Thursday 23 January 2020

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #153

Hello there!! Summer has finally returned to New Zealand and the temperatures are crazy. Its been so hot all week and I'm trying to type this out in my corner (which is either freezing or boiling hot) while sweating and taking lots of breaks. I definitely need to buy yet another fan!!  But hey, I'm not complaining, I love hot weather and sunshine so its been a fantastic week gardening.

We have a really cool theme for our current TIME OUT challenge which is to be inspired by something in your wardrobe - past or present!! There is also the Optional Twist to add some dry or heat embossing. I had so much fun going thru my very small wardrobe and found the perfect thing to inspire me.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Poppystamps and they are giving a $20 gift voucher to a random winner chosen from those who do the 'Optional Twist'.

The item of clothing I chose is a dress from Ripcurl that I purchased on my Australian holiday in November last year. Phoebe and I LOVED shopping in their stores, its all beachwear and surfing, and we could have bought the whole womenswear section (well, except for the bikini's.....). This is one of the favourite things I bought on holiday:

I love how everything has a 'painted' and 'sketched' look and hardly anything is a solid colour except some of the leaves. I had a great time trying to capture this on the front of my card, let me know what you think:

 Now I've got it under the dress photo I can totally see how similar they are (Phoebe couldn't believe it when I showed her.....).

I started by stamping the images from the Uniquely Creative 'Tropicana' stamp set over the card front using Gina K Amalgam Black ink. I wore the dress while I coloured it with Altenew Artist Markers, looking at it often to see how different things were highlighted. Once I was finished I white heat embossed the sentiment from the Poppystamps 'Flower Garden'  stamp set on black CS and die-cut it out with a circle die from Couture Creations. This was put on some foam tape, along with Neat and Tangled sequins.

You have until Wednesday 29th January to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And for some ideas to help you along, pop over to the blog to see what our fabulous Guest Designer Lise Mariann and the rest of the Design Team have created for you. Can't wait to see what outfits inspired you in our Gallery!!

Take care


  1. oh I just love this dress too-what a find and what a great idea to use this! And your card really is so close to the dress. The mix of flowers and leaves loook fab and love the sketchy feel and that you followed the solid look through with the sentiment circle-super!

  2. I so love your card. You have captured the loose and beachy look of that fun dress perfectly in your card.

  3. Shona!!! I adore your dress, and WOW did you capture it beautifully!!! FAB U LOUS!!!

  4. That little dress looks so you look fabulous in it. If a bikini came in that print, you'd look great in it, too. The way you recreated it on your card is just plain fantastic. Looks like one could reach out and feel the fabric.

  5. This is FANTASTIC, Shona!!!! I love the dress, and you did an amazing job with your card. I love the colors and the splotchy application of color. Such a fun challenge - awesome make!