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!

March 13, 2016

NBUS Challenge #6 Winner's Post!

Hello, my friends, and Happy Sunday!

As promised, I am here to announce the winners of my NBUS Challenge #6! Even though it only ran for ten days, there were 375 AMAZING entries!

Thank you for your participation! All of your works of NBUS card art make for another incredible inspiration-filled Gallery which everyone can refer to forever via a link above. I am also working on adding each entry to a Pinterest Board for this challenge.
Without further a dew, here are the winners of the five $25 gift cards in Alpha Betty order:
  1. Cat Craig of Cat Luvs Paper (#322)
  2. Elaine of Craft-E-Place (#16)
  3. Leigh Penner of To The Full (#179)
  4. Marilyn of One Stamping Fool (#318)
  5. Sonja of Old Girl (#83)
~~~~ and the winner of the set of Brushos is Cheryl W. of Paper Panacea!

Congratulations, ladies! Enjoy!

After my challenges, there are a few people who will ask me what it was about the winning cards that made me choose them. Oh, my, no, I could never choose the winners because you are all winners to me! For those of you not familiar with it, the Random Number Generator is a free software program that digitally spins all the numbers (in this case 1 through 375) like a slot machine and lands on a number. You can run the generator as often as you like. It looks like this:
This whole community warms my heart! In this day and age of instantosity, with mere flashes of photos, and the briefest of snappy commentaries, it is wonderful that the art of creating a greeting for someone to open, hold in their hands, and possibly keep forever continues through us. Long may we live!

Thank you to every single one of you, whether you are just starting your blogging journey to share your cards, or you use Flickr or Splitcoast or the like, or you remain in the background, but still leave encouraging comments as you visit blogs and soak up all the beauty and inspiration out there in the world! Thank you to those of you who own companies and work tirelessly to bring us NBUS, even if we sometimes curse you! Thank you to those of you who run company blogs and make such impressive card art, and to those of you who create and work on the super fun and challenging Challenges that keep us interested and keep our mojo juices flowing!! Mwah!
Mark your calendars for NBUS Challenge #7 to be held September 1-10, 2016! In the meantime, continue to challenge yourself to use your NBUS and talk about it when you blog which will keep you on track and encourage others to do the same! With our help, no products will languish before their time!

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A Break in the Action

I'm going to take a bloggie break for a couple of weeks to get some rest and catch up on some things, although you may see me behind the curtain commenting and catching up with you. I've got several doctor appointments and tests coming up so I can get my various maladies to snap out of it and start behaving themselves. I want things to be on an even keel for my upcoming trip to England in July (color me pickled tink!) and I've got some detailed planning to do for that.

After blogging every day for ten days and being embraced by all your lovely comments, it will be odd to go straight to radio silence, but I'll be back before you know it!!

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I don't have a card today, but I have something even better!
Henry, Duke, and Adam
We sure enjoyed our time with these three well-behaved and handsome fellas!

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99 comments:

Hannelie said...

Thanks for hosting this wonderful challenge Darnell! So much fun!
Enjoy the break!
Hugs
Hannelie
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Craft-E-Place said...

Thank you Darnell for this wonderful challenge and thank you random generator for landing on my number!! You certainly deserve a break but don't be gone too long ... I always look forward to reading your posts and starting my day with a smile!
A trip to England, how exciting.
I hope all your appointments go well and you are back soon.
Take care
Elaine

Kathyk said...

Thank you so much for running this NBUS challenge, Darnell, and CONGRATULATIONS to all the lucky winners.

Enjoy your blogging break and GOOD LUCK with all those pesky doctors appointments - you HAVE to be in tip top condition for your trip in July!

Kathyk

Valerija said...

Congratulations to all the lucky winners.

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Many congratulation to all the winners and thanks to Darnell for such a wonderful, friendly challenge. I'm looking forward to September already! You've earned a rest, so take it easy and look after yourself until you're back with us again. Much love, Sandra X

Yolanda Garrido said...

