January 26, 2023

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:

Creativation was a whirlwind of interviews…


Friends-wm…and demos!  New stencils:

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

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

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:

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

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!

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!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

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3 thoughts on “076: Creativation 2018

  1. Julie, I just want to thank you for your wonderful podcasts. They are always so chock full of info, I end up running and writing down little notes of things you recommend on Post-Its after I listen :). I lived in Boston for many years and just love hearing of all your adventures and museum trips in that great city!
    I was curious, in the most recent Creativation podcast, what was the name of the Iphone holder for filming overhead that you had talked about? Thanks again!

  2. Hi Julie & Mom, I wanted you to know the podcasts have given me something incredible.
    They are not only educational they are also engaging, entertaining & fun. To me that is the difference between a teacher who can teach facts and a teacher who can inspire you to learn. Regardless of the subject
    My knowledge of art is about the same as a four year old with a box of crayons. Well maybe not that bad, but close. It just was something I was not interested in. I look at a picture and I either like it or I don’t. I never understood how or what to look at. What should I ask myself about the piece. Since I have been listening to the podcast this past year or so I often found myself going online and looking up a subject discussed because you & Mom made me feel like I just have to know more about this person or this art piece. You two are inspiring me to learn about art at a level beyond just the picture. Something as simple as ‘how does this painting make you feel”, is very powerful as it will often lead to ten more questions.
    I started wondering about this idea of learning to look at art. Is it knowing about the artist, knowing the painting style, being able to tell the genre of art or the medium that was used. What are the basic set of skills & knowledge needed to learn to look at art , to understand it and appreciate it. Just liking art is not enough. I have only scratched the surface, but I am Inspired. Thank You for knocking on the door.

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