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 27, 2016

IT'S HERE! NBUS CHALLENGE #7

Welcome to NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) Challenge #7!!


Let's get right to it! 

Anything Goes With NBUS!


August 27, 2016 through September 5, 2016

  • You must use a NBUS item on your creation and share with us what it is. It doesn't matter if it is old or new ~ although that old virginal schtuff would really like some attention!
  • You must be a follower via the blue "Join This Site" button on my side bar to your right where all the happy little faces are!
  • Link your post back to here and cut and paste the NBUS badge into your post or on your side bar.
  • You may enter a total of three times. New work only please.
  • Link up your creation using the Inlinkz button at the bottom of this challenge in the usual way.
  • Please enter only four other challenges in addition to this one, for a total of five.
  • HAVE FUN!!
For how you enter if you don't have a blog, please click HERE. For the history of NBUS and to see prior challenges, please see the tab above or click HERE.
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I can't wait to see the amazing creations you make using your Never-Before-Used-Schtuff!! Thank you very much for participating and for being incredible friends and followers and supporters! Your friendship and your encouraging comments keep me going! MWAH! 

Don't forget to leave encouraging comments on each other's creations, as well!

If you have any questions, please email darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com.

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I'll leave you with this EZPZ QACAS card:
I did a bit of blending with Distress Inks for the background. The NBUS sediment is from Technique Tuesday's "Happyville Sunshine" set. I'm not only trying to use my NBUS, I'm trying to fit a little exercise in my daily routine, so I upcycled that sensational tree diecut from a store-bought card I received a few years ago. 

This card fits the current AAA Cards Challenge where the brief is "blending" and the Muse Challenge where Marilyn is the talented card artist to be CASEd. I was inspired by her warm sunset colors and how the white focus just popped off those colors. Here is her beautiful card:
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109 comments:

Sue said...

Fab card Darnell.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

Lili Sulastri said...

Pretty card.

Sammy said...

Woohoo! My favourite challenge is back! I'll put my thinking cap on as soon as I get home from work.
And I adore your card. What a gorgeous die-cut! x

Jane said...

What a gorgeous array of blended hots, really makes that tree pop! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

scrAPpamondo said...

Great upcycling, this diecut tree looks great on the warm blended backgrond! Adorable CAS!

Ruth said...

Yay! What a fabulous card! I'm looking forward to dragging out some of my NBUS to have a play :) xx

Julie B said...

Looks like I'm the first to enter this time Darnell!!
Love your blended background to the gorgeous white die cut frame. You could add it to the gallery at HLS AG with dies too. xx

Marianne said...

Let the games begin! Such a wonderful card to get us all started, Darnell!
Marianne x

Anne said...

Only three entries - I have enough NBUS to enter way too may times lol xx

sandie said...

I do love when a white die is used over a blended background, just perfect. Looking forward to joining in x

Aileen Ryan said...

Wahooooo I have to get moving, my goodness limit of three cards Darnell I have been shopping my sox off. I will have to try using multiple things on each card. Cant wait to see what people are doing.

Aileen Ryan said...

Ohh I did it again, sorry Darnell. Your card is beautiful, wonderful blending and ove that recycled tree from store bought card, perfect for your scene.

Rahmat said...

Thanks to your NBUS, I manages a card few days back ;) Your card is gorgeous Darnell, with that beautiful blending.

Hannelie said...

Thanks for another fabulous challenge Darnell!
Your take on the muse is STUNNING!

stampwithsandy said...

Gorgeous blending, Darnell! I look forward to playing along and giving some of my NBUS a little attention!

Pat said...

I adore that blended background with the white tree Darnell and the sentiment is just great with it. I am looking forward to playing along. x

Sarah said...

Love the beautiful blended background and the sentiment is fab. A great way to upcycle the gorgeous tree too. Definitely going on have a rummage later in the NBUS box!! My ATC and your note arrived today...it's fantastic...thank you so much xx

Carol L said...

Congrats on your 7th NBUS (what??? 7th already??!!) challenge my friend - I love these challenges! Your card sure is a purty one today with those flaming colors and calming white trees! It's a beaut!! Have a fabulous weekend!

Tina Z. said...

o wow, great upcycling and fantastic background; I love it.
I am looking forward to playing along ..
Have a great weekend!
hugs xx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!!

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell! Those colors look amazing and great use of the cut out. I'll have to do my own personal challenge in a few weeks. Life has gotten crazy busy for me since school started. It's all good, but no crafty time for me for a bit. Have fun!! Thanks for sharing and always inspiring! :) Hugs!

Maura R said...

Love, love that card, Darnell! That die cut frame is so gorgeous and I always love a sponged bg! So excited that you have another NBUS challenge happening!!

Linda Harris said...

Love how you've CASED the card. Now to look in my stash to see if there is anything NBUS I can play with lol x

Eve Maynard said...

Hi Darnell
I love your beautiful sunset card.

So sorry that I couldn't join you on your trip to the UK but I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay.

Thank you for the challenge and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Love Eve xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Thank you for your NBUS challenge, Darnell, and for the inspiration to use my new die set! I am happy to join you! Your card is gorgeous! I love the die you used and the gorgeous background! Let the NBUS using begin! Enjoy your weekend!

Linda said...

Beautiful blended background Darnell. I have a few NBUS that I will have to choose from.

Loll said...

Beautiful card Dolly. Your blended background is so pretty ... gorgeous colours for fall. Great job with upcycling too! :) Always good to get exercise. Lolly xx

Happy Dance said...

Gorgeous blended card, Miss D. Exercise....upcycle...I get it; you're too funny, girl!! Great card, and great way to make something old into something new. Thanks for doing the NBUS challenge. I know it's tons of work, but I sure enjoy seeing what's in the gallery, and using up some of Mt. McNBUS here. Will try to leave a few comments too. Missing you... Bev

Lisa said...

Your card is stunning, Darnell!! The colors look amazing!! I love the beautiful die you used!! Thank you for another fun NBUS!! I'll be back to link up soon!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Carole said...

Fabulous blending Darnell!......super card...happy hello to you too.....and thanks for the brusho tips xx

Lisa said...

That tree die cut from white paper is stunning over your sunset background! Beautiful card Darnell!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love your beautiful card you created. Great colors. And I am glad I could join in on the challenge again this year. Gets me using all the goodies I have and have not inked up yet.

okienurse said...

OMG! Going to blame you for this Madonna wail going through me brain! "Like a virgin…touched for the very first time!" Think I am going to play this month. It has been a long dry spell around here being sick and all. Watch out world… Okienurse

Gerrina said...

Your card is so beautifully blended!
Thanks for inspiring us once more to use all those NBUSses (is that a word?) :) !
I already linked one card, but it is so possible that there will follow two more :)
Enjoy your weekend!

Redanne said...

Woohoo, you are off to a great start already!! I will do my best to join in. Love your card, the background colour is gorgeous and I love your recycled tree - that is about as much exercise as I get too at the moment! Hugs, Annie xxx

Cara said...

Loving your card, fabulous blending going on there! Thanks for the motivation to use some of that neglected stash. Hugs, Cara x

Marilyn said...

Hi Darnell,
Thank you for playing cards at Muse ... I am honored that you found inspirations from my card. Your ink blending is beautiful and the white tree is perfect. I'll be joining in your NBUS challenge ... what a fun thing to do. Glad you had an enjoyable and memorable trip abroad. Hugs, Marilyn

Mac Mable said...

Beautiful blended background and loving the white tree against it...loving the challenge idea, thank you for the inspiration x

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hello Darnell, I'm so glad that it already :-) Thank you for the seventh already wonderful party with you. Great fun, I waited with great anticipation :-) Your card is very beautiful. I love the wonderful background of the card.
hugs,
BozenA

ionabunny said...

Beautiful card Darnell. Oooh NBUS #7 what fun. I'll be with you soon. Hugz

Jean said...

A gorgeous card! I look forward to posting mine!

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous die cut card and colors Darnell. I will be playing, but have been knee deep in corn on the cob today that after 5 hours is now corn kernels in 15 quart freezer bags :-) Happy Stamping, Nancy

frommycraftroom said...

Love your orange background
Thanks for another NBUS challenge :)

Pam Sparks said...

Pretty card Darnell! Thanks for the fun!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Yay -- love the NBUS challenges!! Your card is so pretty!!

