Happy hump day crafty people!  I hope you are having a great week!  Today I am back with my entry for the Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge #8


I chose the first column (yellow, square and plaid).

I decided to make an easel card and I used some digital papers for the tartan and the sunflower print.  The sunflower is a moonstone die from a Hunkydory set.  This is a view of the closed card…..

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….. and now opened up……

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

Crafty Calendar August – Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper August Challenge

I hope that it brings a little sunshine to your day if you need it!  Thanks again for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs
Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x



Ahoy there!

Helloooooo!  It’s been a while since I was active on here and I’ve missed it.  I need to go and catch up on comments and see what blog posts I’ve missed so apologies if there is a flurry of commenting in the next wee while!  Life has been a bit hectic recently but I’m so pleased to be back on the blog.  I thought I would start back with a couple of challenges:

Tuesday Morning Sketch #517

TMS #517

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #476


I decided to use some of my (extensive!) patterned papers and these were from a pad I got in Lidl (I think) at least a year ago!  For glitter I added some blue glitter paper but also fussy cut out some starfish and a shell from the paper which had a glittery finish.

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This was a nice quick card to make and I thought it was perfect for the summer.  I hope you have all been doing really well?  We have been keeping busy!  Mr Darcy is finally back to his usual healthy self after nearly a month of recovering from his bladder stones.  I’ve had lots of orders to make up and last weekend I had a stall at a local dogs event which was lots of fun.  I was super busy before making lots of doggy designs in the run up and I’ll be adding them to my Etsy shop over the next week or so.

Thank you so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog.  I ‘ll be back again very soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA The Ginger Ninja!) x

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Stretching your craft stash – using embossing folders as a stamp

Hi crafty people! I hope you are doing well. I’ve been thinking about ways to get the most out of my crafty stash without always having to buy new things.  I thought a series on ways of stretching our stash to use items in different ways would challenge me to think outside the box and I’d love to hear what other people do too!  For this first post I decided to try using my embossing folders as stamps.

I chose this feather embossing folder which was a magazine gift in the past.  I used some distress oxides to ink the folder in a sort of ombre effect.  I tried just pressing the folder onto the card by hand and also running it through my bigshot machine to emboss as well as stamp the colours.


This first card is the version that was run through the bigshot.  I cut a square panel and added some salty ocean distress oxide ink around the edges.  I added a navy layer behind and a strip of vellum.  I added the die cut dream catcher and feathers and drew in the lines for the strings.  To make the dream catcher fit in I coloured it with the blue print sketch oxide ink.


Here is a closer look at the finished card….


The second version I used the panel which was stamped without being embossed.  For this version I added some nuvo crystal drops to look like little beads on the dream catcher.


Here’s a closer look…..


I hope you liked my cards and that you will share your stash stretching top tips!  I can’t promise it will curb my shopping but it might!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Monday making

Happy Monday crafty people!  How was your weekend?  We had a really nice weekend.  We went to see Hobbs and Shaw at the cinema on Friday night which was good fun.  On Saturday the weather was really good here and I pottered about in the garden and did some cooking.  Yesterday we went for a road trip to Fife and visited Aberdour Castle and gardens and Dunfermline Abbey and Palace before heading to Anstruther for some prize winning fish and chips!

I’m back with my entry for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge # 475 which has the theme of desert this time:


I decided this was a great excuse to use a paper set I bought a few weeks ago at the Works and I also used the K Craft thanks stamp set which I feel like I use most weeks!


I used a selection of the papers and the succulent wreath which was in the set before adding a sentiment a couple of the flower stickers in the set too.  I really liked the soft colours in the set and the different textures of the pictures including this cork effect print.


I hope you like my desert theme card.  I don’t often make a card in this style without adding some stamping (beyond the sentiment), die cutting or embossing but it was a nice quick make.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Alphabet Challenge – J for Joy fold (or joy!)

Happy Friday crafty people!  I hope you are getting set for the weekend.  If you are looking for some crafting inspiration then you are in luck as there is a new Alphabet Challenge! We are now up to J and you have a choice, either Joy or a joy fold and I went for the joy fold for my project.

A joy fold card is like two cards rolled into one.  I used two square card bases (10 cm and 15 cm).  To decorate the larger card I cut 7.5 cm from the front panel to allow space for the smaller card to fold over this flap.  I added some patterned papers onto the front panel and the inside panel of the larger card (layered up on a lilac card).  I then glued the back of the smaller card to the inside of the larger card.  I decorated the front of the smaller card with coordinated papers.

To add some decoration I fussy cut some of the doily images from the patterned papers and stuck them on the inside of the cards to add some interest.  Then I die cut two cute cup cakes and the sentiment from the Sue Wilson Treat Yourself Cupcakes set from Creative Expressions.

Here are a few different views of the finished card…..


I hope you will have a go at making your own joy fold card (or just a card inspired by the word “Joy”) and enter our challenge.  The rest of the design team have made a great selection of projects to inspire you.  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit my blog, I hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Aud Sentiments Challenge 232 – For a child (+ a sentiment)

Hi crafty people!  I hope you are all doing well today.  I’m back today to let you know that there is a new challenge over at the Aud Sentiments Challenge #232 and it’s all about children.  The challenge is sponsored by Polkadoodles Unique Stamps and Papercrafting and they are generously giving a voucher for the challenge winner as well as kindly gifting the DT some images to use for the challenge.  I was delighted to be given this cute monkey design called Bananas ’bout ya.


I coloured and fussy cut out the digi stamp and then gave him a cute gingham background.  I layered him up with some embossed card and kraft card and a cute sentiment from a Clearly besotted stamp set.  I hope that he makes you smile today.

Thanks so much for visiting the blog, I hope that you will check out the other DT members projects and enter, fingers crossed you might win the voucher!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Friendships and followers!

Happy Tuesday crafty people!  It’s a gorgeous day here and I’ve decanted to our new patio to write this blog post, this is the life….


I’m celebrating today as the blog has reached 100 followers!  Thank you so much to everyone who has clicked that button and supports the blog with a  comment or a like, it means a lot to this crafting ninja!  Anyway I am here with a crafty make inspired by a recent blog post from Erika’s Strangely Creative where she used distress oxide inks on photo paper.  I had bought a pack to try with alcohol inks (it didn’t really work!) so I thought I would give it a go….

The first one I did my own version of Erika’s layered stamping using some background stamps and a silhouette stamp of a bird on a branch.  I matt and layered it up and was quite pleased with the effect.


Then I made some inky backgrounds by smooshing the oxides onto my glass matt, spritzing with water and then smooshing the paper into the ink.  I did one colour at a time and then dried before applying the next layer.  This time I buffed the oxide inks with a dry piece of kitchen roll and then stamped the silhouette with archival ink in black.


The last project was using a die cut piece of this same background.  I then stamped the script on top with oxide ink before stamping the grasses and sentiment in archival black ink.  These stamps were from the new issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft.  The flowers were stamps from the same set and I stamped them using the oxides before die cutting out.


This is the final design…


I’d like to enter this last card into the Fusion ombre Challenge (I used the colours and card sketch) and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge (make your own background).  I hope you are all having a fab day and if you are having a heat wave that you find a cool spot for some craftiness.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Thanks from Mr Darcy

Happy Friday crafty people!  I hope you have all had a great week.  Thanks so much to everyone for your kind comments on my last blog post regarding Mr Darcy.  I’m pleased to report that he is back home and well on the road to recovery, although not quite his usual self just yet.  I think being back at home is helping him though, and he has taken up residence on his favourite seat!


Today’s card was created to send to the vet hospital who did such a good job of looking after him.


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

Show us your pussy cat challenge

Creatalicious Challenge #167

Thanks again for visiting the blog and for all your likes and comments, they really make my day!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Ho ho ho…. it’s Christmas in July!

Hi crafty people, how are you today?  I hope you are all doing well.  We are a “man” down in the Ginger Ninja household as the Ginger Ninja himself is poorly and has been at the vets since Sunday morning.  He had a blockage in his bladder so he was really distressed and sore but after surgery and lots of TLC from the vets and nurses he is on the mend and I hope we can bring him home really soon because we are all missing him.  Here’s a pic from healthier times!


I have been crafting as a good distraction and I’d like to share a festive make for the following challenges:

Crafty Hazlenuts Christmas Challenge #446

The Male Room Challenge #115  #115

Crafty Calendar Challenge

Here is my card:


I used a new Sizzix die and I coloured his face and beard with some alcohol inks.  I paper pieced the hat with some red card and a glitter white for the fur and pom pom.

I thought I would finish off with a few pics from our wander around Edinburgh on Saturday night.  We managed to find 7 of the “Oor Wullie” statues that are dotted around the city.  I used to read the Oor Wullie cartoons in the Sunday post as a kid so it was fun to see a few and I hope to see some more before they get auctioned for children’s charities.

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Cheers to the weekend!

Happy Saturday crafty people! I hope you are having a fab weekend.  It’s raining here so it’s perfect weather for some craftiness while my husband watches the Scottish Open on TV.  I’m hoping it’s going to dry out a bit later on as we are heading into town for dinner and I would like to be able to walk around the city centre to see some of the Oor Wullie statues which are dotted around Edinburgh at the moment.  Have you heard of Oor Wullie?  I’d be interested to see if any non Scots have!  If I see any today I will share a pic in the next blog so you can see what I’m talking about!

I am sharing a project today for the Joy of Sets Challenge which is a new one for me.  I saw Anne-Marie’s DT blog post and thought I would join in.  This is the current grid:julygrid

I went with the top horizontal line, partly because I can’t resist glitter.  I made a glittery cocktail for the beverage and added a couple of ribbons layered on the side of an embossed panel.  I actually hit the last vertical line too!


I hope you like my cocktail card and that you have a great weekend.  Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x