Each month just for fun on Splitcoaststampers the Dirty Dozen and Dirty Dozen Alumni have a challenge.  The challenge this month was to make a birthday card without using the word “birthday” and to incorporate actual numbers into the design.  I played along.  Here is my card for it.


This card is made with one of Flourishes newly released sets called “Summer Blossoms”.  I thought that some of the floral images in this set had a toile feel.  So using a couple of them I stamped a “toile-look” background.

blog93closeupsmall.jpgThe three main image panels also use images from this set.  The sentiment is from “Summer on the Patio”  which is another new set just released by Flourishes.  I added Sakura’s “Stardust” to the buds for the sparkle and some Kaiser rhinestones for some bling.  The scalloped edged ribbon is by May Arts.






Stamps: Flourishes “Summer Blossoms” and “Summer on the Patio”; Hero Arts “Friendship Letters & Numbers”

Papers: SU! Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Green Gable

Inks: Versafine “Onyx Black”

Accessories: May Arts Ribbon; Kaiser Rhinestones; Sakura “Stardust” Gel Pen; Silver Cording, Paper Piercer, Circle Punches, Word Window Punch


I haven’t been posting much lately, and this is why.


My sweet little granddaughters are here for just a few more days and I plan to spend as much time with them as possible.  So until next week…




23 Responses to “August’s Dirty Dozen Challenge”

  1. What an awesome card Susan, the ribbon is gorgeous and I love the pop of the green and black together. Darling little girls, enjoy the time with them!

  2. Susan, your card is lovely! Those images are beautiful, as are those darling grandchildren!! Enjoy your time with them!!!

  3. this is really gorgeous! your granddaughters are adorable; enjoy your time with them & we will be here waiting for you when you get back! no guilt!

  4. First let me say that your granddaughters are absolutely precious. Enjoy ever minute with them!
    Love your card, Susan. It really is a gorgeous creation. Awesome colors, design and bling!

  5. Susan this is wonderful! I love the green and the flowers look cool! Your granddaughters are adorable. Are they identical? They sure do look like the could snow oh grandma over. hee hee

  6. How darling are those little girls with the BIG smiles! You are so blessed! Thanks for sharing those pics with us!!
    Your card is so pretty in the green and black colors! I love the stamped background and those wonderful layered panels! The pretty ribbon just ties it all up beautifully!
    Now go enjoy those grandchildren before they head home!!!

  7. hee hee, how cute! Love the wave!
    Your card is very pretty too!

  8. Wow – it never occured to me to make a toile background – you did a great job! Love the sparkly look of this. Oh, and those grandkids are darling!

  9. Oh, Susan! What ADORABLE little granddaughters you have! They certainly take after their Grammy! 🙂 And I love your card, too — that bright green and black is one of my new favorite color combos.

  10. Love the bling you added on the card too! Great color combo!!!

    Have fun with your grand daughters they are adorable!!!!

  11. I thought your card was just the most beautiful thing until I scrolled down and saw your granddaughters. Enjoy your time, I know we will see more of your beautiful creations latter.

  12. Absolutely stunning and definitely that creative genius you display so well! Enjoy the grands…I am envious our littlest ones are in Switzerland. …makes for a sad Nonna 🙁

  13. Your card is so beautiful (love that clean, classy look), but I think it’s unanimous that your darling little granddaughters take the prize for this post! ;D Enjoy your time with them!

  14. Awwww! I can see why the last thing on your mind would be posting! I just wanted to reach through my computer and snatch those darlings up!!! I bet you’re having a blast! Your card BTW is just lovely! The color combo and bling is just too pretty! Have fun these next few days!

  15. Oh…I can see why you’d be busy with those little sweethearts!! What fun!!

    Your card is absolutely gorgeous, Susan!! I love your background you’ve created, the pretty colors, and the sparkle & bling!! Fantastic challenge card!!

  16. A beautiful card Susan! Oh, I can see why you’re not posting as much . . . I don’t blame you . . . the girls are so adorable! Stay away from your computer while those angels are there, enjoy them, hug them and create many, many memories with them.

  17. Oh my goodness…..I gasped when I saw this. It’s absolutely beautiful. I love the bling! Joan

  18. What a striking card, Susan – I LOVE it!!! Great use of those stamps, for sure!!! And what cute photos of those precious girls. Now, is that DH or DS in the boat? I’m guessing DH???? LOL!!!

  19. I wouldn’t worry about posting either if my two little grandchildren and Julie & DH came to my place. Love those cute little guys so much, and I’m sure you do the same. Happy days.
    Love your card it is awesome, very pretty. Pat

  20. What a beautiful card, and what darling granddaughters!!

    I love the number tag tied on with the cord!

  21. Gorgeous card—elegant and i love all the fabulous details.

    Your grandchildren are beautiful…have fun with them!

  22. Hi Susan!

    Your granddaughters are just as cute as can be…I know you’re enjoying every minute with them–good for you all!

    Love your challenge card…the gable green is the perfect punch with the black and white!


  23. Oh, my! This is an amazing card, Susan! Striking colors and I love how you put the flowers and stem together with the rhinestones. Love the background, too. Fabulous! I see by now your babies have gone home. I don’t blame you for wanting to spend every precious moment with them. What a nice way to wrap up the summer!

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