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Dare to be spooktacular!

Happy Friday crafty people! This Friday we are getting all Spooktacular over at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge! Rizwana is hosting this week and she would like to see your spooky cards/ or any spooky makes for Halloween. You can have scary pumpkins, ghosts, witches, bats spiders, skeletons…..the more spooky things the better !

I don’t really need an excuse to use a Stella image so I chose the Stella Witch – Instant Witch digi stamp from Bugaboo Stamps. I coloured her with alcohol inks and added some sparkle with my crystal clear from Spectrum Noir and some nuvo glitter drops bubbles in lilac whisper.

I layered her up on some spotty paper and green holographic paper. The sentiment comes with the set so I just inked it up and added some mats to make it stand out.

So if you are brave enough to share your spoooooooooky makes we would love to see them!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Daring Cardmakers Challenge – Dictionary Day

Happy Friday! Did you know October 16th is Dictionary Day? It’s also time for a new weekly challenge at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge. Joanne is setting our challenge this week and she needs very little excuse to celebrate words – celebrate with her by using a dictionary page, a dictionary definition or making words the focal point of your card.

I recently downloaded a printable from Calico Crafts on Etsy and I thought these Halloween Dictionary Definition words are perfect. I used a Haunted House die from Tattered Lace and some papers from the Rose Gold Memories paper pad from Craftbox UK.

I started by making a square card base with some black card. I cut a vertical panel of a book print paper and inked around the edges with some black ink. I then cut a square of a complementary paper and ripped around the edges before inking to get rid of the white edge. The haunted house was cut from black centura pearl and the windows were paper pieced with holographic card. I added a holographic moon and then layered up the definition before adding a few nuvo drops in black to finish the card off.

I would walk swiftly past this house I think!! I hope you will share your dictionary inspired projects with us this week.

Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, it means so much to me.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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October Elemental Daring Cardmakers Challenge

It’s the first Friday in a new month so we have another elemental challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers Blog. This is our image for October and as usual you are asked to use at least three elements from this picture.

This picture makes me feel all cosy! I do love autumn so this week is right up my street! I decided to use the cosy jumpers and the autumnal colours from the leaves to start. I pulled out this knitted effect embossing folder and some distress oxide and distress ink. Once I had blended the inks on white card, I embossed it and cut to size for my card. I layered it up on some dark brown centura pearl card.

I then took the book as inspiration and tore a piece of old book page. To distract a bit from the text and make it fit with the overall card, I blended some rusted hinge distress oxide around the edge and then a little vintage photo just on the very edges.

I used some bakers twine instead of string in the picture to wrap around the book page panel, fixing with some tape on the back. The final layer is a die cut leaf from a scrap of inky paper in my stash. I blended some vintage photo around the edge and raised it up with some 3d sticky pads. The finishing touches were a sentiment stamped in the corner and a few rose gold sequins.

Will you join us for a cosy autumnal card this week. I hope to see you over at the Daring Cardmakers Blog!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Daring Cardmaker September Elemental Challenge

Happy Friday crafty friends! Hope you’ve had a good week and found some time for craftiness and creativity. As it’s Friday it must be time for another Daring Cardmakers Challenge and as always we start the month with an elemental challenge. Rizwana is our host and she tasks us with using at least 3 elements from the picture on your card.

This picture makes me so happy, I love autumn and can’t wait to see the beautiful colours and get cosy! I chose to use the leaves, the tartan from the scarf and the wood. To start with I stamped and embossed some leaves in copper (Ranger Super Fine Embossing powder) before colouring them with some distress oxide inks (mustard seed, rusty hinge, spiced marmalade and ripe persimmon). The leaf stamps are from the current gift with Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine.

I fussy cut the leaves and then worked on my card base. I took a sentiment from the same stamp set as the leaves and embossed it in white on a circle of wood effect paper. I backed this on copper card and cut a slightly larger circle to leave a narrow edge of copper. Then I cut a larger circle of checked paper (inspired by the checked scarf image) and added some faux stitching in white gel pen. The finishing touch was to add the leaves in all four corners and a couple under the sentiment. Some are glued directly to the card base and others popped up on 3d pads to add a little dimension.

Do you love autumn too? I hope you will come over and join in with our challenge, it’s always great fun to see what people take as inspiration from the images. Thanks again for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog. I hope you will come back soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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In the Garden…..alot!

Happy Friday crafty friends! I hope you find some time to be creative this weekend, and in case you are looking for inspiration the Daring Cardmakers Challenge is here for you! This week Shabneez has given us the prompt of “In the Garden” as she has been spending lots of time in hers she would like to see something from your garden.

I lived in a flat for many years so when we bought a house with a garden four years ago it was such a treat. As a new build house the garden was a blank canvas but we have slowly worked on it and it is taking shape. One of my pleasures in life has been growing food, in braised beds and our greenhouse. I thought I would share a few of this years crops (some of them still busy growing!). This year during lockdown I’ve been especially grateful for our garden, we’ve definitely spent alot more time than usual!

our new plum tree has only one plum left after the wind!
Aubergines are new to us this year – these are really lovely!
Tatties (potatoes if your not sure!) growing in bags
freshly picked for dinner
the jungle greenhouse has lots of tomatoes but still green
courgettes are growing at last – first plants were eaten by the slugs…. hence the blue slug pellets for this batch!

So I had to go with a veg theme! I used a die set which I bought earlier this year from Ali Express. I know that some of the craft stuff they sell is stolen designs but I’ve never seen anything like this before so I hope it is their own work. It’s so hard to know!

