Calendar, Coordinate, Create

We're still on our organization kick - and we found a perfect use for our Paint Chip paper pad! This colorful desk calendar is fun to make and blissfully simple since paper pad has the hard part taken care of! All that is needed is some organizational stickers and we've got a personalized desk calendar. We used the Recollections Organize It calendar stickers that we found at Michaels.  

Isn't this fun? Have you seen our Paint Chip paper pad at Michaels? Make sure you check out the Organize it line too - there are so many cute things!

A Need for Neon

When a new year starts we get excited for new crafts and projects. After all the holiday hues, we're psyched for some fresh hues and textures.

So of course, we're super excited to see the new stuff on the shelves in Michaels stores. Look at what we found! (We might have gone a little crazy...)

Don't you love these bright colors? We got a little happy and did a photo collage. Because sometimes you just need a little neon. What colors are you excited for this year?


What a year! So much has changed in 2015 - we've had an amazing year of growth and excitement here at Craft Smith, and we have so many fun things lined up for 2016 already that we can barely wait. Thank you so much for coming on this ride with us - 2016 is going to be even better!

In the meantime, for our last post of the year - it's gotta be metallics again. Celebrating the New Year is the ultimate perfect opportunity to get all sparkly. Besides, you know it's really New Year's Eve when the glitter starts to come out! We think this mixed-metallic "Happy New Year" banner will be perfect over our appetizer table - or maybe above the bubbly?

I used our Craft Smith Gold Foil paper pad, and the Metallic Foil paper pad and some sheets of gold glitter cardstock.  The rosettes are foil, and I think they look so cute glued onto the triangle glitter cardstock shapes! 

Another way to sparkle things up is to make your own wine or champagne bottle labels. If you're intimidated by the idea of having to design something, don't be! The trick is to use sparkly paper, and then anything looks fun - if you've got good handwriting, that will look great too. These would be perfect for a hostess gift! 

So whether you're out on the town, hosting a party, or even just toasting in the New Year from the comfort of your couch, these crafts are a fun and festive way to usher in 2016.

Happy New Year everyone – stay safe, and we'll see you in 2016!

Source: http://www.michaels.com/craft-smith-metall...

A Gold Gift

One of our favorite color stories for Christmas is gold. Not only is it beautifully warm, shiny, and festive, (and reminiscent of wise-men) but the sheen of gold matches everything! For the busy crafter, adding a gleam of metallic makes it easy to keep things simple while still creating something suitably sparkly. It takes everything to the next level. 

Our Gold Gift paper pad is full of prints made entirely with gold and white - and combined with the gold dipped canvas tags the options for holiday craft become endless. 

Isn't it pretty? That snowflake print makes me swoon a little every time I look at it, and I think that tree print would be perfection made into a card. Maybe with little adhesive pearls or gems as ornaments? Even just left plain - it's just festive and classic. 

The Gold Gift Paper pad is available now at Michael's stores - in both 12x12 and 6x6 sizes. As you can see, it's perfect for Christmas, but quite a few prints are classic enough that they'd be beautiful any time of year. That chevron, for example, could be used on anything! If silver is more your thing, be on the lookout for our SILVER version of this paper pad - yes, you read that right! Believe me, it's gloriously shiny as well.