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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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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
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Hello, Crafters! I wanted to share an amazing United We Flourish sale happening this week at Ellen Hutson LLC! The United We Flourish line of stamps and dies are a wonderful collaboration between Ellen Hutson LLC and many of the stamp and die manufacturers she carries in her online store. Here are a few "oldies but goodies" projects of mine from this line: Be sure to shop early, for the best selection because when they are gone, they are GONE! You can find the United We Flourish line exclusively here at Ellen Hutson. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at PaperFections
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Here it is August and soon teachers and students will be going back to school. I made this card a little for those teachers and a little for my oldest daughter, who is headed off to be a college freshman in two short weeks (insert very proud but sad face here!). I thought this sentiment could work well for either: This new Teacher Lady Leading Lady by Brandi Kincaid for Essentials by Ellen is a great stamp set with lots of teacher OR student related accessories! I stamped all the images in black, then colored them with Copics in colors to match the colors in this great watercolor rainbow washi tape, which is on the inside of the card: Teacher Lady was die cut with her coordinating die and popped up over the background: The background panel was also popped up on the card front, with black Copic running down the left side of the card base, to resemble a composition notebook! Do you have a teacher or student that brightens your life? I think we all do! This stamp & die set is part of this month's August Essentials by Ellen release over at Ellen Hutson LLC. You'll find... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at PaperFections
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My oldest daughter is off to college in a just a few short weeks, so we are in the midst of getting things together for her dorm room. While on a recent shopping trip she spotted a beautiful aqua decorative "mermaid" pillow and squealed with delight! Imagine my delight when I learned of mermaid pillows ... two-sided different colors of sequins which you can brush back and forth, creating wonderful patterns in them -- sparkling like a swimming mermaid! Needless to say, we now have some mermaid pillows in the house! :) That brings us to this custom piece of artwork that will be framed and will go in darling daughter's dorm room, to go with her mermaid pillow: Thank goodness Julie Ebersole created a new mermaid Inner Mermaid friend for her existing Essentials by Ellen Mermaid's Tail stamp set! I paired them swimming together, along with this absolutely fabulous sentiment in the new Inner Mermaid stamp set: I gold heat embossed all the images onto watercolor paper, then watercolored them with my favorite Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. A few clear droplets were the only thing needed to complete the piece, keeping the watercoloring the focus. Now to find the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at PaperFections
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Hello, crafty peeps! It's release day over at Ellen Hutson LLC and we have some Fantasmagorical new products to share today! What exactly is Fantasmagorical? Well, I will defer that question to Julie Ebersole, the creator of this stamp set, but I sure had a blast playing with her new Unicorns 'N Rainbows stamp set and coordinating dies! And evidently July is World Watercolor month, so I threw in some of that, too! ;-) To create this watercolor rainbow shaker card, I used a background of watercolor paper and brushed Tumbled Glass Distress Ink over a cloud stencil, using a fabulous new-to-me tool: Clarity Stencil Brushes! These amazing brushes give such a smooth and soft blend ... I'm totally hooked on them! Next, I stamped the adorable unicorn and his rainbow with Memento Gray Flannel ink onto more watercolor paper, then used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to watercolor them both. Then I used their coordinating Unicorns 'N Rainbows dies to cut them both. Next, I die cut a spot for my rainbow from the stenciled cloud panel, then stamped the awesome sentiment (from the new Pure Magic stamp set), using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at PaperFections
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SALE ALERT! June 15-19 Shop the Oops Overstock category, save & get a freebie at Ellen Hutson LLC!! Click the Oops graphic below to shop the special sale category. If you spend at least $100, you'll get a brand new stamp set (Over It by Julie Ebersole shown below) FREE!! Happy shopping! Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafters! After a little bit of a break Ellen Hutson's United We Flourish campaign is back, bringing you a beautiful stitching stamp and coordinating die set by Waffle Flower called Stitched Together: And here are some projects I created with it: This clear stamp set is a 5-step layering set that creates this beautiful world globe, filled with flowers and leaves as the land! You can download this stamping guide to assist you HERE: Your stamp guide or MISTI will be of great assistance for this set (especially when stamping multiple projects) but since it is clear, you can probably eyeball it just as easily. Here are some of my step-out photos, using my MISTI. I tried stamping the globe stand both ways, first and last, and ended up preferring stamping it last -- I felt it was easier to make sure the stand fit around the already-stamped globe. TIP: Either way, make sure the left side and bottom of the stand are lined up straight on your stamp guide or acrylic block. Here's the stand stamped last. I used Memento Summer Sky, Angel Pink (which I ended up changing to Rose Bud for my projects below), Bamboo Leaves,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at PaperFections
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Hello and happy Monday, Friends ... Today I have a bright rainbow full of birthday cheer for you! This wonderful cupcake image is included in the adorable Memory Box Spring Bunnies stamp set. I love stamp sets that have a ton of versatility, and this one sure does! It's not only great for Easter and Spring, but also babies, love, anniversaries, and birthdays! I stamped the fabulous cupcake image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto X-Press It Blending Card, then colored it up with these Copic markers: Then I die cut the cupcakes with their coordinating Spring Bunnies die set and glittered them with Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer. Next, I die cut Sentimental Happy Birthday from X-Press It Blending Card and colored it with the same markers, with an ombre effect. To complete the card, I anchored the birthday die cut with a piece of washi tape, and stamped the Sweetest sentiment (also from the Spring Bunnies stamp set). I also wanted to let you know about this great sale happening over at Ellen Hutson LLC on EVERYTHING ! ! Shop early, for the best in-stock selections! Thanks so much for joining me today! SUPPLIES: CL5220 Spring Bunnies clear... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at PaperFections
Thanks so much, Rosy -- Great hearing from you! Sharon Harnist www.PaperFections.com
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Thanks so much, Connie! Sharon Harnist www.PaperFections.com
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Thanks so much, Teresa -- Im so happy you enjoyed it! 3 Sharon Harnist www.PaperFections.com
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Hello, Friends ... Happy Sunday! Today I have a simple 2 or 3-color watercolor technique to share with you, using the GORGEOUS new Mondo Sakura stamp set from Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen, available NOW! Tip for beginners: To color this beautiful floral image, first I heat embossed the image with gold detail embossing powder onto watercolor cardstock. The embossing helps to hold your colors within the lines and not bleed into other areas! Then I used Daniel Smith PrimaTek watercolors: Rhodonite (pink) and Jadeite (green). I simply watered down the pink color until it was very light and applied it to all of the flower petals, leaving some white space around the upper edges of each of the petals. Then I just gradually mixed in a little more of the pink color, to deepen the centers and lower edges of the petals. By gradually deepening the color, you can achieve wonderful shading with just one pigment! I did the same thing with the leaves and stems. Once the flowers were colored, I used Dandelion Kirarina WiNK pen to fill in the centers of the stamen. Optional: Add a third color to fill in the background. I used my... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at PaperFections