Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

Happy FriYAY!

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Piles of prize ribbons and a bathtub full of beach balls. Sometimes my days highlighted with such random cuteness.
Prize ribbon die is included in the bow die set so you get two in one!! It’s my favorite new product. There’s also a HOORAY banner that layers on the prize ribbons.

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Loving all the new colors that Tim Holtz has come out with so I had to add them to my rainbow forest of bottle brush trees. 

Dear Lizzy + & Apparel

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Today I am thrilled to share a fun little project I’ve been working on with & Apparel. Together we curated a darling line of summer staples to add to your wardrobe. In the warmer months I live in skirts and shorts so you will find some playful patterns and everyday pieces as well as the comfiest shorts I will be living in everyday. There’s also comfy tees, some other flirty skirts and darling accessories. I know that I’m no fashion blogger but I like getting dressed in the morning and I love shopping even more.
We used some inspiration from the latest Dear Lizzy collection as a jumpstart for the styles. So you’ll find a cute flamingo bag/clutch and also a pineapple bag. There’s a pair of cute+chic rose gold sandals that you need for summer.

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dear lizzy & Apparel

dear lizzy & Apparel

dear lizzy & Apparel

dear lizzy & Apparel

dear lizzy & Apparel

dear lizzy + & apparelLove this bottom skirt because that guava pink is such a great color right now.  See the entire collection here! Thanks so much for joining me on all sorts of creative and life adventures on this blog. Sending cyber hugs, Lizzy

 

DIY: Bow Bath Bombs

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know we love bath time around here. We have #balloons+bath time and recently flowers+bath time. I decided we needed some bath bombs. If you haven’t heard of them– they fizz in the water which is fun and the kids love it. It also softens the water to make your skin feel so nice after.
Well, my first attempt at making my own bath bombs was a literal BOMB. It must’ve been because I didn’t have a good mold and was using easter eggs shells to make easter egg bath bombs. Sounds fun, right? Nope, Pinterest-fails are so frustrating. The mixture was enlarging out of the egg shells and wouldn’t just say together. I think it’s because I added more water too because I thought it was dry when it wasn’t. If I did it again I would snag one of these bath bomb molds first.

My second attempt I used this recipe on A Beautiful Mess and these bow treat molds and I left them in it over night so they really took shape. Instead of falling apart when I tried to take them out. I was happy with the end result this time and they smell like lavender just sitting there in a jar in the bathroom.

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Homemade Bath Bombs: More info at A Beautiful Mess
4 oz. baking soda

2 oz. corn starch
2 oz. citric acid
2 oz. Epsom salt
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon essential oil
1 1/4 teaspoon oil (I like coconut or olive oil here)
1-2 drops food coloring (optional)

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After that I packaged them up all pretty for Mother’s Day gifts.
Using my Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Project Life cards and other goodies. Including Maggie Holmes tassels and my new mini Honeycomb balls. Like I have said before, you always need some glassine bags on hand for packaging.

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Happy Day Envelope Album

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Today I have a simple and fun mini album I put together of some recent pics during spring break. The fun part is that the base of the album is made from envelopes from my Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy collection. In each envelope I included pics, notes, tickets, memorabilia from our staycation. You know I love the experience of looking through mini albums. Seeing if you can find hidden treasure, secret notes and details.
We couldn’t go anywhere far from home during spring break because Avery had practices for a play she will perform at the end of the month. Believe me, I am counting down to our annual-much-needed-beach-vacation in a couple weeks. We did adventure out to the zoo, built forts and had fun with the big girls home all day so I included fave memories and snaps from that.

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The cover and back cover are a Dear Lizzy banner transparency. Then a piece of my gold number vellum and the “Happy Day” is cut from a card from my envelope set. Through out the album I use Dear Lizzy gold rimmed tags, gold foil number stickers, paper and my number paper clips.
Love these tassels from Maggie Holmes and the days of the week tape from A Beautiful Mess Messy Box.

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dear lizzy mini album

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I only glued half of the gold rimmed tag so I can still open the envelope easily.

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dear lizzy mini album

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Easter ears and building forts

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An old pic of me and Collin that I had on my phone.

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dear lizzy mini album

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To print the pictures for this project I used the CANON Selphy Printer 910.
First I collaged my photos using the PicFrame app to a 2:3 ratio. Then I grouped them again in the 3:2 ratio making it easy to print all four pictures on 4″x6″ photo paper. Lasty, I cut them in half. I am obsessed with this printer since I can print everything right from my phone. I noticed there’s a pink one now??!!! Neeeeeed.
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DIY: Abstract Art Quote

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In partnership with Glade I wanted to share a DIY of how to add a feminine touch to your home decor. I’m really enjoying painting abstract canvases around my home lately. Such an easy way to freshen up the color scheme plus it is cost efficient too. Mix that with the new Peonies and Cherries scent from Glade and my home is ready for spring!
This particular quote art I made to match my daughters’ room. I already want to create another one and have them help me because it would be a fun mother/daughter craft.

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. -Roald Dahl

The quote is from the book The Minspins written by Roald Dahl. It was published a few months after he died which makes it quite intriguing to read his last incredible contribution to literature. We have a few of his books when we bought them in a set from Costco but that one wasn’t included. I will have to add it to our summer reading list.
I want my girls to not look for the beautiful things in life in the most unlikely places. To keep their eyes open for new discovery and not only look in common places.

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STEPS:
Start with a few shades of paint and a piece of chipboard. Mine is 8.5″x11″.
Cut small pieces of chipboard into various widths about 1/2″-2.5″ and use those as a paint brush to paint onto the chipboard. Cover the board in random steaks of color. You could use foam brushes as well.
Next, let dry.
Once dry, add white and layer over some of the colors. Love when the bottom layer color is peeking through. Go over any colors that may not look right too.
Then, diecut a quote with gold foil paper with Cricut or Silhouette.
Adhere to paint with Modge Podge or I used a glue stick then set a piece of plastic (like saran wrap) and a heavy book on top until dry.
That’s it! Frame it or leave on chipboard and display to enjoy!
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diy abstract art

diy abstract art

diy abstract art

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Wanna Ride

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Last week I partnered with a couple favorite brands for a giveaway on Instagram. (It’s still going right now if you want to enter!) The first is a $100 gift card from & Apparel which is a darling online shop and everything is under 50 bucks. Cutest skirts and shoes that you can mix it up with a playful graphic tee. The other giveaway is for a pair of shoes from Yosi Samra. I am wearing some leather flats that are so comfortable and modern-chic. Love the quality!

Lola came with me to take some pics. If you remember years ago when I had Quincey ride in a bike basket when I released my first line of products… Crazy how long ago that was. Years later and it’s Lo’s turn. I was pedaling at .00001 mph but she still loved it.

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PHOTOS: BECKY KIMBALL PHOTOGRAPHY

How To: Baby Silhouette with Ann-Marie

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I’m pretty sure there’s nothing cuter than the profile of a baby’s face. I mean, what’s not to love about chubby cheeks and button noses? To document my daughter at this stage in her life, I decided to create a my own silhouette of her profile to hang on her wall. Here’s how I did it:
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In order to get a good shot of my six month old’s profile, I put her in a high chair against a plain wall with plenty of light and distracted her with some toys.
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Using the camera on my iPhone, I snapped as many shots as I could get.
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Once I had a photo I really liked, I opened it in the VSCO Camera app on my phone and converted it to black and white image to increase the contrast.
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From there, I took a scratch sheet of notebook paper (the more transparent, the better!) and used my phone as a light box to draw out my daughter’s profile. This was the fastest method, but I could have printed the photo out and traced it that way too).
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After I had her profile drawn, I trimmed it out and then used the shape as a stencil to trace onto patterned paper.
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Next, I took some of my favorite supplies from the Daydreamer collection and created a simple cluster in the bottom right hand corner of a 12 x 12″ sheet of patterned paper.
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Finally, I hung the print on the wall and now admire it every time I walk by.

