D for Decorations

Happy hump day crafty people! I’m back today with another entry to the ABC Christmas Challenge , this time for D (Decorations).  I used this bauble die from Sweet Dixie and cut it out several times from silver and three different shades of blue.  I paper pieced the blues into the silver outlines and drew on a string to attach the baubles to their branch.


I finished the baubles off with some pale blue gems at the centre of the stars and in the corners.  The sentiment is stamped and then popped up on two different layers of blue and then mounted with 3d pads.


It’s never easy to take photos of mirror card but hopefully you can an idea of how it looks from the two different views.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I’d love it if you left a comment to say hello!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


C for Candy

Hi crafty people!  How are you all doing?  Our spring weather continues today, although I understand it’s going to get colder again very soon, so we are just enjoying it while we can.  Today we took the morning off and went to a local park to do the snowdrop spectacular walk and it was stunning.  We even say a couple of roe deer but I wasn’t quick enough to get a photograph.  We treated ourselves to brunch before my husband headed off to the office and I went to drop off orders for customers at the post office.


It was a lovely start to our day.  This chilled out blog post is sharing a card for a couple of challenges (ABC Christmas Challenge and Alphabet Challenge).  I’m trying to get a few Christmas cards made for my 2019 stash every month.  This card used the above challenge prompts for C for Candy and X for xtra bling!


I used the candy canes stamp from the Sweet Christmas set by Clearly Besotted.  I stamped and heat embossed a few of these using the Wow red glitter powder then fussy cut them out.  Then I cut a ring to be the base of my wreath using two nesting circle dies.  I used a holly border die which was gifted  to me (I think it is a spell binders die) and cut several holly sprigs.  Then I added some small red gems for the berries and layered them onto the wreath before adding some candy canes.  I then used some 3d tape to adhere the wreath to a white square and then layered it up on the red and then patterned paper.

To finish it off I stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) and stuck in a couple of the left over candy canes.


The sun was so bright it was hard to capture the bling on the card, but I think it’s a little clearer in this picture.


I hope you are having a lovely Tuesday whatever you are up to.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Feeling springy!

Happy Monday crafty people!  I hope you all had a fab weekend.  We had such unseasonably warm weather that it felt like spring had sprung.  We got quite a bit of clearing done in the garden and bought supplies to get the base made for our new greenhouse so hopefully we will get that up soon!  I also had a very fun shopping trip spending a book token I got for Christmas and I have a lovely stack of new books to work my way through, such a treat!  What were the highlights of your weekend?

Anyway I’m here to share a card which was definitely inspired byt the spring weather.  The card is for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge which has the following sketch.


I’ve been trying to buy less craft magazines but I couldn’t resist the latest Simply Cards and Papercraft issue as it had a beautiful Altenew daffodil layering die.  Last year in another magazine I got the rose version and I’ve used it lots so that was my justification to buy it!  The magazine also has some beautiful coordinating papers that you can download so I used them too.


I thought it would perfect to send to a friend of my Mum’s who shares the same birthday as me next week so it killed two birds with the one stone!


I hope that you like this little touch of spring and that you are off to a great start with this new week.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


SAL Sunday – 3

Hi crafty people, I can’t believe that it’s been three weeks since my last SAL (stitch along) post but it must be as it’s time for another!  The SAL is organised by Ava and includes a lovely group of stitchers.  All of their links are at the end of this blog post so you can pop over and give them some love. I also want to say a big welcome to Sharon who has joined us and will be posting her first SAL post, it’s great to have you in the group and I can’t wait to see what you are working on.

The idea of the SAL is to work on our unfinished objects (or UFOs) and post an update every 3 weeks.  If you fancy joining us please contact Avis (you’ll find her blog link at the bottom of this post).  It’s a lovely friendly group and it’s a great reminder to pick up your stitching projects.

Last time I had just picked up this cross stitch which I had started many years ago!  This is where I was 3 weeks ago……



Three weeks later I’m here….


I’ve not done that much but it’s better than nothing and I’m enjoying it.  Hopefully I will get it finished before the next SAL in 3 weeks!

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, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze , Debbierose ,Christina, Kathy , Margaret , Cindy , Helen ,Steph , 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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Add a button!

Happy Friday crafty people!  How’s your week been?  Have you got fun weekend plans?

We are hoping to start on some of our garden plans tomorrow.  We bought some paving slabs for a patio and a flat pack greenhouse and we need to clear the areas for these.  We also want to get a third veg box and widen our flower beds to have some more planting space and a bit more of a shape to the garden.  We moved into our house nearly 3 years ago and we have a good sized garden but as a new build it was just a blank canvas and we’ve gradually been adding some shape but we now have a grand plan!  It’s going to be quite a bit of work but we are up for a challenge!  On Sunday we are going for lunch at the golf club with my Mum and I’m very excited to be going to the bookshop to spend my Christmas book voucher!

