Saturday, January 18, 2014

#CHAshow Behind The Scenes @iLoveToCreate !!

All of our iLoveToCreate team had a great time at the 2014 Craft and Hobby Tradeshow!  Our booth this year was loaded with artful inspiration and we had a blast sharing the work of our talented team with attendees.  A lot was going on in our booth...from me decoupaging a mannequin with recycled magazines, to enthusiastic tie dye action from our favorite reality TV star Rupert Boneham.  Let me take you on a mini tour of all the activity!

There was a Today Show segment filmed in our booth featuring Rupert and Joelle Garguilo.  Rupert shared how to make a spiral t-shirt using our Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye. Of course, he brought his awesome charisma and charm to the process.  It was great!
You'll be able to see the segment next Saturday online....I'll let you know the link when it goes live.
Our friend Lil' Spazz Mac and Rupert became instant friends. Actually, everyone at the show became instant friends with Rupert.  He is such a nice guy.  I heard ladies start squealing when they saw him and then run to get an autograph and tie dye with him!
Here's our Scribbles 3D Paint display.  We painted 60+ beach balls in various sizes for this colorful and eye-catching display!  Also, our bike, decked out in Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye was a BIG hit with show goers!  I heard that a team of scrapbookers are planning to send out blank beach balls with invitations to their next event with a bottle of Scribbles paint.  Then they are each going to paint their beach ball and bring to the event to build an artful installation together for a big photo op.  Isn't that a GREAT IDEA?
 Here's a closer detail of some of our crazy Scribbles beach balls!
We had a lot of fun with this project! 
 Our talented in-house artist Suzie Shinseki painted these eyes on a canvas using Tulip Soft Paints and accessorized using Tulip 3D Paints.  The eyes definitely DID have it!
We showcased several people in our booth and how "Creativity Changes Everything" for them. One of our featured designers was the mega-talented Mark Montano.  Mark shared his creative story directly on his dip-dyed dress. He actually wrote it all out with Tulip Dimensional paint.  I just love it, and the black and white striped hem.  Absolutely beautiful!
Cosplayer Mel Hoppe's costumes were on display in one of our creative vignettes. She shared her passion for Cosplay and creativity in her video! See more of her work at

 We had these awesome coffee coozies printed with our tradeshow theme logo on it.  A lot of folks were really excited about this one, since it was a chance to chill a bit and just color like a kid using the Tulip Fabric Markers!
 Here's a cool decopauge piece that I dreamed up and our whole Sales and Marketing team helped execute!  During a recent meeting, our team learned how to make the rolled magazine loops for this piece.  It's a 4 x 8 feet piece of insulation, believe it or not.  I covered it with handmade paper, and I used Aleene's Tacky Glue and the new spray Tacky to build the entire thing. 
 Artist Celery Jones designed and painted this bold-patterned mannequin, on display to show off our new collection of  Body Art paints, glitters, and hair chalks!  So many folks got a fun hand-drawn tattoo or swipe of hair chalk in their 'do while at the show! 
This lantern in our booth was made using Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye, Aleene's Tacky Glue, and white tissue paper spread out on clear plastic wrap.  One of our talented designers, Lauri Eaton discovered this new technique jus a few weeks ago, and we have only begun to dream up things we can do with it.  It is not as complicated as it looks. We promise to share a video really soon on how to make this cool craftable texture.
Here's a cool detail of a yoga ball covered in Aleene's Tacky Glue bottles in our booth!  I had the idea and crossed my fingers it would work.  I really do love how it turned out.  Who knew hundreds of glue bottles could make fine art?
Here's a really cool creation from our friend Crafty Chica!  She made this funky and functional table to display her Crafty Chica product line out!  It was so cool!
And finally, some of our iLoveToCreate bloggers were on hand in the Cre8time booth to demo fun t-shirt crafts. They made so many clever t-shirt creations over the course of 3 days. These gals (Jaderbomb, Cathy Attix, Megan Nicolay, Jennifer Perkins, and Avalon & Margot Potter) truly rocked it and we appreciate all their hard work!

Which inspiration is your favorite?  We can't wait to do all this again next year!

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