Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

Love Triangle: polymer clay earrings

Geometric shapes are really catching my eye lately. It must be the clean and crispness that I am drawn to. It’s inspiring to see how other bloggers are sparked by certain trends as well. I’ve asked a handful of some of my favorite bloggers to share diys and projects with geometric inspiration in mind. The first Love Triangle post was from Danyelle where she created a deco art project with washi tape. This next guest post is from Alison.

She writes and creates for The Alison Show and it’s one of my new favorites… her craft ideas are unique & she doesn’t take life too seriously. Plus, she’s pretty hilarious to hang out with. Today she’s sharing a project using her recent favorite medium: polymer clay. Have you ever made anything with polymer clay before? I haven’t and it seems fun… I want to run to Hobby Lobby (Roberts RIP) and pick some up, like now. Here’s a great tutorial she put together to make clay triangle earrings with a little chain fringe. So cute, right?! 

Polymer clay//Eye pins//Thin gold chain//Hook earrings//Razor blade//Needle Nose pliers//Sculpey Glaze (optional) with a cheap paint brush

Here’s what Alison had to say: “These triangle drop earrings are inspired by leather baby mobiles I sell and make for friends! I chose to make them in varying shades of a minty green–perfect for spring.These earrings are easy to make in multiples, so be sure to make yourself a pair while you’re whipping some up for your bestie! I’ve illustrated how to make them in pictures, but for more details on working with polymer clay check out my video on The Alison Show.

Be sure to check out her blog for other cool ideas & video tutorials including one for the earrings above. She also shares some of her favorite DIY Polymer Clay Projects that she rounded up from the web. Thanks Alison!! (with one l… I just had to go back through and delete an extra l from each Alison. : )

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Daily Dozen: 12 on 12

Hello hello. This morning I loved uploading my pictures from yesterday and seeing what I captured. There was more than twelve but here’s a dozen + 1 that illustrated our day. I didn’t try anything spectacular because I was just trying to remember to take them. But I did shoot a lot with manual focusing. My favorite was that I took a bird’s eye view shot of our kitchen table through out the day. I loved the result of those since we spend a lot of time at our table and it was fun to see the different scenes.
If you want to add the above image for Daily Dozen then feel free to drag and drop it to your desktop. Here we go…!

Welcome to the linky party!!! Meaning that we can all share links to our Daily Dozen. To play: 1. Upload your pics to your blog/facebook. 2. Add a link back here to my blog. 3. Add your link below!
I can’t wait to see who joined in and look at your photos. xoxo Lizzy

Baby Steps

Today I usually collage some of my favorite Instagram photos from the previous week of our days but this time I took a different approach. I guess you could call this my first official Project Life page. I’ve been busy on other things so I took some baby steps to start project life… baby steps. I’m so glad I did because I love it! Although, I used some random page protector I’ve had on my desk for a few weeks begging me to fill with memories, the grid printed cards are an official Project Life product and are perfect to journal and layer on. For those of you who haven’t heard of Project Life: It’s a product and system created by Becky Higgins and a way to document your memories in a simpler fashion than scrapbooking. It’s awesome because it seems like scrapbooking went full circle and back to the basics with Project Life. Simply pair your photos and journaling with pre-designed title cards and journaling cards. Your photos, these cards, and even your memorabilia slip into the Photo Pocket Pages and that’s it. The result is a stylish masterpiece that represents your life or whatever occasion you choose to record. I said baby steps because Becky was sweet enough to send me her products last summer and I’m just now getting started. I’m all about making my memory keeping processes faster and easier so I will hopefully keep adding to my Project Life album each week.

Since apparently I cannot get enough of vellum, I used my vintage pink typewriter to type journaling onto three pieces of 3″x3″ white vellum then added a kraft heart sticker to the bottom center edge. I attached the photo and vellum to the outside of the pocket with my Tim Holtz tiny attacher. I’ve always enjoyed layering elements of my pages on the outside of my page protectors and this was no different. I added the tickets and clothespin, clothing tag, brad with ribbon and wood veneer camera on the outside of the protector. I don’t know why… I’m just weird like that and love having some texture showing when I can.
Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend!! xo, Lizzy

Click on the image below to view product used.

