Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

Be Mine

If you are ever looking for something to lift your spirits… spend the morning with 30 five year olds and make Valentines.
It’s even more funny when they proudly try to pronounce your last name the whole time.
It will make you smile when they happily show you their hand-cut heart which really looks like a banana or a guitar.
How about when one of them gives you a valentine? (sigh) How sweet… but too cute to accept so I politely persuaded him into giving it to his momma.
Or when Avery was SO proud after the boy next to her said: “Your mom has a lot of yarn.” Avery: “Yes, she does!!”
Yep, aside from all the nose picking, it was just what I needed!

Big thanks!

Thanks to everyone who is enjoying our sneak peeks and blog hop! I’m so thrilled with the response and reading your comments makes all our time putting this collection together completely worth it! Now I can’t wait to see what you design with all the goodies. Studio Calico has quite a few Neapolitan pieces in their February kit. We started Neapolitan in March of last year so most of the products are ready to ship now–which is awesome if you’re impatient like me. heehee
Big thanks for your support and sharing this excitement with me!

Feel free to still enter the giveaway and join in the blog hop!

One of my favorite new products is this Date and Phrase Roller Stamp seen in the blog hop. The one below is the Best. Day. Ever. phrase with date. And I love the number flash card sticker from the sticker book & the splash of watercolor on the ‘Splendid’ sticker!

How cute is that?! With the Dear Lizzy logo on it and everything! (sigh)

xo, Lizzy

Dear Lizzy Neapolitan sneak peek & giveaway

Today I am elated to share with you my new Dear Lizzy line! It seems like I started this forever ago because in the secret keeping timeframe its felt like forever…! Neapolitan started with inspiration from watercolors, I knew we had to have watercolor! Then after we chose our colors and designed with the watercolor everything had a bit of a summer haze feel to it. Which I love! Tie in some jars, ice cream cones, pinwheels, balloons, word banners, fringe ribbon, vellum & ruffle paper and it was a dreamland. Did I say ruffle paper??! Why yes I did.

Here are some more pages and sneak of products:


 Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, is fanciful & fresh featuring candy-shop colors and a diffused watercolor effect that takes you into a daydream of hand-drawn Mason jars, ice cream cones and balloons. Dear Lizzy Neapolitan features 22 papers, including darling stitched ruffle paper & patterned vellum. Complementing the papers are a variety of embellishments from painted wood buttons, epoxy stickers, chipboard word banners, embroidered brads & wood grain chipboard pieces. Other new exciting products are Flutterbys (sewn butterfly & pendant banners), a Roller & Phrase Stamp and Paper Pinwheels.

Leave a comment below to win the entire collection… that’s right… every single brad, button and pretty paper!

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Check out these creative ladies, who I am so lucky to also call dear friends, they are joining in the fun with a blog hop. Click on their names to see what they are sneaking and giving away. Every single girl has a prize from Neapolitan so let the hopping begin!

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① We played at the park over the weekend… I cannot believe this weather! Don’t tell my snowboarding friends but I kind of love this sunshine.
② I heard someone sneak out of their room after bedtime… and I found this cutie. She didn’t make it very far. At what age do kids realize how amazing sleep is?
③ Friday I spent the day filming footage for a promo video dedicated to my new Dear Lizzy stuff… it was so fun hanging out with Lindsey and Ann-Marie from American Crafts! Collin is putting the video together and I’m sure it’ll be awesome sauce!

Monday morning there’s a blog party here at Dear Lizzy including sneak peeks of my new craft line, a blog hop and a giveaway!! Yay! See you then…


Workshops in France

Quite thrilled to be teaching in France again! Last year I was in Paris and had a magical time. How could I not?–It was PARIS?!! I taught 4 different workshops and met so many wonderful ladies. This year the event will take place in Lyon, France on March 1st-3rd. Come and join me! I will be teaching 3 different workshops, a layout class and 2 mini album classes.

 Version-Scrap does an incredible job putting their events together! They find great locations and include lots of vendors so you can go shopping like mad in between your classes. Since I don’t speak French I had an interpreter, Andrea, who was so lovely and beyond helpful & they also include my detailed instructions printed out in French.

I met some of the sweetest people in Paris! Seriously a few of them had me in tears and I couldn’t even understand what they were saying. Kisses to my friends!! xoxox Hope to see you there! More info here: Version-Scrap

More pictures of our trip to Paris:
post 1//post 2//post 3


Closer: not loser

Lately I’m soaking up every second with the kiddos because I am leaving for almost a week later this month and again in March. Even though the kids will be in amazing care I always struggle with being away. You’d think I’d jump into a heel-click and then shout, “freeeeeeeedom” as I enter the airport but I’m usually wiping or holding back tears. They have the time of their lives when I’m gone with lots of fun adventures and I return home refreshed and missing them so it’s happy in the end. Or at least that is what I am trying to convince myself… 



Closer: Each year I feel like I grow a tiny bit closer to becoming the wife, momma, sister, friend that I want to be…
I made this layout challenging myself not to use the typical elements I gravitate towards: butterflies, circles, hearts. Instead I used: triangles, stars & zigzag stitching and stamps. I did sneak a couple circles in there. Speaking of sneaking I added something small from my new line! Can you guess what it is? I’ll show you sneaks and small reveal next Monday.

