Cardmaking

Daring Cardmakers – Fireworks!

Happy Friday crafty people! How’s your week going? I hope you are all safe and well in these strange and unsettling times. Amazingly it’s Friday again and that means another challenge from the Daring Cardmakers blog. I’m excited to share today’s challenge as it’s the first time I’m hosting the challenge (so please come and join in!!).

Next week in the UK it’s Guy Fawkes day or Bonfire Night on the 5th of November. Guy Fawkes was part of the Gunpowder plot in 1605 which attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament . The plot failed as someone warned the governments and they caught them in the act and executed them for their crimes. Traditionally we would celebrate by going to a firework display where we would burn a “guy” on a bonfire. For those outwith the UK don’t panic, no guys are harmed, it’s just a fake. When I was a kid we used to get an old shirt and pair of trousers and tie the ankles and wrists with string before stuffing him with scrunched up newspapers and adding a balloon head. This year our local event has been cancelled to keep people safe. So what could be safer than crafty fireworks! Show us your firework themed cards….

I recently purchased the circle burst stencil from Funky Fossil Designs. I though it looked a bit like a sky bursting with fireworks so I used that on navy blue card. To create the colourful fireworks I used the Catherine Wheel Nuvo Shimmer Powder and Pixie Powders in Silver Dream and Rich Gold.

I taped down the stencil over the card and sprinkled the powders over the top before spraying lightly with water. It’s a fine balance to get enough water to activate the powders without using too much with floods the stencil. I blotted with kitchen towel, peeled off the stencil and dried it off with my heat tool.

I then cut a circle and layered it on a copper scalloped circle. I die cut the celebrate 3 times in the copper mirror card and layered them up to make them stand out from the fireworks. The only downside is it’s very tricky to capture the shimmer on camera (well with my limited photography skills anyway!) This was my best attempt!

So hop on over to the Daring Cardmakers blog before next Friday and share your firework inspired projects, I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I’d love it if you left a comment. Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Aud Sentiments Challenge 263 – Anything Goes

Hi crafty people, how are you today? I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these worrying times. Over at the Aud Sentiments blog we have a new challenge starting today. Challenge number 263 has an anything goes theme so you can enter any projects you like as long as they include a sentiment of course!

I chose to use one of the Autumn Allspice Collection from Julia McNeill Crafts, Anise Oakley is one of these fun digital stamps. I coloured her in using alcohol pens and a touch of polychromo pencils. I ripped the edges of the panel she was printed on and blended some vintage photo ink. I embossed a panel of cream card with a leaf folder. To add some colour I applied ink to the raised leaves using a mix of oranges, reds, yellows and browns. Behind this I added some scraps of pale gold embossed paper, just peeking out around the edges.

The finishing touch was the sentiment which I layered up and raised with some 3d sticky pads.

I hope you will share your projects with us at the Aud Sentiments Challenge. Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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SAL Sunday 2020 – 14

Happy Sunday crafty people and welcome to the latest SAL post. It’s a windy day in Scotland and over the last three weeks we’ve had some more restrictions as the covid numbers are increasing again. There are so many loud voices complaining on social media and people who seem to be angry at the changes in our daily lives. Maybe it’s easier to be angry than scared, but I suspect there are more of us just trying to get on the best we can and follow the rules, we’re just not making as much noise about it! I think our Scottish Government is doing a good job with the limited powers they have and they are having to make really difficult decisions to try to save lives and minimise the harm which this pandemic is causing to people’s health and wellbeing and the economics of the country. I don’t envy them but I am grateful for their efforts. Anyway, I have strayed far off the topic of cross stitch! So I have enjoyed doing some stitching in the dark evenings and made some good progress. Last time I shared this photo of my stitching….

This is the progress I’ve made this time:

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

Cardmaking

Dare to be spooktacular!

Happy Friday crafty people! This Friday we are getting all Spooktacular over at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge! Rizwana is hosting this week and she would like to see your spooky cards/ or any spooky makes for Halloween. You can have scary pumpkins, ghosts, witches, bats spiders, skeletons…..the more spooky things the better !

