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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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Happy Sunday, Crafty Friends! The December Essentials by Ellen release is now available in Ellen's shop! You will flip when you see this release -- especially if you love alphabet and word dies (like me!) or have been following the latest letterboard trend! One of my favorites of this release is the fabulous new Letterboard Die Set I used for this card: (All bold products are linked below in the supply section): I think these products would be a fun alternative to a larger letterboard because you can make cute, more "permanent" pieces of framed artwork, to send through the mail or hand to a friend or family member! This great Letterboard background and frame (two separate dies), includes the small alphabet die set that also has a bunch of fun symbols and emoticons! The Letterboard background was cut from Ellen's Ebony Black cardstock and the frame from gold metallic cardstock. I also used the Letterboard Larger Alpha Die set for the "EVER" word, and Letterboard Script 2 for the "you" and "favorite" words. All of the words were die cut from Neenah #110 Solar White cardstock, then colored in an ombre effect with Copic BG Markers. Your friends for... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at PaperFections
Thanks so much, Mindy (and good luck)! :)
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What a wonderful compliment ... thank you SO MUCH for making my day (week, month)!!
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Welcome to this year's Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist series . . . my absolute favorite project/post each year! I'm so honored to have participated in this tradition for the past 7 years, since 2011! (You can find my previous year's tags by clicking (here -->) on the 12 Tags of Christmas category over in my right sidebar). This year we once again have 24 designers paired up for each of the 12 days, to share their talents with you as we provide you with ideas for creating your own tags this holiday season! My partner in crafting today is the very talented Emily Midgett! Please be sure to head over to her blog to see her take on today's theme! GIVEAWAY: We are looking forward to seeing what you are inspired to create from the tags/techniques/themes that are shared this year and we would LOVE to have you participate! Just look for the little “theme box” (below) on each post and use the designer’s tags to inspire you to join in the fun! Remember to leave a comment every day sharing your appreciation with the artists (on the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog AND the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at PaperFections
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Happy Black Friday, friends! The Ellen Hutson LLC 12th Anniversary celebration continues this week! Each day this week Ellen's Design Ambassadors are celebrating by creating with our favorite Essentials by Ellen stamp and die sets! Keep a watch on Ellen's The CLASSroom blog for some great inspiration by a different set of designers every day this week! And you know Ellen -- it's her anniversary, but she's giving you the gifts! You didn't think she would forget you on Black Friday, now did you? :) Just click the graphic above to head over to the store -- that's one heckova great deal!! Here's a card I made with one of my very favorite stamp sets, Julie Ebersole's Essentials by Ellen Mondo Sakura: Be still my heart! Julie's mondo florals never cease to capture my heart! I colored this gorgeous floral image with another of my (newest!) loves . . . the AMAZING brand new Daniel Smith Watercolor Half Pan Sets Ellen started carrying in the shop recently -- I haven't been able to put them down! I can only describe them as soft & buttery -- they reactivate with your watercolor brush SO very easily and can easily be worked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at PaperFections
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Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! This week, besides the U.S. celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, everyone at Ellen Hutson LLC is celebrating 12 ... TWELVE ... years of bringing you the very best selection of top-notch, unique products for all of your papercrafting needs! And you know a celebration usually means gifts . . . for YOU! :D Here are a few of the gifts Ellen has in store for you this week: For today and tomorrow only, you can save 20% on ANYTHING in the store, just by using this coupon code! <=== Click the graphic to be taken to the store. The next gift is this: In addition to your 20% savings, you'll receive a FREE gift with EVERY order placed today and tomorrow! AND if you spend $75 or more, you'll receive this absolutely adorable Conductor of Light stamp set! $150 orders will also recieve the coordinating die set absolutely FREE, too! To see more about this stamp set, please visit Julie's post today over on the Ellen Hutson the CLASSroom blog here. Ready for some more 12th Anniversary fun? Head over to Instagram, where a fabulous group of crafters have put together a "Warm Fuzzies" themed hop to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at PaperFections
