JEJE Produkt Brings Exciting, New & Different Products From Europe

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This is a guest post by JEJE Produkt

Attending Creativation?
Make sure to visit JEJE Produkt, booth #2526, Europe’s number one manufacturer of peel-off stickers, developer of craft techniques and craft products.

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Our new Dream Catcher Peel-off’s will charm you and you can collect a free sample by visiting our booth.

Looking for something exclusive? We can make it. Eric and Elly, owners of JEJE Produkt, will be happy to give you more information to develop your own range of peel-off stickers.

Completely new: ” Marij Rahder by JEJE Produkt”.
Marij Rahder, designer and artist draws cheerful and comical characters for clear stamps, peel-off stickers, 3D booklets and we know you will love them!

We offer you:

  • New, splendid and unique products
  • Ongoing demonstrations
  • Giveaways
  • Free catalog

Like us on Facebook and send a private message before January 15 mentioning: CHA and join our CHA raffle for winning prices!

Access our online catalog here.

Watch this video to learn more.

DIY Sewing for Family, Home, Fashion & Fun – Discover Dritz® at Creativation 2017

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This is a guest post by Prym Consumer USA

Sewing. It’s an old-school craft, with plenty of new-school applications. Bag making. Easy-sew curtains. Doll clothes. Home and fashion hacks. Accessories and things for your kids. These are activities you might not traditionally associate with sewing, but that’s what today’s makers are doing with needle and thread. When it comes to sewing, Dritz® is a mainstay. Yes, Dritz® is your grandma’s tomato pin cushion. But it’s so, so much more. Visit us at Creativation and see for yourself!

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Our Products: Dritz® products empower you to make things you never dreamed you could. Our comprehensive product range includes tools for sewing, quilting and home decorating. Top-notch Dritz® products are easy-to-use, and allow you to accomplish a variety of DIY projects creatively and economically. At Creativation, you’ll be the first to see 50+ new fashion fasteners, tools for hand and machine sewing, and more. New to the game? No worries! We can introduce you to our standard line-up of must-have Dritz® sewing supplies.

Our Events: Experience Dritz® in action and see how easy DIY can be. We have a host of events going on in our booth (Prym Consumer #1315) allowing you to get a hands-on feel for Dritz® DIY. Come chat with our demonstrators, who will be using new and favorite Dritz® fasteners such as grommets, rivets, swivel hooks and rings. Finished projects will be displayed, providing inspiration for incorporating Dritz® into bags, accessories, device storage, clothing, items for kids and home.

Throughout Creativation, you’ll see Dritz® popping up everywhere! Find us here:

  • Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge (Thurs. 1/19, 11:00am, Lecture Hall/booth #1951: Fashionistas unite! At this exciting event you’ll make a garment and/or accessory. You’ll be able to use a Dritz® dressform, and talk with two of our experienced seamstresses who will be available to help you during the event.
  • Maker Space (Sat. 1/21, 1:00pm, booth #1759): Want to see sewing and jewelry collide? Make a funky bracelet using traditional sewing supplies (belting, fasteners, embroidery floss/needles). You’ll use these basic materials to make a bracelet that shows your unique style – sweet, boho, minimal, funky – it’s up to you!
  • Sewing 101 Workshop (Sun. 1/22, 11:00am, room 121D): Don’t let the word “sewing” scare you! Check out this workshop and learn about the essential tools and hardware you need to get started. You’ll pick up some time-saving tips, discover clever uses for basic products, and make some low-sew projects. Bonus: you’ll get to take some Dritz® tools home with you!
  • Pillow Talk Demonstration (Sun 1/22, 1:45pm, booth #1759): Pillows can transform pretty much any space in your home. You can change your look for a special occasion, or for the whole season with a few new pillows! During this demo, you’ll learn how to cut, shape and embellish pillows to create something fabulous regardless of your personal style. We’ll share tips for button tufting, inserting welting and trims.
  • English Paper Piecing Demonstration (Sun 1/22, 3:00pm, booth #1759): Have you heard about English Paper Piecing? Wondering what all the chatter is about? It’s an addictive way to hand sew small fabric shapes that are perfectly and precisely shaped. You can then use these fabric shapes in so many ways – accessories, fashion, quilting and more!

