Cardmaking

Up up and away… I dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends, how has your week been going? It’s time for this week’s new Daring Cardmakers Challenge and Enfys is our host this week with the challenge prompt “Up, up and away!” she is looking for us to make balloons the focal point of your card, they can be party balloons or hot air balloons.

I have a balloon die in my stash from the Party collection by First Edition Craft so I cut a whole bunch in some birthday pattern papers. I then created an inky sky for these balloons to float in. To start with I smooshed some blueprint sketch on my glass mat spritzed with water and applied to some white card stock.

I cut it down to size for my tall card base and then used a cloud stencil from Trinity Stamps and some inks to add some clouds.

I added my balloons in a bunch at the top and then stamped a grumpy cat to add to the card from one of the Tim Holtz Snarky cats stamp sets.

I fussy cut him out and then added one of the sentiments to finish off my snarky card.

This stamp set is so fun and I love the cheeky sentiments, although I think I would only send these cards to people with the same sarcastic sense of humour as me! I can’t wait to see all your balloon themed cards over at t he Daring Cardmakers Challenge blog, my design team chums have made some gorgeous samples to inspire your makes too!

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

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers – I is for Ink

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge – January – Anything Goes

Critter Crazy Challenges #58 Anything Goes

Show us Your Pussiecats Challenge #74 – Anything Goes

Crafty Calendar Challenge – January – Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

Cardmaking

Aud Sentiments Challenge #290 – Anything Goes

Hi crafty friends! I hope you are all having a great week. It’s time for our first Aud Sentiments Challenge of 2022 and it’s an Anything Goes prompt so everyone can join in really easily!

Our challenge is now just once a month but we have two sponsors for our challenge this month, Stamper’s Delights and Di’s Digi Delights. I was very kindly gifted a digi stamp to use for this month from Stamper’s Delights.

I printed my stamp (Chibi My Kind of Crazy) which comes with a sentiment too and coloured it with my alcohol markers before fussy cutting her out. I added some patterned papers to a card base and played around with the arrangement of Chibi and the sentiment until I was happy. After gluing the elements down I added a little shading behind Chibi to make her look like she isn’t just floating around in mid air!

I hope you will share your makes with us, remember the only rule is really that you include a sentiment on your project! Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

Cardmaking

Daring Cardmakers January Elementary Challenge

Hello crafty friends, how are you all doing? I hope 2022 has started well for you. Ours has been pretty quiet as we try to stay out of the way of Covid! It’s time for our first Daring Cardmakers challenge of the year and the lovely Shabneez has collated some beautiful pictures to inspire our cardmaking this week. She says “I’ve chosen a cool, ethereal and textural mood-board to inspire your crafting at the start of this new year.  
Just choose at least 3 elements from the picture to use when you make
your card.  As usual if you use the colour combo it counts as1 element “.

I treated myself to a few crafty treats in the sales and by coincidence I had some new sprays in the right colours for this challenge! I bought my first Lindy’s sprays, the Autumn Leaves Collection and I used three of them for this card. I sprayed water on some white card stock then at the bottom I sprayed “Autumn Maple Crimson”, then “Cattail Copper Brown” and then “Red Hot Poker Orange” to give a sort of ombre effect.

Once the panel was dry I cut it to size for my tall card base. I loved the sort of frosty look in the photos too so I pulled out some vellum and added a layer behind my ombre card panel. Then I used some stencils to add a little texture in white and dark brown.

I wanted to include the leafy foliage from the pictures so I stamped some plants along the bottom in Versafine Clair ink.

The final part was to die cut some birds perched on a wire, I layered up a black die cut on a vellum and added that to the card. My finishing touch was to doodle a little around the edge of the card and here is my finished card….

I’m a little obsessed with that shimmer from the starburst sprays, oh goodness I can feel this collection growing in 2022! I hope you will hop on over to see the gorgeous makes from my design team chums, they really are a talented bunch of crafters and share your cards with us too!

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

Cardmaking

Trim the tree – I dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends! It’s time for our new Daring Cardmakers Challenge and this week we’d love to see some trees on your projects, please! They can be any kind of tree you like, a Christmas Tree,  a Wonderful Winter Landscape or maybe some shady palm trees if you’re in warmer climes!
Make it just one tree or a whole forest.

I love putting up our Christmas tree and decorating it because so many of our decorations are from special people or places so they bring back lots of lovely memories. This is our tree this year….

For my tree themed project I wanted to try out some new brusho colours which I recently ordered.

I heat embossed some trees and snow flakes on 6 x 8 cm pieces of mixed media paper. Then I added the brusho crystals and sprayed with water before adding a few tiny drops of diluted bleach. You can check out the video on my YouTube channel to see what I did.

I love how the effect varies so here are the different panels from the first batch I made.

The only downside is I ended up with really stained hands…. like it might appear I have murdered a smurf!

However it was worth it and I’ve since made another 20 for one of the recipients of the first batch! Hope you are keeping safe and well and finding some time for crafting.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

Cardmaking

Show us your stockings – I dare you!

