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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! 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago at the CLASSroom
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Thank you all so much for all of your wonderful comments on my Essentials by Ellen Spring 2015 die and stamp release giveaway projects and blog post! The winner, chosen by Random.org, is #193: Who is . . . 193 Janet said... AWESOMENESS!!!! Lovin' this new release! ~God bless~ Congratulations, Janet!! I have emailed you. If you don't see that email, please contact me with your mailing address via the envelope icon under my photo at the top right of my blog. If you were waiting to see if you won before placing an order, you can shop the new release HERE (it is Mother's Day weekend, after all)!! ----------------------- --------------------------------------- I hope you all have a fabulous Mother's Day weekend! Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at PaperFections
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Thank you all so much for all of your fabulous comments on Julie Ebersole's new Essentials by Ellen stamp and die release blog hop this week. Remember, you still have until this coming Tuesday, May 5 to comment on my blog post below to be entered for the chance to win the stamp set I used on my projects! I couldn't resist using more of Julie's new die and stamp sets today on this card over in Ellen's the CLASSroom. I hope you'll join me there to find out how to make quick and easy die cut cards with your Copic markers! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at PaperFections
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Hello, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the new Spring 2015 Essentials by Ellen stamp and die release and blog hop this week! I have another project for you today that uses Julie's pretty new Wild Garden dies and 12... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at the CLASSroom
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Hello, and welcome to the Spring 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop ... I’ll be showcasing some of the new stamp sets and dies In my post today! I also get to give away this gorgeous new floral stamp set, called Bohemian Garden to a lucky someone! Please leave a comment here on this blog post to enter my giveaway. The fun begins in the CLASSroom, where there is also a Grand Giveaway! To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by May 5th! Winners will be announced May 8th. Here's an 8-inch scrapbook page of my youngest daughter that I made with the Bohemian Garden stamp set, along with the very cool Be-YOU-Tiful die, Amazing Women stamp set and Mondo Magnolia stamp set and coordinating Mondo Magnolia die (all bold products are linked below in the supply section): (Click on any photo for a larger view) 1. I started this page by gold and silver heat embossing the pretty Bohemian Garden flowers onto an 8-inch piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. These stamps stamp so VERY nicely and the outline size is perfect for either embossing or coloring and the variety... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at PaperFections
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Hello, everyone ... it is, indeed, a beautiful day here in south Texas! I hope it is in your part of the country, as well. Another reason it is a beautiful day ... this is my first post as a new design team member for Pink Ink Stamp Company! If you take a look around their website, you may notice it looks a little familiar. That's because the owner of Pink Ink, Peggy Jo Ackley -- a very accomplished illustrator -- purchased the Lockhart Stamp Company (for whom I designed for about 5-1/2 years) almost two years ago, and her style is very similar to Karen Lockhart's. Peggy produces and distributes her own new Pink Ink stamp line, as well as the entire current line of Lockhart Stamp Co stamps! So I was thrilled when Peggy asked me to join her new design team! My card uses a brand new beautiful Spring/Summer Release stamp, Summer Planter (all bold products are linked below in the supply section): I stamped the flower planter onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic Sketch Markers. Here's a quick step-out of the markers I used to color... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at PaperFections
So fun, Julie -- Love this!
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2015 on Hello, Monday 04.20.2015 at the CLASSroom
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Happy Saturday ... I hope you are enjoying your weekend! Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom I have this sweet baby shaker card to share, along with full instructions on how to create a shaker card ... I hope you'll join me there! Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at PaperFections
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Hello everyone! I rarely need baby cards any longer but my hair stylist is having her first baby soon, so I wanted to make something fun for her. Here's the sweet shaker card I came up with (all bold products... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at the CLASSroom
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Maybe this cute guy will help! I made this sweet card for the current Mix It Up Challenge going on over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom. Yes, that's right ... If you haven't heard yet, Ellen is sponsoring two new challenges per month and just by participating you have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the store! The Mix It Up Challenge is a challenge where Ellen invites one manufacturer (product carried in the store) to contribute a design that combines Essentials by Ellen stamps/dies with their product to inspire our readers! All you have to do is create a project with the manufacturer's product combined with Essentials by Ellen stamps/dies and link it up on the challenge blog post ... it's that easy! This month's Mix It Up challenge manufacturer is Lawn Fawn. I used their awesome Milo's ABCs alphabet stamps to create a custom sentiment for Julie's Essentials by Ellen Wish Big hippo. (All bold products are linked below in the supply section). The watery background for the hippo was created with my Copic Watercolor Background technique (tutorial can be found here). Basically, Copic Various Ink Refills BG01, BG53, B23 (shown below) were scribbled and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at PaperFections
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It is with sadness and a great deal of admiration that the Copic team bids farewell to our long-time friend and Copic team member, Sherrie Siemens. Sherrie has made the very difficult choice to step down from the team, as she begins an exciting new adventure going back to school to pursue a brand new career. (Above photo – Copic training event in Chicago 2011 – Sherrie, MandiLee Klinger, Lori Craig and myself) I've had the honor to serve on a few design teams with Sherrie over the years and have always admired her gorgeous artwork, mad coloring skills, integrity and kindness. We will ALL sorely miss you, Sherrie ... Best of luck in the next phase of your life! The beautiful portrait of Sherrie above reminded me of this sweet image: Digital image is A Special Flower from A Day For Daisies. Other supplies are linked below. Background was airbrushed with Y21. Shadows behind girl were dotted with C1, C2, and Y21. Our Copic team has all posted for Sherrie today. Some of them will have pictures, and some may have projects. We'd love for you to stop by Sherrie's blog (last link on the list below) and share... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at PaperFections
