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. Note: my Privacy Policy can be found at a tab below and you can find my NBUS Challenge online. I hope you'll join in the fun there! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

October 9, 2017


Hello, Stamplings and NBUS Players!

I usually make you a thank you card, but let's be honest, you just want to know if your name is below, haha, so I won't take up your time with a card! Of course, I wish I could give you all a prize, in addition to the pat-on-your-back-prize for using your NBUS! You make me proud!


1. $25 Gift Certificate to US company
Scraps of Life By Scrappymo

2. $25 Gift Certificate to US company
#83 Leslie
Running With Scissors

3. $25 Gift Certificate to US company
#100 Carol
Just Me: c

4. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#71 Lynn
The Mango Boys and Me

5. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#24 Angie

6. SU Build A Blossom stamp set:
#7 Alice
Scrap & C

7. MB Circle Burst die:
#154 Liz
Crafty Sunflower

8. MB Fringed Circle die:
#66 Cathy
Cathy's Card Spot

9. HA Elegant Weeds:
#30 Loll
Stamping With Loll

10. SU Madison Avenue stamp set:
#222 Vicki

11. Distress Oxides ink, set of five:
#313 Sandi
Slightly Off Center ~ Life At The Beach

12. Altenew, Shadow Play stamp set:
#51 Valerija
My Joy

13. Skipping Stones, Uplift stamp set:
#109 Mrs. A
Valery Anne Designs

14. SU, Tasty Trucks stamp set:
#64 Ina
Little Bits of Craft

15. Lawn Fawn, Wish You Were Here stamp set:
#150 Tina

16. SU, Tin of Cards sentiment stamp set:
#299 Sandie
London Days

17. WPlus9, Borders and Backgrounds stamp set:
#132 Shirley
Shirley-Bee's Stampin Stuff

18. PTI, Holiday Greens stamp and die set:
#15 Bunny
Bunny's Cards

(Five more gift cards added on Day 10.)

19. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#281 Anita
Neet & Crafty

20. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#130 Kara Lynne
Kara Lynne's Craft Designs

21. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#294 Lynette
My Stamping Addiction

22. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#122 Jane
Onions and Paper

23. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#166 Diane
Nellie's Nest


24. And the recipient of a $25 gift card for "Hammy's Favorite Comment" was Lucy of "Little Scraps of Lucy."

Congratulations to all the winners!!
I will be in touch soon to collect your prize delivery information.

Thank you so much for your support of my NBUS Challenge
and for the wonderful inspiration 
we all received from your beautiful creations!
Click here for links to all prior galleries and winners.
Click here for Pinterest NBUS #12 board.


I would like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Random Org and Hammy for the hours they spent on the drawing! As always, following a challenge, I will purchase a new wheel for Hammy, who has adjourned to a spa for a complete restorative treatment of his poor tired legs. And, of course, the Doc and his wife are just happy to be paid with a case of vino.


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As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower!  Please let me know you came by so I can be sure to return the flavor!

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Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Congrats to all winners!!!
It was so fun to play with you Darnell
have a great new week
hugs to all Tamara

Greta said...

You truly are the most generous person I know, Darnell--such a sweetheart! The companies making money off us don't compare to you!! Congrats to so many lucky cardmakers chosen by Dr & Mrs Random Org!

Janis said...

Well done and congratulations to all the winners. A humongous thank you to Darnell and Hammy for all their work...well, work for Darnell and shenanigans for Hammy! :) It was great fun to participate!!! Hugs and take some time to relax now! You deserve it.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Jane Willis said...

Thank you Darnell and well done to all the other winners - and to the creators of the 355 wonderful works of art that flooded the gallery!

Kathyk said...

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners and a big THANK YOU to you, Darnell, for offering the challenge to use NBUS, AND for the prizes you generously offered too.

Happy Monday


Kath said...

Congratulations to the winners and a big hug to Darnell and Hammy for their hard work!
Kath x

shirley-bee said...

Thank you so much for your generosity, Darnell, and for a brilliant challenge. I really enjoyed seeing your fun cards, and I know you and Hammy had to work extra hard this time what with the extra day ;).

So much for attacking Mt NBUS - it’s grown again after my trip to Port Sunlight!

Cathy said...

Thank you Darnell, for hosting such a fun challenge and your generosity! I was surprised to see my name up there for the grumpy cat lol! Thanks to you and hammy for all the hard work, Cathy x

Liz said...

My name popped up as one of the winners! Thank you so much, Hammy and Darnell! 😘

Congratulations to all the other winners and thanks for another fun NBUS challenge. xx

Birgit said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Thanks Darnell for all the hard work you and hammy put in as well. It's been a fun and inspiration filled 10 days!

oldpunca said...

Congratulation to the winners and congratulation to you to organize such a wonderful challenge!

Anita in France said...

Another rousing success for you and Hammy, Darnell ... what a fun time ... so many giggles, chuckles and belly laughs! Thank you for keeping spirits high ... and for your amazing commitment and generosity towards everyone in our corner of blogland! Congratulations to all the winners ... they can be off preparing for the next NBUS now!! LYAMYMATALTFYLH ... ASM? Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Marilyn said...

