Smash that paper pad 2020

Smash that paper pad – 4

Hi crafty people! I hope you are all well and finding plenty to keep busy in these worrying times.  We remain on lock down here in Scotland but there are discussions about some gradual changes once our numbers get low enough to show we are making progress.  We are coping with daily life and I think the cats are absolutely loving having my husband and I at home so much!

I’m sharing a project I made today as part of my Smash that paper pad project (check out this post ) for info.  This time I made a mini album which was inspired by this blog post.  I used the basic template to make this little project and used the paper pad for various embellishments and decorations.  Here is the front when it is all folded up.


Then when it’s opened up……


and once the bottom flap is opened too….


Another little pocket added with a tag inside…..


I added a belly band and an altered paper clip….


And a selection of the elements inside the pockets….


I have uploaded a video on the Jenny Ginger Ninja Crafts Youtube channel.  I’m very new to making videos so I would love it if you had a look and let me know what you think!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I am so grateful to everyone who takes the time to read and leave a like and a comment.  Take care and keep crafting.

Crafty hugs

Jenny 🙂

Crafty tutorials

Making a zine – crafty lockdown ideas!

Happy humpday crafty people, I hope you are doing well in these strange times.  I’ve been keeping busy in the craft room and yesterday while I was tidying up some of my stash I found a zine I made a couple of years ago and thought I would make another one…. a quarantine zine (sorry I can hear the groans from here!!)

I’m sure many of you will have made these but I thought I would share the method just in case you have forgotten or it’s your first zine!

The basic zine is super easy, I used one sheet of A4 printer paper.  You want to fold the paper as per the dotted lines in this picture (I’ve made a video showing the folding of the zine on the Ginger Ninja Crafts Facebook Page. )


I’ve added the page numbers so you can see the order these pages will appear in your zine.  This template is available to download here A4zinetemplate .

Once you’ve created your structure the fun part begins.  You will want to decide on a theme, and map out what you want to include.  I decided to use the lockdown as inspiration, focusing on some of the ways I’m coping with the restriction.  You can decorate your zine however you like.  Here is how I decorated my pages….

I used some scraps of papers I had made using inks, watercolours and nuvo shimmer powders as well as printed papers, stickers, printed phrases, fabric embellishments and paper ephemera.  The front page was a rainbow I had done ages ago while practicing with water colours and the salt technique.  That felt appropriate as there are lots of rainbows in windows at the moment that the children are making to brighten up their walks around the estate.

The final thing I did was scan it in and make a colour photocopy as my original was a little bulky due to the papers and embellishments I’d used.  If any of you would like to print it off and make it up into a little zine you can download it here Quarantinezine

I hope that you enjoyed my little tutorial today.  If you pop over to watch the facebook video why not leave me a like or a comment to say you came over from the blog.

Stay safe and well everyone and crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx



V for vehicle

Happy Friday crafty people! This week seems to have just flown past and this is my first blog post but I’m back and I’ve got a few posts in the planning stages.  Today I’m sharing my entry for the Alphabet Challenge which is currently on V for vehicle.  As it’s coming up to Valentine’s Day I decided to go with a love theme for the card and used a car die to make a wedding card.


I hope that you’ve had a great week and your weekend is full of fun.  We are off to the cinema tonight to see Mary Queen of Scots which I’m really looking forward to.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

Crafty swaps

Alphabet Artist Trading Cards (A-I)

Hello crafty people, I hope you are having a great weekend.  I was sorting through some photographs and I came across these Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) which I made for a series of swaps last year.  I thought they would make a fun blog post so here is the first batch…. from A to I.



I hope you like this selection of ATCs, it was a really fun challenge and so interesting to see how the others in the swap interpreted the challenge and how people used different techniques.  I’ll be back soon with  next batch.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Waving not drowning!

Happy Monday crafty people!  I hope you had a great weekend and that your week has got off to a good start.

My first post for this week is my entry for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and here is the sketch.


