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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:
Interests: Rubberstamping, photography, scrapbooking, papercrafting, family activities, movies & tropical vacations.
Recent Activity
Hello and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop … I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today! And be sure to read through to the end of this post for GIVEAWAY details! Here's a peek at the entire release, which you can find in the store HERE, or click the graphic below: For my first project, I used Copic Various Ink Refills to "water"color Julie's gorgeous new Mondo Hydrangea! (Click on any photo for a larger view): I started by gold heat embossing the flowers onto watercolor paper and then simply filled a water brush with Copic Colorless Blender and used it to pick up the Various Ink Refill color from a palette to "water"color with! Did you know Various Inks are computer matched from batch to batch, to guarantee a lifetime of consistent color! Here are the steps to color this pretty variegated hydrangea: 1. I started with my darkest green, YG23 Copic Various Ink Refill, and colored the blossoms in the background or anywhere I wanted a darker green. 2. Using lighter green YG01, I colored the petals in the foreground or near the top of the bloom... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at PaperFections
Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom I'm sharing a sneak peek of a new upcoming Essentials by Ellen stamp and die release ... I hope you'll join me there for all details of this sweet bear card! And we hope you will join us next Tues, Feb. 9 for the release blog hop we have scheduled for you! Happy weekend! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at PaperFections
Hello and happy Friday! I am very excited to share another sneak peek of Julie's upcoming Winter 2016 Essentials by Ellen stamp and die release this coming Tuesday, February 9th ... so mark your calendars! This sweet bear from the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the CLASSroom
Happy weekend to you all! It's been a gorgeous one here, making me definitely ready for Spring so I thought this adorable new Pink Ink Flower Delivery bike would be a great choice to work with today! (Bold products are linked below in the supply section): The bike was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and then colored with these Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens from Imagination International Inc: I used these glitter pens 7 from Set A to color the image: Lavender, Pink, Orange, Lemon, Melon, Turquoise, and Silver. I used these 6 glitter pens from Set B: Pitch Black, Blossom, Peach, Lilac, Mint, and Baby Blue. The small tips on the pens make it easy to color the small images in this stamp, and the beautiful translucent glittery color adds gorgeous sparkle! Hopefully you can see the pretty shimmer in this close-up: I adore all the fine details in these basket of flowers and cute bike! To finish the card, I added shadows under the bike wheels with Copic C0 and C1, then added the 4" x 5.25" panel with Copic Foam Tape to a white top-folded notecard with a Bazzill Candy Necklace... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at PaperFections
I hope you all enjoyed my January calendar … I am loving making them again, so I hope you don’t mind another? :) Keep in mind – if calendars are just not your thing, you can also use the same elements and general layout to create a Valentine’s Day or February birthday card. Or use the layout for a scrapbook page, substituting the calendar for your photo(s)! You can find all the details about this calendar today over on the Taylored Expressions blog. I hope the end to your January is going well! Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at PaperFections
Hello everyone and welcome to the StencilGirl and Inchie Arts blog hop! I'm excited to be joining my fellow Inchie Arts design team in a hop with the StencilGirl crew! What a fun combination of products in the hands of amazing artists ... It's like the two products were meant for each other! There are SO MANY ways to use StencilGirl stencils: with paints, sprays, textured mediums, markers, tracing, pastels, inks, Gelli Plate, etc. And because Art Squares are made from a museum quality, 4 ply, archival, acid/lignin free, absorbent, matte board material, they can stand up to all kinds of layers of StencilGirl color and texture! I put together this 9x12 mixed media canvas (all bold products are linked below in the supply section): I used these awesome StencilGirl stencils: Tropical Floral, Starfish, Seashells, and Seahorses. They really called my name, since I have an affinity for anything tropical or associated with the sea, and StencilGirl has a wonderful variety of stencils! I also used three different shapes and sizes of Inchie Arts Art Squares: Swatch (2" x 4"), Twinchie (2"), and 3". Here's how it came together: I airbrushed the background of my canvas with these Copic markers:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at PaperFections
With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, love is in the air! I know I was definitely in love at first sight with the latest in Taylored Expressions’ Simply Stamped series – Roses, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this gorgeous stamp and coordinating die set! I hope you'll join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for all the details on how to create this card! And good news for you . . . Taylored Expressions is GIVING AWAY a Simply Stamped-Roses stamp set and their fabulous multi-colored pack of envelopes like I used in this project, to one lucky commenter! So head over to this blog post at the Taylored Expressions blog and leave a comment, for your chance to win! Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at PaperFections
Happy Friday, everyone! Today I am over in the CLASSroom, showing you how to make this sweet tri-fold Valentine card from a Happy Birthday die, stretching the versatility of your dies . . . I hope you'll join me there for all the details! Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at PaperFections