Our People: We’d like to meet you! Beyond the products and the demonstrations you’ll see in our booth, we’ll also have lots of friendly faces at Creativation, waiting to see YOU! Retailers, bloggers, makers, designers – if you’re engaged in sewing, quilting and DIY, please make sure to come by and say hello!

Our Digital Spaces: Like what you see at Creativation? It doesn’t end here – you can connect with Dritz® every day! You’ll find Dritz® on Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Twitter, and our make something blog is packed with thoughtful projects and product information. The Dritz® website provides a complete online product resource for you – everything Dritz® is right at your fingertips!

Things to Remember:

  • See Dritz® in the Prym Consumer USA booth #1315
  • Getting social at Creativation? Use #Dritz and/or #DritzItYourself so we don’t miss you!

Unleash Your Creativity, with Design Ideas from Deflecto®


This is a guest post from Jesika Musall – Marketing Associate at Deflecto.

At Deflecto®, we’re about more than just creating fabulously handy and customizable storage solutions to help keep your creative space organized. We’re also crafters ourselves.

Over the past year we’ve featured dozens of ideas and projects to help inspire others. In fact, we’re bursting with so many craft goodies we started a blog to better share it with you!

The Deflecto Craft blog features ideas and projects developed by a magnificent group of creative women from our Ambassador Design Team. Many of our projects feature step-by-step instructions and photos to help you recreate the project.

Check out some of our recent posts:

Store and keep journal cards organized with the Stackable Caddy Organizer.

http://deflectotocraftwith.blogspot.com/2016/10/how-to-store-and-keep-your-journal.html

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Be the master of organization with Deflecto’s Multi-Bin Tilt Bins.

http://bit.ly/2ghbewV

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We even have how-to videos:

A creative way to store your wafer thin dies

http://deflectotocraftwith.blogspot.com/2016/08/wafer-thin-die-storage.html

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Looking for more inspiring design tutorials?

Visit us at http://bit.ly/2fToFCn

And stop by the Deflecto booth (#1751) at Creativation 2017. You’ll have a chance to meet members of the design team, create a unique make and take project and compete for prizes in the “Caddy Challenge.”

Meet the Faculty: Meet Nina Yang

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Nina Yang!

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Experience the magic of simple stamping and die cutting techniques in Nina’s workshop: W221: Simple Techniques, Awesome Cards. Read our interview with Nina to learn why as a retailer you should register to take her workshop.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello! My name is Nina Yang. I am a card maker with a passion for all things paper. Waffle Flower™ is a little adventure I embarked on to develop products that are fun, versatile and easy to use for my fellow crafters.

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

My Simple Techniques, Awesome Cards workshop is all about sharing exciting techniques that you can easily teach in your store. Using our latest products, you will learn unique stamping, die cutting, coloring and card making techniques that can help you achieve amazing results in a fun and creative way.

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Are you a retailer looking for class ideas, awesome samples, or unique and versatile products? This workshop is for you! There might be a show special for you too! (😉 Wink!)

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

I love to mingle with customers and friends (old and new!) at our booth! Waffle Flower™ will be in booth #709 this year! We can’t wait to share the many fun and exciting products we’ve been working on for you!

What do you love most about your job?

Being an entrepreneur means that you are R&D, admin, sales, marketing, logistics, accounting and MIT in one! I don’t consider this a job – I’m living my dream!

What do you love most about the creative industry?

What I love the most has to be all the wonderful, kind and talented people I’ve met in this industry! Many of them have become friends in life. They are my blessings!

Register for Nina’s workshop and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!

Experience Everything 3M has to Offer at Creativation!


This is a guest post by 3M.

With Creativation just around the corner, 3M is getting more and more excited to see how the Creativation rebranding of the event and new venue impacts the craft world! 3M is also thrilled to showcase a series of new involvements for 2017 around the show.