The stamp set is from Hunkydory and I believe it came with a box magazine and a few other gardening theme goodies.

I also used a sheet of hunkydory paper for the background and the basket die was a gift with an Easter issue of a craft magazine. The gloves and fork were also from Hunkydory.

If you have a garden or an outdoor space what do you love to grow most? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts Blog, I hope you will come back soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Picture Perfect Cardmaking Dare

Happy Friday crafty friend….. which must mean it’s time for another Daring Cardmakers Blog Challenge! This week the lovely Miri has tasked us with making a card for the theme “Picture Perfect”. You can use a photo, camera, a picture frame, a polaroid layout, an actual photograph or anything picture/photo related on your card.

I chose to use a camera die I had in my stash from Paper Smooches. I cut it in black and added some colour with paper piecing. To make the lense look more realistic I added some detail in white gel pen and gave it a coat of glossy accents. I added a star cut from holographic card and some nuvo drops. The sentiments are from the Clearly Besotted Laugh Out Loud stamp set which is perfect for a cheeky birthday card!

So I hope that you will join us and share your picture perfect cards this week!

I also uploaded a little chatty video this morning on my youtube channel as I recently reached 100 subscribers, have you subscribed and joined the gang yet?!

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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I Dare You to Peek-a-Boo!

Happy Friday crafty people! Can you believe that another week has whizzed past and it’s time for the Daring Cardmakers challenge again? This time Nat has tasked us with making a Peek-a-boo card. She would like us to make a card that features an opening element, surprise element, or simply an aperture.

I decided to have a go at the Peek-a-boo card that I saw Jennifer McGuire making a while ago. I thought it would be easiest to share my process in a video so you can watch and craft along if you would like to create something similar!

To make the base I cut and scored three pieces of Kraft card as follows:

  • 4.25 x 8.25 inches – scored at 2.75 inches (front piece)
  • 4.25 x 8.5 inches – scored at 4.25 inches (inside piece)
  • 4.25 x 5.75 inches – scored at 5.5 inches (back piece)

I added some patterned paper to the front and inside although you don’t need to. The measurements I used were:

  • 4 x 4 inches (two pieces to go on the inside piece)
  • 4 x 5.25 inches (to go on the card front)

I used an oval die to cut the aperture on the front of the card and then on both sides of the inside piece. I’ve shared how to put the card together in the video. This is how it looks from above once it’s put together to create the sliding mechanism.

This is how I decorated the front of the card:

Once open this is how it looks:

Here is a video to watch the card making in action!

I hope you will share your own peek a boo card, remember it can be any card with an opening, a surprise element, or simply an aperture!

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Daring Cardmakers August Elemental Challenge

Happy Friday crafty friends! How are you all doing today? I’m delighted to be back with another post for the Daring Cardmakers Challenge, this time hosted by Joanne. As it’s the start of the month we have our elemental challenge. You can use any three (or more!) elements from this picture to inspire your card…… if you dare!

What a beautiful selection of prompts (and a great book recommendation too!). I opted for the coffee, the tea spoon and the chocolate. I added a Clearly Besotted stamp (from the Warm Solutions Too set) and a few Nuvo jewel drops (in Aqua Plains) and here it is…..

I hope that you will be able to join us for this week’s challenge, I’m looking forward to checking out all the other DT member projects and your entries too!

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Dare to shake it!

Happy Friday crafty people! I hope you’re having a good week? I’ve been keeping busy although my crafty mojo is missing in action so I’ve been mostly making routine cards for Etsy orders. However I did enjoy playing around to make my card for today’s Daring Cardmaker Challenge where Rizwana asks us to make any project with a shaker element.

I recently received a die set from Ali Express (I think I ordered it months ago and with everything going on it took ages to arrive so it was a lovely surprise as I’d forgotten all about it!). The die is for a gnome wearing a bee suit….. how could I resist?! To go with the bee theme I chose to use some honey comb patterned paper and some hexagon cutting dies for the windows. I used some acetate packaging to make the windows and a selection of 3d pads to make the shaker elements. I thought it might be helpful to show the “inside” of the shaker elements if people are new to making shaker projects.

Thank goodness that is all covered up! For inside the shakers I used two nuvo sequins (ice white and acqua aurora) and nuvo confetti in rainbow quartz triangles.

I used the honeycomb patterned paper for inside the windows and the reverse of the paper was a lovely pale blue paper so I used that for the front. Here is the final card….

Thank you so much for visiting the blog, I hope you will buzz on over to the Daring Cardmakers Challenge to see all the other design team projects and share your own shaker project.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Don’t Bottle Things Up!

Happy Friday crafty people! How has your week been? I hope you are all safe and well. As it’s Friday it’s time for a new challenge over at the Daring Card Makers blog. Our host this week is Joanne and the theme is the Three Musketeers! The reason is that today is the birthday of it’s author Alexandre Dumas so let’s celebrate the power of three! Show us three of something on your cards this week.

I decided to use a wine glass die, because what’s better than a glass of lovely wine….. three glasses of lovely wine of course!! I think this virus might be getting to me 😉 I used some letter stamps which I’ve had for a really long time, I think I bought them in Hobbycraft but I’m not 100% sure! I used these to stamp the sentiment with memento ink

I cut three wine glasses and wine before cutting the wine to appear that someone has had a sip or 5! I used some patterned paper from my stash, some gold card and a few nuvo gold sequins (arranged in threes!) to finish the card off.

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

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx