Friday, January 24, 2020

The Great Key / Murder Debacle of Creativation 2020

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So I'm back from Creativation with all kinds of ideas, and more than a few stories for you. Stay tuned after the card for those.

But today is my third guest post for Concord & 9th this month. I love them. Their booth at Creativation was a thing of beauty and represented their new ink and cardstock line - YAY!! It's gorgeous, and the ink names are so cute. 

The Tagalongs stamp set and the Tall Type Tagalongs Dies were part of the new release, and even though there are season-appropriate dies in there - it's an all year set - I decided to showcase one of the dies that's fall themed. The dies are all double-cut, so they are PERRRRRRFECT for shaker cards, and the pumpkin was so cute I couldn't move past it! I cut it twice - once into my white card panel, and once out of orange cardstock to inlay. I used these awesome, skinny shaker strips to create the shaker section and to edge the white card panel. I filled the pumpkin with Ombre Sunshine sequins and added them to the card front as well. The sentiment is from the supremely adorable matching stamp set, and the banner is too, stamped in Wild Dandelion to match. 

All of these dies make the cutest shakers, and what's nice is they are small, so you don't have to use up all your sequins on one card! Winning! Now I have a 2020 fall card ready to go. 

Tall Type Tagalong Dies - Concord & 9th
[ C&9 ]
Tiny Tagalongs
[ C&9 ] Bulk Buy: Darice DIY...
CH304 Ombré Sunshine Sequins - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
[ SSS | ELH ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Wild...
[ GNK | ELH | SSS ] Vogmask Cat VMCV Large:...
[ AMZUS ] Vogmask
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]

Ready for storytime from Creativation? 

First, everyone there got the flu pretty much. One friend didn't even make it to day one, poor thing. Two trips to the urgent care later she got a positive test. Boo. And of course, she had had the flu shot, as had several others who now have the flu. It's a lottery.

Except me. And I 100% credit this to my now two year old habit of wearing masks on planes. I started with the scarf / hood thing my friend Mel got me, three or so years ago. I would just hold it over my face on the plane. Prior to this I got sick literally EVERY time I flew. Then, I went with the masks you can get at hospitals and doctors office - just the blue and white paper masks. 

The side bonus of these was that people didn't know if I was contagious or if I was keeping their gross germs off me, so if there was only one seat empty on the plane, it virtually guaranteed that it would be next to me. 

But those didn't fit great and it seemed sort of wasteful, so after seeing a story about Naomi Campbell's flight routine, which is EXACTLY mine - she dons gloves, wipes down the seats, tray, seatbelt and armrests (she then puts a blanket over it - gold star) and puts on a mask. She is my spirit animal - she says "I do not care what people think of me - it's my health." I would add that it's my health and the health of my loved ones and people I come in contact with. I think it's extremely irresponsible to travel while ill, but I'm in the minority. My flight home sounded like a TB ward. I read up on reusable masks but never really found one I liked, until I read a post in a food allergy group about this amazing mask. An airborne peanut allergy sufferer had posted about them, and I was intrigued. On their website it says "Highly efficient filtering masks help protect the mask wearer from particles .254 microns and smaller." 

Nice. I don't want anyone else's microns up my noseholes, KWIM? So I bought two of them. The bonus is that they are in ADORABLE patterns! You measure a few things before picking your size. 

I put the mask on when we line up to board, and I don't take it off until I'm in my destination airport. Never a cold. It works, y'all. And look - kitties! The one I wore to Phoenix was the geometric pattern, shown on the header of their shop here, but it appears to be sold out now. I also bought this kitty one. :)

So anyway - I don't care if strangers on a plane think I'm weird - I don't have the flu. And that's after being in a room with thousands of people (many of whom had the flu) for a week - the difference is - no small quantity of recirculated, flu-ridden air and tons of uncleaned non-porous virus-filled surfaces. Your chances at a trade show are much lower than on an airplane of contracting an airborne illness. 

Second - I have a bone to pick with car manufacturers who thought those "keyless" (insert dramatic air quotes here with an eyeroll here) push button start cars were a good idea. First of all, I'm still lugging around a ginormous remote - so what the fluffy is the point? Do they think I get THAT excited pushing a button? I do not. And, since it means you have no idea where the damned thing is because it doesn't start the car, the following true story happens. 

