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Celebrate Books – I Dare You!

Happy Friday crafty people! I hope you’re having a great week. Today over at Daring Cardmakers we have a new challenge celebrating International Book day today. Svenja is hosting us this week and she challeges us to create a card celebrating books and their heroes. This challenge is right up my street because I love reading, so I took inspiration from my current read, Hamnet by Maggie O@Farrell. I recently attended a virtual book event with Maggie O@Farrell as the paperback of Hamnet was being released and included in the ticket I received a signed copy of the book. The book is a fictional story inspired by the fact that Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet died aged 11, about 4 years prior to his father writing Hamlet (which apparently was interchangeable with Hamnet). I’m really enjoying to so far!

love reading outside in my garden when the sun shines!

I recently found out that Vera Lane Studio has an Etsy shop selling digital stamps and when I was browsing I was so happy to find this fab Shakespeare set of 8 digi stamps and I used the image of Shakespeare plus one of the quotes.

I took some paper from my pile I’m trying to use up! I originally used bubble wrap and blue pixie powders to make a spotty pattern. I cut a panel, inked around the edges and used a star stencil to make some stars in yellow and blue. I added some doodling to the stars with a gold gel pen and I did a scribbly edge with black pen. Then I added Shakespeare and the quote.

I can’t wait to see which books and characters are used for inspiration, maybe I will end up with some new books to add to my list!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Happy 11th Birthday Aud Sentiments!

Happy Birthday to the Aud Sentiments Blog! How could we possibly celebrate? Yup with a birthday themed challenge…. yay! We are very kindly sponsored by the Paper Shelter and they very kindly gifted the DT members the Cupcake Birthday digi stamp to use for this challenge.

I decided to use the background paper which is part of the set rather than the focal image just for a wee change! The background has a doily image which I fussy cut out. I added some lace and pink stripy paper to a craft card base. I then popped on a die cut cupcake complete with a candle cut from the stripy pattern on the background paper too. The finishing touch was a stamped sentiment, Happy Birthday!!

I can’t wait to see all the birthday card entries this time! Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Black, white and one colour – I dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends, I hope you have had a great week and you’re ready for a new challenge over at the Daring Cardmaker! This week Miri is our host and she has challenged us to use black, white and one other colour for our card this week!

This one took a bit of thinking for me, I’m not usually so limited in my colours so I decided to go with a CAS card design (also not my usual style!) I recently bought a set of the Tim Holtz wildflower dies from Sizzix and I cut the foliage from this set. I used some photo paper which I had coloured with green brusho powders. I used some scrap card to mask off a strip on my card base and I stamped some script with black ink on this panel. Once I took the masking off I lined the panel with a black sharpie to make it stand out a little more. I tied the foliage die cuts with some black and white bakers twine before sticking this all onto the scripty panel. Finally I added a sentiment. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in white on black card and cut it into a little banner. I also cut a banner from the paper I used for the leaves die cut and layered it up with the sentiment. The finishing touch was a few green nuvo jewel drops.

I tried to make a fresh, clean and simple card, did I manage it?! Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Let’s Hear it for the Bees – I Dare You!

Happy Friday crafty friends! How are you doing today? I feel like I just blinked and it’s Friday again, I don’t know where the times has gone….. might be a sign of growing old!

Anyway, it’s Friday again and as ever that means we have a new Daring Cardmakers Challenge and Shabneez is hosting this week with the fab theme – Let’s Hear it for the Bees. Shabneez says  “I would like to celebrate bees this week so would love to see anything related to them on your cards.  You could use beehives, honeycomb shapes, honey coloured ink etc – extra points for using a combination of elements!”

I love bees and this prompt seemed like the perfect excuse to pull out Lady Bea from JMC Designs. I’m lucky enough to be on the Design Team for JMC Designs but this stamp set was bought from one of Julia’s fab Hochanda shows.

I coloured Bea and the Bee flower with coloured pencils and fussy cut them out. The little bee I heat embossed in black on yellow card. Using the Wow embossing pen I embossed the black stripes and some shimmer on the wings.

I created some mats in yellow and black and then used a piece if paper from the Garden Tots collection which I was kindly gifted to use on Design Team projects. The sentiment is from the Lady Bea set and it refers to the fact that bees shouldn’t be able to fly as their bodies are too big for their wings!

I hope Lady Bea and her bumble bee chum brightens your day, have a fab weekend when it comes.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Aud Sentiments Challenge – #272 Anything Goes

Hi crafty friends, how are you all doing? It’s been a chilly week here, we even had some flurries of snow which is not really in the spirit of spring! Fingers crossed the weather warms up soon but in the mean time it’s still perfect crafting weather!! Today we have a new challenge starting at the Aud Sentiments Challenge and it’s one for everyone to join in as it’s an “Anything Goes” theme. All you need to include is a sentiment!

The current challenge is sponsored by the lovely people at Polkadoodles and the Design Team members were all kindly gifted an image to use for this challenge. I chose Sunshine Delight Little Friends – Winnie and she is adorable!

I coloured Winnie with watercolour pencils and cut her out. I created a blue sky for her with inks and then a green mat behind the circle of sky. The card base has some green patterned card. The sentiment strip is stenciled with a petal design and the friendship sentiment was stuck on top.

I hope you will come over and join in the fun!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts !) xx

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Daring Cardmakers Challenge – April Elemental Challenge

Happy Friday crafty friends! It’s time to launch the next Daring Cardmakers Challenge and I’m hosting my first elemental challenge so I hope you will join us! I’m daring you to take at least 3 elements from this photograph to inspire your card making.

I opted to use the protea, hearts, script, lace trim, beads and the word “Love” for my card.

I used a stencil with some texture paste and brusho powders to create the protea panel. I added some script stamping and a black layer behind it. If you would like to see demonstrating this technique I have a video over on my youtube channel.

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx