Garden Fairies – Swap ’til you Drop!

This month’s swap host is Nancy (Gothic Arches) Maxwell James and she has chosen Garden Fairies as our theme… I don’t like fairies in the traditional sense. I don’t believe they are pretty, ethereal beings, flitting from flower to leaf, oh no! I lean towards the mischief-maker, likely to pull your hair when you’re reading a book laying on the lawn, making you jump in the dusk as you let the dog out last thing… yeah – the Dark Fairies.

But, as the lovely Chrissy is hosting the swap and I aim to please, I have tailored my garden fairy ATCs to the greater good… with a bit of a twist!

The bases are all craft Vilene, or pelmet vilene…

… painted with gesso and sprayed with green ink.

Then I dropped some alcohol ink on the paler areas – 2 shades of green –

I drew ‘birds’ in the gesso and highlighted them with black ink. I then stamped fairy trees and toadstools from HOME IMPRESSIONS  (Toadstools 2 & Fairy Houses), onto clear plastic strips and stitched them to the ATCs…

The final steps were adding small images (Ten Two Studios), stitching them in place; adding a little ricrac ribbon with staples and then inking the edges. The german scrap wings were added last! I hope the recipients like them. My fave is the little baby hatchling!

Leave a comment


  1. These are lovely 🙂

  2. Hi Rosie, I`m happy that you`re there too! Your fairies are adorable. Beautifully created!

  3. Wow! Such a lot of different layers….great effect! 🙂 I’m not doing good with the fairy theme myself at the mo LOL

  4. Fairies and naughty girlies… watch this wonderful clip from the Antique’s Roadshow

  5. I can’t see one of your photos thay sound wonderfuk though. I watched the fairy roadshow on TV it was good wasn’t it.

    hope the weather is good for OH and he gets out more this year doing what he obviously loves

    Love Dawn xx

  6. Love your fairy atc’s!
    Beautiful layers and stitching!!
    Jan x

  7. Rosie, I love, love, love your garden fairy ATCs! The saturated green is such a promising color! The stitching is really wonderful! Hope I get one of these!

  8. I can see them and they are stunning I am getting excited for this swap!

    Love Dawn xx

  9. Oh your fairy atc’s are just delightful. They look like you’ve done a lot of work and it has definately paid off cos they are stunning 😀
    Chris xx

  10. Hi

    I love your twisted fairies….. so full of wonderful details


  11. These are lovely! Gorgeous work, lovely colours, great backgrounds.



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