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I coined the acronym NBUS in 2013 and ran several challenges until 2017. The term caught on and is still being used in Blogland, so I thought this would be a good time to resurrect my NBUS challenge. I set up this dedicated NBUS website for crafty artists to share their works of art containing any brand-new virginal Never-Before-Used-Schtuff! We bought it ~ now let's use it to share and inspire others!
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"I've come to the conclusion that buying craft supplies 
and actually using them are two separate hobbies." (Unk)

Friday, July 1, 2022

NBUS Challenge #40

Welcome!!
This is a wonderful place to find design ideas
as we all share with each other how well we are doing
using our Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (NBUS)!

It's great to see you and I hope you're doing well! Thank you for playing in the June NBUS Challenge with all your previously unloved goodies! From all the incredible entries, I have randomly chosen #12 Karen Walker to be showcased:
I just love all those bright summertime flowers and colors! Congratulations, Karen, and thank you for sharing your wonderful creations using NBUS! 

The basic idea of this challenge is evident in the name. Whether it's something you have just purchased or something collecting dust in the back of a drawer, it feels good when you use something never-before-used in your creation and here is where you share and show-off those NBUS works of art! And as you can imagine, I have a huge mountain of NBUS, so I will also proudly share whenever I excavate and use something. Instructions for how to link are on a tab above.

Guest Designer!

To thank you for sharing your NBUS all these years (and/or to schpark your fire if you're in a bit of slump), I am randomly inviting participants to join me as guest designers! This month I'm delighted to welcome Bonnie Klass of Stamping With Klass!

Wow, I’m so excited to be a Guest Designer at Darnell’s NBUS Challenge. I have a huge NBUS stash that 
I’m trying to work through. It seems to grow faster than I can craft! Fortunately, I love making cards and I’m happiest when I’m in the craft room! My card-making journey started in 2008 and since I retired, it’s been a big part of my life. I have met so many wonderful people through this hobby, both in person and through my blog. I treasure these relationships and the inspiration. As an added bonus, I have plenty of cards to send out. When I’m not in the studio, I’m either with my family or I have my nose stuck in a book. So many fun things to do, so little time!

Here is Bonnie's beautiful card to inspire you:
Thank you for being our Guest Designer this month, Bonnie!

There are no limitations on what you can create, but there are a few RULES which you can find on the tab above. You can also click here for answers to any questions you might have. I've noticed there are a few entries that are forgetting the rule limiting the number of other challenges. 

You may use this badge for your blog post if you like, but it is not mandatory. 
I can't wait to see what you share with us! 
The challenge closes July 31, 2022, at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Have fun!
Thank you!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

NBUS Challenge #39

Welcome!!
This is a wonderful place to find design ideas
as we all share with each other how well we are doing
using our Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (NBUS)!

It's great to see you and I hope you're doing well! Thank you for playing in the May NBUS Challenge with all your new goodies! From all the incredible entries, I have randomly chosen #110 Hilary to be showcased!
Congratulations, Hilary, and thank you for sharing your wonderful creations using NBUS! 

The basic idea of this challenge is evident in the name. Whether it's something you have just purchased or something collecting dust in the back of a drawer, it feels good when you use something never-before-used in your creation and here is where you share and show-off those NBUS works of art! And as you can imagine, I have a huge mountain of NBUS, so I will also proudly share whenever I excavate and use something. Instructions for how to link are on a tab above.

Guest Designer!

To thank you for sharing your NBUS all these years (and/or to schpark your fire if you're in a bit of slump), I am randomly inviting participants to join me as guest designers. This month I'm delighted to welcome Pat of Colourful Card Creations!

Hi everybody.  I was so thrilled when Darnell asked me to be the Guest Designer this time! Most months I dive into the NBUS box (or if I'm honest, boxes, lol) of brand-new or older-new items waiting for their debut performance and I join in the fun here. Thank you Darnell for giving us the opportunity to use our NBUS!

I have always crafted in one way or another with knitting and needlecrafts and some oil and watercolour painting, but it was when I decided to turn some cross-stitch into cards that I became hooked, and now cardmaking is my main hobby. Like many others, I started with paper-crafting (including decoupage), but then I decided to try stamping and I was hooked!  Shortly afterwards I started my blog (Colourful Card Creations) and I enjoy being part of this wonderful crafting community.  I love trying new techniques and enjoy all types of cardmaking. On the whole over the years, my style has become less fussy and I mainly use my stamps with inks, stencils, dies, and embossing folders, with much less of the papercrafting I started out doing.

Here is Pat's beautiful card to inspire you:
Thank you for being our June Guest Designer, Pat!

There are no limitations on what you can create, but there are a few RULES which you can find on the tab above. If this is your first visit, please take a minute to read them. You can also click here for answers to any questions you might have. 

