Creativation 2017 Review with Race and Barb

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Just a week ago, Creativation 2017 was in full swing and Race (aka The Technical Department) graciously covered the event for

Race hosted the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas several years ago and his experience covering more than 350 booths filled with new products is invaluable!

Take a walk with Race as he heads toward the exhibition area.

Create and Craft UK and US were simultaneously broadcasting LIVE from Creativation 2017.

Amazingly, Bob Ross (1942-1995) is still making his presence known in the creative world!

How could you forget “happy little trees” and “beating the devil out of the brush”? It’s incredible to think that 22 years after his passing, Bob is still inspiring creativity!


Tonic Studios had lots of new products to offer:

  • the NEW Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
  • the NEW Tim Holtz 5″ snips
  • NEW colors of Nuvo Jewel Drops
  • and LOTS of new dies, too!

Check out the beautiful tags above created by the following artists using products by

Ranger Ink and Innovative Craft Products.


Race visited with Peg at Fox Chapel Publishing about the vast array of color books for adults.

He learned from Peg that the trend in color books evolved from interest in the art of Zentangle.

Color books seem to be a continuing trend in 2017!


Seth Apter chatted with Race during one of our live broadcasts (more about that in a future post) and we learned about his new paint colors with Paper Artsy and wonderful rubber stamps with Impression Obsession.

If your creative process needs a boost, check out Seth's new releases.



You NEVER know what you'll find in a showcase of fun creative products! 

Check out the magic of 

Unicorn Spit!

How about this? The entire sign is created with Post-it Notes!!

Look who found Race?

It’s Zandra!! 

(In case you don't know Zandra, she explores and creates beautiful mixed-media pieces and scrapbooks.)

I don’t know who was more surprised – Race or Zandra!

What a fantastic show! Thanks for joining us. Leave a comment below and let us know what you liked best about Creativation 2017.

Plans are already underway for 2018!

Please join us every Friday at 2pm Eastern for another episode of Drama-free Friday.


Until next time ~

Remember to Get Creative today! It's Easy!

Barb and Race


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Barb Owen

About the Author

Barb Owen

Barb is the founder of How to Get Creative, author of "Normal Doesn't Live Here Anymore", a specialist at playing in the art studio and has an unhealthy addiction to smiles. ;-)

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