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Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s Decemeber? I’m a bit in shock but enjoying getting in the festive spirit! As it’s the first Friday of a new month we have an elemental challenge for the Daring Cardmakers Blog.

Our December mood board is all about the excitement of getting ready for Christmas.  The house needs decorating and the gifts need wrapping so there’s holly and stars, wrapping paper and twine, baubles and candy canes… and loads more goodies to choose from.  Just pick any 3 elements or more from from the picture below (the colour palette counts as one) to use when you make your card.

I decided to use the wood, burlap, glitter gold and the red shiny star for inspiration. Here is my finished card….

I hope you are keeping safe, well and cosy! See you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Show us your stockings – I dare you!

Happy Friday everyone, can you believe we are nearly at the end of November? I’m looking out at a blue sky this morning but the forecast predicts snow tonight so who knows, Scottish weather can be very changeable and it is a chilly day! Anyway it’s time for another fun Daring Cardmakers Challenge and this week we are daring you to show us your stockings!

I went for a simple card using a stocking die from First Edition (I think, it’s been in my stash for a year or 3!). I used some gold card and a mini paper pad from Craft Sensations which had lots of purple patterns. The background is really easy, I embossed some brick background and then a strip of wood effect card (both were Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folders) and added some purple layers. The sentiment is from a Woodware stamp set.

I’m looking forward to seeing all your stocking makes. Have a fab weekend

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Aud Sentiments #288 – Anything Goes and a Sentiment

Hi there crafty friends, I hope you are all having a lovely week. It’s time for another challenge over at the Aud Sentiments blog and we have an “Anything Goes” prompt this time (as long as the project includes a sentiment!) so it’s super easy for everyone to join in.

I am totally in the festive card making zone at the moment so I kept on that theme and made a card for my Christmas stash! I used an Altenew stamp set which I think came with a magazine last year and a Tonic Studios Jingle Bells sentiment die. I stamped the bells using two shades of yellow ink and cut them out with the coordinating die. I used the foliage stamp to create some leaves for the bells to hang from and added some bows cut from mirror card. I hope you like this clean and simple (well it is for me!) card.

I can’t wait to see everyone’s cards for this challenge. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Jolly Holly-days – I Dare You!

Happy Friday crafty friends! How are you all today? I hope everyone has had a good week. I’m here with the new Daring Cardmakers Challenge and although it’s a festive theme you don’t need to make a Christmas project, plus for November and December it doesn’t need to be a card, it could be any crafty project! So this week we would love to see your holly or winter greenery themed projects.

I decided to go with Mistletoe and I kept it simple with a die cut, some traditional red and green card and a bit of tartan because who doesn’t love a bit of tartan, especially at Christmas?! The sentiment is from an old Clearly Besotted stamp set!

I thought this was really cute so I’ve added it as a new listing to my Etsy shop, you can find it here Merry Kissmas Handmade 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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November Elemental Challenge – we Dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends! I hope you’ve had a lovely week. It’s time for our elemental challenge at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge and Shabneez has picked a gorgeous selection of images for us to choose from. In case this is your first time you must use a minimum of three elements from this collection of images (colours should just be one element).

I chose to use the fox, the texture of the knitted scarf and the orange, red and brown colours. Here is my make…

I can’t wait to see all your cosy cards using these images for inspiration! Happy crafting

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Aud Sentiment #287 – Christmas and a Sentiment

Hi there crafty friends, how are you all this week? My hubby and I are full of the cold at the moment. We’ve had negative covid tests so it seems to just be the seasonal bug that is doing the rounds but we are both feeling pretty rubbish so it’s been a quiet week keeping cosy and trying to recover! It’s time for a new challenge over at the Aud Sentiment blog and seeing as it is now November we have a Christmas theme!

We have the lovely Hetty Clare sponsoring this blog and I was gifted the beautiful Pony Christmas image to use for my design team card. I coloured the digi stamp with my alcohol markers and then added a little colour to the background and trimmed the image before adding a black mat. I used a piece of snowflake paper and a few nuvo drops and of course a sentiment!

I love this cute pony trotting along with his parcel, just so cute! I hope that you are all keeping well and having a crafty week. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Wear it Pink – I Dare You!

Happy Friday crafty friends! I hope you’ve all had a good week? It’s getting chilly here in Scotland perfect crafting weather though! It’s time for a new challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers blog and this week we are hosted by lovely Joanne who asks us to “wear it pink” in honour of breast cancer awareness month.

This is very close to my heart as my mother in law suffered from breast cancer and sadly passed away in 2018. She is greatly missed for the loving, kind Mum she was as well as being such a fun person who loved to laugh and spend time with her friends and family. This was taken on my first visit to South Africa before her illness and we had such a great time staying with her and spending a week in the Kruger Park together. She had baked an absolute mountain of cookies for our arrival and even after eating many many of them during our 3 week stay we still had a good supply to take home! We had just booked our wedding when she was diagnosed and we worried that she might not be around to help us celebrate in a years time as she was so ill. However cancer had met it’s match and she wasn’t going to let it make her miss her boy’s wedding! Not only did she make it she was one of the last on the dance floor!

