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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.
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So pretty, Melissa!
This is adorable, Jean -- What a great additional use for this die set!
Beautiful, Penny!
This is beautiful, Donna!
Hello, Crafty Stampers! I must mention this first today because I wouldn't want you to miss it! Exciting, right?!! Just click the banner above to shop the Stamp Category at Ellen Hutson LLC . . . Shop early, for the best selections, before they sell out! AND new colors of DISTRESS OXIDE inks are also in stock at Ellen Hutson, so do yourself a favor and add a few (or all!) of those to your cart while you are stamp shopping, too! You'll thank me for it -- these inks stamp beautifully and create such fun techniques! Shop them here or click on the banner below: Now on to today's project . . . Valentine's Day may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean you must put away your "Valentine" stamps and dies! They can be great for weddings, anniversaries, or just an everyday "Wishing you a very happy day" card! For this card, I used Memory Box's Wirework Hearts clear stamp set and coordinating Wirework Hearts die set, along with the Heart Rays die: I simply gold heat embossed the beautiful large wirework heart onto 110 Lb. white cardstock, and die cut it. I prefer heavier cardstock... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at PaperFections
Bunny - Thank you so much for your very kind words!
Could you use a little pampering today, to get ready for Valentine's Day? I'm here to help! I'm also very excited to announce that I'm the newest member of the Memory Box design team and I couldn't be more thrilled! I've loved and used Memory Box products for MANY years and I am very grateful and excited to begin this journey with them! I recently hosted my neighborhood ladies Bunco game night and wanted these wonderful women to feel special and pampered, so I came up with these relaxing bath salts gifts for them! An internet search for homemade bath salts will yield dozens of recipes for you to try ... I settled on Lavender and Rose Petal. Here's the easy recipe I used (I made a full recipe for each fragrance. Each recipe filled approximately 6-7 frappuccino bottles): 5 cups Epsom Salts (be sure they have no added fragrance) 3 cups sea salt (Mediterranean or pink Himalayan) 1 cup baking soda (helps to soften water & skin) Food coloring (about 8-12 drops, depending on depth of color you'd like) Essential Oil (about 10+ drops, depending on how fragrant you want them, keeping in mind the fragrance will dissipate a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at PaperFections
Hello again, Friends! On Sunday I showed you my Cat Lady from the new Essentials by Ellen release of the new Leading Ladies by Brandi Kincaid, so today I'm using the Dog Lady Stamps and coordinating Dog Lady Dies: Although cats were my first love, I eventually found just as much love for dogs, so today I had a ton of fun watercoloring Dog Lady! I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Ranger Watercolor Paper, then used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors with a waterbrush. I swiped #34-Dark Pink onto the background, and splattered #91-Bluish Gold all over. I love that her coordinating Dog Lady dies cut out her arm, so she can hold one of the four cute pups included in this set! I used foam tape to pop up and attach the pup in her arms, then also to attach Dog Lady to the background I created. Then I die cut the background with the stitched and scalloped panel from MFT's Blueprints 27. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment at the end of the leash and scattered a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm and 6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins. So which is your favorite: So... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at PaperFections
Hello and happy Super Bowl Sunday, Crafty Friends! Are you a dog or cat person? Thankfully, no matter which you are, the new Essentials by Ellen release today has you covered! Introducing the new Leading Ladies by Brandi Kincaid, Dog Lady Stamps and coordinating Dog Lady Dies: And Cat Lady Stamps and coordinating Cat Lady Dies: Since cats were my first love, I've used the Cat Lady today: While recently watercoloring some #90 Gold splatters on another project, I decided to use up the remainder of the gold paint left on my waterbrush and splattered and scribbled the color off the brush and onto a piece of watercolor cardstock ... this background was the result! I simply die cut it using the scalloped stitched panel from MFT's Blueprints 27, then popped it up with foam tape onto a top-folded Solar White 110 Lb. card base. Next, I stamped Cat Lady with her cat and ball of yarn with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto watercolor paper, die cut them with their coordinating Cat Lady dies, then watercolored them with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors: #57 Turquoise Green, #44 Light Brown, #47 Dark Brown, #10 White, and #20 Black. To finish the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at PaperFections
