Monday, February 13, 2017

Top Trends in Craft - Creativation 2017

Hello Girls,

       I am sure you are looking forward to this post!! Much awaited and this will be interesting for you!.  You know, it feels so exciting to see all the new stuff that is coming into the market ... And that too before the whole world knows it!!. I consider myself lucky, to be one of the few who attend CHA.

Disclaimer: These are my personal opinion from what watched and observed. If you have any difference of opinion, please feel free to leave a comment.

Distress Oxides

           Tim claims it is one of the best innovative products of his, so far.. He was so thrilled to introduce this to us!! And I was in awe with the effects it was creating!! I feel there is a whole new set of techniques, one can do with them! This is sure hit , like the distress inks!

Animated Stamps from Uchi Designs

      This was the talk of the town! On the queue, in the lift, I could hear people talking.. Did you see the stamps?! This is something new and interesting!!...etc These set of stamps are going to be so popular this year, because it some new idea, implemented as stamps!! I loved it!!

Take a look at the video here!


       Walking around the CHA floor, anybody who is not related to crafts can say "PLANNERS EVERY WHERE". Planners are a HOT HOT trend now!! Almost 70% of the Paper craft booth, had some planner stuff or the other.. have a look!! Planners are going to be a LOUD and BIG TREND

         Me and My Big Ideas, Heidi Swapp, Websters Pages ,Simple Stories, BoBunny had some amazing planner stuff!! Planner addicts, it is going to be a treat for you!! If you are still not into planners,  the stuff is so tempting, you will sure start working on planners!! There are some planner kits too.. So these will not create a big hole in ur pocket! lol..

The clips, bows, pom pom hangers, tassels, trinkets, chain and what not?!! The industry looked like it was flooded with cute planner stuff!!

Below images from Carpe Diem , MAMBI, Heidi Swapp, Color Crush


Even Prima has planner release this year.. Their planners were girly and feminine!


Dyan Reavley's Art Journal on Planner at Ranger Booth

Even Micheals had a whole aisle dedicated to planners and other sections had planner stuff as well!! They had good collection too!!

                                                            Pics collaged from Micheals store

We R Memory Keepers had a Punch boards for planners. Tab Punch board and Planner Punch Board

Adult Coloring

     It hit the market 2 years back. There was only the coloring books in the past.. This time i was able to spot around 10 booths that had Adult coloring stuff like T shirts, Canvas,  Frames , Banners, Kits etc.. I could spot more of them in Micheals too.          

                                                       Coloring kits from Micheals

      Since Adult Coloring is so popular, now the markers and color pencils have to have their share :)
I saw Pebeo acrylic and alcohol markers in New product showcase.
Chameloen has come up with 2 tone color pencils

Interactive , 3D Card Dies

            All kinds, Pop up, Slider, Interactive card dies were seen at different booths. Looks like the trend is moving from shaker cards to 3D cards made with lots of layering created with dies.

Below images from Lawn Fawn and Tattered Lace

Another interesting spot was the Sizzix impresslits - Embossing folder die combo . Does both the job, with just one run through the machine! Here are some samples

Cats and Cactus!

        How funny!!! Or, I thought so! I was able to spot Cat stamps in booths like Ranger, Stampendous, Waffle Flower , Lawn Fawn..etc  and the Cactus stamps and die from Spellbinders, Sizzix , Waffle flower and more..

Other Trending Stamp Designs

  •  Waffle flowers CROSS STITCH line of stamps, Marble effect were popular too. 
  •   OTTERS have picked up new popularity.(MFT,Sizzix)     
  •   Layered KOI , PEACOCK , Ice cream were eye catching (Hero Arts), 
  •   Emojis , Tropical motifs, Palm Trees are other favorites!
  •   Trends from last year like Unicorn, Mermaid, Feathers , Arrows , Flamingoes, Popsicle were seen in some booths this year too!


Art Journaling

       Dina's Media Journal is a HOT new product and many other companies like Stampendous had new line of Art Journaling stamps. Trust me , I was not a big fan of Art journaling. But after seeing these products, I think I am starting to like them :). Impressable Gel Plates will be a great addition to Art Journalers!


   Last Year Trends like Foils, Sequins continue this year too. Gina K Thermo Web had some gorgeous Gold sequin foils.Rebecca Meier booth had foils for mixed media too!!

Fairies and Fairy Garden

       Though this trend started last year, this year it was in seen the more companies like Darice, Stampendous , Elizabeth Crafts, Echo Park , Plaid..etc.. Also Micheals has a separate section for Fairy Garden supplies!!

                                                                                         Micheals Fairy Garden Supplies

 ImpressArt and Sizzix Jewelry 

          Metal Stamping is taken to a whole new level by Impress Art. They sure impressed me with their stamps!

         Ellison has now come up with a new line for jeweley and they have a pretty collection of dies . Elizabeth Crafts has too!! So jewellery makers, now no more cribbing!! You get die cutting supplies for jewelry too!!  Paisley Bezel  stole the hearts of many!

Pantone Color - Greenery

          Every year , Pantone colors are chosen by the experts and this year's color is a beautiful green - GREENERY!!

You can read more about the colors here -

Did you like the new trends?
Which of the new trends, you are more likely to pursue?
Would love to hear your views!! Let me know in comments.

Hope u liked the post!!

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Awesome post :) thanks for sharing this info. Would love to delve more into art journalling and try out the distress oxides too

  2. Wow Priya!
    This is a brilliant post and Hats off to all your efforts and showed us such amazing videos during Creativation 2017 with such latest trends!

  3. Thanks so much Priya for sharing information about the latest trends! Would love to explore the distress oxides and 3D card dies

  4. Even I have been noticing some of these trends globally - planners, cats, coloring books and die cut/stamp jewelry. It started almost 2 years back and these trends are still going strong

  5. Thanks Priya! It's an exciting community to be part of!

  6. Wow Priya!!!! Great post, loved ur insight n dedication to bring it all to us...definitely gonna dwell into metal stamping... N Distress Oxides looks tempting too 😉

  7. Thanks Priya! So many wonderful products this year... love the Hero arts layering stamps and animated stamps! Can't wait to try them out...

  8. Very informative post, Priya, Thanks for sharing!
    Looking forward seeing all these products at your store this year ;)

  9. Very informative post Priya mam. It's really very nice of u to share latest trends with all of us


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