On Friday, Jan. 20th at 3:30pm, we are hosting a hands-on “Emoji Baby Shower” workshop (W219) featuring our Scotch ® Create and Expressions products.  In the workshop, attendees will create a paper invitation, party décor, and a party favor.  We will also have a sweets table display to help bring the party to life, and a photobooth that promotes sharing on social media! Attendees will receive a FREE box of 3M product valued at over $200! For those unable to attend the workshop, visit the 3M booth to receive information to visit the workshop online at your convenience. See below for link to register!

Our booth will feature “A Day in The Life” of a maker showcasing a wide array of many innovative 3M products used in her Craft Room, her Workshop and in her Living Room. We will be demoing our new Scotch™ “Create” line of products and Expressions Tapes, design techniques showcasing the new ScotchBlue™ PLATINUM Painter’s Tape, and displaying finished projects with our outstanding Command® and Scotch ® Mounting Products. Stop by booth #1123 to enter your name in a chance to win a 3M goody basket! This will feature some of our best-selling products from cutting tools, to adhesives, to Command™! Our booth will feature a make-and-take featuring a NEW product to our Advanced Tape Glider product line.

For the first time, Creativation will have a splatter room where creative industry professionals will experience the art of throwing paint on canvas, inspired by abstract painter Jackson Pollock. Attendees will learn new techniques and achieve awesome designs by using 3M’s ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tapes to create patterns on the canvas prior to splatter painting. In addition, those who visit the booth with come home with a piece of artwork that is truly their own creation. Attendees will dress in 3M’s Paint Coveralls and Goggles to protect their clothes from the paint. Finally, Scotchblue™ will have a giant logo that attendees will also splatter paint. At the end of the event, we will debut the final project featuring everyone’s paint contribution!

In addition, following the trend of the Post-it ® Note Wars, 3M will make a giant Post-it® Note mural of the new Creativation brand for attendees to see as they check-in at the main registration area.

Our goal at this year’s Creativation Show is to showcase a much broader array of 3M products that Maker’s love and share new ideas for their creations! 3M is excited to connect with both new users and our most loyal customer so be sure to come see us at Booth #1123.

http://www.creativationshow.org/education/education-schedule?classid=5536c058-87ef-6502-b4a2-ff00003d6354

Meet the Faculty: Meet Michael Wayne


Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Michael Wayne!

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Read our interview with Michael to learn more about him and what you can expect to learn by taking his two free* (for CHA members) Creativation University seminars – S219: Surprise and Delight: How to Building and Engage Audiences Across Social Platforms and S309: iDiscover: Making Their Way Home & Maker Space: What the Heck Is it?!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a native New Yorker who has been living in Los Angeles for the past 18 years. I’m married with two children: a boy who is 10 and a girl who is 8. I’ve been an entrepreneur since high school and founded three companies. I founded Kin Community in 2007 and it is now a global media and entertainment company. I love traveling (I lived in Prague for three years), basketball and cooking for friends and family.

What do you love most about your job?

Working with creative, passionate people and creating and developing compelling content brands.

What do you love most about the creative industry?

Developing new ideas and watching them come to life with a passionate team.

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

The traditional media landscape is being disrupted in multiple ways and by multiple companies. Everyone with a mobile phone is now a global media company. I will explain how new business models are being born by content creators and the companies that serve them.

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Anyone interested in the future of media and entertainment and how that relates to the craft and hobby world. DIY content across social platforms is growing around the world. People will learn how to reach new audiences through these socially influential content creators.

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

I’m looking forward to meeting people who are passionate about their business and want to explore new ways to connect with online audiences.

Register for Michael’s and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!

Meet the Faculty: Meet Natalie Wright

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Natalie Wright!

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What a wonderful time of year it is to register for Natalie’s workshop: W305: What a Wonderful World with Social Artworking! In addition to being introduced to one of DecoArt’s exciting new product launches of 2017, you’ll make a show-stopping piece of art using on-trend crafts to display in your store.

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Read our interview with Natalie to learn more about her and what you can expect to learn by taking her Creativation University workshop!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was genetically bred to be creative. Okay, not really, but my father was a builder, and my mother a crafter and event planner. So I naturally love getting my hands dirty and making things. I am also a lefty. Do I get bonus points for that?