I don’t really need an excuse to use a Stella image so I chose the Stella Witch – Instant Witch digi stamp from Bugaboo Stamps. I coloured her with alcohol inks and added some sparkle with my crystal clear from Spectrum Noir and some nuvo glitter drops bubbles in lilac whisper.

I layered her up on some spotty paper and green holographic paper. The sentiment comes with the set so I just inked it up and added some mats to make it stand out.

So if you are brave enough to share your spoooooooooky makes we would love to see them!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Daring Cardmakers Challenge – Dictionary Day

Happy Friday! Did you know October 16th is Dictionary Day? It’s also time for a new weekly challenge at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge. Joanne is setting our challenge this week and she needs very¬†little excuse to celebrate words – celebrate with her by using a dictionary page, a dictionary definition or making words the focal point of your card.

I recently downloaded a printable from Calico Crafts on Etsy and I thought these Halloween Dictionary Definition words are perfect. I used a Haunted House die from Tattered Lace and some papers from the Rose Gold Memories paper pad from Craftbox UK.

I started by making a square card base with some black card. I cut a vertical panel of a book print paper and inked around the edges with some black ink. I then cut a square of a complementary paper and ripped around the edges before inking to get rid of the white edge. The haunted house was cut from black centura pearl and the windows were paper pieced with holographic card. I added a holographic moon and then layered up the definition before adding a few nuvo drops in black to finish the card off.

I would walk swiftly past this house I think!! I hope you will share your dictionary inspired projects with us this week.

Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, it means so much to me.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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SAL Sunday 2020 – 13

Happy Sunday crafty people and welcome to the latest SAL post. Three weeks ago I had no progress to report so I’m pleased that I’ve done some stitching and made some progress! Tthis is where I was last time…..

The current view is…..

I seem to have gained some stitched as well as some creases!

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

Cardmaking

October Elemental Daring Cardmakers Challenge

It’s the first Friday in a new month so we have another elemental challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers Blog. This is our image for October and as usual you are asked to use at least three elements from this picture.

This picture makes me feel all cosy! I do love autumn so this week is right up my street! I decided to use the cosy jumpers and the autumnal colours from the leaves to start. I pulled out this knitted effect embossing folder and some distress oxide and distress ink. Once I had blended the inks on white card, I embossed it and cut to size for my card. I layered it up on some dark brown centura pearl card.

I then took the book as inspiration and tore a piece of old book page. To distract a bit from the text and make it fit with the overall card, I blended some rusted hinge distress oxide around the edge and then a little vintage photo just on the very edges.

I used some bakers twine instead of string in the picture to wrap around the book page panel, fixing with some tape on the back. The final layer is a die cut leaf from a scrap of inky paper in my stash. I blended some vintage photo around the edge and raised it up with some 3d sticky pads. The finishing touches were a sentiment stamped in the corner and a few rose gold sequins.

Will you join us for a cosy autumnal card this week. I hope to see you over at the Daring Cardmakers Blog!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Aud Sentiments Challenge #261 – Autumn/Halloween

Hi crafty people! How are you today? I hope you’ve had a good week so far. We had a chilly start when our boiler stopped working! Thankfully we took out a boiler maintenance policy at the start of the year so we were able to get an engineer out to fix it and we have hot water and heat again! Phew, we were so grateful for that hot water! Anyway it’s time for a new Aud Sentiments challenge today so I am delighted to let you all know what we are looking for this time!

As it’s the 1st of October the theme is autumn or Halloween! I love both of these themes, and I’m so excited for it to be October! The sponsor for this challenge is Digi Doodle Studios, who have been really kind in gifting the design team members an image to use.

I got the witchy shoes digi stamp which is so cute! Who doesn’t love a cute pair of shoes…. and even better I don’t have to break my ankle trying to walk in these!!

I printed out the image and coloured it with polychromo pencils and added details with stickles and my spectrum noir glitter pen.

As it’s the Aud Sentiments challenge we always need to include a sentiment! I didn’t have a suitable one in my stash so I had a little browse on pinterest to find some inspiration, then I typed one out and printed it, added some black card and popped it on the card.

If you are like me and love autumn and Halloween crafting then I hope you will share your projects on the Aud Sentiments challenge. This one runs until the 12th of October.

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx