Friday, 1 January 2021

Let it Shine!

Hello, crafting friends!

I have another exciting announcement to make! I've been keeping this one under my chapeau for a few months but today I can finally say that I am proud to have been invited to join the fabulous design team at Addicted To CAS - woohooo! If you've been following my blog you'll know that I AM pretty much addicted to the clean and simple style of crafting so this makes me very happy :)

Our first challenge of the year is one you are going to love - Embossing (heat embossing, dry or both) Here's what I came up with:

I adore the branch from MFT's Grateful stamp set and like stamping it as the background to a sentiment. Today though, I heat embossed it in gold directly onto a thick card base. The sentiment is die cut from black card stock, using a new-to-me Avery Elle die called A Tag For All. I pressed it into a Versamark pad and embossed with clear embossing powder for a delicious shine!

While I had the embossing stuff out, I smeared some Versamark over a snippet of red card stock and embossed that with clear embossing powder too before cutting out tiny circles to use as berries.

Do get your embossing folders/powders/boards out and join us! Click here for a whole lot of wonderful inspiration from hostess Barb and the rest of the team, as well as a stunner from Guest Designer Trina. You can use the Linky to enter your card too.

Since the sediment (it's infectious Darnell, but in a good way!!) is Never Before Used Schtuff, I'm linking up at January's NBUS challenge.

It's great news on the dog walking front - we have frost! (Only a slight frost but a frost nevertheless!)

There has been so much rain recently that the pups and I have all come back dripping with mud after every outing. Every day I've found myself singing that song from Oh What a Lovely War that goes: 'Up to your waist in water, up to your eyes in slush, using the kind of language that makes the sergeant blush'! Frost means the ground hardens and the mud stays where it's supposed be and I'll definitely take that! 

Sending hugs,


  1. Many congrats on your new DT position. You're so good at CAS, it's the perfect DT for you. This card is no exception, it's super CAS and glossy. What's not to love?

    Hugs Sarn x

  2. Happy new year to you Vicky and congratulations on your new DT role - you are a true queen of CAS! Love the combination of embossed detail on this card - very clever. Take care not to slip on those frosty walks too!

  3. A beautiful CAS card as always Vicky love a walk on frosty mornings

  4. Love all the white! Looks great embossed :)

  5. Huge Congratulations Vicky just the right DT for you and your beautiful cards (as this is). Love the gold & red with the black embossing.
    I Love the frost. It's been very heavy here too.
    Faith x

  6. Ooooh! This card is delicious! I love the simplistic design and it is so striking. Congratulation on you DT position. You will be so good at it. I so enjoy your blog. Doris from Yorktown Virginia USA

  7. Congrats on the new DT your cards are so perfectly CAS. Great first post.
    Our dogs love frosty mornings, it throws them into a Golden rolling frenzy :)

  8. Beautifully clean and simple!

  9. A beautiful embossed branch and I love the thick embossing of the die cut sentiment! Congratulations, Vicky! A wonderful addition to this team!

  10. CAS perfection, Vicki. Love your card and you and the dogs are loving your frosty morning:-) We are having rain, rain, rain and wind off and on. A very wet soggy day and days ahead! TFS your beautiful card and Congratulations on your new DT honor, my friend. Love and Hugs..Nancy

  11. Congratulations on your new DT role at ATCAS!
    Beautiful debut card full of fabulous heat embossing!

  12. It's wonderful to see Addicted to CAS back and I'm pickled tink to see you as a member of the DT, Vicky! It's a perfect fit!! I love your card with all that gold, schparkle, and glossified sediment! It's ticks all my boxes! Happy New Year and thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS. Continue to keep safe and I hope the frost stays around a while! Hugs, Darnell

  13. Gorgeous card and congrats on your new DT poition. Wishing you all the best for 2021 xx

  14. Vicky, I LOVE the simplicity of this card! Looking forward to a fun-filled 6-month collaboration with you (and your dogs!).

    New Year hugs, Fran

  15. Fantastic news! Blessings on your new DT position ~ a terrific thank you with red berries and all, and frost does mean cleaner paws so that's good news too! Happy New Year

  16. Gorgeous card, Vicky! Congratulations on the DT appointment! You are definitely the Queen of CAS! xoxo

  17. Hi Vicky! Welcome to the ATCAS team and Happy 2021! I love how you embossed the mistletoe with gold EP and how you added clear shine to your sentiment...a beautiful take on the prompt! xx

  18. Congratulations on your new DT position Vicky and you have done them proud with your first beautiful card! Love that clean design and it is so crisp and elegant!
    It's been frosty in my neck of the woods too but it was a beautiful sunny day today. Happy New Year!
    Carol x

  19. Vicky, I love the glossy embossed sentiment. the bold, black sentiment is perfectly placed with your focal image. Gorgeous CAS card

  20. So elegant. I love your card.
    - Joy Dsouza

  21. GORGEOUS card! I love the simplicity and elegance of your card. The shine of your die cut sentiment is wonderful.

    sue n.


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