CHA Recap (Creativation 2017)

Creativation 2017

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.

7 Live Videos frpm CHA 2017 - Creativation Trade Show - Phoenix AZ - Talking with Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley, Eileen Hull and more in their booths at the tradeshow

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.

New product released at Creativation 2017 - Tim Holtz 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.

CHA 2017 - The People 1

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.

CHA 2017 - The People 2

Hands-on Projects

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:

Carolyn Dube Gel Press Demo CHA 2017

And I really enjoyed making this project in Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Booth:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Make & Take - CHA 2017


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.

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  1. Heather Thompson on February 6, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    looks like you had fun, so sorry I didnt run into you, next year!!!!

  2. pearshapedchris on February 5, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Looks as though you had a great time! Pleased that you got to meet Jenny and Leandra! It’s good to see your photos and put faces to names! Love the results of the fun you had with Caroline and Tim!

  3. Jackie P Neal on February 4, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Marjie, looks like you had a blast, so many faces and friends, and products and projects…Oh MY!
    i watched your Tim Demo and can’t wait to see what you do with his new Oxides- how exciting!!

    Thank you for the love&support,means the world to me <3

  4. Mags on February 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time.Thank you for all the links

  5. Mette on February 3, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Hej Margie
    Thanks for the great videos! In the Tim Holtz video, he used an acrylic stamping tool. What is the name of that?

    • Marjie Kemper on February 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Hi, Mette. It’s called the Stamp Positioner and it’ll be available in April.

      • Mette on February 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm

        Thanks Marjie!

  6. nathwest on February 2, 2017 at 10:19 am

    lucky you !!!

  7. Anita Houston on February 1, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Oh how fun to see all these faces again. I didn’t realize you did so many videos…that’s awesome. I will check out each one. Thanks for the shout out too…how I wish we were back…lol!

  8. Anne R on February 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I really enjoyed all your videos Marjie, it made me feel like I was (almost) there! I love all the photos here too and how lovely that you got to do make and takes, that must have been a nice change for you! Thanks so much for sharing so much with us! Anne xx

  9. Corrine on February 1, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Great time was had by all, seems like Phoenix was a winner. xox

  10. butterfly on February 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    It all looks like so much fun, Marjie. I caught some of your videos too (not live, of course – that wouldn’t be very “me”!)… thanks so much for sharing all the fun and information. Love both the Tim and the Carolyn makes – inspiration galore!
    Alison x

  11. Julie Tucker on February 1, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I absolutely LOVED meeting you!! And your ‘lucky’ project is just AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Marjie Kemper on February 1, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thanks, Julie…. Tim & Mario did all the work and that was a make & take!!

  12. Astrid Maclean on February 1, 2017 at 5:02 am

    \oh meant to say still, love the projects you made!!

  13. Astrid Maclean on February 1, 2017 at 5:01 am

    A great post Marjie with some fantastic photos! Wonderful to see all those lovely peeps, some of whom have been my friends for a long time and it is great to see them all together here! I have hugely enjoyed all the videos you have shared, and will be off now to catch the ones I missed. Thank you so much for sharing all of this with those of us who could not be there! xxx