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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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Are you ready for another United We Flourish collaboration between Ellen Hutson and one of your favorite stamp companies she carries? This month that company is My Favorite Things and this is the sweet Good Friends stamp and die combo set, available exclusively at Ellen Hutson: So sweet, isn't it?!! Here's the card I created: Because we all have those impossible-to-forget friends, right? :) The sentiment is what inspired this card ... Once I saw it, I knew I HAD to stamp and color up all the sweet dogs and cats in this set! Here are the Copic Markers I used to color them: To finish this card, I did a wash of Daniel Smith Cobalt Teal Blue watercolor on Ranger watercolor paper. Then I stamped the sentiment on Neenah Solar White 110 Lb. cardstock, die cut it with MFT's Stitched Oval Stax, and popped it up over the animals. The sweet heart is a stamp included in this set; it was colored with B01 Copic marker, then glittered with Tonic's Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen (love!): BLOG HOP: You can find out more info about the United We Flourish campaign HERE. And for more inspiration, you can find the full... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at PaperFections
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I hope you all have been enjoying the Color Trend Palette inspiration over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom this week! Today it is mine and Carolyn Peeler's turn to provide our 2 takes on this trend! To take out some of the color guess-work, the hard-working staff at Ellen Hutson put together this coordinating color product list for this Color Trend: Distress Inks: Broken China, Scattered Straw, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Tea Dye, Aged Mahogany & Fired Brick Pigment Inks (Mama Elephant & Avery Elle): ME Rainwater, ME Buttercup, AE Strawberry, ME Piggy Bank, AE Raspberry, AE Kraft, AE Sugar Plum, AE Conch Shell & AE Papaya Dye Inks (Hero Arts): Aquatic, Dandelion, Strawberry, Bubble Gum, Mulled Wine & Dark Quartz Dye Inks (Altenew): Ocean Waves, Sunkissed, Crimson, Puffy Heart, Cosmic Berry, Rocky Shore, Coral Berry, Rouge & Paper Bag Copics: BG02, YR31, R35, RV17, RV19, E39, RV69, E15 & E17 Zig Clean Color Markers: Persian Green 033, Bright Yellow 052, Light Carmine 021, Pink 025 and Oatmeal 064 Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh): Sea Breeze, Marigold, Raspberry, Pink Peonies, Sand & Pumpkin Cardstock (Taylored Expressions & Bazzill): TE Sprinkles, BZ Banana Split, BZ Candy Hearts, TE Strawberry Milkshake, TE Lollipop,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at PaperFections
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Hello and welcome to another inspiration blog hop for this month's new Essentials by Ellen products! Oh.My.Goodness! Are y'all ready for some serious cuteness?!! Meet Bear Hugs by Julie Ebersole -- one of this month's newest Essentials by Ellen die sets! I had SO much stinkin' fun stitching and stuffing these adorable felt bears and their JOY gifts! Bear Hugs is a huge version of Julie's popular All Inside stamp set & coordinating All Inside die bear -- he measures 5" tall x 2-3/4" wide, so he will also fit on a card front ... or BE an adorable folded card! I chose to stitch these three bears into felt Christmas ornaments. The JOY letter dies are from the Concertina Tags die set -- they measure 1-3/16", which were just a smidge larger than the gift die in the Bear Hugs set. Or you could use a small alpha die such as Taylored Expressions Sweet & Simple Alpha-Uppers, which are about 7/8" tall -- My first idea was to use those to monogram a bear for each member of my family! These guys were simple to make. I just die cut two of each color of bear from Taylored Expressions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at PaperFections
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It's release week for some more fabulous new Essentials by Ellen products! Are you loving the Leading Ladies as much as I am?!! Well, you are in luck because there is another wonderful new one added to the family this month ... Meet the Cozy Lady! She was SO much fun to color! I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto X-Press It Blending Card, then used her coordinating die to die cut her. I used these Copic Sketch Markers to color her to match the hues in this wonderful new Reverse Confetti Every Little Bit patterned paper: The sentiment piece is another pattern of the RC Every Little Bit paper, die cut with Taylored Expressions Stitched Essentials banner. I love all the different items included in this stamp set that the Cozy Lady can carry in/on her arm, and that the die automatically cuts out her arm to carry them ... so clever! I opted for the cup of tea, to coordinate with the "friends are the spice of life" sentiment I chose. To create the basket of leaves accent, I used some fun new X-Press It Cork Deco Tape. I just applied the tape (it has an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at PaperFections