Congratulations to all of the winners!! Thanks Darnell for a great challenge. This was the first time I had a chance to play!

Lisa Elton said...

Congrats to all of the winners! Thank you again Darnell for another successful NBUS challenge, your generosity and all of the giggles you provided!!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Yay!!!! :D Not only I have fun playing in the challenge and using (finally!) some of my NBUS items, but I won, too!!! And a stamp that I can't found in italy! Hooray! :D It's my lucky day, thank you very much Darnell, Hammy and Dr!! :D
Big congrats to all the winners and the players, I seen a lot of beauties here, really inspiring!

Ros Crawford said...

Congrats to everyone! What a brilliant success you have with these fabulous challenges!

Pat said...

Thanks Darnell for a fabulous challenge and for the very generous prizes you have provided and congratulations to all the winners. x

Susanne Vargas said...

Congrats to all the winners (lots of familiar names there)! And thanks to you again for this very fun challenge!

Brenda in IN said...

Congratulations to all the winners. The cards have all been a delight to see. I better not save all my NBUS until the next one. It accumulates so fast!

Berina RGA said...

Congrats to all the winners!!

Craftychris said...

Congratulations everyone! Thank you so much Darnell for a super fun challenge! Hugs! xxxxxxxxxx

Sandy said...

Congratulations to all the winners. Thanks Darnell for all the effort you put into this fun challenge.

ionabunny said...

Congrats to the lucky winners and thanks for the fun inspiration to use some of my NBUS. You rock Darnrll. Hugz

Sandra H said...

Many many congratulations to you all enjoy your wins x

Helen F. said...

OMG! Your challenges are always so awesome, Darnell! Thank you(and Hammy) for your hard work in hosting NBUS #12. AND thank you for your outstanding comments and generosity~Congratulations to all the winners of the amazing crafty prizes.
The Playhouse is always a fun time, so many laughs with your cards and posts! I'm off to gather more schtuff for your next challenge LOL HUGH hugs to ya, girlfriend!

Redanne said...

Huge congratulations to all the winners!! xx

cm said...

Congratulations to allll the winners! More NBUS about to unfold! Hugs galore to you for the incredible behind-the-scenes - and on stage - work you do to give us such a marvelous place to come to play! Thrilled to see my name in the mix!
Hugs and love~c

Mac Mable said...

Many congratulations to the winners and a big Thank You for organising this fun challenge x Great inspiration in the gallery too x

Lynette said...

Oh my goodness - thank you so much, Darnell!! I will be getting back to you very soon.

Leslie Miller said...

Wow, I won something? I sure wasn't expecting that! Thank you, Darnell! I'll contact you soon. Congratulations to all the winners and certainly to everyone who broke out the NBUS for your challenge!

conil said...

The end of another successful NBUS challenge. So generous of you to provide all this gift cards. Congratulations to all the winners, as well. Hope Hammy recovers completely. I know the Doc and his Mrs. will savor the wine.

Mrs A. said...

Thank you so much Hammy for my Prize. I love you lots. Hugs Mrs A.

Sheila H said...

Congratulations to the winners! And thanks for another great challenge, Darnell. I had a lot of fun.

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
congrats ot all the lovely winners.
You are a very generous lady.
I am so glad your Nbus challenge is always such a sucess.
I'm sure it's beacause your are such a lovely person that everyone enters.
Till the next Nbus challenge, and happy Nbus crafting everyone.
Lots of crafty love and hugs. Jenny L.

Kara Lynne said...

Thank you so much Darnell! What a fun surprise to see my name up there! Congrats to all the winners, and a HUGE thank you, to you and Hammy for all your work and generosity!

Macimbalo said...

Thanks so much for all your work (and Hammy too!) and for hosting such fun NBUS challenges. I love how it helps us USE our stuff! And thank you for your sweet generosity - you are so kind! Congrats to all and what an amazing gallery of gorgeous creations!!!!

Sheri said...

Congrats to all of the winners!

AlisonC said...

Congratulations everyone, what a fantastic collection of cards. I'm sure no-one has any NBUS left now!!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Congratulations to all the winners. And, thanks to you Darnell for a fun and exciting way to get those NBUS things out and loved. I have a ton more to use so no problem in that area.

Jean said...

Congrats! Thanks for the fun!

Renee's ramblings said...

Congratulations to all the winners, and HUMONGOUS THANKS to Darnell and Hammie for all your hard work and determination. While I am mildly disappointed that my name wasn't chosen as a winner, I do feel good about using some of my NBUS. I'm looking forward to the NBUS Challenge # 13!!! Thanks, too, to everyone who played along, providing tons of inspiration!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Hammy! Congratulations to all the winners :)
Sending you an email Darnell.

Izzy Scrap said...

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank to you Darnell for your wonderful and fun challenge ! You're wonderful ! It's always a pleasure to play with you and Hammy ! Hugs xx

Carol L said...

Congrats to everyone who won, and thanks for your generosity with these NBUS challenges that get us digging into and using our stash! LOVE ya!!!

nancy littrell said...