Happy Friday, everyone -- Sharon here in the CLASSroom today! I've admired this sweet Happy Birthday To You die from Little B for quite some time and finally added it to my stash -- I love interactive/different card openings! I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at the CLASSroom
I adore the HUGE variety of dies that Ellen carries in the shop ... I could make cards for days from just dies -- and I did! :) This card's main focus, I think, is the wonderful "Love You" Picture... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at the CLASSroom
I adore dies ... they make any papercrafting project a quick and easy process! I hope you'll join me today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom for my first project of 2016 -- this sweet Valentine made entirely from die cuts, using some great tips! XOXO, Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at PaperFections
I have one last project to share with you this year . . . A fun 8" x 10" custom canvas: I used some of my favorite colors, along with glittery gold and silver accents and some fun new products! Here are the easy steps (all bold products are linked below in the supply section): 1. I started with a blank 8" x 10" white canvas and started planning my layout, using Essentials by Ellen Brushstroke Peace, Joy, and Love dies, along with a Heidi Swapp 6x6 stencil: 2. Next, I airbrushed over the stencil with Copic RV55 for the rose and YG25 for the leaves: I added some shading to the rose with deeper RV66 and YG17 to the leaves. 3. Next, I die cut the Brushstroke Peace, Joy and Love words from Tim Holtz Deco Sheets (gold and silver glitter paper), which are adhesive-backed, so I didn't have to worry about how to adhere them to the canvas! 4. Now for the fun ribbon accents -- I used Imagination International's new Hot Ribbon in Silver (which is glittery metallic!) and Honey (which is a pretty bright golden satin!). This ribbon has a heat-activated adhesive on the back that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at PaperFections
A new year always reminds us of closing old and opening new chapters in our lives. I had gotten away from making my monthly calendars this past year (which had been my tradition since 2007!), but with Taylored Expressions’ introduction of these sweet new Calendar Critters last month, I thought it was time for some more calendars! Here’s January: You can find all the details about this calendar over on the Taylored Expressions blog today . . . I hope you'll join me there! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at PaperFections
With the holidays almost over and Valentine’s Day / Spring weddings on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking ahead! So today I have a sweet love-themed card to share with you. This is Pink Ink’s generously-sized beautiful Curlicue Heart stamp. It measures approximately 2.75” wide x 2.50” tall. I gold heat embossed it onto a white Inchie Arts 3-inch Art Square and watercolored the image with Peerless Watercolors. This sweet detailed image was so much fun to color! To give the image a homespun quilted look, I used Taylored Expressions Stitched Square die to emboss stitch lines into the Art Square, then layered it onto a pinked-edge square dark pink die cut. I love that the Art Square stands up to heat embossing, watercolor, AND dry embossing, all on one project! The image was then layered onto a white card base embossed with Taylored Expressions Swiss Hearts embossing folder. Gold thread was wrapped up and placed behind the image, to resemble a bird’s nest. :) Wishing you all much love in 2016! Pink Ink Wood Mount Stamp, Curlicue Heart Taylored Expressions Dies, Stitched Square Stacklets Taylored Expressions Embossing Folders, Swiss Hearts Inchie Arts Art Squares, 3" White VersaMark Ink... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at PaperFections
As the year winds down this week, I will have a few last projects of the year to share with you this week. While I'm still working on those, there's an announcement over on the Taylored Expressions blog today that I'm excited about: I'll be returning to the Taylored Expressions Blog Design Team in 2016! You can find the full announcement here, which includes two new additions to the team! I have SO enjoyed the last eight months on the team and am looking forward to 2016! And just in case you may be cleaning out and reorganizing your crafting space over the holidays (like me!), this sale just may help! These are the awesome ink pad/reinker/marker holders and Marker Nook I use in my studio, so I can personally attest to how well all of these holders are constructed out of wood, the quality and sturdiness. The sale runs until Monday, January 4 at midnight and includes 10% off all Stamp-n-Storage products (excluding the Roll-Top Desk). If you don't know where to begin with reorganizing your space, you may be interested in their Starter Kits. If you happen to already have their fantastic paper holders, you may be interested... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at PaperFections
Wishing you all Peace, Joy and Love this Christmas Day! Today I'm over in The CLASSroom with this last Christmas card of the season ... I hope to see you there! Merry Christmas! Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at PaperFections
Merry Christmas to you all! I couldn't pass up this opportunity to use one of my most favorite stamp sets before the holiday season is officially over! And I combined it with my current most favorite technique, watercolor! Doesn't Julie's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at the CLASSroom
Hi, Friends! With school being out soon for the holidays, I wanted to share a fun project that can be created with/by kiddos that I’m sure they will enjoy making (and keep them busy!). These coasters would make great teacher or hostess gifts, too! So get out your adorable Taylored Expressions Roly Poly dies and fabulous 100% Wool Felt and head over to the Taylored Expressions blog today for all the details and instructions on how to make them! AND, there's a giveaway there, so be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win! Also, here's the announcement for the winner of my Ellen Hutson LLC giveaway from this blog post: chose this winning comment number: Congratulations to #22 Karen Ladd, who said: 22 karenladd said... I love a lot of the same products as on your list, especially my Big Shot and Taylored Expressions products! My wish list includes the Misti, since I've been seeing so many wonderful video tutorials, and I always want new dies! I'd love to try out the Misti, too! ;-) I've sent you an email, Karen -- If you will respond with your mailing address, the warehouse will get your awesome... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at PaperFections
