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!

August 29, 2016

Age Is a Number and Pumpkins are Puzzles

Greetings!

Welcome to the freshness of a Monday morning, carrying you towards unknown adventures this week!

You are all doing such a fantastic job dusting off your Never-Before-Used-Schtuff and giving it some love! I know you are feverishly crafting away, so I won't keep you. I just have a coupla NBUS cards of my own to share.

My Onefer is:
How's that for a profound sediment?! It's NBUS, of course, and made by Rubber Dance Stamps. The PP is from GKW. I double-diecut my numbers so there would be a black shadow for depth. I'm not sure if you can see it, but I also added a smick of black border on the left to mimicate the number shading.

And my Twofer is:
This fun puzzle pieces die is from Spellbinders and I've only used it once before two years ago. The pumpkin stamp belonged to my late neighbor, Rae. It is from an OOB company called "Hook's Lines & Inkers." On the side it is dated 1993, which, Frank Lee, doesn't seem that long ago to me. I spose some of you weren't even born yet, eh? Cough.

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NBUS Challenge #7

Thank you so much for playing along in NBUS Challenge #7!!
The response already has been AWEmazing! I'm so proud of you for using your NBUS with such relish! You all make my heart smile!!

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57 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the cards. The puzzle one is such a good idea.

By heck, there are so many fab cards in the challenge.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Redanne said...

Wow, what a great response you have had to NBUS - well done you! I love the numbers card with your clever shadowing and that sentiment is a real hoot. The puzzle one reminds me - I think I may have that die somewhere... still unused.... Off to have a look at some of those fabulous entries. Hugs, Annie xxx

Liz said...

Two super cards. I especially love the sentiment on the first one - so true! LOL! xx

Kathyk said...

More fab makes .. you know, I THINK I have a jigsaw die somewhere too!

Happy Monday to you too

Kathyk

Michelle said...

Great cards, Darnell! I snorted when I read the sentiment on the first, haha!

!neke said...

Great cards Darnell !!!!

I am trying to play along NBU !
We will see !

Ineke X

Kylie said...

Well! I am now officially upset - I thought the older I got, the better I got.... or there was some other proverb that meant something. LOL, the truth hurts don't it? I love the number card and if I have to admit, the sentiment too :) I am wondering if the numbers were subconsciously put together as they are the combination to Hammy's secret stash? Don't let Freckles catch on.

Congrats on the turn out for your NBUS challenge so far! I am working on more so thank goodness I can enter more than once! Have a great day, my friend.

xx

maria f. said...

Love these super clever takes on that sketch! Especially love the shadows to the numbers. Happy NBUSing.

Di said...

Fabby snippets card Darnell - and I do love your numbers card loads as well! I've got a jigsaw die somewhere as well - but probably not enough time to use it. Busy in here isn't it - standing room only! But then your NBUS challenges always are such fun and make us dust off 'bought and immediately neglected' goodies!

Hugs

Di xx

Aileen Ryan said...

Very nice puzzle card especially with the pumpkin in the corner. Then we have your numbers one with that profound sentiment. A sentiment after my own heart. Much like Getting older is better.......than the alternative. Love the shadowed numbers. Was just thinking you could have another type of challenge ..... Only ever used once lol. Beautiful cards

Mrs A. said...

Way to profound for me but oh so true it hurts!! Love the jigsaw pieces I have already used mine so that's no goody. Hugs Mrs A.
Norm says Hi to Hammy. Hugs 🐒

Marcia HIll said...

Thanks so much for my morning chuckle Darnell...absolutely LOVE the sentiment on your birthday card!! Cute pumpkin card too! :0)

Marilyn said...

Cute cards!!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
2 super designed cards, and that sentiment on the first is fab.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell and I love the shadowed numbers and the puzzle pieces too and that oh so to the point sentiment..lol. I will be entering the NBUS Challenge shortly I hope. x

KandA said...

Wow it's getting pretty busy in here... I just wonder how big Mt NBUS would be IRL if we all started to heap our neglected goodies up altogether into a pile... scary!?
I do love your super numbers card but I'm not too sure about that sentiment.... a bit scary if you ask me! Have a great week, Andrea aka Amanda! xx

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

Cute cards! Love the birthday one! Thanks for linking up your project with us at Shopping Our Stash.

