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Stand Tall by Catherine Pooler Designs

Hi crafty people, I hope you are all doing ok during these troubling times. I don’t really want to talk about everything going on but I am trying my best to listen to the black people and learn from their experiences about how I can be a better supporter to help change happen.

Anyway I’m back with my second blog post in a day which is unusal for me, but I have a very good reason! I am delighted to share that for the month of June I am a guest design team member for the Little Paper Tree .

Today over on their blog my first post is up, so you can head over there to see one of my projects. I am here to share another fun card using the stamp set the kindly gifted me which is Stand Tall by Catherine Pooler Designs.

For this card I started by making an inky background using some distress oxides and distress inks. I used one of the stamps in the set to build up some reeds around the water which I think started to add some dimension.

I stamped both of the flamingos in archive black ink and coloured them with picked raspberry distress ink and a waterbrush before fussy cutting them out. I added some ripples to the water with another stamp in the set and popped the flamingos into the scene. I added some layers behind the scene and then glued it onto a card base which I had folded to create an easel card.

Inside the card I stamped the zig zag line using picked raspberry distress oxide. The sentiment was also stamped in this ink before adding some mats and layers and popped up on 3d pads.

I hope you like my card today and that you will check out my guest post at The Little Paper Tree blog today. There will be a few more designs with this set over at my instagram too.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Fairies, Mermaids and Butterflies Collaboration

Happy hump day crafty people! I recently started sharing crafty videos on my you tube channel and today I’m joining in with my first collaboration, organised by the lovely Poetspice.

Here are my first projects which I shared in today’s video.

To see the process you can watch the video on the Jenny Ginger Ninja Crafts channel here:

If you would like to join in you can share any projects featuring fairies, mermaids or butterflies on You Tube or Instagram by using the hashtag #crafterscpwithpoetspice

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I’d love it if you left a comment and I hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Random Acts of Cardness

Hi crafty people, I hope you are all safe and well.  I’m typing this as we are waiting for today’s announcement from our Prime Minister and I’m anticipating that we are about to be put into lockdown as things seem to be escalating across the UK.  I think it would be a relief actually as it’s unbelievable to see so many people who have been ignoring the advice and going out in crowds, or gathering together in homes.  I’m baffled to say the least!

So in times of worry and staying inside I feel very lucky to have a crafty stash that I can enjoy.  I made a little video (well 2 actually as the first one cut off mid way!) and if you fancied seeing the process you can pop over to the Ginger Ninja Crafts Facebook page.  I think I need to learn some video skills during my time at home!

I recently subscribed to the Simply Crafts and Papercraft Magazine and this was made with the gift from my first issue.  These peony stamps are perfect for the start of spring. The sentiment is from a Technique Tuesday stamp set and it felt so appropriate for this time when we are physically apart but need to keep connected.

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I’d like to enter this card into Cardz for galz challenge #117 – Spring Flowers.

I’d love to hear how things are for you, so let’s have a chat in the comments!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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What I read in January 2020

Happy Friday crafty people!

Last year I set myself the target of reading 50 books and I managed to squeeze in 57.  This year I am aiming for 52 and I thought I would share with you what I’ve read each month.  I always love seeing what other people are reading so I thought I would give this a go.  I keep track of my books on Good Reads and give them a rating , from 5 stars.  So without further ado, these are my books from January 2020…..

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Every Dead Thing by John Connolly – This is the first book in the Charlie Parker series (I read the 3rd last year and enjoyed it so I’m going back to read the rest in order).  The story follows Charlie Parker, an ex policeman, following the brutal murder of his wife and young daughter as he searches for their killer and gets involved in a missing person investigation.  This is a pretty gruesome read but I found the story very interesting and I was compelled to keep reading to find out what would happen next.  I gave it 4 stars and I’ve ordered the next book in the series!

Nothing to Hide by James Oswald – My husband gave me this book at Christmas and I was excited to discover a new to me Scottish crime author.  This is the second book featuring DC Constance Fairchild.  The book takes place between London and Edinburgh (my home town) and starts with the discovery of a very badly injured boy near to Con’s home.  I really loved this book and read it very quickly as I didn’t want to put it down.  I rated it 5 stars and I’ve ordered the first one in the series from the library.

Midnight Son by James Dommek Jr, Josephine Holtzman & Isaac Kestenbaum – I listened to this audiobook as it’s an Audible original.  It is set in the Alaskan Arctic and tells the story of a local man who is on the run following the death of his mother and his reported experience of encountering the Iñukuns (a mythic tribe).  This was really interesting as I knew nothing of the lives of people in this really remote wilderness and the Inupiaq community and their folklore.  I gave it 3 stars and I wonder if the listening experience wasn’t as enjoyable for me as reading a book.

Dying Light by Stuart McBride – The second in the Logan McRae crime series set in Aberdeen.  This was a great book, although again pretty gruesome.  The story follows a couple of different investigations as Logan struggles to keep out of trouble in his police job.  I’ve ordered the next one in this series from the library as I really enjoy the thriller aspect as well as the cast of characters and the challenges they face!  I gave this book 4 stars.

Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance by M.C Beaton – I’ve been working my way through the Agatha Raisin series and as expected I thoroughly enjoyed reading this installment.  Agatha has started her own private investigation business and starts to get cases from death threats to missing pets.  These books always make me smile, I love the characters and the (mis)adventures that ensue!  I rated this one 4 stars.

The Five – The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the ripper by Hallie Rubenhold – This is a fascinating exploration of a well known tale from a totally different angle.  The author is a social historian and she has done a fantastic job of piecing together the lives of these five women who were all murdered by Jack the Ripper.  Traditionally known as “just prostitutes”, Hallie challenges this and tells their stories.  I would say this is more of a social history than a true crime book and I loved it, 5 stars.

Haunted St Andrews by Geoff Holder – I picked this up on a visit to St Andrews as I have lots of happy memories of childhood holidays in the town.  The book is less than 100 pages but it covers lots of different spooky tale from the White Lady, haunted student residences and poltergeists!  It is a good balanced read with the author challenging reports and identifying some of the ghostly sightings are more folk tale than paranormal experiences.  I would definitely pick up another book by this author.  Mr Darcy was enjoying these spooky tales too!  We give it 4 stars!

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I’d love to hear if you’ve read any of these and what you’ve been reading this month.  You’ll also find me here on Good reads if you want to connect there!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Aud Sentiments Challenge #243

Hi crafty people!  How are you doing?  I can’t believe this is my first post in 2020!  I’m back today with a new project for the  new challenge at Aud Sentiments Challenge  which is one for everyone to enter as it’s theme is anything goes so you can enter any project as long as it has a sentiment on it!

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This challenge is sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy  and they very kindly gifted us all an image to use for the blog.  I was delighted to receive Betta Fish Crowntail which is a beautifully detailed fish design and lovely to work with.

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I hope you like my fishy card!  Thanks so much for visiting the blog and I hope to see you again very soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Aud Sentiments Challenge 241

Hi crafty people!  How are you today?  I’m still busy making stock for a weekemd of two craft fairs (not sure why that seemed like a good idea!!) but I’m sneaking in with a blog post for the new Aud Sentiments Challenge which has the theme of a Christmas or winter sentiment.

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The new challenge is sponsored by Polkadoodles who very kindly gifted the design team an image to use for this challenge.

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I was lucky to be gifted the “decorations up” image and here is my project….

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I hope you will join in too!  Thanks so much for visiting the blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Day 6 of the Cat Lovers Hop

Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  It’s the last day of the Cat Lovers Hop today and I’m sad to see it finish but I’ve really enjoyed hopping around the different blogs and seeing such a great variety of cat themed crafts.

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My last project is a Christmas card using the beautiful cat die set from Marianne Designs and also the collectables outfit die set for the hat and scarf.  I used grey cards to make a silver tabby and then dressed him in a cosy red scarf and hat.  I thought the scarf looked a bit plain so I used a white gel pen to add some spots.

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I added some starry paper with some red and navy card and used a festive sentiment from the Hobby Art stamp set Santa Paws.

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Thanks so much for everyone who has visited the blog and left a comment, especially my fellow hoppers!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Q for Quarters

Hi crafty people!  How are you today? We went into Edinburgh last night to watch the fireworks that mark the end of the festival.  We headed into Inverleith Park with a blanket and cosy jumpers and had a lovely view of the castle.  I tried to take some pics of the fireworks but they were all rubbish but this was our view with the castle all lit up before it got fully dark.

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Now that the festival is finished Christmas will be here in no time (eek sorry, but it always feels that way!) so today’s card is for the ABC Christmas Challenge – PQR.  Specifically it’s for the Q for quarters prompts.  I used some papers from a Craftwork Cards Christmas USB, plus some silver glitter paper and navy blue card.  The Let it Snow circle was from a Trimcraft set I believe.

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

Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #225 – Spots &/or stripes

A bit more time to craft #98 – Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  I hope you will pop back again 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.

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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.

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Here is a closer look at the finished card….

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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.

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Here’s a closer look…..

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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

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Bingo and a sentiment – Aud Sentiment Challenge #231

Hi crafty people!

There is a brand new challenge today on the Aud Sentiments Blog and it’s a fun bingo challenge, where you must use three elements from any row to create your project.

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The challenge is sponsored by the lovely Bugaboo stamps and the design team were lucky to be gifted a digi stamp to make our projects for the blog.

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I chose the beautiful Ava the Mermaid and I opted to use the following three elements for my card:

Embossing  –  Digi stamp  –  Faux stitching

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I used a Creative Expressions die to cut the frame from navy card stock.  I then cut a rectangle from white card and inked it up using distress oxides in Cracked pistachio, blueprint sketch and broken china plus distress ink in peacock feathers.  I then embossed the bottom of the inked card with a wave design and spritzed the card lightly with some water.

I then added Ava the Mermaid with her fishy friend and some of the bubbles, all coloured with alcohol inks.  I added some faux stitching around the panel and then the sentiment “Make a splash” which was heat embossed in white.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with for this bingo challenge, there are lots of inspiring ideas from the design team so why not pop over to check them out now at Aud Sentiments Blog.

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x