Mixed Media Event 2017 Exhibitor: Prima Marketing Inc.

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Meet the exhibitors that will be at the Mixed Media Event 2017 in this blog interview mini-series!

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What can attendees expect/look forward to at your booth?

“Expect innovation, education and a myriad of fresh products to spark your creativity. Our booth is always a reflection of our unique look and style and we always welcome everyone to come and see our newest products and designs.”

What are you most excited for with AFCI hosting the mixed media event this year?

“We are excited at the opportunity of showing attendees our latest mixed media products and educating our customers on the latest techniques and trends.”

Do you have any product teasers or sneak-peeks?

“Yes! We will have our sneak peeks of our latest releases on our blog in the upcoming months: www.prima.typepad.com.”

How will retailers in the creative industry benefit from this event?

“We think it’s a great opportunity to experience mixed media products through the vision of each vendor. We believe that our innovative products and designs make us a leader in mixed media and this even facilitates the education and creativity for our customers.”

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Mixed Media Event 2017 Exhibitor: Lawn Fawn

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Meet the exhibitors that will be at the Mixed Media Event 2017 in this blog interview mini-series!

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Tell us a little bit about your company.

Lawn Fawn is a small company from Southern California that specializes in crafting products (clear stamps, dies, paper & more) that are fun and lively. Lawn Fawn was started in 2010 when Kelly Marie combined forces with her husband Mike and friend Erica with a mission in mind – to bring smiles into the lives of crafters!!”

What can attendees expect/look forward to at your booth?

“Attendees can expect a fun booth with all day make and takes! We love being able to connect and have fun with amazing store owners!”

Do you have any product teasers or sneak-peeks?

“Although we don’t have sneak peeks yet, you can expect super cute products that will make you and your customers smile!”

How will retailers in the creative industry benefit from this event?

“Retailers will benefit from this event because they will be the first to see new products. They will get to try it in our classes and make and takes which is always fun! We love being able to connect in person!”

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The Power of Pinning

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This is a guest post by Patti Biro.

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At the Phoenix event I was able to share some insights regarding how to use Pinterest to promote your creative business. Pinning for business is a little different than pinning for pleasure. It requires a strategic plan and some best practices.  To recap some of the tips I shared in my workshops read on!

Shelf Life
Unlike other social media platforms a single pin has true staying power. While an estimated 40% of clicks on your pin happen in the first day you will continue to generate clicks and repins for 30 days and longer. This extends the value of each and every pin that you create to reach a larger audience. Taking the time to create a great pin with staying power will maximize the shelf life.

Best Time to Pin
You will generate the most likes, clicks and repins if you schedule your postings in the evening hours. That is when Pinterest is most active. Target your pins for Saturday mornings or Fridays after 3:00 to capture the most traffic. Work days and work hours are not the time to pin. Use those times for other social media and outreach activities.

Be Original
We know you are creative-so be original too! 80% of the content on Pinterest is repins from other boards and pinners. If you create original content you can highlight your product or business to the best advantage. Be a bit out of the box and share ideas on how to use your product, offer a sneak peek behind the scenes as you create your products or something about your creative process.

The Big Picture
Pinterest boards and individual pins can be used to sell not only products but also services and events. Create boards that highlight your products but also keep your audience engaged with other content. Are you going to be at an art fair, outdoor market or pop up event? Use Pinterest before, during and after to generate interest and attendance and to share the fun of the event.

Grow Your Followers
It is just good manners to follow everyone who follows you! You can also grow your followers by searching out larger groups of likeminded pinners (some groups have several thousand followers). You can find a list of different pin groups and their size at http://pingroupie.com/. You should also follow your vendors and suppliers to grow your reach.

Descriptions
Keep your descriptions short.  Between 200-300 words is the recommended length. This is the place to be informative-not funny or cute. Add hash tags with caution. The only place you can use hashtags is in the pin description and they work a bit different on Pinterest.  A best practice is to keep hashtags to a minimum using no more than three.   Always link back to your website.

Use the description to add advice, give basic instructions or how to-s. This kind of description will get you more notice. If you are repining content add you thoughts and show your creative side! For example if you just found a Pin of a fantastic setting that inspired you share what is special about it to you and how you plan to apply it to your creative work.

Don’t Forget to Clean
Remove older pins especially pictures of events long passed or product you no longer sell or create. Take it one board at a time and clean house! If there is something you want to save just for your own use create a Secret Board that only you can see.

