Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

No. 3

“Each of us has a spark of life inside us, our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that SPARK in one another.” kenny ausubel

This quote pretty much sums up why Rhonna, Margie and I started Spark three years ago over lunch… it was to be inspired by others and to then share your spark! ! Spark’s message & inspiration is brighter than ever. Margie & April and their team did an incredible job planning Spark No 3 this past weekend and it was amazing!
It was fun to come and just soak in all the decorations, details and creative energy and not plan anything but be the beneficiary this year & just enjoy and appreciate others’ hard work. I can’t wait to share more, once I steal pictures from Maggie & Jefra. Apparently, I was too busy having fun to take my camera out of my purse.
It was undoubtably Sparky & I loved it.
bonus points for counting how many times I said spark in this post. (wink)

xo, lizzy

No such thing

While on a shopping adventure with us girls, I couldn’t resist taking a picture of Q standing in front of a pink door in her matching pink shirt. Just when I think, “meh, I am kinda sick of pink” she reminds me how sensational the color is. Can you ever have too much pink? Actually, Collin would answer that with a resounding YES! Poor guy. ;)
The journaling reads:
No such thing as too much pink
No such thing as a day without hugs + kisses
No such thing as a quiet house or a full night’s sleep
No such thing as a day without crying
No such thing as too much love
No such thing could make me happier than you
No such purpose in my life without you

Misted a pattern then pieced different patterned papers inside & added some teal watercolor polka dots and layered butterflies inside of those.
Layered tape, papers, trims under the photo. Left the journaling and the title white so that the pink in the picture and the pink honeycomb texture would stand out… although that might be tricky to see in the photographs.
The pictures on this page started off on my Instagram (dearlizzy) next stop was twitter and facebook. Then they were printed, layered, sewed around and photographed and now posted on my blog. Sheesh, covered all my social media bases here.

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PS Thanks to everyone who signed up for our Something Splendid workshop! I’m always so amazed… & grateful for your support. If you haven’t already check out the video.

Thankful Journal: New Something Splendid Workshop

Hi Splendid Ladies!
I am so excited to announce our newest online workshop at Something Splendid. It will be a perfect way to celebrate November up until the Thanksgiving holiday. This Thankful Journal has room for 10 photos to showcase the blessings in your life, as well as room to share why those things are important to you.
Collin Kartchner Studios, yes I am very official with this introduction… made this awesome video to inspire you to join us. It’s filled with subliminal messages. ;)
To read more about the lessons schedule & a breakdown of what we will be making click here at our Something Splendid site.
Our site always includes video tutorials and clear instructions with photos. Some of my favorite things we will be learning are:
-ombre paint technique for the Maya Road canvas pages,
-flower technique
-felt bow tutorial
-simple stamping additions.
Each kit will include Tim Holtz Crackle paint, adorable Lawn Fawn Stamps, Crate paper and stickers, American Crafts rub-ons, paper and metal flowers. There are also a mix of handpicked accessories and trims including burlap, doily and even a feather (it’s faux, don’t tell PETA :) Read more about the basic supplies needed on our Splendid site & sign up.

Join us!

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a fresh start


Here’s to a brand new week!
a fresh start of dishes & don’t forget the laundry
a fresh start of creative mid-day snacks
a fresh start at approaching that ambition…
at trying something marvelous
a fresh start at finishing that project that’s been laying around for months gathering dust
at smiling more and complaining less
at finding the opportune moment to make someone’s day
at laughing at yourself when you take life too seriously
a fresh start at loving more
at not being hard on yourself
at embracing what makes you distinctive
Feeling inspired for a new week! Face each day like a new adventure. —Hopefully that was enough of a pep talk for myself that I won’t hide under the covers in the morning until the kids find me. (wink)
The weekend was filled with a whole lotta of nothun. Collin had some video shoots and so I just hung out with the kids and took it easy. Picked my second awesome garage sale furniture find, Smashed, worked on some fun upcoming projects, laughed with friends and visited with my amazing mom!
Other noteworthy adventures: Was so distracted while shopping at my favorite local boutique I failed in the mothering category & looked over and Q peed her pants. Good thing I always have extras for that girl. Cried at Cafe Rio. A good cry. (That is a blog post in itself.) Tried to wear cobalt blue eyeshadow. (Fail.) Bought Collin a bright red suit coat so he could MC our church Young Women Talent Show. Next stop, David Letterman.
What was a talking about when I said “nothing”? It actually was quite an eventful, fall weekend!
Hope yours was too!

