Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

I Love Your Face

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Quick photos before school with this little dolly. Her Kindergarten teacher said she wishes she had 10 more Lola’s in her class because she’s so adorable. haha I know the feeling! I want ten more Lolas too.
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When the self-timer goes off before we get our crap together.

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Hiding behind readers because I don’t want to get ready. Same bun as yesterday too.
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To The Stars and Back

Hi everyone, Emma here to share a page I created using the gorgeous new collection, Lovely Day!  I can honestly say I am in love with it all!  I’m usually all about the embellishments but the papers!!  The papers are seriously gorgeous!  And that’s just the double-sided papers…then there are the embossed papers in the paper pack!!!!!!!  I could go on and on 😉

For my first page I decided to crank out the Cameo (I have a bad habit of not using the machine for months…) and cut an old Dear Lizzy file (from Lucky Charm!) which I picked up from the Silhouette Store a while back.DL_Feb17_love-you_S6A

Here is a closer look at the page I created:DL_Feb17_love-you_10A

I picked one of my favourite embossed papers from the 12×12 paper pad, it’s the most gorgeous colour and has the teeny tiny little crosses embossed all over.  I made the width slightly less than my overall (I scrap 6×8) and backed the page up with plain white cardstock that also acts as a border on the sides.DL_Feb17_love-you_8

I included machine stitching on both sides of the paper, not only to fix the page in place, but because I love the texture it adds to the page without being too distracting.DL_Feb17_love-you_7A

For my embellishing (which will always be my favourite part of the creating process) I wanted to keep it pretty simple and went with a couple clusters, one at the top of my page and the other just above my photo.DL_Feb17_love-you_2

The cluster at the top of my page started with the flower layered sticker.  Let’s just take a moment to reflect just how cute all those layered stickers are….  Seriously though, they really are.  It fit perfectly at the end of the “YOU” on my page but it didn’t fill quite enough space and I wanted that top section to pop a bit more so I grabbed the flower chipboard from the Phrase stickers and gradually worked in all the others.  The buttons are adorable (and I love that they have a foam dot on the back already making them super easy to apply on the page).DL_Feb17_love-you_3A

I’m a sucker for sticker word phrases and the sticker sheet has quite a few to pick from (at the perfect size too for my smaller pages, bonus!).  For the bottom of my page I didn’t want it to be too busy so I went with the layered sticker fox.  Why? Because it’s a fox and it’s CUTE.  Sometimes the reasons for me picking things that go on a page are as simple as being cute.  Yep; I’m like that. Ha!DL_Feb17_love-you_5

I also popped one of the yellow chipboard hearts there to help balance out some of the brightness from the top (even though the fox has the yellow flower, I thought it needed a little more).

And that’s it.  Simple page using a cut file and fun embellishments! Every time I create a page using a cut file I’m reminded how much I actually love them.  I’m really happy how it ended up but I’m a little sad that I managed to use a lot  of my favourite embellishments on my first page..yeah, the hoarder in me never quits.  (If you happened to be putting any of these into your shopping basket, I would totally suggest getting 2 of the embellishment packs…just sayin’. You won’t regret it.)DL_Feb17_love-you_4

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today!  I hope it’s inspired you and I can’t wait to be back sharing more of the pages I’ve created using this amazing collection (the pages are all come together so easily, I love when that happens!!).

Take care, Em xo

Tubby Time

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One day a few months ago, after a long day on the computer, Collin was in our bathroom and decided to knock out a wall he hated… and thus started our remodel. It wasn’t even just a wall. It was a big, wide arch around the toilet like a throne. ; ) Then another half wall came down and now we have this bright, open bathroom. We still need our shower doors and can someone come decorate for me?  But, hey, at least the tub works.
This is my go-to room to hide out when I need some peace and quiet now. Took two baths in one day last week. Three, if you count the one where I was fully clothed with no water. Don’t judge. hehe

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Knotted sleeve top | Jeans | Freestanding tub

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Hello Sunshine

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The end of January (I don’t think I had even unpacked from CHA) we hopped on a plane and flew to find some sunshine. It literally was 7 or 8 degrees that night before we left home. Crazy cold. And then a few hours later we were riding bikes along the ocean. Ahh it was so good for the soul. And everyone enjoys bike rides in our fam, no matter the age, so it honestly was the perfect activity to keep everyone happy. San Diego had just gotten a lot of rain, that we luckily missed, so everything was so beautiful and green. Gonna relish in these photos for the next little bit before spring! 🙂
I hadn’t been to Mission Beach for a long time and loved it. Great family place with Belmont Park right next door. Oh, I’ll share that next-it was so fun!

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Lately she’s looking so mature and old it’s crazy. Like a tween. She’s always been really tall for her age. She’s ten but wears size 12-14. Collin and I would secretly giggle at eachother because she’s one that enjoys the journey. She just cruised along the beach very slow and soaked it all in. This is her literally stopping to admire and sneak a flower to put behind her ear.
Quincey is polar opposite she was speeding the whole time and riding circles around us. Lola was on a tandem bike and was so sweet and this is SO Lola when she said to Collin, “Don’t worry dad I’ll do all the work.” haha Myles was alseep with in 5 minutes thanks to the sound of the ocean.
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Game Day Crafting

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I’m not gonna lie that I watch the Super Bowl for the food and the commercials. I’ll be in the kitchen stuffing my face with bean dip and buffalo wings so call me in the room when it’s a commercial break. I think a couple years ago Collin even caught me crying during one of them. Usually they’re witty or funny but I didn’t expect to cry. haha This year I was excited when Persil asked if they could send some Super Bowl craft ideas for our family. They sent foam sheets, felt, yarn, glitter glue (every kid loves glitter glue), and all sorts of fun stuff. I want to print off more of their free coloring sheets for the game. One of the printables is to make a foam finger. Which Myles is proudly wearing and still carrying around!
Just print it out, cut out template, trace onto foam, cut out foam and glue two fingers together. I sewed around the edges which I do not recommend. In case you didn’t know, foam doesn’t sew well. It worked but it’s not pretty. 🙂 Stick to the Persil instructions which say to use hot glue. Much better option.
There’s even a free Game Day Bingo printable which would be great entertainment for the kids to do so we can stuff our face in peace.  IMG_0961
Persil also included some of their soap to clean up our mess. They get what crafting with kids means. Especially with paint involved. And as the mother of four kids who know how to make a mess, I really appreciate their thoughtfulness. 😀
Printables and sponsored post by: Persil
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Lovely Day #newdearlizzy

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Picked up a bag full of the new products from American Crafts today! It’s funny cause I was like, wow, this is really super cute!! Like I was all surprised about it. lol Made me excited all over again for you guys to get to see it and creative play… or hoard. Whatever suits you. 😀

The flags above are darling. Comes four to a pack and has a foam dot on the back so they are ready to attach to make your project pretty!
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My fave paper! I always love the cut-a-parts! Sorry it was super dark so these pics aren’t the best. Love how it gets dark at 5 pm (insert eyeroll!) But sweet Lola was such a trooper and helped me display the goodies. I’m so inspired to make a mini album this week for CHA and we will be filming a walk through of all the products this week. I bribed and begged Collin to help me and so he said he would! haha Yay! xoxo Lots of love, Lizzy
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New Dear Lizzy: Lovely Day

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(My computer is still dead so I’m on this crappy laptop that barely loaded these pics… computer problems are my nemesis. hehe)
For some of you that don’t know there’s an important holiday in January! Or at least it should be considered a holiday. ; ) CHA… craft hobby association! ie: new products start popping up and makes all of us dream of hoarding everything. And lots of us do. 🙂  SO add this one to the list of must haves cause it’s freaking adorable!!! (Prepare for lots of exclamation points in this post! lol) The newest Dear Lizzy collection is Lovely Day!! This has some of my favorite icons of all time… the fox and bunny, chic topknot crafter and car with luggage on top. All the heart eyes!
I love the uplifting and cheeky phrases and the colors! Can’t wait to share more! I’m picking up a box of these these goodies tomorrow and I’ll be having some creative fun and film a video so you can see them up close! I made a few projects but they’re being shipped to CHA at the moment for the craft conference in a couple weeks! I always get excited, nervous and anxious to share new stuff so I hope you guys love it! Oh, did I mention the coloring washi tape? A fun twist to the coloring book craze plus it’s adorable. There’s some coloring 12×12 papers too!
Thanks so much for all your support and enthusiasm over the years! Lots of love, Lizzy