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Happy Easter, Friends! This is getting up a little later than I wanted today, after a little detour trip to the ER with my husband last night (just as I was finishing the coloring of this image)! He is doing fine now, but I'm sure you can imagine what a Saturday night on a holiday weekend was like at the hospital ... hurry up and wait for 5 hours! :) This adorable Easter Egg image is a digi stamp from A Day For Daisies. Every now and then I love the instant gratification of a new image to color ... even at midnight! (All bold products are linked below in the supply section). After printing the image onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card, I colored it with these Copic Sketch Markers: I tried out a little different technique to color the ground and sky ... and that is stippling or dotting the tip of your brush marker to fill in those areas. For the blue sky background, I started with a quick and light solid coloring of my lightest BG0000, then went back with my two darker BG000 and BG01 markers and did the stippling. The ground was dotted with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at PaperFections
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Do you have a BIG birthday coming up soon? Maybe this card using the Wish Big Essentials by Ellen stamp set will help! Details are over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom today ... I hope you'll join me there! Happy Good Friday! Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at PaperFections
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Happy Good Friday to you all! I've had this idea in my head for this awesome Wish Big stamp set by Ms. Julie and finally took the time to try it out. Unfortunately, I was having too much fun and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at the CLASSroom
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Gorgeous, Cindy!
How very sweet of you, Carolyn -- I greatly appreciate you saying that! Im so glad you like this technique! Sharon Harnist www.PaperFections.com
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I updated my Copic "watercolor" technique with a new/different paper! It's perfect if you don't care for the super glossiness of glossy paper. I hope you'll join me over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom for all the details and I hope you are staying dry wherever you are ... we've been getting rain for two days straight and more is on the way tomorrow! Happy weekend! Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at PaperFections
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Hello, everyone -- I have another Beautiful Background card to share with you on this very rainy Spring weekend we're having here in south Texas! You may remember this technique I shared last summer here in the CLASSroom -- I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at the CLASSroom
You are brilliant, Mrs. E -- this is adorable and such a great "other" use for this die!!
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2015 on Hello, Monday 03.16.2015 at the CLASSroom
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My Favorite Things put a lot of thought into their products and their line of Cover-Ups Die-namics reflects their attention to detail when it comes to what works for YOU! Designed to layer beautifully on a standard A2 card size, Cover-Ups add dimension and texture. These designs are equally as beautiful tone-on-tone as they are with bright, contrasting pops of color. You’ll be amazed at the creative ways the MFT design team has featured Cover-Ups in their projects this month! I also love using Cover-Ups on my scrapbook pages ... here's an example: I love how easy it is to get perfect, bold accents with Cover-Ups! Here, I used one of my favorites, the Floral Fusion, cut from this month's new Tickled Pink cardstock, and layered it behind my girls' photo booth strip of photos. The Happy Die-namics was cut from Tickled Pink, and Cranberry Cocktail cardstock, then layered together across the top of the page. An additional Happy Trio (this month's Free with $60) die cut (from Blue Breeze cardstock) was added to the title line. On the left side of the page I placed a leftover strip (from a previous project) of all the new March colors of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at PaperFections
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Stencils may not get the same recognition as stamps and dies but believe me, they simply can’t be beat in terms of versatility! Their flexibility and durability make them the perfect choice for adding color and texture with any number of mediums and with close to 70 different options in two different sizes available in the MFT shop, you’re sure to find the perfect design for your next project. This month, the MFT Design Team is inspiring you to play with stencils. (All bold products are linked below in the supply section). My first card uses the new Polka Dot Stencil and one of my very favorite ways of using stencils ... with watercolor! I placed the stencil over Primitive White cardstock and then used these Premium Dye Ink Refills to color in the dots: Tropical Teal, Coral Crush, and Steel Blue (which happen to be the current Color Challenge 17! The Polka Dot panel was cut with the curved panel from Blueprints 22 and placed onto a Tropical Teal card base. Next, the Happy Die-namics were cut from Coral Crush and Tropical Teal cardstock, layered together, slightly offset, with Copic X-Press It Foam Tape. The Totally Happy sentiment was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at PaperFections
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I love My Favorite Things' Blueprints Die-namics because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when you’re short on time or inspiration. I also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when I have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. MFT's new Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the design team to both assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches as well as design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints. Wonky panels are trickier to execute than they might appear at first glance. This month’s challenge focuses on Blueprints 15 and Blueprints 18 that make creating die-cut panels with a little sass to them quick and easy! (All bold products are linked below in the supply section). My first card uses Blueprints 18 and follows one of the provided sketches (with a little addition of a cloud!): The sweet Wish You Were Here Pure Innocence girl was stamped with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto a Primitive White cardstock base and colored with the Copic markers listed below in the supply section. The Blueprints 18 wonky panel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at PaperFections