PS Don’t forget tomorrow, Monday, is my Photo Challenge 03 to take twelve photos on March12th. Then post them on your blog or facebook Tuesday and meet back here for a linky party. Read more about it here. : )


Daily Dozen: Photo Challenge 03

I try to not give in to that mommy guilt that creeps in so easily while scrolling through our photo library and realized I hadn’t taken any pictures in like, the last 10 minutes… but it was time to get some pictures & not the ones at the mall and we are all wearing denim on denim… but of life. The good thing is when I do succumb to such nonsense guilt it’s easy to remedy… you just take out your camera.Taking pictures of the sweet & subtle moments that highlight our days are not for the mere purpose of filling a photo album or to match a certain color of scrapbook paper or to blog about. It is to tell a story… only I am not the author. These little ones have a story to tell and I am the lucky bystander who was given the important mission of capturing it. If I choose to accept it. Which I do! You might scroll through these photos in .2 seconds and then you’re on to the next blog… which is completely fine… but someday I hope that my daughters stumble upon them and see a glimpse into the sheer joy they’ve brought to my life. Sure, there are times in the day when I want to rip my hair out, but amazingly enough those moments don’t  stand a chance when faced with the magical ones. I almost forgot how she accidentally spilled a whole gallon of milk on the floor. Almost.

Quote in the frame reads, She went out on a limb had it break off behind her and discovered she could fly. (A page I ripped out from one of my favorite gift books:  She…  Used to hang here.)

My favorite lace maxi and toes. I never get tired of pictures like this. Sorry if you get sick of seeing my toes. PS I hate my feet.

Rock collecting with my lace + polka dot jar.

Last year many of you joined in on a couple photo challenges that were quite fun… this year I wanted to start that up again. Starting with photo challenge 03 on this Monday, March 12th where we will take 12 pictures of our day. Similar to Day In The Life with Ali or Rebekah’s ten on ten. It will share a glimpse into your life and you won’t regret joining in.
How it works: Take 12 pictures through out your day of anything. This is optional>> but try to take a picture in a new way. Try a new angle, self-timer shot, get down low or look down from standing on a chair. Even if it’s just trying one new thing in your picture taking process. Then we will meet back here on Tuesday, March 13th with a linky party. Post your pictures on a blog/facebook and link to Dear Lizzy then you will add a link to your photos, like we did here. It’s really cool to click on your blogs and see the faces of my readers and your photos. I hope you join in!!

Washi Tape Shapes: Love Triangle Series

Geometric shapes are really catching my eye lately. It must be the clean and crispness that I am drawn to. It’s inspiring to see how other bloggers are sparked by certain trends as well. I’ve asked a handful of some of my favorite bloggers to share diys and projects with geometric inspiration in mind… aka Love Triangle mini series. Danyelle from Dandee Designs is the first up sharing a cool idea using washi tape and pachment paper to make your own tape shapes. I recently found Danyelle’s blog immediately enjoyed the simplicity of her style. She has some really neat projects. I especially loved the cross stitch work and her Valentines… check out Dandee Designs! Today’s she’ll show how to make a shape onto parchment paper then when you are ready to use it you can peel your shape off and attach it to your project. So fun and simple! Here ya go:

Washi Tape Shapes: I love creating art with washi tape because it’s not only economical, it’s very forgiving. If you don’t like the direction things are going, you can simply remove the tape and start again. To create this particular piece of geometric inspired art, you’ll need to gather a few supplies: washi tape in assorted colors (pick colors that will compliment your existing decor) parchment paper, scissors, cardstock.

Cut a triangle from a piece of scrap cardstock. This will be your template. You will make the layered stripes triangle on parchment paper then when you are ready to attach them to your project you will peel it off the parchment paper.
Arrange your washi tape, overlapping layers, onto the parchment paper.
Place your triangle template over the washi tape and cut around the shape.

Play around with the arrangement of the washi tape triangles until you come up with a design you like. Once you’re satisfied, remove the parchment paper from each shape and adhere to the cardstock.

So fun because your shapes can be used for crafting, scrapbooking and even to decorate packaging. I love how Danyelle even framed hers for a graphic deco art piece. Enjoy!



Come With Me mini album: Part 1

I shared part 2 of the book earlier today because I had to work on something else or is it my crafting ADD again, who knows… but here’s part 1 of the mini.
Highlights: Wrapped twine around 1/2 of the metal book rings with modge podge.
Filled the kraft bag with journaling from each member of the family’s point of view.
Printed a few pictures right onto the cloud vellum. I printed on my Canon MP495 printer. It’s not the greatest printer I’ve owned but my amazing Epson 1900 wide format printer died and this is one that Collin picked up at Walmart a late night when I needed to finish some projects. It gets the job done. When I print on vellum I set it to a standard print setting. I also use photos that don’t have any background, (similar to my December Daily album.) **I will share a tutorial for this asap with the how I print it and how to eliminate the backgrounds. I used a white cardstock with a cluster of embellishments for the page behind the vellum so the picture could appear more clear. The polaroid with the saying, “The sun stretched out and touched our cheeks” is from this polaroid paper.
The title of the book I wrote about in Part 2 but it’s from one of my favorite songs and I used Studio Calico stamps, that I’m kind of obsessed with.

