A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

January 1, 2015

NBUS Challenge #3! Happy New Year 2015!!


Hello, my awesome friends!

Well, for goodness sake's alive, some of us are sporting comb-overs from the speed with which 2014 whooshed through here like it was only five months long!! Since we can't stop time, let's embrace 2015 with all the gusto and gratitude worthy of being alive! I'm so happy to be here and so happy to have you here with me!

Was Santa good to you? And/or were you spending part of your holiday cleaning and purging and discovering new old schtuff that you've never used and forgot you had? 

Well, I hope so because I am starting the new year having reached my next milestone in followers, so it's time for another NBUS challenge!! For those of you who have joined recently, NBUS stands for "never-before-used schtuff." I found I was purchasing product at a faster rate than I was using it, so every time I used something new, I called it NBUS, and I told you about it. That, and the fact that you also embraced using the acronym, encouraged us all to shop our stashes and use our schtuff

Then I started a challenge and began to give you prizes for using your NBUS! What?! Yup. Because I don't do blog candy, that's my little way of saying thank you to all of you who follow me! Which brings us to NBUS Challenge #3. Let me help you turn your NBUS into ABUS (already-used-schtuff!)! [Thanks, Kay!] Let's get started!
Quirements:
  • Use your virginal NBUS on a new creation and tell us what it is. Yes, it can be brand-spanking-new schtuff. 
  • The theme is "Anything Goes" with no optionals this time because there are a lot of new challenges starting up or returning in the next few days, so when you play in those with your new schtuff, you can also link here!
  • Cut and paste the NBUS button above into your post. Include a link back to the challenge post. 
  • Please enter only four other challenges, in addition to this one, for a total of five.
  • You may enter up to three times. New work only, please.
  • Link up your creation using the InLinkz button at the bottom of this post in the usual way.
  • HAVE FUN!!
If you need instructions on how to do any of the above or have any other questions, please email me at darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com. 

There are also tabs at the top of my home page for quick access to both the "Rules" and former "NBUS Challenges" galleries. If you haven't played before, please do check the Rules tab for information on commenting and about how to link if you don't have a blog.
Check out the new jogging outfit Santa brought me!

Prizes:

FIVE TEN $25 GIFT CARDS

For Challenge #3, I am featuring Stamplorations. It's a wonderful company and they have excellent flat rate shipping!

(If you win, you are welcome to choose a gift card from a different domestic company.)


Challenge End Date



NBUS Challenge #3 will close at noon Pacific Daylight Time on Thursday, January 22, 2015 .

Winners will be published at noon Pacific Daylight Time on Sunday, January 25, 2015.






Wine tag and NBUS sediment
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190 comments:

Kylie said...

Happy NBUS Year to you too Darnell! Unfortunately your gal looks a bit like me lol lol. Thanks for another wonderful challenge (I will also add it over at Happy Little Stampers) xx

Hussena said...

A very Happy new year to you Darnell ..so happy to see the NBUS challenge back:) ..Your card is just fabulous I love AI stamps they are so fun :)

Sammy said...

Happy New year Darnell! Thank you for making 2014 brighter with your wonderful posts and gorgeous makes, and I look forward to seeing many more in 2015!

Santa was a useless old so-and-so, but no matter, I will go on a shopping spree when my favourite shop re-opens next week. After which I shall make something for your awesome NBUS challenge, naturally! x

Karen Mead said...

Happy new year Darnell and I wish you and your family every happiness for 2015:) Your card is fabulous and I may need to borrow your jogging outfit after all my christmas eating LOL! I am looking forward to joining in with another of your fun Nbus challenges - hugs xx

Redanne said...

Happy New Year dear friend, I wish you health and happiness in 2015!

Now, where did you find that photo of me to put on your card??? LOL. I love it! I am not surprised that you are racking up those milestones, you are one of the nicest and funniest (in a good way) ladies in Blogland! I am looking forward to joining in. Big hugs, Annie xxx

Kathyk said...

Wishing you and the MISTER the Happiest of New Year's!

Have some NBUS so will be placing thinking cap firmly on my head!!!

Laterz

Kathyk

Michelle said...

Happy New Year, Darnell! I have my NBUS lined up and ready to use! :-)

Kathyk said...

Have just broken the seal on some NBUS and submitted my entry, Darnell, thanks for making me do it too!!!

Kathyk

Marianne said...

Happy New Year, Darnell! I have plenty of NBUS and have added some more during the online Black Friday and Christmas sales and I intend to start putting my schtuff to good use this year. Hope it's going to be a crafty one!

Lynn said...

Happy, happy new year Darnell! Your jogging outfit looks fabulous...think I need one just like it after all the eating I've done over the holidays! Looking forward to playing along!

SARN said...

Ooh, ooh, ooh . . . Santa gave me some NBUS . . . so I can play along too. Be back later!

Wishing you and the Mr and VERY Happy New Year with good health, enough wealth, LOTS of happiness and positivity.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

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Pat said...

I'm looking forward to another of your NBUS challenges Darnell. In the meantime Happy New Year to you and your family, and I'm also looking forward to another year of your great sense of humour and creativity. x

!neke said...