PROJECT + PHOTOS: ANN MARIE LOVES

DIY: Bow Cone Wraps

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Today we made Strawberry and Banana Nice Cream with a recipe from my cute friend at CocoCoconuts. It’s called Nice Cream because sometimes Ice Cream can be really quite mean… to my butt. Haha bad joke. But I am going strong 8 days without eating any treats. I started March 30th and am on a rolllllll. If you know me you probably wouldn’t believe that no candy has touched these lips. Especailly during one of the best candy holidays of the year!!! No Peeps, Reeces eggs, chocolate bunnies, nothing. I literally held a bag of Mini Cadbury eggs and didn’t even sneak one. (I had already ate a whole entire bag the week before, but that’s beside the point! ;) Actually that’s why I decided to do this no sugar challenge. I know there’s some sugar in the plain greek yogurt I eat and also 1 gram in my protein drink but I am letting those slide. I am mostly trying to cut out the really bad sugar I consume on the daily. Like a bag of sour patch watermelons constantly in my purse etc etc. I feel so good too. Treats don’t even sound good now… and I pictured myself curled in the fetal position dreaming of donuts. Ah man, donuts are my weakness.
To go along with our Nice Cream we needed some pretty bow cone wrappers. Using my new Bow Die Cut and papers from the newest Dear Lizzy collection that should be available very soon.  The bottom left paper on the cone is from the A Beautiful Mess (Messy Box) this month. Matches perfectly with Dear Lizzy stuff.

Bow Cone Wraps

how to
I bought Ice Cream waffle cones that came with a paper wrapper on each one that I used for a template.
Next, I cut a bunch of different patterns. Then made coordinating bows and last, hot glued it all together. Nothing else was sticking very well for me.

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Make some bow cone wrappers and Nice Cream and you are ready to party in style.

Video of Fine & Dandy Collection

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Last week I filmed a video to share each product from the Fine & Dandy collection (you may view it below). Sure it’s the longest video I’ve ever posted and if you make it through the entire thing I will send you a virtual high five, fist bump and all-around good vibes. But check it out!! Because it’s fun to share each product on its own and get to see a closer look and all the products as a whole.

Below are the cards I talk about in the video but you can’t see.
The first card is using the Bow & Prize ribbon die set. One die set and you can make the prize ribbon or bow. How fun is that?
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The middle cards are used with the cupcake liners and other products from the collection.

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Happy Easter!

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How long are we supposed to do something before I can call it a tradition? I always jump the gun and call things a tradition when an idea of a new family activity pops into my head for my favorite holiday. (If you haven’t noticed I say every holiday is my favorite.) But for real. I love traditions. And kids love any excuse for parents to give them presents. Oh sure, here are some plastic eggs full of candy… and a basket full of presents from the Easter Bunny. Who thinks of this? I swear it is 5 year old kids somewhere coming up with all the commercial holiday rules.
Anyways, last year I taught a class with a local florist, Bleu Wednesday, and a fun group of ladies on how to make floral crowns. Everyone left with a gorgeous crown of their own! Coincidentally, the next day was Easter so it was great timing to have something meaningful and handmade to wear. I ended up with some of the leftover flowers and made crowns for my daughters the next day. This year I walked around my yard and cut some flowers and snagged a few stems from my Easter bouquet to make them again so I think it is safe to say that it is officially a tradition.

As I have put them together each Easter morning my mind couldn’t help but ponder the crown Christ wore for each of us. How He suffered and won the victory over death and that He lives. At times I can feel that eternal, never-failing, perfect love in my heart when I look at my children’s faces. Quick moments I probably often miss when I think I have something more important to do or clean or distracting me. I hope and strive to live in such a way that my daughters will never doubt that they are loved beyond measure and that they are children of God.

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I love photographing my kids but it’s tricky to get them to want to.  A tip I wanted to share is to have them choose their reward so they are a bit more cooperative and I literally only have a few minutes to get as many snaps as I can before they run off. Then, remember, you have to live up to your end of the bargain. Happy Easter!