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 22, 2015

Old Valentines / New Friends

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)Hi there!

There will only be about twelve hours left in the NBUS Challenge #3 when this post goes live, so if you were thinking about entering, or entering again (up to three times), you had better scoot your hiney into gear!! Click HERE.

Once the challenge closes, I'll be encased in a hermitically sealed chamber with Dr. and Mrs. Condom Dot Ram ~ oh, oops, I mean Random Dot Com ~ oh, oops, I mean Random Dot Org and Hammy the Hamster. We will be misting over 540 pieces of paper with your names written on them with StazOn ink. We will then toss them against the wall one-by-one and see which names stick. Winner! Over here! Winner!

I'll be back with that list of winners in my next post, which will be no later than noon PST on Sunday, January 25, 2015. I just realized that Virginia announces her monthly challenge winners on the 25th of the month, so that coincides this time with my challenge. It should be an exciting day with so many of you entering both of our challenges! Oh, also, the PTI monthly challenge is on the 25th and there's prolly lots of other fun schtuff going on, too! We might break the internet!

Of course, I'll thank you properly in the winners post, but I can't post this in the between time without also saying thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who entered!! To say I went over the whelmed point about 300 entries ago is an understatement!

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Today, for inspiration, I'd like to reshare a few Valentines that I made and posted in previous years and also introduce you to some of the talented new friends who have found the Playhouse.

Enjoy!

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February 12, 2012
(A QACAS and adorable card if you have any old heart charms. Even heart brads would work if you cut off their little bradlegs and then pop them up on flower stems instead.)

January 27, 2013 and January 22, 2013

February 14, 2014 and February 4, 2014
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New Friends Corner

While you're waiting for the winners post, I'd love it if you could take a few minutes to go and visit these ladies and introduce yourselves. Please especially visit those newest to our community as you remember what it was like when you first started your blog. Thank you!

Lina Jadhav of Lina's Handmade Cards. Lina is from Mumbai, India, and she has been blogging since 2012. Lina is a card artist and a quiller. She also designs and makes incredible jewelry using her quilled pieces! Bright and happy are the on tap with every post and creation of Lina's!

Tanvi Shah of Paper Fantasee - The Craft Blog. Tanvi has been blogging since October 2012. She loves making card art for challenges for which she has been recognized and she serves on several design teams. Tanvi is also very generous with her time and her talents and you'll find a tab at the top of her home page with wonderful tutorials!

Kristi of Janey Rocket Creates. Kristi has been around Blogland since 2010 off and on, but she is starting 2015 with renewed enthusiasm for making cards and entering challenges! I hope you will stop in and give Kristi some extra love and encouragement. She did a great card on her last post using ingredients pulled out of a bag like on Chopped!

Mary Muller of Mary Takes a Time Out. Great blog name! Mary has been blogging since 2013. She is a wife, mom, and second grade teacher. As you can imagine, Mary is full of fun and her cards reflect it! They are always happy and most often filled with adorable critters. Mary also makes fun 3D gift projects, paper wreaths, gratitude albums, etc. You will be charmed and inspired when you see what Mary has to show you!

Paru Mahtani of Paru's Perceptions. Paru is also from Mumbai and she has been blogging since 2011. She is a SAHM of two who loves making card art and photography, both of which she does superbly. Paru also enjoys cooking and reading. You'll enjoy the creativity of Paru's work, especially her delightful shaker cards!

Glowbugg of Creepy Glowbugg. Glo makes creatively creepy concoctions and she's been blogging since 2009! Her range of talent is spectacular, especially if you love the dark and creepy side. I love how we can respect and admire each other's individual creative spirit and talent, even if our particular styles are miles apart!

Ruby N. (Rubeena) of A Rare Ruby. Ruby has been blogging since 2013 and her blog is gorgeous. Her cards are truly sensational and her execution is flawless. I love her thoughtfulness and find her to be very engaging. Ruby is currently taking a blog break as she finishes her second master's degree. Fortunately, she has recently posted her favorite cards of 2014, so you can see some of her works of art in one post. While you are there, follow her and subscribe, so you will know when she returns to blogging!

Marie of NJ Stamping Queen. Marie has been blogging since 2010. She became hooked on rubber stamps in 1992 and became a Close to My Heart consultant in 1996. Talk about a pro! If you are looking for inspiration, you will find tons and tons of it on Marie's fun blog. In addition to card and scrapbook art, Marie enjoys golfing, dancing, and quilting. You will discover that Marie truly loves sharing ideas, techniques, and products with you!

Darlene ~ akronstamperdpk on Splitcoast Stampers (SCS). Are you sitting down? Darlene opened her gallery at SCS in 2006 and has 10,076 cards in her gallery! Can we all say PROlific?! If you aren't familiar with SCS, it is a wonderful resource for inspiration and making friends. Go check it out and start with Darlene! And if that isn't enough, Dar also has a website called Dar's Crafty Creations, where you can follow her and have access to wonderful tutorials!

Kathy C. of Kathy's Crafting Adventure. On the other end of the Blogland spectrum, we have Kathy, who has only been blogging since right now, this month! She is a brand-new-just-out-of-the-box, enthusiastic, and talented blogger! PLEASE go see Kathy to say hello, follow her, and welcome her to our caring and supportive corner of Blogland!! Mwah!

Thank you for following me, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!

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February 8, 2013
That's enough to keep you busy for a while! Many more to come.

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65 comments:

hellerlittle said...

Hallo Darnell, thanks for the Velantines Inspirations... my absolutly favorite from yours is from January 27, 2013 think about JB-007 *lol
CU hellerlittle

Karen said...

Darnell, my kind friend, your posts are always filled with such happiness! :o) I love that you're sharing some older creations since I'm newer to your blog! Your Valentine cards are gorgeous in so many lovely styles. A big welcome to all of your new friends in the playhouse and congratulations on a huge successful challenge! Have a sparkly day! :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Lizzy Hill said...

WOW! That's an amazing number of entries. Have FUN!!!! Love the Love cards.....those embossed hearts are way neat. And they're gold - I have a 'thing' for gold!!!

Veerle said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, love all of them. Hugs Veerle

Gillian R said...

I always love reading your posts Darnell, they never fail to put a smile on my face. Love all the valentines cards, so cute and sweet

Gerrina said...

It is great to see how versatile you are; so different each of these valentinecards! Enjoy and keep the warmth with you of all of us who enjoy your challenge, but most to read your post and find a laughter and inspiration here! Hugs, Gerrina

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous Valentine cards each one different but equally lovely...

Anne

Marianne said...

Great selection of Valentine cards, Darnell. Isn't it fun to revisit old posts and see how your own style has evolved or to see new favourite supplies or techniques being used?

Diane said...

Welcome newbies....and I love your Valentines...especially the "martini hearts one"..that one is for ME...right...LOL...love visiting your blog, always makes my day and sometimes I read it over the phone to my 87 year old "mama"...she gets enjoyment out of it too...keep up the good work or should I say fun!!

Pat said...

These valentines are gorgeous Darnell and what a fabulous number of entries for your challenge. It is good to revisit some older work to see how it has evolved too. Your style was great then and still great now. x

Sheila H said...

I'm loving your valentine cards - thanks for sharing. I enjoy your posts so much. Have a great day :)

Kristi said...

I love all those Valentine's cards! It's so much fun to see what you have made in the past without having to search back through so many posts!

You received SO many entries this go around! Unfortunately, I ran out of time but I'll be sure to play next time around for sure.

Thanks for the blog mention and welcome. This is such a fun playhouse to visit! :)

Leslee said...

Thanks for sharing your past creations! What a great response to your NBUS!

Brenda said...

What fun Valentine cards, such a nice mix of them too! I knew that there was so many entries because each time I comment on someone's post they are saying they are entering your NBUS challenge! How fun since you started this NBUS challenge, we all just enjoy it so much and it is getting us to use some of our schtuff more! lol Your awesome and I'm happy that this has gotten so popular! It's always a joy to stop by and sit a spell with you, I always leave feeling so happy and recharged to go on with my day. Big hugs, Brenda

Shalu said...

Loved all the cards....they are lovely..!!

I Card Everyone said...

Love all of these oldies, they are most definitely goodies. Speaking of goodies... any leftover heart charms? Gorgeous!!!!
=] Michele

Redanne said...

Wow Darnell, that is an amazing amount of entries - well done you!! I love seeing your valentines cards again, they are all so beautiful - thanks so much for sharing them with us! Hugs, Annie xxx

Happy Dance said...

You've got your work cut out for you, my friend. Wowzers!! What a wonderful response to your challenge. Your followers, both old and new, just adore you. Easy to see why...you're simply the best. True story. Missing you. Bev

Becca Cruger said...