Happy New Year Darnell !
Let it be a creative year !
greetings from the Netherlands
!neke

Sue said...

I don't remember giving you permission to put my image on that first card:) LOL

Looking forward to visiting your blog in this new Year.

Hugs
Sue



sandie said...

Happy New Year Darnell-love the joggers! Just made a card to play along xx

Jeanne said...

Happy New Year, Darnell. Thanks for sharing your new joggers. They look awesome! Here's to a year filled with creativity, in whatever form works best for the creator!

Brenda said...

Happy New Year Auntie! Yay another NBUS challenge again! Fun, fun, fun!! I haven't even been in my crafty room for a while, but am looking forward to getting back in there and making a card for the challenge. I am so loving that jogging suit Santa brought to you! lol I see you are enjoying a nice cold one too cause I hear it gets mighty hot in CA, unlike here were it is only in the 20's. Wanna trade houses?! lol Looking forward to a new year and crafty goodness! Hugs, Brenda

Nan G said...

Happy New Year Darnell! Cool another NBUS challenge! I might actually be able to join in this time. See Ya round the crafting world. Hugs

stampwithsandy said...

Happy New Year, Darnell! I'm looking forward to playing along with your next NBUS challenge, so exciting!

icardeveryone01 said...

Darnell... she is just too, too!
I've got a few NBUS in the cupboard - looking forward to using them and sharing with you here...
=] Michele

Sheila H said...

Happy New Year! I, like most, have lots of NBUS to choose from. Thanks for another fun challenge.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Happy New Year Darnell, wishing you & your family all the best. Your lady made me smile :) Hugs, Shirleyxx

Becca Cruger said...

Goody goody gumdrops! Another NBUS!! I can't wait to get crafty! And a custom NBUS card, too!?! That's so cool. Off to post a card now. :)

ionabunny said...

Happy NBUS Year to you too. Oh what fun, starting with a NBUS challenge. Can't wait to get digging through the stash. I think of you everytime NBUS turns up. Hope you have a healthy and happy 2015. HUGZ

jimlynn said...

Happy New Year Darnell!!!! Hope you have a fabulous good one!
Cute card and love the beer on the side! LOL!
Well, goodness.....I just posted a card using some NBUS so will have to get that added on here today for sure.....gotta work that time in between all these wonderful football games coming up you know! LOL!
Lynn

Anne said...

Happy New Year Darnell. Such fun reading your posts :-) x Anne x

Janis said...

Happy Gnu Year to Ewe! Hope this year holds much joy and laughter for you and yours. Thanks for another NBUS!! Got my card linked up and I am looking fwd to the meet and greet as more people link up, too!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Maura R said...

Thanks for your bright and cheery (and funny, but that goes without saying) words to start 2015! And a new NBUS challenge to boot - Life is SWEET! Happy 2015 Darnell, and thanks for all the cheer you spread to the blogging world.

mamapez5 said...

Happy New Year to you Darnell, and Thanks for another Nbus Challenge. I´ve always íntended´but never before managed to enter one, but maybe this time!!
Kate x

Inkyfingers said...

Happy New Year and I agree that someone changed the calendar so that weeks pass as fast as days now that I have reached a greater age. I'll be playing alongas soon as I get chance and I love your NY card Darnell. It could be me now that I have just joined the gym for the first time and am full of good intentions.!
Hugs
Carol x

VanessaB said...

Happy New year!! What a fun challenge you have going here. I will make it an effort to first remember (better write myself a note. Sad, but true), and then come back to participate :)

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Happy New Year, Darnell! Whoo hoo - love your challenges (and definitely your blog -- you always make me smile!!)

*Vicki* said...

LOL!! LOVE that New Year gal on your design Darnell!! :) Love your posts with your fun sense of humor too! Always a pleasure to see what you're up to and I sure hope to be playing along with you in your challenge my friend! Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year in 2015! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
My Blog: Stamp Smiles

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Happy New Year! I will for sure be entering this challenge, it's embarrassing how much NBUS I actually have! Carri~Abusybee
Skittles!

cotnob said...

Wishing you a very Happy and Creative New Year Darnell.
I will be back to join the challenge - using NBUS is one of my New Year's Resolutions AGAIN!!!
Pauline
x


Julia Aston said...

Happy 2015 Darnell! Thanks for sharing your craftiness and humor with us - looking forward to more in the coming new year!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your NBUS card made me laugh! Thanks for a new NBUS challenge and I am planning to be back to play along. Happy New Year, Darnell!

Harriet Skelly said...

Happy new year Darnell! I am looking forward to playing in your NBUS challenge!

Cornelia W said...

Dear Darnell - thanks for another NBUS challenge! Honestly I should stop buying new schtuff, already have too much old unused schtuff.... Congrats on over 700 members - you'll be at 1000 in a blink! I wish you, Mister and Hammy a fabulous 2015 - full of happiness, creativity and blogging! Thanks so much for your wonderful Christmas card - you took me by surprise here! So sweet of you! Do you send one to all your 700 members??? You must be one incredibly busy Lady...Big hug, Cornelia

Claire Creates Cards said...

Darnell, you ALWAYS make me LOL when I read your posts! You are always so inspirational to me! THANK YOU! This young lady could be me! I need to put on a jogging suit and get with it, but that cold beverage looks more inviting! I hope to play along because I have so much NBUS! I keep buying and saying no more, but then one more item catches my eye! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you! Wishing you every happiness in the NEW YEAR! XXXXX

kanda said...

And a very happy, healthy and creative new year to you too. Thank you yet again for motivating me to play with my NBUS xx

KayM said...

Yay!! I love a chance to play with some of my NBUS!! I actually have more NBUS than ABUS! That's Already Been Used Stuff :) heheh! Love your card! That's a hilarious image!! So cute! Happy new year my friend! I'll be back with my card soon! :)

Lizzy Hill said...

Just discovered your blog thru the awesome Becc Cruger..... YAY! A new blog to have fun with in the New Year....sounds a wonderful, fabulous challenge idea, too...looking forward to both following and playing. Happy New Years from Aussie!!!

conil said...

Your new outfit is tres chic. You're going to look hot, hot, hot in it. I've got so much NBUS I don't know where to start so have to go now and wade through it.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
That's a cracking photo Mr K got of you in your new joggers. Have you had your hair done?congrats on the occasion of Nbus challenge 3. I shall endeavour to join in this time as plenty of it knocking around in my craft space.
Happy New Year to you and yours.
Ang x

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, I wish you a happy and creative new year! I hope I can participate on your challenge.
Hugs, Sonja

Bobby said...

I already made my card and was just waiting for the official opening day. Thanks for running another challenge, Darnell. I've been using my NBUS right along and was afraid I'd run out before the challenge began. Hahaha. Have a happy new year! I

Anita in France said...

It's the cap that makes the outfit, Darnell ... it must reduce wind resistance enormously! Wondering ... did I remember to wish you Happy New Year (hahaha)? You're welcome ... thank you!! Anita :)

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly and Happy New Year!! Great to see you've reached another milestone of followers - congrats! Always look forward to your NBUS challenge ... I have SO MANY NBUS in my craft room! :)

Love your cards and tag. I think we are almost twins, because the picture of you in your new jogging outfit ... looks JUST LIKE ME althought I'd never let anyone take a picture of me ... you are so brave! :) Lolly xx

Kathleen said...

Just totally love that image, another fabulous post and I will try my very best to enter this time, I seem to have missed it before.
Yes I have been having a sort out and come across many unused item and also a flu bug that must have been lurking around somewhere.

Happy New Year.

Kath x

Kristie Goulet said...

Happy New Year, Darnell! Love your cards and tag! Always look forward to you NBUS challenge and hope I remember to play along. ;)

Kelly Griglione said...

YAY, I'm so excited for you!! Big congrats on your adoring 702 followers (wait, that sounds a little creepy, doesn't it?! Can you imagine 702 people following you around in the grocery store?) And it's so awesome how your post has only been up for a few hours and you already have 11 people participating. Love it! And how you've actually used "NBUS" ON your card, not just for your card, hahaha! Anyway, a very Happy New Year to you and your family, Darnell!! Mwah! : )

Eliza said...

Darnell,

Thank you so much for my Birthday card which arrived this week, it was very nice of you to do that for me.

Sorry not been around work is just so daunting atm.

Happy New Year.

Hugs Eliza

Tracey McNeely said...

Happy New Year Darnell to you and the Mr. May 2015 be a year full of happiness and health! xoxo

janelle said...

Happy New Year! I've been away too long... I love the badge & challenge. Thank you for creating NBUS. I look forward to playing along :)

Sue - said...

Happy New Year Darnell! Love your outfit!! As for the NBUS how to decide what to use out of the large pile, and not all of it brought by Santa some of it has been lurking for a long time!

dottielottie said...

Congratulations on reaching over 700 followers Darnell, obviously people know a good blog when they see one!! I can see from the picture of you in your NBUS jogging outfit that you certainly seem to have enjoyed many indulgences over the holidays so may I as a friend with your best intentions at heart recommend perhaps a good sports bra and err maybe a subscription to Photoshop Happy New Year my friend
Hugs Lottie x

Di said...

Gotta laugh at many of the comments here Darnell - just shows how much we all love you!

Happy New Year to you and The Mister :)

Hugs

Di xx

Vicki Dutcher said...

Your going to have another SUCCESSFUL challenge I am sure you icon! Happy New Year - looking forward to your posts, cards and future challenges in 2015!

Lisa said...

Happy New Year Darnell!!! Wishing you all things good in 2015. Great jogging outfit, looks like you got another feather in your cap ;)

Sybrina K said...

Happy New Year! Looking forward to NBUS #3 and wishing you a wonderfully crafty 2015!

Bonnie said...

I can see that a lot of people have already jumped in! I have lots of NBUS. Now for the time to play with some of it! Happy New Year, dear Darnell! I hope this is an extra wonderful year for you!

joy said...

Hi, Darnell! I definitely have a lot of old and new stuff to use for your fun challenge! Hopefully I can remember to do so; maybe after my new Big Shot arrives. :*)

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. I so appreciate it! Happy New Year to you.

Cat Craig said...

I can't believe I have never played. Looking forward to returning home to MD, and some new goodies. I will definitely play this round! Happy New Year Darnell. Looking forward to another year filled with your creations, and humor.

