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!

"I've come to the conclusion that buying craft supplies 
and actually using them are two separate hobbies." (Unk)

Friday, April 1, 2022

NBUS Challenge #37

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!

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Kathyk said...

Happy April/NBUS day everyone,

Darnell, thank you so much for the opportunity to be the Guest DT member in March and all the best to Bobby in April too


Sandra H said...

Beautiful card from Julie congratulations having your card showcased, Bobby your card is adorable x

Pat said...

The NBUS mountain never seems to grow larger not smaller...lol, and some really beautiful makes appear to give us all wonderful inspiration, and I love Julie's pretty card which was picked this time. Great to see Bobby as your GD this time and a really pretty NBUS make! x

Loll said...

Gorgeous showcase card from Julia. Love those beautiful spring flowers! And congrats to Bobby for Guest Designing this month! More NBUS for my card today ... but my NBUS pile doesn't seem to be getting smaller, weird, right??!! :) xx

Julia Aston said...

Oh thanks for the honor of being showcased Sis! We sure do all have a lot of stuff we need to use!! xx

Leslie Miller said...

Such a pretty card by Julia which makes me wonder why those dies are not in my NBUS basket as well! I'm pleased to meet Bobby today and will stop over and say "hi". Thanks, Darnell!

Di said...

I owe you an email!! Hope all is well with you dear friend. Hugs, Di xxx

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Ahhh thank you sooo much Darnell, yes pop up does work on iPad. If you get two I tried one on my mobile too but think I lost it but not sure what happened as it went weird.. this take 2 on iPad. Thanks so much for this really appreciated very much. I don6 comment as often as ought but quite discouraged when try and it fails as nit uncommon on mobile devices, maybe everyone else uses a computer and I’m weird. Thanks for faithfully running this too all my NBUS are slowly getting used and on a buying ban yet seem still to have yet more, weird huh?
Prayer hugs for your healing Shaz xx