All about me, Lou Sims

Hi there!  I'm  Lou Sims, papercraft artist and designer. I live with my husband Steve & our mad springer spaniel dog, Ty. My sons, Luke (30)& Aaron (25) are now all "grown" and carving out their own paths.

I began crafting over 10+ years ago and started because I wanted to make Christmas cards & wrapping for a "homemade" theme we were having that year - in fact it was inspired by my youngest son Aaron. As is the way with crafting, it quickly became a hobby & then a passion. Several small boxes have now grown in to a dedicated crafting space, which although small, suits me just perfectly.

My blog started several years later because at the time, it was a way of sharing my projects but also a place to store all my crafty photos. Cloud space is the "norm" now but it wasn't then. I adore my blog and post to it on a regular basis. It is a place that allows me to be me. I wrote a post about blogging and why it is important to me, which you can find here ...

I have been very lucky over the years and now design for several well know companies:

✪ Shady Designs (2022 to date)
✪ Sakura/Royal Talens ( Nov 2019 to date)
✪ Personal Impressions (April 2020 to date) TV Demonstrator Nov 2020 to date
✪ Ciao Bella Paper (July 2021 to date) UK Brand Ambassador
✪ Gelli Arts (Jan 2021 to Jan 2023) 
✪ Polkadoodles (May 2009 to Feb 2022) TV Demonstrator Nov 2018 to Sept 2020
✪ Tonic Studios (Oct 2015 to Oct 2020)
✪ Spellbinders (2017 to 2018)

Following on from designing for these wonderful teams, I was proud to also be asked to demo on HOCHANDA TV/ The Craft Store and now called Create & Craft TV. My first shows were with Polkadoodles Ltd. Subsequently, I was then approached by HOCHANDA (now Create & Craft TV) to represent other companies.  This was extremely nerve racking at first but now I thoroughly enjoy myself as it has become another way to share my ideas, tips & passion for crafting.

In 2022 I released my own range of stamps, stencils & dies called Shady Designs. I'm blown away by all the support I have received from craft peers, crafters & incredibly supportive family & friends. You can see all my releases (so far) HERE

I have two goals for 2023:

  ⒈To actually start being proud of my achievements and begin promoting myself more. Not in a boastful              manner as "hey I'm on TV" but in a "I love my craft, let me share my passion with you".

   ⒉ To expand my YouTube channel creating regular content & increasing subscribers.

   3. To do more crafting "just for me" . Each month to set aside some time to make whatever I want, using               whatever I grab, no agenda or promotion and lose time just creating.

You can also follow me on the following social media platforms:

Many thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate each and every visit,

x x x


Jan in Tucson said…
Lou, I just stumbled upon your blog from looking at your GREAT cards using Ciao Bella Sonora stamps etc.on Pinterest. I adore your talent and am just wondering, where in the world do you live? I’ll be following you from now on. Thanks for your inspiration! By the way, we live in the Sonoran dessert in Tucson Arizona! Jan Francis
Lou Sims said…
Hi Jan,
thank you ever so much for popping over to my blog and chuffed to bits that you have found projects you like. I live in the UK near Cambridge. Lou x