Back to Basics and Beyond – 1 2 3

Happy hump day crafty people!  I hope your week is going really well.  Today over at the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge there is a new challenge today.  Challenge 25 is to make a card using

1 Topper

2 Colours

3 Gems. pearls or jewels

I hope that you will like my card and will hop over to check out the other design team makes before entering the challenge.

I made a top folding card base measuring 10.5 x 15 cm and then cut some mats and layers using pink mirror, white and the navy card (I’m choosing to include white as a neutral as well as my 2 colours!)


I made a topper using pink vellum and glitter card in navy and pink.  I cut a flag from the pink glitter, a stitched circle from the vellum and a butterfly form the navy.  I layered these up and added my 3 gems.  To finish it off I thought it needed a greeting and I layered up a couple of these hello die cuts to make it a cheery card.


Let me know if you are going to join in with our challenge, I’d love to see what you make.  Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello, I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA The Ginger Ninja!) x


Shaker card

Happy Wednesday crafty people!  I hope you are having a fab week.  I’m back today with my contribution to the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge Blog which today has a new challenge to make a shaker card.  I haven’t made any of these for a while (I must admit I find them a bit of a faff!) so I ad a rummage in my stash and dug out my acetate and and 3d sticky pads and got going.

There are lots of tutorials on youtube but I thought I would share how I put together my card in case it’s helpful!

I started by cutting the front panel for my card and I cute a circle window for the shaker.  I also cut a little scalloped frame to go around the front of the window to make it stand out a little more.

On the reverse I use some double sided tape to cover the window with some clear acetate.  I used some from Dovecraft but you can also use some from packaging.


The next step I did was to add 3d pads around the window and around the edge of the panel.  I did a double layer of 3d pads to give plenty of room for the sequins to move around.  While I still have the 3d pads covered I take some fine powder (using the EK Powder tool) to swirl around the edge of the window.  This just stops the sequins sticking to the sticky pads so they can move around when you shake the card.

I wouldn’t like to admit how many times I have forgotten to add the acetate until after I have added the sticky pads which is super annoying (have you ever tried to remove 3d pads? it’s not a fun job!!).  Am I the only one?


Then I added some sequins, I like to use mini sequins but you can use different sizes and or little beads.


I had cut a circle of patterned paper for the background to the shaker window so I put this on top of the sequins and then added some wet glue to the back.


Now the sequins are safely secured so you can turn the panel over and stick it down to the card base.

To decorate the frint of my card I used a fairy die and stamp from Joanna Sheen.  I think this die was a magazine gift and I love it.  It’s fab for paper piecing so I gave my fairy some brown hair, pink mirror wings and an ombre dress with some stars on it.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white and added it to the bottom corner.


I hope that you like my fairy card and I can’t wait to see all the shaker cards that my fellow design team members have come up with.


Do you have any tips to make shaker cards easy?  I’d love to hear what you think and if you have entered the challenge give me a shout in the comments. Thanks so much for visiting Ginger Ninja Crafts.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Back to basics – Bingo challenge

Happy hump day crafty people!  I hope that you are all having a fab day.  I’m so excited to share my project today as it’s my first contribution to a design team!  I was delighted to be invited to join the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenges blog team.  If you haven’t checked them out before, it’s a really fun challenge which runs every two weeks.  The challenge is based on techniques so there might be something that’s new to you, or something you’ve not used for a while.  The design team are super talented and full of great ideas and I’m so happy to join them.

The current challenge is a bingo/tic-tac-toe grid where you are invited to use three elements from one line of the grid in any direction.




                  PEARLS                   LACE



                FLOWERS                CHARM



                   BLUE              BUTTONS

Can you guess which three I am using in my project?

I have been loving these flower dies which I won from Hunkydory in a Die-cutting Essentials magazine giveaway.  I also pulled out some patterned papers that I got for having a card included in the readers gallery of Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine!


The die I used reminds me of sunflowers so I used yellow and brown and layered some die cut leaves behind the flowers.  The tag I layered with some patterned paper and added some bakers twine to tie on the little heart charm which says “Made with love”.  I layered it all up on a doily and added a mini butterfly and a couple of adhesive gems.


Did you guess which line I went with?

It’s the middle one horizontally (tag – flowers – charm)!  If you are joining the challenge I’d love you to leave me a comment here with which three elements you are using and I can pop over to see your card.

Thanks so much for visiting the blog and I really hope that you will give the challenge some love.  They are such a friendly group of crafters and I’m sure you will find some inspiration.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja Crafts!) x


Magical dragons

Happy hump day crafty people!  How’s your week going?  I hope all is well and you are finding some creative time in your week.  Today I’m sharing a card which I am entering in the Back to Basics challenge.    This time the prompt is to use paper piecing in a project.

I had a flip through my stamps and decide to use this cute dragon from a MFT set.  Like many crafters I’m sure, I have a lot of corners and scraps of patterned paper so I pulled out a pretty green piece that I could use for the dragon and a spotty piece for a balloon.  Once I had stamped the dragon I added some alcohol ink and then fussy cut him out.


The white panel was part of a gift with Die Cutting Essentials magazine.  I used a blending tool to add some mustard seed distress ink.  I spritzed it with water and blotted it before sticking down the dragon and his balloon.  I mounted the panel on some yellow card to compliment the ink.  To finish it off I heat embossed the sentiment on dark green card stock (another wee left over scrap!) and added a strip of glitter card.

I hope you like this little sunny card and thanks for popping over to the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x