Last night I had this layout on my desk and Collin looked at it… “Honey, that’s sad. Why would you say that?”
I was so confused then I looked over and the “C” for the title detached leaving the new title LOSER. haha I was dying laughing.

The star background is the negative stars from the Studio Calico sticker sheet. The tiny stars are handcut and I added some pearls and rhinestones.
The zigzag stamp is from this set: Hello, There (peachy keen line) I love it. Stamped it on the envelopes for my Christmas cards too.
One of my favorite parts of this layout is the date stamp in the top right corner.

Supplies used:


Stay Cute

①  After hearing my sister, Camille, tell her kids to brush the sugar bugs off their teeth I thought I would give it a try with my kids since it can be a struggle. It worked like a charm! I swear my parenting is 50% trickery. (“Mooooom, my teef are sparkly.”)
② Snuggles
③ Target dollar bin score. Might glitter up those letters-one of my instagram buddies suggested.
④ Playing our favorite game: Guess Who?
⑤ My sister is back in Germany… miss her already.
⑥ Getting a little Friday night treat. Said treat being a yummy pie shake.
⑦ Happy mail from Knot & Bow
⑧ Sammy’s… see #6
⑨ A cherry on top.

There are many famous sign-offs: Seacrest, out//Stay Classy//Good afternoon, good evening & good night//And so it goes//So long, until tomorrow//Hasta La Vista, Baby// Now Lola has her own sign-off…


(All photos are from my Instagram feed. Panda bear hoodie & pants from Target)

What to wear

It’s full speed ahead to CHA (Craft and Hobby Show) at the end of January where I’ll be at the American Crafts booth releasing the new Dear Lizzy line of products. Lots lots lots to doooooooooooo! But I stole away some time to splurge on something to wear at the show. I didn’t end up getting anything below but now I am having second thoughts about that foolish decision. Especially since I am loving those pleats and pumps. Yes, I am one of those weirdos at CHA that wears heels despite the fact you are on your feet all day long. I guess it runs in the family since we literally had to talk my mom out of wearing heels to Disneyland. She’s a glam grandma…! Speaking of the Happiest Place on Earth it is right down the street so hopefully we will get to sneak over there at some point during the week.
Well, while I decide what to wear, I better get back to work… in my pjs.

PS Is anyone going to be at CHA?  Would love to have a meet up.

Skirt:Anthro//Similar Polka Dot Blouse: Ruche//Sequin scarf//Floral scarf, Feather ring, Navy blouse, Frames: H&M//Clutch + shoes: Mod Cloth//I wish Watch//

This Year: mini book

This year… this year is going to be a changing one for our family. I’m kinda scared but excited to see where 2012 takes us. The past year there were times when I wanted to drop-kick 2011 down the street; but there were also times when I could’ve grabbed 2011 and kissed it. We’ve definitely learned a lot and our family has grown closer because of it. Which is what I hope to say about each and every year.
I wanted to start off this year with something to document a little about each of our stages in life. I spotted this perfect downloadable kit at Emily’s blog & Modern Parents Messy Kids site and it was just what I needed. It comes with a questionnaire for adults, kids, tags and letterhead titled Dear Me. (For writing a letter to yourself today and reading it at the end of the year.) I used my Bind-It-All to bind it all haha. And my trusty Crop-A-Dile to make the holes, since the Bind It All makes more than 3 holes.

We took an Instax of everyone and I kept the album really simple. Under each photo I stitched layered tape, paper, glitter letter and sequins.

This page I added our family goals, the ones we will work on together this year.

The letter to myself that I will open up at the end of the year. I sewed the title to the edge of the envelope with a couple sequins.

I love this boy. He is always a good sport when I ask him to do stuff like this. Of course he didn’t take it seriously, but I didn’t expect anything different.


The photos aren’t amazing but that’s what I love about Instax and also what I enjoyed about this project. It was quick. We filled out the questionnaires while we ate lunch after church on Sunday and then binded it together. Just a simple keepsake for the start of a new year that I wanted to share with you.

a Chalkboard of Goals

Considering the fact that there is a shiny pile of Hershey kisses wrappers staring at me with shame, one of my goals had a bit of a rough start today. 😉 Good thing I have 364 more days to eat healthier & not to mention a giant chalkboard memo in case I were going to even think of forgetting!  Some peeps use a tiny string tied around their finger… we need an eight foot wall as a reminder.
After sharing our goals and explaining what goals are, I asked Avery what her goals is: “Be good to people.” Could there be a more perfect resolution? Oh, wait… you didn’t hear Quincey’s yet: “Draw a picture of a goat.” Collin and I got a good laugh about that one. But both ideas could truly change the world! !!

Happy New Year!!