Now you are on your way to Winning with Pinning!

Have a look at some of our other seminar throwbacks from Creativation University 2017.

Creativation Wrap Up


This is a guest post by Angie Holden, The Country Chic Cottage.

Did you attend the Creativation show in Phoenix this year? I explored the show floor all three days to bring you a fabulous wrap up of the events. My name is Angie and I blog at The Country Chic Cottage about crafts, DIY, home décor, and even recipes. I have attended the CHA show for several years and was excited for this year with all of the changes. The first change was that the show moved to sunny Phoenix. Or they say it is usually sunny…

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For most of the show, it was cloudy and even raining! That did not seem to dampen the spirits of the attendees this year however. I thought the show had an amazing energy and vibe this year. I really felt it was the best show I have ever been to!

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Maybe the announcement during the show of the name change from the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) to the Association for Creative Industries (AFCI) had everyone charged with excitement. Perhaps the amazing booths just jump started their creativity. After all, a walk on the show floor is sometimes all you need to inspire an entire year’s worth of creative projects. The following snap shots are from DCWV and Rustoleum.I loved the colorful message in both of those booths and just had to get a picture of them.

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If you did not get a chance to visit the bakery on the show floor, you really missed out! I loved seeing all of the edible art and sampling the best fondant on the planet, Satin Ice.

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Scotty also made an appearance on the show floor. Scotty is the traveling mobile studio for Eileen Hull. She travels around the United States sharing her creativity and designs with Sizzix and Clearsnap.

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Didn’t attend Creativation this year and want a tour of Scotty? I found it empty one day and did a Facebook Live with a little tour just for you! Watch below!

 

The Innovations Center held 25 groundbreaking ideas and products. Each one had a display where you could chat with the inventors and even complete a make and take in some instances. The Ultimate Pitch contest was also held on Monday and five innovations pitched for the chance to win $10,000! I really enjoyed exploring the area and learning about some of these innovative ideas.

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The star of the show however is always the products in the booths. I picked just a few of the products that were featured this year. These are all things that stood out for me on the show floor or overall trends that I saw when exploring the booths. I will start in the Pulsar booth just because I fell in love with this backdrop. They are bringing cross stitch back in a really creative way and I love it!

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I am still in love with the Deco-Foil from Thermoweb! It is not new however they have some new colors this year and it is still a hot product judging by the crowd at their booth!

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I was happy to see tons of organization products on the show floor. I love pretty organization for my craft supplies so each of these booths made my heart pitter patter. The following pictures are from Deflecto and Crate Paper.

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Big chunky knitted blankets are all over my Instagram feed so I was drawn into the display for the WOW yarn from Lion Brand. Just look at that scarf! So amazing!

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The lover of farmhouse style in me found a home in several booths on the show floor. From rustic galvanized metal to gorgeous wood finishes, there were booths that made me want to load up my shopping cart! The following pictures are from Walnut Hollow and Jillibean Soup

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There was plenty of eye candy for the DIY lover as well just in case you thought that there were only craft products represented. I saw appliance painting kits and industrial sized glue guns. The following images were from Adtech where I loved testing out that caulk gun!

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Need to create a mold for some casting? There were a couple of new products that I can’t wait to get my hands on! The first is ComposiMold which is a reusable product that you can remelt to create molds over and over again. The second is FastCast from ETI that sets in just 10 minutes!

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Everywhere you turn there were succulents and cacti! The following are from Darice, Pulsar, Spellbinders, and Sizzix.

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If the show floor is any indication, the adult coloring trend is here to stay! I am sure I missed some of the booths as there were just so many products geared towards the trend. Shirts, pillows, ceramics, embroidery, Vera Bradley coloring books, cards, canvases, and more! There are even erasable markers from MultiCraft.

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A trend that seems to be climbing is fairy gardens. There were displays at Darice, Midwest Design Imports, and Plaid that were amazing.

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You can get up close and personal with the Darice display in my Facebook Live video below!

 

The new exhibitors area is always full of great finds for me. I loved the Threads inkjet printable fabric! It was so soft right out of the printer and machine washable. Amazing! The Photomatic app seemed to be the talk of the show and I just had to try it out for myself. Another area of the floor that seemed to be busy was the MakerSpace where there were demos and classes each day. I hung out there on Saturday and admired the 3D printers.