I used a stamp set that I’ve had for ages from Altenew called “You are” for the waves and I used a sentiment stamp from Letter it.  I stamped the waves and heat embossed in white.  I then added some water to pixie powder (emerald green and teal wash) and painted the waves.  They have a lovely sheen and I thought the colours complemented the blue card to make some pretty waves.


I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment using the Wow embossing glitter in Calypso.  I made a glittery panel to mount the sentiment on by heat embossing a piece of scrap card with the same embossing powder.  I then popped it on using 3d pads to give it some dimension.  The finishing touch was to add some bubbles using nuvo crystal drops in ivory sea shell.


What do you think?  Have you used pixie powders to paint?  I think they must be my most reached for supply at the moment, do you have any other techniques using them?  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, it’s so lovely interacting with people on here, always makes me smile!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Bubbles for the male room challenge!

Hi crafty people!  How are you doing today?  Today I’m sharing a card I made for The Male Room Challenge which this time is “anything goes, optional twist beverages”.


I used a spotty stencil to ink and then heat emboss the white “bubbles” on the background.  Then I smooshed on some distress oxides ( cracked pistachio, blueprint sketch, salty ocean & twisted citron) and distress ink (mustard seed).  I mat and layered it on some blue card and added the sentiment from a letter it set.  The can is my interpretation of a pepsi can and it’s a die I’ve had for a little while but never had a reason to use it…. until today!

I hope that you like my fizzy card and thanks again for visiting my blog.  I love it when you pop over and say hi in the comments.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


A cocktail for dry January!

Hi crafty people, is anyone else doing a dry January?  I think I must have had it on my mind when I picked up this new stamp in the sales!  It is the Cocktail Time stamp and die set from Crafter’s Companion.

I decided to use it today to make a birthday card for my stash.  I created the bokeh background with some distress inks (twisted citron, cracked pistachio & peacock feathers) and moonlight white brilliance ink from Tsukineko.  I also added a few 3d gems that I alsp picked up in the sales and an ancient stamp that I’ve probably had for 20 plus years!


I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, I hope you like it too!


I would like to enter this card in the following challenges

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge  – Something new

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  – Something new

Thanks for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Snow drops card

Happy Monday crafty people!  I hope your week has started well and that you had a great weekend.  Ours was really good.  We ate pizza, watched Aquaman, tidied away our Christmas decorations and I did some cross stitch and tried to learn a bit of crochet!

Today I am sharing a card which I am entering for a couple of challenges…. Firstly the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge which is currently this sketch…..fms369

Then also the Alphabet Challenge blog which is currently on U (Use some stitching – real or faux).

It is a lovely mild day today so I decided to make a spring themed card with this snow drop die from Craft Emotions.  The background panel was cut with a stitched edge die and all the patterned paper came from a Santoro gorguss girl pack.


I finished off the card with a 3d gem and a thank you stamp from K Craft.


I hope you like my finished card and as always thanks so much for stopping by the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

art journal

Art Journal beginnings

Hello crafty people!  I hope your first week of 2019 is going well.  We are back into our usual routine today and although it was lovely having time off I think I was ready to get  back into normal daily life!

In my last post I listed five goals for 2019 and one was to start an art journal to practice some mixed media techniques.  I wasn’t sure where to start but I remembered I had joined an art journal facebook group ( Nina Ribena’s Art Journal Prompts and more ) so I jumped into the latest prompt.

The challenge was to create a bokeh sky page with fireworks for New Year.  Somehow in my vast selection of craft supplies I didn’t have any fireworks so I found a flower stencil that I decided could pass as a firework burst!


It’s the first page for my art journal and the first time I’ve tried the bokeh technique.  I was quite pleased with it, although I hope I will get much better over the course of 2019.  Do any of you have an art journal?  Do you have any resources that helped you to develop mixed media pages?

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog, I’d love to hear how your year has started and if you have made a start to any crafty plans for 2019 yet.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x