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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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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

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S for September Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday crafty people! I’ve not been around the blog very much as we were away for a holiday up North. I will share a few holiday pictures at the end of this post so you can see some of the beautiful scenery. In the mean time I’m here because there is a new challenge at the Daring Cardmakers blog.

This week Kathy is challenging us all to make a card on the theme ‘S’ for September – please use at least three things beginning with the letter S (extra Kudos if you can manage “Six (or even 7) S’s for September)

So I started by using some paper scraps to cut some sunflowers out.

Then I decided to use a slimline card base. I added a strip of spotty paper and then cut some square mats and layers for my sunflowers to go on. To finish off the card I used a stamp to add a sentiment.

I think I managed 7! How many can you squeeze in?!

Some views around the North coast of Scotland and Orkney.

Old Wick Castle
Sango sands
Smoo Cave
Loch Eriboll
Loch Eriboll
Orkney – Ring of Brodgar
Orkney – Skara Brae
John O Groats harbour
Sinclair and Girnigoe castle ruins
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Glencoe

I hope you enjoyed a little view into our holiday, it was so good to have a change of scenery and appreciate the beautiful country I live in. Thank you so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Craft Blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Oh Baby….. I dare you!

Hi crafty people! Well it’s Friday and that can only mean one thing…. a new Daring Cardmakers Challenge! This week Ruth is daring us to make a card for a baby. She says “my challenge falls in between both my boy’s birthdays and they will be 17 and 15 this year (where does time go?!)  Could be a new baby card, or a card for your ‘baby'”

I decided to use the Baby theme die set from First Edition craft which has lots of cute elements. I opted for a gender neutral colour scheme so pulled out the Nuvo glitter drops in Yellow Bird.

Slimline cards seem to be all the rage at the moment so I used some grey and yellow card as well as some polka dots paper to create this card. The sentiment is from the Bundle of Joy set fromAltenew.

Hop on over to the Daring Cardmakers Challenge blog to see some fabulous inspiration from my fellow design team members and share your own cards too.

Thanks for stopping by, I’d love it if you said hello in the comments!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Daring Cardmaker September Elemental Challenge

Happy Friday crafty friends! Hope you’ve had a good week and found some time for craftiness and creativity. As it’s Friday it must be time for another Daring Cardmakers Challenge and as always we start the month with an elemental challenge. Rizwana is our host and she tasks us with using at least 3 elements from the picture on your card.

This picture makes me so happy, I love autumn and can’t wait to see the beautiful colours and get cosy! I chose to use the leaves, the tartan from the scarf and the wood. To start with I stamped and embossed some leaves in copper (Ranger Super Fine Embossing powder) before colouring them with some distress oxide inks (mustard seed, rusty hinge, spiced marmalade and ripe persimmon). The leaf stamps are from the current gift with Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine.

I fussy cut the leaves and then worked on my card base. I took a sentiment from the same stamp set as the leaves and embossed it in white on a circle of wood effect paper. I backed this on copper card and cut a slightly larger circle to leave a narrow edge of copper. Then I cut a larger circle of checked paper (inspired by the checked scarf image) and added some faux stitching in white gel pen. The finishing touch was to add the leaves in all four corners and a couple under the sentiment. Some are glued directly to the card base and others popped up on 3d pads to add a little dimension.

Do you love autumn too? I hope you will come over and join in with our challenge, it’s always great fun to see what people take as inspiration from the images. Thanks again for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog. I hope you will come back soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Aud Sentiments #259 – Anything Goes and a sentiment!

Hi crafty friends, hope you are doing well. There’s a new Aud Sentiments Challenge today and anything goes (as long as it includes a sentiment!) so everyone can join in!

This challenge is sponsored by Polkadoodles and they very kindly gifted the design team members an image to use. I was delighted to be given Special Time – Sparkle Unicorn.

I decided to make an easel card, using an inky background, some patterned papers and sentiment stamps from a Woodware unicorn stamp set. I finished off with Nuvo glitter drops.

Thanks for visiting the blog, I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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In the Garden…..alot!

Happy Friday crafty friends! I hope you find some time to be creative this weekend, and in case you are looking for inspiration the Daring Cardmakers Challenge is here for you! This week Shabneez has given us the prompt of “In the Garden” as she has been spending lots of time in hers she would like to see something from your garden.

I lived in a flat for many years so when we bought a house with a garden four years ago it was such a treat. As a new build house the garden was a blank canvas but we have slowly worked on it and it is taking shape. One of my pleasures in life has been growing food, in braised beds and our greenhouse. I thought I would share a few of this years crops (some of them still busy growing!). This year during lockdown I’ve been especially grateful for our garden, we’ve definitely spent alot more time than usual!

our new plum tree has only one plum left after the wind!
Aubergines are new to us this year – these are really lovely!
Tatties (potatoes if your not sure!) growing in bags
freshly picked for dinner
the jungle greenhouse has lots of tomatoes but still green
courgettes are growing at last – first plants were eaten by the slugs…. hence the blue slug pellets for this batch!

So I had to go with a veg theme! I used a die set which I bought earlier this year from Ali Express. I know that some of the craft stuff they sell is stolen designs but I’ve never seen anything like this before so I hope it is their own work. It’s so hard to know!

The stamp set is from Hunkydory and I believe it came with a box magazine and a few other gardening theme goodies.

I also used a sheet of hunkydory paper for the background and the basket die was a gift with an Easter issue of a craft magazine. The gloves and fork were also from Hunkydory.

If you have a garden or an outdoor space what do you love to grow most? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Picture Perfect Cardmaking Dare

Happy Friday crafty friend….. which must mean it’s time for another Daring Cardmakers Blog Challenge! This week the lovely Miri has tasked us with making a card for the theme “Picture Perfect”. You can use a photo, camera, a picture frame, a polaroid layout, an actual photograph or anything picture/photo related on your card.

I chose to use a camera die I had in my stash from Paper Smooches. I cut it in black and added some colour with paper piecing. To make the lense look more realistic I added some detail in white gel pen and gave it a coat of glossy accents. I added a star cut from holographic card and some nuvo drops. The sentiments are from the Clearly Besotted Laugh Out Loud stamp set which is perfect for a cheeky birthday card!

So I hope that you will join us and share your picture perfect cards this week!

I also uploaded a little chatty video this morning on my youtube channel as I recently reached 100 subscribers, have you subscribed and joined the gang yet?!

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx