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


Explosion Card – Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge

Happy hump day crafty people!  I hope you are having a great week.  Today there is a new challenge launched at the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge and it’s a fun one!  This time we are challenged to get some fancy folding done to make an explosion card.  I had never made one of these but after a browse of pinterest I realised that these are not difficult at all and I just had to decide on the theme of my card.  I thought I would break down the process here so if you fancied joining in you could follow these steps.

The first thing you need is a 8.5 x 8.5 inch piece of paper with a pattern on just one side.


Then you want to decorate the reverse side of this paper, I used some tropical leaves stamps (from the Flamingo Party stamp set from For the love of stamps by Hunky Dory).  I wanted to leave a blank spot in the middle to write a personal message so I masked it off with a circle sticky note.


Once I had stamped all the leaves I removed the mask and stamped a sentiment.  The dino-mite seemed appropriate for an exploding card but is also fitting for the characters in the front!


Then I started with the folding!  The first step is fold the bottom right corner to the top left and then use a bone folder to smooth the fold.  Open this fold up and repeat with the remaining corners so you have a cross folded.  Open up the paper again and turn over before folding the bottom edge up to the top edge.

The next stage is to create a triangle by folding the sides in side so it looks like this…


Mark the centre point of the bottom of this triangle with pencil (both sides).  Fold each side point into the centre and then turn the triangle over and repeat on the other side.


The next stage is to open up the sides and fold the point inside the triangle to form a concertina inside.  Once you’ve done all four yours should look like this….

You then need to create a card blank from a sheet of card measuring 4.5 x 9 inches, folded in half.

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Add some double sided tape around the edges of your patterned papers and stick the bottom inside your card base …

before closing the card to stick the top half to your base.


The next step is to decorate the front. I cut a white square measuring 3.75 inches and decorated with the same leaves as inside before adding a sentiment and some cute characters (Clearly Besotted stamp set – You’re dino-mite)


The final step is to test out the explosion effect….


I hope that my explanation makes sense!  In case it doesn’t I actually made a youtube video tutuorial and you can find it here Jenny Ginger Ninja Crafts Channel .  Please be kind as this is my first youtube video and I should have turned my phone to landscape!  Ah well I will know better the next time, I decided to upload it anyway as done is better than perfect!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I would love if you could pop over to the Back to Basics and Beyond Blog and enter our challenge.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge – Nail varnish technique

Happy hump day crafty people!  I can’t believe it’s time for another challenge at the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge and it’s another fun technique!  This was a new one to me, using nail varnish for marbelling paper.

I covered a small casserole dish with tin foil and added some water before dripping in some nail varnish.  The first time I made the mistake of stirring the water in an effort to spread the colours around but I just ended up picking up the colour on the cocktail stick in a lump!  So I just tried to distribute the colours as I dripped them in!  It was a fun process, although it was pretty smelly and I opened a few windows to get some fresh air.


After the nail varnish was floating on the water I just laid some white card stock on and then set it aside to dry.  It was very hit or miss, just the luck of the draw (or the drip!) but this is a small selection of the papers I created.


I took the bottom left piece and cut some hearts and a sentiment for the card.  I liked being able to pick out patterned areas that I liked despite not being that keen on the whole piece!


I hope that you are able to join in with the challenge, there are lots of great ideas from the other design team members over on the blog.  Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope that I will see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny  (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Shrink plastic challenge

Happy hump day crafty people!  How’s your week going?  We are having some lovely sunny weather which always makes me feel good!  Today there is a new challenge launched on the Back to Basics and Beyond Blog and it’s a fun one!  The challenge is to use shrink plastic.  I must confess I don’t think I had ever used this, although I do remember making earrings with some crisp packets that I had shrunk in the oven (what a stylish kid I was!)  Did anyone else do this?  I seem to remember we bought Golden Wonder crips as they were supposed to be the best packets for it!

I bought a pack of Docrafts Shrink plastic from Craftstash and after playing about with it I decided to use this floral heart stamp which was another magazine freebie.


As I say I am not experienced with this but after some trial and error, I found a few helpful tips that I thought might be handy if you are a newbie too!