My career in the creative industry has been very focused on the DIY movement. I have worked in paint and paper crafting mostly. My background is in photography, so I know how to make anything look good! I am currently working as the Education and Creative Design Manager at DecoArt. I basically get to play on my computer and paint all day. Yeah, it’s a pretty good gig. I also have a creative blog at natalme.com, and four fabulous children at home. Well, except for the last one. She’s a bit of a stinker!

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

I will be teaching a Social Artworking class. This is a canvas painting class that teaches a lot of great terminology and brush knowledge to beginner artists. Paint parties are becoming more and more popular, so this will be a fabulous way to understand the trend better, and potentially become a paint party consultant. Wine will not be included in this paint party event, but what your teacher doesn’t know will never hurt her. Winking Face on Apple iOS 10.0

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Anyone can attend! Beginner or seasoned artists can have fun painting canvas art. We provide you with all the materials you need, including instruction and design. We will have staff available to help you with any questions, so it really is a fun way to create an art piece for your home or craft room, or garage if you are like me and hide all your projects at home from your husband.

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

All of it! These are my people! I am incredibly passionate about the creative world, and I’ve made some of my dearest friends from attending CHA’s annual trade event. It’s a wonderful place to connect and meet others just like you in the industry. Although stretchy pants and Netflix are not a conference focus, if you love to create in that type of environment, you are sure to meet a new best friend at this event!

What do you love most about your job?

I am so lucky to have found a job that allows me to bring my passion and creativity to the workplace. I am involved in education initiatives, product testing, product development, and creative design. And coffee! No one at work judges me based on how much coffee I drink every day – so I really, really love that.

What do you love most about the creative industry?

I get asked all the time if I ever run out of creative energy. No way! Creativity inspires more creativity. My favorite thing about the creative industry is that I get to inspire others, and be inspired myself. Making crafty things just makes my heart happy!

Register for Natalie’s workshop and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!

Get Crafty with Fabric Editions

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This is a guest post by Fabric Editions.

Tired of being labelled by your age or generation? At Fabric Editions, we have something for everyone. No matter what alphabet generation you fall into, whether you are booming or part of the millennium, we have a range of products from the timeless classics to the up and coming trends. We can’t wait to feature our fresh Pre-Cut 100% cotton fabrics at Creativation in Phoenix! The ideas and projects are endless for everyone. Whether you are looking for kid’s crafts, home dec, quilts, card making or mixed media, we have the fabric you need and the inspiration to get you started.

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Come see what we have up our sleeves at booth #1853 and let us inspire you! Check out the Fashion Fusion Challenge too! We are a proud sponsor this year!

The Craftys Awards Launch New Categories with Red Heart and the Duck Brand

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The Craftys, the awards celebrating the best in crafts, are getting more diverse and splashier in 2016. The event that celebrates the best in crafts is now entering its third year and continuing to expand its categories.

Given the large number of crafters who create work for newborns and toddlers, The Craftys now has a Baby Crafts award. This category not only includes booties and sweaters, but also furniture made for the nursery and even gender-reveal items. Almost any project related to welcoming an addition to the family can be considered. Red Heart Yarns, sponsor of the Baby Crafts category, will be awarding the winner $100 in yarn as well as $200 in cash.

The Duck Brand has also partnered with The Craftys to launch a Duct Tape crafts category.  Expectations are high for an impressive array of flowers, dresses and accessories, all made out of the ultra-durable material. The Duck Brand will also be awarding $200 as well as $150 in Duck Tape to the category winner.

A Geek Crafts category appeals to projects made by die-hard sci-fi fans, 3D printing enthusiasts and creators of handmade electronics. Given the popularity of wood projects in the past, a woodworking category has been added to the verticals.

The Craftys will be awarded at a live event in February of 2017 in New York City.

For more information and to check out the latest entries, go to TheCraftys.com.

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Meet the Faculty: Meet Richard Garay

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Richard Garay!

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Watch this video to get to know him and more about his two Creativation workshops: W103: RG Richard Garay Silver & Gold Mini Album and W112: Days Masculine Card Class.

Register for Richard’s workshops and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!