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Pushing my luck!

Happy Monday crafty friends, how was your weekend? I had a chilled weekend which was just what I needed. I caught up with some reading and bits and pieces around the house and spent time in the sunshine in the garden on Saturday. Today it’s been pouring with rain all day and shows no sign of stopping…. perfect crafting weather! I made today’s card inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

This weekend I did a bit of sorting in my craft room (still lots left to do!) and I found a load of background papers I had made using inks, sprays, paint etc. So I pulled a smooshed inky piece of watercolour paper to use for background. I cut a diagonal slice out of it and trimmed it down to fit a C6 card base. For a focal image I used a digital stamp that I had in my stash, Stella Push My Luck. The sentiment wasn’t going to fit in the panel so I retyped it and printed it out. I coloured Stella in using my Spectrum Noir Triblends and Nuvo alcohol pens. I then fussy cut her and popped her on with 3d pads. To finish the card off I stamped and fussy cut some dumb bells.

Stella’s expression perfectly sums up my feelings about exercise!

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

Classic Design Challenge August 2020 – Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Crafty Challenge #140 Anything Goes

Not just cards Challenge blog – August – Anything Goes

Arty Divas #28 – Just for Fun

Colour Crazy Challenge #32 – Anything Goes + colouring

Pink Gem Challenge #17 Anything Goes

Thank you 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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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

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Go wild!

Happy Monday crafty people! How was your weekend? We had a wee road trip over the river Forth to Fife which was really lovely. The sun shone and we visited a couple of beaches, had a nice coastal walk and didn’t stay too long as the public toilets were still closed! The challenges of lockdown continue 😉 It was so good to get a change of scenery and blow the cobwebs away. I’m back today with a card inspired by a couple of challenges: The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers (#164) and Freshly Made Sketches (#444).

I pulled out some animal print papers from a Wilko set and Zebedee the Zebra Box Pop from Hunkydory. I also used some black card, a small strip of silver card and some pink pearlised card. The stamp came from a magazine gift set and I used Papermania silver embossing powder for the sentiment.

I layered up with head of the zebra and he made me giggle as that face looks so bored, not wild at all!

I would also like to enter the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #40

Crafts Galore Encore #77

Cute Card Thursday #643 Stitching around the zebra

Crafty Creations Challenge July 2020

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Penguin Agenda – Penguin Palace

Hello again crafty people! I’m back with my second blog post today…. well it’s actually my third as my guest post is up over at The Paper Tree tutorial blog! I was very kindly gifted the Penguin Agenda stamp set by Jeni over at The Paper Tree. This is such a cute stamp set and it’s even on special offer at the moment!

I loved the phone theme in the stamps so for this project I made a cute little mobile phone embellishment. I used black centura card (5 x 8 cm) and white card (4 x 6.5 cm) with the corners rounded. I added a small silver circle. I blended some lucky clover distress ink through a circle stencil before adding one of the wee party penguins on a 3d sticky pad. The sentiment is in the set.

I masked a stripe along my card base and blended some distress oxides (twisted citron, cracked pistachio, lucky clover, peacock feathers, salty ocean and blueprint sketch). I also blended some lucky clover on a piece of scrap card to add make a mat for the sentiment. The finishing touch is a few Nuvo jewel drops in key lime, aqua plains and steel blue.

I hope you like my penguin phone, I got a little addicted and made a few more, which I’m sharing over on instagram today. Check out my project for The Paper Tree on their blog.

Have a great Friday and I’ll be back soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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Daring Cardmakers – Family

Hi crafty people! How are you all today? The sun seems to have left us again in Scotland, however that might not be a bad thing as I saw pictures of local beaches packed with people yesterday, social distancing seemed totally forgotten! It’s frustrating as someone who has been following the rules and worrying that these gatherings are going to knock back any progress. I just keep trying to remember that there is no point putting any energy into other’s behaviour, it’s out of my control, I can only play my part. Our government plan for easing out of lockdown is released today and I’m looking forward to hearing about that, although I think it is going to be gradual and won’t start until the end of the month.

Anyway… back to crafting! I thought I would squeeze in an entry for the https://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com/2020/05/keep-it-in-family.html before it ends tomorrow. The theme is “family” so I pulled out a card I had started weeks ago but never shared finished off to share. I used the Marianne Designs baby cutting dies and the Altenew Bundle of Joy stamp set.

They are such cute wee faces and i love the curl of hair! I hope they bring a smile to your face today too!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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April showers (or lack of!)

Hi crafty people, how are you all today?  It’s Monday again and another week of lockdown!  We ventured out yesterday to get food shopping for us and to deliver to my Mum and it’s a relief to get it over and done with for another week or so.  It’s been a lovely sunny few days (although not very warm) so we had a braai last night which was lovely.  In case you didn’t know my hubby is South African so it’s a braai not a BBQ!

