Twinchies

Making Twinchies from a master board

Hi crafty friends, I hope you are all doing well today and finding some time to be creative. I’m here to share a masterboard I made this week and some twinchies made from it. There is a video at the end of this blog post too for those who would like to see how I created the masterboard.

I started with an A4 sheet of copy paper and I used a selection of acrylic paints, a black marker pen and a white gel pen to create this page. I made a colour photocopy to use for my twinchies.

I wanted to let the bright colours and doodled patterns stand out on my twinchies so I added a black frame to make the colours stand out and then added a simple sentiment heat embossed in white on black on card.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Crafty hugs,

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) Xx

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Stencil it – I dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends! I hope you’re having a good week. It’s time for another Daring Cardmakers Challenge and this week Nat is our host. As the title of this post suggests, this week’s challenge is all about stencils. She would like you to use stencils on your card this week, whether in the form of:

  • Stamp + stencil + die combos
  • Stand-alone stencils for ink blending, texture paste, and other media
  • Layered stencils to create colourful backgrounds
  • And if you don’t yet have any stencils in your stash, you can create your own masks/stencils with your existing die collection, or even some free-hand cutting for fun edges

For my project I used a Tim Holtz tartan stencil and some pixie powders to create my background paper. This is one of my favourite ways to use stencils. I taped the stencil onto some white card on my glass mat and then lightly sprinkled some pixie powders (I used three colours) across the stencil. I then lightly sprayed water until the powders had been activated but not too much water that you lose the details of the stencil. I then carefully peeled off the stencil and turned it over onto another a blank piece of card and press it with some kitchen roll to create a negative print of the stencil. Once it’s dried I cut a square panel which I mounted onto a black layer and a blue layer to complement the colours I used.

I then added a Tim Holtz modern flower die cut (layered with gold and black) and added some gold nuvo drops to finish it off.

I hope you will hop on over to the Daring Cardmakers Challenge blog and share your makes too, there is some beautiful cards from the design team to get you started if you need a wee bit of inspiration.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Happy Mail Folder project share

Hi crafty friends, I’m here today to share a project I made for happy mail. It’s a little folder with various pockets and tuck spots to add in goodies of various sizes. I love taking part in crafty swaps and sending little RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) to crafty friends) and my idea was to have a handy little folder to keep all those goodies safe and sound on their journey to their new home!

I started with an a4 sheet of craft card and I cut out a tab at the top (by drawing around the shape from a file folder). I then scored at 9 cm 10 cm 22 cm and 23 cm to create the base shape of the folder. I decorated the panels with digital papers from the Imperial Indigo Papers from Antonio Makes. Now to decorate the inside and create some pockets and tuck spots. I am on the Creative Squad for Antonio Makes and he has very kindly given me a 10% discount code for you all to use, just enter JENNY10 to get your discount when you make any purchase!

I used several elements from the Imperial Indigo Embellishment pack including some pockets and envelopes as well as tags and tabs.

For the top section I created a little fold out accordion to show case these super cute post cards (a freebie from Antonio’s facebook group!). I cut 2 x 7 cm strips from an A4 of craft card and scored them at 10.5 cm and 21cm. I glued the two shorter ends to make a panel measuring 10.5 cm and inked round the edges before adding the postcards and gluing the back panel onto the folder. I added the blank postcard to the back so I could write a message or pop some pictures onto these panels. I also added some velcro dots to stop it from opening up. I also added a tab to the outside edge.

In the space left over I added a pocket with a journal card I made from a scrap of craft card with some of the left over patterned papers and a tab.

For the center panel I added a diagonal pocket which is large enough to fit in my handmade embellishment packs. I also create a little tag notebook using one of the printable tags mounted on craft card. I added pages of copy paper cut to size with a simple stitch tied into a bow.

The bottom panel I added an envelope and another side pocket. The envelope is the perfect size to add in twinchies and inchies. To the side pocket I added some tags from the embellishment collection, I just trimmed them down to fit perfectly!

TThe finishing touch was a couple of little tags with eyelets on a bulb pin and a simple gold elastic belly band to keep everything safe inside.

I shared a video too showing this project on the Ginger Ninja Crafts YouTube channel.

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Less is more-I Dare You!

Happy Friday everyone! It’s time for another Daring Cardmakers challenge and this week lovely Enfys has challenged us to make a card where “Less is More”. Enfys would like us to make cards with at least 75% of the card left totally blank – no stamped or embossed backgrounds. Lots of white space…..try it, it’s amazing how effective it can be.

I created a little inky circle on my card base using various shades of blue. My focal image is a Tracey Hey stamp from the Sail Away stamp set. I coloured in the little mouse in his boat and fussy cut him out. I stamped some little squiggly lines and hearts in a strip either side of the circle and then added the focal image with foam pads to give a little dimension. The finishing touches were to add a sentiment and a few nuvo drops (I just couldn’t help myself!) I hope I’ve left enough white space for the prompt! What do you think, should I have gone more minimal?

Thanks so much for popping by, hopefully I will see you again soon!
Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Cards with Attitude – I dare you!

 Hi crafty friends, it’s time for a new Daring Cardmaker Challenge and this week Kathy is our host. She has dared us to make ” Cards with Attitude!” Kathy would like us to break out of the rut of square or rectangular cards.  She would love to see cards with a difference this week. The kind that surprise the recipient by being a bit different from regular flat(ish) squares and rectangles we all like to make. 

I went with a pop up card and I used some beautiful downloads from Antonio Makes. Lovely Antonio invited me to join his Creative Squad and he gifted me these downloads to use for projects. He also very kindly gave me a discount code so any of you can get 10% off any purchases. Just use JENNY10 for your discount.

The front of my card looks like a normal rectangular card….