I chose to make a butterfly themed card as butterflies always make me think of people who are no longer with us. I used a Memory Box butterfly frame die to cut the frame in white and also in some inky glossy paper I had in my stash. I paper pieced the pink into the wings on top of some bright pink card that I had made with a liquid ink. I then added a sentiment and some nuvo drops and voila…..

I hope you like my little pink butterfly card. Keep safe and well everyone and I’ll see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts) xx

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Candy Corn or Peppermint Fondant – I Dare You!

Happy Friday crafty friends! How are you all? I hope you’ve had a great week. We have had a hectic one with some home renovations going on. It’s been a conveyer belt of joiners, plumbers, electricians and painters but we are very nearly done and it’s looking beautiful! Today is the first morning we’ve been able to use our brand new shower!

Anyway in between making cups of tea and hoovering up dust I did have some time for crafting! The new Daring Cardmakers Challenge is hosted by Svenja and she asks us to make a card inspired by Candy Corn or Peppermint Fondant.

” In the US candy corn season is going pretty strong. Whereas peppermint fondant is a traditional German sweet, that ususally comes in blocks of white and strong pink. To celebrate these favourites, make a card using either a combination of white, yellow & orange or withe & strong pink. Extra (virtual) brownie points if it’s sweets-themed.”

Now I have never tasted either of these but I wonder if Peppermint Fondant is similar to Peppermint Ice which I’m sure every Scottish child has made at school. Anyway I opted for the candy corn. I cut circles of orange, yellow and white card and glued them together before cutting them into wedges and rounding off the corners to create my candy corn. I found I had a tiny candy corn stamp in my Whoo to You stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I made a little stripe of patterned paper with this stamp and coloured them all in. The sentiment is another Clearly Besotted stamp set called Trick or Treat. I inked up my card base with Ripe Persimmon Distress oxide and then finished off with nuvo crystal drops in ripened pumpkin, glitter drops in yellow bird and vintage drops in chalk stick.

LI’m looking forward to see all your sweet treat cards! Happy crafting….

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Awesome Autumn – I Dare You!

Happy Friday crafty friends! How has your week been? It’s feeling very autumnal here in Scotland and we’ve put the heating on as it has been much colder. I don’t mind though, I like this time of year and as a bit of a hermit I enjoy a cosy evening at home with the candles lit and some stitching in front of the telly, it’s a wild life I lead! Anyway all of that is leading to the new Daring Cardmakers Challenge which Shabneez has set for us this week. Our theme is Awesome Autumn and Shabneez said “I love autumn and all the colours and textures associated with it so I’d love to see your creations to celebrate my favourite season with me!”.

I had a leafy wreath cutting die which I think I found on ebay, I’ve no idea who made it but this felt like the perfect excuse to use it. I cut it from plain white card and then tried smooshing some distress oxides onto it to get some autumnal colours. I wasn’t happy with the depth of colour though so instead I pulled out some Catherine Pooler inks and pressed the die cut card directly onto the ink pads.

I heat embossed my sentiment straight onto the card base with this copper embossing powder and then arranged the wreath with some die cut acorns from a Tim Holtz set. The finishing touch (as usual for me!) was a few nuvo drops in antique rose and ripened pumpkin.

I think my acorns are a bit out of proportion but I quite like the jumbo size of them, the squirrels would be super excited to gather these I think!

I hope you will hop on over to the Daring Cardmakers Blog to see the gorgeous cards made by my lovely design team chums and that you will share your autumnal make too. Thanks so much for visiting the blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Aud Sentiments Challenge #286 Halloween

Hi crafty friends, how are you doing today? It’s time for a new challenge over at the Aud Sentiments blog and this week is one of my favourites….. Halloween!

Challenge number 286 is sponsored by the lovely Paper Shelter and they very kindly gifted the design team members the Spoooky digital stamp which comes with a pre coloured version, a background and the line drawing that you can colour as you like.

I coloured in the figure using alcohol markers and fussy cut the image out. I then created two backgrounds with the Trick or Treat stamp set from Clearly Besotted. The first I made with heat embossed resist and distress ink smooshing.

The other was just a simple stamping of little spider webs. I added a die cut sentiment and some card mats in black and purple. I felt like the little ghost on the sentiment needed a little bling so I added stickles in crystal ice. To make the Spoooky figure stand out I added a little shadow with a grey watercolour pencil and a water brush.

I hope that you have fun making a Halloween themed project to join in this challenge. Remember the only rule is that you need to include a sentiment on your project. Thanks for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx