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Aud Sentiments Challenge 229 – Anything goes!

Hi crafty people!  How are you all doing?  We are having a few days off work to recharge the batteries.  Today I’m here to let you know about the new challenge launching today at the Aud Sentiments Challenge and it’s one for everyone to join in with because it’s an anything goes theme!  Yay, well you need to include a sentiment as always with this challenge.

I started by picking out a stamp set called Alien Invasion from Crafti Potential.  I stamped and coloured a few items from this set, including a few planets, a UFO or two and a couple if aliens!  Here is the items once I had fussy cut them out.

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Then I made a pop up box card base from navy blue card and added some panels of starry patterned paper.  I used some acetate sheets from packaging to attach my space creatures to the card.

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The finishing touch was to add the sentiment, “have an extra-terrestrial day”!

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I hope that you will join in with this challenge, it’s going to be great fun to see a big variety of entries I think.

Have a fab day and thanks again so much for visiting my blog, it means a lot.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge – Nail varnish technique

Happy hump day crafty people!  I can’t believe it’s time for another challenge at the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge and it’s another fun technique!  This was a new one to me, using nail varnish for marbelling paper.

I covered a small casserole dish with tin foil and added some water before dripping in some nail varnish.  The first time I made the mistake of stirring the water in an effort to spread the colours around but I just ended up picking up the colour on the cocktail stick in a lump!  So I just tried to distribute the colours as I dripped them in!  It was a fun process, although it was pretty smelly and I opened a few windows to get some fresh air.

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After the nail varnish was floating on the water I just laid some white card stock on and then set it aside to dry.  It was very hit or miss, just the luck of the draw (or the drip!) but this is a small selection of the papers I created.

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I took the bottom left piece and cut some hearts and a sentiment for the card.  I liked being able to pick out patterned areas that I liked despite not being that keen on the whole piece!

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I hope that you are able to join in with the challenge, there are lots of great ideas from the other design team members over on the blog.  Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope that I will see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny  (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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SAL Sunday – 8

Happy Sunday crafty people!  It’s been three weeks since my last confession…. oops no SAL post!  Last time I hadn’t been stitching but as you will see I’ve got quite a bit done this time.  I had picked up a project which had been started several years ago and this is how it was ….

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Three weeks later and it’s looking like this….

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Just a few leaves to finish off, the tiger face needs filled in and some back stitching and it will be done.  The pattern has “the tiger” stitched at the bottom but I think I will leave that off as I don’t really think it looks good.  I’m fairly confident that these two cuties will be finished off before the next SAL post in three weeks but who knows!

In case you haven’t seen one of my SAL posts before I should explain.  SAL stands for Stitch Along and this one is organised by the lovely Avis.  The idea is to finish off a UFO (or Unfinished Object!) and let me tell you I have lots of those!  If you fancy joining in then contact Avis and she will give you all the information you need.

I’m looking forward to catching up with all the other blogs in this SAL group, please give them a visit too, I’ve linked them here so you can easily find them.

Avis , Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze  ,Christina, Kathy , Margaret , Cindy , Helen , Linda , Heidi , Jackie , Sunny , Hayley ,Megan ,Catherine , Deborah , Clare , Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn and Sharon

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Alphabet Challenge – F for Flowers

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week and have something fun planned for the weekend.  I think we will be doing some more work in the back garden if the weather isn’t too wet!  I can’t wait to get our patio laid so maybe we will make some progress with that.  Today I am sharing a card for the new Alphabet Challenge which is to create something using F for flowers.

I used an Altenew rose die which was very popular as a magazine give away last year to make some pretty pink roses, added some patterned paper and a sentiment and finishes it off with a few diamond sequins from Nuvo.

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I hope you will check out the other design team members take on this theme, they are a talented bunch and I’m sure you will enjoy their makes.  The challenge is open for two weeks so you have plenty of time to get your thinking caps on and enter.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Have a mermazing day!

Hi crafty people!  How are you all doing?  I feel like I’ve been neglecting this blog recently but I’ve got a few posts planned for the next couple of weeks so I will get back into the swing of things I’m sure.

I’m back today with a quick card to share for the current cupcake inspirations challenge  which is to make a mermaid themed card.  I used a little mermaid die which I’ve had for ages and I can’t remember where it was from!  The papers are from a hobbycraft 6×6 pad called Under the Sea, it’s a lovely selection including ombre glitters.  The “bubbles” are some flat backed gems which were a bargain from the Works.

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I hope that you like my card.  Thank you so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts Blog and I hope to see you again very soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Aud Sentiments Challenge – Nature and a sentiment

Hi crafty people!  I hope you are having a great week.  I’m back today to let you know about the new challenge at Aud Sentiments which has the theme of nature and, of course a sentiment.  We are very lucky to be sponsored by Fred She Said stamps where you will find a beautiful selection of digi stamps.

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I was lucky to be gifted the Simple Rose Spray with sentiments which comes with a selection of sentiments and roses.  I recently purchased this paper pad from The Range and I though it would complement my rose image perfectly.