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Darnell, love the blended background, and thank you for hosting another NBUS challenge! Time to dig out the stash I had to have lol! Cathy x

Maxine D said...

Wonderful card Darnell, and well done on the upcycling exercise!!
I am hoping to participate in the challenge, but DH is needing me to take him to some medical appointments this week....
Blessings
Maxine

Greta said...

Wow--what a neat card that must have been with the die cut tree & what a gorgeous card you made with it, Darnell! I actually think of the NBUS challenge each time I use something for the first time! Have a great week!

Di said...

I'm here with a great big hooray for another fun NBUS challenge Darnell! Love your upcycled card! If I'd known you were into exercise we could've spent time in the gym at the Grand Harbour hotel!

I'll be back with a second card ASAP!

Hugs

Di xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful card Darnell love the background colours

Anne

Linda said...

Another fab challenge is well under way. Hopefully I'll find time to enter ..... the old craft room is all over the house at the moment.
I had the brilliant idea of moving it downstairs into a bigger room ..... seemed like a good plan at the time. Not so much now that only one desk is downstairs, my stamps are still upstairs, half my inks are goodness knows where and where did I put the new stash that arrived yesterday??!! Oh well .... I'm sure it'll turn up!
LOVE your card Darnell ..... that tree is just gorgeous and looks fab against the beautiful blended background. Enjoy the challenge xx

Diane said...

Oh what a pretty, pretty card..love those colors!! What a fun challenge, hoping to join in again, I don't think I have missed one yet!!

Barb said...

A lovely card Darnell. I love to recycle. The tree looks great on your blended background. Thank you for another fun challenge. Barbxx

Craftychris said...

I love your card! Fab recycling too. I will definitely be joining in with you fabulous, fun challenge - I love it! xxxxxxxxxx

Theresa said...

Love your card! Thanks for another challenge! Always so much fun,

scrappymo! said...

I will be back with my entries. Yes, I said entries plural. Got to do my part to prove that it does not take prizes to get entries.
Your charming blog and your equally charming acronyms inspire us daily!

cm said...

WOW! Blending beautiful and silhouette sensational! NBUS and exercise: perfect pairing *grin*! Added my card featuring my *finally* used Altenew Watercolour Wonders stamps...figuring out the layer alignments was a real exercise, but well worth the sweating (and near tears)! Actually, turned out easier than I initially thought. Hope my card brings a smile...
Hugs~c

Liz said...

Beautiful background, Darnell, perfect for the gorgeous white silhouette. xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

I'm back with my second card, Darnell! Love using my NBUS! Enjoy your day!

Sharon Fontenot said...

Darnell,
I entered your fine challenge without reading the rules first. I tried to delete my entry, but do not see a way to do that. I guess I will just have to take my "come-upance" for not following the directions. My card is entered in 7 other challenges.
I participated in some of your challenges a long while back and accidentally came across another card entered in your challenge. I found you!!! Since my stamps were brand spankin" new to ink, I got excited and rushed to the entry form.
Please forgive .... Sharon (Higgledy-Piggledy)

KandA said...

Wonderful card Darnell, love the gorgeous colour.

Love it that your fabulous fun challenge is back and I must admiit to feeling rather pleased with myself 'cos I used 3 NBUS items - only a few more to go (until I can get the cupboard door to shut)! xx

Anita in France said...

That background is so scrumptious, Darnell ... you must've been upcycling through a forest when you came across that delicious, delicate tree (tee hee!)... it's soooo lovely against all those glowing corals and pinks! I have a little mole hill of NBUS especially acquired for this very purpose ... merci mille fois for enabling ... and for another fun party ... you are a star and an inspiration! LYAMYEMACWFO! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Pia S said...

Such beautiful vibrant colors! Was wondering about the tree, too bad this tree doesn't exist as a die. Great job recycling.

Monika Skinner said...

Hi Darnell. I do love your background blending, gorgeous colours to show off your pretty tree. Have a lovely day! hugs xxx

Kath said...

Lovely card Darnell - I'll join in soon with my NBUS card.
Kath x

Heidi Stamps said...

This is a very fun challenge to take part in! Thanks so much for hosting. I love your pretty and vibrant card.

How have we all amassed so much stuff that is NBUS. I could make lots of cards! :)

ionabunny said...

