Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

a day for mom

A day to celebrate the beauty of my wonderful mother… I’ll take it!! Because the fact that she doesn’t have her own parade hosted by Dick Clark or that there’s not a ginormous broze statue of her down town is beyond me. One day just doesn’t seem like enough for all she’s done for me and my family.

Same with Collin’s mom. Seriously, how did she raise such an incredible boy? I owe her BIG.
Despite the fact that my two oldest girls thought it would be fun to test every ounce of my patience today and really make sure that my motherly abilities were in tact, which I hope I didn’t fail at too miserably, it turned out to be a good day. Especially when I snuck away to enjoy a hot bubble bath with a handful of Hershey kisses.
Happy Mother’s Day to you!

The Big Three Oh! (hijacked by Collin)

Before we delve into the celebratory festivities, here’s an actual conversation we had early this morning:

(Baby starts crying. Cue baby)
Lola: “WAAAAHHH…WAH!! WAAAAH!! Will someone give me some friggin’ milk for cryin’ out loud and wipe the poop off my toosh?!!” (she’s already conversing well at just 5 months)
(I abruptly end my dream of riding Falcor from the Neverending Story RIGHT when the bullies are about to jump in the dumpster, drag myself out of bed and pick said crying baby up. I lay Lola down next to Liz, walk around the other side, stub my toe on the portable stair stepper that wasn’t put away, and flop back on the bed.)
(baby stops crying, 45 seconds goes by)
Liz (whispering): “Collin….Coll….Collin?”
Me: “What?”
Liz: “Can you die from a rattlesnake bite?”
Me: “Uh…yeah, if you don’t get to a hospital in a couple days.”
Liz: “Oh…okay.”
Me: “Wha??”
Liz: “ZZZZZzzzzzz……”
It’s MAY 4th people!! Liz is 30!!
Adios twenties. (cue Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart“) It’s been a fun and very busy 2 decades for Liz. Let’s recap, shall we?
1981: Born. Learned her first awesome trick, “I can hold your finger while I poop! YAY”

1982: Started walking. Sort of.
1983: Found her eyes, ears, mouth and nose.
1984: “You are super duper pooper! You can potty with the best!” ($5 for whoever knows what song that’s from)
1985: Preschool: ABC’s and eating delicious glue on a popsicle stick. (I actually got an invitation from my preschool teacher inviting me to my 25th Preschool Renunion. There’s no way I’m going though, I’ve put on like…160 pounds since then
1986: Kindergarten
(skip along to the juicy stuff)
1993: Jr. High. Cut bangs. LOL’ed with BFF’s all day. Way cute Keds. Decided to do something about rampant Tooth Fairy robberies and got braces (Anti-theft devices) Slow danced to “Lady in Red” with an 8th grader wearing Girbaud jeans and a striped Guess T-Shirt.
1996: Freshman year of H.S. Walks in on first day, sees pimple faced sophomore boy with heinous clear braces (that was me).
1996: Dad dies unexpectedly from diabetes complications. Leaves 5 kids under 15 and a wife. The Lord steps in and takes the wheel.
1997: Pimple faced sophomore boy is now cleared up faced Junior (thanks Neutrogena!) Boy gets the guts to ask Liz out to Homecoming dance. Buys a gallon of ice-cream and a shovel, sticks shovel in ice-cream with a note “I’d DIG it if you came to Homecoming with me!” and doorbell ditches Liz’s house. (asking to date dances is a Utah thing)
-Liz says yes
1999: High school graduation. Senior trip to California with 7 other friends including the now extremely good-looking college freshman boy.
1999: Boy leaves to Taiwan for 2 years to serve as a church missionary, writes Liz every week (except last month). Tells her she should date whoever she wants while he’s gone.
1999 and 2 days later: Boy kicks himself for telling her to date whoever she wants while he’s gone.
2001: Boy comes home from Taiwan. Has to scare off current boyfriend.
2001 and 48 hours later: Boy scares off current boyfriend. Liz and boy go see Shrek 1 in the theaters then go to the Bridal Veil waterfalls at dark. Liz is wearing a white shirt with white capris (she’ll kill me for this, she SWEARS it wasn’t white-on-white but some light blue shirt….whatever. I know what I saw :) Boy and girl sit on park bench. Boy asks girl “Can I kiss you?” Girl says “Uh…yeah?”
2002: Boy and girl get married. (release flock of white doves)
2002: Boy and Girl buy a 750 sqft. condo in Orem, UT. Great neighborhood. Boy’s car stereo gets stolen twice, and tires get stolen once.
2002-2005: working, going to school. Boy thinks he wants to be a dentist. Girl thinks she wants to work at juvenile correctional facility.
2005: Boy fails miserably at becoming a dentist. Girl pursues hobbies that don’t want to stab her.
2006: Baby #1 is born. Avery shakes up the very threads of our lives (in a very good way)
2006: Sell condo and move to new home.
2006: Liz wins “Scrapbooker of the Year” and throws us into a new whirlwind of crafting craziness.
2008: Baby #2 is born: We can do this…
2010: Baby #3 is born: What were we thinking….?
It’s been a great 29 years for this girl. She’s finally grown into that huge teethy smile of hers, and grown into an incredibly beautiful wife and mother. Sometimes I pinch myself (then I pinch her butt because I LOVE pinching) that I’m married to her. It’s not all Oreo’s and milk all the time, life throws everything it can at you, but we hold together and make it through (and then make-out to some Boyz II Men).
Happy 30th Birthday to my widdle-chin, my wild stallion, my Lizzy Bear.
Guess who has “Unbreak My Heart” stuck in their head all day now? YOU do.
Past Birthday must-read posts about Liz: 2009 2008

right before my eyes

This girl is growing up right before my eyes.

