Monthly Archives: September 2016

Cathy’s Friday Share

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This past week I worked with the My Mind’s Eye – Happy Camper Collection, and funny enough I only made one layout that involved camping. The colours and patterns while completely suitable for camping were leading me down a slightly different path.

Project #1  A Christmas Break day trip to Crawford Lake Provincial Park

crawford lake

Project #2  Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Project #3  Dog Sledding

dog sledding

Project #4 “Home is Where You Park It”  A layout about camping!


I really enjoyed working with these products and found them very versatile for scrapbooking a varied group of activities as well as camping. Thanks for visiting my Friday Share and as always Happy Crafting!    -Cathy

Gelatos and Stamps

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This week I am working with the My Mind’s Eye – Happy Camper Collection Papers and Embellishments and continuing with my Gelato obsession . For this layout I decided to try a more subtle background, more of a water-colour look so I could later add word stamps. Supplies needed : Gelatos, stamps, water mister, paper towels, cardstock, and a craft sheet.


Start by colouring with the Gelatos directly on the stamp, be generous , use a light mist sprayed directly on the coloured stamp and place on your cardstock.


Continue coloring , misting and stamping , until you are pleased with the outcome. You may want to clean your stamps between colours as they tend to mix if using more than one at a time, or just continue layering your colours on.


I was looking for subtle shades and colours, so I used colours that would suit that as well as a bit more water spray, for brighter more vibrant colours pick those shades , and use less water spray.


I then arranged my papers and picture , and added the word stamps etc to finish my layout.

Rock Climbing

How do you use your Gelatos?

Thank you for visiting today and as always Happy Crafting!    -Cathy Canadian online paper craft supply store

Mixed media on Monday

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Hi there, Joy here with some art journal inspiration for this weeks Mixed Media on Monday.
This week I was inspired by Brigit Koopsen, a talented artist who designs stamps for Carabelle Studios and has an awesome blog with so much mixed media inspiration.

I pulled out my old brayer and some Dina Wakley paints and started on my colour block background. It’s a pretty simple way to get a basic background started and you can also create the same look with paint brushes.

Now since I’m not much of a doodler, I used stencils and stamps to help me add some interest to this page.
mixed media, art journal
Now most of this background will end up being covered by the time I’m finished. I use to think this was crazy back when I was learning about mixed media… Why did people cover up all that awesomeness?

Well it’s for good reason and I now I don’t even blink at eye at doing this in my own art journal or on a canvas.
mixed media, art journal
Here’s a close up of some of the detail & stencilling…
mixed media, art journal
I stencilled in the houses with black paint, then covered the sky area with gesso and then a layer of Sky Dina Wakley paint. Now because the paint it semitransparent you can still see some of the work I covered up.

After the sky was finished I had to redo the houses as I was not that neat when painting the sky.
Mixed media on Monday @ - Art Journal page by Joy Atkinson
The trees were created with a leaf style stencil & Lime paint. I doodled around the shape
to finish them off.

Now in my opinion every house should have a dog, so I added a little stamped image from the My Favourite Things Top Dog set. Isn’t he cute? 😀

mixed media, art journal page with Lucy Dog stamp from My Favourite Things
I did go back in with more stencils before adding my sentiment, I finished it all off with some simple doodles on the houses and some white paint splatters.

mixed media, art journal
Happy arting my creative friends.Joy @

Sunday cards share #51

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Over this past week I’ve had several products sitting out on my desk that I wanted to use up. I wanted to see how many projects I could make out of 3 sheets of patten paper, some cardstock and two kinds of embellishments from the MME On Trend 2 collection.
(A full list of supplies is at the bottom of this post.)

So far I’ve created one layout and nine cards. Over the next few card shares I will show you more of those projects. Today I am sharing three of those cards.
Sunday card share #51

Using the cut apart paper as the focal on these cards kept them simple and fast to create. The flamingo card uses a die from Tim Holtz and that’s as complicated as it got. The foiling on these is so beautiful I didn’t need to add much.

Sunday card share #51 Sunday card share #51 Sunday card share #51
Thank you for stopping by the SN blog, I hope you were inspired.
See you next week!

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Friday Recap of Layout Reveals


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Hello All!

This week I shared different types of stories/photos with different collections.

  1. I started off telling a story from my summer of when my brother had heart surgery and what a worry it was for all of us when his recovery did not go as planned. After a few weeks had passed and he was doing better, I was ready to reflect and document my love for him and his family.The soft and sweet sentiments from PP Paige Evans Fancy Free collection was perfect for this photo and loving story.

    Window of Worry by Paige Stirling Fox

    Window of Worry by Paige Stirling Fox

  2. Wanting to experiment with a little mixed media (not my usual go-to), I documented the fun of finding this theatre in Detroit with our family name. The PP C’est La Vie collection added the perfect pizzazz to the layout.

    #Famous by Paige Stirling Fox

    #Famous by Paige Stirling Fox

  3. The PP (Hmmm, seems to be a theme here – I am loving what Pink Paislee is doing these days) “Outfitters” collection inspired me to look back through some older photos of when my boys were learning to paddle a canoe in Algonquin Park. I loved this free cut file from Paige Evans (Find on her blog) and used some watercolours and hand-stitching to make the title stand out even more.

    Love Adventure by Paige Stirling Fox

    Love Adventure by Paige Stirling Fox

  4. Last, but not least, this layout was a chance for me to tell my story of gratitude and victory. For the past six months, I have suffered with a debilitating disc herniation in my low back and accompanying severe sciatic pain. I reached the point that I could no longer walk or stand and the pain kept me from sleeping or functioning. I finally went to the ER at Sunnybrook and after many tests and referrals, eventually met a surgeon who was willing to operate on me. I call him my “surgeon in shining armour”.Now, I am reclaiming the ability to enjoy aspects of my life, including walking. I used some of the soft, pastel papers and embellishments from Fancy Free and Crate Paper’s Bloom to document this story.
    So Happy for a New Day by Paige Stirling Fox

    So Happy for a New Day by Paige Stirling Fox

    Thanks for looking, and I hope that you will consider taking time to tell the more difficult stories in your life. Canadian online paper craft supply store