Tuesday 8 September 2015

NBUS Challenge #5 - HLS is sponsoring!

Hi everyone! I am very excited today for a number of reasons.

It is the start of another NBUS challenge hosted by the amazing and brilliant Darnell of djkardkreations. We all know about this challenge and love it!

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I am a sponsor of this challenge and was honoured that Darnell asked me to be a part of this :)

If you don't know or haven't participated in this challenge before here is a little something something about our hostess:

Like most crafters, Darnell found she was purchasing new product faster than she was using it, especially when she put it away and then forgot about it! So she coined the acronym "NBUS" to stand for "never-before-used schtuff" and every time she used a virginal item, she called it NBUS on her blog djkardkreations.
The NBUS acronym caught on in Blogland and now you'll often see crafters comment that they used a "NBUS" product on their creation. To thank her followers and to encourage others to use their NBUS, Darnell started her challenge in 2014. This current challenge is the fifth NBUS Challenge and it runs from September 8-18, 2016.

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I am offering 2 stamp sets of your choice from the Happy Little Stampers shop if you are one of the winners of Darnell's challenge.

If you have already purchased stamps from me, you will be given the option to check out the New Release stamps that will be available in the next few weeks!

If you comment on my blog, you will go into the draw for a MYSTERY PRIZE

Last weekend I went on a bus tour to visit local craft shops. We all had so much fun and of course I now have lots of NBUS to share with you :)

My first card combines HLS Butterfly Birthday with an Emboss-it Dabber (NBUS) and Shabby White Embossing Enamel (NBUS)

My next card uses something that has been on my wishlist for some time now. Gelatos!

Using HLS Butterfly Birthday once more, I applied the gelato stick directly onto the stamp. I misted it with a little water and pressed it straight onto my watercolour paper. Once it had dried, I added some more gelato using a wet brush straight onto the stick and then onto the paper just to define the outline a little more. Then I misted a little more water over the butterfly to allow the gelato to run down the panel. 

To create my small specks of pink, straight from the stick again I took a wet brush and once loaded with some paint flicked it over the panel.

I added some liquid pearls but squished them down with my finger to give them more of a grungy look.

My next card is using gelatos again and I went CRAZY this time. You should have seen the mess I made but I had a lot of fun.

To begin with I slapped (and I mean slapped) some gloss gel medium all over an already sized piece of cardstock. 

Once it was dry, I used the gelatos like regular crayons and just coloured randomly over the dry gel. I used my fingers to blend and spread the colours. 

Then I did something really crazy. I scrunched up the whole panel and opened it back out again. It was looking very cool!

Because I didn't use water with the gelatos, you only had to touch the panel and you would end up with colour over your fingers - back to that later.

I used a chevron stencil with ink and a sponge down the left hand side. Next I used the Big Bold Birthday set from Happy Little Stampers in Archival Ink straight over the top .

The stamping was never going to look perfect because there was a lot of texture on the panel. I do like how it turned out, though :)

I am hoping you can see the texture!

Now, remember I said that the colour would just come off if you touched the card? I grabbed a can of glossy sealer and sprayed the entire panel. This was perfect for this mixed media card. It sealed in all the colours and made everything even more vibrant.

I hope you have enjoyed my post today and have encouraged you to get out that NBUS and join in with Darnell's challenge.

Here is a recap of the products I have used from Happy Little Stampers:

Butterfly Birthday     Bold Birthday Sentiments    Mini Mister / Spray Bottle (20ml)

Thank you so much for popping over. Don't forget to have a chance to win a mystery prize then you must comment on my blog.

Thanks so much for looking xx


  1. WOW! Fab selection of cards today Kylie. Brilliant news about your sponsoring the lovely Darnell too - I shall be popping over to check out her blog shortly too - I have a fair amount of NBUS!


  2. Awesome news, Kylie. Love the card - clean, fresh and so YOU! LOVE it.
    hugs, Asha

  3. Thanks for sponsoring Darnell in her latest NBUS challenge. You've made such beautiful cards in this collection with so many different techniques! The first is my favorite because I love the CAS look and often find CAS cards the most difficult to create! Thanks!

  4. Hi Kylie, love the embosding enamel the butterfly and your crazy bright colours are just beautiful. Thanks for sponsoring the NBUS Challenge. Hugz

  5. Your cards are always so fun and these are no different. I like all of them! I'm excited about Darnell's NBUS challenge because it includes all of us!

  6. Kylie, have been waiting for the next NBUS, do so love Darnell. Thank you so much for supporting her with this. Cant wait to see all the creations. Love your cards eapecially the first one, I've often looked at that enamel embossing chunky stuff ( sorry forgot the name) and thought of trying.

  7. Your cards are just beautiful Kylie! I have to say that I love that Shabby Embossing Enamel. I've never seen it before and am now going to keep my eyes open for some!!