I'm envisioning a whole garden of heart shaped metal flowers! I think I'd be in heaven. Your card is awwww-dorable, my dear. And I can't believe how much of a rockstar your challenge is. I just entered number 551! Whew! I can only imagine you're going crazy with the commenting. I've popped by a few of the entries, and I have to say that there is some serious talent going on in your NBUS. Have fun misting and throwing!

Krisha said...

You are always an inspiration! Great to look back on some of your work.

Do put a dot of glue on the back of my name so it will stick to the wall.....grin!!

Petra Swart said...

All great valentine's cards, Darnell!!!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, you make me laugh!! I adore your sense of humor!! It is always so fun visiting the Playhouse!! And congrats on so many entries!! Your Valentine cards are all so gorgeous!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Shelly said...

You're too funny, Darnell! ;) Such a SWEET collection of Valentine's!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Valentine inspiration! How fun! I love the card with the charms for the flowers. I thought it was die cut and embossed metallic paper which would get the job done too, but then I found out it was charms which adds a bit of... um... charm? to your card.

Jacquie Southas said...

How are card makers going to explain breaking the internet?! I'm envisioning a SWAT/Navy Seal/Delta Force team rappelling from helicopters and surrounding the Playhouse once they identify you as Ground Zero :) Have to add, your martini heart card is one of my favorites!

Sue said...

Lovely variety of Valentine's cards.

Hope you have had a good day. Sue

Susanne Vargas said...

Over 550 entries and still another hour to go! This is amazing! Participation like this is usually only achieved by challenges run by stores! You must be the best known blogger in the stamping world! And you might have hit something: We all have too much stuff and keep buying more! Thanks for motivating us to use some of it! Mwah!

Valerie Nolan said...

Great inspiration for Valentines day Darnell and good luck with your condom.dot.ram :) so funny!
Val x

Pia S said...

More than 550 people are now familiar with the term NBUS! How exciting! I'm following your number entries too, I'm cheering for you to reach 600!

Geri said...

553 entries! SWEET!!!

Thanks for the lovely stroll down V-Day Card Lane! The pocket full of tissue still rocks!

Kristie Goulet said...

LOL!!! You are too funny! Love your Valentine inspiration! I have become followers of all your newest followers. ;) Hugs!

Janis said...

Yikes!!! There's no way in the world I would want to get locked in a room Dr. Condom Dot Ram....with or without his wife!!! LOL... What a crack-up you are!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

(Still chuckling.....)

Kara Lynne said...

So fun to see the Valentine parade! Thanks for introducing us to these wonderful crafters!

MaryH said...

Whew! I finally made it over to say Hey after a bit & my hinny is just too tard to hurry right now! I did make one NBUS though, so I can be all excited about your hermetically sealed room. That was cute & I can just picture you & Hammy tossing those staz-on spitballs to the walls! It was a tremendous milestone NBUS celebration, and you can be justly proud of your following. Loved seeing the blast from the past, I really liked your heart brad card. Very clever use of supplies. Of course I liked all the others too! Nice to meet some new friends, and I will try to scoot back so I can use your links & go visit some of these lovely bloggers. I know if you like their work, I shall as well. Hope all is well in your world! Big hugs & TFS

Craftychris said...

Fab valentines cards, lots of inspiration for us all, thank you! xxx

Gay Peplow said...

Helooo Darnell, How's it hanging??LOL
Well I'm so late for everything at least I can wish you a belated Happy New Year! You have been a busy lady again, I hope all is well and I hope to be back joining in with all the fun soon , hugs Gay x

Verna Angerhofer said...

I am still chuckling. Your description on how you pick the winner is so funny and I was just picturing that scenario with glee! And, love the valentines too!

Bobby said...

I don't know when I stated following you but I don't remember ever seeing any of these valentines. They are very creative, Darnell. I love the black and white one at the bottom.

Lyn said...

Such a delight to see creations from the past and of course they are delightful. WOWSER Darnell what a hit NBUS has been............so funny to think that us cardmakers might bring the internet down on the 25th LOL <3

Liz said...

Love your valentine cards - lots of inspiration! I especially love the one with black/white and red/white hearts on.

What an amazing number of entries for the NBUS challenge! xx

ionabunny said...

Oh my, Darnell, you are amazing. So glad your NBUS #3 was such a ginormous success. I love love that first card with the metal heart flowers. May have to CASE that. I'll let you know. Hugz

frommycraftroom said...

