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Hey everyone! Kim here with a fun little product share! When we were at Creativation, with the Creative Scrapbooker Team, in January, we saw this neat flower making tool called Fablossom. This product was being demonstrated with fabric and my first thought was ‘I wonder if it would easily work with paper?”, a few steps down their booth they had the paper version! SWEET! The kit itself comes with everything you need to make plenty of different flowers, The instructions are very easy to follow, once you get a handle of the paper folding you are good to go! They include lots of all parts required to put the flower together, as well as a punch to create your own centers! I immediately thought of all the paper I have on hand at any given time and figured I can cut circles to make this work with my own product!…

Hello, Connie Nichol here with  more photos from some of the lovely booths at Creativation in Phoenix last week. The Chameleon Pens booth displayed their unique and innovative colour tone pens and color tops, pencils and Blendy pens .  The artwork that can be created with these pens and pencils is truly stunning!  I am inspired every time I see what can be created. Clearsnap always has lots of delicious looking inks in their booth (including my favourite chalk inks).  A few other things in the Clearsnap booth caught my eye.  I can’t wait to try the powder spray bottle.  You put your glitter or embossing powder into the bottle and gently pump the handle for a controlled application of your powder to the area to which it is meant to be applied (as opposed to your counter, floor, cats and kids).  I also can’t wait to try the multi media…

Hi there, Connie Nichol here freshly back from Creativation.  Creativation, formerly known as the CHA or the Craft and Hobby Association show,  is a mega conference and trade show highlighting the craft industry.   Vendors associated with paper crafts, art materials, paint, jewelry and bead supplies, needlecrafts, sewing and many other creative hobbies come together to show their products,  especially anything new for 2018.    This year, it was once again held in the Phoenix Convention Center.   The building is bursting with colour and creativity and inspiration is around every corner.  Here is a quick photo journey of some of the exciting new products, projects or booths of some of the companies that I visited on the show floor. The Simple Stories booth is always a super fun and colourful place to visit.  They have a number of new paper lines  that will be launched next month and later this spring.  I…

The Heartfelt Creations booth is like the biggest and most beautiful flower shop in the world! Well-known in the paper craft industry for their gorgeous detailed rubber stamps and matching die sets, the projects on display showcased everything from cards to 3D paper crafts to scrapbook layouts and more! The newest collection “Flowering Dogwood” is so beautiful! It can be used for Easter themed projects and more. Another recent release is “Wildwood Cottage” with adorable fairy themed patterns and images in woods and gardens. It was exciting to see one of our team member’s gorgeous projects on display. Tracy McLennon’s scrapbook layouts are just stunning! To learn more about Heartfelt Creations and be inspired, click HERE to visit their blog and website. SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door!

If you have any questions about adhesives, you will find ALL the answers in the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L booth! The exciting release that many of you will be happy to hear about is the NEW Refills for the E-Z Runner Grand… in Repositionable Dots and Ultra Strong. These replaceable cartridges in the E-Z Runner Grand make you feel like you will NEVER run out of adhesive! The Double-Sided tape comes in Premium and Extreme and really holds on. The Dodz are being re-branded as Adhesive Dots and come in a variety of sizes including “Micro”, which will make many crafters happy. The Adhesive Lines are also a wonderful addition to the adhesive family. There are 3D Foam Shapes in many themes for dimensional embellishments, plus they are now being packaged as Embellishment Kits with Foil Sheets included. If you haven’t tried the 3D Foam Shapes with Foil, you are…

Welcome to the shabby chic world of the FabScraps booth! It’s hard not to “oooooh” and “aaaaah” at everything on display. There are 5 new collections that are so beautiful! Stickers, chipboard, stencils, charms and die cuts accompany each line. The first is called “Lavender Breeze” and it is so lovely with a colour palette of soft purples and white washed wood patterns. “For the Love of Tea” is a collection that has my heart leaping for joy! For those beach vacations and summer time projects, “Summer Loving” is a wonderful new collection with a coral, mint green colour palette and images of flip flops, starfish and shells. “Woodland’s Friends” is a playful, nature themed collection well-suited for children, with a fresh purple, lime and teal colour palette. The final new collection “Call From the Wild”  is designed especially to celebrate the animal species in South Africa, the home of FabScraps.…

The one booth that is sure to make you smile at the tradeshow is Art Impressions. Their stamps have hilarious images and cute caricatures of people and animals that will brighten any card or project. And this year AI is celebrating 30 years in business!! 30 years of making people laugh and smile is a pretty good thing. Probably most well-known for their “Girlfriends” line of stamps, the booth was filled with cheerful, samples of cards that were beautifully coloured. Here are a couple of our personal faves: There are newly released “Get Well” themed stamps too: Valentine stamps and cards were also on display and are so sweet! The Zoo Crew stamp line features hilarious quotes and animals in funny poses: Add some Shakers and Spinners, and you have stamped images that move! So much FUN! One of the newest releases are 3D Stamp sets called POP CARDS so…

The Chameleon Pens booth is like stepping into a world of magic because of the colourful demos with pens that have wonderful blending possibilities. There was a buzz of excitement because Chameleon Pens launched two new products at the show: Color Tops and Coloring Pencils. There is a Kickstarter campaign that you can join if you want to support this innovative product, and just head over to the Chameleon Pens website to learn more. The cool thing about Color Tops is you can now seamlessly blend COLOR TO COLOR! Just pop any Color Top onto your original Chameleon pen, the nibs touch and you quickly and easily have a two-toned blended colouring effect. The second new launch is the coloring pencils, perfect timing for the huge rise in adult coloring and coloring books. In fact, Chameleon pens now has colouring books as well, along with coloring cards too. These innovative pencils are…

The Simple Stories booth is always a fun colourful place to visit. There were 4 new collections on display. Another Disney themed “Say Cheese III” carries on from the previous two lines with a similar colour palette and very popular embellishments, stickers, papers, die cuts, etc. Putting together a Disney album couldn’t be easier! Following the trend of faith-based products, the release of the aptly named “Faith” collection is sure to be well-received. The products from the “Faith” collection can be used for scrapbooking as well as Bible journaling and Off The Page projects. The next collection “Domestic Bliss” has really sweet patterns with a ‘Home Sweet Home’ theme and lends itself well to scrapbooking daily life and moments. The final release “Emoji Love” celebrates our pop culture phenomenon of emojis and all things related to messaging and texting. The humor of the images and patterned papers made us giggle!…

Walking into the Impression Obsession booth at the Creativation Show is always such a treat.   There are so many beautiful new stamps and dies, and a huge variety of cards and other projects showcasing these.   Loads of colour and inspiration! Here is the lovely Mitra Friant, owner of Impression Obsession in the booth. The pic below shows just a smidgen of the amazing art that is on display showcasing the new products. IO has a huge selection of stamps and dies with designs from a variety of artists.  I love that there are so many different art styles.  There’s lost of funny stamps and quotes. The art of Lindsay Ostrom is so pretty!  Here’s just a few new stamps designed by her. There’s also new stamps designed by Seth Apter.  Very grungy and fun. Here’s a stunning canvas created with some of the Seth Apter stamps:…