In the Garden…..alot!

Happy Friday crafty friends! I hope you find some time to be creative this weekend, and in case you are looking for inspiration the Daring Cardmakers Challenge is here for you! This week Shabneez has given us the prompt of “In the Garden” as she has been spending lots of time in hers she would like to see something from your garden.

I lived in a flat for many years so when we bought a house with a garden four years ago it was such a treat. As a new build house the garden was a blank canvas but we have slowly worked on it and it is taking shape. One of my pleasures in life has been growing food, in braised beds and our greenhouse. I thought I would share a few of this years crops (some of them still busy growing!). This year during lockdown I’ve been especially grateful for our garden, we’ve definitely spent alot more time than usual!

our new plum tree has only one plum left after the wind!
Aubergines are new to us this year – these are really lovely!
Tatties (potatoes if your not sure!) growing in bags
freshly picked for dinner
the jungle greenhouse has lots of tomatoes but still green
courgettes are growing at last – first plants were eaten by the slugs…. hence the blue slug pellets for this batch!

So I had to go with a veg theme! I used a die set which I bought earlier this year from Ali Express. I know that some of the craft stuff they sell is stolen designs but I’ve never seen anything like this before so I hope it is their own work. It’s so hard to know!

The stamp set is from Hunkydory and I believe it came with a box magazine and a few other gardening theme goodies.

I also used a sheet of hunkydory paper for the background and the basket die was a gift with an Easter issue of a craft magazine. The gloves and fork were also from Hunkydory.

If you have a garden or an outdoor space what do you love to grow most? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts Blog, I hope you will come back soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx


SAL Sunday 2020 – 11

Hi crafty people, I hope you are all having a good weekend. Can you believe it’s been 3 weeks since the last SAL post? Well I’ve made some good progress and the garden has too! First another sunflower pic from my garden….

See that rebel in the background facing the fence?! There’s always one!!

Now the stitching, this is where I was last time…..

And three weeks later….

This SAL is organised by the lovely Avis. who keeps us all on track (it’s always a surprise to me when the email comes in and I think it cannot be 3 weeks already!!)

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  , Heidi , Jackie , Sunny , Hayley ,Megan , Deborah , Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela,  SharonDaisyAnne ,ConnieAJLaura, Cathie and Linda, and Helen

Stay safe and be gentle with yourself at this time.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Picture Perfect Cardmaking Dare

Happy Friday crafty friend….. which must mean it’s time for another Daring Cardmakers Blog Challenge! This week the lovely Miri has tasked us with making a card for the theme “Picture Perfect”. You can use a photo, camera, a picture frame, a polaroid layout, an actual photograph or anything picture/photo related on your card.

I chose to use a camera die I had in my stash from Paper Smooches. I cut it in black and added some colour with paper piecing. To make the lense look more realistic I added some detail in white gel pen and gave it a coat of glossy accents. I added a star cut from holographic card and some nuvo drops. The sentiments are from the Clearly Besotted Laugh Out Loud stamp set which is perfect for a cheeky birthday card!

So I hope that you will join us and share your picture perfect cards this week!

I also uploaded a little chatty video this morning on my youtube channel as I recently reached 100 subscribers, have you subscribed and joined the gang yet?!

Many thanks for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope to see you again very soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx


Aud Sentiments Challenge #258 – Anything Goes

Hi crafty people! It’s Thursday and time for a new Aud Sentiments Challenge and for challenge #258 is Anything Goes, as long as you have a sentiment! I couldn’t resist using the Stella Glue Stick digi from Bugaboo Stamps. I coloured her with alcohol markers and fussy cut her out and mounted the accompanying sentiment on a some coloured card.

I used the sketch from the current Catch the Bug Stella Says Sketch Challenge for the card.

I stamped a side panel using a lip stamp…

I also inked around the edge of a panel for Stella to sit on.

The finished card with a few sparkly gems in matching shades of blue.

I hope you will share your projects with us in the challenge, remember all you need is a sentiment and apart from that anything goes!

Thanks for visiting the blog, I hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx


Football Crazy!

Happy hump day crafty people! How are you today? It’s another muggy day in Scotland but at least it’s not raining ……. yet! Anything is possible, we really do get four seasons in one day here. I thought I would share a card I made yesterday, I’ve made it in a couple of different colours I liked it so much!

I used the Tonic Studios football die and a woodware football stamp for the background paper. The star embossing folder is very well used one from Tiny Tatty Teddy, Trim Craft and I think the happy birthday is a tattered lace die from a large set.

I’m not a football fan at all but my Dad was a big Aberdeen supporter so the first version is in honour of the Dons!

I also did a green one, not that I have any ties to a green team but I like the colour!

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:

The Male Room Challenge #141 – Birthday

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #500 – Happy Birthday

A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #122 – Anything Goes

Crafting Happiness Challenge #62 – Anything Goes

Crafter’s Castle Challenge #32 – Anything Goes

Crafty Calendar Challenge – August – Anything Goes

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #126 Anything Goes

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx


Pushing my luck!