As I wrote in my post for your challenge, I think you are the sweetter lady I've met since I make cards!!!! Your heart is as big as your art and generosity! This post shows it perfectly! Congrats to the winners too!!!! Take care and enjoy your planner time for that fantástico trip!

Annie said...

oooh coming to England -wonder where abouts? Maybe a meet up!! Enjoy your break and hopefully you can get sorted healthwise. Hugs. Annie xxx

Sue said...

You deserve the time off, although we will miss you.

Hope your medical appointments all go ok and they can get you sorted.

Lovely photo of the boys with Duke.

Take care.
Sue

Tanja said...

thanks for this wonderful challenge - relax on your break and good luck for all those doctor appointments

rachel said...

enjoy your rest Darnell - and thanks for a great challenge - its always good to have an excuse to break open that dusty packaging! Big hugs Rachel x

Lucy said...

Thank you Darnell, for this fun challenge! I found it admirable, yet shocking that you made cards and posted every day during the challenge, as well as commented on each person's entry! You are an inspiration, not only in your crafting, but also in your dedication!
Take care of yourself.

scrAPpamondo said...

Congrats to the lucky ladies!!! :D
Your challenge was very enjoyed, Darnell!
Wonderful photo of Henry, Duke and Adam, they are so sweet toghether!
Have a fab Sunday!

Kath said...

Congratulations to the winners and I hope you enjoy your blogging break.
Kath x

Ruth said...

Thank you and congratulations to the winners. Really enjoyed it and looking forward to you coming to this side of the pond - hoping we may be able to meet up! Enjoy you rest and your tests as much as you can :) xx

Vijaylaxmi Siyal (Shalu) said...

Congratulations to all the lucky winners !!

Vijaylaxmi Siyal (Shalu) said...

Congratulations to all the lucky winners !!

hellerlittle said...

enjoy your little break with all your be loved ones!!!!
Have a very happy easter
CU hellerlittle

Sarah Gray said...

Another fab and generous challenge....and a bit more NBUS dusted off! I hope you have a productive few weeks and feel rested ready for more bloggy fun. A trip to England this summer sounds great....I hope the weather is kind to you :)

Jane Willis said...

Hope you get a good rest and your health problems sorted out - and YOU'RE COMING TO ENGLAND!!!!!! Whereabouts in England? I'm in Hampshire, about half an hour from Heathrow Airport, and if you are likely to be passing this way it would be lovely to see you - or if you are going to be in London I can head into town and see you there.

Aileen Ryan said...

Thanks for another great challenge Darnelle and congrats to all the winners. I hope you enjoy your break and make sure to get sll your maladies under control. England wow you lucky duck, are you going to that stamping get together with Loll and others??? I'm happy to carry your bags for you if you like.:) whatever reason your going make sure to enjoy.

Barb said...

Many thanks to you Darnell for another wonderful challenge. Congratulations to the lucky winners.

I think you deserve a rest and hope that you get all the medical problems sorted out soon so that you can enjoy your visit to England. You'll be coming at the right time.

What a lovely photo of your two grandsons with Duke. They make a very handsome trio. Hugs, Barbxx

Petra Swart said...

Thanks again for hosting this great challenge, Darnell - I'll have to go shopping to make sure I've got some NBUS for Sept!!!! Enjoy the rest and enjoy getting ready for your trip!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Marianne said...

Thanks for hosting this challenge, Darnell, and for always pushing us to use our NBUS. Congrats to all the lucky winners!
Hope the doctors can get your maladies sorted out soon, so that you are fit again to take your trip to the UK. Of course, you could always come to Crete instead to get fully rested...
Marianne x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow, dear friend Darnell what an amazing post!!!
Huge congrats to all the winners, but most of all to your tenacity at sharing with us all posting ten days straight and running such a group of prizes. September's duly marked on my calendar now..

Am thrilled to hear of your coming trip to beautiful England, not green with jealousy.. Much!!! ;)
May your Drs all get into cahoots and have you back on an even keel medically speaking.

Well done on your three handsome laddies too, with such big smiles. What fun to have them visit, eh!!!
God bless you abundantly dear friend,
Shaz in Oz.x

Barbara Godden said...

Thanks for hosting this NBUS challenge, looking forward to September and will be better prepared to create. Enjoy your upcoming trip and have a well deserved rest

Ros Crawford said...

Congrats to the winners and to you for such an amazing event!! I'm looking forward to seeing you come July!

JD/ Jill said...

Congratulations to all the winners!
And thank you so much, again, Sweet Darnell, for hosting this fabulous challenge!
Get your well deserved rest, and I hope all you tests turn out just fine...
take care, Blessings, Jill

Pat said...

Congratulations to all the winners and hope you get your problems better sorted Darnell. It's good you are taking it easy for a couple of weeks as we all need some breathing space sometimes. I love the photo of those handsome lads Henry and Adam with the adorable Duke. x

stampwithsandy said...

Thank you for hosting another NBUS challenge, Darnell! I hope all your tests turn out well and you are feeling 100% soon for your exciting trip. Enjoy your well deserved break! Hugs :)

KT Fit Kitty said...

It was fun, Darnell! Thanks so much for the inspiration! I wish I had felt better so I could have visited more during the event. Congrats to the lucky winners and I hope you enjoy your break! Your grandsons are nice looking young men!

Vicki Dutcher said...

What an awesome turnout for 10 days! There is lots of NBUS out there huh? ;) -- You enjoy your well deserved break!!

Susanne Vargas said...

Congratulations to all the lucky winners! Thank you for another fun (and very successful) challenge! Hope all the doctor's appointments will bring the desired results! Mwah!

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Enjoy your break Darnell!

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Enjoy your break Darnell!

Jeanne said...

Congratulations to the winners!! I think everyone who participates is a winner for getting their NBUS unnubbed! But prizes sure are fun. I hope you get everything back on track Ms. Darnell and take as long as you need in order to do so! You've more than earned it! Finally what a handsome trio! Thank you for sharing that photo!! Hugs!

Jean said...

Congrats! Love the challenge. THose are handsome guys!!

I Card Everyone said...

It is so wonderful to see a few of my favorite people on the winners list, Darnell! You are so generous, and do us all a huge service by encouraging us to get those NBUS used!!! Thank you, D!! xx
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Maura R said...

Thank you, Darnell, for your generous spirit, joyful outlook on life, and your kind words that you share with each of us on our card posts! Enjoy your break, and show those "maladies" the front door!! Take care, friend!

cm said...

Cheering and applauding the winners; I'm especially excited to see my sweet friend Leigh on the list! THANK YOU for being the hostess with the mostest yet again; love the NBUS challenges! This one was extra special, as I had the opportunity to share my 'new' guest designer, my niece! Tickled pink at all the comments she received for the princess she coloured. Sending hugs and prayers that all your maladies will just go away, leaving you healthy to plan your trip to England (how cool is that!!). Thank you for sharing the photo of your three grandsons *grin*...handsomeness abounds! Looking forward to your return...and will be missing you immensely in the meantime!
Hugs and love,
~c

Lisa said...

You are such a sweetheart and a cheerleader to all of us Darnell. You take your well deserved break and feel better SOON!! MWAH!!

Patti said...

Thank you friend for more merriment and the big boot! to get those NBUS out of hiding!!

Congrats to all the winners too!!

Your boys are growing so fast! looks like you are in Grandma heaven!

(((Hugs)))
Patti

Birgit said...

Congrats to all the winners and you did get a lot of people who played which is wonderful. I would have if I didn't have tons of things to do, bad pain etc... I hope to participate in September. I think you deserve the next 2weeks off and wish you well with all the Dr.s appointments. Glad you are "pickled think" that you are travelling to England in July.:)

Cheryl W. said...

