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SAL Sunday – 7

Happy Sunday crafty people!  It’s three weeks since my last SAL post and I’ve got a confession to make…. I’ve not picked up my cross stitch project once!  However I thought I would share the project that I am going to start next as last time I had finished off my ginger cat cross stitch.  This time I’m working on another cat theme but these kitties are slightly larger!

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This is how I left it when I last picked it up and I wouldn’t like to guess how many years have passed since then!  Let’s hope that there will be progress to share in 3 weeks time.

In case you haven’t seen one of my SAL posts before I should explain.  SAL stands for Stitch Along and this one is organised by the lovely Avis.  The idea is to finish off a UFO (or Unfinished Object!) and let me tell you I have lots of those!  If you fancy joining in then contact Avis and she will give you all the information you need

 

 

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 , Debbierose ,Christina, Kathy , Margaret , Cindy , Helen , 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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Aud Sentiments Challenge

Hi crafty people!  I’m excited to be sharing this post with you today as it’s my first post for the Aud Sentiments Challenge design team which I was very recently asked to join.

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There is a new challenge out today and running until the 27th of May and the theme is:

Summer and a sentiment

This challenge is sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls:

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I chose to use the lovely digi stamp “Sun n fun Emma” which comes with Emma as well as the beach ball and the fun flamingo.  It’s perfect weather for this theme at the moment!  I coloured mine in with coloured pencils and fussy cut them out.  I added in some papers from a flamingo themed pad from the Range.  I hope you like my card and that you will pop over to the challenge and join in.

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Shrink plastic challenge

Happy hump day crafty people!  How’s your week going?  We are having some lovely sunny weather which always makes me feel good!  Today there is a new challenge launched on the Back to Basics and Beyond Blog and it’s a fun one!  The challenge is to use shrink plastic.  I must confess I don’t think I had ever used this, although I do remember making earrings with some crisp packets that I had shrunk in the oven (what a stylish kid I was!)  Did anyone else do this?  I seem to remember we bought Golden Wonder crips as they were supposed to be the best packets for it!

I bought a pack of Docrafts Shrink plastic from Craftstash and after playing about with it I decided to use this floral heart stamp which was another magazine freebie.

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As I say I am not experienced with this but after some trial and error, I found a few helpful tips that I thought might be handy if you are a newbie too!

  1. I used sandpaper to lightly sand the plastic sheet before stamping.  Without doing that I found the ink didn’t really stamp well and the colour didn’t last using pencils or alcohol pens.
  2. I used StazOn ink and left it to dry for a really long time or it smudges!
  3. When shrinking my designs the first few times I thought I was doing it wrong because the plastic balled up as it shrunk – but I learnt to keep going with the heat and it flattened out again like magic.
  4. I pressed the new shrunk design with an acrylic stamp pad as soon as I switched off the heat gun and it helped to flatten it out.

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The above version was coloured with some coloured pencils but I ended up using the one I coloured with alcohol pens.  As your design is shrunk the colours get more intense and I think the alcohol inks really looked glossy and rich.

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I used the small flower stamp in the set to create a background and layered the card up with some dark green card stock and a sentiment cut from the same card with a little red heart inlaid.

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I really liked playing with the shrink plastic and I’m going to have a go at making some charms using it.  Have you used this before and if so I’d love to hear what you made using it.  I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog and see what my fab design team chums have made, they are a talented bunch.  The challenge runs for two weeks so you have plenty of time to join in too, I hope you will share your fab ideas.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Weekend wanderings

Happy Monday crafty people!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Our weather warmed up a bit and we had a fab day out yesterday which inspired the card I’m sharing today! Before I share my card I thought I would show a few pictures from our little road trip.

First stop was Hailes Castle, near East Linton in East Lothian.  We followed the sat nav onto a really narrow country road and at first drove straight past this hidden gem!  I’m glad we persisted and found it as it was a beautiful spot. We had a lovely wander around this 14th century castle and the stream running down to the river Tyne.  There was a really pretty little woodland next to the castle where we spotted my inspiration for my crafty project…. lots of forget me nots!

So I tried to recreate some forget me nots for a card.  I used a die set from a magazine gift a few months ago (I do love a freebie!)

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I cut a few of the smaller flower in blue and cut yellow centres and added the details with gel pens in black and white.

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Not quite as pretty as the real thing but a nice reminder of a fun day out!  Back to our tour…..

We had a lovely drive along lots of leafy country roads trying to find Doon Hill, an archeological site which escaped us (this time!).  We did pass a little sign on some railings which said it was the “witches stone”.  Of course I did a bit of searching online when we got home and apparently it’s thought to be the sight of the last witch burning in East Lothian in the early 1700s!

