Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A NBUS challenge!

Hi there :)

My post today is for Darnell's NBUS Challenge #9.  (Never Before Used Schtuff)... basically it means to use schtuff never before used (virginal) on your creation. It can be something you've had for years or something you got yesterday.

As an extra optional theme Darnell also challenged us to use CASEing, (Copy And Share Everything).  I copied this next piece straight from Darnell's blog:
  • Note: The most essential element to CASEing is that you give the original artist credit. If you don't know the artist because you found the card you are CASEing on Pinterest, etc., then include a link to your source.

I was in my craft studio yesterday creating some cards that fit this challenge PERFECTLY... inspired from someone else's work AND using something brand new to my stash!

When I'm purchasing new products I usually see the product and instantly have ideas for how I'd use it but with this purchase I actually saw a finished card and said... I HAVE to buy that die!  Here's what inspired my purchase and my CASE'd card:
From Simon Says Stamp

I ordered this die as soon as I saw it because I really love this card (although nobody is credited with it on the Simon Says Stamp website).  I loved all the background colours and I instantly thought of using Distress Inks to create a similar look.

I got so busy playing around with different things that I forgot to take any photos at all but here's what I came up with using Distress Inks for the background.  I also added tiny coloured rhinestones to the flower centers  and the sentiments were cut from black cardstock using  Greeting Top Edgers dies from Impression Obsession.

In all honesty, this die does all the work for you!  It's a fabulously quick way to make a stunning card! Here's a better look at the die:

After making a couple of colourful cards I started thinking about making something a little more stylish and here's what I came up with:

I LOVE how glittery that silver cardstock is and it photographs so beautifully.  All I did was run the black cardstock through my Big Shot with my Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die.  Then I ran it through again with the Heart of Flowers die.  Next I adhered my piece of silver glitter cardstock underneath and added it all to the front of my card.  Finally I added some clear rhinestones to the flower centers and heat embossed a sentiment.  Super simple but really stunning in real life.

Here's a group shot of my afternoon's work:

Thank you Darnell for the challenge... I totally loved participating :) 

Thank you for visiting my blog today xx


  1. Shell these are all amazing - the black and silver is stunning.

  2. Your 3 cards are so nice, that die is perfect and you've done perfectly with it :)

  3. You are very welcome, Shell! You have more than done it justice with your productivity and inspiration! Oh, and may I say with your "enabling" cuz now I HAVE to have that darn heart die! I have lots of backgrounds and love how this die lets so much of the colorful background art shine through! Great job with the elegant black and silver, too, and I love your choice of sediments, as well! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #9! Hugs, Darnell (PS, I do have a quick question if you don't mind shooting me an email: what did you use to adhere your black card stock to your silver card stock? I find that my glittery (and expensive!) card is hard to use as a "behind." Thanks!)

    1. I know exactly what you mean about glitter cardstock Darnell! I used POW glitter card by American Crafts and the glitter is SUPER FINE! You almost can't feel the texture at all so double sided tape stuck to it perfectly. Hope this helps :)

  4. PSS. Thank you for your kind get well wishes!! xxoo

  5. Stunning cards Shell, I'm putting this die on my wishlist as well lol! Cathy x

  6. Gorgeous cards! Love that you made so many different cards using one basic idea/layout. I need to do more of that!


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