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Sharon Harnist
Wishing I was on a sunny sandy beach, lying under a palm tree, listening to the surf!
Freelance designer in the papercrafting industry: http://paperfections.typepad.com/paperfections/papercrafting-resume.html
Interests: Rubberstamping, photography, scrapbooking, papercrafting, family activities, movies & tropical vacations.
Recent Activity
So fun, Julie -- Love this!
Toggle Commented yesterday on Hello, Monday 04.20.2015 at the CLASSroom
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Happy Saturday ... I hope you are enjoying your weekend! Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom I have this sweet baby shaker card to share, along with full instructions on how to create a shaker card ... I hope you'll join me there! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at PaperFections
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Hello everyone! I rarely need baby cards any longer but my hair stylist is having her first baby soon, so I wanted to make something fun for her. Here's the sweet shaker card I came up with (all bold products... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at the CLASSroom
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Maybe this cute guy will help! I made this sweet card for the current Mix It Up Challenge going on over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom. Yes, that's right ... If you haven't heard yet, Ellen is sponsoring two new challenges per month and just by participating you have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the store! The Mix It Up Challenge is a challenge where Ellen invites one manufacturer (product carried in the store) to contribute a design that combines Essentials by Ellen stamps/dies with their product to inspire our readers! All you have to do is create a project with the manufacturer's product combined with Essentials by Ellen stamps/dies and link it up on the challenge blog post ... it's that easy! This month's Mix It Up challenge manufacturer is Lawn Fawn. I used their awesome Milo's ABCs alphabet stamps to create a custom sentiment for Julie's Essentials by Ellen Wish Big hippo. (All bold products are linked below in the supply section). The watery background for the hippo was created with my Copic Watercolor Background technique (tutorial can be found here). Basically, Copic Various Ink Refills BG01, BG53, B23 (shown below) were scribbled and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at PaperFections
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It is with sadness and a great deal of admiration that the Copic team bids farewell to our long-time friend and Copic team member, Sherrie Siemens. Sherrie has made the very difficult choice to step down from the team, as she begins an exciting new adventure going back to school to pursue a brand new career. (Above photo – Copic training event in Chicago 2011 – Sherrie, MandiLee Klinger, Lori Craig and myself) I've had the honor to serve on a few design teams with Sherrie over the years and have always admired her gorgeous artwork, mad coloring skills, integrity and kindness. We will ALL sorely miss you, Sherrie ... Best of luck in the next phase of your life! The beautiful portrait of Sherrie above reminded me of this sweet image: Digital image is A Special Flower from A Day For Daisies. Other supplies are linked below. Background was airbrushed with Y21. Shadows behind girl were dotted with C1, C2, and Y21. Our Copic team has all posted for Sherrie today. Some of them will have pictures, and some may have projects. We'd love for you to stop by Sherrie's blog (last link on the list below) and share... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at PaperFections
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Happy Easter, Friends! This is getting up a little later than I wanted today, after a little detour trip to the ER with my husband last night (just as I was finishing the coloring of this image)! He is doing fine now, but I'm sure you can imagine what a Saturday night on a holiday weekend was like at the hospital ... hurry up and wait for 5 hours! :) This adorable Easter Egg image is a digi stamp from A Day For Daisies. Every now and then I love the instant gratification of a new image to color ... even at midnight! (All bold products are linked below in the supply section). After printing the image onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card, I colored it with these Copic Sketch Markers: I tried out a little different technique to color the ground and sky ... and that is stippling or dotting the tip of your brush marker to fill in those areas. For the blue sky background, I started with a quick and light solid coloring of my lightest BG0000, then went back with my two darker BG000 and BG01 markers and did the stippling. The ground was dotted with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at PaperFections
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Do you have a BIG birthday coming up soon? Maybe this card using the Wish Big Essentials by Ellen stamp set will help! Details are over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom today ... I hope you'll join me there! Happy Good Friday! Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at PaperFections
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Happy Good Friday to you all! I've had this idea in my head for this awesome Wish Big stamp set by Ms. Julie and finally took the time to try it out. Unfortunately, I was having too much fun and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at the CLASSroom
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Gorgeous, Cindy!
How very sweet of you, Carolyn -- I greatly appreciate you saying that! Im so glad you like this technique! Sharon Harnist www.PaperFections.com
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I updated my Copic "watercolor" technique with a new/different paper! It's perfect if you don't care for the super glossiness of glossy paper. I hope you'll join me over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom for all the details and I hope you are staying dry wherever you are ... we've been getting rain for two days straight and more is on the way tomorrow! Happy weekend! Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at PaperFections
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Hello, everyone -- I have another Beautiful Background card to share with you on this very rainy Spring weekend we're having here in south Texas! You may remember this technique I shared last summer here in the CLASSroom -- I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at the CLASSroom
You are brilliant, Mrs. E -- this is adorable and such a great "other" use for this die!!