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Happy Fall, friends! The weather is cooling down and starting to feel like Fall, so that put me in the mood for some Fall crafting! Some of my very favorite Fall decorations are pumpkins ... I have them scattered all over the house! So naturally, when I spied this plain bisque pumpkin at the craft store, I had to scoop it up and find something fun to do with it! To transform this pumpkin, I turned to my Tommy Art paints and began by giving it a base coat of Brown Black Chalk Color (I left the stem unpainted for now, so I could use it as a handle to hold the pumpkin and turn it as I painted. You can see the original color and texture of the pumpkin/stem in the photo below.) The pumpkin started out very smooth: Tommy Art Chalk Colors are high-quality, rapid-dry, chalk-based mineral paints. The chalk color offers superb coverage, opacity, porosity, and lightfastness, which adheres to most surfaces without preparation. Available in more than 35 colors, these chalk-based mineral paints are suitable for a wide range of decorative styles and come in three color ranges: pastel, neutral, and intense. Next, to give the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafters! Today I have a few more projects for you featuring this month's Ellen Hutson United We Flourish collaboration with Altenew's new stamp and die combo set, Poppy Fields! Because, well . . . I adore flowers! :) I love creating my own backgrounds, and the outline stamps in this set made a wonderful pattern, I thought! For this card, I randomly stamped the largest outline flower with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink onto a Neenah Solar White 110 Lb. panel, then trimmed it down a little. Next, I die cut Essentials by Ellen Hinged Thanks out of the panel, colored the letters with Black Copic Marker, then mounted the panel onto a Bazzill Lollipop card base: I love how the rose colored card base shows underneath the hinged "Thanks" letters when they are open! Next, I stamped two of the layering poppy stamps, using Hero Arts Bold Rose Madder Ink as the lighter base, then Hero Arts Bold Crimson for the darker accents. The center of the poppy was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink, then shimmered with Clear Wink of Stella marker (ooh-la-la!) The poppy was die cut with its coordinating die (included in the Poppy Fields... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at PaperFections
Susan -- You are so very kind! Thanks so much for the wonderful compliment!
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Wow, Helen -- thank you SO MUCH!!
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Last November Ellen Hutson began celebrating their 10th anniversary with the theme United We Flourish. And what does "United We Flourish" mean? It means that our company would not be here without the amazing companies we work with, the designers who create stunning projects showcasing the wonderful products being created, AND you -- the fabulous customers! Your response to United We Flourish was overwhelming and heart-warming! We heard repeatedly from you that you appreciate how our little company works together with the other manufacturers we carry, to bring you their products and education showing how to use those products. To thank you for your constant support and encouragement, we have partnered with some of our friends to offer exclusive limited edition stamp and die sets! These sets will be available for a limited time (most likely 3-6 months) after each release, depending on how quickly you snap them up. The theme of these stamps sets are uplifting and fun. This month's United We Flourish collaboration is with Altenew and here's the beautiful die and stamp set combo they created, Poppy Fields: Isn't this layering stamp set wonderful?!! It creates two different sizes and shapes of poppies, and also has the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafty Peeps! Just passing along a little sale info I KNOW you will be interested in!! Celebrate September by picking up some fresh new STAMPS at 20% off!!! Friday through Sunday, use the code saveonstamps17 to take 20% off all stamps in the stamp category at Ellen Hutson!! Coupon codes cannot be combined and are valid on in-stock items only. Not good on previous purchases. Sale ends September 17th, 2017 at 11:59PM PDT. Please note, we anticipate that the number of orders will alter our quick shipping time, so please expect that your order may take up to a week to ship. And please understand that we will not be able to combine orders. Thanks & have fun shopping! Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at PaperFections
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I am extremely honored and excited to be guest designing for Pretty Pink Posh this month -- what an adorable assortment of new stamps, coordinating dies, and pretty confetti! You can find all of this month's new products here. My first project uses the cute new Happy Turkey stamp set: The three leaves in this set are the perfect size to group on a background. I gold heat embossed them on a Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White card base. Then I made a shaker tag by stamping the turkey onto a Stitched Duo 1 tag and cutting out the insides of the turkey feathers! Simply place an acetate sheet behind the turkey, secure the edges of the acetate with narrow foam tape, and fill the well with Metallic Gold Confetti sequins. Then place another die cut tag on top of the foam tape and sequins, to seal them in. Turkey Day Supplies >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black VersaMark Ink Pad Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight, Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb, 25 pk Tim Holtz Tonic Retractable Craft Knife Hero Arts Acetate Sheets, 3 x 4-3/4 Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Bag Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold Ranger Heat It Craft... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello Crafty Friends! Welcome to the first day of inspiration hops for the September Essentials by Ellen release! This month brings some fun new accessories (and pals!) for the adorable All Inside bear, with the Bear Ware 2 stamps and coordinating Bear Ware 2 dies! Another one of my favorite additions this month are the Concertina Tags: So I combined all of these elements to create this fun tag card: The Concertina Tags each have different decorative bottom edges and are hinged together but you can easily trim them apart, to make die cutting multiple tags super quick and easy! For the base of my tag card, I die cut through two layers of Neenah 80 lb. Solar White cardstock with the tags die, leaving the top edge uncut and "hinged". This creates a card base 6-3/8" wide x 3-1/4" tall that will fit in a #10 business envelope: Next, I die cut a single layer of Solar White cardstock Concertina Tags, cut them apart, then used the following Distress Oxide Inks to sponge color onto the white tags, in an ombre effect: When the card is closed, the hinged tags can be Z or accordion-folded: I had fun dressing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at PaperFections
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It's Release Day over at Ellen Hutson!! Today you can get a peek at the new Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies on this page of the website, which includes a few videos and projects (or click on the individual product thumbnails below)! Then watch the CLASSroom blog for inspiration projects all this week! I'll be back here on Tuesday with the full details for this little project I created: I hope to see you back here Tuesday! New Sept 2017 Products >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Bear Ware 2 by Julie Ebersole Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Bear Ware 2 by Julie Ebersole Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Concertina Tag by Julie Ebersole Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Leading Ladies - Baker Lady by Brandi Kincaid Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Leading Ladies - Baker Lady by Brandi Kincaid Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, No Peeking by Brandi Kincaid Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Modern Christmas by Julie Ebersole Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Modern Christmas by Julie Ebersole Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at PaperFections
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It looks and is feeling like we may be getting an early Fall in my part of the U.S. -- one of my favorite seasons! So today's card honors cooler temperatures and rich, Autumn colors! I wanted a pretty leafy frame for this wonderful new Dancing Leaves stamp from Pink Ink. Here's how it came together: I used Taylored Expressions Embossing Folder-Scattered Leaves and began airbrushing the top side of the folder's debossed/recessed leaves, since this side of the embossing folder ends up making the raised/embossed leaf impressions on your cardstock. Airbrushing is a quicker way to deposit the Copic color onto the embossing folder, AND helps prevent your marker nibs from getting frayed as opposed to trying to color directly on the rigid plastic. I started with Copic YR07: Next, I airbrushed the other leaves with (left to right, top to bottom in the photo below) with these Copic Sketch Markers: YG95, YR24, E07, E25-only on the stems of the leaves. You can get adventurous and use more than just one color on each leaf, too! I didn't color the center part of the embossing folder, since I wouldn't be using it for this card. (In hindsight, I should... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at PaperFections
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The past week has been very humbling here in my south eastern part of Texas, to see the sometimes very destructive capabilities of Mother Nature. My family and I are definately counting our blessings and extremely grateful and thankful most of our friends and family are safe. I will be reminded of this time whenever I look at this DIY Fall sign I made: Here's how it came together: I started with an 8" x 11" inexpensive whitewashed plain wood plaque I found at Michaels. Next, I used my computer to generate and print the words I wanted, in two different fonts (please see this post for the fonts and where to get). After positioning the words, I secured them with washi tape on the right side: Next, I lifted up the printed words and placed X-Press It Graphite Transfer Paper under them (graphite side down, facing the plaque): Then I traced over the words. This Transfer Paper has graphite on one side (facing the plaque) and is white on the other side, so you can also run it through your printer, printing directly on it! This would save you one extra step, but I just wasn't in the mood... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at PaperFections
Thank you, Teresa!