Wonderful past creations thank you for sharing.
What a huge success your NBUS challenge is = amazing - as I mentioned before it is a great opportunity to use our stuff. And just shows how much is out there :)
Welcome to the new friends too - some great talent. Thanks once again.

Brenda in IN said...

The NBUS challenge has become a national event that eveyone looks forward to. It is a wonderful idea as it brings people together and makes us use up schtuff. I am thrilled for you that so many great stampers came by to play. Hammy is going to be stunned at so much work.

Ruby N said...

LOL You're hilarious! Those are wonderful cards and I'm so happy to hear there were a large number of entries for your challenge :) I can't wait to see who wins! I've seen so many great contributions and everyone's creativity just continues to astound me. I want to THANK YOU SO MUCH for your kind words about me and my blog AND for subscribing - it just means the world to me to have you as a reader. I feel blessed and honored, and I really do feel like I can turn to you for advice on my papercrafting journey :) Hope you have a fabulous weekend...looking forward to linking up for the next challenge already!

OH Babs said...

Well what a nice array of Valentine cards. Have a fun weekend. Happy Anniversary

Lisa said...

Thanks for the look back at your valentines! Those golden hearts are splendid!!

Helen F. said...

Oh these are just lovely, Darnell. I especially like the 2012 card design and idea ~ off to find some heart shaped flowers ;-)

JD/ Jill said...

Your valentine cards are wonderful...
I am so happy for you how well you NBUS Challenges have gone for you. Thank you for the nice comments you have left on my cards...I have no idea how you find the time to do so much commenting...(I think I need to learn your secret)
Hope you are having a great week...

Sharron said...

TFS some of your oldie heart creations--so much great inspiration! Love the idea of the gold charms!

sandie said...

Wow that's a lot of entries and a lot of love!! Fabulois collection of cards and so many new friends, have a wonderful day xx

Carole Z said...

Congrats on all the entries Darnell, now I have an image in my head of you throwing all our names against the wall, lol! What a wonderful selection of Valentines! I love those little hearts in the first one, hugs Carole Z X

Hettie said...

Fabby cards there. Will be picking up some ideas from those.
I am currently sitting in a tent with hooks which is not good as they let the rain in through the holes!
Hugs
xx

Donna said...

Your Valentine cards are all fabulous! as always your posts start my day with a smile, ever think of being a writer?

Ros Crawford said...

Sheesh! I nearly chocked on my tea when I read about the Random Dot haha! I love your cards especially the gold hearts ... now I'm going to be CASing or rather copying you! BTW I'll email soon with my address!! Have a great day!

MRS DUCK said...

Jeepers Darnell,
When I read your first paragraph, I thought you were being too revealing about you and Hubby's anniversary exploits lol!
Love the reminder of your Valentines.
Good luck to everyone else in the challenge.
Ang x

Maura R said...

Love the v-day cards, Darnell. Especially the one with the bright overflowing pocket... Thanks again for hosting the challenge - you are amazing!! Looking forward to Sunday!

Creepy Glowbugg said...

Thank you so much for the warm welcome and the shout out, Darnell.
You do beautiful work. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

Tracey said...

Fabulous cards Darnell....its been fun visiting you again!

Anita in France said...

Isn't it fun to revisit earlier creations, Darnell ... your Valentine cards from each year are fabulous (well, all your cards are!). Hope 'someone' is keeping you supplied with munchies and drinkie-poo's in your hermetically sealed state! Hugs, Anita :)

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...love seeing all of your Valentine's Day cards over the last couple of years, so fun.

Neha said...

Awesome cards, dear. Oh lord, your posts...:) love reading them. You spread smiles across the miles. Hugs.

Tanvi Shah said...

Thank you for the sweet introduction Darlene! Awesome cards & congratulations on the success of your challenge!

Wida said...

I love those swoopy hearts on the flowers! gorgeous! Somehow while scrolling I ended up in 2012, just go with it ;)

Greta said...

Huge congrats on your NBUS challenge--what a success! Love these cards, especially the gold hearts made into flowers!

cm said...

Dr. and Mrs. Condom Dot Ram..hahaha...whoops, my wheelie chair nearly slid out from under me, I'm laughing so hard (and I'm at work. Hard to hide what I'm doing...I 'should' be frowning and stern-faced. NOT!)! Hilarious post; awesome cards!
Hugs~c