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2015 on Hello, Monday 03.16.2015 at the CLASSroom
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My Favorite Things put a lot of thought into their products and their line of Cover-Ups Die-namics reflects their attention to detail when it comes to what works for YOU! Designed to layer beautifully on a standard A2 card size, Cover-Ups add dimension and texture. These designs are equally as beautiful tone-on-tone as they are with bright, contrasting pops of color. You’ll be amazed at the creative ways the MFT design team has featured Cover-Ups in their projects this month! I also love using Cover-Ups on my scrapbook pages ... here's an example: I love how easy it is to get perfect, bold accents with Cover-Ups! Here, I used one of my favorites, the Floral Fusion, cut from this month's new Tickled Pink cardstock, and layered it behind my girls' photo booth strip of photos. The Happy Die-namics was cut from Tickled Pink, and Cranberry Cocktail cardstock, then layered together across the top of the page. An additional Happy Trio (this month's Free with $60) die cut (from Blue Breeze cardstock) was added to the title line. On the left side of the page I placed a leftover strip (from a previous project) of all the new March colors of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at PaperFections
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Stencils may not get the same recognition as stamps and dies but believe me, they simply can’t be beat in terms of versatility! Their flexibility and durability make them the perfect choice for adding color and texture with any number of mediums and with close to 70 different options in two different sizes available in the MFT shop, you’re sure to find the perfect design for your next project. This month, the MFT Design Team is inspiring you to play with stencils. (All bold products are linked below in the supply section). My first card uses the new Polka Dot Stencil and one of my very favorite ways of using stencils ... with watercolor! I placed the stencil over Primitive White cardstock and then used these Premium Dye Ink Refills to color in the dots: Tropical Teal, Coral Crush, and Steel Blue (which happen to be the current Color Challenge 17! The Polka Dot panel was cut with the curved panel from Blueprints 22 and placed onto a Tropical Teal card base. Next, the Happy Die-namics were cut from Coral Crush and Tropical Teal cardstock, layered together, slightly offset, with Copic X-Press It Foam Tape. The Totally Happy sentiment was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at PaperFections
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I love My Favorite Things' Blueprints Die-namics because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when you’re short on time or inspiration. I also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when I have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. MFT's new Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the design team to both assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches as well as design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints. Wonky panels are trickier to execute than they might appear at first glance. This month’s challenge focuses on Blueprints 15 and Blueprints 18 that make creating die-cut panels with a little sass to them quick and easy! (All bold products are linked below in the supply section). My first card uses Blueprints 18 and follows one of the provided sketches (with a little addition of a cloud!): The sweet Wish You Were Here Pure Innocence girl was stamped with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto a Primitive White cardstock base and colored with the Copic markers listed below in the supply section. The Blueprints 18 wonky panel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at PaperFections
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I'm hurrying Spring along over in the CLASSroom today! I hope you'll join me there to see how I used my Copic Various Ink Refills to "water" color these beautiful Bold Blooms stamps by Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen. Happy weekend! Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at PaperFections
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Hello and dare I quietly say "Happy Spring" (for those of you with snow still on the ground)! With the time change this weekend and Spring Breaks starting around the country, Spring should be on the way soon, so I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at the CLASSroom
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Happy Friday and welcome to My Favorite Things March Release Rewind! The design team hopes to inspire you with more ideas for those new March products you've purchased and are patiently awaiting to be delivered, or to help you finish up your shopping if you are still on the fence about anything! :) My first card today uses the awesome new Dog House Die-namics I hadn't gotten to use yet this month. It was a perfect match for the dogs in Birdie Brown's You Make My Tail Wag stamp set! I decided the dog house needed to match my Small Brick Wall house card from Tuesday night's New Product Launch (found two posts below this one, HERE), so I did the same watercolor technique, then die cut the Dog House from the watercolored brick. The house trim was die cut from plain watercolor paper and shaded with Copic C2 (as were the Clouds). The dog house was popped up on Copic's X-Press It Foam Tape. The dog was stamped with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card and die cut with his coordinating Die-namics, then colored with Copic markers (colors listed below in the supply section). Grassy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at PaperFections
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Thank you all so much for all your wonderful comments and for entering to win my Essentials by Ellen Winter 2015 Fancy Thanks stamp set giveaway (graciously provided by Ellen Hutson LLC)! Random.org chose this lucky winner: Who is: 221 - Pat C said... These are great! Congratulations, Pat -- Ellen's warehouse will send your stamp set right out to you! You can find a list of all the blog hop winners over at the CLASSroom. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at PaperFections
