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Flag Pole – Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday crafty friends! I hope you’ve had a great week? It’s time for a new challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers blog and Kathy is our host this week. She would like us to take inspiration from the flag of a country other than your own – there are plenty to choose from! You can use an element from the flag, the design, the colours… Don’t forget to tell us which country’s flag you’ve used
https://flagpedia.net/index

Can you guess which flag inspired this card?

Hopefully you guessed the USA! I used the colours and stars and stripes to make a congratulations card. This is such a fun challenge, let me know in the comments if you are joining in and which flag you are using!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Tropical Paradise? I dare you!!

Hi crafty friends, I hope you’re all doing well. We had an exciting outing last night, it was our first trip to the cinema since October (pre Covid we would go 3-4 times a month) and it was fab. We saw Judas and the Black Messiah and it was a really powerful film with lots of parallels to the current events which is shocking to think about. Such a good cast too, I would totally recommend it, it definitely sparked lots of discussion on our journey home.

I think as terrible has covid has been to the world, it’s really made me appreciate my life and how lucky I am. Going to the cinema has never felt so good!

Anyway the purpose of this blog post is to let you know about the new Daring Cardmakers Challenge which starts today. Rizwana is hosting this week and her theme is “Tropical Paradise”. She would like you to create a tropical card with your favourite tropical animal or bird. You can use vibrant colours and she would love to see some tropical plants too.

Now I must confess I was in a rush and I hurriedly made a tropical card but didn’t really remember the animal or bird! However by luck I had stamped some flamingos for a background so hopefully that can count! I used some pineapple stamps which came from with a magazine ages ago. I mean I’ve done little other than eat for the past year so my tropical paradise is obviously edible! I’m sure you will all come up with way better tropical paradise cards for this week!!

Thanks for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, have a fab weekend!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts ! ) xx

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May Elemental Daring Card makers Challenge

Happy Friday crafty friends! How’s your week been? It’s been an exciting week in the Ginger Ninja house as we have had hair cuts for the first time this year! The hairdressers opened up last month and our turn came and we are both feeling much lighter after our visit! However you didn’t come here for hair styling updates, so on with the card making!!

Friday always means it’s time for a new challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers Blog. As it’s the start of a new month we have an elemental theme so you we are daring you to use a minimum of three elements from these pictures….

I chose the yellow colour, the chalk board, bee, embossed flower and black sparkle as my elements and here is my card….

I used an embossing folder from my stash which I think was a magazine gift. It included the die cut heart. The bees and sentiment are both from a Dreamees stamp set which I have owned for a few years! Have a wonderful day and I hope you find some time to be creative over the weekend.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA 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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Daring Cardmakers Challenge – Spring Thoughts

Happy Friday crafty friends, how are you all doing? It’s been a beautiful sunny week here and it definitely feels like Spring is in the air so this week the Daring Cardmaker’s Challenge has the perfect theme….. Spring Thoughts!

I also got my copy of the new Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine this week and it has a beautiful cherry blossom stamp and die set. I stamped and die cut some of the cherry blossom images and then coloured with distress oxide inks in picked raspberry and worn lipstick. I had a piece of card which had mopped up some left over ink. It was pretty pale so I topped it up with some additional cracked pistachio and salty ocean by spraying some ink smooshed onto my glass mat and pressing the paper onto the pools of ink. Once this was dry I added it to the card base and arranged the cherry blossoms onto the panel and in one of the corners. I finished it off with some nuvo drops and a thank you stamp.

I hope you are getting some milder weather too, and that you will come and join in with our challenge this week.

Crafty hugs

Jenny xx

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Tell a Fairy Tale – I dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends, I hope you’ve had a fab week? It’s time for a new Daring Cardmakers Challenge and this week the lovely Rizwana, in honour of National Tell A Fairy Tale Day would like you to take out your fairies, goblins, witches, elves, trolls, giants and talking animals. Create a card inspired by your favourite Fairytale or fairytale character. I chose to use Cindy Ella and the sentiments from the Princess Tales JMC Designs digital colllection.

I am still working through a file of papers I’ve created with inks, paints, sprays etc! This background is a piece of watercolour paper and some watercolours which I painted on and then sprinkled rock salt to create the pattern. I think I was trying to create a galaxy effect and it didn’t work but I thought it would work for a fairy tale project somehow.

