Have you seen all the buzz about the Craft & Hobby Association's (CHA) trade show in Phoenix? The organization changed its name during the event to the Association for Creative Industries (AFCI). There was lots of excitement as this change is meant to broaden the pool and be more inclusive of all creative industries.
I interviewed seven people on the tradeshow floor using Facebook Live. You can find them all on my YouTube channel. Four people (Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Leandra Franich, Jenny Marples and Tim Holtz) did product demonstration. The other three (Seth Apter, Eileen Hull and Dyan Reaveley) showed us their new product samples. I enjoyed each conversation and hope you will, too.
Hottest New Product
My favorite new product is the Distress Oxide Ink Pads from Tim Holtz. WOW! They are a blend of dye and pigment ink. The oxidation possibilities are endless and beyond gorgeous. My friend Linda Coughlin at The Funkie Junkie has a great discount on these in her shop. Click my affiliate link to see the spectacular bundle deal on Distress Oxide Ink Pads.
Tim is one of the people I did a Facebook Live video with at the show. Click here to see him demo these beauties!
Oh, the People You'll Meet…
Attending a tradeshow offers traditional benefits like networking and education. One of the best parts is seeing old friends and making new ones. In this first grid, you can see lots of familiar faces, as well as two I met for this first time this year. First row: Edie Malin, Dyan Reaveley, Joanna Grant. Middle: Anita Houston, Rachel Grieg, Eileen Hull, Jenny Marples. Third row: Cat Kerr, Leandra Franich, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and Andy Skinner.
Here are Linda Coughlin, Tamara Kelly, Carolyn Dube, Seth Apter, MaryBeth Shaw, Kathy Cano-Murillo AKA Crafty Chica, Annette Green, Julie Tucker-Wolek, Jen Cushman, Simone Collins and Joe Rotella.
This year I gave a brief talk on Teaching at Stores & Retreats, but I didn't teach any hands-on workshops. This left me plenty of time to do some Make & Takes at the show. What a treat! I had a great time creating during Carolyn Dube's demo in the Gel Press booth:
And I really enjoyed making this project in Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Booth:
Next Wednesday I'll be back on the blog with a Tutorial for a mixed media project I made and gave away at the show.