Stacey
Stacey’s Creative Corner
Shopping Our Stash, DT Member

scrAPpamondo said...

Beautiful both your cards, and I must have this puzzle die!! :D
You always rock with CAS!!

Jerrie said...

I love your age card...what a fun take on the sentiment. Your pumpkin card is so clever. I love the pieces of the pumpkin leading to the finished pumpkin!

Geri said...

Two GREAT takes on the sketch pal! Love the 'sediment' and the shadowed numbers (the black REALLY does define the #'s).
Cool puzzle pieces and a sweet 'vintage' pumpkin...whose expression cracked me up!

Wow - NBUS #7 is off to a roaring start! So nice to see that the naysayers are definitely the exception!

Cat Craig said...

Whoo Hooo home just in time to play with the nbus challenge! Your puzzle card is such fun, love that textured background. I am catching up after having been on the road. So from a whirl wind trip through your postings, I have to say the texture behind the apeture of your happy card looked great...something I might just have to case...and those pandas are adorable.

Gerrina said...

Love how the numbers look whit then doubled! And the sentiment is a super one!
Your twoofer looks so warm with the pieces in those colours... Two different beauties!

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so gorgeous!! I love the designs!! The sentiment on the first one makes me laugh!! The puzzle pieces on the second are fabulous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Cheryl W. said...

Super cards, Darnell! Wish I didn't have so darn much company right now so I'd have some time to play and participate.

conil said...

Wow, just look at all your entries already...very impressive. Though not sure why I'm surprised, you're such a star with a HUGE following. I'm sitting here giggling because, just before I read this post, I was working on my CAS(E) This Sketch entry...great minds, wouldn't you say. However, I do believe you've outcased me...both these cards are terrific. Love the drop shadow on the first and those amazingly colored puzzle pieces on the second. I think I smell a winner...

Cara said...

Wonderful makes. 1993 is just like, last week surely! Cara x

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, I love the sentiment on the first card -- it's so true! LOL! Fabulous takes on the sketch!

Helen F. said...

Great used of those ol' NBUS stamps, Darnell! Loving all the fun cards being posted...we crafters sure know how to hoard our shtuff, don't we?

Maria A. said...

Hello Darnell: both this cards are amazing, your entry to our challenge is fantastic and the one with the actual puzzle is super cute, I must see about that die, it would be great to make kids cards.
Thank you for sharing your cards with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, hope you come back and join us again soon.
Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez, DT.

Chris Dring said...

Two very fabulous cards, my friend! Since I LOVE a bit of snark on my cards, I adore your birthday card! That sentiment is perfection! LOL! The puzzle die cuts look like such fun! Thanks for joining us this week at Shopping Our Stash!

Kathleen said...

I totally love the first card, a brilliant idea and a really fun sentiment.
Really great second card too.

Not joined in the NUBU challenge yet as things are a bit hectic here but I really want to but incase I do not get to join I really want you to know it is not because there are no prizes because the challenges I do join, when I can, I always say playing for fun.

Kath x

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are both so awesome. I am so busy with garden and then resting in between I doubt I will get back to card making for quite some time. I am tired of garden stuff. LOL But thankful for it as well.

MaryH said...

Two fun ones! I really smiled at #1, and your shadow effect looks great. Love that sentiment too. The puzzle pieces made such a nice effect (much like a modern painting!) with the striation of the colors. Clever way to use this die. And OMGosh, so many NBUS cards entered. Hoping I can play along, but will have to see. Heaven knows I have plenty of NBUS. Hope you've rested up from your whirlwind travels, and things are back to whatever is normal for you, Mr & Hammy. Big Hugs, TFS & thanks for the good wishes too.

Lindsey said...

Both of these are so awesome! Love the sentiment on the first one. :D

Lisa said...

Okay, the sentiment on the first card is a hoot!! And your puzzle card is very clever!

cm said...

Cool NBUS showcased, my friend, in most fabulous fashion! Smiling over the 'profound' sentiment on your first and yes, the black sure has an impressive impact! Your puzzle pieces and pumpkin (that face!): just plain ol' clever! Your gallery is filling up exponentially...a whole lot of NBUS floating around (she says, as she gazes at her own hill...er, mountain...).
Hugs~c

Carol L said...

OMG, I LOVE that card with the numbers and hilarious sentiment! I can't stop chuckling over that one! Knee-slapper!!!! LOL

TK said...

Wondermus shtuff! Love both cards, the first for being "cheeky" and the second, well, that puzzle piece is awesome enough, but that li'l punkin is just a cutie!

Bibi, Rubber Dance Stamps said...

Cool cards, Darnell! Thank you for using my oh, so very profound birthday stamp on card #1 (LOL) and for entering it to our August challenge at Rubber Dance ♥ Nice to see you again! I hope you'll join us next month as well when we celebrate our challenge's 2nd anniversary :)

Julia Dunnit said...

Gosh, loads of entries already, and I haven't even taken the wrapper of my stamps yet! I love the 'older' sediment, perfect for so many cards now! You've out puzzle pieces in my mind too, I rather suspect that if I rummage, I have those in NBUS form as well!! Gawd.

Catchy Sketch said...

Hello, Darnell,

Thanks so much for creating this challenge! I'm new to stamping and have just started building my stash, so everything is new and unused for me) This is such a great idea to give a chance to unused items!

Best regards,
Regina

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell.
Hugs,
Em xxx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Great twofer, Darnell! I started in the early 90's buying stamps so I have many from now defunked companies. I have been finding many of those exact dinos as we rip apart my stamps room for overhauling. Glad it is being done but I am pretty sure I will miss NBUS this time. Totally enjoying peeking in here, though.

Sharon Underwood said...

Your cards are so cute! Love all the puzzle pieces. And, YES, not only was I born in 1993, but my kids were alive, too!

Jeanne J. said...

You're back in full swing Darnell! Love your birthday card! What a fun sentiment that totally has me laughing! I need to join in the fun!

oldpunca said...

Great and funny cards. I have to laugh about the sentiment on the first one. :-) And I have to hurry if I want to catch NBUS#7. :-))
Hugs, Sonja

ionabunny said...

Dear darling delicious Darnell. Love the yellow, numbers and the words of wisdom. Regarding words...... Have no idea where slangdingo came from since there ain't a dingo to be seen. It doesn't even rhyme!! My blog post title are usually pertinent to a happening of the moment but this one leaves me stumped. Thanks for your visit, which is always a delight, and thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz

Becca Cruger said...

woooooo! The second post for NBUS strikes! I absotively love the sentiment on that first card - I may need to pop that baby into a shopping cart. And your second card is so harvesty with that smiley pumpkin. I know how cathartic/inspiring it can be to use a stamp that comes from someone special.

Greta said...

I really love the first card, Darnell--so cute & clever! I remember that stamp company--might even have one of their stamps hidden away somewhere--fun card!

shirley-bee said...

Two fab cards, Darnell! I love that sentiment on the first one, and the black drop-shadow on the numbers is so effective. I've been sitting here working out which puzzle piece fits where on your second card, and yes, I have a NBUS puzzle die - might have to dig it out in honour of your challenge :)

Lisa Tilson said...

Two great cards! Love the numbers with the shadow effect, it's always so striking to do that and something I often forget about (*sigh*). And that puzzle die is really good fun - I can see that being really versatile, especially good for those pesky men! Hugs, Lisa xx

Craftychris said...

Both these are fabulous! Love the shadow on the numbers. xxx

Anita in France said...

Hahaha, Darnell ... that sentiment doesn't pull any punches does it?? So fun ... and so true ... although age is just a number ... not a reality!! Cool puzzle pieces paired with that fun pumpkin ... bet your late neighbour is looking down, wishing she could play along with NBUS 7! LYAMYEACWTSY! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Oh now then, I'd been borned by 1993 and grad-yew-ated high school by then too. Sad but true, the older you get the older you are and the older you feel. You hear that creaking sound? That's just me!

Donna said...

LOVE your numbers card... So very cleverly done...
And the jigsaw with pumpkin stamp? Inspiring :)

Cathy said...

2 clever cards Darnell, love the numbers one and that sentiment lol! Cathy x

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Love both cards but the sediment (as you would say) on the first is hilarious. The shadowing really makes the numbers pop.
Have a great weekend.
Ang x