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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

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Aud Sentiments Challenge #268 – Anything Goes + a sentiment!

Happy Thursday crafty friends! It’s tome for another Aud Sentiments challenge and it’s an Anything Goes challenge so it’s super easy for everyone to enter! (Please remember you need to have a sentiment on your project for this challenge!)

The fabulous sponsor for this challenge is Oddball Art by Lizzy Love and they have very kindly given us a gift certificate for the winner!

I was delighted to be given the Kawaii Seals and Sentiments set to work with and let me tell you they are adorable and fabulous value for money with 4 different seal images and a selection of fun sentiments.

I coloured two of the seals with my triblend markers from Spectrum Noir and fussy cut them out. I then made a little snowy background with some pale blue and white card. I used watercolour to create some shading to the sky and then with a white gel pen I added some snowflakes. I added the seals, with one glued straight to the scene and one popped up on 3d pads. I then added some shadows around them again with the watercolour. I arranged some corrugated card and the scene on the card base and then added the sentiment to finish it off.

I hope that these two cute seals bring a smile to you today. I can’t wait to see the entries for this challenge, it’s always such a wide selection for an Anything Goes theme! I hope to see you over on the Aud Sentiments Challenge!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts) xx

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No Matter the Weather – I dare you!!

Happy Friday crafty friends! This week the Daring Cardmakers Challenge is hosted by Svenja and she has chosen tour prompt which is “No matter the weather”, so rain or shine – make a weather-related card!

I decided to use April from Julia McNeill Designs as the focal image of my card. I printed her and coloured her with my trusty spectrum noir tri blend markers. I fussy cut her out and set to creating my background.

For the background I started by smooshing some blue distress oxide inks onto some white card stock. To give a stormy cloud effect in one corder I used a dark blue ink on some bubble wrap and pressed the card into it. I then used a yellow ink through a round stencil to create a sun and then added some paler yellow around plus some rays with white gel pen. I used some stamps from the Tracey Hey Alpacamac set to add in some clouds, hearts and rain drops. The sentiment is also from this stamp set. I added a border with a black fine liner pen and some highlights with white gel pen.

I added the inky background to my card base and then popped April on to complete the card.

I hope you will join us with your weather related cards this week, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Aud Sentiments Challenge #267 Sending Love and a Sentiment

Hi crafty friends, hope you are doing well today? It’s time for a new challenge over at the Aud Sentiment blog and we are delighted to have three new design team members join us. I hope you will hop over to the blog and welcome Helen, Mary and Stacey. I’m sure you will be inspired by their lovely makes.

Our challenge is sponsored by Fred She Said Designs and they have generously gifted the design team members an image to work with for this challenge. I chose the very cute I Love You This Much and I hope you love it as much as I do.

The digi stamp includes three different sentiments. I used the pasted the Hugs word in a column and made them grey rather than black to use as a background. The cute image I coloured with my SptectrumNoir Tri Blend markers and then fussy cut her out. To complete the background I added some red card for mats and a piece of embossed card. I used a blending brush and some distress ink in Barn Door to add some colour to the raised embossing. The final sentiment, “I love you THIS much” was layered up on some black card and red card and added to complete the project.

So please check out the Aud Sentiments challenge and why not share one of your projects? For this challenge it can be a card, a tag, a pocket letter, a scrapbook page, a box or an altered project as long as it follows our theme and, of course, includes a sentiment!

Until next time, crafty hugs

Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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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