It's that time again ... my favorite post and project of the year! Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom I'm sharing this holiday tag I made for my chosen theme of The Night Before Christmas for our 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist! The twist this year is that you get to see inspiration from a guest designer as well, and joining me today is the incredibly talented Jean Manis! Please be sure to head over to our post on the CLASSroom and leave a comment there for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to! AND if you try your hand at making your own tag with any of the 12 chosen themes, link it up by Dec 16 and you'll be entered to win a $250 shopping spree! (Full details can be found here). Be sure to head over to the CLASSroom to get the full details on how I created my tag AND to see Jean's beautiful version! Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at PaperFections
Hi, everyone -- Sharon Harnist here, and I am so happy to be bringing you our 11th Day of The 12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist ... just one more day left in this year's series! This is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at the CLASSroom
Hello and welcome to a new feature this year ... “Things we LOVE 2015” with Ellen Hutson LLC! I am so happy to be here sharing some of my favorite papercrafting supplies! Over the next few weeks the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom designers are all sharing the things we love most and just for my readers, I have compiled a list of loves AND I have a special discount code to Ellen Hutson LLC for you to use! DISCOUNT CODE: I am thrilled to share my exclusive discount code for you to enter in the coupon code area of your shopping cart at check-out: “thinkgswelovesharon” will save you 10% on EVERY in-stock product through December 14 over at Ellen Hutson LLC! The discount is NOT limited to just the things I love, but ANYTHING you love, too, as long as it is in stock! (So shop early for the best selection)! HEADS UP: If you have any of the Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies on your wish list, they are currently on SALE, so apply my additional 10% discount code on top of the sale price, for an even bigger savings . . . Happy Holidays to YOU!! :) I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at PaperFections
Taylored Expressions has some fantastic new 3”x4” Watercolor Panel packs, which are pre-printed with 12 different designs, ready for you to quickly color and add to any kind of papercrafting project! These fabulous panels combine two current hot trends: watercolor and adult coloring books! You can use any kind of coloring medium you’d like on these heavyweight textured watercolor paper panels, and I combined two different inks – Copic markers and Distress Ink! I hope you'll join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for all the details on how I created this Merry & Bright card, using one of these fun new watercolor panels! Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at PaperFections
With the official start of the holiday season today, I am celebrating over in the CLASSroom with this build-a-scene card and Taylored Expressions dies, combined with a beautiful Essentials by Ellen Mistletoe & Holly stamp set ... I hope you will join me there for all the details! I also wanted to mention these fantastic Black Friday sales starting today: Ellen Hutson LLC is thrilled to be celebrating their online store's 9th year! The celebration begins on TODAY (Fri, Nov 27) with special savings and will continue with inspiration and chances to win some fab prizes through December 12th as we host our annual 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist (my absolute favorite project of the year)! <== Click the graphic to begin saving! Here are your discount times and codes: EARLY BIRD SAVINGS: Shop early for best selection - the early bird does get the worm! For nine (9) hours beginning at 12:00am Friday, November 27th Pacific Standard Time (3:00am Eastern Standard Time), running through 9:00am PST, save 20% on every item currently in stock. At checkout please enter the following one time use coupon code to redeem your discount: early2015 ANNIVERSARY SAVINGS: If you are not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2015 at PaperFections
Happy Friday, everyone -- I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! This card is influenced by the official start of the holiday season today! (All bold products are linked below in the supply section) I finally found the perfect light... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2015 at the CLASSroom
Thinking about it being time for Christmas decorations to go up is what inspired today's card: (All bold products are linked below in the supply section) These pretty Taylored Expressions Ornament Overlays were "hung" on the card with an awesome new Deco Tape from X-Press It (and your Copic distributor, Imagination International). The tapes come in either Paper or Glitter ... In honor of the holidays, I used Glitter, of course! :) The tapes are 6mm (or 1/4") inch wide. For the ornament hangers, I cut the silver tape in half. For the left side border of the card, I used a double row of the silver tape. Here are the 10 pretty colors you get in one package: Here's a little more about this awesome Glitter Deco Tape: 10 different glitter colors 7/16” (6mm) width Over 15 ft of tape on each role Flexible and tears easily by hand Reusable packaging stores tape neatly Peels off cleanly and does not leave sticky residue Personalize walls, windows, and accessories Narrow and flexible for precise application Fun, right?!! Think washi tape, in gorgeous glittery colors! The "glitter" does NOT come off, and the tape is surprisingly very soft and pliable, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at PaperFections