Today’s card is inspire by 2 different challenges.  The Freshly Made Sketches #431 and the Daring Cardmakers Challenge – umbrella theme.

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I used a clearly Besotted umbrella die and stamp which was a gift with a craft magazine in the last few months.  The patterned paper was part of a free magazine download from Polkadoodles in the last issue of Creative Stamping Magazine.

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I hope that none of you are feeling under the weather and that you are staying safe.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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King of the tigers!

Happy hump day crafty peoples! I hope you are doing ok, we continue to be on lockdown but feel very lucky to have be able to stay safe in our home and we’re keeping our spirits up as best we can.  Crafting is definitely one of my coping strategies and I treated myself to a few new stamp sets which have been delivered.  Today I’m sharing the first project from one of my new stamp sets, Catitude by Tracey Hey.  These are such cute stamps and after watching the Tiger King on netflix over the weekend I knew what I was going to make today!!

I stamped the tiger out with black archival inks and coloured him with spiced marmalade distress oxide ink, black memento ink and a water brush.

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I thought this regal tiger needed a star so I cut one from a copper mirror card and a spotty patterned paper from my stash to layer them up.  Once he was in place I gave him his golden crown, with some paper piecing of the copper card and a healthy dose of small golden gems.

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I hope you like my little Tiger King and he made you smile today!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Show us your pussy cats challenge #53 anything goes

A perfect time to craft challenge #4 – 2020 anything goes

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #37

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Bee Happy…. it’s Friday!

Does anyone else find it hard to keep track of the days at the moment?  I can’t believe it’s Friday already, but apparently it is!  I’ve been spending lots of time in my craft room and it’s been a great way to keep me distracted from all the scary stuff happening in the world.  Yesterday I discovered the fab JMC Design’s Crazy Craft Hive Facebook group which is run by Julia McNeill as a fun place to share projects featuring her artwork, stamps and digital images.  There are currently three free digi stamps available on there and I was delighted to download them and have a play!

I printed off the house scene, the flying bee and the little bee character in her wellies and coloured them in with alcohol inks before fussy cutting them out.  I decided to make a stepper card to add some dimension.

Here is the project I made…..

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The front layer has some honey comb vellum as well as the patterned paper I’ve used to cut the B from.

I wanted to make the little bee look like he’s buzzing around so I cut a strip of acetate from some left over packaging and folded it into a mini concertina, then I used double sided tape to stick on the bee to one end and the other to the card.  I think it works pretty well!

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I hope that wherever you are today, you can find something to bring you a bit of happiness despite all that is happening.  Take good care, stay safe and keep crafting!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

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

Crafter’s Cafe Challenge – #239 Anything Goes

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #37 Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge – April

 

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Alphabet Challenge – P for Poppies – DT

Happy Friday everyone!  The weekend is in sight and I’m looking forward to a good one catching up with friends, watching the rugby world cup semi finals (Go Bokke!) and going to a craft fair! In the mean time I’m here with a new challenge over at the Alphabet Challenge.

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This time we are on P for Poppies.  I love poppies and I was delighted to have an excuse to use my Altenew Layered Poppies stamp set that came with a recent issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft.

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I heat embossed the outlines using the Wow rose gold embossing powder.  The poppy was stamped with memento inks in Tangelo and Morocco and the stem and leaves were stamped with Izink in Emeraude and memento ink in Cottage Ivy.

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I hope you will join in with the challenge too.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I will be back very soon with my post for day 5 of the Cat Lovers Blog Hop, hopefully see you then!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Penguin Parade!

Happy Monday crafty people!  How was your weekend?  It was a beautiful sunny weekend in my little corner of Scotland and I thoroughly enjoyed the return of summer!  We had a fun trip into town on Saturday night for some comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and I had time to enjoy the garden and got a good crop for dinners this week!  I thought I would share a few non crafty pics before I get into my card for today!

 

Today’s card was inspired by the ABC Christmas Challenge P for Penguin! I pulled out the Penguin Parade stamp from Woodware and stamped it with memento black ink (although it’s a bit grey now!).  I coloured the details with alcohol inks and then fussy cut around the top of the images.  The sentiment came from a Lawn Fawn set called Here we go a waddling!   I used some snowy paper for the background and added some red and green gems for some bling!

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

A bit more time to craft #98 – anything goes

Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge #444 – Anything goes

Crafter’s Castle – Anything goes/any occasion

Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #225 – spots or stripes

I hope you all had a good weekend and that these cuties make you smile on this Monday morning!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x