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Sharon Harnist
Wishing I was on a sunny sandy beach lying under a palm tree, listening to the surf and soaking up the sun!
Freelance designer in the papercrafting industry: http://www.paperfections.com/paperfections/papercrafting-resume.html
Interests: Rubberstamping, photography, scrapbooking, papercrafting, family activities, movies & tropical vacations.
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Hello, friends! As summer is winding down, with its abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, I thought this would make a fun end-of-summer birthday card! To create the quilt background for this card, I used a fabulous blank X-Press It Stencil Sheet from Imagination International Inc (aka the Copic distributor for North America and Canada) die cut with a pretty Circles Cutting Plate from Taylored Expressions that (to me) resembles a quilt! (All bold products are linked below in the supply section). I thought the quilt theme would fit nicely with the cute county fair canning-inspired Blue Ribbon Birthday stamp from Pink Ink Stamps: You can find these stencil sheets in the X-Press It Online Store at the Copic website. The material is a thick low tack vinyl, which removes from your project/paper easily and without leaving any residue behind. It can be used over and over again ... I store mine in the storage pocket with the die I've used, so it's handy for the next time I may need it! Here are the steps to create this card: 1. Die cut the Stencil Sheet with the cutting plate die. You'll probably want to use a metal adapter plate... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at PaperFections
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It's a birthday weekend at our house and I wanted a fun and festive card for a teen ... This is what I came up with, featuring another in my Beautiful Background series: This background was created with a stencil... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the CLASSroom
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Today in the CLASSroom I have a tutorial for another in my Beautiful Background series. This one is watercolor through a stencil created with a cover die ... I hope you'll join me there for all the details! For future reference, you can find a photo album in my right sidebar which contains all of the projects in my Beautiful Background series, with links to the tutorials over in the CLASSroom ... I hope that helps! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at PaperFections
Darling card, Carly, and fun technique!
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I can’t believe how fast the past 13 years have flown by … and now my youngest daughter will become a teen this weekend! I wanted a little more grown-up but still fun card for this special occasion, and I thought Taylored Expression’s Up, Up, & Away Cutting Plate colored with Copic markers, combined with the Graphic Greetings Birthday stamped in glitzy gold fit perfectly! You can find all the details and full instructions, with more photos over on the Taylored Expressions blog today . . . I hope you'll join me there! Up, Up, & Away Cutting Plate Graphic Greetings Birthday Whimsy #'s Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz Full Pad Premium Cardstock - Sugar Cube Copic Markers Kool Tak 3D Clear Foam Tape InLinkz.com Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at PaperFections
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Hello and happy Friday! I just wanted to give you a heads up about this little watercolored Essentials by Ellen Mondo Magnolia card I have posted today over on Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom! I hope you'll join me there to find out how I created this watercolored and golden gilded beauty! Happy weekend! Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at PaperFections
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Hello and happy Friday, everyone! How about a little watercolor project for your weekend papercrafting?! If the current watercolor trend is still something you have yet to try and seems a little intimidating, this project is a quick and easy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at the CLASSroom
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Hello and happy July, everyone! Beautiful summer flowers in full bloom this time of year were my inspiration to Copic color this Taylored Expressions Gathered Blooms Cutting Plate die cut from white cardstock! You can find full details and all the instructions today over on the Taylored Expressions blog . . . I hope you'll join me there! Gathered Blooms Cutting Plate Pockets & Pages - Circle Words Premium Cardstock - Sugar Cube Premium Cardstock - Metallic Neutrals Copic Markers InLinkz.com Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at PaperFections
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Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom I experimented with using a water brush and Copic Various Ink Refills to create this watercolored look background on a special paper -- another in my Beautiful Background series! You can find all the details over on the CLASSroom blog here . . . I hope you'll join me there! Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at PaperFections
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This beautiful Roses All Over background put me in the mood for some water coloring, so I thought I would try something I hadn't yet with my Copic Various Ink Refills -- brush (or "water") coloring on Ranger's Specialty Stamping... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at the CLASSroom
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I adore Taylored Expressions line of cutting plates … they make such easy, pretty cards! When I first saw the Shade Tree Cutting Plate and its coordinating Shade Tree Scripture stamp set, I knew these would be versatile, well-used additions to my crafting supplies! For all the instructions on how to create this ink-blended and inlaid die cut background, I hope you'll join me over at the Taylored Expressions blog today! Thanks so much for stopping by! ~ Sharon Shade Tree Cutting Plate Shade Tree Scripture Shade Tree Sentiments Flower Box Sprigs & Flowers Premium Cardstock - Sugar Cube Memento New Sprout Full Pad Memento Summer Sky Full Pad Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool VersaMark - Watermark Stamp Pad Zing! Embossing Powder - Gold Metallic Doodlebug Sprinkles - Gold Metal Adapter Shim InLinkz.com Other: Copic Foam Tape Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at PaperFections