On the last day of the show, I had to valet my car after visiting Waffle Flower in Mesa. PS I love Nina - such an amazing person. I got to have breakfast with her and her husband and I wish I could have stayed all day - they are both just a joy to be around. But I needed to valet my rental car with the stupid keyless key afterwards so I could get a dolly out of the back and head back to the show. So I get out, and get my ticket and start walking towards the convention center across the street. At which point, the valet starts chasing me, in my car, because I still had the keyless key clipped onto my belt loop! He was so close to the car shutting down from being too far from the key. Insanity.

Not key related, another fun car adventure happened when I UN-valeted it to go to the airport. Because I'd paired my phone to it for Google Maps, when the valet pulled up, my MURDER PODCAST WAS BLARING. I'm sure he was glad to see me go!

There were all kinds of fun things at the show that you can see in my public Facebook album here, along with the real attraction - the people!

And a huge congratulations to the human version of a glass of champagne - Heidi Crowl, the owner of Simon Says Stamp, who won the AFCI Online Retailer of the Year award. An amazing human, a pillar of our industry, and a bubbly and sweet, kind, generous person with the hugest heart. She makes our crafty world better every day. Send her a note through the website or a card - she's a self-made woman who has my complete admiration.



  1. Love the card, thank you for the stories! Lol!

  2. I love reading your blog Lydia. You brighten my day every time. Lol,I've walked away from the valet with my fob too. Once neither of us noticed it. He parked, it self locked. And then he couldn't find the key to go get it later. I finally realized I never gave it to him.

    And thanks for the heads up on the masks. A friend and I were literally searching for one for her online last night!

  3. So glad you didn’t get the flu! Creativation looked amazing. Love your mask... if I have to fly, I’m getting one!

  4. Too bad those masks don't come with replaceable cartridges. That is an adorable card!

  5. Thanks to you, I’ll be boarding a plane soon out of this icebox to a warm place and donning my new RZMask. Only thing troubling is it’s very plain with no kitties or puppies. And, i have packed a snack, if after 5 hours I’m starving. No airplane cheese for us! Thank you for your contribution towards flu-less flying 😆

  6. So surprised to see a shaker card and I love the entertaining stories!! That mask looks great, did you wear it inside Creativation? I did not get the flu shot...too late now?!?!

  7. Oh, Lydia, I'm cracking up here reading this. You should be writing books! Love the whole airplane/nose hole/mask thing!

  8. You are my kind of person- to creative and kind. I totally love the mask on the plane- Glad you didn't get sick! Worth every penny for that mask it sounds like! (you would spend way more on meds to feel better.) Thanks for the smile!

  9. Lydia, zeroing in on one of your affiliate links: do you often use the magnifying lamp? I have a couple of eye problems, and a pamphlet from the retina specialists’ office stated that more light and magnification may help with reading or other tasks. I would not need it generally for reading since I read e-books, and text is illuminated and can be enlarged. But I’ve been fighting a bit with certain aspects of card making. Of course you wouldn’t list what you don’t like, but can you shed a bit more light (ha) on the lamp or how you ended up with that one? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hey Beth - yes, I use it daily - not just for cardmaking. I'm in that weird space of being both nearsighted and far sighted. So I'm blind overall, but I can no longer see tiny details on cards with or without all my pairs of glasses - I needed larger magnification. So when I'm coloring the edge of a die cut image, let's say - so there are no white spots - I do it through the magnifying lamp. I found this one because I LOATHE clip on lamps - and this one has a nice heavy base, no clamp and not a floor lamp, a small footprint, and you can barely touch it to change its position/angle. It's really well made. There's a cover over the magnifying portion so it doesn't get dusty or dirty. It's also great for getting out splinters LOL or putting screws back in eyeglasses.

    2. Thank you so much. Besides nearsightedness and astigmatism, I have two eye conditions that make wavy lines and un-crisp vision, but I try to remember to remind myself it could be much worse, right? I'll likely be buying the lamp so again thank you for doing the research so I won't have to.

    3. Got it! Free shipping and a 10% discount didn't hurt.

  10. Getting the mask even though I try not to fly anywhere. Hate planes; hate breathing in sick air. But it will be handy elsewhere. I stopped getting sick - well, mostly, don’t want to tempt fate - when I taught myself to not touch my face, and to become a Purell-using, hand-washing obsessed human. And btw, all those people who say they have the flu? Most of them have rotten colds, not the flu, or they wouldn’t be walking around. Not that colds are fun - they can cause secondary bacterial infections, bronchitis, cough-variant asthma, All the Things. (Ask me how I know.) But most sneezing/coughing isn’t the flu aka influenza.


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