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I have some exciting news to share! My dear friend, Julie Ebersole, has a new online video workshop to help you through your holiday card crafting - Making Merry! Julie will walk you though the making of 16 different holiday cards! Each card lesson features a step-by-step video instruction (16 video lessons!), tips and suggestions, full-color photography of the finished project and a complete supply list. This workshop is self-paced and evergreen (lifetime access). You can access course content any time and re-watch as often as you like! Click HERE or the graphic above for more info and/or to sign up for this fabulous class! If you know Julie or have seen any of her videos, you know that this will be a very informative and F-U-N workshop!! And generous Ms. Julie is giving away a seat in this class to one of my lucky readers! Just leave a comment on this post, and I will announce the winner on Monday evening, November 12! Good Luck! This giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at PaperFections
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It's finally time ... the newest November Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies are now available in Ellen's shop and you can find them all HERE! I promised full details for the Pop-Up Mitten banner project I sneaked peeked for you last week, and here they are: As you can see, this adorable die set is great for many other types of projects besides the fabulous intended use of a pop-up mitten element (genius!) -- I absolutely love the three different sizes of pretty snowflakes as well! These mittens measure approximately 3-1/8" at the longest point. I die cut them from coordinating colors of wool felt: light and dark pink, light blue and dark aqua, and paired them up with opposite colors. So the first light pink mitten has a dark pink backing and the second light aqua mitten has the darker aqua backing. Here is a view of the backs of the mittens: I also die cut the snowflakes from the Pop-Up Mittens die set from white felt and stitched them on the mitten fronts first, using embroidery floss. Then I stitched each pair of mittens together using a regular stitch or a blanket stitch, leaving them open at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at PaperFections
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Hello friends! Today is the last day of sneak peeks for Ellen Hutson's upcoming Sunday, Nov 4 Essentials by Ellen release! Today the preview is for a wonderful graphic sentiment stamp set called Snow Days! I used two of the fabulous sentiments on this card: This stamp set contains five large wonderful sentiments, along with three cool (no pun intended!) graphic images, such as the row of vertical lines I used on the mitten cuffs. These mittens were fun to create ... Here's how I did it: - Use Pop-Up Mittens die (also being released on Sunday) to lightly trace a pencil outline around the outside edge of dies onto watercolor paper. - Stamp Snow Days sentiments with Versamark ink and clear heat emboss. - Fill in mitten outlines with watercolor. - Cover watercolored mittens with mitten die cuts, then splatter background with aqua watercolor. - Die cut stitched scalloped rectangle frame from vellum; adhere to card front. - Die cut snowflakes (from Pop-Up Mittens die set) from aqua watercolored paper; pop up with foam tape. - Glitter snowflake centers. Easy-peasy and F-U-N ! ! GIVEAWAYS: You can see more inspiration with this fabulous upcoming Snow Days stamp set today... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at PaperFections
Wow, Freda - Thanks so much for the fabulous comment, especially since there are many amazingly talented ladies on this hop! 😊 Thank you so much for making my day! Sharon Harnist
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Good morning, crafty friends! Here it is November 1, and the start of the holiday season! To help get you in the holiday spirit, Pinkfresh Studios is having holiday inspiration blog hops today and tomorrow and I'm participating today for the Ellen Hutson LLC shop. <--Because you know that's my favorite online retailer of all your crafting needs! ;-) You can find the Pinkfresh Studio products at Ellen's shop HERE. Here's my inspiration for you today: I adore this sweet Great Joy stamp and coordinating die set -- aren't those woodland animals absolutely the cutest?!! I gold heat embossed this beautiful wreath image onto watercolor paper, then watercolored the images with my Gansai Tambi watercolors, using minty green, dark pink, and aqua colors. The bow was stamped with Picked Raspberry Distress ink onto watercolor paper that was watercolored with lighter pink. Then I shimmered the bow and accented some of the lovely details in the wreath -- the candy canes, animal bows & scarves, holly & berries, bell -- all great iconic holiday images that really put you in the holiday spirit! To finish this card, I popped the bow and wreath up on foam tape onto the watercolor card... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at PaperFections
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Happy Halloween and the start of the long 2+ month-long holiday season! A little PSA for TODAY ONLY -- Make your own holiday sale over at Ellen Hutson LLC! The more you spend, the more you save -- on ANYTHING you'd like! Now that's my kind of sale! ;-) Click the banner below to get started: And here's a little start-of-the-holiday season inspiration for you, using Julie Ebersole's Over the River Essentials by Ellen stamp set: The sweet little houses were stamped with Distress Oxide Inks, the rooftops glittered with Tonic's Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen (which unfortunately isn't showing well in the photo), then die cut with Essentials by Ellen Folk Hearts die. The heart was popped up on a Oyster Gray stitched scallop die cut (made by shortening a scallop rectangle die cut). Such a sweet, versatile stamp set for several different holidays! And just in case you missed it, it is sneak peek week for the new upcoming Essentials by Ellen stamp and die release this coming Sunday, Nov 4 at 9am Pacific at Ellen Hutson LLC! You can see inspiration projects with all of the new products each day this week over at Ellen's CLASSroom blog. You... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafty Peeps! I wanted to let you know about a few sales going on, so you don't miss out on some great products & savings! Since it's time to start thinking about your holiday crafting needs . . . Save 25% on the holiday stamps & dies in the Holiday Sale category (be sure to use the 'holiday18' code at checkout): And while you are shopping at Ellen Hutson LLC, don't forget about the 'Last Chance' clearance sale that's still going on (no code needed!): And the maker of my favorite combo stamp pad/marker/reinker holders (shown below) and Marker Nook holders, Stamp-N-Storage, is giving FREE SHIPPING on all orders this weekend, through midnight CDT on Monday! Shop HERE: I hope you have a beautiful Fall weekend! Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at PaperFections
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A new release from Brandi Kincaid exclusively for Essentials by Ellen is now available in the shop! You can see lots of inspiration on the "This Just In" page of the Ellen Hutson LLC website and on Ellen's the CLASSroom blog. There are two new Leading Lady stamp and coordinating die sets (Bookworm Lady and Holiday Shopper Lady), a great little Ugly Sweater Accessories stamp and coordinating die set, plus some great stand alone dies - Winter Window and Snowfall Backdrop! Today I'm using the Holiday Shopper Lady and the adorable Winter Window die. I always love thinking "outside the box", to find unusual and different ways to use my supplies. So while the Winter Window die would probably normally be used to look at an outdoor scene, I've created a scene of my Holiday Shopper Lady looking into a store window. She's doing a little sidewalk window shopping for her long holiday shopping list, waiting for the store to open so she can catch that big sale! Remember those commercials where everyone is crowded around the store doors, waiting for it to open,saying "Open-open-open"?!! To get this look, I did some selective inking of the Holiday Shopper Lady stamp... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at PaperFections
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Hello, Stampers! Today I have an easy stamped watercolor project to share that can be accomplished in two different ways. Isn't this new Mondo Holly stamp by Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen absolutely gorgeous?!! I could not wait to get my hands on it, to color! Here's the easy way I've colored it today -- simply by using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers directly on the stamp -- shown on the cover of my Mist Stamping Tool below: I find the Misti a great tool for this type of project -- you can easily re-ink whatever parts of the stamp that may not stamp very well. The colors of markers I used were: Light Green, Green, Olive Green, Dark Pink, and Carmine Red. You can find all but the Dark Pink in this set of 24, or individually in Ellen's shop. Now here's where the two different ways come in: For the first style of stamped watercolor, I misted my watercolor paper with water FIRST, THEN stamped. In photo 1 below, you can see the paper still wet. The middle photo shows how the color bled a little more and I also moved some of the color around,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at PaperFections
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Hello, stamping friends! Today I have a little bit of an unconventional holiday card to share. Unconventional in color: aqua/mint, pink, and yellow; and also unconventional content: adorable bees! These sweet Christmas Bees are part of the fabulous new products from Art Impressions: clear and cling stamps, and dies that are now available over at Ellen Hutson LLC! I had a blast watercoloring these merry little cuties! They are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto watercolor paper, then watercolored with Gansai Tambi watercolor set: One thing I love about this large watercolor set (besides the great variety of colors!) are the metallic colors of pearl white, silver, and two golds. I used the metallic silver for the bee hat trim -- it is a very faint silver, but gives just enough color to make it stand out from the white background paper. The yellow card base was created by stamping the honeycomb hex shape with Mustard Seed Distress Ink onto watercolor paper, then spreading that color with a water brush: To finish the card, I die cut the bee panel with MFT's Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames. Then I watercolored the scalloped frame with a lighter version of my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at PaperFections