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Hello there and happy summer time! I hope you are staying cool, wherever you are . . . the heat and humidity have come back in full force here in southern coastal Texas (whew)! Today over on the Pink Ink Postmarks blog, I'm sharing this pocket card: I sure wish I had a fabulous sun porch swing like this one, to take a rest in the shade with a nice cool iced tea! And isn’t that snoozing puppy absolutely adorable?!! To make this pocket card, I stamped the wonderful Sunporch Snooze #2244K (all bold products are linked below in the supply section) with Versamark watermark ink onto kraft paper and heat embossed it with white powder. Next, I used a white colored pencil to do a little shading and then finished coloring the image with the Copic markers pictured below (you can also see how the white card insert pulls out of the pocket card below … a great spot for a gift card!): To enhance the beautiful fine cutout details of the swing, I shaded it with the C1-C2-C3 Copic markers, the puppy was colored with E31-E33, and the pillow with BG01. Next, I cut out the swing and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at PaperFections
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I adore bright summer colors and flowers, so that was the inspiration for today’s project (and the need for a special thank-you card)! You can find the detailed instructions on how to make this watercolored background and pretty Taylored Expressions zinnia 3-step stamped card over at the TE blog today ... I hope you'll join me there! Supplies: Simply Stamped - Zinnias Simply Stamped - Zinnias Dies Big Bold Thanks Build a Tag 3 Chevron Cutting Plate Premium Cardstock - Sugar Cube Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock Tim Holtz Waterbrush Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Mini Set 8 Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Mini Set 11 Memento Rose Bud Full Pad Memento Love Letter Full Pad Memento Dandelion Full Pad Memento Cantaloupe Full Pad Memento Peanut Brittle Full Pad Memento Pear Tart Full Pad Memento Bamboo Leaves Full Pad Metal Adapter Shim InLinkz.com Other: Copic Foam Tape Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at PaperFections
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Playing with watercolor again, I created this fun night time sky. I hope you'll join me today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom, where I have a step-by-step tutorial. Happy weekend! Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at PaperFections
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With watercolor techniques still a big trend in papercrafting, I wanted to try my hand at a night time sky look and this is what I came up with (click on any photo for a larger view): Here are the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at the CLASSroom
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I'm so excited for my first official post over on the Taylored Expressions blog today! I thought Taylored Expressions Coconut Cove would make a great Father’s Day card, so I put my Copic airbrush system to work and used several TE dies as templates for creating this airbrushed ocean and beach scene: You can find all the instructions on how to create this scene with your Copic airbrush system and markers over at the Taylored Expressions blog today ... I hope to see you there! Thanks so much for stopping by! Coconut Cove Pockets & Pages - June Script Build a Scene - Rolling Clouds Cloud Border Build a Scene - Rolling Hills Premium Cardstock - Sugar Cube Copic Markers Premium Cardstock - Lemon Meringue Memento Tuxedo Black Full Pad Memento Teal Zeal Full Pad InLinkz.com Related articles Another Beautiful Background, with Orchids Foiled Butterfly Diecuts by Sharon Harnist Operation Write Home - Finishing Strong! Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at PaperFections
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Hello and happy June (and graduation season), everyone! Today I have some exciting news to share ... you can find the official announcement over on the Taylored Expressions blog HERE! I was beyond thrilled when Taylor asked me to join the TE Blog Design Team and will be contributing projects to their blog a few times each month (and of course here on my blog as well)! TE holds a special place in my heart, as I was honored to serve on the inaugural Baker's Dozen Design Team back in September 2008 (and again later in 2009), so I know Taylor and the entire team are such very kind, extremely talented people and wonderful friends ... it's great to be back "home"! Getting all nostalgic reminded me of this photo I wanted to dig up and share from a get-together held at my house in the Fall of 2008 which Taylor and some fabulous stamping friends attended ... such FUN memories (we need to do it again)! From back left, clockwise: Taylor, Lori Craig, Jessica Newton, Jami Sibley, Jenn Balcer Aviles & me! I SO look forward to sharing TE's fabulously diverse line of dies, embossing folders, and red rubber... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at PaperFections
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I hope you'll join me today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom for another installment of my Beautiful Backgrounds series, this time using the Copic airbrush system and a stencil, along with a beautiful orchid stamp by Pink Ink Stamp Company! Happy weekend! Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at PaperFections
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Happy Friday, everyone! As we leave May behind and get ready for summer, I was feeling bright and festive and wanted to share a fun background that will enhance your summer party invites, thank-you notes, or birthday cards! Here's how... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at the CLASSroom
Gorgeous (as always!) coloring and beautiful card, Cindy! No mojo gone here!
