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New Fairy Garden Supplies! And a Folding Greeting Card Tutorial!

Filed under Art Projects, Fairy Garden, Giveaways, Little House Kit, Newsletters, Tristan Robin Blakeman, Tutorials

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Kristin’s and Tristan’s projects that are still available on the new site.

A quick reminder before a cute 3D card by Tristan Robin Blakeman — and new Fairy Garden supplies (!): The 50% off Sale on Children Collage Sheets ENDS TOMORROW NIGHT (Monday, February 22nd)!

Hm… and why are those collage sheets on sale? See Thursday’s newsletter for some adorable imps in a convoy by Nichola!

(The More Cab Card Cuties Collage Sheet from the sale section is shown at left. And another is included in the Giveaway below.)

Design Team Member Tristan Robin Blakeman is up with his fabulous creation from the Little House and Odd Houses Add-On Kits: “From my house…” Fold Open Card (with Tutorial).

This is a card that folds flat for mailing, but can unfold and stand up with rows of 3D houses when your recipient receives it! All the houses are from the House Oddities Box (the inside houses without the box).

On the first row I used the Decorative Window Set that is also available in the Add-On Kit. The gold square window is made from Mini Floral Dresden and the arched four panel window is backed with acetate that I colored with Alcohol Inks. To cover the houses (and all the houses on the card) are from the gorgeous Provincial 6×6 Paper Pad; it was such a perfect palette for this project. The trim that I used on the shorter house, is the Bronze Dresden, however is out sold out but the Half-Round Dresden Borders in Gold is a good replacement.

If you like the pink bling on the middle house (see photo at left), you can make it yourself! Simply take the Mesh Rhinestone Ribbon and color it with an Alcohol Ink. You could also use a Distress Reinker to shade the rhinestones.

For the last row, I chose two houses that were somewhat thinner so that I could have some space between them and not be completely covered by the middle house. I used Zig Zag Dresden Borders in Gold as trim on the house roof on the right. A small gold bead is standing in for the doorknob. Both the red decoration and the balcony were made with a Die Cut Machine. Window Frames & Shutters were used for other windows and most of the shrubbery came from either the Rustic Trees & Foilage or the Bricks, Arches & Climbing Roses Collage Sheets.

Make sure you’ve given your pieces a good length of time to dry… it’s sometimes hard to wait, I know, but I really do let them sit overnight.

From My House Supply List

For directions on how Tristan made the base to hold up the rows of houses, more details and more photos, please visit Enchanted Revelries.


Hooray for the Houses with Bling Giveaway!

I picked out a mix of items from Tristan’s “From my house…” Fold Open Card supply list to make this Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of these products):
– Brick, Arches & Climbing Roses Collage Sheet
– Gold Zig Zag Dresden Borders
– House Oddities Box
– Mesh Rhinestone Ribbon – White (a whole roll of 10 yards!)
– Oddities Box Doors and Windows Collage Sheet
– Provincial Hedge Scrapbook Paper
– Decorative Windows Set 1:24
– Window Frames & Shutters Collage Sheet

PLUS (not really related to houses or fairies… unless the fairies play tiny games of poker?!) I’m including:
New Miniature Playing Cards
Wistful Collage Sheet (one of the collage sheets on sale at 50% off through MONDAY!)

To enter the Houses with Bling Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, February 22, 2016).

AND TO ENTER THE DRAWING, please tell me: What will you do with all of that bling?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the An Impish Convoy Giveaway? That would be Jean Marmo!

And she replied to my query ‘What other odd object would you put wheels on?”

Another wonderful creation! Love the wheels! Not sure what else I would use them for!

Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, February 21st, 2016

75 responses to “New Fairy Garden Supplies! And a Folding Greeting Card Tutorial!”

  1. Peg says:

    I would love to have the bling! I would try my hand at a card and they would look great in a fun journal!

  2. jean marmo says:

    LOVE that little wheelbarrow! ANd all that bling! I am still scrapbooking weddings (had two in 9 months) so I am sure I could put that to good use!

  3. Ina M Good says:

    I would make a fairy house I have this new resin fairy and door I have been wanting to use with lots of bling would be ideal!!!Love Tristans card and houses!

  4. Karen N. says:!! My best friends are moving from Denver to Santa Fe and will be only a mile away from me. I would love to make this house with bling to welcome to their new home! Great giveaway!!