You may use this badge for your blog post if you like, but it is not mandatory. 
I can't wait to see what you share with us! 
The challenge closes June 30, 2022, at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Have fun!
Thank you!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday, May 1, 2022

NBUS Challenge #38

Welcome!!
This is a wonderful place to find design ideas
as we all share with each other how well we are doing
using our Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (NBUS)!

It's great to see you and I hope you're doing well! Thank you for playing in the April NBUS Challenge with all your unused goodies! From all the incredible entries, I have randomly chosen #7 Loll to be showcased!
This is adorable, especially with the great advice! Congratulations, Loll, and thank you for sharing your wonderful creations using NBUS! 

The basic idea of this challenge is evident in the name. Whether it's something you have just purchased or something collecting dust in the back of a drawer, you are tickled when you use something never-before-used in your creation and here is where you share those NBUS works of art! There are instructions for how to link on a tab above.

Guest Designer!

To thank you for sharing your NBUS all these years (and/or to schpark your fire if you're in a bit of slump), I am randomly inviting participants to join me as guest designers! This month I'm happy to welcome Linda!

Hello crafty friends! I'm delighted to be Darnell's Guest Designer this month! I've played at NBUS for a long time and hope she'll continue the challenge forever. I have a mountain of NBUS and it just seems to get bigger!

I'm a long-time crafter and I have made cards since 2007. I'm a former Hero Arts Hostess & Merry Monday (a retired Christmas Card Challenge) designer and I am currently on the Design Team for 
Die Cut Divas. You can find my cards in Blogland at Scrappin', Stampin', & Singin'.

Here is Linda's card to inspire you:
Amazing design! Thank you for being our Guest Designer this month, Linda!

There are no limitations on what you can create, but there are a few RULES which you can find on the tab above. If this is your first visit, please take a minute to read them. You can also click here for answers to any questions you might have. 

You may use this badge for your blog post if you like, but it is not mandatory. 
I can't wait to see what you share with us! 
The challenge closes May 31, 2022, at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Have fun!
Thank you!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Friday, April 1, 2022

NBUS Challenge #37

Welcome!!
This is a wonderful place to find design ideas
as we all share with each other how well we are doing
using our Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (NBUS)!

It's great to see you and I hope you're doing well! Thank you for playing in the March NBUS Challenge! From the amazing 138 entries, I can tell you are "springing" into action and embracing your NBUS! From all the incredible entries, I have randomly chosen #29 Julia Aston to be showcased!
Congratulations, Julia, and thank you for sharing your wonderful creations using NBUS! 

The basic idea of this challenge is evident in the name. Whether it's something you have just purchased or something collecting dust in the back of a drawer, you are tickled when you use something never-before-used in your creation and here is where you share those NBUS works of art! There are instructions for how to link on a tab above. As you can imagine, I have a huge mountain of NBUS, so I will also proudly share whenever I excavate and use something. 

Guest Designer!

To thank you for sharing your NBUS all these years (and/or to schpark your fire if you're in a bit of slump), I am randomly inviting participants to join me as guest designers! This month I'm delighted to welcome Bobby

Hello! I'm honored to be guest designing for the NBUS challenge this month. Like many card makers, I started out my paper crafting with scrapbooking back in 1996 when I wanted a log of the mission trips we took. From there I went to card-making using PC Hugware. Does anyone remember them? They were part of the Cricut family and produced digital images. That led me to a Cricut machine which I was using when I started my blog (Bits & Pieces) in 2011. Things developed fast from there when I bought my first sentiment stamps and I've never looked back. 

My style has changed over the years, from lots of layers to clean and simple and back again. You never know what style I'll create, but flowers are definitely one of my go-to stamps. I love learning new techniques, making blog friends and even meeting a few in person. There is nothing better than this crafting community and I consider myself blessed to be part of it.

Thank you for being our Guest Designer this month, Bobby!

There are no limitations on what you can create, but there are a few RULES which you can find on the tab above. If this is your first visit, please take a minute to read them. You can also click here for answers to any questions you might have. 

You may use this badge for your blog post if you like, but it is not mandatory. 
I can't wait to see what you share with us! 
The challenge closes April 30, 2022, at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Have fun!
Thank you!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

NBUS Challenge #36

Welcome!!
This is a wonderful place to find design ideas
as we all share with each other how well we are doing
using our Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (NBUS)!

It's great to see you and I hope you're doing well! Thank you for playing in the February NBUS Challenge with all your goodies! From all the incredible entries, I have randomly chosen #74 Leslie M. to be showcased!
Congratulations, Leslie, and thank you for sharing your wonderful creations using NBUS! 

The basic idea of this challenge is evident in the name. Whether it's something you have just purchased or something collecting dust in the back of a drawer, you are tickled when you use something never-before-used in your creation and here is where you share those NBUS works of art! There are instructions for how to link on a tab above.

