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.
There were lots of cool cacti, of course.
The coolest cactus was on Creativation show floor. The ginormous cactus in the FloraCraft booth greeted visitors near the entrance to the exhibit hall.
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.
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.
No surprise that paper succulents were on display, too, right?
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!
Creativation had an area devoted to edible crafts. These sweet treats are almost too pretty to eat!
Fairy gardens and fairy themes are always popular.
Vintage style is still strong. This display wall packs a vintage wallop, from tin and distressed wood to chippy paint.
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.
Pinspiration, DecoArt and 3M combined forces to sponsor the paint booth where you could splatter paint your own wall art.
Eileen Hull and her traveling studio, Scotty, the vintage camper, made the trip to Phoenix.
To wrap up my recap with a smile 🙂 there were emojis on display everywhere!
After hours, we saw this heart-shaped geode at a local rock & mineral studio. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it.
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!