Nervous birthday wishes

Hi crafters. I have the honour of being a guest designer for Time Out Challenges’ 6th birthday celebration challenge. This challenge is generously being sponsored by Stamplorations.

The optional twist for the challenge is die cutting or fussy cutting. I decided to use some Stamplorations shaker balloons, which I cut from scrap and glued several layers together. I painted the edges with white gesso and glued an acetate layer on top. A top layer of white watercolour paper was added.

I made the background using two Stamplorations stencils: Tribal triangles and Merry go round. I used a sponge to apply matt acrylic paint through the tribal triangles stencil and let the colours overlap. I applied some lime green paint ( which looks yellow) over the top with the Merry go round stencil but it isn’t as obvious.

The nervous rabbit is Paper Artsy Zini 11. I stamped him onto watercolour paper with fadeout ink and then painted him roughly with acrylic paint. When that was dry, I stamped over the top with Black archival ink. I fussy cut him out and poked a hole on either side of his hand. I threaded 3 silver and white strings through. I glued my balloon shakers over some silver stars, and the glued the other end of the strings on top of the balloon. I made 3 bows from the twine and glued then over the balloon ends. I trimmed the ends of the strings and added some glue to stop them unravelling. I popped the rabbit up on some fun foam. The sentiment is from Stamplorations Baa Baa Stamp set. The panel ended up narrower than a 5×7 cardbase so I put a teal matt underneath.

I hope you will join me in wishing Time Out Challenges a happy birthday and many more to come. Join the celebration by linking up a birthday card.

Happy crafting,


I am linking my card to the following challenges:

Stamplorations Never ending anything goes Challenge.

Stamplorations March Stencil challenge : Anything goes.


  • sandie

    so happy to have you as GD Christine and with such an amazing and fun card. Love the background texture and such super fun balloons go so well with our nervous rabbitt-fab to have you with us for our special Birthday xx

  • carol gill

    Congrats on your GDT spot and love your fabulous card with the shaker balloons and the cute nervous rabbit-love the colourful background you created
    Carol x

  • Anita in France

    How fun and celebratory with those sparkly shaker balloons, Christine … that nervous little bunny is such a cutie … he suits the vibrant, full-of-energy background brilliantly! Thanks so much for inspiring our players as Guest Designer for our sixth birthday celebrations! Anita 🙂

  • Joyce

    What an adorable card. Love the expression on your bunny’s face…so cute. Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer at Time Out.

  • Stephanie Lanzalotto

    What a fun card of celebration. I love your shaker balloons and those tiny stars inside of them. That little bunny cracks me up. Thanks for joining us as Guest Designer for this milestone challenge! It’s wonderful to have you with us.