As you can imagine, I have a huge mountain of NBUS, so I will also proudly share whenever I excavate and use something. 

Guest Designer!

To thank you for sharing your NBUS all these years (and/or to schpark your fire if you're in a bit of slump), I am randomly inviting participants to join me as guest designers! This month I'm delighted to welcome Kathy K!

Hello! My name is Kathy and I'm honoured to have been asked to be a Guest Design Team Member for March! I've been crafting forever. My Mum was a creative soul, so I guess something must have rubbed off! I have tried lots of crafts from knitting to crocheting to sewing, etc., until I found rubber stamping during a quick trip to the Mall of America in Minneapolis. I bought two stamps and two ink pads with the idea of just making my Christmas card envelopes more interesting. Well, colour me addicted! Those stamps and inks have since been joined by lots of friends!

Back when I first started, I threw everything at my cards: buttons, gemstones, ribbons, string, etc., but I now find myself increasingly addicted to the CAS (clean and simple) style and it makes me happy when I feel like I "got it right."

I'm a lover of all things purple and you can find me at Purple Princess Diaries. I'd love to have you to stop by and leave me a comment sometime.


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Thank you for being our Guest Designer this month, Kathy!

There are no limitations on what you can create, but there are a few RULES which you can find on the tab above. If this is your first visit, please take a minute to read them. You can also click here for answers to any questions you might have. 

You may use this badge for your blog post if you like, but it is not mandatory. 
I can't wait to see what you share with us! 
The challenge closes March 31, 2022, at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Have fun!
Thank you!


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

NBUS Challenge #35

Welcome!!
This is a wonderful place to find design ideas
as we all share with each other how well we are doing
using our Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (NBUS)!

It's great to see you and I hope you're doing well! Thank you for playing in the January NBUS Challenge with all your new goodies! From all the incredible entries in January, I have randomly chosen #15 Jeanne K. to be showcased!
Congratulations, Jeanne, and thank you for sharing your wonderful creations using NBUS! 

The basic idea of this challenge is evident in the name. Whether it's something you have just purchased or something collecting dust in the back of a drawer, you are tickled when you use something never-before-used in your creation and here is where you share those NBUS works of art! There are instructions for how to link on a tab above.

As you can imagine, I have a huge mountain of NBUS, so I will also proudly share whenever I excavate and use something. (I don't know if I should admit this or not, but for the first time since 2013, every post I published in January contained something NBUS! 👏 ) 

Something New!

To thank you for sharing your NBUS all these years (or to schpark your fire if you're in a bit of slump), I am going to be randomly inviting participants to join me as guest designers! This month I'm delighted to welcome Prudence!

Hello! My name is Prudence and I am honoured to participate in my first guest design spot. Thank you, Darnell, for this wonderful opportunity. I have been collecting paper and paper-crafting products for years, but only recently started using them regularly. My card-making style leans toward clean and simple designs, although I also enjoy experimenting with different techniques and trying other design styles. You can find me over at Instagram as Penguin Parade. 
Thank you for being the Guest Designer this month, Prudence! If you would like to leave Prudence a comment and you don't have an Instagram account, you can leave her a comment below.

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There are no limitations on what you can create, but there are a few RULES which you can find on the tab above. If this is your first visit, please take a minute to read them. You can also click here for answers to any questions you might have. 

You may use this badge for your blog post if you like, but it is not mandatory. 
I can't wait to see what you share with us! 
The challenge closes February 28, 2022, at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Have fun!
Thank you!


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Saturday, January 1, 2022

NBUS Challenge #34

Welcome and Happy New Year!!

This is a wonderful place to find design ideas
as we all share with each other how well we are doing
using our Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (NBUS)!

It's the first month of 2022! It's great to see you and I hope you're doing well! Thank you for playing in the December NBUS Challenge in spite of the busyness of the holidays! Was Santa Baby good to you? We want to see what you make with your new goodies, whether from this past Christmas or from sales or from any bygone day!

From all the incredible entries in December, I have randomly chosen #25 TK (Time 4 Kards) to be showcased!
Congratulations, TK, and thank you for sharing your wonderful creations using NBUS! 

The basic idea of this challenge is evident in the name. Whether it's something you have just purchased or something collecting dust in the back of a drawer, you are proud when you use something never-before-used in your creation and here is where you link up to share those NBUS works of art! (And as you can imagine, I have a huge mountain of NBUS, so I will also proudly share whenever I excavate and use something.)

There are no limitations on what you can create, but there are a few RULES which you can find on the tab above. If this is your first visit, please take a minute to read them. You can also click here for answers to any questions you might have. 

You may use this badge for your blog post if you like, but it is not mandatory. 
I can't wait to see what you share with us! 
The challenge closes January 31, 2022, at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Have fun!
Thank you!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter