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)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

NBUS Challenge #47

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 beautiful goodies! Judging by the fantastic number of entries, I can tell that Santa was very good to you!

It was hard to narrow my showcase down to one, so I have chosen to showcase both #20 Anita Trippi (left) and #1Leslie M (right): 
Congratulations, Anita and Leslie, and thank you for sharing your wonderful creations using NBUS!

Before we get to the usual challenge language, I wanted to share a bit of information that I learned from Annie Sterner of the Stamp Junkie's group on Facebook:

I've recently pulled out a clear stamp image from a set that I purchased in say 2009 (estimate). It is a good quality stamp, manufactured from a reputable company. It's been a long hot minute since I pulled this particular set out to use. Let me say, getting that never-before-used image off the backing sheet was a bugger. I was worried that it would tear. There was another image in that set that I had used previously (most likely when I first purchased it) and that one came off with no problem. I've had similar issues with older never-used clear stamps in the past, so now I know. I'm happy to report that the newly paroled stamp stamp still works great. The other never-used stamps in this set were equally difficult to eradicate.
Consider this advice: With all the new clear sets you buy that come on an acetate backing sheet, go ahead and release all the images off of the acetate sheet at least once before you place them in your storage. Your distant future self will thank you!

Thank you for sharing this advice, Annie! (If you're on Facebook, please thank Annie there, if you can.❤)

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! This is the place for you to share those NBUS works of art! 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 February 28, 2023, at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Have fun!
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