Sunday, March 19, 2017

Channeling my knitting genes...thank you Mom and Grandma!!!

Hello,
I started knitting again.  It's been quite a while since I knitted.

My grandma used to knit sweaters for my sisters and me.  She was a tiny little thing, we are talking like a little bitty 80 pound Chinese grandma, but she was such a strong woman, coming to America, not knowing English and learning to sign her name and her numbers, and eventually even became an U.S. citizen at 86 and she even lived until 104!!
I love how she would use her arm as a measuring tool and then wonder why the sleeves were always too short for us "growing girls."  She would hand wash every skein and then roll them into these gigantic balls the size of a playground ball.

My mom started using a loom and made some warm blankets for us kids.  Later on, she loved to knit scarves to sell at the vendor fairs at my work.  Many of you may still have some of her scarves!!

My mom would amaze me on how quickly she could get them done.  I used to tease that she would get one done during each of her favorite game shows (Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy!).
So, this is how it happened, there was a sale on yarn at Michaels, and I kind of went a little crazy and bought about 30 skeins. I started with a simple infinity scarf pattern I saw on Pinterest.
Here was my first attempt, with one skein, size 13 knitting needles.
Here is my second attempt with 2 skeins and larger knitting needles, size 15.
Here it is on.

Then, I went with one skein again, different color, and larger needles. 

Another kind of yarn, same size needles.
Another yarn, same needles, and too short for an infinity scarf, I need another skein to finish it out, back to Michaels again.

Then, I saw another pattern on Pinterest, for easy fingerless gloves. You knit 2 rectangles and only sew 2 inches from the top and 5 inches from the bottom to leave a hole for your thumbs.  I didn't like the thickness of them, so after I took the picture, I took it apart and am now working on another scarf instead.
When I undid the gloves, I tried to made a yarn ball like my Grandma used to so the yarn you are using starts from the middle.  Hers looks like a machine did them, they were so precise and made a pretty pattern. My ball is kind of like it, but not even close to the preciseness. 
This is what I am working on now.
Thank you for checking in!
Sharon
  



Sharon Lim

Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator #54149
Rubber Stamps and Accessories including Scrapbooking 

EMAILsharonitwithyou@gmail.com
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

OPEN HOUSE HIGHLIGHTS!!

Hello,
I had an AWESOME Stampin' Up! Open House today to showcase some Occasions Catalog items and Sale-A-Bration items.
The Occasions catalog goes from January to the end of May.  
The Sale-A-Bration catalog goes from January to end of March.
For every $50.00 you spend, you can earn an item from the Sale-A-Bration item FOR FREE.  
SO COOL!!
Let me know if you want to buy the cards, want to order any of these items, or need a catalog.
Here is an Occasions set called, Beautiful You.  I made three different sets of cards from this stamp set.
The first set, I stamped the images first on the card, then again on some Decorative Series Paper (DSP) and cut out the hat, dress, and umbrella. Then, I glued the cut pieces out and matched them to the image on the card. I love how it looks like she's wearing DSP clothes.
 For this second set of  cards, I used the new watercolor pencils and Blender pens for this set of cards.
 For the third set of cards, I stamped the images on the Serene Scenery Decorative Series Paper (DSP) to make these simple cards.
 This card uses the Special Reason stamp set and thinlits bundle. What's cool about it is that one framelit cuts the inside of the flower to show the "hole" of the flower (the left side of the card that shows the white) and if you also cut out the outer part, you get a die cut of the flower (the yellow die cut on the right).  The leaf framelits can be used the same way.
 I used the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders for these two cards.
 I used the new Balloon Adventures stamp set for these two cards. I used the markers to color the words, "Another Year" to match the colors in the Party Animal Decorative Series Paper (DSP).
 Here is the inside of the cards. I used the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies for the balloons on the inside.
 Here is another card uses the Pop-Up die to make the inside of the card and I used more balloon die cuts.
 Here is the outside of the card.
 I also made some more pop up box cards with the dies and Party Animal Decorative Series Paper (DSP).
 I used the Custom Tee stamp set and T-shirt Builder Framelits Dies to make these cards.  I love the variety of the captions and dies that even make different type of shirts (not just t-shirts), ties, and even a sash.
 This is the Birthday Bright Project Kit using the Birthday Bright stamp set.  It makes 12 cards, 3 different styles and 12 tags, 3 different styles. They were so much fun to make.
 I used the Dragonfly Dreams and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies for these cards.  I love the intricate detail on the dragonflies.








Let me know if you want to order any of these items.
Thank you for checking in!
Sharon
  



Sharon Lim
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator #54149
Rubber Stamps and Accessories including Scrapbooking 

EMAILsharonitwithyou@gmail.com
CELL: (707)486-3500
PayPal.Me/SharonLim

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas paper Crackers including tutorial!!