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Crafters, if you are looking for a way to help with disaster relief for my fellow Texans, AND organize your crafting space, this is one way you can help! One of my favorite craft-related companies, Stamp-N-Storage, is donating 15% of ALL SALES through Tues, Sept 5, 2017 to benefit Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief! You can read more about their efforts HERE and shop their website HERE. My favorites are their Marker Nook: and Distress Combo Holder: They come to you as smooth, sanded "naked" wood, ready to be used as is, or you can stain/paint as you wish. I spray paint mine all white, to match my other craft room furniture. <3 Bless you, Stamp-N-Storage!! Many thanks to everyone who has inquired about my family ... we are all safe and drying out! Fortunately, we had no damage in my immediate area -- just landlocked for a day, by a flooded street. Counting our blessings, and praying for all those affected. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at PaperFections
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Happy Friday, Friends! Have you been enjoying this week of inspiration with the latest Essentials By Ellen August Release? I know I have! And I LOVED working with these wonderful new Rustic Botanicals stamps by Julie Ebersole! Aren't they fun and funky?!! They stamped out beautifully with Distress Oxide inks (Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, and Wilted Violet) on Julie's fabulous new Modern Graphics Paper Pack, using my Misti (<-- And yes, those lovely new Distress Oxide inks are all still in stock at Ellen's store!): When stamping a grouping of stamps like this, I love using the Misti and just position the stamps wherever I want them on the paper, then use the Misti's lid to pick up the stamps, ink them individually or all at once, then stamp! And guess what? This wonderful black and white patterned paper pack is printed with toner, which can also be FOILED!! So while at first glance my paper may look like black dots (well, above the dots ARE still black!), I used my Laminator to heat apply Gold Deco Foil, but you can also use a Minc Foil Applicator, if you have it: Originally, I was only going... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafty Friends -- How's the August heat where you are? Here in south Texas it is hot, Hot, HOT ... and don't get me started on the humidity, LOL! But I'll take it any day, over the frigid, frozen temperatures some of you endure in the winter! And while I love gardening, about the only time I get out in the August heat is to water a few potted plants the irrigation system doesn't reach (poor plants)! That's why I fell in love this this adorable new Essentials by Ellen release, Leading Ladies-Plant Lady by Brandi Kincaid! Isn't that saying on her shirt hilarious?!! And there are several more puny quips in this set: This set is part of a new Essentials by Ellen release from Ellen Hutson, available TODAY! You can find the entire release HERE and I'll be back on Friday with another sample using Julie Ebersole's new Rustic Botanicals set! As promised earlier last week, this is the entire image I colored using the custom RV65 color I created with an empty Sketch Marker and empty Various Ink bottle! These are the Copic Sketch Markers I used to color Plant Lady's shirt, beet, boots, hat, apron,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafty Peeps! I'm here today to share with you just how easy it is to create your own custom Copic color! Did you know Copic has empty markers available in three different sizes -- Classic Markers, Sketch Markers, and Wide Markers? And they come with the same nibs as their filled marker versions! You can use these empty markers for a number of things, but my favorite way to use them is to create my own custom Copic color. Maybe you are saying, "Why would I want to do this, when there are 358 colors of Copic ink?" Most often, I use custom Copic colors to fill blending gaps, such as this -- my favorite RV63 and RV66: These are some of the newest Copic colors and while it is entirely possible to use them together in a blending group (after all, we've been doing it since they were introduced, right?), having another color to bridge that wide gap would just make things a little easier, wouldn't it? :) So here I am today, creating that custom middle color! To get started, you will need an empty marker -- I chose an empty Sketch Marker, along with an Empty... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at PaperFections