  8. These are all fabulous and looked so much fun to make especially the last with those fabulous colours.
    Thank you for sponsoring Darnell's NBUS challenge xx

  9. WOW!! What a fabulous collection of cards, and all so different. Love the multi-coloured look but, my favourite has to be the first one, so gorgeously CAS and I love the Shabby Embossing enamel! xx

  10. I have some NBUS Gelatos still in the packages. You have inspired me to get them out! Love the butterfly with the shabby enamel! Love the neutrals and all that texture!

  11. Beautiful cards, and some wonderful techniques that I cant wait to try!

  12. How much cuteness in your first creation, totally adore this creation and gelatos one is so inspiring, you gave me an idea to use in my creations as NBUS! Thanks for sharing the techniques!

  13. What a FUN post, Kylie! You were indeed a Happy Little Stamper with this series of beautiful cards!! From the CAS and soft to the wild and karazy, you make your cards sing!! And I learned a few things about using Gelatos that I can't wait to try! Thank you, again, for being a sponsor for my challenge and for your enthusiastic support of my NBUS movement!! MWAH!! Hugs, Darnell

  14. Hello Kylie,
    I have always loved challenges Darnell NBUS, even if there were no sponsors, because that was not the most important. But now, when you can win your set of stamps for sure I will not let go the opportunity. Your new cards are so beautiful and varied. You can see that you played very well at their creation.

  15. Visiting here from Darnell's NBUS post. And thanks for supporting her challenge. Love your butterfly cards.

  16. What beautiful cards and lovely techniques!

  17. Beautiful cards, Kylie! Love the first one with the butterfly using the Emboss-it Dabber
    and Shabby White Embossing Enamel (both of which I NEED in my craft room). The two cards using your new Gelatos are awesome also!

  18. GORGEOUS...and I happen to have these beautiful butterflies as my NBUS...off to create! Hope I do them justice....

  19. Three fabulous cards Kylie. I love all of them, especially the first one with it's CAS design and soft colours --- so amazing. xx

  20. Three great cards!! The first one is my favourite - fabulous use of one of my favourite products - the Shabby White Embossing Enamel. Now I'm off to investigate what an Emboss-It Dabber is!

  21. Three fab cards and how different the last one is to the first two! xx

  22. I'm blown away by your butterfly cards. The texture in the first one is Ah-MAY-zing! As for gelatos, I have them, but haven't used them. Perhaps that should be my next NBUS. ;) Thank you for sponsoring this fun challenge!

  23. Oooh, I love all that color on your last card! Bright and fun is always great! Thanks for sponsoring Darnell's challenge!

  24. What a great collection of cards Kylie! Love how each one is so different and you used such wonderful techniques!
    Carol x

  25. Wow! Your cards are absolutely stunning! I love each one for different reasons but I think my favourite is the first one - so elegant! Thanks so much for your giveaway - I'm excited about it! And thanks for sponsoring Darnell – she’s awesome! I definitely have some NBUS in my stash and I’m joining her challenge! Hoping to win your prize!

  26. Lovely cards Kylie! How fabulous that you are sponsoring Darnell's NBUS challenge!

  27. These are beautiful. Love the enamel on the gold and white butterfly. Thanks for sponsoring the challenge for Darnell.

  28. The butterfly from the set looks wonderful as you've done it on this pretty #1. Also love it again with the gelato look. #3 is fabulous with all the bright mixed colors, and inspired use of the gelato to use it over the textured gel. Looks really wonderful. Hope I can get time to play in NBUS, cause I sure have a lot of supplies that qualify! TFS & TF sponsoring NBUS #5. Great prizes.

  29. Hi,
    what wonderful cards, and great designs.
    Lots of NBUS items too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  30. They're all terrific, but I'm especially loving that shabby white embossing powder!! I found you through NBUS - Thanks for sponsoring NBUS#5!!

  31. Beautiful cards love those Butterflies,thank you for sponsoring the lovely Darnell and her awesome challenge!
    Nessa xxx

  32. Oh, fabulous cards. I especially like your scrunched gelato card, it is so vibrant and fun. Thank you for sharing these art pieces with us:)

  33. Thank you for sponsoring Darnell's amazing challenge!
    Your butterfly cards are so elegant and soft.
    The last card is pretty crazy and awesome!
    Great mix of techniques :-)

  34. Beautiful cards, and I'm amazed by all the vibrant color and texture you created on your last card! Thank you for supporting Darnell's NBUS challenge!

  35. Gorgeous cards! Reminded me that I need to get out my Gelatos (all three of them) and play with them again. :) I love how vibrant your cards are. Thank you for being a sponsor and supporting Darnell in her NBUS challenge - it's amazing to see how many crafters have come together!


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