  1. I used sandpaper to lightly sand the plastic sheet before stamping.  Without doing that I found the ink didn’t really stamp well and the colour didn’t last using pencils or alcohol pens.
  2. I used StazOn ink and left it to dry for a really long time or it smudges!
  3. When shrinking my designs the first few times I thought I was doing it wrong because the plastic balled up as it shrunk – but I learnt to keep going with the heat and it flattened out again like magic.
  4. I pressed the new shrunk design with an acrylic stamp pad as soon as I switched off the heat gun and it helped to flatten it out.


The above version was coloured with some coloured pencils but I ended up using the one I coloured with alcohol pens.  As your design is shrunk the colours get more intense and I think the alcohol inks really looked glossy and rich.


I used the small flower stamp in the set to create a background and layered the card up with some dark green card stock and a sentiment cut from the same card with a little red heart inlaid.


I really liked playing with the shrink plastic and I’m going to have a go at making some charms using it.  Have you used this before and if so I’d love to hear what you made using it.  I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog and see what my fab design team chums have made, they are a talented bunch.  The challenge runs for two weeks so you have plenty of time to join in too, I hope you will share your fab ideas.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Back to Basics and Beyond – Gatefold card

Happy hump day crafty people!  How’s your week going?  There is a new challenge up today at the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge to make a gate fold card and share it with us.  The challenge runs for two weeks and I’m really looking forward to seeing what people come up with.

I made this card for my Mum as we are all going to see the Lion King in Edinburgh this December.  I made a base using a sheet of A4 card cut to be 15 cm wide.  I scored the gatefold using my Crafter’s Companion score board.  I added some mats and layers inside and to the two panels on the front.  Before I stuck the front panels down I decided to emboss the cream layers with a Tattered Lace embossing folder.

The lion is a Tonic Studios die and I absolutely love it.  I cut the mane and tail end from craft card and added some distress ink in vintage photo.  The face, body and tail were cut from a cream card and again I added some distress inks (mustard seed and vintage photo).  I mounted my lion on a circle of card, matted on top of a scalloped circle in the same yellow as the card base.


I found a fab printable download via Pinterest to make your own tickets ( Free printable event ticket download ) so I added in the information and printed it off on some cream card.  I trimmed off the “admit one” section to use on the front of the card and adhered the ticket inside the card.  I wanted a suitable sentiment that would run down the side of the card rather than across but I couldn’t find something in my stash so I improvised with some alphabet dies from First Edition Craft.  I thought this king of the jungle needed to roar to announce the news!

Here’s a sneak peak inside the card.  The F.D and F.S.I.L are a bit of an inside joke as my mum refers to my husband as her favourite son in law and therefore I have become her favourite daughter!  The joke is that I am an only child and have only had one husband but hey, you’ve got to take a complement when you can get it!


Thanks so much for checking out my blog today and I hope that you will pop over to the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge to see what the rest of the design team have come up.  If you join the challenge let me know here in the comments and I’d love to check out your entry.  Have a wonderful rest of your day and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Back to Basics and Beyond – Use a Spray

Happy hump day crafty people!  How are you doing?  Today there is a new challenge launching at the Back to Basics and Beyond blog.  The prompt this time is to use a spray.

I picked out some floral stamps from a magazine gift and a sentiment from a Hunkydory For the Love of Stamps set.


I stamped the posy of flowers and heat embossed it in clear on white card stock.  I used inks and a water brush to paint the flowers and leaves.


Then I made a mask for the flowers by stamping onto a post it and fussy cutting it out.  I covered the stamped image and then added some ink through a home made stencil (used a Tonic Studios background leaf die).  I had seen someone using a make up brush like this for ink and bought a few very cheaply on ebay.  I am so impressed, the ink goes on really evenly and smoothly.  I’ve got a few brushes that were pretty expensive and are specifically for applying ink and I don’t do a good job with them!  I always seem to end up with very uneven colour but these brushes are fab! I took away the stencil and then sprayed some ink from a height.  I liked how there is some fine mist as well as some larger splashes.  The colour I used is buttercup.


To finish off I stamped the sentiment and then mounted on some dark green card before adding to the card front.


I hope you will pop over to check out the rest of the design team projects as there are some beauties there.  Let me know if you are joining in with the challenge, you can use any spray at all (ink, bleach, mica etc).  Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x