However I’m really here to share a crafty make!  Today I’ve got a card that I made for the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge which is to add a button (how cute are these cupcakes!).


I used to love rummaging through my mum’s button box as a kid.  I seem to remember it was an old sellotape tin which was round and blue.  My button stash is a drawer in some ikea wooden drawers and I still enjoy a rummage!  I picked out three yellow buttons that I thought could be the centre of some pretty flowers.  The flowers are die cut from the Hunkydory Moonstone Fabulous Flowers set and the green flourishes are from a spellbinders die.  I added a little touch of gingham and a sentiment (clearly besotted stamp) and it’s done.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today, I hope whatever your weekend plans are that they get off to a good start.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


You’re purrfect!

Hi crafty people, how are you all today?  I’m doing well and enjoying another sunny day, it feels like spring is definitely on it’s way!  I am back today with a cat themed card which I am entering for the following challenges:

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

Show us your pussycats challenge

I’m a little bit obsessed with this die set from Marianne Design, it’s so cute and so flexible in that you can make up so many different cats to correspond with any feline friends.


I was very lucky to win a facebook giveaway from Rare Earth Stamps recently and I’ve used a couple of stamps from my prize.  The background is from the pocket pets set and the “You’re purrfect” is from furry friends.  These are gorgeous stamps, a very good size and beautiful designs.  The background is so well designed so the edges match up and you can repeat stamp to cover whatever size you would like for your project.


I added MUM cut using a first edition alphabet die set.  If you’ve been here before you probably know that I am a total cat lady so this card was inspired by Spats my gorgeous tuxedo cat so I thought I had better include him!


Thanks so much for visiting Spats and I today and we hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs (and purrs!)

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Slightly cheaty challenge post!

Happy hump day crafty people! I hope you are all having a lovely week.  Today I’ve got another musical themed card which I’m entering into a couple of challenges

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (use black and white and one colour)

The Male Room Challenge (anything goes – optional twist – no designer papers)


The black and white theme brought to mind a piano and I am loving this mirror card in green at the moment so I opted to use this as the additional colour (there is a tiny bit of grey but that’s like if black and white had a baby so I’m sneaking that in!) I might be slightly cheating including the printout of sheet music in place of designer papers but hey ho it’s an optional twist!!


I hope you like my slightly cheaty challenge card today!  Thanks so much for stopping by the blog.  I love seeing your comments, it always makes me smile 🙂

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Musical birthday wishes

Happy weekend crafty people!  What are you up to?  I’m having a lovely chilled out Saturday, reading my book (The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen – loving it so far!) and catching up on some crafty blogs until my husband gets home from his golf game.  I’m here to share a card I made for a birthday boy celebrating today and I’d like to enter it in the My Time To Craft Challenge .  The current theme is “men only”, I think 9 years old can count as a young man for this occasion!

The birthday boy has started learning to play guitar so it seemed the perfect excuse to pull out the Tonic Studios guitar die.  I kept it pretty simple with the guitar and the sentiment but I thought it looked a little plain so I added the three stars in the complementing colours.


I hope you like my card and that you are having a fantastic Saturday.  Thanks so much for visiting the blog and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day crafty people, hope you have a great day.  I had to wait until today to post this (after my hubby opened it!).  It was inspired by the The Male Room Challenge .


I wanted to make a card using muted colours and different textures.  I pulled out some patterned papers and die cut some hearts to see what combination I wanted to use.  Then I cut some mats to layer and used a wood effect embossing folder from Tim Holtz to add some texture.  The LOVE is a stamp from a few years ago, I think from Hobbycraft.  I embossed it with white on navy and the fussy cut the letters separately before sticking onto the card front.


The hubby liked it and I hope you do to!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Magical dragons

Happy hump day crafty people!  How’s your week going?  I hope all is well and you are finding some creative time in your week.  Today I’m sharing a card which I am entering in the Back to Basics challenge.    This time the prompt is to use paper piecing in a project.

I had a flip through my stamps and decide to use this cute dragon from a MFT set.  Like many crafters I’m sure, I have a lot of corners and scraps of patterned paper so I pulled out a pretty green piece that I could use for the dragon and a spotty piece for a balloon.  Once I had stamped the dragon I added some alcohol ink and then fussy cut him out.


The white panel was part of a gift with Die Cutting Essentials magazine.  I used a blending tool to add some mustard seed distress ink.  I spritzed it with water and blotted it before sticking down the dragon and his balloon.  I mounted the panel on some yellow card to compliment the ink.  To finish it off I heat embossed the sentiment on dark green card stock (another wee left over scrap!) and added a strip of glitter card.

I hope you like this little sunny card and thanks for popping over to the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x