Donna Nuce said...

Happy New Year Darnell! I was ready for your NBUS challenge! I have so much NBUS it is sad! Love your new jogging outfit!

Joyce said...

Happy New Year, Darnell. So wonderful that you are running the NBUS challenge again. I've got lots to play with in that category--in fact, there is something sitting right on my desk at this moment, awaiting it's turn to be captured by my camera. PS. love the jogging outfit! You must tell me where you shop.

~Rasz~ said...

Hi Darnell! I have been offline for so long. I miss your art and just love your new jogging outfit! Happy New Year my friend and hope this will be a great year for you with all of life's blessings. Hugs!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Happy New Year!!!! This is so super cute.

Helen F. said...

Happy New Year to ya, Darnell! Congrats on another Follower Milestone~how fun. I have lots of NBUS and can't wait to get started on creating with 'em. Thank you for Challenge #3.

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...Happy New Year! So excited that you are having another NBUS challenge, if I run out of supplies that are new, I will call on Joyce to borrow some of hers. Congrats on all your wonderful followers too, just so happy for you. And that jogging outfit, maybe you could sell a few of those to some of us so we can be as fit as the sweet lady on your card. I love it.

DIANA L. said...

This is so sweet. hAPPY nEW YEAR DARNELL I love it, SUPER FUNNY STAMP. i JUST HAVE TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN .
I hope you wil join my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes January Linky Party, so others can see your fun carfd and maybe you can get a few more entries over here. The stamp set I used is new. Have a blessed day
DIANA L.
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com http://dianamlarson.ctmh.com

Carole Z said...

Hi Darnell, love the stamp and card...must get using some of my new crafty pressies and join in...Happy New Year to you! Hugs Carole Z X

Karen said...

Happy New Year, Darnell! I'm sending you sparkly wishes for a year filled with all things beautiful! :o) Congratulations on reaching a new milestone! As one of your newer followers, I've never played along in this challenge but I am super excited to learn about it! What a fun way to celebrate! And your card is fabulous! What a delight it is to get to know you.. it is clear that you are dearly loved. :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Kath said...

Hi Darnell - just come to your blog via Pixie Di's link. I've had a crafty sort-out over the holiday and have found some NBUS, so will see you later in the month!
Happy New Year.
Kath x

Sarah Gray said...

Yay for a new year and a new NBUS challenge! I have so much stuff stacked up ready to go. Love the jogging outfit :) I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas/new year!

Craftychris said...

Happy New Year! Love the jogging outfit! I will be joining in for sure! Thank you for the fun challenge! xxx

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Awesome work as always! Happy New Year too! All the best for lots of good moments and memories

Ros Crawford said...

Happy New Year!! You look so fetching in that new jogging suit! Lol! I hope I can gather up some mojo to join in the challenge and thanks for alerting me to a new (to me) stamp company that doesn't ask you to remortgage your home for postage!!
have a lovely day

Ros Crawford said...

Happy New Year!! You look so fetching in that new jogging suit! Lol! I hope I can gather up some mojo to join in the challenge and thanks for alerting me to a new (to me) stamp company that doesn't ask you to remortgage your home for postage!!
have a lovely day

Lynn B said...

Happy New year to you and yours Darnell.
Thanks so much for the lovely comment on my blog regarding my design work - you know not everyone appreciates the time it takes to do those things, they think its just click and print LOL!
Thanks for another NBUS challenge, you really are providing a public service here! However, I have seen two cards entered and now want that schtuff too.............
Linby x

Tracey Mallaghan said...

Your blog is a happy New year find for me. A fabulous idea and am really looking forward to playing along.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Looks like loads of fun, Darnell! Happy 2015. I guess I best get back on track and do some crafting!

Jane Willis said...

Happy New Year! I don't think I've ever played along with an NBUS challenge before, even though I have MASSES of pure unsullied schtuff!
Jane

Happy Dance said...

Someone has stolen my image! They've secretly taken a photo of me lounging in my kitchen as I prepare to take my beer and head out the door for a quick jog around the block! hahahahaha Love this girl. She looks so relaxed...wonder what # beer she's on... Thanks for doing this NBUS challenge, and I think I just might have a "few" (hahaha!) NBUS things myself! WILL BE PLAYING. That is, after I finish my beer! Bev

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Been looking forward to this one Darnell . . . as you know ;) Congratulations on reaching yet another milestone! Hazel xx

Viv said...

Hi Dee, wishing a very Happy New Year! love your new jogging outfit( stiffles giggles), great card too of course. I will be making a card and joining in soon as I can.The grandbabies are visiting tomorrow AGAIN ,so I will have my hands full. Soon though.......very soooooon ;) hugs Vee xx

Manuela said...

Happy New Year Darnell and all the best for you.
Thanks for a new NBUS Challenge! And congrats to your new milestone :-)
Manuela

Geri said...

Seriously sweet jogging suit! And nothing better than a nice frosty mug of ale after a hard workout! I'd take the beer and skip the workout though!

Great cards (love the gold & red layered star!) and cool wine bottle tag!

I will definitely be joining in this time round...perhaps with some really sweet AE stamps and dies gifted to me from a sweet lakehouse lady!

