Bagel Day – I dare you!

Happy Friday crafty people! I’m back today with the next challenge from the Daring Cardmakers blog. The lovely Nat is our host and she informs us that it is National Bagel day in the USA! Now we are not being asked to feature a bagel ¬†but in celebration of the round food favourite feature a circle/circle frame/circle aperture as your main focal point.

I decided to use one of the circular sentiment dies from Crafters Companion. As we are in lockdown and so paper hugs are the safest I went with the Sending Hugs option. I cut it from white card and then coloured it in with my tri blend markers from Spectrum Noir to make a rainbow effect. I layered it up with circles of black and white card and then added a black heart from the Bright Rosa Heart Band set from Paula Pascual. I coloured the mini heart in with red. I decided to leave it clean and simple and let the rainbow hug speak for itself!

I hope you will hop over to the Daring Cardmakers Blog see the lovely samples made by my talented design team colleagues and that you will share your own circle themed cards with us this week. We will be back with a new challenge next Friday.

Keep well and as always I’m sending you a crafty hug

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx


Aud Sentiments Challenge #266

Hi crafty friends, I hope you are doing well? It’s another cold day here in Scotland and we had a little snow last night, just enough to make the pavements super slippy! I need to pop out to the post box sometime but apart from that I’ll be safe at home as we are still in lockdown. I hope you are all keeping safe and well.

I’m here today as it’s the first Aud Sentiments Challenge of 2021 and it’s an Anything Goes theme to break us in gently! Challenge 266 is very kindly sponsored by Digi Doodle Studios.

I was so lucky to be gifted Bianca Snow Digi Doodles Digi Stamp to use for today’s blog post. She is a beautiful image and perfect for our current weather! I printed her out twice, once on plain paper and once on some pale woodgrain printed paper. I fussy cut out the sledge and paper pieced it onto the plain version which I coloured with my Tri blend markers from Spectrum Noir.

I then created the card base, I used a purple card stock to match Bianca’s coat and hat. I added some snowy patterned paper and a white card snowy ground. For a sentiment I used a stamp from a magazine gift a year or more ago! I stamped and heat embossed it on velum and then layered that on a different snowflake paper and added some gems in the corners. The finishing touch was a holographic snowflake which I had in my box of die cuts, I added a gem heart to the centre and voila!

I hope you will have a go and enter this challenge, you can share any of your projects as long as it has a sentiment included! Hop on over to Aud Sentiments Challenge blog to see the fabulous projects created by my talented design team friends.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx


Daring Cardmakers January Elemental Challenge

Happy Friday crafty people! I hope you are doing well and keeping safe. We have our first challenge of 2021 from the Daring Cardmakers blog and as it’s a new month it’s an elemental challenge. This simply means that we have some images for you to take your inspiration from. This month the lovely Dawn has chosen this beautiful selection of cosy images. Your card should use at least three elements from this selection, just perfect for the chilly start to 2021 here in the UK anyway!

I opted to use the wood effect, tartan and the ice skates to create this card.

To create this card I had a scrap of the tartan paper in my stash, I cut a piece and rounded the corners. The skates die is from the Tonic Studios Essentials Festive Die Set Wreath and Skates. I did some paper piecing and added some extra branches which I coloured with Tri-Blend markers from Spectrum Noir. I used the sentiment and heart stamp from the Warm Wishes Too set from Clearly Besotted. The wood effect paper is from a pad from the Craft Box UK monthy papers subscription.

I hope you will join in and share your cosy themed cards this week, next Friday we will be back with another prompt to keep your crafty mojo going.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts) xx


Daring Christmas Tags!

Happy Friday crafty people! This week’s Daring Cardmaker challenge is the last one of 2020 and it’s a great one if you are finishing off your Christmas preparations and wrapping some gifts. This week we would love to see your

Tags, Toppers and Labels

I love making tags, it’s a great excuse to use some of my smaller stamps. For these tags I used a Clearly Besotted Stamp set, Drink and be Merry. I coloured them with watercolour pencils and fussy cut them out.