Happy Friday everyone, can you believe we are nearly at the end of November? I’m looking out at a blue sky this morning but the forecast predicts snow tonight so who knows, Scottish weather can be very changeable and it is a chilly day! Anyway it’s time for another fun Daring Cardmakers Challenge and this week we are daring you to show us your stockings!

I went for a simple card using a stocking die from First Edition (I think, it’s been in my stash for a year or 3!). I used some gold card and a mini paper pad from Craft Sensations which had lots of purple patterns. The background is really easy, I embossed some brick background and then a strip of wood effect card (both were Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folders) and added some purple layers. The sentiment is from a Woodware stamp set.

I’m looking forward to seeing all your stocking makes. Have a fab weekend

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

Cardmaking

November Elemental Challenge – we Dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends! I hope you’ve had a lovely week. It’s time for our elemental challenge at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge and Shabneez has picked a gorgeous selection of images for us to choose from. In case this is your first time you must use a minimum of three elements from this collection of images (colours should just be one element).

I chose to use the fox, the texture of the knitted scarf and the orange, red and brown colours. Here is my make…

I can’t wait to see all your cosy cards using these images for inspiration! Happy crafting

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

Cardmaking

Aud Sentiment #287 – Christmas and a Sentiment

Hi there crafty friends, how are you all this week? My hubby and I are full of the cold at the moment. We’ve had negative covid tests so it seems to just be the seasonal bug that is doing the rounds but we are both feeling pretty rubbish so it’s been a quiet week keeping cosy and trying to recover! It’s time for a new challenge over at the Aud Sentiment blog and seeing as it is now November we have a Christmas theme!

We have the lovely Hetty Clare sponsoring this blog and I was gifted the beautiful Pony Christmas image to use for my design team card. I coloured the digi stamp with my alcohol markers and then added a little colour to the background and trimmed the image before adding a black mat. I used a piece of snowflake paper and a few nuvo drops and of course a sentiment!

I love this cute pony trotting along with his parcel, just so cute! I hope that you are all keeping well and having a crafty week. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

Cardmaking

Awesome Autumn – I Dare You!

Happy Friday crafty friends! How has your week been? It’s feeling very autumnal here in Scotland and we’ve put the heating on as it has been much colder. I don’t mind though, I like this time of year and as a bit of a hermit I enjoy a cosy evening at home with the candles lit and some stitching in front of the telly, it’s a wild life I lead! Anyway all of that is leading to the new Daring Cardmakers Challenge which Shabneez has set for us this week. Our theme is Awesome Autumn and Shabneez said “I love autumn and all the colours and textures associated with it so I’d love to see your creations to celebrate my favourite season with me!”.

I had a leafy wreath cutting die which I think I found on ebay, I’ve no idea who made it but this felt like the perfect excuse to use it. I cut it from plain white card and then tried smooshing some distress oxides onto it to get some autumnal colours. I wasn’t happy with the depth of colour though so instead I pulled out some Catherine Pooler inks and pressed the die cut card directly onto the ink pads.

I heat embossed my sentiment straight onto the card base with this copper embossing powder and then arranged the wreath with some die cut acorns from a Tim Holtz set. The finishing touch (as usual for me!) was a few nuvo drops in antique rose and ripened pumpkin.

I think my acorns are a bit out of proportion but I quite like the jumbo size of them, the squirrels would be super excited to gather these I think!

I hope you will hop on over to the Daring Cardmakers Blog to see the gorgeous cards made by my lovely design team chums and that you will share your autumnal make too. Thanks so much for visiting the blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

Cardmaking

Aud Sentiments Challenge #286 Halloween

Hi crafty friends, how are you doing today? It’s time for a new challenge over at the Aud Sentiments blog and this week is one of my favourites….. Halloween!

Challenge number 286 is sponsored by the lovely Paper Shelter and they very kindly gifted the design team members the Spoooky digital stamp which comes with a pre coloured version, a background and the line drawing that you can colour as you like.

I coloured in the figure using alcohol markers and fussy cut the image out. I then created two backgrounds with the Trick or Treat stamp set from Clearly Besotted. The first I made with heat embossed resist and distress ink smooshing.

The other was just a simple stamping of little spider webs. I added a die cut sentiment and some card mats in black and purple. I felt like the little ghost on the sentiment needed a little bling so I added stickles in crystal ice. To make the Spoooky figure stand out I added a little shadow with a grey watercolour pencil and a water brush.

I hope that you have fun making a Halloween themed project to join in this challenge. Remember the only rule is that you need to include a sentiment on your project. Thanks for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

Cardmaking

October Elemental Challenge – I Dare You!

Happy Friday and welcome to October! The first Friday of a new month means it’s time for our Elemental Challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge. In other words we give you an image to pick at least 3 items from for inspiration for your card. Ruth provided our inspiration this month…..

I used the blue colours, the little cute bunny with an eye patch and the knitted texture from the cushions and it turned into this……

I hope you’ll join in too!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx