Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

Dear Lizzy CHA Booth + Giveaway

Thanks to Melissa for sending me photos of our AC booth at CHA because I realized I hadn’t posted details of the booth yet. After spending quite a bit of time on new product development, making samples, booth decor, and then a couple days of set up it is quite surreal once it’s all finished. The best part is seeing attendees excitement at the show and their response. This was an incredible show and we are so thrilled that so many of you are anticipating using Dear Lizzy and now we can’t wait to see what you design with the supplies!
It’s also so fun to see my friends products Rhonna Farrer with My Minds Eye, Margie with Bazzill (coming soon) and Heidi with GCD Studios (coming soon) & Amy Tan’s line with AC called Sketchbook (coming soon) and so many other creative people there! The Dear Lizzy section was right across from my friends at Studio Calico (April, Greg, Kelly, Lisa, Shannon, Christine etc etc). That was probably one of my favorite parts of CHA since we could hang out the whole week together. (insert photo here of a big group hug that we somehow forgot to take :)



Going along with jar theme in this collection we gave away these mini jars at our booth. I have some of these jars we brought home from CHA so if you want to WIN A DEAR LIZZY GOODIE JAR… sorry for shouting… Just leave a comment!! Since you couldn’t make it to the show we are sending a piece of it to you!


Dont’ forget to leave a comment to win a Dear Lizzy goodie jar seen above with wood buttons, chipboard shapes etc!! ^^^ I have 5 to giveaway!

This Way

Valentine’s Day is never overrated, in my opinion. It’s a holiday to celebrate love and usually involves flowers and chocolate and some serious cheese. And I don’t mean cheddar… though I do love that too.
If my calculations are correct, and they usually are not, this is our tenth Valentine’s Day together. 10. What the? One of my favorite parts from yesterday was when Collin took my face and cheeks in his hands trying to see how I’d changed over the years. Examining until he confirmed that my eyes are the same. Which reminds me of a quote… ahem, pardon me while I quote Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Love is not just looking at each otherit’s looking in the same direction. That’s right Antoine… high five!!! But honestly I do love this quote because through all our years together the clearest image I have of feeling connected is when we were on the same path. Growing together keeping the same end result in mind, I don’t know if it’s necessarily love, but it sure makes loving easier.

Like birds that flock together… okay I am so done… but like I warned earlier there would be cheese.:) Hope you had a lovely day or at least I hope chocolate was involved.
xo, Lizzy

Chalkboard Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day! Instead of posting loads about the glorified love day I caught some icky sick-bug yesterday. But I did manage to make the Valentines I dreamed up in my head. Chalkboard wood slates and heart shaped chalk…!  I painted the wood with chalkboard paint. Then I made the heart shaped chalk from Ikea ice cube trays with a homemade concoction.
I added a stamp to kraft paper. Layered with some of my Dear Lizzy RUFFLE paper, silver doily and some heart confetti. The bags are probably the most adorable paper bags my eyes have ever seen.
(The Dear Lizzy Ruffle paper is sold out at 2 peas but I spotted some at Blue Moon that is available.)

I used embossing powder to emboss on the bottoms of the mini chalkboards with a little Zing! and Zap! The glittery powder is such a cute touch.  I only made about a dozen of these for cousins and besties because I was sick (actually, the real reason, I am just not that cool of a mom.;) For her class, Avery picked out some cat and dog valentines at Hobby Lobby. Because what says Valentine’s Day better than kitty cats dressed in clothes with the saying, “God made you one of a kind.” Avery knows what’s up! I snapped a picture of her box but still need to capture the Valentine she wrote to herself To: Avery Love: me. (You better believe I got first dibs on the loot!)
Happily surprised to receive a valentine from my cute friend Kelly. How darling and thoughtful are these?! Happy Valentine’s Day!










Ruffle Paper and Date Stamp, anyone?

Hey guys! I’m pretty excited because my products are up for sale at Two Peas. Your shopping cart will be ecstatic if you pick up that roller stamp and ruffle paper… while it lasts. I can’t wait to see all the pretty things you make with my newest collection, Neapolitan!

It’s available now–by clicking here but I think I already mentioned that. Can you tell I’m excited? Shop from one of my favorite sites: Blue Moon Scrapbooking They offer free shipping when you purchase fifty bucks of goodies.

Craft Fail or Win?

Sitting on the computer and pinning my heart away is my new hobby. Photography, scrapbooking, pretending to know how to cook & pinning. But I stepped out of my comfort zone yesterday and decided to actually make something I pinned. 😉
It’s based on this print you can buy that’s a really cool herringbone pattern. I saw someone explaining how to make it so I gave it a go. Little did I know in the end, it would be one big fat craft-FAIL.
Actually, this morning I didn’t think it was as bad, but don’t you hate when something doesn’t turn out like you envisioned? I should find a funky frame for it and see how that looks.

STEP 1: I had this old painting I thrifted in my garage. I updated the colors a bit with paint I had on hand.

STEP 2: Start taping. This took freaking forever. After a while I thought, sheesh 50 bucks for the real deal doesn’t sound so bad. Next, paint the whole thing white. Last, peel off the tape.

I was so excited when I started peeling off the tape because it was looking pretty cool. But once I peeled off all the tape I realized that I had it backwards of what I wanted white and what I wanted to show through from the painting. So I didn’t like it. I should have taken a picture at this stage but I was so bugged so I just started taping again and leaving big chunks of white everywhere. Making a messy chevron/herringbone pattern.

I don’t know… what do you think? Fail or win?
I think I need a frame or may it could be cool to layer things in front of or even actually on it. I could tape or stick a bunch of instagrams or Instax on it? That could work.

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Collin was nice when I was bugged last night, “Your art is the prettiest art of all the art.” heehee

Treasures on display

While searching for some old frames at a thrift store I happily stumbled across this cool shelf thingy. I am not sure what it was used for before. But I love it. I’ve been wanting to do something similar with an old letterpress drawer but a larger version so this was perfect.
First, I painted it white then modge podged some of my Dear Lizzy papers inside. I lightly painted glue on just the back of each paper then set something on top of the paper to dry flat and not curl up.
With the newest Dear Lizzy collection the papers also come in a 6″x6″ paper pack so all the patterns are shrunk down. And since I love anything miniaturized this made me happy! I used the mini chevron, floral and grey polka dot below. (Yes, I will let you know as soon as these are ready to purchase somewhere.)

If you notice the darling snails in the picture above I cut up one of my decorative prints by Suzy Ultman my friend Margie gave me for my birthday. You get 12 full color prints and they are all so cute. I have a few hanging in my girls room. (Home Sweet Home prints)

Another tip is that I used toys that they don’t necessarily play with everyday. But, of course, their interest perks the second I put it on the wall. I included a mix of treasures and keepsakes.
1. Mini snow white book 2. Calico Critters (my kids are obsessed) If you’ve seen that Steve Carrell movie with the taxidermy mice then they might make you laugh 3. A Willowtree plague from my mom titled Friendship. Reminds me of Miss Avery 4. Another Calico Critter 5. A porcelain doll from Gigi 6. Mini teacup with flowers 7. Another teacup with a carebear 8. Some of their jewelry 9. An Instax, mini toys of mine when I was a girl, ribbon on a spool 10. Aerial and Mini reminds us of our Disneyland trip 11. A shell Avery kept from the beach and BE blocks 12. Dear Lizzy tiny metal flowers, a gift from a friend No 2 box and Dear Lizzy pinwheel flower
To the right you will see Washi Tape holding up 2 polaroids. One of my Avery at the beach and one of my parents when they were engaged.


This Tim Holtz configuration is really neat if you have trouble finding something at a thrift or antique store that suits your fancy…! And it’s on sale.

I am also loving these kids room ideas from House to Home. First, spray painting kids toys and attaching them to the tops of jars. How cute is that?!

Using a spice rack to display books! Genius. And if you are about to run like heck to the Ikea in Utah to buy spice racks like I did yesterday. Sorry, they are sold out. Sad face. But I’ll race you to Target to see if they have anything similar.

Photoshop Video Tutorial 01: dreamy effect

This morning I wanted to share one of my secret weapons for adding a pretty effect to your photos in Photoshop… & it doesn’t require any actions. Huzzah!
The photo is a self-timer shot at the airport. I timed it perfectly so it took a pic before any cars drove by and smashed my cameraphst and Collin doesn’t trust me toting it everywhere. (Thank goodness most of the time it’s cozy in a jo tote.)
Annnnyways, generally I edit with Photoshop CS5 but I am sure you can adapt this to work with any software. Since Totally Rad Actions are used on the daily for me, I will show a bit of brightening and sharpening with them in my editing process. Hopefully it’s not too boring and you make it through to the cheery song at the end.
xo, Lizzy
If you are reading this in your email: click here to see the video.

Were you in outer space?

I never want to forget Quincey’s tight squeeze around my neck and her coy I’m-about-to-burst-with-excitement smile. We didn’t say anything for a couple minutes and just hugged. She’s a lot like me in that way, she doesn’t have to talk a lot, instead she lets the moment do the talking. Then I told her I flew home on an airplane. In which her next response was, “Were you in outer space?”

Photo from the plane last night with no editing. I told you it was peaceful!

on my flight home

Literally on my flight home from the Craft and Hobby show in Anaheim. Hello from 10,000 feet. It’s been such a whirlwind the past few weeks so it’s refreshing and peaceful to be in the sky above all the chaos of life.
Happily surprised that the show was even more incredible than I imagined! Thanks for everyone who came over and said hello! xoxo


Valentine’s Day Countdown

To celebrate one of my favorite holidays, Valentines Day, I put together a 1-14 day countdown. Each day has a package to open with a love note, an activity or goodies to eat or play with.

I used my old school Martha Stewart number foam stamps to paint the numbers on a board I found in our garage from one of Collin’s projects. I used a hot pink paint, like neon pink, but the lighting was so horrible in my house the colors are a bit off.

Next, I hot glued clothespins to the side of each number and added a sewn package with kraft wrapping paper.   I even had Avery color on some of the hearts before I sewed them to get her involved in the process too.
Add glitter and heart sequins to the hearts as well for even more of a fun surprise.  C’mon do it! You have to vacuum anyways.


HOW TO fill the hearts: First cut your heart shapes with two pieces of kraft wrapping paper back to back so they are the same shape. Then I sew the heart and leave an opening for the prezzie. After I add the goodies then I finish sewing the heart.


We will see if the packages are still around when I get home from my trip to Anaheim.