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A Note From Ellen Hutson: Last November Ellen Hutson began celebrating our 10th anniversary with the theme United We Flourish. And what does "United We Flourish" mean? It means that our company would not be here without the amazing companies we work with, the designers who create stunning projects showcasing the wonderful products being created AND you, our fabulous customers! YOU are such a vital part of our creative community - you inspire and encourage us! Your response to United We Flourish was overwhelming and heart-warming. We heard repeatedly from you that you appreciate how our little company works together with the other manufacturers we carry to bring you their products and education showing how to use those products. To thank you for your constant support and encouragement, we have partnered with some of our friends to offer exclusive limited edition stamp and die sets! These sets will be available for a limited time (most likely 3-6 months) after each release, depending on how quickly you snap them up. The theme of these stamps sets are uplifting and fun. We are thrilled to present the second one to you ... G’Day Mate stamps and die combo by Avery Elle exclusively... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello and welcome to Christmas in July! There's nothing like thinking about cooler weather and getting a head start on holiday cards than in the middle of the hottest part of the summer -- right?!! :D Plus, a SALE doesn't hurt, either -- Just click the banner above to shop the Christmas category! The Ellen Hutson team has a little blog hop going on today for you, to help get you in the holiday cardmaking spirit! We hope you'll join us -- You can find a list of all those participating today over in the CLASSroom. Here's my project, in a chilly shade of blue! When last year's Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2016 stamp and die release came out, I never got the opportunity to use the beautiful dove from Julie's Bird Shapes die set, so I was elated to get to use it now! Isn't it gorgeous?! More inspiration for #WorldWatercolorMonth -- I created a quick background using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors: #57 Turquoise Green (very watered down). After washing the background with the lighter Turquoise Green wash, I splattered it with a darker/less watered down Turquoise Green and a mixture of both Bluish Gold and Antique Gold,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at PaperFections
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As promised earlier this week, here's the card I created with the adorable Mermaid's Tail stamp set from the new Essentials By Ellen July release: In keeping with #WorldWatercolorMonth, today I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, to make this card a breeze to quickly color! After stamping the Mermaid's Tail and heat embossing it with gold detail powder, I colored the "scales" directly with the markers and then used a waterbrush to spread the color over the rest of the image: The colors I used were: Light Green, Light Blue, Cobalt Blue, and Persian Blue. To create the water, I just scribbled more of the same Zig marker colors underneath and around the mermaid's tail, then blended with a waterbrush: To create more of a bubbly underwater ocean feel, I clear heat embossed the dot stamp from the Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops set, on the lower left and mid-to-upper right corners (hopefully you can see those glossy bubbles by clicking on the photo below for a larger view). Then I spread around some Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets in 4mm and 6mm size: To finish the card, I die cut the watercolored image with MFT's large... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at PaperFections
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I'm loving #WorldWatercolorMonth -- how about you? I thought my Copics might be getting a little jealous, so I decided to incorporate them into the watercolor mix today and use my Various Ink Refills in one of my favorite ways ... you guessed it -- by "watercoloring" with them! Don't you LOVE that vibrant color?!! "Watercoloring" with your Copic Various Ink Refills is quite simple -- Just squeeze a little of the ink into a palette, fill a waterbrush with Copic Colorless Blender, then pick up your desired Various Ink color with the brush and paint away on watercolor paper! Note: It may take you a bit to get used to the flow of your waterbrush and how much Colorless Blender it dispenses -- if one brush flows a little too much or not enough, try a different brand of brush. I have several different brands and they all flow a little differently. If there is not enough Blender solution on your brush when you pick up the Various Ink color, the resulting color going on your paper will be dryer and may streak and not color smoothly. But, this can sometimes work well to add shading to previously laid-down... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at PaperFections
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It's here and finally available ... New Essentials by Ellen!! <== Just click that link or the graphic below to see all the new stamps and dies! Here's a sneak peek of the project I'll have to show you here on my blog this Friday, July 14, featuring gold heat embossing and watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers along with the new Mermaid's Tail stamp set: I hope you'll be back here for all the details on Friday! Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at PaperFections