Today over on Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom blog I'm showing you how to stretch (literally!) the use of your dies and also how to mask and create a Copic airbrushed background for the United We Flourish Hero Arts-Essentials by Ellen Better Together stamp and die set. I hope you'll join me there! Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at PaperFections
Hello crafters! Today I'm showing you a background I created for the United We Flourish Better Together birds with masking and Copic airbrushing, behind a custom "stretched" frame I created with the Strands die! (Click on any photo for a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at the CLASSroom
Hello and welcome to another United We Flourish collaboration between Ellen Hutson and one of the fabulous companies we work with! This month that fabulous company is Hero Arts and here's a look at the awesome stamp and die combo set, Better Together! Here's a look at a card I created with it: Aren't those birds adorable?!! And SO MUCH fun to color! I stamped the birds onto Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White cardstock, die cut them with their coordinating dies, then colored them with Copic markers. Next, I die cut a window out of another Solar White panel using the Strands die from this month's Essentials by Ellen release and used this as branches for my birds to perch on! The birds were popped up on foam tape and the little heart stamp added to a black cardstock panel behind the window. The heart was colored in with Pearl Kirarina Wink opaque pen. To finish the card, I added the sentiment on the front panel with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, accented with the tiny heart stamped in Love Letter. <3 GIVEAWAY: To celebrate today's release and blog hop, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at PaperFections
Stuck in the house on this wintery cold day with nothing to do? Stay in and shop the Art Supply sale at Ellen Hutson through tomorrow! Things like watercolors (and my favorite Kuretake Gansai Tambi sets!), stencil brushes, Distress crayons, mousse, foil, pencils, watercolor paper, glimmer paste, embossing powder, and tons more! Check out the sale category HERE! Stay warm! DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors, Essentials 5ml Set of 6 Kuretake Gansai Tambi, 24 Color Set Kuretake Gansai Tambi, 12 Color Set Claritystamp Stencil Brushes, Set of 4 Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Brushes, 3 pk Assortment Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, Set 1 Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, Mother of Pearl iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Sheets, Copper Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir Metallic Pencils Strathmore Watercolor Paper Pack, 5x7 Cold Press Tonic Nuvo Glimmer Paste, Silver Gem Hero Arts Embossing Powder, Detail Black Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at PaperFections
Hello, crafty friends and Happy New Year! I just wanted to pop in and let you know there is a new Essentials by Ellen release from Ellen Hutson LLC available today! You can find all the new adorable arctic friends HERE! Here's a peek at Arctic Pals: And S'Wale: Both have coordinating dies and this awesome Frozen Bundle, for all your chilly crafting needs! I hope you are staying warm wherever you are! Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at PaperFections
Hello, Friends! Today I'm back with another 2 Takes on a Trend inspiration project. Have you ever used a photo or challenge to inspire your creating? If you haven't, you really should! Sometimes it takes you to places you may have not otherwise tried and quite often, the results are surprisingly enlightening and fun! Here's this month's Pin Sights - Color Trend inspiration from Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom: And here are the two cards I was inspired to create: That vivid bright background came from the alcohol ink backgrounds I created in this session << Full background technique details can be found there. This one had all the colors from the inspiration photo! I used the awesome new Essentials by Ellen Bottles of Bubbly dies to cut the bottle out of the brightly colored alcohol ink background and create a shaker card: Confetti to fill the shaker was cut using the new Essentials by Ellen Yay dies from glitter paper. The glittery champagne bottle cord is also from the Bottles of Bubbly die set. That great sentiment is from the Cue the Confetti stamp set; it was stamped in vivid Jet Black Archival ink on the card base. The second... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at PaperFections
