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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, 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 7 days ago 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!
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2017 on Crafty Hurricane Harvey Relief at PaperFections
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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
Thank you, Celeste! 😘 Sharon Harnist www.PaperFections.com
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2017 on Copic Sketchbook Art Journal-2 at PaperFections
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Today I have another page to share with you from my Copic 5x7 Sketchbook Art Journal. You may remember my Plumeria page from a few weeks ago, where I airbrushed in the journal. But I really wanted to try coloring with my Copic markers directly on the paper, since the paper in the journal is made with the highest-quality Japanese illustration paper and claims to be ideal for use with Copic markers and mixed-media. Sure enough, the uncoated medium weight paper colored on beautifully! For this page I used Copic's Tracing Memories app on my phone, to turn a photo I took on vacation last week into a line art sketch I could color! Here's my reference photo (beautiful Flamingo Beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica): You can find out more about the Tracing Memories app here and here, and download the app in the iTunes store. Then I printed the sketch on a page from my Copic Sketchbook Art Journal and colored it with Copic markers! To do this, I just used scissors to snip the paper in between the spirals, and gently took the paper out of the journal: Next, I used washi tape to tape the journal page... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at PaperFections
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Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom, I'm sharing tips on how to color an underwater scene with your Copic markers. I hope you'll join me there for some watery Summer fun! Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafters -- Sharon Harnist with you today, to share some tips for coloring an underwater scene with Copic markers! So let's get started . . . The stamps I'm using today are Essentials by Ellen Otterly Awesome and Otter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at the CLASSroom
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Hello, Crafters! Today I'm sharing my first attempt at an art journal page (so please go easy on me!). I've wanted to try art journaling for a long time, so when I saw these new Copic Sketchbooks, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to start one! I had so much fun, and that's what counts the most, right? :) I'm using the 5" x 7" Copic Sketchbook, made with the highest-quality Japanese illustration paper. This newest edition of the sketchbook is ideal for use with Copic markers and mixed-media! The 50 sheets of uncoated, medium-weight paper are spiral bound between two heavyweight black covers for stability, making professional grade paper and artwork palette portable and protected. FEATURES: • 50 Sheets • 70 lb professional-grade Japanese paper • Super smooth surface for clean inking • Uncoated paper (ideal for Copic markers) • Warm toned paper for vibrant coloration • Pencil erases cleanly • Super thick covers Here's a little back story on the pretty plumeria flower theme I chose ... My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Hawaii and that was my first introduction to these beautiful fragrant flowers/trees. They were everywhere and their gorgeous fragrance filled the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hi, Friends -- I hope the start to your summer is going well! There is an amazing sale starting today at Ellen Hutson that I didn't want you to miss! EVERYTHING* is on sale, so you get to choose what is on sale! Just click the banner above to start shopping! Also, a stock update -- As of this writing, the new Essentials by Ellen Hinged Alphabet and Hinged Numbers are back in stock ... scoop them up while you can! Happy Thursday! Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafters! Were you as excited as I was to see this week's new Essentials by Ellen release of the Hinged Alphabet and Hinged Numbers sets?!! These sets are in the same style of the previously-released Hinged Thanks and were such a huge hit, with many requests for an entire alphabet ... that Julie and the Ellen Hutson team were happy to comply! I was so "happy" (ha!), I had to make this card with the new Hinged Alphabet: For easy placement of the individual Hinged Alphabet dies, I used my Tim Holtz Ruler. Start at the center -0- point of the ruler with the center letter of the phrase you are creating, then add the letters on each side of the center: The fun background was created using the dot stamp from Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops. I inked the dots with Distress Oxide Inks (4 colors on the stamp at once), spritzed the stamp and the paper with water, then stamped, letting the colors run together a bit: Different colors of watercolor paper that were created with Distress Oxide Inks were placed behind the Hinged Alphabet letters. The bear and heart from Essentials by Ellen All Inside were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Friends! Here it is June 1st and Father's Day is right around the corner. I thought I'd better be prepared for the day, with a card for my husband. Golf is his favorite past time, so I thought this new The Golfing Line stamp from Pink Ink Stamps would be perfect for him! The fun background was created by airbrushing Copic G09 onto white cardstock, through a stencil I thought resembled golf balls! After removing the stencil, I airbrushed lighter Copic G03 over the white background: The golf image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White cardstock and colored with these Copic markers: I know the orange golf balls may seem like an odd choice of colors, but that's the color my husband prefers! I stamped, colored, and cut out an additional golf bag, then popped it up using X-Press It's new Foam Mounting Squares. These squares have the same great high tack adhesive and easy to remove backing as my favorite X-Press It Double-Sided High Tack Foam Mounting Tape that comes on the continuous roll, just already cut into convenient 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch squares! The Foam Mounting Squares were also added behind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafters! Today I have another Tommy Art Chalk Paint project to share with you ... this time using these fabulous paints to renew an old candlestick! To see how I used these same paints on a papercrafting project, please see this post. This pretty 12" candlestick has a larger matching mate, along with a decorative bowl that I've had for over 10 years. While the cream, gold, and bronze color scheme served me well in my old house, the new house is full of white, gray/silver, and black, so I haven't had a place for them . . . until now! Enter: Tommy Art Chalk-Based Mineral Paint! This chalk paint dries rapidly, offers superb coverage, opacity, porosity, lightfastness and is available in more than 35 colors! Bonus: Tommy Art chalk colors adhere to most surfaces without preparation! This is what I did: PAINT a base coat of Tommy Art's Clay colored (light gray) Chalk-Based Mineral Paint right over the surface of the candlestick, without any prep work. Use a stiff brush to work paint into the crevices. The paint covers quickly and completely, in just one coat! Let dry thoroughly. Since this paint is fast drying, that will take... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at PaperFections