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Creativation Recap – Giving Away Some Goodies!

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I’m back from Creativation (formerly CHA, now AFCI – Association for Creative Industries) and now that I’ve unpacked and gotten a good night’s sleep I wanna share a quick recap and give away some goodies!

Creativation Recap – Giving Away Some Goodies! - Kingston Crafts

THE EYE CANDY. Oooohhhhhhh the eye candy. I did not get a chance to walk the whole show floor because I was in the Xyron booth much of the time, but the creativity and attention to detail and talent that this industry is built on is second to none. Everywhere you look there is inspiration and there are gorgeous creations and there are entire booths you just want to pack up and take home with you. Below is just a small sampling! From top left: Jillibean Soup, Vicki Boutin/American Crafts, Tammy Tutterow/Spellbinders, Maya Road, Plaid Crafts, Vicki Boutin (AGAIN – because I am obsessed with her!!)

THE PEOPLE. This is why I am so thrilled to come year after year after year. These are my people. I only get to see my Xyron family a few times a year, and I have been so fortunate to make deep and long lasting friendships with other folks across the industry – and THIS is the place where we come to reconnect, share ideas, make new friends, and just enjoy being together.

THE JOB. The Xyron booth was hopping all weekend long! Teresa Collins did make and takes in the morning and I did make and takes in the afternoon. We were SO lucky to have such great partners – Jillibean Soup and Lawn Fawn brought the pretty to the party with great papers and stamps and embellishments! We highlighted our NEW recyclable 1.5″ Sticker Maker, our 3″ Sticker Maker and our Magnet Tape – and I’ll be sharing quick videos for both of these projects later this month! Want to see us in action? We’ve got FB Live videos on both the Xyron FB page and my FB page…I’m just not cool enough to know how to link to them here!

THE NEW STUFF. Being at Creativation can be almost overwhelming with the number of new products that are coming to market…but I picked out a few favorites that I just can’t wait to get my hands on! From top to bottom:

These DIY 1canoe2 globes are EVERYTHING! They come pre-patterned and you can embellish them with stickers, vinyl words, lights, and much more!

Vicki Boutin’s new collection from American Crafts. In addition to being one of THE MOST amazing, kind, talented people I am honored to call friend – Vicki makes mixed media fun and easy and inspires me with her colorful creative projects. I CANNOT WAIT for this!!

I’ve been looking for a letterboard for my house for a while now – Heidi Swapp to the rescue! Heidi is releasing white letterboards complete with handwritten words and colorful alphabets and you will be seeing these all over the Kingston casa before too long!

I LOVED latch-hooking when I was younger and I’ve always wanted to try weaving – so when I saw the new Plaid Leave It & Weave It and Ryatie collections I was in HEAVEN!!! I feel the 70s coming back to me in a whole new awesome way!

THE FUN. If you are ever in the Phoenix AZ area you MUST swing by Pinspiration. It is the kind of store/studio/hangout we would all love to own or have in our neighborhood! It is a DIY creative space where you can come with your girlfriends, your kids, your spouse – and choose from TONS of projects to make your own. The gang from DecoArt invited me to tag along for a “friends night out” and it was EXACTLY what we all needed. I…ummmmm…was too busy talking (and drinking wine) and completely screwed up my project – but I’ve got a tutorial coming up next week to show you how I took a creative “opportunity for embellishment” (ie: mistake!) and turned it in to a fun finished project I’m happy to hang in my living room!

THE GIVEAWAY. ok now let’s get to the goods! I was lucky enough to bring home a whole suitcase full of awesomeness – and I want to share! Just leave a comment here and tell me what you saw from Creativation (from this post or anywhere else!) that you are excited about and one lucky winner will receive the following:

gold Diamond Press machine
–PlaidCrafts tote bag filled with a dozen 2oz paints and8oz of ModPodge Sparkle
Maya Road make and take bracelet and card
Lawn Fawn Hoppy Easter stamp set
–Jillibean Soup Chit Chat Chowder collection
Xyron recyclable 1.5″ Sticker Maker

Want more great Creativation coverage? Head on over to Scrapbook & Cards Today for another giveaway (ends February 2nd) and even more inspiration!


This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. I am really excited about the 1canoe2 globes.

  2. I tried to follow all the excitement at the show this year. Some amazing products.

  3. Oh wow! How could you chose. They all look fantastic! Glad you had a good time.

  4. I’m all about cute…so I’m excited for the Lawn Fawn and Doodlebug products! I also love the Heidi Swapp Light-up Box and Letter Board.

  5. Wonderful giveaway and
    I’m liking all of the planner
    accessories that are coming
    Carla from Utah

  6. I am in love with the DIY Globes!!! A MUST HAVE item!! Thank you for sharing your pics with us!! I use Xyron all the time!!

  7. I am new to AFCI and wasn’t able to attend Creativation so I have to see all the new stuff through posts like yours. I am very excited about the globes and seeing junque journals on your post. Both of these look very interesting and are areas I want to explore more fully. Finally thank you for sharing information about Pinspiration. I am currently in the early stages of opening my studio, which is very similar in the types of experiences we plan to offer. It’s so nice to know that I am not the only unicorn out there. I look forward to seeing the information you said you would post and will be heading over to Facebook and etc. to begin following you.

  8. So excited about all of the new planner items. And ANY and ALL New paper!

  9. Would love to try Vicki Boutin products – everything is so cool!

  10. I’m excited about all the new planner goodies!!!

  11. I am super excited about the Vicki Bouton line coming out! Bottling her talent is a no brainer! Also wanna give a shout out to the new 7 gypsies Architextures line. Come on!!!! Xoxo

  12. I loved seeing the new Lawn Fawn and Nuvo products! I’m a huge game of both!!

    1. Lee it is up in the FB comments…I can see it! 🙂

  13. I saw a demo by Seth Apter and I’m amazed about the way he works with paint, stamps and wood board. I’m excited about his new dies from Spellbinders – can’t wait to get my hands on them 😊
    Thanks for the chance to win all those goodies 😊

  14. I’m liking the new Vicki Boutin collection. It looks like there will be a lot of great products coming out

  15. Love the picture of you beside your picture ! Too funny. Love the globes. What a great idea.

  16. I have been a fan of Vicki’s since I first took a class with her almost ten years ago, and LOVE her. She is the real deal – talented, funny, truly talented. Cant wait to buy her new products – I pretty much want everything! Also Pinkfresh has some gorgeous stuff coming, and Jillibean – lots to buy:-)

    1. Right???? I love Vicki so much…just thrilled beyond words for her!!!

  17. I loved Creativation! The teal yarn hanging in the photo…at the Imagine Crafts booth…was the absolute softest yarn…it just invited me to touch and feel! I loved everything about being there!

  18. Those globes look really awesome, especially the star chart one.

  19. I like those bright, cheery, huge, foam (?) flowers.

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