Theresa said...

Happy New Year, Darnell! I love your NBUS challenges. What Fun!

Skylark said...

Hi Darnell. Thank you so much for the lovely comments you left on my card for the CASology challenge just before Christmas! I have seen some of your creations around in blogland and am honoured that you should now be following my blog. I am so pleased that I have recently been asked to join the CAS Colours and Sketches DT which means you'll see me around a bit more. Unfortunately I'm a very busy person and don't get a chance to take part in as many challenges as I'd like. I have just become your newest follower so will do my best to join in with things as much as I can. Great to have a new follower! Thanks. Stef x

Barb Ghig said...

Happy New Year, Darnell! I really LOVE your card...actually, I nearly fell of my chair laughing when I realized how much she looks like 'ME'!!!
Thanks so much for starting the New Year off with another fabulous challenge! You are so generous and kind, and I love to play along!
Off I go to get my "Virginal NBUS" goodies out for a good play ~ Hugs to you, Barb

Lindsey said...

Fun creations... and a fine taste in bubbly! ;) Happy New Year!

Patti said...

No one can pull off this look quite like you Darnell!! : )

Your card is delightful! and your challenge is, as always over the top! fun. I hope to get a chance to play along.

Patti

Carol L said...

I like your new outfit, but how on earth did you manage to take my picture wearing it?? LOL Fun card and so perfect for New Year's too! Congrats on your huge following and 3rd NBUS challenge! You're rocking the blog world my friend - yay You!!

Jerrie said...

Oh my Darnell, just learned about this NBUS schuff and I am a little afraid. Me thinks if I go into the depths of my craft supplies I will get eaten alive..absorbed by stamps and ink pads...I have not even touched on the paper yet!! I am excited to play alont in 2015 an ink up stamps I have had for the very first time!! Wishing you and your family a great 2015 and I hope the grand finale prize in Dec is a week to come and play with your craft supplies in your playhouse!!!

Carolyn Burch said...

Hi Darnell,
I just found you today (after seeing the term NBUS....I came and hunted it/you down) LOL....I am so happy to find you, and have high hopes for making a dent in my massive piles of sadly neglected scrappy stuff. I hit the "join" button and then also became your newest follower via bloglovin.
Carolyn @ iamthecraftylady.com

Shelly said...

Happy New Year, Darnell! Ha! Your card is too funny! ;) Now, I'm gonna make sure I get something whipped up, so I can play along! ;)

Bożena Adamusińska said...

I am very grateful for this challenge Darnell. It forced me to look over my inventory and reach for some new products, which I did not have the opportunity to take advantage of. Beautiful challenge for that very much.
Happy new year
Regards,
Bozena

Taunya Butler said...

OH, Darnell, darling - you make me so happy!! Whether you are sending me a little somethin or making me laugh or you sponsor a NBUS challenge!! You just make me happy!! I will most definitely be playing along and it will most likely be my jumping off point for getting back into the swing of things - so thank you so very kindly!! Have an awesome and amazing day!!

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Now this is one I'm gonna wanna join! Shame I've added too many challenges to my last make. In the famous words of the big man though, 'I'll be back', LOL. New Year hugs, Wends x

MaryH said...

Whew EE! I am overwhelmed at your following (although I dunno why! Very well deserved. All of Blogland knows NBUS & Our Darnell!). Now that card just made me smile all over. Cute as can be, and I must say Santa brought you a very fetching outfit. I need one of those. Mine are longies (and I have to hunt them out!). Will do my best to enter this one, as I did get some new Schtuff. I traveled, found shops, ergo, New Items - can you say Ching-Ching on the credit card? Had fun, missed my blog buddies and trying to get back in the swing. Hope your New Year was fab, and looking forward to lots of fun times & good reads here at Darnells throughout '15. Yeah, it DID whoosh. TFS & Hugs

Dana said...

Happy New Year!!! I LOVE your NBUS challenges!! I will definitely have to play along, i got lots of new for Christmas!! Plus i have lots of other never been used stuff too!! Hehehe!!

Milka Gubo said...

Love your NBUS challenges, Darnell! It is a great opportunity to use all NBUS stuff. :-D Your cards and bottle tag are so nice.
hugs
Milka

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
Happy New Year to you and yours.
I am always so glad to join in your wonderful challenge.
I suddenly realized I could enter this one as it was the first time I had used this new paper. YAY.
Thank you for all your hard work involved in this great challenge, and of course your hard earned pennies or dollars in your case for the prizes.
I always enjoy looking at your super creations, you are so clever, and it's a wonderful chance to admire others works too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jessi Fogan said...

It sounds like all of us feel that lady in her workout gear :) I always say if you see me running you better run too, because something's chasing me!

Caz said...

Oh i love looking at all those cards! So many lovely ones!! Father christmas was very good to me and I got some new books to help with my art and my crochet! Yay!

Tracey said...

Happy new Year! I can't wait to pull out some NBUS and join in on the challenge. Super fun idea for a challenge :)

ionabunny said...

OOPS! Day 5 of the new year and all my entries are in! I didn't even get to look through the stash!! This new stuff all arrived in the last few days!!! This should tell us something!!!! Good job I haven't seen the credit card bill yet ROFL. I'm still smiling :-)and dancing. HUGZ

cm said...

