Friday, July 26, 2013

CHA Summer Show 2013 - Create & Connect

Greetings from the Las Vegas Hilton, home of Create & Connect!

 Like the summer show in Orlando a few years ago, this year's summer show in Las Vegas was busy and intimate.  Sadly it was also the last of the summer shows.  As an industry designer and consultant, I have been attending both summer and winter shows for the past 20+ years and will surely miss my summer trips.  On a positive note,  the winter show is only a short 5 months away!

There were some really cool products on the show floor.  We've seen some of them before, but there were also some innovative new ones:

1.  3-D Printer.  I'm sure you've heard about these in the news, well here it is, up close and personal.  Not yet available at retail, but eventually you'll be able to buy this particular model for less than $1,000.



Quick question:  What would YOU use a 3D printer for?  I'd seriously love you to comment on this.

2.  Bottle Cutter.   Bottle cutting isn't new, but I really like this one.  It's easy to use and you can also purchase wine glass stems to used in the top part of the bottle.  Personalize with original etchall® re-usable etching dip, or creme and you have a winning combination each and every time!


3.  Magic Marble.   We've seen marbling paint before, but this can be used with regular tap water.   Look what they did with these Smoothfoam™ balls.  Note:  Smooth foam has a smooth surface which can easily be marbled.

Check out this short, how to video by Lisa Fulmer.

4.  Milk Paint.  Anyone else remember this?  Well, it's baaaack......

Now here's some iCandy from the show floor:

The following pieces are framed art paper collage by DCWV:

So what will you Cre8 Time for this year?  Designers were asked to create displays around the theme "8".  Here's mine.  8 projects showcasing 8 crafting categories:  Mixed Media, Digital Wall Art, Decorative Painting, Up-cycling, Preserving Memories (Scrapbooking), Accesories, Jewelry Making and Re-cycling.

Time to go.......

Enjoy!  Y'all come back now..........

Yours truly,
Julie :)



  1. That looks like it was so much fun! Sorry I had to miss it, I'll be at the winter one for sure!

  2. What a great recap, Julie. Thanks for sharing all the photos. Looking forward to meeting you at the January show!