Whenever Karla hosts a swap, I want to be part of it. She puts her whole self into it, with wonderful tag book covers she paints herself, sometimes very complicated. And she attracts a wonderful group of swappers, so all the tags are lovely.
This summer she hosted the Bird Song swap. I'm finally sharing the beautiful books she coordinated and -- when available the links to those who created those tags.
As you can see, Karla's cover was complicated and beautiful, with the glittered bird cage, a wee charm and feather, all from her original painting.
The next tag was by Marie Entwistle of Homespun By ME.
Becs of Rebecca Rose Designs came up with this beauty. The use of trim and a fabric rose really set it off.
Donnalee of Dixieniche had the next tag in the book. "It's Owl Good," she says -- and it is!
I'm not sure who did this tag -- it was signed. I bet Karla had a tough time figuring out which side was which -- they were both lovely.
Dawn doesn't have a URL, but I did like her tag! The bird is lifted off the background to give it some dimension.
Kathy Lowry of Country Chintz brought style to her tag with a freestanding birdcage (almost -- it's attached at the top with a brad) over a printed page with a nest on it and a bird charm and button.
Cindy Mayfield of Yapping Cat offered this lovely woman and the words "Birdsong makes me smile." I loved the thread that surrounded her card.
The last one is by me. I always make an extra tag so that I can add one of my own to a book. Pretty simple.
Even the backs of the tags were lovely, so no matter how you look at the book, it works.
Here are a few of the tags that I did for the swap. I don't put as much stuff on them as some folks do -- I guess that's my style.
When I get these wonderful tags back, I think I should do more than a bit of naturals or a button.
On the other hand, one of the reasons I love the tag book swaps that Karla pulls together is that every artist has their own style, their own way of using materials.
The books end up quite unique -- and there are no two alike!
Thanks to Karla for hosting the swap! I'm sure these are so huge and overwhelming (over a hundred swappers, I think) she won't do them often. But I love it when she does!
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