Words, for once, fail me. It's impossible to express how appreciative and overwhelmed and, yes, even stunned I am by your support, enthusiasm, and participation in this challenge! The final number was 557!
I know there were several entries thanks to the wonderful collaboration and guest designing I did over at CASology, but honestly, lovely people, how are we ever going to top THAT?!! In the end, I shuffled the letters in NBUS and wore my fingers to NUBS (haha) visiting and commenting on all your fabulous entries. Each and every visit was a pleasure! If I missed you by some chance known affectionately as "old age," please let me know. It was not intentional!
As you know, when the entries went to 200, I doubled the prizes from five $25 gift cards to ten! Well, it seemed only fair, then, to do the same thing when the entries went to 400. I didn't say anything at the time because I didn't want people coming out of the woodwork ~ I wonder, is that an international expression? ~ who didn't really want to follow me.
So ... SURPRISE! There are twenty $25 gift cards being awarded! Without further a dew, here are the random twenty winners in Alpha Betty order!
I want to acknowledge and thank those of you who made a special effort to visit and comment on the other entries in the challenge! You know how much I appreciate that! You can always access any of the NBUS challenge galleries via the tab at the top of my blog or via my Pinterest boards. And, of course, there is no time limit on when you can pop in and visit any of the card artists you find in the galleries!
Winners, you are free to chose any domestic company for your prize, however, I am recommending that you choose Stamplorations for this challenge. They have great product and great shipping rates.
Okay, phew, I think that's another challenge put to bed! One thing is abundantly clear: we all have NBUS and we all love being encouraged to use it!
Oh, whoa, hold up, there's one more silly bit:
"How Do You Pronounce It?"
I often get asked how I pronounce NBUS. Well, as I've said many times, if I'd known NBUS would take off the way it has, I certainly would have chosen a more mouth-friendly aaackronym! She shurgs. Typo on purpose.
Here's how I pronounce it. Do you remember as a kid doing a kind of puzzle that was called a rebus? Pronounced ree-bus. It means a picture without words. Or it can be words with pictures replacing words here and there. In wee school, we'd have puzzles made up of three or four pictures and we had to say what the puzzle meant.
Like a picture of a school bus + a kid + a school building = riding the bus to school.
Or like a picture of a greeting card + a playhouse + a hamster + a wodka = Darnell's crafting.
So I pronounce it like rebus, only with an n, so nee-bus.
I know there are some of you who say it like it's two words: a capital letter N followed by a bus. N. Bus.
Some of you have told me you pronounce it as Naw-bus. Others say Nay-bus.
You say tomayto, I say tomahto. Well, actually, I say tomayto.
Who cares, right? You say it however you like! The important thing is that you are all on the NBUS bus! Now we are all using our products, which is the goal, so when your family and friends ask you what you're working on, you can just shurg and say, "Oh, you know, I'm Busy Using Schtuff!"
I actually made you a card, but this is already way too long, so I'll be back with it in a day or two.
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