Dear darling delightful Darnell. I rarely enter challenges without prizes, but because it's you, and because the NBUS mountain is so big, and because it's just such a fun place to play and well, just because. Hoping you get lots of entries because you deserve it. Hugz

Barb Ghig said...

Such a gorgeous card, Darnell! Your background is just beautiful, and I love that you used your recycled tree...it's perfect! Love your sentiment, too!

Thank you so much for another fun challenge! It's so generous of you to do this for us, and of course really helpful to start using some of our new stuff :)

Nora N. said...

Another NBUS Challenge!! Yeah!! I just created a card with a NBUS that I had gotten in March? (shame when you don't even know when you received the darn stamps!) and did some coloring last night. I will definitely be entering.

LOVE your pretty card with that lovely background. I like that you recycled the die cut. So clever!! Thank you for hosting this fun challenge!!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
Your card is very lovely, and vibrant.
The inking is super, and your design is ace as usual.
It was a little cooler in my neck of the woods today so I managed to make a card for this current challenge.
Thank you for all your hard work involved with this great challenge.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Kylie said...

Thanks for another NBUS challenge, Miss USA. I really needed the kickstart to get goodies out to play. I can't believe it's been a month since the retreat - miss you!! xx

Becca Cruger said...

Boy - your acronyms keep doing acro-batics and getting longer and longer! :) Whatever their meaning, your cards keeping getting gorgeouser and gorgeouser. That vibrant splash of a background is the perfect counterpoint for the stark white die cut. Bravo! And thanks for offering us another fun NBUS time.

Zelda C said...

Gorgeous card Darnell - I just love those colors. Looking forward to playing in first NBUS challenge.... whoo hooo!!

Lisa Tilson said...

This is a beautiful card Darnell, I really love that background colour, and the addition of that gorgeous elegant white tree is stunning. It really pops against the background. And I LOVE the fact you upcycled, I mean why not? Too good to waste! It actually reminds me of a die that I have seen somewhere in craftyland, maybe a Papertrey Ink die, but I am not sure. Either way, its a stunning card. Thanks for the challenge, I will be enjoying playing along and I am off to have a look at what everyone has been making. Hugs, Lisa xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love your card, Darnell! Thanks for hosting another NBUS challenge.
Hugs,
Em xxx

Bonnie said...

I used my newest NBUS but shame on me not using the ones that have been in the NBUS box for a year or more! Today, I'm going to try to use one that's been in there the longest! Thanks for the challenge to make me do that! xoxo

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Sunny and happy - just my card! Love it! And thanks for doing another NBUS challenge - such a fun challenge! Still have an enormous pile of those....

brenda said...

Hi Darnell,

I just wanted to pop over and thank you for your kind visit the other day which was much appreciated. I have had several nudges from fellow bloggers to join in and would love to but I've not been able to craft for a few weeks due to an MS flare up. So presently reliant on old makes and couldn't find anything which would fit your brief, but promise I will do my best join in next time round.

B x

Daniela Dobson said...

Oh how I love these!!

Dana said...

It's been awhile, but I finally caught a challenge!!! I need to give some other new stamps some love too!!

Sue said...

Stunning card, Darnell! Your beautiful white tree looks perfect on that lovely inked background x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Your upcycled card is very lovely. I like how you captured that one idea challenge photo. I'm embarrassed by how old my NBUS is (okay, not really, but it is such a cool stamp, how did I ignore it all those years???!).

Jeanne H said...

Loaded my card and spelled my name wrong! teehee Thanks for reminding us all to USE our schtuff, Darnell.

Leigh Penner said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell!

Robyn Oliver said...

WOW Darnell, the gorgeous background you created is just right to show off your 'upcycled' die cut - it's super idea - I love the tree within the frame.. Thanks for hosting #7 - we all love your encouragement to use our NBUS. Hugs Robyn

Jane Willis said...

OMG so many gorgeous entries - just think how much schtuff has been lying around neglected until this episode of NBUS came along! Just got home from my travels and dropping by to say a huge thank you to you, Darnell, for the lovely surprise that I came home to, and to the lovely Di who very kindly linked up my post for me in case I got delayed and didn't get home in time to do it myself
Jane

Desperatehousewife Craft said...

Hi Darnell, Your creations are just beautiful! I'm going to love this challenge which I just discovered, as I have loads of stuff I haven't used and i'm glad to know I'm not the only hoarder! Thanks!

Di said...

Nudge, nudge gals, Move over and give an old lady room to sit down! Busy in here Darnell!! Well, well - someone's gonna eat Humble Pie :) We do come along for the fun and not the prizes - waggles tongue and crosses eyes!

Hugs

Di xx

Suchi said...

NBUS rocks! Your card is just stunning Darnell! Thanks for organizing! :)

Janelle said...

I was going to ask you where you got the tree die cut from as I've been looking for one just like it. Gorgeous card and such pretty colours. I've got heaps of stuff I want to use - just need to do a little digital manipulation and then maybe I'll have time. Love ya! :)

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
I thought I would enter this as I have used a NBUs item on it.
Thank you again for all your hard work involved in this great challenge.
I loved your fab Christmas cards today they were both super and very lovely.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Back Porch Stamper said...

Darnell, your blog is fabulous! Never have I seen such creative cards with stickers. I enjoy watching for your new creations.
Diane

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Thanks for the chance to dig out those NBUS once again, fun challenge, going to hop around now! : )

Anita in France said...

Back to say how much fun that was, Darnell ... so enjoyed using my specially acquired NBUS ... it's been waiting patiently! LYAMYHAHACWTSY! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Isabelle Siry said...

I just discovered your challenge yesterday by reading other blogs ! What a great challenge and so good idea ! My scrap room if full of NBUS ! So I think that you'll see me again...and again.....;-))
BTW I love your two cards (the snowman and the Bright Happy hello to you). The lights on the snowman card also remind me that I have somewhere Unused Stickers ! Thanks a lot for sharing ! Izzy Scrap (izzyscrap.com)

Karen P said...

Gorgeous card Darnell! As promised I am here and I will be back with another two entries soon. Whoever made the comment about there being no entries without prizes sure got it wrong, thankfully! Big hugs sweetie Karen x

Milka Gubo said...

Beautiful card Darnell! :o) Thank you for another NBUS challenge. I love it!! :o) hugs xx

Donna said...

Love your white on pretty coloured background card, Darnell. Yay for using NBUS. X

Karen P said...

I just got my second in Darnell, and it's not a card. Sorry hun I am running out of time to get them done and I so wanted to prove the doubters wrong so I dug out some art supplies and used them instead - hope that's okay. Don't worry about visiting me get caught up with the others Karen xx

Julia Aston said...

So happy to have NBUS back again! I almost missed it!

Helen Gullett said...

Totally a fun challenge especially challenging us to use the stamps we have in stash that is waiting to be used with love :D THANKS, Darnell for hosting the challenge!

Di said...

3rd entry just linked! This has been such fun Darnell - thanks for pushing us to use our NBUS. No prizes from you needed - the prize was getting to use sadly neglected goodies!

Hugs

Di xx

Whisper said...

Hi Darnell,

I'm here for the first time and i'm sure i will be back, as i have lots of stamps / dies / papers i have never used !!, the lovely Di has pointed me in the direction of your challenge and i look forward to coming back too, Luv Sam x

scrappymo! said...

Great challenge as always, Darnell. Just popped by with my first card and I will try to get another one posted tomorrow, just before the close of NBUS #7.

Monika Reeck said...

Wonderful Card dear Darnel
and always love to join your NBUS challenge
today is my card number 3 yay
and I wish you a happy Sunday
hugs
Monika from Germany

Mrs A. said...

Whoosed in better late than never. Would have been here sooner but you know who nicked my water colouring pencils and never gave em back!!!
Hugs mrs A.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Thanks Darnell for another fabulous NBUS challenge - you poor thing - I am sure by the end of the day you'll have more than 300 entries... don't worry about commenting on mine. There are better things to do in life! Happy Labor Day weekend, my friend!

Susanne Vargas said...

Woohoo, I made it! It was sort of last minute but I did it! Congratulations on another successful NBUS Challenge! Your card is fabulous! Love that background!

scrappymo! said...

Finally made it back with a second entry Sorry I could not make three.
I am off to Mum's again tomorrow for a week. Time got past me as I got busy packing etc.