Woo hooo...you've lifted my spirits once again, dear friend, with your announcement of NBUS #3! Indeed, I've already submitted a card: a sweet sundae for sweet friends! New stamps, new Chameleon pens..they're rather interesting. Practice needed! Again: all your warm hugs, notes and support: sooooo deeply appreciated. Mom sends her love to you, too!
Hugs galore~c

Karenladd said...

Happy 2015 to you Darnell!! So excited to see NBUS #3, and had just the card to upload...using a brand spankin' new stamp that I received for Christmas. I do have lots and lots of really old stash that needs some love too...so going off to dig around and see what else I can find. Hope your new year is a wonderful one!

Bonnie said...

Lots of NBUS goodies to see in this gallery, Darnell! Thanks for encouraging us to use that schtuff we buy and set aside. LOL, by the time it comes in the mail, I've usually forgotten what I wanted to do with it!

Lynn said...

Happy New year Darnell - I have just found your new challenge. This is a good one! Lynn x

Di said...

Back to play again Darnell! I think I probably chased a couple of playmates over here earlier to play as well :)

Hugs

Di xx

Susanne Vargas said...

Woohoo, I managed to make a card! And used a NBUS! And play in you challenge (for fun only)! Hope to use more NBUS and come back before it closes!
Oh, and your new jogging outfit is very becoming! Hope it gets used often ;)

Eve Maynard said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES DARNELL.

Sending lot's of love and good wishes your way and thank you for being such a cheerful blog buddy.

Thanks also for the new challenge I have just entered with some new Christmas goodies.
xxx

Liz said...

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is going to be a good year for everyone. Thank you for the NBUS challenge and the generous prizes. I love your NBUS challenge, because it gives us all the incentive to blow the dust off all our long forgotten, unused schtuff or an excuse to stop and play with our new schtuff. xx

Carole Z said...

Yay my first time entering for this fun challenge, love your card...just entered with some new Christmas stamps! Hugs Carole Z X

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I should come play cuz Santie Claus brought me a new stamp set and that's NBUS! I hasn't been well so playing isn't that fun lately but I need to try so I don't get all stale and stagnant!

Love the jogging outfit! Woot! Personally I'm against jogging, running or even walking fast. Unless! There are zombies after me. Or a man with an ax.

Jean said...

Hi Darnell, at last I've managed to make a card for your super NBUS challenge.
Jean x

Kara Lynne said...

Happy New Year and thanks so much for the opportunity to play in your wonderful NBUS challenge! I must have the same jogging outfit b/c that's how I look after the holidays (and I'm sure it's just the outfit)!

Greta said...

Oh you are so funny, Darnell! Can't believe you're doing another NBUS challenge with no one to help you! I really do want to use my NBUS more this year & you've given me an early start!

D- said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thanks for the fun challenge. I definitely have some NBUS goodies to play with. Some I just got and yup some I've had but have yet to use. Yikes did I say that out loud? lol.
I just heard about you from Brenda at Friend's Craftin With friends and decided to pop over to check things out.
I am following by email and Google now. I'll be back to play soon.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
http://designsbydragonfly.blogspot.com

Mrs A. said...

How could I not join in a NBUS challenge! Had trouble linking and I seem to have gone in under an Alias but yer know it's me!!
hugs Mrs A.
(aka ValeryAnne)
(aka The Spuddler)

maria f. said...

Well Happy NBUS to you too dear. Bet the 'hood loves your new jogging outfit! I love your timing. Coincides perfectly with the arrival of Mom's box containing fun schtuff ordered over the past six months ;)

Sam said...

And a very very Happy New Year to you and yours! So glad to see the NBUS challenge again, like most crafters I guess, I got some shiny new goodies from Santa and I need no more excuse to use them!

Love your 'saggy' lady and cheery creations too :)

Cindy Beach said...

Hi Darnell,
I'm a new visitor here but I have to say how much I love your beautiful and fun cards and the warm happy feeling you all seem to share. Thanks too for inspiring us and offering a chance to win!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a fun place, thanks Darnell!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Happy New Year Darnell! Thanks for another challenge too! Hugs xxx

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Happy New Year! Fab challenge, I love the entries... so inspiring indeed! :) Hugs,
Ingrid x

Lindsey said...

Happy New Year to you! Your generosity astounds me. Loved the jogging suit. :) I'm so glad I have you to motivate me to use what I have!

Sue W said...

Ohh how true, we start up with limited supplies and before you know it we need a separate room to house all the things we need for the making of cards and such! Now I have just about all my stuff packed away ready for another move! I am however looking forward to playing along with your great challenge! Happy New Year.

Graciellie Ch said...

Oh dear Darnell! There is not one time that I can finish reading your post without smiling. Your card is hillarous! I most certainly link up a card or two - or three or four - to your challenge (lol). AND that is one great stamp company with equally great designers! So thanks for the generous prizes! Hugs friend. - Gracie.

Veerle said...

Hey Darnell, great blog post and fun playing along. The stuff I used is brand new but hasn't been touched for appr. 4 months. Never used since I purchased it. Now I did and guess what I'm hooked on it. Since this card I have used it on several other cards too.
Hugs Veerle x

Carol said...