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Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, is nearing the end of its mission and will be closing later this year. So if you have a stash of cards you've been meaning to send in to help our service members keep in touch with their friends and family, now's the time ... all cards need to be received by August 1st. If you have a stash of cards or would like to make some cards to send in, you can find the guidelines for submitting cards HERE. You can read more about the Finishing Strong campaign HERE. I'm helping to get the word out, and so are a TON of other bloggers this holiday weekend! If you would like to hop through a bunch of OWH/Memorial Day weekend inspiration, please visit the Operation Write Home blog HERE to find the list of bloggers who are participating in this holiday weekend blog hop. Here's my inspiration card (all bold products are linked below in the supply section): I used a beautiful Simply Stamped-Zinnias 3-step stamp set by Taylored Expressions for this card. This set makes it easy to create multi-dimensional flowers (and leaves)! The... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at PaperFections
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Hello, friends! This week is special for my husband and I ... we celebrate 21 years of marriage! So naturally, I wanted to make him a special card: (All bold products are linked below in the supply section): I played along with the current Mix It Up Challenge over at Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom which ends tonight, so hurry if you want to participate in this one -- prizes are up for grabs! (A new Mix It Up Challenge will be posted the first of next month, if you miss this one)! The challenge is to mix Avery Elle with Essentials by Ellen stamps or dies, so I used Avery Elle's wonderful Simply Said "Love" die with Julie's Essentials by Ellen Folk Hearts dies to create the popped up focal image ... I love the shape of the heart dies! I made a frame with two of the hearts and cut them out of Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardstock. I also used Julie's new 12 Days Companion Greetings stamps on the outside as well as the inside of this card ... I adore this font! Adorning the the bottom (and inside!) of the card are two sets of shoes... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at PaperFections
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Happy Monday, everyone! Today I'm bringing you this sweet Yard Flamingo from Pink Ink’s Spring/Summer 2015 release – isn’t s/he adorable?!! (All bold products are linked below in the supply section): I couldn’t wait to try a fun stamping technique, mirror stamping with it! The original flamingo image is the left one. To get the mirrored right image, I just stamped the image onto an acrylic stamp block (stamp carefully on the slick surface) and then used the block to stamp onto the Neenah Solar White 110 lb. cardstock, next to the left flamingo … easy peasy! The large flat surface of the back of an acrylic stamp (mounted “backwards” onto an acrylic block) will work just as well (and probably better) than just an acrylic block … that was all I had handy at the moment. You may not get a perfectly stamped image -- I needed to fill in a few spots with my Copic Multiliner, but that’s fine by me! After stamping the images with Copic-friendly Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I colored the flamingos with these Copic Sketch markers: Also shown is the Copic Black Multiliner pen I used to fill in the mirror stamped right... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at PaperFections
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Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom I show you an easy way to foil your die cuts. I hope you'll join me there to see how I dressed up these pretty Taylored Expressions butterflies! Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at PaperFections
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I'm so glad Jennifer showed us how to use a laminator for wonderful stamped foiling results in yesterday's post here in the CLASSroom. It inspired me to get out the foil I haven't had a chance to use yet and... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at the CLASSroom