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Here's the sale you've been waiting for, crafty peeps! Get your favorite retiring Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies, before they are GONE for GOOD! Shop the Last Chance Sale category HERE or click the graphic above. Here are a few of my favorite past projects using some of these awesome stamps and dies: Using Sunshine word die: Using Stay Golden stamps and dies: Using Thankful stamp set: Using Elf'd stamps and dies: Using Prize Stag die, Have fun shopping! STAMPS & DIES ON SALE NOW AT ELLEN HUTSON LLC: Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Sunshine Word by Julie Ebersole (Retiring) Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Stay Golden by Julie Ebersole (Retiring) Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Stay Golden by Julie Ebersole (Retiring) Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Thankful by Julie Ebersole (Retiring) Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at PaperFections
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Holiday seasons are in the air over at Ellen Hutson LLC! The September release is new in the shop, and full of Julie Ebersole's delightful humor and whimsical illustrations! Today I'm using the adorable Over the River stamp set and coordinting Over the River dies to create a set of holiday tags: I also used Julie's awesome Concertina Tag die set -- this die cuts three tags at once for you! For the tags below, I stamped the deer with Brushed Corduroy and polar bear with Hickory Smoke Distress inks so the ink would bleed a little whenever I applied the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer clear glitter gloss pen over it, creating a bit of shading. On the deer tag I stamped the trees in Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio, and Twisted Citron, and the sentiment in Barn Door, all on Ellen's awesome Oyster Gray cardstock. The pine twig at the top was also shimmered and popped up on foam tape (as was the deer). The polar bear tag background was stencil brushed with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and a cloud stencil. The icy water was created by stamping the oval from Julie's new Winterscapes stamp set with Tumbled Glass Distress ink... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafty Peeps! Today I am BEYOND excited to help my dear, sweet friend Taylor VanBruggen celebrate her awesome stamp company, Taylored Expressions, 10th birthday!! I can not believe it was "just" 10 years ago that Taylor invited me to be part of her first design team to help open her company adventure! You can find her inaugural blog post here! You can see and read about my very first project and post here, or view all of my Taylored Expressions projects/posts here (or click on "Taylored Expressions" over in my right sidebar, under Categories - over there) ---> Today's celebration involves almost 50 designers in a special birthday bash blog hop! You can find a full list of participants over at Taylor’s blog and hop along with us! You will also find a bunch of fabulous new products that were released last night, especially for this birthday bash, over in the TE store here. Today I am highlighting some fun previously-released birthday products because TE LOVES birthdays and has a ton of ways to celebrate them! Another thing I have always loved about Taylored Expressions is their Share Joy Campaign. It is very simple for you to participate in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at PaperFections
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Happy Friday, Friends! Today I wanted to revisit a favorite "oldie but goody" technique of mine, emboss resist -- especially since I'm absolutely LOVING the Claritystamp Stencil Brushes! Emboss resist is simply heat embossing (in this case, clear detail) stamped images onto cardstock (Neenah Solar White), then applying ink over the embossing. The embossed image(s) resist being colored with the ink ... thus, creating a very unique background! My favorite blending inks are Distress -- here I used an "ode to the end of Summer" combo of Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, and Cracked Pistachio. The Claritystamp Stencil Brushes help give a very soft and very effortless blend! The Folk Heart was die cut from the center of the background panel before inking, so the ink catches the edges and really defines the shape! The sweet So Matcha kimono girl was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and her the main part of her kimono colored with Copic YG41 and G43 (shading) to match the inked background. Then I created a subtle floral pattern on the kimono using the tiny flower stamped with Cracked Pistacio. To finish the card, I die cut the So Matcha girl with her coordinating die and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at PaperFections