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Since each person seems to be drawn to different things on the show floor, I thought it would be fun to include a couple of wrap up videos from a few other bloggers that attended. First up is Carolina Moore with 30 Minute Crafts and Always Expect Moore. She also was part of the pair that won the Fashion Fusion challenge. On Sunday night, she showed off her look in an amazing fashion show!

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Watch Carolina’s tour video for Creativation 2017 below.

 

Jessica Hill with Mad in Crafts was a first time attendee so I thought it would be fun to include her perspective as well. Here are her thoughts on all three days of activity on the show floor.

 

Overall the Creativation show was a huge success in my book! I am now busy following up with contacts that I made and crafting with the new products that are hitting the market. I can’t wait until 2018! Will you be there?

Exhibitors: Who’s New at AFCI’s Creativation for 2017

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By Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda.

There were plenty of new exhibitors at the 2017 Creativation show in Phoenix, Arizona. A full alphabet of new faces, from AFA Inc. to Zorbitz Inc. and plenty of letters in between. I had an inside look while on the show floor and was impressed by the variety of innovative product offerings. I went live on Facebook and took viewers through several of these exhibitors during the show if you’d like to walk along with us.

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My first stop was at the Ann Williams Group booth where I chatted with Colleen. I should probably say that I’m a crafter and a painter, I don’t do any sort of needlework (yet). However, I love the idea of the Loop de Loom fast weaving loom that allows you to craft scarves, bags, and even stuffed animals in a much shorter time than traditional looms. The Loop de Doo bracelet maker would be ideal for tween girls and I think would be especially sought after by camp directors and scout leaders. Products available cover a wide range of ages, starting at age 6 all the way into adulthood. With brands like Craft-Tastic, Craft Crush, and Loopdedoo among others, there seems to be something for everyone!

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I’ve seen plenty of DIY projects out there that show you how to change out your drawer hardware, but I’m loving the idea behind Cameleon Hardware’s design plates. These easily changeable plates are made from recycled Capri Sun and candy wrappers collected from schools. The concept is simple. Glue anything you like to the design plate and change out your drawer handle hardware any time you want. Leave the hardware in place and change out the plates as your kids grow and your tastes change. A very affordable way to change out your décor and style!

Next I visited Susan from Masterson Art Products where I learned about the Sta-Wet Handy Palette. As a painter that uses acrylics, this product piqued my interest. It’s made up of a thin sponge and special palette paper that provides a layer of moisture to help keep your paint hydrated, preventing it from drying out prematurely. This product comes in several sizes and replacement sheets are also available. Susan also showed me the Rinse Well which provides painters with access to fresh water without having to stop and head to the sink every ten minutes. The Rinse Well flushes the dirty water and refills the well with clean water. Finally, we had a look at their newest product, the Sta-New brush holder. Masterson says this allows brushes to properly dry by hanging them bristles downward. This forces the water to run down the bristles instead of into the handle, extended the life of your brushes.

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I stopped by the Wilson Enterprises booth to have a look at their Birch Wood product line. All their birch wood is harvested from the upper peninsula of Michigan and is all kiln dried. Their items are used for a variety of things including ornaments, coasters, vase filler and photo plaques. They are used in scrapbooking, stamping, painting, carving, wood burning, screen printing, deco paging and plenty more. Many of their beautiful items have become quite popular for weddings too. From large slices of birch wood stacked to make a wedding cake stand to tiny slices of birch wood branches used in candle lit mason jars. Their products can be found in over 2,000 retail stores including big craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

I know a lot of crafters and seamstresses that will love this next one. I stopped by the Scissorfobz booth where I could check out their line of products. Pretty hand-beaded scissorfobz come with a protective cap adorned with ornamental jewelry. All are different and unique making them great gifts. They even come with an extender chain for your larger scissors. Their scissor covers are made with their proprietary scissor gripper material inside. When you put your scissors inside the sleeve it grips your scissors so that the cover does not come off until you take it off. These covers come in a 4-size value pack and are available on their website as well as in their Etsy shop.

I came upon some of the cutest crochet, knitting and sewing kits at The Crafty Kit Company booth. If you followed along on Facebook live you know I spent quite a bit of tie in their booth gushing over all the adorable kits available. Aside from the individual kits, they also have themed sets (polar set, African set, forest set, etc.) that are geared toward the kids. There’s a special token included with the sets. Once your child has completed all the animals in the set they send the token back to the company and will receive a scene in the mail to match their set.