Happy Sunday, Friends! Are you in need of a little sweet treat today? If so, the Ellen Hutson and Concord & 9th teams have you covered today! We've both teamed up for another United We Flourish campaign to bring you this oh-so-sweet stamp and die combo set, available exclusively at! Here's a look at the awesome Sweet Sprinkles stamp and die set: And here's a card I created with it: The cupcake's frosting was die cut from another one of my Copic Various Ink background making sessions << Full details can be found on that blog post). It was created with Copic RV14 & RV17, with Gold Metallic Mixative added: Then I used the smaller sprinkles stamp to add some glittery gold goodness (aka metallic gold sparkle embossing powder) to the top of the frosting! The cupcake liner was die cut from gold foil cardstock, then run through my paper crimper. The cupcake was popped up on foam tape on the white card base. Another scattering of sprinkles was heat embossed down the left side and the cute sentiment added along the bottom in Rose Bud Memento ink, to match the frosting. :) BLOG HOP & PRIZES! To celebrate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at PaperFections
Hello, Crafters! Did you see that the new Essentials by Ellen December release is already available in the Ellen Hutson shop? You can find all the fun, new stamps and dies HERE! If you have an occasion to celebrate, these new stamps and dies have you covered!! In this release is another cute new Leading Lady by Brandi Kincaid: Celebration Lady stamp set and coordinating dies! And here's a card I created with her: I imagined Celebration Lady at a holiday party ... either Christmas or New Year's perhaps? :) The glowing background was created with the emboss resist technique: First I stamped the sentiment and confetti/ribbon with Versamark ink, then clear heat embossed them. Next, I used Delicata Golden Glitz metallic pigment ink to sponge over the the Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White card base. It has such a beautiful shimmer in person! Her dress was paper pieced from yet another one of my Copic Various Ink backgrounds I created in this session << Full background technique details can be found there. I just stamped her dress onto the alcohol-inked Yupo paper using my Misti (the Yupo paper is a bit slick and sometimes it takes several impressions to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at PaperFections
It's that time of year again, for one of my favorite projects -- Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist! You can find all the instructions for my Copic Various alcohol ink background tag over in the CLASSroom. << Simply leave a comment on that blog post and you'll be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 gift certificate to spend at! Or if you are inspired to get creating and join in the challenge fun, you could win a $150 gift certificte! You can find all the details here. Happy Holidays! Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at PaperFections
Hello, friends -- Today I have a card to share that uses one of my favorite techniques, alcohol ink blending, to create a fabulously glitzy background for the holidays! My alcohol ink of choice is Copic Various Ink Refills, since I already have them on hand to refill my Copic markers. They are also my #1 pick for one of the Top 5 Gifts for Crafters this holiday season! There are a few different ways to work with alcohol ink. My first go-to method is to place drops of the alcohol ink onto a felt ink blending pad (I used YG03 & G46), attached to an alcohol ink applicator tool or ink blending tool. I also added in some drops of festive gold metallic mixative. You can also add a few drops of 0-Colorless Blender, to help keep the felt pad moist. Then just pounce the ink blending tool all over a piece of Yupo paper: The Yupo paper is coated, which allows the alcohol ink to move around on the surface of the paper, creating wonderful shade variations! You can keep working the ink until you achieve your desired effect. Another way to use the alcohol ink is to:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at PaperFections
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Posted Nov 26, 2017 at PaperFections
I think you all know how much I adore my Marker Nook from Stamp-N-Storage, right? (Unit on the left below): Well, hold onto your seats again . . . Shop Small Business Saturday Stamp-n-Storage is proud to be a small business with all their products made here in the USA! They are celebrating today by offering a FREE Pop-Up Waste Basket with any order over $50! PLUS, use coupon code MARKERS5 for an ADDITIONAL $5 OFF Marker Holders! This special even includes the latest Marker Holder for Stampin' BlendsTM. FREE WITH ANY $50 ORDER Add a Pop-Up Waste Basket to your shopping cart and you'll receive it FREE with any orders over $50! No coupon code needed. Offer available November 25-26, 2017. Get Your Pop-Up Waste Basket >> SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $5 OFF WITH COUPON CODE MARKERS5 Just add a Marker Holder to your shopping cart and the coupon code MARKERS5 during the checkout process for this special savings. That's on top of the 15% OFF discount! Offer available November 25-26, 2017. Shop Marker Holders >> 15% OFF PLUS FREE SHIPPING Shop Stamp-n-Storage products through Monday, November 27, and receive 15% OFF your entire order. Sale excludes Starter Kits and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at PaperFections
