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Friday, March 4, 2016


You all know the delightful DARNELL, right?
Well, that gal can spin a story like no one else...can you believe she has a family of "hammies' living in her is totally true and they give her great advice (most of the time!).  She is not only a master story teller but a terrific card maker, friend and wonderful human being!  So now she is hosting her 6th NBUS Challenge to try to encourage all of us to use our Never- Before- Used- Schtuff!!
This is a new set from PTI, Spring Birds...I do love me some birds! I have the Winter Birds and LOVE the I couldn't resist a sweet little robin sitting on a flowering cherry tree.  And since Spring is in the Air, it can totally be an Easter card too!!
To play along you can go HERE to Darnell's blog and join in the fun!
Expect to stay awhile and enjoy the camaraderie while she takes you through her cards and her stories...
Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.) 
Have a wonderful weekend friends!
I have my BBF, Linda  coming down this Sunday to stay a week and play with me!
And we are excited to meet a fellow blogger, Greta on Tuesday down in the Woodburn area by the Outlet Malls.  Nothing could be more fun than actually coming face to face with all you wonderfully creative ladies we meet in blogland!
Heart Hugs!


  1. Beautiful card! I really like the name of your blog!

  2. Colleen your Spring time card is BEAUTIFUL ~ love the design idea for this awesome stamp set

  3. Beautiful card wishing I had gotten that set now! And Happy, Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a very special day my friend! And a wonderful week with Lin...I'll be expecting to see some beautiful creations on your blogs this week, ok?!! And tell Greta I said "hi" on fun that you all get to meet! :0)

  4. Wow, such a lovely spring card. Love the colours too!

  5. How beautiful, Colleen! I guess great minds really DO think alike! ;0) I love the colors you used on your sweet robin. I'm a bird person too! I feed them and the squirrels and the chipmunks and whoever else decides to show up at the "bird table". Love your beautiful card and can't wait to see more cards being made with this sweet set!
    Have a great weekend my friend!

    1. How did I miss that this is a birthday celebration and a gathering of friends? Happy birthday and enjoy your special time with Linda and Greta. Wish I could join you all!

  6. Happy Birthday Colleen! I hope that you have a wonderful visit with Lin and meeting Greta! Crafty friends are the best! Love your beautiful cad too!

  7. Happy your sweet card! Like spring time on a card. Wishing you a wonderful time with Linda and Greta!

  8. Wonderful soft background & love the sweet bird! Can't wait to meet you & Linda!

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Colleen!! I sent you a birthday card on my blog : ) I hope you have fun with Lin while she is there and that you have a sweet celebration!


  10. Colleen, your spring card is gorgeous! And do I see from comments above you're celebrating a birthday? Happy Day to you! Enjoy your time with friends. Hugs!!!

  11. Ah, Colleen, thank you for that wonderful introduction! You're too kind! And, goodness, I am in love with your pretty little robin! We don't get that many here and the ones that are around seem to have ill-defined seasons, but I so remember my Iowa childhood and how thrilling it was when we started seeing robins in the yard. It was always the one tried and true harbinger of spring!! Thank you for the memories of that and thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #6!! Hugs, Darnell (The Hammettes say hi!)

  12. Your gorgeous card caught my attention in the NBUS gallery so I had to pop over and read more. I have the same set (collecting a month's worth of dust) and you have inspired me to break it out!


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