I'm SO excited that you randomly selected my entry for those Brushos! THANK YOU SO MUCH, DARNELL! Your NBUS challenges are so much fun and play such an important role in getting us all to use the Schtuff we buy for crafting. I appreciate your NBUS, your wit, your support, your creativity and your presence in blogland. Enjoy your break. I think we're all happy to wait and encourage you to take all the time you need. Thank you again, and have a great week. I'll send you an email with my address.

Krisha said...

Bravo! An other wonderful NBUS challenge Darnell.

Congrats to all the winners too!

Enjoy you time away, as best as one can, while having test done.....yes you must be in good health to cross the pond.

3 lovely lads in the photo....;))

D.Ann C said...

Congrats all! Thanks, again, Darnell, for organizing all the fun!!

OH Babs said...

Thank you dear Darnell for all your hard work, all your kind comments and most importantly for being a friend to all.
Prayers that all and any tests go well. Hope Kevin is mending.
A big hug, Barb, Babs, Barbara

Greta said...

Now that's one of my favorite pictures you've ever shown, Darnell! So glad things went well & sure hope your DIL's sister is improving. You're in my thoughts--hoping you feel much better soon!

Shelly said...

Congrats to all!!
Thank you for another fun and fabulous NBUS challenge, Darnell! :) Take care of yourself! Hugs
And love the pic!

Redanne said...

Huge congratulations to all the winners! Thanks to you too Darnell, it has been a wonderful challenge.

Lovely photo of the boys, they look very happy indeed! I really hope all of your appointments go well, will be thinking of you..... Hugs, Annie xxxx

Sue Rose said...

Thanks again for hosting the NUBS challenges. Without these challenges, I can't imagine how many stamp sets would continue to not be used! I hope all your tests and dr. appts. go well and you will be 100% for your trip to England. Take care my friend. I'll miss seeing your witty posts. ((Hugs)) Sue

Sue from Oregon said...

Here's to you Darnell! Enjoyed the fun of it all...and you enjoy your 'silence'and get yourself lined up for more fun to come!!! Your trip sounds exciting too!

KandA said...

Thanks for being such a wonderful host Darnell and huge congrats to all the winners. I'll make sure I have a pile of NBUS in readiness for September xx

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Congrats to all the winners! Thanks for yet another wonderful NBUS challenge and a delightful blog post! Happy Sunday!

designbydonna said...

Thanks Darnell for your NBUS challenges. And congrats to all the winners. Prayers and good luck to you as you meet all those medical challenges. Hope you come out a winner!

conil said...

Ah girl, this was a fun NBUS challenge and bless you for hosting such a great, good time. Want you to feel in tip top condition for your big trip, so am sending laser directed, postive, healing thoughts your way. Hope you have a productive time off. Thanks again for all your good wishes, comments and encouragement. You're one classy lady...I'm sure the Mister, those twins and the pup think so, too.

oldpunca said...

I'm very happy to become one of the winners on NBUS#6 Challenge. A big thank to uncle Random. :-)
Congratulation to other happy winners!
Thank you for your effort to organize such a great Challenge. Congratulation for so manny entries.

Have a great week!
Hugs!
Sonja

Cat Craig said...

Darnell, thanks so much for hosting this event and getting us to open and actually use that stuff we hoard. I was thrilled to be able to participate in the challenge for the first time, I tried once before but forgot to link up -- I was traveling. You bring so many together with your wit and good cheer. It is always a pleasure to visit.

I am wishing for you a fabulous trip to England this summer; and that all goes well medically so that you can enjoy the trip.

I am glad you are taking time for yourself. I also am sending my thanks to that random # generator. So glad I played twice. The picture is priceless. Hugs my friend, take care.

Kristie Goulet said...

Thank you SO much for hosting this wonderful challenge, Darnell! It sure does help to use of those much accumulated supplies. :)

Enjoy your bloggy break. Take all the time you need. I am so excited to hear that you are visiting England this summer and a bit jealous. ;) I will live vicariously through your photos. You will take and post some photos, right?!

