Cardmaking

Home comforts – I dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends. Today Dawn is hosting our Daring Cardmakers Challenge and she is an expat living in France missing some things from home e.g. Cadbury chocolate, Yorkshire tea and oxo cubes. So she is challenging us all to feature a card with something that you would miss if you lived in another country, what reminds you of home. It might not even be food. Dawn still can’t get used to seeing yellow post boxes and post vans.

I am Scottish and I took quite a while to narrow down what my home comfort would be, in the end I settled on Irn Bru and Tunnocks Tea Cakes! Irn Bru is reported to outsell Coca Cola in Scotland (unlike most countries where it is the top seller) and is know as Scotland’s other national drink. It’s bright orange and was my go to hangover cure in my student days! The tea cakes are delicious, a biscuit base with marshmallow on top and coated in chocolate. You can also find all sorts of gifts with the Tunnocks designs from trays, cushion covers to a woolly hat that makes your head look like a tea cake with a pom pom on top! So I popped to our village shop and bought these for my hubby and I to enjoy.

Once I had enjoyed them I used the packaging for my card. I smoothed out the foil from the tea cake and glued it onto some card stock.

I cut open the Irn Bru can and washed it off before embossing it with a Sizzix embossing folder. I then cut out some of the different elements before layering them up with black card, the tea cake wrapper and some red tartan patterned paper. To finish off my card I added a torn square of music paper and the word home mounted on the foil wrapper again.

I also was left with a few other toppers to use in other projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you liked my project and I’d love to know if you have tried either of these treats and where in the world you are from.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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The Time of Your Life – I dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends! I hope you are ready for another Daring Cardmakers Challenge. Enfys is our host this week and in honour of Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her 96th birthday this week she has challenged us to make something to celebrate the Golden Oldies. You could celebrate older friends and relations, or maybe go Vintage for your inspiration. Or perhaps even make a card to say
Happy Birthday Ma’am!

I decided to go with a bit of a retro theme for the baby boomers as I recently bought a fun stamp set on Ebay. It doesn’t have a brand or even a name but I think it’s so fun!

Firstly I created a flower power background with some floral stamps and the 60s circles stamp in the ebay set. I then added the 60s dancers in black ink and made a black border. The finishing touch was to add a cheeky sentiment from the Lol Clearly Besotted stamp set (I’ve had it in my stash for years but I think they have had similar sets more recently.

These stamps are so fun I couldn’t stop there so I also made some twinchies for each of the decades. If you are new to twinchies they are similar to Artist Trading Cards but they measure 2 x 2 inches and they are great fun to add into happy mail or for swapping with fellow crafters.

I hope that my retro dancers made you smile today! If they did please leave me a comment or a like, it really makes my day.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (aka Ginger Ninja Crafts!)

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Chocolate heaven – I dare you!

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you are having a good day. It’s a holiday weekend for us for Easter so we are enjoying some relaxation and time off and of course some chocolate! Kathy is hosting our challenge this week over at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge and she would like you to create “Chocolate Heaven” on your cards! So indulge yourself  a little this week! Kathy would love to see all sorts of chocolatey treats – chocolate cakes, chocolate colours,  velvety drinking chocolate, a tempting box of chocolates….
Whatever you fancy!

Here is my project, please don’t forget to hop on over to the Daring cardmakers challenge blog and see what the rest of the design team have made and share your chocolate themed cards!

Thanks for stopping by the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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April Elemental Challenge – Daring Cardmakers Challenge

It’s my turn to host the Daring Cardmakers Challenge and it’s an elemental challenge which means you have to pick three (or more) elements from these pictures to inspire your card.

I had great fun searching for images to use and from the above selection I used the bunny, the little yellow flowers, the eggs and the pinks/purples colours.

I hope you will hop on over to the challenge blog and see the other DT makes and why not share your card too?

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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The Early Bird Catches the Worm – I Dare You!

Happy Friday crafty friends! How are you all doing this week? It’s been a lovely sunny week and my husband was using up the last of his annual leave so we have been enjoying the weather with a little trip to the beach, our first braai of the year and getting a few jobs done in the garden. I can’t believe it’s Friday again already but it is and so it’s time for our new Daring Cardmakers Challenge. Miri is hosting us the week and she has set our theme as “The Early Bird Catches the Worm”, “

Miri says she is not an early bird, but is looking forward to waking up to glorious morning sunshine. So this week you can use a sunrise, birds or worms 😉 on your cards or anything related to the saying.

