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Thursday, 2 April 2020

Too Cute NEW Spring Has Sprung digi collection from Polkadoodles

If you were on Instagram & Facebook this weekend, you may have noticed a brand new digi release from Polkadoodles. It was a set of 5 images from the Too Cute range called "Spring has Sprung".

I dusted off my Lyra Rembrandt polycolor pencils, gave them a quick sharpen & had fun getting back in to a colouring vibe with 3 of the images in the release.

Colouring digi images with pencils by Lou Sims


 Polkadoodles Too Cute "Spring has Sprung" digi collection

You can see the full collection HERE but before popping over, check out the discount code(s) above.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Quick & easy teaching resources using Tonic Studio dies

Now that most children are at home, I thought it would be great if we could combine creativity with learning, especially if it meant we could use our own stash. With this in mind, I have put together a quick video showing a few ideas using Tonic Studios Beautiful Basket dies ...



I decided to create 4 baskets in different colours but you could create them in white card and the children paint or colour them. Below are lots of ways to use the baskets ...

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