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Monday, 30 March 2020

April inspiration: bullet journaling with Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll pens in my Sakura black sketch/note book

Even though times are a little strange at the moment, one thing I have been trying to do is stick to as many of my normal routines as possible. One thing I do the last week of every month is start planning for the following month. I love to create bullet journal pages as I find it makes organising myself a lot easier. Main reason: because I choose the layout, I remember my tasks, events etc.

April's bullet journal has been inspired by the wonderful song/poem "Little April Shower" ...


... AND as a complete "NEW" for me, I have completed the pages in my Sakura black Sketch/Note book.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Colouring stamped images with Nuvo Shimmer Powders - beautiful water colour effects

Happy Sunday everyone.Hope you are well especially in these strange times. I've decided to try something new whilst "at home" & some how, in a moment of weakness, Aaron has convinced me to join in with him on his NEW walk, run, walk, run app exercise thing. Oh my are my legs killing me! Apparently we can choose a different motivational voice to help us along each day ... not sure I was seeing them as motivational ...!

Anyways, on to crafting. This week I dusted off my Lyra Rembrandt pencils to do some colouring which I have not done for a very long time. It was slow going but I enjoyed myself getting lost in the process. This got me thinking, what else haven't I used to colour with? Bingo, Nuvo Shimmer Powders. Mixing palate, water, powders & stamps to the ready & before I knew it, I made the card below ...

Lou Sims uses Nuvo Shimmer powders


Thursday, 19 March 2020

Mother's Day card using Polkadoodles transitional layering stamps + distress inks

The inspiration for next project was to try and create a layered/dimensional card but keep it one layer. After recently sending a few cards in the post, the difference between flat, mildly thick, slightly thicker & thick is HUGE in costs. Slightly off topic ... do need to get me one of those slot guides. Would definitely help when I grab the 3D foam pads or gels!

When creating my card design, I took all the above in to consideration & knew that the Spring Rose transitional layering clear stamp set would be the way forward.

Polkadoodles Spring Rose transitional layering stamps by Lou Sims

I have used distress inks to create a vintage, faded background with the stamps.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Repeat stamping technique with Polkadoodles Bright & Breezy clear stamps.

Sometimes we forget the wonderful smaller stamps & how they can grab the same "limelight" as the larger images. The card I am sharing today has been created using two of the smaller stamps from "Reach for the Sky" clear stamp set from Polkadoodles.


Reach for the sky, Forest Floor & Perfectly poised are part of the Bright & Breezy collection. You can each stamp set individually, choosing the one that "sings" to you creatively the most. See below for more details or if you can't wait, check out the collection HERE.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Memory Book Essentials from dies to stamps by Tonic Studios on WednesDIE Deals Day + a few discount codes

Wednesday again! Flabbergasted as to how quickly these weeks are flying by. I know I say it each week but here I am again sharing some new and old projects for my regular Wednesday Tonic inspired post.

WednesDie Deals for me have quickly become my weekly trip down memory lane. Both as a way to share projects but also a reminder to dig out my craft stash and play with it again. This week I am sharing a selection of projects using Tonic Studios Keepsake Base Creator , Life's Journey & Flora Memoria layering dies. Okay ... probably one or two other collections added in for good measure too 😉 including the Slider Dies.



You can check out the dies on offer by clicking links below:


Lots of inspiration below using all the dies on offer this week ...

  • Life's Journey My Memory Book dies
  • Flora Memoria layering dies
  • Slider dies
  • Memory Book Essentials dies + stamps

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Polkadoodles Mother's Sentiment clear stamps to make one layer card + matching tag & envelope

Following a demo I did on Hochanda recently, show casing the Mother's Sentiment stamps from Polkadoodles, I have used the same idea(ish) to share how to make quick, one layered card, tag & matching envelope. I really did also try & create a design that could be batch made if you are a crafter who sells their cards.


What is slightly strange about my projects is that I would have appeared to have embraced the white space! There is also made a step by step video, showing how each were made - see below.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Tropical Paradise Colour Trend, Scribble Frames & Centre Piece Sentiments from Tonic Studios + discount codes

Morning everyone. it's not often when it appears that you have created a plan to combine events, when actually it was one of those chance situations. I'm a little chuffed actually because it shows that I really do use my crafty stash & not drag it out on new release days 😏😌

So what have I combined today before I go off on full waffle mode ...Scribble Frames die sets (💖), large Centre Piece Sentiments & the new Tropical Paradise Colour Trend ...

Full details below, along with discount code & giveaway details.