Tights: H&M//Romper: Delia’s//my favorite boots & Sweater: Shop Ruche//Stringy hair: my own laziness

Fall Frenzy

If you weren’t excited for Fall well I’m sure these pictures will fling you into a Fall frenzy! So much inspiration there I could kiss that gold gnome! via 100 layer cake.

Also, inspired by:
Making your own Abstract Art at Oh Happy Day
Mix and matching socks, tights and shoes at Ruche

A post of mine wouldn’t be complete without an Instax picture… Loving this color coded polaroid wall spotted at one of my new favorite blogs: You are my fave.
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Fall Frenzy

If you weren’t excited for Fall well I’m sure these pictures will fling you into a Fall frenzy! So much inspiration there I could kiss that gold gnome! via 100 layer cake.

Also, inspired by:
Making your own Abstract Art at Oh Happy Day
Mix and matching socks, tights and shoes at Ruche

A post of mine wouldn’t be complete without an Instax picture… Loving this color coded polaroid wall spotted at one of my new favorite blogs: You are my fave.
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Get Crafty with Cleetus Episode 3

Happy Thursday everyone!

Do you ever get down in the dumps when you’re scrapbooking? On this new episode of “Get Crafty with Cleetus”, Cleetus shares his advice for dealing with rejection when submitting your scrapbook pages! Go LIKE Cleetus’s new Facebook Fan Page to stay up with Cleetus scrapbooking tips and for future amazing Giveaways!

If you’d like to submit a question for Cleetus to possible answer on an upcoming episode, leave your question in the Comment Section on the Youtube video page

Hunky Dory

above photos: Watercolors & that curl.//White vs orange pumpkins. White won.//My new fringe boots and a fallen leaf at sunset.

Today I was in a bugged mood about something trivial. It happens right? But life isn’t supposed to always be hunky dory. My sister’s advice: go eat some frosting with a spoon… she knows me well.
But it was a good excuse to sit back and recognize all the things that are wonderful in my life.
Watching Quincey try to do pirouettes and sache at dance class with a cheesy grin on her face.
Then driving home with the windows down enjoying the crisp air.
Laughing at the next Cleetus episode Collin’s finishing up. It’s hil.ar.
Seeing that the Smash books are back in stock. A little retail therapy never hurt anyone. (Pink one//Aqua Retro one that I used in my Smash post//Green //Orange Simple folio. The Retro one is my favorite but I just got the pink one and I have the Green one which is a good one for Fall…. The others are cool too.
Getting a cute message from a friend.
Seeing Lola’s face will kick it into happy gear without fail.
Sheesh, I am feeling better already. What lifts your spirits?

As we were driving home from seeing Pop Pop (grandpa) on Saturday we passed a locally grown fruit stand. We are going to go to a pumpkin patch but couldn’t resist the fresh peaches.

Lola is so big and a couple weeks ago started walking all around the house.

This photo is a bit more realistic to the story of my life… minus the porta-potty.

Spark is coming up quick!! Ummm, and by quick I mean, like, in a week. You should come because it will be amazing. Don’t we all need a little spark in our life?!
…and that’s all folks.

painted pumpkin jars: kids’ craft

While browsing a magazine in the doctor’s office my sister told me about this kids’ craft. She told me she probably saw it in Family Fun & that her kids enjoyed it… so we gave it a go.

One of our annual Halloween traditions is to carve pumpkins at my sister’s home, this will tide us over until that night. Collin’s pumpkin usually wins for uniqueness: one year he carved H1N1 and has carved other clever, current issues. My pumpkins, for some reason, haven’t changed since the 3rd grade and always have one big buck tooth. See below…
Supplies needed for this:
-Painters tape
-Jars
-Paint/Paint brushes
-I lay down wax paper or freezer paper or butcher paper… any kind of paper to limit the mess. That way you won’t want to kill me when your kids paint all over your table.
Just make sure they don’t paint the inside. You may want to add tape to the opening of the jar to avoid that.

I joined in the fun and added stickers to a couple jars. Then turned them upside down, to make sure no paint got inside, then spray painted them. One white and one black. Lastly, wait for them to dry and remove the stickers.
Tonight I added candles to the inside. I think I dropped about 10 lit matches inside the large jar missing the wick every time. Collin pulled through with his MacGyver skills…




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hot cocoa for two

Such a cheery gift idea that is quite simple yet unexpected. I love it… and have plans for lots of Christmas presents in jars this year. Plus, how unique to wrap your presents in fabric?! Perfection.

chewing the cud via rue magazine
PS I couldn’t figure out how to download the tags and recipe but I’m sure it’s pretty you could google a good recipe.