Have a great day! xoxo

Verna Angerhofer said...

Congratulations to all the winners. Darnell that was a fun challenge. Thanks so much for getting us motivated to use our stash of supplies. And, you get your health issues under control and I hope your trip is a wonderful one.

Cara said...

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you for hosting such a fab and generous challenge. I hope all your appointments go well. Fab that you're coming to England, I might have to stalk you (in a nice way obviously!) Cara x

Maxine D said...

I will miss you fun posts Darnell, but you need to take care of yourself first and foremost.
Hugs and blessings
Maxine

Helen F. said...

Congrats to all the winners! Thank you, Darnell for hosting this VERY popular and inspirational Challenge...it's always fun to visit and spend time here :-)

Leigh Penner said...

Your blog is always so inspiring and encouraging to visit, Darnell. Thanks again for your generosity! I'm thrilled to be one of the winners!

Rema said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Sybrina K said...

Congrats to you, Darnell, for another fun NBUS Challenge! Congrats to the winners, and kudos to all of us who turned NBUS into US.

Hope you're feeling lots better soon. :)

Carol L said...

Congrats to all of your lucky winners, and thanks for holding these fun NBUS challenges! I had no idea you were going to England, but I hope you have a fabulous time and are feeling tip-top when you leave! Great photos of the young lads too! I'm so glad you had a fun time with them! TC, we'll miss you during your break, but you totally deserve it :)

Lisa said...

Congratulations to the winners!! Thanks for another fun NBUS, Darnell!! Enjoy your bloggy break!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Kathleen said...

Enjoy your break Darnel and thank you so much for all your hard work and interesting post over the NBUS challenge. Very well done indeed.

Kath x

ionabunny said...

Hi Darnell. Thanks for running another fun NBUS challenge. Congrats to the lucky winners. Enjoy your break. Hugz

Karren said...

Congrats to the winners! Thanks so much, Darnell, for running this challenge again. Enjoy your well-deserved break!

Marilyn said...

Thank you so much Darnell. The gift cert is much appreciated but even more is the enjoyment I get from visiting your blog. I've already marked my sidebar with September's date and you'll see us all back again.
Good wishes for the tests and have a fabulous time in England.

Brenda said...

A BIG Congrats to the winners of NBUS 6 and a BIG MWAH to you Auntie for hosting another fabulous NUBUS for us! I'm glad you are taking a break to rest up and get healthy once again. Goodness, a trip to England?!!! How exciting!!! I'm so happy for you! Hugs, Brenda

frommycraftroom said...

Congratulations to the winners.
Thank you for all the inspiration and encouragement.
Enjoy your bloggie break and hope all is under control in time for your trip to the UK.

Gerrina said...

Thanks for hodting anouther great NBUS-challenge! It is so good to see so much different creativity and let you inspire by it!
Congrats to the winners and to you; good luck with all the things to get in "optima forma" for your trip!

Bobby said...

Congratulations to all the winners. We're all winners really because you challenge us to use our NBUS and give us a forum to do so, Darnell. Thank you for hostessing. And now take it easy for a while and get yourself in tip top shape for your trip. Love seeing the boys, all three of them. ;)

TK said...

Congrats to all the winners!
Hope you are up to snuff soon, Darnell, and that your time away is exactly what you need. Take care, and put yourself first...

Dana & Glen said...

Thank you for hosting another NBUS challenge Darnell! Amazing number of submissions and so fun to see all of your fabulous creations and card submissions. Congratulations to the winners and I am glad you have some time to recuperate :)

Loll said...

Another successful NBUS challenge under your belt Dolly! Congrats! You have encouraged so many to make use of those NBUS milling about in their craft rooms. And people have responded beyond belief. :)

Take lots of time for yourself Dolly. Get rest, get better, relax and put your feet up! You deserve it!! Lolly xx

ike said...

Congrats to the Winners. I hope you can get your little Bod sorted out. Good luck with the tests and have a good rest. We will miss you :-)

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Sharon said...