I prepared some tags using the My Favourite Things Tag Builder 5 die set and inked the base layer to match the colour of the top layer. I added one of my little festive drinks and stamped a sentiment in the strip at the bottom. To finish off I added a few Nuvo Jewel drops.

I hope you are managing to find some time to enjoy some Christmas crafting and that you are enjoying the season in a safe way.

Crafty hugs

Jenny x


All dressed up!

Hi crafty people! Happy Friday and welcome to a new Daring Cardmakers challenge and it’s another festive prompt this week!

This week’s prompt is the perfect excuse to pull out my Christmas jumper die set from Sweet Dixie which I’ve had for a few years now. I decided to make some bunting for my craft room instead of my usual card this week. I cut a load of the jumpers from patterned paper which I was recently gifted. I sandwiched the ribbon inbetween 2 layers of the jumpers and added some of the decoration die cuts which come in the die set. This is a look at the bunting hanging on my shelves.

And a couple of closer looks at the jumpers…

I can’t wait to see your all dressed up makes this week.

Keep safe and keep crafting!

Jenny xx


Buttoned Beauties

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you have a good week ahead. The sun is shining this morning in my little corner of Scotland which is something to appreciate at this time of year!

I wanted to hop on today to share some good news with you all. I’m excited to announce that I’ve joined the design team for Julia McNeill Crafts. She has a fabulous Etsy shop and you might have seen her recently on Hochanda if you are here in the UK.

Today is my first project shareand I used the cute Beckie Buttons alongside some elements from the accessories and a sentiment from the recently released Buttoned Beauties collection . I coloured Beckie Buttons using Triblend markers from Spectrum Noir and added some details with Polychromos pencils and white gel pen. I then fussy cut these elements out.

For the background I picked some script patterned paper from my stash. I then created some inky paper using Brusho crystal Colour on bubble wrap t make a spotty print. Once it was dry I used a stencil to add another layer of pattern. I ripped a panel and added to the card front.

The final step was to add the sentiment. I cut the panel and added some distress oxide inks, I edged it with some vintage photo ink and layered up on Kraft card and a piece of the inky paper.

Julia’s designs are so unique, I love the beautiful girls and she also has some beautifully quirky birds and animals. If you like the look of her work you should check out the JMC’s Crazy Craft Hive facebook group. There are lots of projects for inspiration and the odd free digi stamp too!

Thanks so much to everyone who has left a comment on my blog, I need to make some time to sit down with a cuppa and respond!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx


Daring Cardmakers Challenge – November Elemental Challenge

Hi crafty people, how on earth is it Friday already?! Thanks so much if you joined in with last week’s challenge. It was fun seeing how people used the fireworks theme.

I hope you are all doing ok, especially if you are now in a lockdown again. In Scotland, we are continuing to live with restrictions but so far we are not in a lockdown which I am very grateful for. However if the numbers show we need to break an upward cycle and have a period of lockdown again then we will cope, this won’t last forever.

Anyway in the meantime we have another Daring Cardmakers Challenge and as it’s the first Friday of the month we have a photo inspiration challenge. Take (at least) 3 elements from this photograph and use them to create a card.

What a gorgeous scene! I decided to use the turquoise from the Christmas baubles, the JOY from the pillow and the flourish pattern from the rug. I started with some patterned paper from the Vintage Turquoise Pretty Papers Pad from Craftbox UK.

I used the Christina Collection alphabet dies to cut the J and Y and then instead of the O I used a Tattered Lace snowflake die from my stash. I layered it all up with some silver card, centura pearl in blue and white glitter card. To finish it off I added some gems to the snow flake and the card base.

I hope you will join us this week. It’s a great excuse to make some Christmas cards and a lovely distraction from the scary stuff happening out there in the world.

Thanks so much for everyone who leaves a comment, it means a lot to me.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx


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


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


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