Thursday, February 7, 2019

Creativation 2019


    Creativation is the largest arts & crafts trade show in the US,  drawing visitors from the US, Canada Europe, Asia and more. 

    The show, held annually during the month of January, is the place where manufacturers showcase their products, demo new items and craft store owners/buyers come to order product for their stores.  

    Many of the designers who attended the show have shared photos and videos on their blog.  Links to these posts are listed below, so grab a snack, a glass of cheer, or a cup of tea and enjoy!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

StyleTech Craft - Crafting with Vinyl

This month designers are hopping with

Tape Technologies, Inc. has been manufacturing StyleTech Brand vinyl products for more than 30 years. More recently they have introduced 70 new films, specifically for the craft market, including the only film that is colored glitter on the outside and silver glitter on the inside. These unique products will let your creativity run wild, so check the following links to see what designer members have created then let us know what YOU would like to make:


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Expo International Terrific Trims

For this month's blog hop, designers are rocking their creativity with trims from 
And it's not just rick rack, there's tassels and buttons and bags, oh my!  

Check the following blog links to see what each designer created, then comment here and on the designer's blogs about your favorite projects and you'll be entered to win your own treasure chest of trims!  Take a look at all that swag!  Let's go............

DEADLINE TO ENTER GIVEAWAY - Midnight Monday, May 21st!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Celebrate Earth Day!

Let's celebrate Earth Day by sharing recycled and up-cycled projects with supplies saved from the trash can.  Remember - one man's trash is a crafter's treasure......

Friday, April 13, 2018

Remember it Well

    Painting, crafting, scrapbooking and more,  the desire to be creative doesn't change, but the product we create with and how we create certainly has!

    I've been traveling to industry trade shows since 1991 and have seen so many manufacturers and really great products come and go. There are very few companies I met in the 90's who still exhibit at the trade shows today.  Plaid, DecoArt, Walnut Hollow, Royal Brush, Fiskars, Xyron, Kunin, Beacon Adhesives, Fairfield and B&B etchall are the ones I still see and spring to mind first.

    I really miss the manufacturers who brought scrapbooking products and so much innovation to the Arts & Crafts industry in the late 90's/early 2000 who are no longer with us:  EK Success, K&Company, Heidi Grace, Making Memories, Basic Grey, Fancy Pants, Mrs Grossman's (stickers), Little Yellow Bicycle to name a few.  Kudos to the ones who continue to inspire our creativity with new and innovative products: We R Memory Keepers, Therm-o-Web, Prima, Spellbinders, Sizzix and Canvas Corp to name a few.

    Now that I've jogged your memory, take a stroll down memory lane with the following bloggers who have been creating projects with product over 10 years old. Feel free to join our linky party if you like then please comment about the manufacturers you miss the most.....  and, if you're looking for a specific product maybe one of us has it in our stash and would be happy to share - after all, self respecting crafters never throw anything away.......  Enjoy!

Life in the Craft Lane for a look at the 2010 CHA Trade Show Floor