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!

Foamies
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!

Stencils
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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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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