  5. Margaret D says:

    Oooh I love shiny stuff! Some of that bling would definitely find its way onto some little Christmas houses I am working on right now. And I would use it for cards too I suppose. That book box I love it. I would love to use it as the little door that Alice finds that leads into the garden. I have been planning that for awhile now and voila! Alpha Stamps actually gives me a door! Wonderful !!! All the little houses I am not sure yet but I just love houses and these last few give always have been just great!

  6. Alma Casiano says:

    With all the bling I’d make everything sparkle ! I don’t know that I’d use this as a card…maybe more like a standing bling filled nook of sorts adding lots to look at peeking into the door or windows..

  7. OMG …Who wouldn’t love all that bling…A fairy house and garden would certainly be my choice… with maybe a few domestic garden fairies flying around ( bling bling) those little windows.

  8. marykay chisum says:

    Who doesn’t want a little bling in their lives?

  9. beth davis says:

    I would CREATE FAIRY ART!!! :)~

  10. Sunny says:

    These are fantastic! I would add these to my existing fairy home – a home under a cloche.

  11. Jeanne Kelly says:

    OH my! I would have to create a European getaway vacation spot for miniature people.

  12. Donna Meyers says:

    Wow , all my favorite things in one place. What attraction is there for
    Bling on houses??? I am making a printer frame collage wall item with artitecture and whimsy all combined. Thes items fit the bill beautifully. Hope I win.
    Great concept.

  13. Kieran Grey says:

    What fun stuff, especially the shiny things. So many possibilities!

  14. Denise Bryant says:

    Love all that bling! I’d use it to embellish cards and ATCs!

  15. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Shine and bling. Can’t get any better than this. I just must win this Giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

  16. barb macaskill says:

    COngratulations to Jean!!! LOVE the bling and the house card is awesome! I would use the bling to add to my fairy patio as lighting! TFS!

  17. Debra Gibson says:

    I would use these goodies for a Marie Antoinette theme!!! Love the bling!!!

  18. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I think I would make a book, each house would have a story about a character in the book complete with bling as appropriate to the personality.

  19. Mary Helene says:

    Would make a great Alice in Wonderland theme house.

  20. Amy Eileen Koester says:

    I would make a project for one of my college art assignments!

  21. I would love to win this I would def make a 3D collage thank you

  22. Dewanna Raite says:

    I just saw a segment on Blooks so I desperately want to make some and I believe bling would be a perfect accent for these works of art.

  23. Carla says:

    I see a blinged out fairy garden!

  24. Ritva says:

    Oh great, I would make something that’s between a house and a castle!

  25. Leah Fein says:

    All that gold and sparkle would go into a fairy
    Wedding card.

  26. Jen R says:

    With that much bling I see everything getting touches of shiny ✨

  27. Barb Striethorst says:

    Well – I would blitz the houses with bling!

  28. I’ll make mini tiaras for my little friends.

  29. Karen says:

    “Congrats on your new home” note card would be cute and fun to make and send.

  30. Lou Anne H. says:

    I always incorporate bling into my art. I would make a fairy garden shadow box and bling it up.

  31. Robyn Holway says:

    I would use the bling as trim on mini books, mini chandeliers, mini frames. I would also use it for bezels and pendants. The houses are so cute, too!

  32. Traci says:

    I love the house box would love to make something halloweenish with it as it is my favorite holiday and would make great spooky houses. >^..^<

  33. Bonnie says:

    I LOVE houses as a decorating theme ( and birds).. I usually make house cards, house decorations on gift packages, houses to hang from my tree, houses to sit on my shelves, haha… so there is tons of fun waiting for me if I win this. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity.

  34. Marilyn H says:

    I like to edge tags, ATCs, and such with bling (nothing is out of bounds). Makes them really “pop”.

    Love the houses. I’m trying to get mine done for the swap.

  35. Rose says:

    I Love the bling! I would incorporate it into and on lots of flowers in a fairy garden. Maybe as buds on tree branches and shrubs. Lots of possibilities!

  36. Linda Marie says:

    I would use it for a winter scene!

  37. Brenda Moehlig says:

    I just finished my midnight magic 8×8 album and would bling it out. I just received my prize from you all and will try to add some of that as well. Thank you alpha stamps. Impressed by all the new items.

  38. Dawn says:

    I love the idea of using alcohol ink on the mesh rhinestone ribbon. I would make blingy Easter houses.

  39. Deidre says:

    Thanks for the chance to win such wonderful bling! I would use it with the Alice in Wonderland images I have, and make Alice inspired creations for my daughter’s birthday (an Alice inspired event!)