I have recently been obsessed with watching Lavinia Stamps tutorials and I thought I could try to recreate a sunrise for this week’s challenge. I started with painting the background with watercolours on watercolour paper. I used a circle stencil and some moonlight white ink to create a sun. Then I added the corresponding circle mask and brushed some ink (mustard seed) out from the edges to give a subtle effect of sun rays. I then added some splatters of white paint.

Once the background was dry I stamped some foliage at the bottom using memento dew drop inks in rich cocoa, cottage ivy and tuxedo black. I stamped the fairy wuith versafine Clair ink in nocturne. Once the inks were all completely dry I went in with a white gel pen to add a few highlights and a sparkle gel pen to add some sparkle to her wings and to create some sparkles around her in the sky.

So my version is the early fairy catches the sun sparkles!

I added a black matt behind the scene and then popped it on a square card base with a few nuvo drops. I couldn’t decide what sentiment to add so I left a space that I can add one at a future date.

It’s nothing compared to some of the Lavinia works of art I’ve seen but I quite like it and I’ll definitely play with more backgrounds. I hope you will hop on over and see what the other design team members have been making, they are a very talented group of crafters.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Hello Spring – I dare you!

Hi crafty friends, I’m later than usual with my Daring Cardmakers weekly post but better late than never! This week we are hosted by Shabneez who has dared us to celebrate the arrival of spring with cards featuring anything related to the season be it lambs, rabbits, daffodils, tulips etc. 

I love seeing the spring flowers popping up and I think tulips are my favourites if I had to pick! I used a little tulip die set from Crafter’s Companion. The paper I used was some scrap which I had brayered off the spare ink while I was playing with my gel plate. I added a little die cut tartan bow and layered them on a scripty stamped panel. The finishing touches were a sentiment and a few nuvo drops in complementary colours.

I can’t wait to see your lovely spring themed cards and I hope you will check out my design team colleagues makes over on the Daring Cardmakers Challenge blog, they are a talented bunch of crafters! Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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Daring Cardmakers Challenge – For Ukraine

Happy Friday crafty friends, I hope you are all safe and well in these worrying times. This week at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge we wanted to acknowledge the awful situation in Ukraine. To show our support we are making cards using blue and yellow colours, sunflowers and hope.

I used some distress spray sprays to create a background (Mermaid Lagoon and Mustard Seed). The sunflower stamp is from the lovely Julie Hickey designs. I added a little embossed panel for the sunflower to sit and a sentiment.

I got a little carried away with my backgrounds and decided to make some ATC coins to pop into happy mail. The backgrounds were made with brusho powders (cobalt blue and yellow) and various stencils. The edge is heat embossed in a copper embossing powder. I added a Crafters Companion sunflower and a printed hashtag.

I can’t wait to see all your lovely makes. 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

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F.E.B – I dare you!

Happy Friday crafty friends! Can you believe it’s Friday and we are nearly at the end of the month! I know it’s a short month but this one really has flown past. It’s time for our last Daring Card Makers challenge of the month and Joanne has dared us to make a FEB card! Use something beginning with each of those letters in your creation. So it might be a foiled elephant juggling a ball, a blue fairy with an embossed background, a baby card with flags and embroidery thread… what can you come up with that’s FEB? Don’t forget to tell us which items you’ve used in case we don’t spot them!

Here is my finished card….. can you guess what my F.E.B items are?

I’m sure you have, but just in case you didn’t. F is for flowers and I used a couple of stamp sets from the JMC Designs Garden Tots collection (Lady Dot and Dotty Daisy).

For E I used an Embossing folder to add some texture.

The B is for Butterfly and I shared a video yesterday (on my YouTube channel) for how I made this butterfly using alcohol inks, vellum and heat embossing. Here are a few of these pretty butterflies.

To finish off my card I added a sentiment and a flourish from the stamp sets.

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In the nick of time – I dare you!

Happy Friday and welcome to another Daring Cardmakers Challenge and this week Rizwana is our host. She has dared us create cards “In the nick of time”. So this week time is of the essence! Use clocks or anything to represent time on your card, including watches, hourglasses, sundials or pocket watches

I had a Phil Martin magazine stamp set which had some clock stamps and sentiments and a Sizzix Tim Holtz clock embossing folder which I pulled out of my stash. I kept this card pretty simple, using some lilac and navy card, a little heat embossing in so;ver and some nuvo drops.

I’m looking forward to seeing all your time themed cards. Please check out the Daring Cardmakers blog to see the design team makes, there are some fab ideas.

Until next time, crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts!) xx

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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