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Minty Christmas

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Well the Grinch decided to come early and ruin Christmas in the form of a computer disaster. My desktop mac won’t turn on. So the last year of photos are suddenly vanished. Somehow I’m pretty calm about this and not having a panic attack which even surprises me. Maybe cause I know the ending and the Grinch’s heart grows and he will fix my computer and we will hold hands and sing… “Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores… welcome Christmas, Christmas day!”
Praying that they will be saved… It’s crazy cause a couple days ago I had a feeling to upload my photos to my hard drive that I completely brushed away like an annoying fly. Sheesh and now here I am staring at a blank screen and wishing I would’ve trusted my heart and listened. Cause I’m usually watching out for mah self. ; )

Here’s a little look at our cards this year… We got them through Minted and I love how they turned out. I couldn’t decide so I got two versions… One is a book of some beach photos and the other is a gorgeous gold embossed Christmas one! Oh, and I ordered a few ornament photo cards for gifts. The funny thing is I forgot to change the name so it reads, “Merry Christmas!” Love, The Chen Family” ahahahah That’s classic Lizzy move. Going to put it on my family gifts and they’ll get a kick out of it. But really I love the paper Minted uses to print the cards on… and I know my paper! Basically consider myself a paper snob ; ) They have some really cute Happy New Year cards that would be fun to send out if Christmas cards aren’t you’re thing.
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What the heck are Macros?

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This past year I was inspired by my awesome husband (who lost 50 pounds in a few months) and I wanted to get stronger and more healthy. You may think that I wouldn’t need to lose weight necessarily but I know that my eating wasn’t healthy, I was tired… and strong is the new skinny, right? Plus, I get really ornery when I don’t eat, the saying, “Sorry for what I said when I was hungry.” Might as well be tattooed on my forehead. The thing with being a busy mom, that I’m sure some of you can relate, is that sometimes I don’t make time to eat. Or I grab something that’s not good for me. I heard about counting macros and I wanted to know more about it this past summer. I started exercising cause I needed more energy and I can definitely link my mood and mental healthy to exercising. I had been working out at boxing/crossfit gym 4-5 times a week. I thought I was eating heathy but I didn’t really know what I was really putting into my body until I started tracking my macros. It’s crazy how much of getting in shape is eating. I’ve heard people say it’s 90% eating and 10% working out.

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So what are Macros? Macros or Macronutrients are what makes up the caloric content of food. It’s better than just counting calories because you could eat candy and stay in your 2000 calorie diet but that would be mostly carbs. This helps you balance your calories and make sure you get protein and even some fat too.
Use the app, Fitness Pal, and it will take the calories you want to eat in a day, say you want to stick to a 2000 calorie diet, then an online calculator or dietitian will break down your macros which is different for everyone, but it could look like this: 40% protein 35% carbohydrates and 25% fat. As you are eating through out the day you will enter the food for each meal into the app and you can track everything to make sure the food you eat stays in those percentages. If you eat all candy, breads, pastas then it will be higher percentage for carbs. And if you eat a bag of cocoa almonds like I like to do haha it will sway my percentage to mostly fat. I love that it helps me balance it all. I’m seriously happier because I try to eat every 2-3 hours and I don’t get to the starving phase like I used to which leads to grabbing a handful of Goldfish crackers or crappy food. No no.

