In August, I attended an event in Dallas,TX hosted by Michael’s. I was so honored to be a part of it along with 14 other bloggers/artists. We were invited out to get to know the Michael’s team which included Joann Pearson – Manager of Where Creativity Happens and a guest judge on the TLC showCraft Wars.
We were able to make some fun crafts with the Michael’s Creativity Team. It was a great way to relax, create and get to know one another. Then, the next day we were invited to Michael’s Leadership Conference and Holiday Showcase.
This was the first time they had allowed anyone other than Michael’s employees and their vendors into this event. Needless to say, we were pretty excited to get a sneak peek into some of the amazing products they were showcasing.
We were able to watch some demos by Tim Holtz and Duff Goldman. Meet several different vendors and get a look at their new and upcoming products. My head was spinning and there was so much to take in. But we all had a great time. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these new products coming to Michaels.
We were also treated to a surprise visit by the CEO of the Craft & Hobby Association, Andrej Suskavcevic, who shared with us an amazing campaign which will launch in January of 2013–Cre8 Time. Learn more about Cre8 Time in this video.
We were spoiled rotten by Michael’s and given a lot of fun craft and art supplies to play with. I can’t wait to get a chance to be able to dig into them. I am really grateful for the chance that I had to take this trip and meet the amazing people behind Michael’s and am excited for some fun things in the works that could affect you as well. So stay tuned!
Recognize some of the people that attended with me? Here is a list of the other amazing ladies I was able to spend some time with!
Lorie Albright – Be Different Act Normal
Nicole Balch – Making it Lovely
Kathleen Barbro – Art Projects for Kids
Amanda Beyeler – Sugar Bee Crafts
Rayma Brady – The CSI Project
Laura Bucci – Laura Bucci
Beckie Farrant – Infarrantly Creative
Amanda Formaro – Crafts By Amanda
Heidi Gustad – Craft Gossip
Lisa Hauptman – Amy Atlas
Amy Huntley – The Idea Room
Marie LeBaron – Makes and Takes
Amy Locurto – Living Locurto
Lori Tecler – Inking Aloud
Courtney Whitmore – Pizzazzerie