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Welcome to the March New Product Launch from My Favorite Things! This is the design team's chance to highlight and share more of the new release products that are NOW AVAILABLE for purchase at the MFT Store! Be sure to leave a comment here on my blog post, to be entered for your chance at winning a $100 gift voucher (see last paragraph below for details)! Tonight I'm focusing on MFT's fun new Small Brick Background stamp and Window Die-namics ... (all bold products are linked below in the supply section)! My first project is an 8-inch scrap page of a gorgeous lunch spot at the Hana Hotel in Maui, Hawaii, where my husband and I spent our honeymoon. This photo hasn't had a good permanent home for a while, so I wanted to scrap it before it got lost in another move! I stamped the Small Brick Background with Versamark onto this month's pretty new After Midnight cardstock -- it was a perfect compliment to the beautiful blues of the ocean! I intentionally partially inked the top right corner and lower left corners of the page, so the bricks would fade out. That's one thing I love about MFT's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at PaperFections
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The time has come -- it's the final day before the My Favorite Things new March products are available tonight, March 3rd. Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog to see today’s full product reveals AND enter for your chance to win a $75 gift voucher on each of the 5 countdown day blog posts there! Today features more great pet products! I used Pet Accents Die-namics and the staggered Paw Prints Stencil, along with a sentiment from Birdie Brown's I Knead You stamp set to create this card (all bold products are linked below in the supply section): I did a little play on the "I {heart} U" phrase ... I hope that kind of translates, LOL! I love that there are two sizes of these items in this die set -- makes for great versatility! The die cuts (cut from Primitive White, Electric Red and Black Licorice cardstock) were popped up on Copic X-Press It Foam Tape on a Blueprints 23 stitched rectangle panel which was dry embossed with the Paw Prints Stencil. A tiny gold metallic cardstock paw print was inlaid into the red heart. The I Knead You sentiment was gold heat embossed on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at PaperFections
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Welcome back to the My Favorite Things March release countdown ... All the new products will be available next Tuesday night, March 3rd. Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog to see today’s full product reveals AND enter for your chance to win a $75 gift voucher on each of the 5 countdown day blog posts there! Today features fabulous new Television Die-namics and Stay Tuned stamp set from Laina Lamb AND all FIVE of this month's beautiful new cardstock colors: (in order on the television): Tickled Pink, Cranberry Cocktail, Field Day, Blue Breeze, and After Midnight (all bold products are linked below in the supply section): Isn't this retro TV awesome?!! And it has so many fun coordinating sentiments in the Stay Tuned stamp set! I cut 1/2-inch stripes of all five new cardstock colors and glued them together onto white cardstock, then die cut the center of the TV from the color strips. The TV and antenna were cut again from Black Licorice and silver metallic cardstock and pieced together. The Blueprints 23 stitched rectangle panel was die cut from Smooth White cardstock and the sentiment stamped with Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink. A strip of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at PaperFections
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Welcome back to the My Favorite Things March release countdown ... All the new products will be available next Tuesday night, March 3rd. Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog to see today’s full product reveals AND enter for your chance to win a $75 gift voucher on each of the 5 countdown day blog posts there! Today features TWO sweet new Pure Innocence stamp sets: Feline Better and Woof You, another fabulous Die-namics set from the Inside and Out Stitched series -- this time Rounded Square STAX, and the fun Stitched Speech Bubble Edges Die-namics (all bold products are linked below in the supply section): I stamped the girl and cat with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card die cut with the Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Square STAX, then colored them with Copic markers (colors listed below in the supply section). The background was airbrushed with Copic Y23 and is actually softer and not as blotchy as it appears here! The Stitched Speech Bubble Edge was die cut from Sno Cone cardstock, fit for placement, then the top trimmed with the the Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Square STAX ... I adore... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at PaperFections
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Welcome back to the My Favorite Things March release countdown ... All the new products will be available next Tuesday night, March 3rd. Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog to see today’s full product reveals AND enter for your chance to win a $75 gift voucher on each of the 5 countdown day blog posts there! Today features some fun new I Knead You (cat) and You Make My Tail Wag (dog) stamp sets and coordinating Die-namics from MFT's Birdie Brown line! (All bold products are linked below in the supply section). My first card uses the I Knead You stamp set with the awesome new Blueprints 23 I told you I can't put down! Aren't these kitties the cutest?!! I stamped them onto Blueprints 23 circles die cut from Primitive White cardstock with Black Licorice Hybrid ink and colored with Copic markers (colors listed below in the supply section). The kitty circles were inlaid into a Berrylicious panel die cut with the Blueprints 23 stitched rectangle panel and circles. The speech bubble and "Meow" were white heat embossed onto the Berrylicious panel and the "Just Fur You" sentiment white heat embossed onto the Black Licorice scalloped... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at PaperFections
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