Happy Monday crafty friends, how was your weekend? I had a chilled weekend which was just what I needed. I caught up with some reading and bits and pieces around the house and spent time in the sunshine in the garden on Saturday. Today it’s been pouring with rain all day and shows no sign of stopping…. perfect crafting weather! I made today’s card inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

This weekend I did a bit of sorting in my craft room (still lots left to do!) and I found a load of background papers I had made using inks, sprays, paint etc. So I pulled a smooshed inky piece of watercolour paper to use for background. I cut a diagonal slice out of it and trimmed it down to fit a C6 card base. For a focal image I used a digital stamp that I had in my stash, Stella Push My Luck. The sentiment wasn’t going to fit in the panel so I retyped it and printed it out. I coloured Stella in using my Spectrum Noir Triblends and Nuvo alcohol pens. I then fussy cut her and popped her on with 3d pads. To finish the card off I stamped and fussy cut some dumb bells.

Stella’s expression perfectly sums up my feelings about exercise!

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Classic Design Challenge August 2020 – Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Crafty Challenge #140 Anything Goes

Not just cards Challenge blog – August – Anything Goes

Arty Divas #28 – Just for Fun

Colour Crazy Challenge #32 – Anything Goes + colouring

Pink Gem Challenge #17 Anything Goes

Thank you so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope you will come back soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx


I Dare You to Peek-a-Boo!

Happy Friday crafty people! Can you believe that another week has whizzed past and it’s time for the Daring Cardmakers challenge again? This time Nat has tasked us with making a Peek-a-boo card. She would like us to make a card that features an opening element, surprise element, or simply an aperture.

I decided to have a go at the Peek-a-boo card that I saw Jennifer McGuire making a while ago. I thought it would be easiest to share my process in a video so you can watch and craft along if you would like to create something similar!

To make the base I cut and scored three pieces of Kraft card as follows:

  • 4.25 x 8.25 inches – scored at 2.75 inches (front piece)
  • 4.25 x 8.5 inches – scored at 4.25 inches (inside piece)
  • 4.25 x 5.75 inches – scored at 5.5 inches (back piece)

I added some patterned paper to the front and inside although you don’t need to. The measurements I used were:

  • 4 x 4 inches (two pieces to go on the inside piece)
  • 4 x 5.25 inches (to go on the card front)

I used an oval die to cut the aperture on the front of the card and then on both sides of the inside piece. I’ve shared how to put the card together in the video. This is how it looks from above once it’s put together to create the sliding mechanism.

This is how I decorated the front of the card:

Once open this is how it looks:

Here is a video to watch the card making in action!

I hope you will share your own peek a boo card, remember it can be any card with an opening, a surprise element, or simply an aperture!

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx


Card making with limited supplies 1

Happy hump day crafty people! I hope you are all safe and well. I’m sharing a card which I made today inspired by a challenge hosted on you tube. I’ll share the process video at the end of the post and I’d love it if you gave it a watch and left me your feedback. I’m pretty new to You Tube so all constructive feedback is welcome…. please be kind!

The challenge is to make a 6 x 6 inch card using limited supplies and colours, this week this includes:

  • Yellow
  • Grey
  • White
  • Stencil
  • Paint
  • Embossing folders

I used these materials (oh and I threw in a little patterned paper that fitted in with the colours):

This is what I created:

I would also like to enter this card in the following challenges:

The Joy of Sets #20 – Splash, Yellow and Emboss (The stencil looks a bit like splashes in places!)

A bit more time to craft #121 – Anything Goes

Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #248 – Anything Goes


Sea You Later!

Hi crafty people, how are you today? It’s the perfect weather for crafting here today, pouring with rain! I’m

I recently purchased Papercraft Essentials issue 189 and it came with this cut and emboss folder and a circle and flower die.

I used the folder on some white card and then blended some inks on it to make a blue underwater wave scene. (I used distress oxide in Salty Ocean and blue print sketch and distress ink in faded jeans).

I then cut the smaller circle and heat embossed a sentiment from the Make a Splash stamp set from Tracey Hey. Then i blended a mix of peacock feathers distress ink and salty ocean and blueprint sketch distress oxides. I then sprayed some water and blotted some of the ink off.

I popped the embossed card up on 3d pads and added some navy blue card behind the window and then glued it to a C6 card base. The focal image is a sea horse from the Make a Splash stamp set, coloured with alcohol pens and fussy cut out. I added some sea weed (die cut from the Memory Box, Under the Sea die set) and Nuvo sequins ( ice white and aqua aurora)

I hope that you like my sea themed card. I would like to enter it in the following challenges:

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – #499 Nautical

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #41 – Anything Goes

Double Trouble Challenge #63 – Dry Embossing

Crafter’s Cafe Blog Challenge #248 – Anything Goes

Crafty Creations Challenges #412 – Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope you will pop back soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx


Daring Cardmakers August Elemental Challenge

Happy Friday crafty friends! How are you all doing today? I’m delighted to be back with another post for the Daring Cardmakers Challenge, this time hosted by Joanne. As it’s the start of the month we have our elemental challenge. You can use any three (or more!) elements from this picture to inspire your card…… if you dare!

What a beautiful selection of prompts (and a great book recommendation too!). I opted for the coffee, the tea spoon and the chocolate. I added a Clearly Besotted stamp (from the Warm Solutions Too set) and a few Nuvo jewel drops (in Aqua Plains) and here it is…..

I hope that you will be able to join us for this week’s challenge, I’m looking forward to checking out all the other DT member projects and your entries too!

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx