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Friday, March 26, 2010

Alice is in the house!

My Alice tags arrived last week but I was waiting to post about it until Lisa @ Tarnished & Tattered & I exchanged our tags ( we wanted to make sure we had one of each other's w/out burdening Karla w/ special requests) but I had to cancel our get-together because of my back problems. :o( We couldn't wait to post any longer so I'll post about her tag when I receive it.

Isn't this tag book awesome! I am so proud of it!!! Thanks too all the contributors & especially to Karla @ Karla's Cottage, for all her hard work.

This is the cover, made by Karla. She hand drew the Alice & then photo-copied it for our tags. Check out all the wonderful details! The book page ruffle at the bottom, the rose out of vintage wallpaper....

the tiny, tiny, tiny "drink me" bottle, full of glitter....

And the wonderful door into Wonderland. LOVE it!!!

Isn't this next tag by The Gypsy Magpie sweet w/ all the flowers...it's like a bouquet!

And teh graphic simplicity of this next one by Melissa Sele @ Charm School Jewels is really charming, isn't it?

I almost went w/ a design much like this one by Suzanne Crowley (I don't think she has a blog). Too cute!

Jessica Rodarte @ Kids napping? I'm Scrapping! paid such attention to the details! Look at the stamped Alice ribbon & notice the tiny little A of hearts charm?

This next tag is one by Karla herself. When I saw it on her blog, previous to receiving it, I actually gasped, I loved it so much. I almost cried when I found it was in my book. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

I wish the photo captured the awesome craftsmanship this next tag has. Sandy @ Quill Cottage printed on fabric for the Alice & created her dress out of tissue paper. It's fabulous!!! I neglected to get pics of the backs of the tags but most (w / the excepton of mine *blushes*) are just as beautiful from the back as they are from the front. Hmmm...wonder if I over-looked taking pictures of the backs "accidentally on purpose" to keep from even more embarrassment in showing my unadorned back.

The next tag is mine. I can not tell you how honored & proud I am to display my tag alongside the works of such artists.

A friend & her teen age son recently came over & I was showing his mom some of my recent creations & he asked "are you an artist?" I answered, "yes, I guess I am." Pinch me, I'm dreaming!!!! ;o)

This has been a fantastic swap for many reasons....I loved creating the tags, loved getting the tags & the tag book is a wonderful treasure...but the best part about it was Karla. I have admired Karla's work in magazines long before there was even any blogging. And of course y'all know how fantastic her blog is! But to find myself friends & exchanging art w/ a woman I basically idolize (I love everything about Karla...love her style, love her home, love her down-to-earth goodness, love her sense of humor, love her relationship w/ her grand, love her open heart & I LOVE her talent!) is like a dream come true. And if you think I gushed about Karla a lot in this post, wait until you read a future tribute post where I talk about how long I've been an admirer of her's. ;o)

Have a good weekend everybody! I don't know if my back is any better but I've given in to taking pain pills so it sure feels better LOL...thanks for all your concern.


karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Geesh! I'm blushing, thanks!!

Sorry you missed out on your get together with Lisa. She seems like so much fun! You guys should come up to visit us in KS when you are feeling better. Back pain is awful, isn't it???

Take care!

Terri and Bob said...

Those are gorgeous, Cami! I hope they made you forget your back pain!

Beth Leintz said...

Cami- i got one of your tags in the swap- I love it- what a great interpretation of "through the looking glass".

And your background paper is great- what's your secret- is it a stencil or a stamp?

Really Rainey said...

Those are SO adorable!!! I am wanting an Mad Hatter Tea Party for my birthday in May... So I have been lookin around for ideas.
I hope your back gets better soon... I just went through that a couple months ago... Yes, pain pills too... I gave in and took em so I could live I was in so much pain.


Miss Janice said...

Those tags could not be any cuter!

Linda said...

The tag books are great!!! I shoulda joined!

Boxwood Cottage said...

Hi Cami,
haven't heard from you in while so I wonder if my parcel has still not arrived? I sent it off 4 weeks ago. It's a white padded envelope.
Please let me know when you get it!
The tags are so pretty but the last one with the glassprism is my fave! Was that the one you made?
Great idea and execution though!
xoxo, Carola

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tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

I'm with ya 100% girl, Karla is a RockStar in blogland to me too! I have been following her for years. Your book is amazing, every single tag...a work of art. This was a great swap. Bring your book to art group so I can see them up close. I hope you are better girl! I missed having you with us on our shopping extragagaza! Lisa

T's Daily Treasures said...

I can certainly imagine why a tag swap would be so special. You make one set of tags and in the end, are handed many more in return... all handcrafted by other likeminded individuals who put their heart into their creations. You then have something to treasure from the experience, more than just the memory of participating. Fabulous! Hope your back is better soon. Blessings, tammy

Bryanna Lenan said...

Oh.... go ahead and send those right on over to me... I believe you have my address... I love them!! I wish I would have known about this... you know my Alice obsession runs deep!! LOL!!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Those are SO neat, Cami! Love every one of them.

I saw the movie and loved it, too.


Sheila :-)

Christine Edwards said...

Cami, I love the Alice tag book. I wish I had done it...they're all so wonderful!