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

Cardmaking · Uncategorized

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.


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


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


Back to Basics and Beyond #32 – Photo Inspiration

Hi crafty people, how are you doing today? I’m here to let you know all about the new Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge #32 which is asks you to make a project inspired by these photos.

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I decided to use the chair and I found this digi stamp from Doctor Digi called Knitty Nora.  I printed her out and coloured with pencils before fussy cutting her out.  I had a rummage through my pile of patterned papers and found this roses print which I though looked a but like wall paper.  I found some other papers that I though complemented the pinks and greens and added some different layers.  The sentiments came from a Clearly Besotted stamp set and they made me chuckle.


I can’t wait to see how other people are inspired by the photos, I’m always amazed by the variety of creative ideas that people come up with for challenges.  Thanks for visiting the blog and I hope you will check out the challenge too.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x



Hi crafty people! How’s your week going?  We’ve got a very wet day here which the garden is loving although I wasn’t when walking back from the dropping the car off at the garage for a service!

It’s perfect crafting weather though, so I’m busy with an order of 50 cards to get sent off to Australia but I also wanted to share my entry for the Cardz 4 Galz challenge #100 .  To mark the 100th challenge the theme is “celebrate”.  I’m a little ashamed to say that I’ve had this die in my stash for at least a couple of years and it was still in the packaging, unused!  So I decided now was the time to give it a go.


The celebrate die is from Tattered Lace and it’s called Monumental Celebrate.  The balloons, party hat and crown are from the Party Dies set from First Edition Craft.


I’m going to need to make an envelope I think for this one as I don’t have one in my stash but I liked how it came out.  If you like your cards to really stand out on the shelf in among all the others I think this die is perfect!

Thanks so much for visiting the blog and I hope to see you again soon.  I also sell a selection of cards on my Etsy Shop, the Ginger Ninja Crafts Shop if you are looking for a card to send to someone special.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

Cardmaking · Garden progress

Crafty makes and garden pics

Hi crafty people, how is your weekend going? I hope you are finding time for some relaxation and fun.  We’ve had a lovely weekend.  We went to the cinema on Friday night to see Robert the Bruce which was excellent.  Yesterday I met up with friends for a walk and then my hubby and I went out for dinner at a restaurant in our village and we made it home in time for him to see South Africa win at the cricket so he was very happy!  Today I’ve been pottering in the garden with the cats and I thought I would share a few pics before I get onto the main business of sharing a crafty make!!  Having the greenhouse has allowed me to plant lots of things from seed (including all of these in the pics).  You’ll see peas, courgettes (green and yellow), nasturtiums, livingstone daisies, marigolds, aubergines and cucumber plants.

This is the card I made for the following challenges:

My Favourite Things Sketch Challenge 444

My Time To Craft Challenge #400 Oh I do like to be beside the seaside


The theme was the perfect excuse for me to use my Tracey Hey stamps again!  I do love those stamps!!

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


H is for Handbags (Alphabet Challenge)

Happy Friyay! Today there is a new challenge coming up on the Alphabet Challenge and the prompt is H for handbags or hats!  I’m much more of a handbag person than a hat person so I decided to make a card shaped like a bag.


I took a sheet of A4 card in navy blue and cut a strip that is 10.5 cm wide.  I scored it at 4cm, 15cm and 18.5cm.  I took some snake effect patterned paper from a Hunkydory pad and cut some panels to go on the front and inside.  I added some rounded corners to the top flap and cut a bow from the same navy card.  To keep the bag closed I added a velcro dot. I cut a circle to make the handle and glued that onto the bag.


I hope that you will check out all the other fun projects made by the design team and join in yourself.  Thank you so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

Cardmaking · Uncategorized

Hi crafty people!  I’m still all about the fairies for today’s project, this time using a die from Joanna Sheen.

This card is my entry for the Freshly Made Sketched 395  and I loved the simple sketch for this challenge.

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I also used some stars in the design so I am using it for the Simon Says Stars and/or stripes.  20190704_145959

I paper pieced the fairy to give her silver glitter wings, a star patterned dress and some brown hair.  Then I inked up a circle and did a bocca technique with a difference as I used a star stencil instead of circles.  The sentiment stamp was in a joanna sheen set and I thought it went really well as it even has a little star dotting the i!

I hope you like today’s fairy and that she grants you a fairy wish or three!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Looking for fairies!

Happy hump day crafty people! How’s your week going?  I’ve been having a productive week in the shop and enjoying spending some time in the garden when the sun is shining with the cats.  When I was walking up to the post office earlier in the week I spotted some impressive mushrooms growing.  I always feel like these kind of mushrooms would make fab fairy houses….. is that just me?!  Haha probably but anyway it got me thinking about making some fairy designs and today’s post is the first of the designs I’ve been working on.

The other inspiration was from the prompt for the current Cupcake Inspiration Challenge where we have been asked to use shades of  yellow.

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I used the garden fairy stamp set from Woodware and coloured the fairy, the toadstools and the butterfly with alcohol ink before fussy cutting them out.  I used some yellow cardstock from my stash as well as the gingham paper.


I thought she was so cheerful with all that yellow, perfect for a sunny day!


I hope that you have been enjoying some summer weather this week too.  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit the blog, I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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

Creatalicious Challenge 166 Anything Goes

Creative Fingers Challenge – 167 Anything Goes


SAL Sunday – 9 – happy dance!

Happy Sunday crafty people!  It’s been another very speedy three weeks and here we are again with a SAL Sunday post.  It’s been a busy three weeks including a trip to the Download music festival (or brownload as it turned out as it was pretty wet and very muddy!). I’ve not spent very long stitching but I have got some progress to share!


Three weeks ago my tigers were looking like this….


…. Today they are all done and I’m doing a happy dance!


Now since joining this SAL I have made a good dent in my pile of projects that I had started.  The one I’ve chosen for my next project is very old and is a bit more of an undertaking!  The project is from the Cross Stitcher magazine in 1996!  The project was included in several issues of the magazine and I was annoyed to be missing one of them.  I thought this meant that I would never get it finished but amazingly I found the missing issue on ebay for a couple of pounds and I am all systems go now!  I hope to get it finished off in 2019 and then it’s only taken me 23 years!!!

So I should let you know what it is!  It’s a floral alphabet designed by Sheila Hudson and I have 6 of the letters completed….


I’ve got three letters partially done so this time I’m going to focus on the Oriental Poppy which is currently looking like this….


I think I should be able to get it finished off and maybe more!  I’ve no idea what I will do with the finished alphabet but it’s so pretty that I will enjoy the stitching and I hope that by the time I have finished the 26 letters I will have a plan for a finished item.  Please let me know if you have any thoughts!

In case you haven’t seen one of my SAL posts before I should explain.  SAL stands for Stitch Along and this one is organised by the lovely Avis.  The idea is to finish off a UFO (or Unfinished Object!) and let me tell you I have lots of those!  If you fancy joining in then contact Avis and she will give you all the information you need.

I’m looking forward to catching up with all the other blogs in this SAL group, please give them a visit too, I’ve linked them here so you can easily find them.

Avis , Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze  ,Christina, Kathy , Margaret , Cindy , Helen , Linda , Heidi , Jackie , Sunny , Hayley ,Megan , Deborah , Clare , Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn and Sharon

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x