Happy New Year to you too Darnell and thanks for a fun challenge. Lots of unused schtuff here so hopefully I'll be back again soon. Carol x

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Happy New Year ... and thanks for the challenge. I have lots of new stash that needs baptising.

Monika Reeck said...

Dear Darnell your challenge is a hit in this world I have never got a comment with 136 numnber LOL you are a sensational woman...and I want to tell HAPPY NEW YEAR and many thanks for the sweet simple and great christmas card you sent me its really SIMPLE and CAS..love it...and your card today is funny hihi that lady with her out fit and the NBUS sentiment is cooooll you have a great sense of humor and I have seen your Hubby's name is Kevin woooowww my son also Kevin also we have kevin in our life..hehe..hugs, Monika

Tracey said...

Hello Darnell...I'm linking up a layout, hope that is Ok. So exciting thinking of all my NBUS...that I can use on project. What a great theme for a challenge! Happy 2015

Čarovnije z male kmetije said...

Hello Darnell, i'm new reader and follower of your nice blog. I'm begginer with cards too and this challenge is my first :)Theme is super, I think is better to use what we had at home than buy and buy new schtuff. Thanks.

scrappymo! said...

What a great old codger! Love it.

Will be back to drop off a card for this great challenge!

Hammers said...

Happy New Year Darnell!! Love your card..looks like me on the way to the gym :) Cx

Pawsitively Creative said...

Just found this blog. Hilarious and witty! I am a new follower.

Cathy said...

Happy New Year Darnell and congrats on another fabulous milestone! Love the card, it's me on a good day lol! Cathy x

JD/ Jill said...

Your card is Fabulous! (as Always!)
Thank you for visiting my blog, and leaving the nice comments...and A Very Happy New Year to you too...and many Blessings, Jill

Mary Muller said...

Hi, Darnell! So nice to meet you and play along in my first NBUS challenge! One of my many resolutions this year is to use all the stamps in my stash that haven "never been used." This time it was easy since I made sure to add to my collection this holiday season! Thanks again for the opportunity to participate!

Sally H said...

Hi Darnell! Happy New year to you! So pleased I am joining in with your NBUS challenge. Hope you and the family have a wonderful 2015 filled with love and good things xxx

Sally H said...

whoops! Meant to say, I LOVE your card, cos Santa brought me jogging gear too, lol!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, well this sure is a popular spot! i've tried to link up to your challenge, don't see my entry (should be 201) but when I try again it says the link is already in the lineup... I'm cornfused, I'll try again tomorrow :) Cheers, Shirleyxx

Scrapbook Lynne said...

HOLY CANOLLI Girl! I am link #261 and it's only the 11th... You are a force to be reckoned with! Grin Thank you for Doing a NBUS Challenge right at the beginning of the year and making us USE OUR SCHTUFF! Have I told you lately how much I LOVE you (Bigger Grin) and your Blog and all the new friends I am making because of YOU? My hubby and I just finished having a discussion about "Can One person Make a Difference?" Me-PRO, Him-CON; and I used YOU as one of my examples because You are making a positive difference in my world Girl!! (HUGS)

Mynn xx said...

Thanks for the super fun challenge, Darnell! LOVE your NEW creations! HUGS, friend! :) Mynn xx

Lizzy Hill said...

I'm the 272th ( or summat like that!) entry...... Crazy-good-mad!!!!!!! I mean so many entries ;)

Elizabeth Sarkisyan said...

Happy New Year! I love this cute card you made with such wonderful coloring along with the ornament inside the martini glass and little cute wine tag. Love your website and adore your craft house. I subscribed via email not to miss any of your posts and will also follow via follower. Thanks so much for stoping over my blog and joining as well and look forward to your artwork to come. Great challenge for the NBUS and inspires me to create more.

donna mikasa said...

Whoa! I had to scroll twice as long because there were twice as many comments! Just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy New Year! Love visiting whenever I can and hope to join your NBUS Challenge this year, or maybe on CASology this week!

*Vicki* said...

Holy schmackrell lady!! :) There are so many entries here!! Congrats and I don't remember if I've left you a comment here or not and not going to scroll through them all to find out!! LOL!! Thanks for the great challenge and I'm glad I finally got to play along with you and my new schtuff!! :) HUGS

LesleyG said...

Happy New Year! Have entered at last, because I have so much NBUS! xxx

Sammy said...

Ok, so it took me a couple of weeks, but I finally got to turn some of my brand new Sir Tim NBUS into a card, which I linked just now. Thanks for the fab challenge Darnell! x

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Just popping in to say what a wonderful write up about you at the CASology challenge! I had such a wide smile when I saw your smiley face on the blog. Lovely to see that recognition. I had a fab card to enter, but have already entered too many other challenges, so back to the drawing board. Sunny hugs from NZ xxxx

Karen said...

Hi Darnell! I'm fluttering back because I'm so happy to have finally entered! Over 300 entries... you are so loved! :o) Thank you for the fun, my friend! Have a sparkly day. :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Lindsey said...

Yay! I remembered to play on time for once! :D

Marlena M. said...