But on the inside there’s a pop up with butterflies….

I have a video uploaded on my YouTube channel sharing how I made this card.

Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Daring Cardmakers Challenge – Midsummer

Hi crafty friends did you know that it is Midsummer’s day,  a day to appreciate all the gifts that nature provides.  This week I am hosting the Daring Cardmaker’s challenge and I dare you to make a card inspired by Midsummer.  Share your appreciation of nature and maybe even include some natural elements e.g. pressed flowers, leaf prints.

I started with some ferns I picked from the garden as I wanted to have a play with my gelli plate. I’m very much a novice with gel printing so I went very basic and added some paint to the plate before laying on with fern leaves.

It was very much a trial and error session but I tried just the leaf silhouette (as above in the picture).

Then I lifted another print once I had taken the leaves off. This gave a bit more of the leaf detail but felt a bit messy!

Then I tried a second print by removing the leaves and adding another layer of paint before lifting a print. The leaves were pretty much overwhelmed by the second coat of paint.

I tried then adding a layer of paint before putting the painty ferns back on with the painty side up.

I like this version best I think, the fern detail came out (as long as the paint was still wet enough) and the background colour didn’t overwhelm the leaves.

I then had a rummage for some pressed flowers which I had made last summer (must grab some more this year!)

To make my card I cut some panels of my gelli prints added some black cardstock to give some contrast and then used one of my yellow daisy type flowers. The sentiment is from a craftstash stamp set designed by the lovely Ashley (Paper and Twine on YouTube) who won Card maker of the Year in 2021.

To finish off the card I added some nuvo drops in green.

I hope you will hop over and join in with our nature themed challenge, I’m sure you will have some very creative ideas for our theme. Now I’m off to add another pile of gel printed papers to my stash (can you see how this pile will still be there long after I have left this life…. in fact the pile could crush me and be the cause of my death!!) Have a wonderful Midummers day, I hope the sun is shining for you 🙂

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Home comforts – I dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends. Today Dawn is hosting our Daring Cardmakers Challenge and she is an expat living in France missing some things from home e.g. Cadbury chocolate, Yorkshire tea and oxo cubes. So she is challenging us all to feature a card with something that you would miss if you lived in another country, what reminds you of home. It might not even be food. Dawn still can’t get used to seeing yellow post boxes and post vans.

I am Scottish and I took quite a while to narrow down what my home comfort would be, in the end I settled on Irn Bru and Tunnocks Tea Cakes! Irn Bru is reported to outsell Coca Cola in Scotland (unlike most countries where it is the top seller) and is know as Scotland’s other national drink. It’s bright orange and was my go to hangover cure in my student days! The tea cakes are delicious, a biscuit base with marshmallow on top and coated in chocolate. You can also find all sorts of gifts with the Tunnocks designs from trays, cushion covers to a woolly hat that makes your head look like a tea cake with a pom pom on top! So I popped to our village shop and bought these for my hubby and I to enjoy.

Once I had enjoyed them I used the packaging for my card. I smoothed out the foil from the tea cake and glued it onto some card stock.

I cut open the Irn Bru can and washed it off before embossing it with a Sizzix embossing folder. I then cut out some of the different elements before layering them up with black card, the tea cake wrapper and some red tartan patterned paper. To finish off my card I added a torn square of music paper and the word home mounted on the foil wrapper again.

I also was left with a few other toppers to use in other projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you liked my project and I’d love to know if you have tried either of these treats and where in the world you are from.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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The Time of Your Life – I dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends! I hope you are ready for another Daring Cardmakers Challenge. Enfys is our host this week and in honour of Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her 96th birthday this week she has challenged us to make something to celebrate the Golden Oldies. You could celebrate older friends and relations, or maybe go Vintage for your inspiration. Or perhaps even make a card to say
Happy Birthday Ma’am!

I decided to go with a bit of a retro theme for the baby boomers as I recently bought a fun stamp set on Ebay. It doesn’t have a brand or even a name but I think it’s so fun!

Firstly I created a flower power background with some floral stamps and the 60s circles stamp in the ebay set. I then added the 60s dancers in black ink and made a black border. The finishing touch was to add a cheeky sentiment from the Lol Clearly Besotted stamp set (I’ve had it in my stash for years but I think they have had similar sets more recently.

These stamps are so fun I couldn’t stop there so I also made some twinchies for each of the decades. If you are new to twinchies they are similar to Artist Trading Cards but they measure 2 x 2 inches and they are great fun to add into happy mail or for swapping with fellow crafters.

I hope that my retro dancers made you smile today! If they did please leave me a comment or a like, it really makes my day.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (aka Ginger Ninja Crafts!)

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Chocolate heaven – I dare you!

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you are having a good day. It’s a holiday weekend for us for Easter so we are enjoying some relaxation and time off and of course some chocolate! Kathy is hosting our challenge this week over at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge and she would like you to create “Chocolate Heaven” on your cards! So indulge yourself  a little this week! Kathy would love to see all sorts of chocolatey treats – chocolate cakes, chocolate colours,  velvety drinking chocolate, a tempting box of chocolates….
Whatever you fancy!

Here is my project, please don’t forget to hop on over to the Daring cardmakers challenge blog and see what the rest of the design team have made and share your chocolate themed cards!

Thanks for stopping by the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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April Elemental Challenge – Daring Cardmakers Challenge

It’s my turn to host the Daring Cardmakers Challenge and it’s an elemental challenge which means you have to pick three (or more) elements from these pictures to inspire your card.

I had great fun searching for images to use and from the above selection I used the bunny, the little yellow flowers, the eggs and the pinks/purples colours.

I hope you will hop on over to the challenge blog and see the other DT makes and why not share your card too?

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx