Road Trip Recap: A few favorite photos from Creativation

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m celebrating a love of crafts today with a few glimpses from the Creativation trade show, held last month in Phoenix. This annual trade show is all about crafting and creating, and it is packed with pretty. I didn’t have time to see it all, and every time I see someone else’s recap, I can’t believe what I missed! So, this is by no means a comprehensive recap, but from the color navy blue to smiling emojis, here are a few of the fun things I saw. (I’m announcing the Valentine’s Day giveaway winners today, too.)

First, the venue, and I’ll start with the weather. Believe it or not, the weekend I was in Phoenix, the weather was nicer in Cleveland. We saw a little blue sky, but a lot of gray and rain, too.


It was cool and rainy part of the time we were in Phoenix, and snow fell in the higher elevations.

There were lots of cool cacti, of course.

Creativation 2017.


The coolest cactus was on Creativation show floor. The ginormous cactus in the FloraCraft booth greeted visitors near the entrance to the exhibit hall.


Photo opp!

Creativation has lots of opportunities for hands-on experimentation, and in the FloraCraft booth, you could participate in a Make & Take to make a mini cactus.

floracraft-booth at Creativation

Designer Dondi helped attendees make mini cacti.

Paper crafts are still immensely popular, and there were endless tools and products for die cutting, embossing, coloring, stamping, and more. The show was packed with gorgeous paper flowers. Super-sized flowers decorated many of the displays, and there were smaller scale blooms on projects galore.


Amy Tangerine debuted her new line in a flower-filled display.


More pretty flowers on display.


Love these black & white flowers.


A bouquet of pretty, paper flowers.

No surprise that paper succulents were on display, too, right?


Sizzix had an amazing display of paper succulents!


Sizzix introduced a new Succulent Wreath kit.

Fabric Editions had this pretty flower display in its booth.


Fabric Editions had this pretty flower display in its booth.

I mentioned navy blue, and I saw it paired with coral, red, gold, and shades of green and blue. It’s going to be big this year!


Navy blue & coral.


Navy blue paired with red in a nautical theme.


A navy blue, turquoise, and green paper star garland.

Creativation had an area devoted to edible crafts. These sweet treats are almost too pretty to eat!


It all looks so real, doesn’t it?


An elegant wedding cake with gold leaf accents.


These cookies are so cute, and too pretty to eat.

Fairy gardens and fairy themes are always popular.


Magical fairy gardens filled with gnomes were at the show.

Vintage style is still strong. This display wall packs a vintage wallop, from tin and distressed wood to chippy paint.



It’s all here in this HOME sign — distressed wood, chippy paint, tin, and vintage accents.

I missed getting photos of some of the other sizzling categories, including mixed media, coloring books, calligraphy, and weaving. Products for organizing were everywhere, whether it was planners to help keep your daily life on track, or boxes, bins and other storage units to organize “stuff”.

In the Innovations Center, companies competed for a chance to win $10,000 to take their new product idea to the next level. Let’s Hang won for it’s innovative picture hanging system.

Innovations Center at Creativation 2017.

The Innovations Center.

Pinspiration, DecoArt and 3M combined forces to sponsor the paint booth where you could splatter paint your own wall art.

Painting in the Pinspiration booth at Creativation 2017.


Wall art made at Creativation.

Drying wall art. Look at the variety — what creativity!

Eileen Hull and her traveling studio, Scotty, the vintage camper, made the trip to Phoenix.

Paper Trail at Creativation 2017.

Eileen Hull and her camper on the show floor.

To wrap up my recap with a smile 🙂 there were emojis on display everywhere!

Emojis were everywhere at Creativation.


After hours, we saw this heart-shaped geode at a local rock & mineral studio. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it.

Wow! A heart-shaped geode.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Two lucky readers won today’s Valentine’s Day giveaway — Janet and Angie Dyer! Congratulations, ladies! Please contact me to arrange for your prize package.

I wish everyone a sweet day! XO and happy crafting!


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18 Responses to Road Trip Recap: A few favorite photos from Creativation

  1. Pamb says:

    Hi Sharon. Thanks for sharing pics of creativation. I have heard of CHA, but not creativation. Can anyone attend the event?

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Pam, CHA changed the name from the CHA Show to Creativation, so it’s one and the same. And in fact, CHA also changed the name of the organization to the Association For Creative Industries, or AFCI. The show is not open to the public, and it’s limited to “the trade”, which includes manufacturers, buyers, content creators (formerly editors/bloggers), and designers. They don’t sell products there, so you can see the products, but you can’t buy anything. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  2. Angie Dyer says:

    What a super convention and showcase! That had to have been so very fun. Every turn of your head saw something new and exciting to try. Congrats to Janet for winning! Thank you very much, Sharon! You have the very best contests! Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Angie, and I hope you had a sweet, chocolate-filled day! I wish everyone could attend the show — I know you’d have a blast! Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. Great photos! I love reading other people’s Creativation wrap-ups because I always see things I somehow missed. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Cindy. I was so happy to meet you at the show. As I was working on this post, I realized there was one glaring omission — I didn’t get photos of the people I met at Creativation. 😦 There’s always next year! I hope it was a good show for you, too! Sharon

  4. Debbie Kaste says:

    Congrats to the winners! Thank you Sharon for sharing your experience at Creativation. It is on my bucket-list to someday attend. Looks like sooooo much fun! Happy Valentines Day to you and yours:)

  5. Anne Haun says:

    Wow what a fun trip!!

  6. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I literally just read the word (for the first time) Creativation in the Craft Industry Alliance newsletter and then found your post in my feed. Thanks for filling me in!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for stopping in! I read the Craft Industry Alliance newsletter, too, and I just love it! It’s always packed with great info, and I usually read most of the articles. I know there are lots of other recaps out there — google it and you’ll see lots more! Craft on! Sharon

  7. Katiria says:

    Wow, splatter paint-what fun!! Everything looked so cool. I once made a bouquet of paper flowers for my niece’s first ballet recital but that bouquet you showed is waaay better. Thanks for giving us a peak into the Creativation trade show, Sharon.
    Congrats Janet and Angie Dyer! 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 I know — wish I’d had the time to splatter paint. I bet your bouquet was beautiful and your niece loved it, and that’s what matters. We can’t compare our efforts to these “pros”, you know. Happy crafting, and thanks for stopping in.

  8. LisaM6 says:

    Wow some great scenery and wish I was there to see both. Lots of great products to look forward to seeing.

    • Sharon says:

      There were pretty views, and some not so nice rain, fog, etc. But it definitely helps break up winter at home! And of course, there are those views inside, on the trade show floor, too . . . Happy crafting! Sharon

  9. Congratulations Janet and Angie!! Enjoy your sweet treats!
    What an awesome place to go! I would love ot attend Creativation one day! It is at the top of my bucket list! I know it will never happen but a girl can dream can’t she? LOVE the photos of the landscape and there were so many awesome new goodies released at the show! My poor budget is crying! LOL TFS and Happy Valentine’s Day from Jenna and I! ❤

    • Sharon says:

      I would love it if you could attend Creativation! They don’t sell products — just showcase them, so you’re budget would be safe, lol! Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Sharon

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