Happy New Year!!! Thanks for the great challenge and inspiration~

Sue W said...

Thanks for your visit and gentle reminder Darnell! Looks like you have a huge response.

Carol L said...

Congratulations on the success of your NBUS #3 challenge! Just look at all of these fabulous entries! I don't doubt your widdle finders are tired from leaving comments :)
Thanks again for your generosity and giving back to so many!! You're going to need to hire a secretary at the rate you're growing, and I love it! You Go Girl!!

Marianne said...

Wow, I guess we all do have a lot of NBUS. Will have to come back and check out some of the other entries.

OH Babs said...

OMG! I am #405 - better late than never. Also I put on my big girl panties and posted on CASology too, two for one, a first.
Miss II you must have lots of free time. Have fun and good luck.

Sue - said...

Thanks for the reminder Darnell! Didn't think to enter it as it was new stuff and I think of NBUS as older stuff. Have entered now though!
Sue x

Gillian R said...

Oh my goodness Darnell, 412 entries! Must be nice to be so popular

Stephanie said...
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Stephanie said...

Apologies, the link to my blog somehow didn't work the first time, so I had to upload my card again. Please could you delete entry no. 419 from the challenge? Sorry & thank you very much! Kind regards, Steph
www.CraftedBySteph.blogspot.com

melissadawnlane said...

I had a problem with the link up...the photo is wrong, but it does take you to the correct post. Sorry! It's Melissa L., #423.

Leslie Hanna said...

Thanks for your comment, and for reminding me I can link directly here, too! I need a keeper.

melissadawnlane said...

HI! So sorry...I posted 4 cards. I got "5 cards total" stuck in my head. Please remove #437. #423 is still messed up. Sorry again!

Cornelia W said...

Hi Darnell, after that invite I linked my card, but I thought I had linked up some cards beforehand and I did not want to go over your posted limit....just throw it out, if I went over the limit - lost track of it...

Skylark said...

Hi Darnell, my what a popular challenge! I can't work out how to link two cards in the same post to the same challenge. I'm sure I've seen people do it before, but anyways there are two cards in my blog post if you want to take a look. Thanks. Stef

Joanne James said...

Happy new year to you Darnell! I remembered to link up - love that you are still encouraging us to use ALL of our stamp purchases! Hugs, Joanne xx

Jane Willis said...

Oh goodness, just added my second card and it's #469. Now I don't feel quite so guilty about the amount of unused stuff I have, knowing that so many other crafters are in exactly the same position!

Sue said...

WOW!! Look at all these fabulous entries!
Thank you so much for running such a wonderful challenge for us. Sorry I am so late linking up my entry.
hugs Sue xx

Karen Petitt said...

Blimey Darnell there are a lot of entrants and a lot of comments - congrats on that huni!
Happy New Year to you and Mister and sorry to be so late to visit and play. Please remove my number from the random linky thing as I won last time but I wanted to make sure I entered just for you!
Keep well hun Karen x

SchnauzerCrafts Creations said...

Happy New Year (a few weeks late), Darnell! Happy Anniversary to you as well! oh, and Happy Blog birthaversary... I think I've covered them all now. :) I've been woefully out of touch and am trying to catch up on things now. I wish you all the best in 2015! So happy I finally got the chance to play along with your NBUS challenge!

Di said...

I came back again to play for the third time! Busy in here innit?!

Hugs

Di xx

Kate said...

Thanks for brightening 2014 and looking forward to your escapades with Hammy in 2015 !!!

Debs Willis said...

happy New Year! Love the new jogging outfit.I have one just like it lol :-)

Look at all those great entries! So glad your challenge is flying.

Hugs

Debs xxx

Rocky said...

Hi there, finally made it! Wow what a lot of creative wonder on here, now I know why your challenge is so popular.

Nonni said...

Wow what an amount of entries! Your challenge is a success. I just added my entry. Happy 2015! I hope you are well! xxx

Mary-Anne V said...

saw your challenge a while back but only got around to using some new stuff this weekend...thanks for another great challenge and hope you are enjoying 2015 so far!

Geri said...

535 entries!!! Has that EVER happened anywhere else in blogland? You're one cool lady...and I'm one lucky girl to have met you in our for real lives!

MWAH!!!

Maria said...

Whew...just getting under the wire in here! Lots and lots of entries...woohooo! Because you are one wonderful lady!:-)

JennyH said...

LOL love your card Darnell, gorgeous outfit. I have so much NBUS I could have entered many many many more than 3 times : )

artful-notions said...

Up early so I can post my NBUS, wait, is it over? Awk! I missed it! I missed the most popular challenge in webland! Back to my 14 stamp sets yet to be used...
btw, Happiest of years to you and yours!

stampwithsandy said...

Goodness gracious, 557 entries, Darnell?! Wowzers! Congratulations on such a terrific turnout. You amaze me, but I guess you shouldn't, with your wonderful humor and all the time you put into your amazing posts. You go, girlfriend!!!

nancy littrell said...

I am thrilled Darnell. I just got my Free (because of you) 25.00 order from Stamplorations plus 2 additional free stencils. I can see NBUS cards in my near future:-) Thank you again for your VERY Generous Gift :-) Hugs, nancy