I coloured Cindy with alcohol pens and added some highlights with white and gold gel pen and then some glitter with my spectrum noir glitter marker (I can never capture the sparkles in photos but I promise her dress is really quite shimmery!

I cut the sentiment out and added a border with green and yellow alcohol pens to complement the background.

I love being part of Julia’s Design Team and playing with her gorgeous characters. This fairy tale collection is so fun! I hope you will share your fairy tale inspired cards with us this week too!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts) xx

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Aud Sentiments Challenge #269 – Spring + a sentiment

Hi crafty friends, hope you are having a good day? I’m here with a new challenge over at the Aud Sentiments Challenge and I’m so glad the theme is spring! I think the combination of being in lockdown for about 2 months and a really cold winter with lots of snow has got me fed up and ready for some warmer days and longer days. I decided to make a tulip themed spring card as they are one of my favourite flowers.

I used a Creative Expressions die, the Tulip Square by Sue Wilson. I cut it out twice in black centura pearl card and glued the two together and layered up on a plain white square. To add some colour I went to my pile of inky papers. The leaves were cut from the last scrap of some smooshed distress oxide inks. For the tulip I used some new papers that I’ve been playing with this week. This was the combination of Pixie Powders used.

To finish off the card I added a stamped sentiment and some nuvo glitter drops.

If you would like to see how I made the red paper check out this video on my YouTube channel!

Thanks for stopping by, please say hi in the comments!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts) xx

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Kiss Kiss – I Dare You!

Hi crafty friends, it’s Friday again and I’m back with the new Daring Cardmakers Challenge. Our host for this week is the lovely Joanne and our prompt is Kiss Kiss. Joanne informed us that today is Kissing Friday! Did you know that on the Friday of Shrove Week, English schoolboys were once entitled to kiss the girls without being punished or rejected? https://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Kissing-Friday/ I admit I had never heard of this, it certainly doesn’t fit in the #MeToo era we thankfully now live in! Thankfully Joanne hasn’t challenged us to force kisses on anyone but we are asked to make a card with a kiss. It could be an image of characters kissing, some luscious lips or perhaps you’ll use a kissing technique with your rubber stamps. For extra brownie points K.I.S.S and make your card clean and simple!

So this prompt felt like the perfect excuse to use this cheeky stamp from Picket Fence Studios.

I also tried to make it a CAS card so I used some die cut lipsticks (or maybe glamorous glue sticks!). I added some shadow for the lip sticks with a grey watercolour pencil and a water brush. To finish off the card I added some lips in the top corner. I recently purchased a WOW kit (I think it is an old subscription box which I purchased from their website. I used their blush pink foil with their Bonding powder to foil a stamped image of lips.

So I hope my card made you chuckle and that you will share a card with a kiss on the Daring Cardmakers Challenge this week. Keep safe and well everyone

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Share the Love – I Dare You!

Happy Friday crafty friends! I hope you’ve had a good week? I’m back today with the new challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers Challenge, this week hosted by the lovely Dawn.  Its nearly valentines Day so she would like to see your cards featuring some love. Its doesn’t have to be just for valentines. Think of an occasion when someone needs a little love, a hug or even just a card to show you care. Things are hard at the moment so sending a card just because you care is so needed and will be appreciated.

I decided to use some digi stamps from the latest release, the Musical Notettes. The collection was inspired by Julia’s daughter singing the scales so there is a character for every note…. Do, Re, Me etc! I’ve used Do, along with the deer from the accessories and one of the sentiments from the collection.

I printed Do out twice, on plain paper and on tartan paper. I used the tartan to paper piece parts of her dress and hairband. The rest I coloured with my triblend markers from Spectrum Noir. The deer I coloured with some Promarkers which I recently purchased to try out.

I have a large stack of inky papers I have created and I’m trying to use them up. So the spotty papers were made with some brushos on bubble wrap. I tore an edge and added a border in black pen. I’ve also been enjoying playing with corrugated card (I’m sure you will notice a trend on here!) so I added some golden yellow here and then put some tartan ribbon. The sentiment is layered up on the same tartan from Do’s outfit and some Kraft card. The finished card is…..

I thought it would be a fun card to send to a friend to say hello and I miss you! I hope you like it and that you will share your love themed cards with us over on the Daring Cardmakers Challenge!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx