2019 Goals

2019 Crafty plans

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Happy new year crafty people!  I hope you had a good end to 2018 and that you are looking forward to lots of fun times in the coming year.

I’m not one for making resolutions, well that’s not strictly true!  I’ve been very good at making them and then even better at not achieving them and then feeling generally rubbish about it.  Last year I didn’t really set myself any goals but there was a few things that I wanted to try and the year flew past and I didn’t make the time.

So this year I’m not giving anything up, instead I’m focusing on some things that I want to do for fun .  I thought I would share my list here and I can post an update every now and then to see how I am getting on during 2019.

  1. Learn to crochet (I even got a book for Christmas so I have no excuse!)
  2. Pick up one of my unfinished cross stitch projects.
  3. Start an art journal and practice using mixed media techniques.
  4. Read 50 books
  5. Visit a castle (or other Historic Scotland site) every month.

They aren’t all crafty but I thought I’ll keep them all in one place for accountability.

I’d love to hear if you have any crafty plans for 2019.  Are you learning anything new or picking up something you haven’t done for a while?  Thanks so much for visiting Ginger Ninja Crafts and I hope you’ll pop over again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

(Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash )

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Oh Christmas Tree

Hi crafty people, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas if you celebrate it. We had a fab day at home with my Mum staying for a couple of nights.  We had a really relaxing Christmas day and then went to see the new Mary Poppins film on boxing day which was fantastic.  Has anyone else seen it yet?  We went out the next day (can you tell I don’t know what day of the week that was…. or even is now?!) for a walk and visited Blackness Castle (which has been used in the filming of Outlander and the Outlaw King).  We got a membership to Historic Scotland recently as a gift and so this was our first use of the card and it was a great start.  I’m hoping that we will visit lots of castles over the next year.

But anyway I’m here to enter another challenge, I think my last for 2018!  This card is for the Alphabet Challenge which is currently at T for Trees.  I made up this card using  a magazine gift from a few months ago.  I used to do cross stitch (and I intend to pick it up again in 2019) so I loved the embroidery theme of this set.  I made the Christmas tree card first.

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Then I made a Santa version too.  So I have a couple of cards in my 2019 Christmas card stash and it’s not even New Year yet!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and I’d love to hear how your week has been.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Got the gift tags….. just need to buy some gifts!

Hi crafty people!  My Christmas crafting catch up continues today with a batch of gift tags for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which has the theme of Wrap it up this week.

I have a big pile of off cuts of card which I thought would be good for cutting tags from.  Does anyone else love it when you can use up scraps of paper and card?  I find it so satisfying!!  Anyway,  I used a stitched tag die to cut some Kraft card tags.

Then I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in nuvo glacier white and then heat embossed some cute little trees.  The powders I used were gold (funstamps) and green glitz and red glitz (Wow).

Lastly I added some bakers twine with a gold thread through it.

I’ve added them to my tag stash so all I really need to do now is get the presents and wrap them before I can add a tag!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Freshly Made Sketches 366

Hi crafty people, I hope you are all having a great weekend.  Today I am sharing my entry for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge which has this fun sketch….

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I am still on a roll of reindeers today so I opted for a rudolph as the focal image using this die I’ve had in my stash for a while now (sorry I can’t remember where I got it from!).  I made the stripes in the background by inking up some card stock with embossing ink and adding embossing powder.  I used the Wow rose gold powder on white card and on a pale gold paper I used a powder which I have had for over 10 years I think.  It’s called stardust and I think the make is Funstamps.  I finished off the card with a sentiment stamp from Clearly Besotted and some nuvo crystal drops in ivory seashell and antique rose.

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I hope that you like my card, I was quite pleased with it and I think I might make a batch of these to send to people as I’m still needing to make cards to send!

Thanks so much for popping over to my blog and I hope that you will say Hi in the comments and come back again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Happy Saint Andrews Day!

Hi crafty people, how are you all doing?  I’m procraftinating with this blog post instead of tidying up my craft room so I’m squeezed into one small corner of my desk which is piled up with stuff which needs to find it’s home.  Does anyone else do this or is it just me? (please say I’m not alone hehe!).

I can’t believe it’s the end of November already but as it is Saint Andrews Day I thought I would make a wee Scottish card for the blog today.

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I used the thistle die from Britannia Dies and paper pieced it before mounting it on a green tartan heart.  The scalloped heart is cut from purple centura pearl card .  The stamp is from a K Craft stamp set.

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What do you think?  Is anyone celebrating Saint Andrews Day today?  I’ve got a veggie haggis for dinner which we will have with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes!) and a whisky sauce.  I’m sure my hubbie will also have a wee dram or two to celebrate!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Ginger Ninja Craft blog and I hope that you are having a great day wherever you are.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

P.S If you would like to purchase this card it’s available from the Ginger Ninja Crafts Shop . 😉

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Flyby Friday greetings!

Happy Friday crafty people!  I’m back today with another Halloween themed project.  I am a big fan of owls so I thought the Halloween season was the perfect excuse to play with the Olivia Owl die set from Tonic Studios!  I added in the witches hat and broom from the Witchy Bits set (also from Tonic Studios).

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I used some night sky paper that came in a Tattered Lace magazine and a stamp from a Lawn Fawn set.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

Wicked Wednesday - Halloween projects

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Happy hump day crafty people!  I hope you are all having a fab week and getting in the mood for Halloween!  I’ve been reading some spooky tales, watching some scary movies (well scary to me although I am a wimp!) and making some ghostly projects!

Today I’ve got a couple of cards to share with you.

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The first uses the Booyah stamp set from Lawn Fawn which I love!  It has lots of different elements to make a selection of ghosts.  For the above card I went with a Frankenstein, vampire and pirate.  Then I used the Nuvo Shimmer Powder in Violet Brocade to make a background which I then cut 3 circles from once it was dry.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black card.  I added some purple gems to give a little bling.

The spider web paper for both of these cards came from the downloads in the member’s section of the Create and Craft website.

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The second card I pulled out an old stamp set which I love from Clearly Besotted.  The Good to be Bad set has a selection of fairy tale baddies and I stamped and coloured the three witches from the set.  I used the same format as the first card.  Instead of gems this time I used the spider stamp from the Booyah set to add some creepy crawlies.  I thought the sentiment was perfect for these three girls!

I hope that you like this week’s wicked Wednesday projects.  I’d love to read your comments.  Expect a couple of extra Halloween posts over the next week until Halloween a week today.

Thanks so much for reading my blog, have a great week.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Happy hump day crafty people!  Today I’m back with another Halloween themed crafty project for Wicked Wednesday.  Today’s project is to make some cute little haunted houses using a Tonic Studios die set.

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The dies I used are meant for a Ginger bread house for Christmas time.  I switched up the colours and left off the gingerbread man and the Christmas tree etc.  I added some glitter stickles on the roof and used a ghost die cut to decorate the purple house and some cute ghosts from my Lawn Fawn Booyah stamps for the other.  I’ve popped these on my bookcase with a battery powered tea light inside to make the house look extra spooky!

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I hope that you like these cute haunted houses, I’d love to hear about any of your Halloween craft projects.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

Wicked Wednesday - Halloween projects

Wicked Wednesday- Spooky pocket letters!

Hi crafty people, welcome back to another Wicked Wednesday!  This week’s spooky projects are some Halloween themed pocket letters that I made for swapping last year.  The first one I made a haunted house by using all 9 pockets as part of one focal image.  I used a brick embossing folder for the house front and a fence die to make the railings in front of the house.  The second photo is the back just to give an idea of some of the goodies you can fit into a pocket letter.  I’ve included a short letter, heart embellishments, printed ephemera, a little notebook I made with patterned paper, a homemade spider paperclip, some post its and some chocolates and a tea bag!

The second one I’m sharing today was a “spooky summer” theme!  This time I made individual pockets and used a selection of patterned papers, some stickers and die cut embellishments.  The papers are a mix of Halloween and tropical summer themes.  The cutting dies were all from Tattered Lace and I think they are so cute.  I particularly like the Mummy with his bandages hanging off his hands.  I’m sure these dies will show up again very soon!

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I hope that these sparked some ideas for Halloween projects, have you got any spooky themed crafts that you are up to this week?  Thanks for visiting Ginger Ninja Crafts

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

 

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Fusion card challenge – Baby shower

Hi crafty people, I hope you are having a great week.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I’d like to share my entry for the Fusion Card Challenge which has the theme of baby shower.  I based my card on the sketch and the theme.  I used some gingham paper to coordinate with some plain cardstock which I embossed with a quilted look embossing folder.  The elephant die is from Tonic Studios and I used black nuvo drops to give the elephant an eye. Here is the blue version…..

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….and the pink version……

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I hope you like my cute baby cards, I’d love to hear what you think.

They are available in my Etsy shop (Ginger Ninja Crafts on Etsy )

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x