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Another source for darling kits for kids was the Haan Crafts booth. Sabrina Cassidy of Haan Crafts told me that they are a leading educational kit manufacturer with kids’ growth and development in mind. They offer adorable bagged felt craft kits that come in a variety of animals including a penguin, elephant, owl, cat, hippo, dog, tiger, raccoon, pig, and a monkey. They are packaged in resealable bags so kids can keep their project inside while it’s still in progress. Each kit has preprinted felt with stitching, placement and cutting lines on every piece. The kits include all the supplies needed including stuffing, needles and floss. Each package makes a 7-inch stuffed animal and a matching key chain animal. Their materials are made in the US from recycled plastic bottles.

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Talk about a blingy booth! Brightz are lights you can use in crafting, in jars, as accents, tucked into flowers, threaded with ribbon, woven through bicycle spokes… you name it you can probably do it! Be sure to check the packages for details first, but I even witnessed lights submerged in water in a flower vase (not the battery pack of course). A great way to add some sparkle to weddings, an anniversary celebration or holiday party. Brightz are widely distributed and can be found on amazon, in mass merchants, craft stores, basically all over.

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One of my favorite product additions at this year’s show was Colorwear. Introduced by The Mountain, Colorwear is a new concept of coloring t-shirts. This shirt manufacturer out of New Hampshire dyes the shirts and then prints the designs onto the shirts that you can color with Tulip brand fabric markers (included in the kit). Each shirt is hand dyed with eco-friendly water based inks and dyes and then printed with gorgeously detailed coloring book designs. You won’t find these in the big box craft stores though. If you have a favorite boutique store you like to visit check with them, or browse their 50 different designs on Colorwear.com.

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If you knit or crochet you know the struggle that is the traveling yarn ball. Kate, the founder of YarnIt, was working on a knitting project aboard an airplane when her yarn ball rolled off her lap, under the seat and all the way up the aisle. When she finally retrieved it, her beautiful white yarn was covered in grime and crumbs. That’s when she came up with the idea of the Yarnit. This plastic ball with locking plug holds your yarn keeping it from falling and rolling across the floor. A new design is also in the works for skeins instead of just balls of yarn that they hope will be available by Mother’s Day 2017. And here’s a handy tidbit. The Yarnit has a removable silicone base that is perfect for holding small items such as tiny scissors and other notions.

At the U-Paint Metal Crafts booth I found myself surrounded by hundreds of paintable metal designs. Turns out, the Frank Morrow Company offers over 6,000 different designs! These paintable molded metal items work great as sun catchers, on wind chimes, as lapel pins, refrigerator magnets, and ornaments. They are per accessories for a scarf or handbag as well. With 6,000 different designs there’s definitely something for everyone, including boys! Sometimes it’s a little harder to find things the boys will enjoy, but I don’t think you’ll have that problem here.

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Enter the world of Diamond Dotz. Seriously, the gorgeous bling in this booth was overwhelming. One of my favorite things about crafting is intricacy. I get lost in the zone as I concentrate on tiny details. If you are the same chances are you will love these Diamond Dotz. The company offers kits, big and small, which uses a polyester fabric coated with special adhesive and a stylus which has chemical reaction with their dots. You use the stylus to pick up the dot and place it onto the designated area of the canvas using a code that identifies the colors of each dot. In the end, you’ll have a dazzling piece of artwork only available at  Needleartworld.com

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Finally rounding out my tour of the new exhibitors I stopped by the Giani booth. For about $80.00 you can buy a kit that will transform your entire kitchen. It’s true! There’s a little preplanning involved of course. If you have cats that like to jump on the counters, you may need to block off the room during your project. You’ll need to allow your counters to dry for 24 hours before you can use it at all, and then allow 3 days before you put anything significant on it. There’s a 14-day waiting period for heavier items like a microwave. The kit comes with everything you need to make over your kitchen. You can visit their website or stop by Amazon.com.

There was a dazzling array of new exhibitors this year at Creativation, you can see the full list of them here. I am excited to try out some of these “new to me” products and hope you will too.

VISITING CREATIVATION IN PHOENIX

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This is a guest post by Hannah & Rosie, The New Craft House.