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I coloured my rose with water colour pencils and blended using a water brush.  Once it was dry I fussy cut it out and cut the sentiment out too.  This is my final card design.

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I hope you will pop over to the Aud Sentiments challenge to check out all the talented design team members and share your entry for the theme.  It’s always such a treat to see how people interpret the theme.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

 

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Back to Basics and Beyond – Triple Stamping

Hi there crafty people!  Today there is a new challenge on the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge and this time we are focusing on triple stamping.  I really like this technique.  It’s a great way to make a smaller stamp into the focal point of a card.

I started with a square of white card and two sunflower stamps.  I randomly stamped these using archival ink in sepia.

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Once the ink was dry I cut squares into the panel using some tonic nesting square dies.  I then did the same with some dark green card stock, making the squares one size up from the white panels.

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I coloured the flowers using a water brush and some inks (a mix of distress inks and izink).  I stamped the quote from the same stamp set using black ink so it would stand out.  Then I just layered the card up, making sure to match the patterned squares.

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Here’s the final card…..

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I hope that you get a chance to check out the other design team members projects over at the Back to Basics and Beyond blog and why not join in with your own project?  I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.  Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!)  x

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SAL Sunday – 7

Happy Sunday crafty people!  It’s three weeks since my last SAL post and I’ve got a confession to make…. I’ve not picked up my cross stitch project once!  However I thought I would share the project that I am going to start next as last time I had finished off my ginger cat cross stitch.  This time I’m working on another cat theme but these kitties are slightly larger!

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This is how I left it when I last picked it up and I wouldn’t like to guess how many years have passed since then!  Let’s hope that there will be progress to share in 3 weeks time.

In case you haven’t seen one of my SAL posts before I should explain.  SAL stands for Stitch Along and this one is organised by the lovely Avis.  The idea is to finish off a UFO (or Unfinished Object!) and let me tell you I have lots of those!  If you fancy joining in then contact Avis and she will give you all the information you need

 

 

I’m looking forward to catching up with all the other blogs in this SAL group, please give them a visit too, I’ve linked them here so you can easily find them.

Avis , Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze , Debbierose ,Christina, Kathy , Margaret , Cindy , Helen , Linda , Heidi , Jackie , Sunny , Hayley ,Megan ,Catherine , Deborah ,Connie , Clare , Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn and Sharon

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Aud Sentiments Challenge

Hi crafty people!  I’m excited to be sharing this post with you today as it’s my first post for the Aud Sentiments Challenge design team which I was very recently asked to join.

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There is a new challenge out today and running until the 27th of May and the theme is:

Summer and a sentiment

This challenge is sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls:

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I chose to use the lovely digi stamp “Sun n fun Emma” which comes with Emma as well as the beach ball and the fun flamingo.  It’s perfect weather for this theme at the moment!  I coloured mine in with coloured pencils and fussy cut them out.  I added in some papers from a flamingo themed pad from the Range.  I hope you like my card and that you will pop over to the challenge and join in.

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Shrink plastic challenge

Happy hump day crafty people!  How’s your week going?  We are having some lovely sunny weather which always makes me feel good!  Today there is a new challenge launched on the Back to Basics and Beyond Blog and it’s a fun one!  The challenge is to use shrink plastic.  I must confess I don’t think I had ever used this, although I do remember making earrings with some crisp packets that I had shrunk in the oven (what a stylish kid I was!)  Did anyone else do this?  I seem to remember we bought Golden Wonder crips as they were supposed to be the best packets for it!

I bought a pack of Docrafts Shrink plastic from Craftstash and after playing about with it I decided to use this floral heart stamp which was another magazine freebie.

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As I say I am not experienced with this but after some trial and error, I found a few helpful tips that I thought might be handy if you are a newbie too!

  1. I used sandpaper to lightly sand the plastic sheet before stamping.  Without doing that I found the ink didn’t really stamp well and the colour didn’t last using pencils or alcohol pens.
  2. I used StazOn ink and left it to dry for a really long time or it smudges!
  3. When shrinking my designs the first few times I thought I was doing it wrong because the plastic balled up as it shrunk – but I learnt to keep going with the heat and it flattened out again like magic.
  4. I pressed the new shrunk design with an acrylic stamp pad as soon as I switched off the heat gun and it helped to flatten it out.

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The above version was coloured with some coloured pencils but I ended up using the one I coloured with alcohol pens.  As your design is shrunk the colours get more intense and I think the alcohol inks really looked glossy and rich.

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I used the small flower stamp in the set to create a background and layered the card up with some dark green card stock and a sentiment cut from the same card with a little red heart inlaid.

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I really liked playing with the shrink plastic and I’m going to have a go at making some charms using it.  Have you used this before and if so I’d love to hear what you made using it.  I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog and see what my fab design team chums have made, they are a talented bunch.  The challenge runs for two weeks so you have plenty of time to join in too, I hope you will share your fab ideas.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x