secret Confidential

 

In today’s podcast Mom and I chat about super secret confidential craft projects, my art class at the Museum of Fine Arts, visiting MoMA, creating an art schedule, and so much more!

The Louise Bourgeois exhibit (more photos to come) at MoMA:

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You can see the t-shirt projection I mention at the 8:03 mark in this week’s vlog:

And finally, as I mentioned on the podcast, if you’re in Massachusetts and want to do a bit of bargain shopping, come by the Quilter’s Connection Yard Sale on October 21.  I’ll be there from 10am-4pm chatting and demo-ing.

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064: A Visit to NYC

 

Today’s podcast features a conversation about my recent visit to NYC — a visit that included two stops at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), a day at YouTube Space

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…the play Sleep No More, and a stop to teach three classes at Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut on the way home!  I’ll be sharing lots of photos from those events in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, you can enjoy our conversation about them.

You can also get a peek at those events in this week’s vlog:

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062: After Creativation

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast features chatter about new classes, interrupting, the word interesting, the MFA Boston, the Blogiversary, and our visit to Creativation (formerly CHA).  I thought I’d include some photos from Creativation as a companion to the podcast.  Enjoy!

I am planning to share all of my projects very soon, but just so you know, I was finishing this quilt sample on the plane to Phoenix!

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Speaking of Phoenix, I took a photo from our hotel room window that I thought was kind of cool:

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I spent the first day setting up the Brother booth, which turned out great!

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As I mention on the podcast, I demo-ed, demo-ed, and then demo-ed some more!  In the Brother Booth, the Crafter’s Workshop Booth and the Art Foamies Booth:

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Here’s a peek at the show floor:

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But, of course, Creativation is really about the opportunity to take photos with other people!

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Ten points if you can guess which of my friends decided it was a good idea to give me a makeover…. 😉

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And last but not least, this is coming soon…

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Get excited!

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057: Cutting Remarks with Bird

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast features Bird:

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I am from the UK, I was born in Cornwall but now live in Gloucestershire with my Partner of 11 years.

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My feline crafting companion Lilly loves nothing better than photo and video bombing…

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…she does love to vogue in front of a Camera!

I was introduced to card making 13 years ago by a work colleague who made me a beautiful card and have loved it ever since.

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About 8 years ago my partner gave me my first electronic cutting machine which was a real turning point and led me to learn to design my own Cut Files.

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While I’ve been learning and growing in confidence I have freely shared my Cut Files on my blog…

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…and finally opened my own SVG store last October.

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On the podcast we discuss how Bird first got hooked, her real name, how she picked her design team, her inspiration sources, and lots of thoughts on crafting for a living (and people’s reactions to that).

Links for Bird:

Blog: http://www.birdscards.com/
SVG Store: http://www.birdscards.com/store/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/birds.cards

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