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that we recently spent a week in the USA. Whilst we were there to enjoy the sunshine and the food and whilst we may have extended our trip to include a few days in LA (!!!) we actually had a pretty important reason for visiting. We were asked to attend the Creativation show held by the Association for Creative Industries (AFCI) in Phoenix and basically nothing was going to stop us jumping on that plane out there.

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The AFCI, previously the Craft and Hobby Association, hold shows in the US every year. We’ve never made it out to the US show before so we’re really excited to attend. The show has hundreds of exhibitors from across the craft spectrum, lots of workshops and seminars and a general crafty buzz that is hard to beat. Held over 5 days we got stuck in from the start and kicked things off by participating in the Fashion Fusion Challenge.

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Hannah Sewing during the Fashion Fusion Challenge

The challenge was simple – using the patterns, fabric and tools provided, design and make an outfit. We were held up on the Greyhound so only had a few hours to finish the outfit but we managed it! Hannah sewed up a matching skirt and top with cute embellished bees appliquéd onto the top. Judging day came round and it WON the sewing category! Rosie even walked the catwalk in it at The After Party one evening.

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We really enjoyed just walking around the show and meeting lots of new faces. One of our favourite stands was Sweet Georgia who had lovely yarns and a comfy spot to just sit and knit for a while. Check them out on instagram, we’re told they have some UK stockists too. The ladies on the Knit Pro stand (called Knitters Companion in the US) were so friendly and even gave us a couple of pairs of plastic needles when we told them that we hadn’t been able to bring our metal ones on the flight. They saved us 12 hours of boredom on the way home!

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We had a great time in Phoenix and are really hoping we can go back next year. We’ll also be sharing a post shortly about why being a member of the AFCI is a great idea if you’re a designer/maker, stockist, supplier, manufacturer or even a blogger!

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Top 3 Trends from Creativation 2017

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This is a guest post by Amber Gerstel, Damask Love.

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Did you make it Creativation? Or did you stay home this year, and watch closely as social media kept you up to date? Either way, I’m here to bring you up to speed on some of the trends I spotted while walking the Creativation Show floor.

Before we dive in, I guess I should introduce myself! I’m Amber and you can find me blogging the day away on Damask Love. You can also catch me on the Home Shopping Channel where I sell all sorts of tempting, crafty goodies.

The 2017 Creativation Show was filled with unbelievable amounts of innovation and creativity, but as I walked around, there were a few trends and themes that kept popping up – so that’s what I’m here to bring you! The Top Three Trends of Creativation 2017. Here we go!

Palm Trees, Popsicles, Pineapples – oh my!

Of all the recurring themes at Creativation 2017, this was the one I saw most – and I’m not mad about it! It may have been chilly and rainy in Phoenix, but in the Convention Center, things were warming up with lots of summery, warm paper collections.

Amy Tan:  The Amy Tan On A Whim collection featured adorable notebooks, puffy embellishments and patterned papers all with a tropical feel. Her paper flower backdrop was a frequent stop of Creativation selfies.

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My Minds Eye: MME is a personal favorite of mine and their “Palm Beach” collection is probably why I love them so much! Flamingo paper, palm leaf notecards and foiled pineapples – there’s nothing NOT to love.

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DecoArt: Even though they’re known for paints, DecoArt had several touches of paradise throughout their booth at Creativation. Their stencils featured plenty of tropical vibes. How beautiful is this tray created with a palm leaf stencil?

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EchoPark: If you’re yearning for summertime, take a peek at the Echo Park “Summer Dreams” Collection. Popsicles, bikinis and of course a few flip flops complete this perfect theme.

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Silhouette: The folks at Silhouette paid special homage to tropical temps with a full display featuring flamingos and the CUTEST donuts-turned-pineapples.

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Sweet SugarBelle: Who knew that cookie decorating could be so mesmerizing! I spent more than a few minutes at the Sweet SugarBelle booth, where she decorated cookies, showing up how a candy corn cookie can also be decorated to look like a watermelon! Genius and perfect for any time of year – including summertime.

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Planner-Mania

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that planners were in attendance at this year’s Creativation Show. Several companies launched planner dies, papers and tools. Let’s take a look! Me and My Big Ideas: This company is known for creating beautiful, practical calendars with their expandable disc-bound system. This year they showcased their wide selection of planner stickers, Pocket Pages, die cuts and more!

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We R Memory Keepers: There’s a new tool in town for all your planner lovers! The We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch Board let’s you easily create custom planner pages and inserts with your favorite papers. Punch holes for any size or style of planner up to 12 inches, including basic holes, spiral bound, and disc bound.

