Thursday, January 13, 2022

Pray Always - Batch Cooking a Baker's Dozen of Cards Using a Sketch


Hi, Friends.....

Many of you have enjoyed the challenges that Mary over at CARDZ-TV has hostessed for many years.  It was always a fun place to get inspired and show off our creations.....and she was always so generous with her lovely Cardz-TV stamp prizes!  The challenges have sadly (for us) come to an end, but Mary has started something else on her blog:  Sketch Saturday.  It's not a challenge for prizes or anything, but she shares a video using one of her fabulous sketches (she has a ton of them!!).  

I got inspired to use the one she showcased last weekend.  I pulled out my bag of "blue/green family" scraps and selected several pieces from 5 or 6 coordinating patterned papers to use.  I took a few liberties with the sketch to better fit with the scraps I was using.  Sketches, after all, are inspiration launching points!  

Measure-measure, slice-slice, glue-glue.....before I knew it, I had 13 cards that were all the same....yet a bit different. I give a lot of cards and card sets to friends for them to use. These will be perfect for that.
used a lovely new die my crafty pal Karen Ladd sent me for Christmas. (THANKS, Karen!!) Love this die so much!! I ran out of the flowers I had started using and pulled another kind of flower out that was in coordinating colors. Then I ran out of those, too. (Hey, did you hear that....."ran out" means I am actually using things up!!!...Yay!!) So I scrounged around and found some butterflies to use. I also ran out of the glitter cardstock I was using for the sentiment die cut so I used a different color....which I didn't like as well, but it is okay.

Here's a shot of all 13 of my cards!  I know you can't see any detail.  I think you can click on the image and enlarge it if you wish.  Sorry for the shadow....Old Lady Photographer, here!  lol...

Supplies used include:
Diamond Press - Pray Always Die (247175)
Prima Flowers
Adhesive Gems
Assorted Scraps of Patterned Paper from stash
Solid Cardstock

Hope you enjoyed seeing the batch of cards I cooked up using Mary's lovely sketch!  If you enjoy sketches, be sure to watch for her next one on Saturday at her blog, CARDZ-TV.  

Thank you for stopping by today!  Stay safe and warm!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
2. Crafty Hazelnut's January Patterned Paper Challenge
3. Creative Fingers Challenge #222 - AG
4. NBUS Challenge #34 - Use NBUS (the sentiment die was NBUS)
5. Ally's Angels challenge #54 - AG
6. DL.ART January Linky Party
Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #30 - Use Circles (I used polka-dot patterned paper)
Double Trouble Challenge #100 - Warm & Cozy Layer Up (I used Thing 1: Layers + Die, Thing 3:  Prayer is my "Warm and Cozy", esp when I am troubled!)


  1. Oh my gosh Janis, these are so beautiful and I LOVE the way the die looks. I couldn't really tell what it would look like when it was cut out but it's even nicer than I expected. I like the way one word is a negative and one a positive for a unique look. So happy that you'll get lots of use from it because it would have sat gathering dust in my stash. Those bright springtime colors with the flowers will really cheer up any recipient. Can't believe you used up scraps AND paper flowers!

  2. Wow, you have been busy. Wonderful cards. I like your green colour.
    Valerija xx

  3. OMGoodness, these cards are beautiful! You've been a busy lady! Using up those scraps is a good thing!

  4. What an inspiration this post is, Janis! I'm so impressed and so proud of you for making so many wonderful cards as gifts and for using up a bunch of your stash!! Thank you for inspiring so many at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  5. Love the color combination on your card! Thank you for joining Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

  6. Love the vivid colors, and a perfect sketch to use for our layers challenge! Thanks for playing along at Double Trouble.

  7. Hi Janis! Wow! You've been a busy lady and have all these wonderful cards to show for it! They turned out great and I love the "springy" color pallette you used. We need something that reminds us of Spring with all this snow everywhere. Thanks so much for the shout out and your very kind and generous comments. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!
    Hugs & Blessings,

  8. These are fantastic, Janis, and I'm off to see what I can do based o that sketch! I appreciate the inspiration you've given me. :-D

  9. Great batch of cards using Mary's sketch. Love the Pray Always die you used.

  10. Great set of cards - love the colour and the papers. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

  11. Wow, quite a collection of your pretty Prey cards, and love the design papers you used differently with each card. Love that you changed the sketch to landscape for your cards and you were able to go to your stash to get other flowers. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble.


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