Creativation 2017

So I just got back Monday night from Creativation 2017 in Phoenix. Big news is that CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) has rebranded themselves as Association For Creative Industries (AFCI). This was the first year the show was in Phoenix, and they did a great job!I haven’t been on facebook as much since the political posts are ruining it for me… so I mainly posted my photos on instagram… if you’re not following me yet, you can find me here or on twitter as @CraftyCardGllrySo what were my favorite things???? Here are my top 10 in no particular order…. (and the pictures are below because I’m trying out a new blogging tool and I can’t figure out how to move them around where I want them!!!!)
1) I totally want to get the Anna Griffith Couture Creation Go Press Foil so I can use my die cutting machine with foil!
2) Loved way too many of the new Lawn Fawn sets… I’m convinced they can make anything cute!
3) I finally learned the proper way to use the Art Impressions water color stamps that I love – the key is stamping everything 5 times!
4)Thought the cactus dies from sizzix (and the cool cut out embossing folders) were cool!
5)Enjoyed watching the Bob Ross painting -who knew you could watch it on twitch and that they had a creative video channel?
6) Craft fan girl moment – we got to meet Lori Whitlock. It’s always neat & exciting to meet the people whose designs you love! We also saw (but didn’t talk to) Tim Holtz, Vanna White, and Becky Higgins, Gina K….
7) Thoroughly enjoyed making a painting (my own mini Jackson Pollock style) in the Splatter Room (and wearing the cool bunny suit!)
8) Getting made into a color by number picture – photomatic by gifted custom art
9)Going to the Prime Blogger Event and meeting representatives from a lot of creative companies and getting ideas on what to do with my blog
10)Learning more about the size of the craft industry & learning that most of us participate in more than one craft (which I think is because we end up buying all the stuff & it works for other crafts)…

But my favorite part of creativation is checking out all the cool new stuff! I love shiny and new… the only upside is you can’t buy there…because I could probably spend all of my money!!!And the trends we noticed this year?
– planner stuff – stickers/stamps/binders/etc
-painting – both on canvas, cardstock, and actual objects
-succulents – there were cactus dies, stamps, themed paper, etc
-positive sentiments – there were a lot of positive, optimistic, inspirational sentiments everywhereHope you enjoyed my recap! If you have any comments – or want more pictures, please comment!
I’ll be sure to post more later!

CHA day 2

Hello!  Here’s a quick recap of My 2nd day at CHA!

I was up early to go to a breakfast event with Michaels stores.  And it was a beautiful morning. 

Then on to the show:
A fun make & takewith Art Impressions an easel card
Loving these cat & dog cards and shaker cards using product from jillibean soup

Loving the great paper from Adorn it – you color & use it for cards. Want!

Love this cat card from Stampendous

Impressed with the blinged out Porsche – over 200,000 gems!

Loved this water art!

LOVED The make your own music boxes from Little B!

Another of Tonyas fabulous banners on display at canvas Corp 
We made a cool succulent planter at FloraCraft
How cute are these quilled minions from quilled creations?
Angry birds with foil!  At thermoweb 

Reverse coloring book!  Super cool

Beautiful cards (and super helpful guy) at Hot off the press!

Cheerful cards from spellbinder a

And a light up card!

Then we had dinner at Cheesecake Factory!  
Today’s our last day so I’ll post again tomorrow.  Hope you’re enjoying!  I finally figured out Instagram/facebook/Twitter last night 🙂

CHA day 2

Today was our 2nd day at CHA. it was sort of a hodge lodge day but pretty cool. We got up early for our class – but were not willing to stand in the LONG line for Starbucks. 

So we went to our Zentangle class – given by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts – the creators of Zentangle.  If you’ve never seen it, Zentangle is ” an easy to learn and relaxing method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.”  I bought a Zentangle book a few weeks ago and have been practicing. I LOVE it!  I find it incredibly relaxing and I have total angst about drawing!  So they were great speakers and talked about how they developed it & you could see their passion. It was really motivating…  So while they spoke they drew Zentangle on the stage. It was beautiful
Here’s one of my tangles for comparison
Then we went & had my Starbucks and a really early lunch and then went out to the show floor. 
We got a cool stamp and saw these cool stackable letter stamps (GENIUS) from Mason Row

Then we saw some cool LED ribbon 

Then we saw an AWESOME presentation about Maker Spaces – I got to play with the doodler (which had an amazing Kickstarter

And got to see them cut using a laser printer 

You have to love these cute robots from Maker House – those guys are super creative and smart. It was neat just to talk to them and hear what they are doing

Then we went to make a pendant with Crystal clay and played with the crystal katana – check out their cash register – and talked to the designer who gemmed up the kitchen aid. 

We made died flowers at RIT

And then made a cute card with mitres corners at Little B (they have some super cute stuff!) 

And then we made a now using the Brilliant bow maker by little pink lady bug

And did a cute make & take at art impressions

And then at Lawn fawn a card!

And then we went to the Silhoutte booth and I got to see how to do smooth heat transfer (I have the kit but have never used it) 
He was great at taking it apart
We also saw the Brother scan and cut. Pretty cool technology. – it scans an image and then cuts it – but there’s a rumor the Cameo may have some capability later this year.

And we saw a great tangle 

And then we met up with friends for a Copic class where we learned to color photos that had been turned into black and white – called tracing memories. 

It was a great class but there wasn’t enough time!!!
Here’s Rupert who caused me lots of angst:

All in all an action packed day!  We did more than this – but these are the highlights!

Come back tomorrow for day 3!

CHA day 1

And Welcome from our first day at CHA. My friend (and co-conspirator in the Creations by Crafty Card Gallery Magazine) and I flew down this morning and got to CHA around 2. After a quick lunch at a food truck outside we went in.

If you’ve never been CHA is the Craft and Hobby Association trade show it is like crafting heaven!  This is the show that had every craft manufacturer and product you could ever think of – and then some. It is HUGE!

So we started at row 2900 and only made it to row 2700 – the first row is 300!  We have a lot to cover over the next few days. So here are a few highlights:

Landmarks knit from yarn

A gorgeous jeweled mixer

Ok now on to the stuff you’re here for – CARDS!!!

Simple stories had some super cute paper and new products for pocket Scrapbooking and cards…  

And mini albums…

Check out these super cool chalkboard stickers from Paper House

And Georgous cards with beautiful embellishments from Zva creative

Super cute embellishments from chic tags

Super cool inks and neat holographic paper from imagine crafts

Beatiful card kits from hunky dory

This ring was made with DUCK tape – can you believe it???

How cute is the inside of this card from art impressions?

And our last stop – one of our FAVORITES!!!  lawn fawn!  We loved all of their stuff!!!

We met up with some friends and them went to dinner at Tangerine Grill…  18 ladies – we gave the waiter a workout!
And then after dinner a fireworks show at Disneyland as we walked back to the hotel.  Looking forward to some classes tomorrow!  See you tomorrow night!