We then headed to the coast and popped into St Abbs which is where they filmed New Asgard for the recent Avengers film.  We didn’t see any sign of Thor but we did have a very yummy bowl of Cullen Skink and a wander around the harbour.  I loved the beautiful sculpture which is a memorial for Scotland’s worst fishing disaster in 1881 where 189 fishermen lost their lives in a terrible storm.  These sculptures are called “Widows and Bairns” and represents the families left behind and they are located in Eyemouth, Burnmouth, St Abbs and Cove (which was our next stop).

Cove harbour lies a little further north up the coast from St Abbs.  I had memories of being there as a child and it was so lovely to see it again.  We accessed the harbour by walking through a dark tunnel in the cliff (which I was terrified of as a child!).

It’s a lovely peaceful place with beautiful rocks along the coast line and a pretty beach.

I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peak into our weekend wanderings and the inspired project.  Thanks so much for visiting the blog and I hope to see you again very soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Creatalicious Challenge 162 – Anything goes with optional twist to add flowers

Die Cut Divas – Flowers

Brown Sugar Challenge 290 Flowers

Sparkles Forum Challenge – 115 – Flowers or Religion

Sheepski Designs Challenge – 26 Flower power

Crafty Friends 109 – use more than one die

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Safari so goody!

Hi crafty people and happy weekend to you all!  I thought I would share a pocket letter I made recently for some happy mail.  I know it’s arrived safe and sound so I can share it now.  I hadn’t made a pocket letter for ages and I really enjoyed making it.  This is the front of the pockets….

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….. and the back with some crafty goodies!

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I hope you liked my pocket letter.  Thanks so much for visiting the blog, I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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D for distressed

Happy Friday crafty people!  What a quick week it’s been but I won’t complain as I’m ready for another weekend and hoping it will be better weather than the last one.

Well today there is a new challenge up on the Alphabet Challenge Blog and we are up to D for distressed.  I’m delighted to be on the design team for this challenge with some very talented crafters.  I’m here to share my card for this prompt but I really hope that you will pop over and check out the others interpretation and have a go yourself, you’ve got until the 23rd of May so loads of time!

I went with the torn edge look for distressed and made my torn papers into waves for this cute little boat to be sailing on.  It looks a little rough, I hope the sailors aren’t sea sick!

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If you are going to have a go with this challenge, drop me a comment below and I would love to check out your entry.   Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I hope that I will see you again soon.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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CAS Butterfly

Happy hump day crafty people!  I’ve got a super quick card today made for the prompt C for clean and simple at the Alphabet Challenge Blog .

I used some paper that I had sprayed with ink for a previous project and some black card and white card.  The butterfly dies come from the Beautiful Butterflies die set from Moonstone by Hunkydory.  The “thanks” stamp is from a set I love from K Craft.  I couldn’t help myself and I just add to add the two purple gems!

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Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts Blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Daft about daffodils!

Hi crafty people!  I hope you are all having a good week.  Today I’ve got another card made using these fab altenew daffodil layering dies which came as a magazine gift a couple of months ago.  The papers were free downloads with the same magazine to complement the dies.

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I tore the edges to give a distressed look and added a stamped sentiment from a MFT set with a few small pearls to finish the card off.

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I’d like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday #562

Trimmies Craft Challenge 511 – distressed

Moving Along with the Times 96 _ Floral

As always thanks for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope to see you again soon.  Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

 

 

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Owl the best!

Happy Monday crafty people!  I hope your week has got off to a great start, we are off for a day out as it’s a holiday weekend here.

Today’s blogpost was inspired by the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge 469 (shaped card) and was the perfect excuse to use the Sizzix fold-along owl shaped card.  It’s an old die but it’s a favourite of mine.  I decided to make a snowy owl (well we did have hailstones on Friday afternoon, the snow could be here any day, got to love Scottish spring weather!)

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This card was making me think of Hedwig from Harry Potter!

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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

Crafter’s Castle Challenge 17

Creatalicious Challenge 162

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Have a tee-rific weekend!

Hi crafty people and happy Saturday to you all!  I’m just popping in today with a quick make from this week.  I’m not a golfer but I grew up with two golfing parents and have married a golfer so I have a few golfing stamps and cutting dies.  I think this might be my favourite set from Tonic Studios with the golf ball, tee and tuft of grass.  I’ve been busy making a bunch of these of different ages for my etsy shop (Ginger Ninja Craft Shop) and I thought I would share it here too.

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

The Male Room Challenge 110 – add an age

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog163

Thanks so much for visiting the blog and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x