I LOVE making these Christmas Crackers.  I used multiple packs of Warmth and Cheer 6X6 Decorative Series Paper (DSP).
I watched this Helen Griffin's video
First, you score at 1-3/8", 2-3/4", 4-1/8" and 5-1/2". 
 Then, you turn it 90 degrees and score at 1", 1-1/2", 2", 4", 4-1/2" and 5"
 Your paper should look like this:
 Fold into a "C"
 Fold over the first 1/2" and using the Envelope Punch Board and punch at 1-1/2" and at 4-1/2".  Repeat BOTH the fold and the punches on EVERY score line.
 Even punch the edge of the paper, see the bottom? When you are done, your paper should look like this:
 Turn to the side and fold both sides like "W's" so your paper will now look like this:
 Place some Tear and Tape on the 1/2" edge.
 Peel off the paper and lay it down on the table,
 And place the other side on top of the adhesive you just exposed.
 You should now have a box like this:
I put 2 Ferrero Rocher in the box with the gold showing on the outside.  Then, use any 2 pieces of ribbon or string to tie over the holes so it looks like this:

As an added bonus, I decorated the bag that held a special order of 15 Christmas Crackers to look like Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.
I even made a Mardi Gras themed cracker for my friend Leanne.  Here they are!


Thank you for checking in!
Sharon
  



Sharon Lim
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator #54149
Rubber Stamps and Accessories including Scrapbooking 

EMAILsharonitwithyou@gmail.com
CELL: (707)486-3500
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Magic Card Tutorial

Hello,
Inspired by this Magic Card video, I wanted to try this technique out.  
Here's my version of it using the Jar of Love stamp set and the Everyday Jar Framelits.  The first picture is the card insert inside and the second picture is the card insert pulled out, revealing the hidden picture.  Cool, right?
First I folded the 12x12 By the Shore DSP (Decorative Series Paper) in half and cut out 2 of the Mini Treat Bags.  I could get 2 per sheet.  This is what the pieces look like, see how they are opposites?  You want to score about 1/8" from the score you get from the Framelits.
 Then, using the Layering Ovals, I cut out a window on one of the sheets.
 Using the Foam Strips, I cut them to fit the sides of the paper.  See how one paper is flipped over?
 Then, layer them on each other so the tops match.
 See how the foam strips fit together?  That's so the double layered card insert can fit.
To make the insert, cut a window sheet and a piece of Whisper White both at 3-1/8" x 5," then using Washi Tape, adhere them together at the top.  You first stamp the bottom image (jar outline, words, and fish).  On the front, only stamp the jar outline in Staz On Black ink while lining it up with the first outline on the bottom image.
Insert it into the card, separating the front into the front slot and the paper to the back slot.  The card closed will look like this:
 When you pull the tab, you will reveal the hidden image on the bottom card...MAGIC!!
Here's another version using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.
 I used Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso markers and "thumped" them on the stamp to randomize the trees.
 Here is a close up of the inside card.



Thank you for checking in!
Sharon
  



Sharon Lim
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator #54149
Rubber Stamps and Accessories including Scrapbooking 

EMAILsharonitwithyou@gmail.com
CELL: (707)486-3500
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Origami Star Ornament

Hello,
I found this ornament and fell in love with it.  I used the Candy Cane Designer Series Paper (DSP) and could get 3 ornaments per sheet.  Here's a video of it in action.

First, I started a piece of 12X12 DSP and cut them into 3X3 squares.  I got 16 squares from each sheet. Take 15 of them and score them at 1-1/2" both horizontally, vertically, and diagonally. Save the 16th square for the ends later.
 Fold each square first diagonally, then horizontally, then vertically like the picture below.
 Your square should look like this:
 Squeeze the paper so it looks like this:
 You will need 5 squares for each ornament.
 Place adhesive on on side of the square.
 Lay the second square facing the same way until you get a design like this:
 Here is another view of the ornament.
 Place adhesive on one end and attach a 5-1/2" piece of ribbon and then cover with more adhesive.
 Cut the saved 16th square into four 1-1/2" squares and use 2 to cover up the ends.
 Here is one end completed.
 Repeat on the other end.
 Close up the ornament, fold the ribbon in half to thread a bead on, and then tie the end up in a knot.  This is what it should look like:
Here is the video again of the ornament in action:
Thank you for checking in!
Sharon
  


Sharon Lim
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator #54149
Rubber Stamps and Accessories including Scrapbooking 

EMAILsharonitwithyou@gmail.com
CELL: (707)486-3500
PayPal.Me/SharonLim