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Sizzix: With coloring stickers, Thinlets dies and more, Sizzix added some great products to the world of planner-ing (is that even a word?!)

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Webster’s Pages: If you are a planner and a lover of bright, bold colors, Webster’s Pages has everything you need! They’re lineup of colorful spiral planners stopped me right in my tracks! I think I want the teal and pink floral pattern! Or maybe the bright yellow? What about you?

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For the Love of Layering

And last but not least is a trend that took me a bit my surprise: layering stamps! Several companies launched stamps that layer beautifully to create dimensional images without adding any bulk to your cards. Let’s take a peek at two of my favorites!

Hero Arts: I wish you could have seen these in person! They are amazing…but I must say, the croissant has a special place in my carb-loving heart! With these stamps, you can add such “WOW” to your paper crafting and they’ve done all the hard work for you. All you have to do is stamp.
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Waffle Flower: When it comes to layering stamps, I was most impressed by the incredible “marble” stamp set offered by Waffle Flower Stamps. With it you can create the look of marbling on your card! So smart!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour through a few of the trends at Creativation 2017. Which trend is your favorite?!

Your Crafting Corner: Work Your Magic

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This is a guest post by Office Depot.

When you start a craft project, working in a bright organized space is the key to success. The space needs to be organized, the atmosphere must evoke creativity, and your supplies have to be within arm’s reach. If any of these scenarios are off, then your work – and your sanity – suffer. Finding a solution to simplify your space can seem impossible.

Luckily, Office Depot has picked the best craft room organization products to store your tools, papers, beads and any accessories in between. Improve the flow of your space with collapsible boxes that stack and slide under your desk, or brighten your area with clamp-on lamps that can move to any spot that needs extra illumination. Whether you need to stock up on general craft supplies or are looking for a specific type of storage cabinet, this selection will do the trick when it comes to sparking your creativity.

It’s important to remember that everything has its place when trying to keep chaos at bay. Keeping your workspace tidy should be a breeze once you’ve incorporated some of Office Depot’s clever organization solutions. Find just what you need to help keep unruliness to a minimum and productivity to a maximum.

Who says your organizational solutions and desk accessories have to be boring? Liven up a drab workspace with stylish accents that also serve a purpose. Create a unique theme with coordinating pieces or choose colors and elements that complement your existing décor.

Best of all as a CHA member you can take advantage of the newly launch Office Depot member benefits program.  You will receive 10% off the everyday web price on everything business needs, from must-have crafting and office supplies including ink, to printing services that will help build your brand.  Office Depot has category experts and dedicated account managers that will provide you with personalized service.

For more information, visit the Office Depot Booth #2539 at the CHA’s 2017 Show or take advantage of your member savings at www.1800member.com/od-cha.

Top 5 things you need to know before you go to Creativation

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This is a guest post by Angel Hickman Peterson of Fleece Fun and DIY Video for Bloggers

 

Whether you’re a seasoned  CHA member or a newbie who’s just barely registered this year will be everyone’s first time at Creativation!  I’ve put together a few tips ( many I wish I knew the first time I went) to make your trip to Creativation enjoyable and profitable!

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Tip ! – Download the Creativation app

This app is key to having a good experience.  Not only does this app contain the show’s schedule, and list of vendors, but it also has maps, social media tracking, and downloads for courses and classes.  Once you input your schedule information it will also tell you what classes and events you have coming up.

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Tip # 2 – Pack comfortable shoes

Don’t get me wrong I love trading in my daily yoga pants for my convention skirts and jewelry – but leave the heels at home.  The showroom is BIG and you’ll be on your feet for a large chunk of the day.  Wear shoes that will work for you and invest in some gel inserts.  Upside – you’ll easily make your daily steps goal on your Fitbit.

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Tip #3 – Bring Business Cards

Whether you’re a blogger or the head of a major company business cards are the life blood of networking. While this process might seem antiquated – it still works!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met with someone that I wanted to connect with after the show asked for their card only to be met with a sheepish smile and excuse that they didn’t have a card.  “They didn’t arrive in time for the show… etc.”.  To be honest that slip of paper with your contact information will get lost in the bottom of my purse.  There are lots of overnight business card services – it’s worth the cost so you don’t miss out on networking opportunities.  Have a way for people to contact you – put it on a card.

Bonus tip:  I like to carry small post its and write a few notes about the person and what we talked about and stick it to the card so I can remember them later.

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Tip# 4 – Have proper luggage

This is not a “carry on only” trip.  There are two reasons for this: First, you’re going to be taking home samples, lots of samples and you will need a place to put them.  Make sure you have ample space in your luggage for these. Second crafting samples don’t always agree with the TSA.  And while it’s technically legal to carry 30 metal crochet hooks in you carry on it might raise a few eyebrows (and red flags).  It’s just better to keep crafting supplies in a checked bag.  It will make your (and the TSA agents’) life easier.

When I first went to the CHA mega show I noticed while I was waiting for the exhibit hall to open that most of the people had a rolling bag.  I confess that I thought it was strange (and a little dorky).  After about 2 hours of walking the hall with my large sample filled bag digging into my shoulder, I realized the genius (and un-dorkiness) of having a rolling bag to put everything in.  It’s worth having a rolling bag to save your shoulders.

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Tip #5 – Smile and say hello

I’m an introvert.  I make a concerted effort to smile and talk to people.  It’s amazing you can meet at Creativation.  It’s great to meet other creatives who have a passion for making amazing art, crafts and general awesomeness.  I think this is the most important tip out of all of them.  A smile and friendly attitude can open doors and opportunities.

NEW Deco Foil Color line, Transfer Sheets and Mixed Media Products at Therm O Web Booth #513!

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Winter CHA Creativation Show is just around the corner…in fact just a few short days away in sunny Phoenix Arizona. Our team is excited to bring you brand new, innovative products that will have you thinking outside the box!

Our Deco Foil™ product line has been a success with our consumers and retailers and with that success we continue to build and grow the line. This year we’re pleased to announce 5 NEW colors to the Deco Foil™ color line. Introducing: (from left to right)

Amber, Emerald, Amethyst and Lapis Watercolors along with Summer Rainbow which is a beautiful ombre transfer foil.

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With the addition of these 5 new colors that brings the total up to 31 amazing choices of Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets. Our Transfer Sheets work beautiful with our core adhesive products: Deco Foil™ Liquid Adhesive, Deco Foil™ Foam Sheets, Deco Foil™ Hot Melt Sheets, Deco Foil™ PeelnStick Toner Sheets, Deco Foil™ Toner Sheets, Deco Foil™ Fusible Spray and our Deco Foil™ Adhesive Pen! Here are some examples of the beautiful projects you can make for both paper and fabric with our Deco Foil™ Products!

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Mixed Media Elephant pillow


In addition to our Deco Foil™ we have some exciting new products for Mixed Media! We’re thrilled to introduce our new iCraft® Mixed Media Adhesive and iCraft® Mixed Media Sheets available in Heavy and Lite.

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Our Mixed Media Adhesive is the perfect liquid adhesive to keep on hand for all types of projects including paper, metal and fabric. Our Mixed Media sheets add a unique and dimensional texture to projects. With unlimited options of how you can work with them from stamping, inks, sprays, paints….and our light sheets can be torn for a unique look! Here’s some ideas for what you can make with these new products!

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Amazing Mixed Media Canvas using our NEW Heavy and Lite Sheets along with Summer Rainbow Deco Foil.

Fall Mixed Media Leaf Wreath by Audrey Yeager

 

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Those leaves are diecut from our Mixed Media Sheets then painted and foiled!

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Stunning flowers created from our Mixed Media Sheets by Audrey Pettit!


This year ThermOWeb is proud to be a sponsor for the Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge! We’ve joined up with fellow companies at CHA for the chance to have designers work with some of our favorite products. The participants will pair up and create either a top or an a-line skirt using a variety of products provided by the sponsors, along with an accessory. Therm O Web will be providing our Liquid Fabric Fuse™ along with our Deco Foil™ Liquid Adhesive and Transfer Sheets!

Our Liquid Fabric Fuse™ is created specifically for fashion eliminating any sewing or ironing! Here’s a video to learn more about our Fabric Fuse™ Liquid Adhesive!

blog-header-new-logo-1Be sure to stop by our Booth #513 at the show to see all of our NEWEST products! For more information about all of our products, visit us online at www.thermowebonline.com. Visit our blog for projects, tutorials and step by step instructions on how to use our products! And be sure to sign up for our newsletter to keep updated on what’s happening at Therm O Web!

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