Sorry I missed this challenge this time around, I'll be sure to try and enter in September - I've plenty NBUS hidden in my craft boxes!
Hope everything goes well with you over the next couple of weeks.
Best wishes
Sharon x

Lizzy Hill said...

Congrats to you winning girls ..... Hope all the tests & bits & pieces you need done get resolved quickly& easily & enjoy your well-earned bloggy break... I won't be round much myself for a bit :) take care xo

Tina Z. said...

Congratulations to all the winners and have a great blog break <3

Olga Fink said...

Congratulations to you for hosting a fun challenge! and congratulations to all the winners!
It is always a pleasure reading your blog posts! enjoy your break!
xoxo Olga

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
congrats to the winners of this fab challenge, and thank you for setting these wonderful challenges.
It must be very hard work for you, so you well and truly deserve a good rest.
Enjoy your time off,and I do hope all is okay with your health ready for the great UK meet.
Take care.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Thanks for being the perfect host! You definitely deserve a break and I'm praying everything goes well.

Hugs,
Em

Karen Letchworth said...

Perhaps some day I will win something. Oh, well! Thanks for your generous give-away, Darnell.

Blessings,
Karen

Cris G said...

Congratulations to all the winners, have fun shopping and/or "brushoing"!
Enjoy your blog break, and I hope the doctor appointments and tests reveal that you are healthy as an apple (I hope this is an expression that you use in US too).
I'll be using my NBUS, especially the new ones... because I think that some older NBUS will hardly see the daylight. :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh I hope you have a good rest and re-charge again, however, I do hope to see you creating again, have fun in England, I will be in Europe too, but it is end May early June, hoping to meet up a blog friend or two while I am there.
Thanks for the fun challenge, and congrats to the winners!

Tracey McNeely said...

Congratulations to all the winners and to you Darnell for another successful event. Looking forward to September. Wonderful photo of these special boys--they are getting so big!

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hi Darnell, it's time to rest, but I will miss you so much. I not always leave a comment, but always with joy and a smile I read your posts. I keep my fingers crossed that your visits to doctors have shown excellent health. Come back to us soon.
Congratulations to the winners of the sixth NBUS, lucky ladies :-)
hugs,
BozenA

Lindsey said...

Darnell, you are the best! So kind and generous and encouraging in so many ways! Time didn't allow for me to play along nearly as much as I had hoped, but I'm headed to use some NBUS right now and I'm going with a smile because I'm thinking of you! :) (Love the picture of those handsome boys!)

Claire Grantham said...

Great challenge Darnell, so much NBUS that you are helping me to use. Love the pic of the twinsters! Cx

Anita in France said...

Congratulations on another fantastically successful challenge, Darnell ... and congratulations too to all the winners! Hope health issues are being taken care of for you ... take your time to get back up to normal speed ... rest, relax and recuperate, mon amie! Gorgeous photo of the grandtwins and granddog ... those boys have such fabulous smiles! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Charlene said...

Enjoy and get some rest! Im so jealous, England!! Will I fit in your suitcase?? :-)

Linda said...

Congratulations to the winners and to you Darnell for another fabulous challenge. Enjoy your blog break ..... you deserve it! xx

Becca Cruger said...

Thank you for an AMAZING challenge! I hope you get your relaxation in right quick and are back to ship shape in no time!

~Rasz~ said...

Congratulations to the winners!!! I hope your tests and all find you fine to travel to England! I am so excited to hear all about it! Good thing to take a little break. Hugs, Rasz

Mimi said...

Thanks for all you do. Don't know ya, but love ya, and am continuing to send positive vibes your way (I'm not a hippie, but peace-love vibes help everything)

Jenni's Jems said...

I hope your medical issues are quickly resolved Darnell and you are soon back spreading your cheer ! I am such a bad blogger lately that i missed that you were coming across to England in July I bet you will be greeted like royalty by fellow cardmakers !! :) take care x