I can't believe my dear friend Ellen Hutson has had her wonderful online papercrafting store open for 11 years! I'm so honored and proud to say that I've been designing for her for 10 of those years, this month! Today's project features just a few of my favorite essential papercrafting items you'll find in Ellen's shop, including her fabulous line of Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies, by various designers. One of my favorite lines is Julie Ebersole's Mondo Flower series, which I'm using today! Ooh-la-la, meet Mondo Peony, one of my favorite Essentials by Ellen sets! This is the largest in this 4-bloom set. I allowed it to take center stage, by stamping it in Memento's waterproof Rose Bud and Peanut Brittle inks onto watercolor paper and watercoloring it with Kuretake's Gansai Tambi 36-color set. The colors I used, #34 Dark Pink, #36 Wine Red, and #42 Bright Yellow (for the peony), and #53 Mid Green for the leaves, are all also available individually. After die cutting the peony and leaves with their coordinating Mondo Peony dies, I popped them up over a watercolor cardstock base on which I painted stripes with #90 Gold. To finish the card, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at PaperFections
Happy Black Friday, Crafty Friends! I wanted to let you know about the fabulous 11th Anniversary sale going on at starting today! Just click <-- that link or the banner above to start shopping! More details: -Sale is Friday 11/24 until Sunday 11/27 11:59pm PST -20% off everything but new Mama Elephant (anything released in the last 90 days) and the BCRF fundraiser set -Must use the code celebration17 to receive discount -Anniversary sale code cannot be combined with any other codes and is not valid on previous purchases Happy holidays and happy shopping! Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at PaperFections
Hello, Crafters! If you've been around my blog for a while, you probably already know how much I love my craft room storage units from Stamp-N-Storage! So I wanted to give you a heads-up about some holiday specials they have for you! Find a perfect gift for the papercrafter in your life (or yourself)! Browse through Stamp-N-Storage's Holiday Gift Guide storage solutions that will help your special someone organize their craft and unleash their creativity. You'll find gifts in all price ranges and for every papercrafter enthusiast, available now through December 30, 2017: The Ultimate Gift Bundle Gift bundles offer a savings of over 25% OFF and they are sure to make any papercrafter's day! Gift Certificates A Stamp-n-Storage Gift Certificate is great for any occasion and can be delivered within minutes! Looking to save it for another day? Just email the certificate to your inbox and print for your special someone. Purchase a Gift Certificate Gifts under $25 Magnet Cards Accessory Trays Pop-Up Sizes: 5x7 / 6x7 for Drawer Cabinet Waste Basket Gifts under $50 Standard Ink Pad Holder Marker Nook Stamp Case Shelf Sizes: 30 or 24 Gifts under $100 Lock-Down Punch Holder 12x12 Paper Holder Washi Tape... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at PaperFections
Hand lettering is all the rage right now, and I'm on a mission to practice and get better at it! So I put together this list of helpful tutorials: Check out this fabulous Hand Lettering with Copic tutorial over on the Imagination International Inc. blog. David Sorrell walks you through everything from beginning to end -- choosing your word or phrase, spacing, balance, details, ink, etc. He used Copic Multiliners SP (0.2, 0.5, 0.7) and Copic Classic Marker to create this wonderful hand lettered Courageous sign! This tutorial by Lisa Funk and Addi Robison walks you through and easy process on how to create a faux calligraphy Thank You note. They used the Copic Multiliner Brush Medium Pen, the Copic Multiliner 0.8 Pen and the Copic Multiliner 0.5 Pen. This Mother's Day card tutorial by Melody Howe gives you a free downloadable template you can customize, along with a free downloadable alphabet which you can trace. To make this an easy process, use X-Press It Graphite Transfer Paper. Customize it and make it into a faux hand lettered card or sign for any occasion! In this Father's Day Mug Card tutorial, Melody Howe gives you another free downloadable coffee mug... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at PaperFections