Just playing in your awesome NBUS challenge and using NBUS products was like being a winner!!! Thanks again Darnell and Congratulations to all the winners of fabulous gifts :-) Hugs...

Marianne said...

Congrats to all the lucky winners. It's nice to see several familiar names among them. Thank YOU, Darnell and Hammy for both entertaining us with your shenanigans and encouring us to use our virginal schtuff. I've been a good girl and immediately put two new items that I ordered from the Netherlands to good use. My sister was able and willing to carry them all the way to Crete. In return, I am now enabling her to buy more schtuff as well. I'm afraid it's largely my fault that she caught the stamping bug last year.
Hugs, Marianne xxx

Cheryl said...

Congrats to all the winners! Thanks Darnell for a great challenge :)

Lynn said...

What an amazing list of prizes...we are all so very blessed! Thank you so very much Darnell. You are the best!

Carol H. said...

Congrats to the winners! Darnell, love how you posted their cards with their name--so many beautiful cards!!

Cheryl W. said...

Yay, for all the winners! I hope they enjoy their new goodies. Yay, for you, too, Darnell. You've been so generous and so inspirational!!!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Congrats to all the winners! You are so good Darnell to spend so much time entertaining and inspiring us and being so generous! Thanks again:)

Olga Fink said...

Thank you again for a lovely challenge Darnell! Congratulations to all the winners!
Xoxo Olga

Linda said...

Here's to another fabulous NBUS challenge. Thank you so much, You're definitely the hostess with the mostest!! Congratulations to all the winners xx

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all the winners!
And thank you again, Darnell, for these awesome challenges and for encouraging us to use our NBUS! :)

Em Louise Fairley said...

Congratulations to all winners and thanks again for being a wonderful host.
Em xoxo

sandie said...

Wow thank you so much, this is a joy and so are you! Congrats to all winners xx

Maura said...

Thanks so much for your generosity and warmth, Darnell - YOU ROCK!!!!

Bunny said...

I'm late to the after party but what a party it was. Wow! Congratulations to all the other winners and I was so pleased to see that I had won something. Thank you, Hammy. Oh, and you too, Darnell.........LOL. Y'all did a lot of work and what a great job you did. Thank you for your generosity and the fun time we all had. [Bunny]

Cara said...

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for running this. Thanks too to poor Hammie!

Diane said...

What a fun fun challenge this is, I LOVE getting out my NBUS and seeing everyone else's too....I am so happy I found time to play and thank you for putting this all together, doing all the commenting, heck YOU need a prize just for doing that...oh and speaking of prizes..WOW, I was shocked to see my name, cuz I didn't play for that, just played cuz I wanted to!! (however I did answer your email and then on top of everything else you and Hammy take the time to email us we won..how cool is that...I thank you AND Hammy from the bottom of my heart!!! Congrats to all!

BożenA said...

It was a real festival of fun and beautiful cards. I congratulate all winners. And thank you, Darnell, for this amazing fun :-))

Fikreta said...

congrats to all!
thank you Darnell for great challenge!

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

Congratulations to all the winners !!

Bobby said...

Congratulations to the winners. So happy to say that I know over half of them. In fact I'm on Design Teams with three of them.

Mia said...

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

Julia Aston said...

Congrats to all the winners - what a fun challenge you run Darnell - so much work and enthusiasm you put into each one! You are an appreciated stamper/blogger Sis!!

Dotty Jo said...

Big congrats to the winners and a very, very big thank you to you, for organising all the fun and crafty frolics, Jo x

Trina P. said...

Big THANKS to you Darnell for hosting, commenting and generous prizes. Congrats to all the lucky winners! Looking forward to NBUS#13... too soon? 😂😉🤗 Have a fabulous day! Trina xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Warmest congratulations to the winners - enjoy your prizes :-) I do hope Hammy appreciates the privileged life he leads, adjourning to a spa indeed!! and a new wheel!!

Barb Ghig said...

Congrats to all the winners! I'm sure you are all going to enjoy your prizes! I'm sure Hammy is going to enjoy his time at the spa and his fabulous new wheel :)

I just want to thank you again for another really fun challenge, Darnell! You are so, so, so generous! Sending you big hugs and wishing you a lovely autumn...Stay safe! Barb xo

Loll said...

Thanks for most fun challenge I have ever entered. Your posts were the highlight of my days! You kept us all laughing. I know how much work it is to organize, so thank you Dolly! And thanks for keeping us all using our NBUS! I will think of you every time I use the weed stamps, my friend! Lolly xx

Marilyn said...

Congrats to all of the winners!

Milka Gubo said...

Congratulations to all winners! It was super fun challenge. Thank you Darnell. xx

Janice said...

Congratulations to all the fabulous winners, and a big thank you to you Darnell for your challenge!
So generous of you each year :-)
Janice x

hellerlittle said...

Congratulations to all the winners!!
It´s always funny to be part of of the NBUSC
CU hellerlittle

Tina Z. said...

Uf, I haven't thank you yet and I am among the lucky winners :))) thank you Darnell for your great challenge - I think we are all having great time. and congratulations to the other winners.
hugs xx