Over the last five years she has made me who I am as a mother. She was the first to guide me through experiences of babies, terrible twos, teething & preschool. Testing every single ounce of my patience because she’s definitely the trickiest of the three but also she’s shown me how to love immensely.
She dances around all day with so much zest… only concerned with colorful things the world has to offer. (Drawing pictures of her holding hands with everyone she loves, taking pictures, painting, writing her name & others peoples’ names that she loves.)
Crate Paper everything Papers, Chipboard, Ribbons & Trims, Buttons, Alphabet Letters
There was too much on my mind to fit somewhere on a layout so I included a note inside the page. When I scrapbook I most often write my titles and the journaling to whoever the page is about so naturally my journaling ends up being a letter.
Papers: Garden, Picnic, Visit, Honeymoon, Quilts, Teal Inventory background paper. Border/Banner Stickers.

Sewed a lot on this page and after I stitched on the bottom I left the thread because it was sitting there so nicely.

Papers: Garden, Picnic, Visit, Honeymoon, Quilts, Teal Inventory background paper. Border/Banner Stickers.
Pink Background Paper: Quilts
Epoxy & Fabric Brads
Chipboard: Felt scalloped border under photo
Favorite Pen on sale: Precision 01
Alphabet Stickers for title: Neighborhood Collection
Favorite B&W stripe: Honeymoon
Ribbons & Trims
In other news: Incredible weekend of events… a Royal Wedding & the death of an enemy. Thanks to our soldiers and all they sacrifice & the sacrifice & support from their families.

Why hello spring, we missed you. Please get comfortable and stay a while.
Don’t hurry off so we can take time and enjoy your flowering ‘popcorn’ trees, your tulips, crisp breeze, and mostly the fact that the grass isn’t covered with snow.
Yesterday really had to be the loveliest day of the year so far. We filled the day with painting toes, picking dandelions and drawing chalk rainbows. I also continued to teach how to share, cleaned sippy cups, broke up some girl fights over Woody dollwho knew he was such a ladies man ;)
and finished up a class for Scrapfest. My class is designed with the Hello Sunshine line from AC… really cute stuff!!

Gotta go chase after these girlies. Have a fun weekend, any plans?

We are shipping out the Something Splendid envelope kits. Join us because it should be a fun class!!! And I promise I’ll have some crafty posts next week, cross my heart.

little helper

I actually scrapbooked yesterday, cue the hallelujah choir!

One of the pages using Studio Calico papers/rubons and others were for Crate Paper.
Collin filmed tutorials for Something Splendid yesterday so the camera was all set up on a tripod. I had to snap a quick photo of Quincey, my little helper. Yes, I put her on my desk. This kept her busy looking through jars, taking everything out and putting it back, this gave me enough time to at least get started on some pages. She also was far enough from her baby sis to give her too-tight-squeezes that Lola is not a fan of… yet. Quincey & Lola’s ages are tricky to find time to craft but I’m figuring it out. If I can keep Quincey in close quarters & distracted while Lola is napping & Avery is at preschool then that works. Otherwise, the only option is late at night and I’m tired by then. My only other escape is eating a cookie in my closet or counting reallllllllly slow while we play hide and seek. ;) What’s your secret to finding time?
Awesome deal right now at 2 peas if you are in a scrapping mood too.

a day late

Happy Easter… a day late!
We dyed eggs not only because the girls are always up for a colorful mess but I was craving deviled eggs. And usually my decisions revolve around whether or not there will be something good to eat. ;P

Recently Avery became very interested and curious about Jesus, after looking through a book of pictures we use to teach our primary class lessons. She was very concerned when she heard that people were mean and sad about his ‘owies.’ She loves him, our Savior.
This Easter I thought about His sacrifice. How His plan can be simple enough for a little girl to understand yet it is grand enough to save us all.

Happy Monday to you! Did you do anything fun?

back in the saddle

Monday I started designing the next Dear Lizzy craft line with the talented designers at American Crafts. We had our first meeting. Calling it a meeting is funny because it sounds so stuffy and boring when actually our meetings are quite fun and creative.

Two hours was long enough for Lola to be elated when momma got home.
Adore this look. Classic Lola.

Chewing on her fingers is a dead giveaway for the reason of her fussiness lately—teething. Poor thing. One thing about Lola is that no matter what she still tries to be a happy girl. You wouldn’t even have known she was sick a few weeks ago because she didn’t show it in her temperament. She just kept smiling through it all.

PS Check out the Something Splendid classes like the Boy/Girl Envelope book or I still have some fabric dolls available.