  40. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Bling, bling, bling–I would adorn lots of cards and mixed media pieces.

  41. Karen says:

    Got my houses yesterday now to have ALL the bling to create the “Fold Open Card”…I’ll be on my way bling, bling, create!

  42. marcia says:

    i think some of the stuff would wind up in my art journal….

  43. Ann Pierce says:

    I still have out all my Wonderful valentines stuff so would keep on playing! Everyone loves my fun 3d cards, and this would be a perfect addition. I might even usr some bits on my mini swaps I’m working on! Keeping my fingers crossed.

  44. Andrew Francesconi says:

    As I love bling and more bling, I would decorate all the little houses with fairy glitter and more fairy dust. They would be ultra glittery!!.

  45. Karen Mallory says:

    Love the giveaway stuff! I would use the bling on my altered boxes. Lots of ribbon, lace and bling!!

  46. carmen g says:

    I would assemble it into the shape a dollar sign to serve as a beacon to draw every presidential candidate close. Then, I would hit the lights and fry every one where they stood. Afterwards, we could join hands and find peace in crafting. A world without politicians (and, maybe, brussel sprouts) is a happy world.

  47. Eve Watters says:

    These items are so special, and I would like to use them to make a tiny little dwelling in its own little garden, something so lovely and magical that everyone who sees it will be touched and inspired!

  48. Laura pence says:

    I would add the bling to my fairy garden supplies on hand as they would go very well with this mix of items!

  49. Michelle B. says:

    I have a rubber stamp image of a great dog, also one of sunglasses.
    I’d put the glasses on the dog and then cover them with bling for
    a “bling blitzed pooch”! Would make a fun mascot for my studio!

  50. A special couple just bought a home. I would make these pieces part of their personal story. On the back I would write the date of the purchase and a key for happiness.

  51. Nancy S says:

    I just love all the bling> I would add them to my altered tags!

  52. Carol Slowik says:

    My house would have the door and window frames outlined in BLING!

  53. Luanne Shoup says:

    Gotta love the fairies!

  54. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I would make a Welcome to Hollywood gate useing all the bling to flash it up.

  55. suzanne says:

    HI Guys, I would make this it looks amazing and takes you out of your comfort zone I would love to win this

  56. Rise St Arno says:

    I would make fairy doors to install at my apartment and some businesses in my small town.

  57. Karen says:

    I’ve had a long-standing love affair with houses, that whole nesting concept. Adding bling is such a logical next enhancing step. I would love . love to give this a whirl! Bling it on!

  58. sheila AR says:

    A roll of bling is fun and useful in so many ways. This giveaway en toto just screams “Liberace’s Country Villa!!” Yes, please!

  59. KIM says:

    Great give away .
    I use a lot of bling in my card making .
    BESIDES…you can never have too much sparkle .

  60. Alison says:

    I feel a bling explosion coming on! I have some fairy projects just aching for some glimmer and glitz. So many fun things being offered. I hope I win!

  61. Patricia Worth says:

    I love bling and I adore fairies what could be a better match? I would adore winning this phenomenal giveaway!!

  62. Ginette says:

    Bling my way, I always know how to use it.

  63. Leanna Alverson says:

    My fairy house really needs sparkled up and all this bling is just what it needs!

  64. Kat Cashwell says:

    Bling – who can live without bling?? It’s a girls best accessory!

  65. cathy smith says:

    Marie Antoinette houses with bling – crowns and sparkle!

  66. LeAnn says:

    I would add some bling to my fairy village.

  67. Art Garcia says:

    I’d use that bling on a Mother’s Day project I’m working on!

  68. angelic says:

    I love to add bling to my mini albums.

  69. Carol VanGerve says:

    I’m ready for spring journaling and card making!!

  70. Roxanne says:

    Wow….love love the houses and Bling!
    I would make a row of beach houses along the shore and each would be ‘dressed’ in plenty of bling and of course there would be a large sunshine that day and everywhere the sun hits is where you will see ‘bling’! Always seems to have sparkles at the beach!

  71. Lana says:

    LOVE the little cards…I would put a teeny bit of bling in the center of the clock faces.

  72. Cherie C says:

    Would love to bling up the dollhouse I’m building. My daughters will be happy to take over any leftovers for cards and collages.

  73. Cindy F says:

    With all that bling as party lights, my fairy garden and fairy house would light up the night! And oh what a party it would be.

  74. Laural says:

    wheels and bling on Bunnies for Easter

  75. Elizabeth H. says:

    I would make little fairy houses.