The beginning of my album has a couple random layered pages including the kraft bag, envie and a painted acrylic page but the rest of the album is the same. A mix of chevron paper, white cardstock and cloud vellum.
Love all the layers and the ruffle paper poking out from the edge. 
I kept all my supplies pretty simple and added drops of Mister Huey here and there as well as the summer stamp from the Dear Lizzy Jar stamp & enjoyed using the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan rubons. Above I used the October Afternoon flags.

View Part 2 of the album here.


Come With Me mini album: Part 2

This weekend I put together this mini album of our trip to the beach last summer. It was torturous to dream of the ocean, sunshine and warmth while it was snowing outside. Counting down the days until our trip this year!
I pretty much designed this using Dear Lizzy products. The cover is a line from one of my favorite songs and my sister in law, Emily, made a cute stencil style sign in her home with the same lines. I couldn’t get the song out of my head while I was creating. It started after I printed the first picture on vellum of my daughter and niece running to the ocean, so it had to become the title page. The awesome stamp set is from Studio Calico.

Here’s part 2 of the Come With Me mini album… I will post part 1 next.
Cut up the Skedaddle banner paper for the banner on the cover and used Studio Calico alphabet stamps, as well as Dear Lizzy chevron paper from the 6×6 paper pack, it’s nice because the pattern is smaller scale. The metal book rings are wrapped with divine twine and modge podge, since I love using book rings but wanted to do something different. 
The jar stamp was so fun to fill with sand, glitter and sequins. I will share how I did that on another post. I also used the summer stamp, Mister Huey and layered all sort of Dear Lizzy goodies, including the chipboard banner that I handwrote on.
The photo below is printed on the cloud vellum and I love how the white paper behind helps the photo stand out but shows a bit of the cluster of embellies.  

Lola absolutely loved the ocean! Can you tell from the cheesy gummy grin. We held her near where the water comes in and she would laugh and jump with those chubby legs. She was such a starved child.
I cut up the polaroid paper above and had fun printing out tiny pictures for that. (Pictures are 1 1/4″). Love the Ruffle Paper poking out from the last page. The chipboard clouds are from Studio Calico and I stamped on them with the summer stamp in the jar set before attaching them. Can you tell I was done with the book when I got to the last page? haha… Craft ADD (attention deficit disorder) at its finest. (Swimsuit: Lime Ricki)

Happy Monday!


Leopard and a Bear

My little Lola bear. Still at that sweet age where she loves on you all day. Although she has crossed over to the dark side with her sisters and is officially a daddy’s girl. I held onto her as long as I could. Don’t get me wrong, she obviously loves her momma but she has that extra twinkle in her eye for daddy… just look at these pictures as evidence. This is why I won’t stop until I have a boy. Actually I take that back… one more try for a boy… or two… no one. Crap.

I do love how she’ll take a minute from taking everything out of the tupperware drawer to sit by me and share a string cheese and talk about really important matters like if her teefies hurt, where’s her button (there it is!) and the presidential election. She’s got some tough points on that one. PopPop took us out to dinner last night at Malawis and we snapped a couple pictures before. It’s always worth it to lug around your slr.

We stopped by a fountain to trade a few pennies for wishes. Avery’s first wish was that tomorrow would be Easter… which is really random for her so after some coaxing I got her to wish for what we both really want… a trip to Disneyland.

I knew while stepping into these leopard printed pants that I was really putting myself out there for an endless supply of jokes from Mr Kartchner. He was running low on material anyway so I was more wearing them for a favor. heehee But honestly I couldn’t pass them up at Target.
Besides, if I’m going to go out of my way to change out of my sweats, might as well change into something with animal print. (You can quote me on that.;)
Linking to What I Wore Wednesday//
Pants: Target//Top: Anthropologie//Ring: Forever 21//Sweater: Ruche



① Miss Lola and Momma in our twinner outfits with pink shoes
② A Pez lamb reward for Miss A being so patient at the fabric store. #coolmompoints
③ Sunday Style: Black everything with a magenta belt
④ Faric I am loving. I’ve made one pillow already which is huge since usually I stare at fabric in a pretty pile for months before I stitch it together.
⑤ Happy Mail from Ruche. I love the little book: Everything is going to be OK it is sitting in a tray on my coffee table.
⑥ Day 10 of get-off-my-lazy-butt
⑦ Pumping some iron with Collin at the gym… so what if they’re 3 lb weights.
⑧ Afternoon snack
⑨ Froggie Feeties
The spontaneity of Instagram pics is what makes me appreciate them even more. Moments that you want to capture but don’t have enough time to make the mad dash across the house for your camera, knocking down innocent bystanders along the way. Instead you slyly reach into your pocket and casually pull out your phone so you don’t miss a gem like this…