I called on an expert to explain this. Her name is Bree Carver and she’s a certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. She creates customized meal plans as well as online training programs to help you reach your fitness goals. Check out her website Body By Bree and if you’d like fitness and nutrition tips her Instagram is @bodybybree2! So here we go…
“IIFYM stands for “If It Fits My Macros.” The IIFYM diet focuses on the three most important energy sources needed for our bodies to function properly. I’m talking about protein, carbohydrates and fat. How it works: I will calculate your daily caloric needs, then split those calories into certain percentages according to your height, age, weight, body type and activity level.  You give me your food preferences and I will create a 7 day meal plan according to your prescribed macros. The beauty of macros is you have the flexibility to eat whatever you want as long as it fits your target macro numbers.  This is the most effective for muscle growth, fat burning and consistent energy levels without feeling restricted to eating boring, bland foods all the time.  You can have your treat and fit it into your macro count without feeling guilty!  It’s a very balanced, healthy approach to “dieting” and reaching your fitness goals.”
Thanks Bree! I was so excited she introduced me to the app Fitness Pal and also created a custom 7 day meal plan! It’s weird because I know some food are bad for you but I didn’t realize just how crappy and unbalanced some of the food I put in my body was.
Like take Swedish fish candy. You can eat 7 sweedish fish that have 38 carbs and 150 calories. SEVEN. Which is the same as a piece of Good Seed bread + turkey, tomato, lettuce, honey mustard! Crazy. I’d much rather fill my body with the healthy stuff. The thing that I love with counting macros is IIFYM (if it fits your macros) you just count your carbs and I’ll fit in a cookie if I want. I try to stick to the plan but I do sneak in and reward myself with some treats or a cheat meal every week! It’s especially tricky this time of year so this would be great to think about for the new year and new goals! img_0659
I’m sharing this because I love it! It’s truly been more of a lifestyle change for me and not a fad diet that I will get sick of in a few days or weeks. I am adding more and more healthy options snacks, meals etc all the time. Sheesh, I eat protein pancakes everyday. Pancakes. (Chocolate protein powder, egg whites, cottage cheese and oats + sugar free syrup.) I used to never eat breakfast I’d skip it which is so not good. But protein pancakes are both-good for you and delicious. My friend Jenna also came out with Macros Made Easy  that I want to check out!
Love finding healthy alternatives! I’ll share more of that if anyone is interested.

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Recipe:
1 scoop of Protein Powder (I use Frosted Chocolate Cupcake or Snickerdoodle)
1/3 c Quick Oats | 1/3 c 1% Cottage Cheese | 3/4 c Egg Whites | A little water if needed | When I use Snickerdoodle add a little vanilla and cinnamon | Cook on griddle or pan | 1/4 c sugar free low calorie syrup
Let me know if you have any questions! xoxo Lizzy

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December Daily part 1

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Yesterday was a race against the sun to photograph my December Daily album and the sun won. At 5:24 pm. Crazy that’s it’s so dark by then. Today it was quite dark inside. So I took my album and a foam board outside and it started… snowing! ha! I can’t win. If you see specks on the sides of the pics. It’s snow. 😀
This year my December manta is Simplify and Savor the Magic. Or since I am keeping things simple just simplify and savor. ; )
This theme also translates to my album. DecDaily is my favorite project to create every year and if I want to get it done I have to keep it simple. I absolutely love creating it and all that entails! Some of the things I am incorporating this year. Printing on canvas paper (from a Dear Lizzy album), layering and transparency (a must every year), focusing on the photos and printing large 7×8.25″ as well as 3″x4″, and making sure to journal now. Last year I skipped journaling if I was busy designing the pages and now I still need to fill in gaps then I can post that one too. Here’s the start…

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Printed a strip of photos then attached to chipboard.
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Love my sweetie bear… more pics of our snow day here!
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My fave trees printed on canvas paper. I might change out the right side cause I don’t love it but we shall seeee…
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Supplies: Ali Edwards December Daily + stuff from a box of Christmas supplies I keep together over the years. Dear Lizzy number transperancy and album.

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I showed it to Myles and he could care less… just was eating ribbon the whole time instead of looking at it. lol So hopefully someone out there in blog land cares. ; )

Hope you are having a wonderful December!! Love you all! xoxo Lizzy