Inspiration in Phoenix at Creativation!

What a whirlwind several days were had here in Phoenix, Arizona at the Creativation convention. This is a trade show for shop owners and designers to see (and order!) all of the new, upcoming product being released this spring from our favorite vendors and manufacturers.

Wandering the massive convention hall was like a veritable Disneyland of crafting eye candy, with many craft industries being represented. (Scrapbooking, knitting/quilting, stitching, jewelry making, card making, and SO much more.)  It was ALL inspiration for the creative soul.

I discovered some new-to-me paper crafting companies, like 49th and Market, whose gorgeous papers you will see in upcoming projects. I also purchased new upcoming collections from vendors like Simple Stories and (YAY!) Stamperia! That is part of their eye candy booth above..and a few more of their new Alice collection below. (DROOL!!)

You’ll see brand new foundations from some of our favorites, like Graphic 45 and Carpe Diem. (Below.)


SO much fun!!


Lots of inspiration from the Graphic 45 booth!

It was fun meeting Graphic 45 owner and designer Diane Schultz and the rest of the G45 fam.

Lots of fabulous booths, like this inspiration wall from Jillbean Soup.

But my favorite booth of all was Sizzix. They had me at the flower box window! 

I loved their cute house set up.

Inviting, with so many little creative touches, everywhere you looked.

And check out this fabulous potting shed style set up they had to display all of their Tim Holtz products.

Everywhere you looked in that potting shed was more eye candy! 

I could have moved right in! 

Amazing, right? 

SO much to inspire…

Speaking of Tim, he manned his own trade show booth and was as adorable as ever.  

You could spend all day in his attic stash of a booth and still find new things…

I will have boxes (and crates and cartons) showing up on my doorstep for months. I can’t wait to dive in!

I am packed up this morning and heading back to the mountains of Sedona, where I get to be a writer for the next few days of peace and quiet, before heading back east to my home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. (For more Sedona eye candy, you can check out my “author me” website for more of my adventures there. I’m also on FB and Instagram (@donnakauffman) where I share both writing and crafting fun.

Stay tuned this week as the Drop Ins 3 tutorial will FINALLY make its way to my Etsy shop! Follow this blog or my YouTube channel to get an email when it goes live. Thanks for your patience during this travel-crazy month!

New projects also coming SOON!! (So.Many.Projects!) I am already designing with the new foundation and paper collections I’ve ordered here. I can’t WAIT to start sharing them with YOU! Thanks for coming along on this creative adventure with me. 🙂

9 thoughts on “Inspiration in Phoenix at Creativation!

  1. Very creativity love your books , just found you and i cannt wait til you come out with a kit!
    I didnt buy one file on esty The ABC and cannt wait for the stuff to come it
    Thank you thank you Thank you


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