Step it Up Sketch - Fancy Friday Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another Fancy Friday blog hop! We're a group of past and present Stampin' Up! Artisans who love to bring you inspiration each month. We hope you take these ideas and CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) them in your own crafting time and space!

You've Got This Step It Up Sketch Challenge - Susan Wong for Fancy Friday

This month we have a sketch challenge with a twist. As we share our simple projects and also their stepped up versions, you can see how to turn a basic card into something spectacular. OR pare something super fancy back into a card that's quick and easy to replicate. This is such a great skill to have when turning creations you come across into your own works of art. So, beginners and avid crafters alike, this hop is for you. #yourewelcome  :) xx

Fancy Friday Step It Up Sketch Challenge

FIRST - keep it simple with stamped layers from the You've Got This stamp set.

You've Got This Card 1 - Susan Wong for Fancy Friday

You've Got This Card 1 - Susan Wong for Fancy Friday

HOT TIP: Basic Colouring
Don't forget our Stampin' Write markers are great for that touch of colour where you need it. I used my Delightful Dijon marker to add interest to the flower centre.

THEN - step it up with some Watercolor Pencils, paper layers and attention to detail...

You've Got This Card 2 - Susan Wong for Fancy Friday

Swoon!! Don't you love the Sale-A-Bration Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper?!

You've Got This Card 2 - Susan Wong for Fancy Friday

HOT TIP: Sponging a background 
Want to avoid streaks or putting on too much colour too fast? Pick up your ink on your sponge then and dry it out on spare paper until it's not streaky but still giving colour. Then apply in thin layers to your background paper. I built mine up for the ombre effect using Delightful Dijon.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: You've Got This
Inks: Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Delightful Dijon, Basic Black Archival
Papers: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper
Tools/Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter, 2015-2017 In Color Doilies, Basic Black Baker's Twine, Basic Jewels Rhinestones

Today (31st March NZT) is the last day of Sale-A-bration (FREE items for every $110 order) 
AND the last day to qualify for our Crafty Carrot Co. April rewards programme!
Purchase Cake Crazy (or equiv. value) using your Crafty Carrot Demonstrator's host code and you're in - FREE!

Check out my online store here:

Next up on our Fancy Friday hop is my talented friend, Cathy Caines!
Leave a comment if you have any thoughts or questions. I'd love to hear from you :)

Cake Crazy Blog Hop - The Crafty Carrot Co.

Star-spangled Cake Crazy? Who would've thought?! Patriotic as this card is, I'm not even close to being American. Haha. But this little idea popped into my head when I picked up the Cake Crazy stamp set and I ran with it! Thinking outside the 'cake' with this set is so much fun.

Star-Spangled Cake Crazy - Susan Wong for The Crafty Carrot Co.

So - welcome to another Crafty Carrot Co. blog hop. We're so excited to share with you our April shopping list and all the jazz you'll need for entry into our programme next month...

What's The Crafty Carrot Collective?
We are a group of five Stampin' Up! Demonstrators (who have all received the prestigious Stampin' Up! Artisan award) from around the globe. We're all about helping you decide what to purchase and giving you screeds of ideas so your products don't sit on the shelf unused. Use our Host Codes to buy the feature product for the month (or equivalent value product/s) and you're in for the following month's programme! Easy as! Five tutorials, videos, challenges and prizes... You're going to love it :)

Star-Spangled Cake Crazy - Susan Wong for The Crafty Carrot Co.

Star-Spangled Cake Crazy - Susan Wong for The Crafty Carrot Co.

How cute are those tassels from the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit? Eeeep! We all love how well Stampin' Up! products work together even when the parings are unexpected right? That's the flavour this April! See our full shopping list below...

Shop Now CAKE CRAZY for access to our Crafty Carrot April rewards programme

Qualifying purchase for access to our April Programme:

(or item/s of equivalent value)
Photopolymer NZD$44

And because we know you'll want your FREE Sale-A-Bration item, we recommend adding:

Sale-A-Bration Item:
Carried Away Designer Series Paper

If you live outside New Zealand, simply shop with one of my fellow Crafty Carrot demonstrators... 

Now let's go see Valerie's awesome project!