Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

Happy List

A little happy list today:
Going to the movies last night with Collin to see Hunger Games. woo hooo! It was awesome. We are good about date nights but don’t often spend that precious time at the theatre. It was all I took to not ask him what was going on as the plot unfolds the whole time, like I do at home. “Who’s that…? What does that mean? What’s going on?” Yes, I’m that girl. Read his sarcastic movie critique here.

Singing “More Than Words” from my cassette tape days at the top of my lungs, driving with the windows down. No shame at all.
Pulling up in our garage late one night with the three girls asleep in their carseats. When this happens we sit there for a minute and gaze at their peaceful faces. I felt my eyes get all misty watching them dream and made my heart swell even more when Collin said, “Look at these girls. We made them.”

Cheerios and bananas or Peanut Butter and bananas… I like to eat like a 5 year old.

Counting down for our trip to the beach and Disneyland with my siblings & our families. I think my sisters and I are more excited than the kids. In fact, I know this.
Staying caught up with the laundry… my nemesis.
Laughing hysterically with Collin while watching New Girl. I’m obsessed with the Schmidt character, especially in the Control episode. “I’m wearing my slippiest loafers…”
Learning and growing and stretching and accepting and striving to become a better wife, mother, friend.
Avery is enthralled with drawing pictures of me with my mom & dad. After drawing a picture yesterday she said, “Hold it up to the sky and show your daddy.” I was a little startled by her request but smiled and held it up. She then corrected me,”Not to the ceiling, to the sky! He will love it.” xoxo
(shirt, belt: Ruche//Pants, Necklace: F21//Being a spaz: Me)


…. what’s on your happy list?

Confetti Heart how-to

As seen in Ruche’s Bridal Guide (Ruche giveaway still open below)
How To: Start with 2 pieces of vellum and cut out a heart shape.
Next, stitch around the edge using a sewing machine or needle and thread. Leave about a 2 inch opening and fill with confetti of your choice. Try: paper confetti, tissue confetti, glitter, sequins, candy sprinkles, bird seed etc.
Once you’ve added your confetti sew the rest of the heart shut.

I made the card using some paper and my Silhouette Cameo.
This little machine impressed me when I found out it could print then cut. Using the software the Cameo comes with, you can design something then decide which parts will be printed or die cut. You send the paper through your printer then through the Cameo. I tried it with this card and was happy with the results. One of the things I learned while using the Silhouette is to always click the second box on the top right with the black corners to see check your registration marks and to make sure what you are making is within the margins.

Next, I added some of my Dear Lizzy Ruffle Paper and some twine to keep it together.


As seen in Ruche’s Bridal Guide (Ruche giveaway still open below)

Confetti Heart + Ruche Giveaway

Ruche, one of my favorite online boutiques, released something new on their site… a Bridal collection! It’s so lovely and definitely had me wishing I could plan my wedding all over again. Everything from the dresses to the hair accessories–I am absolutely gushing over!
Today they released a Bridal Guide, along with their Bridal Lookbook they launched last week, and they asked me to contribute something to the guide. Since I’m still awe-struck by confetti I made a vellum + confetti heart. A perfect match, if you asked me. (I will share a tutorial for the confetti hearts next.)

You’ve got to browse through the To Have & To Hold look book… It’s so pretty! 

And a couple images from the Enchantment Lookbook…

Leave a comment to win a $50 gift card to shop at RUCHE!!
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Love Triangle: Make your own stamps & Leather printed pillow

• Celebrate Spring: Jo Totes camera bag and Studio Calico giveaway is still open below •

Love Triangle is a mini blog series where we are sharing our favorite geometric shaped projects.
No 1: Washi Tape Deco Art No 2: Polymer clay earrings.

Hello there! I’m Melissa from I Still Love You. I’m excited to be here today sharing two quick, easy, and ah-inducing tutorials with you. I’m in love with the geometric print craze! It all started with a quilt in my bedroom and now it’s quickly moving to every corner of our house. I love how geometric prints are so versatile and work perfectly with bold colors, florals and other geometric prints. I’m quickly finding that geometric prints are like the denim of patterns; they can go with just about anything.

I’ve whipped up a simple leather envelope pillow and I’d love to help you make one, too! Leather is not nearly as intimidating as you might think. You just have to have the right leather and tools and you’re good to go. If you’re a sewer/crafter like me, you’re likely to have most of these tools on-hand already. Let’s get started, shall we?



 scissors, leather (or craft foam sheets), wood blocks, glue


Cut your leather (or foam) to the desired shape. Make sure that they’re smaller than your wood blocks.
Glue leather (or foam) back onto leather. Allow glue to dry before trimming it out.
Once your shapes have been trimmed out of the second layer of leather, rub leather (or foam) on the ink pad.
Stamp the top of your block with your shape. Place leather shape inked-side down and apply glue to the back of it. Place the wood block on top and allow the glue to set before using.
Stamp away! I know I’ll be having a lot of fun making patterns with these basic shapes.



upholstery weight leather or vinyl, plexiglass, brayer, silkscreening ink or fabric paint, thick leather or craft foam, scissors, glue, wood block or clear plastic block

I purchased my leather at Tandy, but you can easily use an old leather jacket from the thrift store or head over to your local upholstery shop to see if they have any leather scraps. Vinyl would work okay with this, too. You’ll need plexiglass for the inking part. It’s a fantastic tool to have with any type of messy crafting, so I suggest you run to Home Depot and pick up a $5 sheet anyway. You’ll need a brayer, which can be easily found at an arts and crafts store for under $5. I used Yudu silkscreening ink, but any type of flexible ink would do. I’ve used fabric paint on leather before with fantastic results.

First, you’ll want to make your stamp. I used my leather/foam stamp tutorial to make my stamp.
Once you’re happy with your stamp, you’ll squirt a dime-sized amount of ink onto your plexiglass. Spread the ink evenly with your brayer, just larger than the size of your stamp.

Place your stamp onto the ink and squish around to coat the stamp evenly.

Start stamping your leather. Since my triangles were uneven, there was no need for perfect lines, so I just eyeballed my spacing. If your print is more consistent, you’ll want to make guides with a washable marker that matches with your ink. Once you’re done stamping your leather, you’ll want to heat-set the ink. Iron the leather with medium-high heat with a piece of paper overtop the print. This will set your ink against rubbing off or wearing unevenly.

I used a wool glen plaid for the back of my pillow. Since I wouldn’t be laundering the leather, I may as well use something that would need just about the same kind of care. I sewed up my envelope pillow (Susan has a great envelope pillow tutorial) with regular thread (I should’ve used thick thread, but since it wasn’t showing, I got lazy) using a leather needle. A leather needle is pretty much all you need for sewing through leather, but you’ll need to take a few things into consideration as you sew:

  • decrease thread tension- test this out on a scrap if you’re unsure
  • use your longest stitch length – otherwise you might end up cutting through your leather, not sewing it
  • pin before sewing
  • think twice, stitch once – you can’t un-puncture a hole in leather
  • go slowly

There you have it. I’m really proud of the end results of this pillow. It’s probably the nicest pillow I’ve ever made and without too much effort. I think it’ll look really nice next to my pin-tucked pillow. Be sure to check out ISLY for more tutorials, printables, refashions, design, calligraphy and thriftiness than you can shake a stick at. Thanks for having me, Lizzy!


• Celebrate Spring: Jo Totes camera bag and Studio Calico giveaway is still open below •


Celebrate Spring Giveaway//Win a camera bag or free class!

This winter and spring has been incredible! I swear we’ve only had to shovel the snow off our driveway once. And I think Collin just wanted to use his shiny new snow shovel. But I am not complaining. No way. I wish every winter was this mild. I can’t remember the last time we were at the park in shorts in February & March. A few days ago we  taught the girls how to play Red Rover… “red rover red rover send Quincey right over!” I was pretty excited since I dominated that game in 3rd grade. And it was good to know that I still got it. ; )Yesterday I picked up these pretty stems pictured above for a project I am working on. It was the perfect way to celebrate the first day of spring!

Let’s continue the celebration of spring with a couple GIVEAWAYS ! Here’s a chance to win a Jo Tote–I love mine and use it everyday. AND win a free spot to Kelly’s SC sketchbook class!

Jo Totes provide ladylike bags for women to safely carry their cameras and a lens or two on a daily basis, at photo shoots, and while traveling.
The padded interior can be custom fitted not only to protect a camera and lenses, but also to accommodate and organize items like a wallet, music, phone, keys, cosmetics and more. Padding is sewn directly into the interior lining on all four sides and the bottom of the bags. Inside of each Jo Tote are removable pads which are completely customizable—you can use as many or as few pads as you wish, arranged in the way that best suits your camera, lenses, and other items.

There are the two new bag styles Gracie & Georgia. One is a bucket style and the other satchel. I am loving the magenta! Each bag also includes pockets, strong and comfortable shoulder straps, a top-zippered closure, and a removable cross-body strap. Leave a comment to win your favorite camera bag!



Join Kelly Purkey in another installment of her popular Sketchbook class! Sketchbook 4 is a four week class filled with fresh sketches, easy instructions, beautiful examples, and lots of fun. This class is designed to be used at any time and over + over again when you need inspiration. Sketchbook is different from any other sketch class out there because Kelly and the contributors offer design tips and detailed explanation of what makes a page work. It’s more than sketches – they’ll deliver valuable pointers for creating great layouts.

By the end of the class, you’ll have a complete sketchbook of 12 original sketches, 38 layouts, and an ADDITIONAL 38 sketches based on those creative pages. All the examples are brand new layouts, exclusive to this class… you won’t see them anywhere else! You will be receiving an example layout from Kelly for each of the sketches, along with two example layouts from a Studio Calico Design Team member and some of your favorite SC Guest Designers.

Leave a comment to win one of the prizes above!! 
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You brighten my day: Giveaway Winners!


I have another killer giveaway this week that you won’t want to miss!!
Here are the winners from the last GIVEAWAY:

Alley Way Stamps:
Sabrina says:
I don’t know which of these I’d love more. Seriously. You rock for this, this is an amazing collection! March 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm:

Studio Calico Kit:
Corinne says:
Wow amazing giveaways! Hope I get to win one of them. March 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Lisa Leonard:
Alice C. says, Woot Woot!! March 16, 2012 at 5:28 am

Congrats ladies! Email me to redeem your prizes at



the Fancy Pants Party

Dressing up your kids in their brightest colored pants and then chasing them around the park with your camera trying to get a good shot?! Yep, I’m officially one of those moms. AND if I am going to be one of those moms… I might as well be proud of it right?! (Just say right to make me feel better.)
Well, that’s just what we did & called it the Pants Party.
Emily brought Hayes and I brought my 2 bigs and we ran around wearing all the shades of the rainbow. And we liked it.

I’m sure I’ve already declared my love for colored pants on this blog soooooo I will skip that part and share ideas of how to style your fancy pants.
Polka Dots///Denim///Color Blocking/// Fur///Leopard print///Black and white with a pop of color///Stripes///

SHOP for your own fancy pants:
Pink & yellow: Old navy///Mint: Ruche///Cobalt & Green: JCPenny///Forever 21///JCrew///Anthropologie///H&M///Papaya///ModCloth

Now tell me, are you digging this bright fashion trend?


If I call you darling…

A couple weeks ago, the folks at the Silhouette offices invited me over for some show-and-tell while Jeana (their die-cut extraordinaire) shared all her secrets about the Cameo… It was awesome! (And not really secrets but since I don’t read instructions manual it was the basic getting started how-to tips.) I have the older Silhouette version, but needed a refresher course for the new improved version. I was amazed at how much this machine can do! I headed home with a big box like it was Christmas morning.
Of course the first die cut was about pancakes. I added this to an easel in my kitchen with a cute Polaroid. Collin takes on breakfast duty most mornings and I think we’ve made oatmeal almost everyday for 5 years now. No kidding. But at least once a week or so he’ll make pancakes or french toast so this quote made me smile.

I rarely do black and white photos but I accidently clicked something in photoshop that turned this photo B&W and kind of liked it. Serendipity!
Good thing she didn’t actually eat any of these pancakes since I would have to deal with the inevitable meltdown during the detox. She did pick off some sprinkles and sat while I took some pictures. Basically I made these just to take pictures to go with my quote… but then I ate them. heeeheeeee
If you make some pancakes this weekend be sure to add some sprinkles.

(Also, March 22-28. Readers will be able to get 1 CAMEO and 1 Silhouette Studio Designer Edition for $299.99) I’ve already tried out some things with fabric interfacing and vinyl heat transfer and that stuff is funnnnnn!

I think I’m in love with Silhouette… I’ll share more projects I’ve made soon. What is your favorite die cutting project you’ve made!?

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. : )

PS You may still enter the Dear Lizzy giveaway including Lisa Leonard, Studio Calico & Alley Way Stamps!

Dear Lizzy Giveaway!


Today I have 3 sponsors with 5 incredible giveaways…!
Lisa Leonard Designs are very such keepsakes! I love wearing my clothesline necklace and the hearing the jingle from the charms through out my day–makes me smile. Here’s a little about her lovely shop: “Each piece we create is a work of art—hand cut, hammered, polished, drilled and assembled with care. I am inspired by other artists—painters, scrapbookers, clothing designers and poets. I also love to soak up nature-the sky, the sea, the green hills. I let all these ideas and images swirl around in my mind and then I create. When an idea hits me I sketch it out and play until the perfect design comes together.”
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Join Studio Calico for STORY HOUR! We’ve packed this kit with the brand new Storyteller line from Crate Paper and beautiful bright basics from Echo Park. And that’s not all – our tale continues with an exclusive roller date stamp designed by Elizabeth Kartchner, Studio Calico papers, fabric flowers from Amy Tangerine and ledger papers from Stupid Flamingo. Our March kit will bring all of your stories to life.
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At Alley Way Stamps we are small company from Utah that specializes in clear photopolymer stamps made right here in the USA! These stamps are fun, whimsy, and sometimes a little quirky. The sentiments will always put a smile on your face. We began in January 2012 with the release of four stamp sets and are now up to 17 and growing. We bring you one of a kind stamps that are hand created with you in mind; even our sentiments are made to go perfectly with each set.
Stop by often to see our latest products or simply find inspiration! And don’t forget to upload your amazing creation in our Creation Blvd. We love to see what our customers have created and we are always giving away free stuff! So come join us!! Hugs, Alison Spelman
Alley Way is giving away a stamp set of your choice to two lucky winners so check out their site and let me know which one is your favorite.

Thanks so much to our generous sponsors. Leave a comment to win any of the items above!!!
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