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Sea of Love . . .

Last year, I assembled the Sea of Love (Valentine) release for A Muse, and even illustrated a few images for it–it was such a fun one to do!

As Valentine's Day is drawing near, I started humming the song in my studio, and it inspired me to make this design.  It's masculine, and not a traditional Valentine–no hearts and it's not "lovey-dovey", really.  But, I absolutely love how it turned out.


Having been the daughter of a USCG Chief, I've spent most of my life living near the sea.  The Mr. and I met in high school, in his hometown by the sea (my father was stationed there when I entered the 8th grade) and from the home we've lived in for 10 years now here on Whidbey Island, we can view the water and the beaches are 5 minutes away.  So, I'm always drawn to nautical and sea imagery.  I illustrated the coral and sand dollar images used in this design!


I have an aversion to putting ribbon, glitter or "bling" on masculine designs, so I kept this one pretty "rugged".  Sappy tho it sounds, it makes me think of the Mr., and all the happy times we've spent at the seashore.

Oy.  That really does sound sappy, doesn't it?!  *chuckle*




Music:  Sea of Love by the Honeydrippers

Credits – Coral, Sand Dollar images by A Muse Artstamps; "I will love you always . . . " (retired?) by Penny Black, Inc.; Green Distressed Paper from the Kioshi 6×6 Paper Pad by Basic Grey; Fresh Ink in Tomato Red & Chocolate by Impress Rubber Stamps; Memento Rich Cocoa & Sand Inks by Tsukineko; Ciao Markers in YR00 Powder Pink & E50 Eggshell by Copic; Quarter of a round sponge; Post-It Note; Natural Hemp (jewelry supply); Paper Distressing Tool by Making Memories;

More Than Chocolate . . .

I just wanted to thank all of you that left such kind comments about my recent video attempt.  And, my hands.  LOL!  I'm always embarrassed over my crafter's hands, and even more so on the rare occasion I go in for a manicure because the poor nail tech has nothin' but nubs to work with.



I really love the Modern Woodblock stamp–it's just such a great multi-use image!

I used it to make "chocolates"!  Looky!

I KNOW!!! (best Monica voice)  (arms wrapped 'round self, deep chortling)

How'd I do that?  Well . . .

 I love chocolate.  A lot.  But, the nice thing about paper chocolates is that they don't have any calories . . .


Music:  The Way I am, by Ingrid Michaelson

Credits – Stamps: Modern Woodblock, "I love you more than . . . "; Sky Blue 4 bar note card all by A Muse Artstamps; Red Distressed Paper by Basic Grey; Polka Dotted Paper by Memory Box Co.; Fresh Ink in Chocolate by Impress Rubber Stamps; Clear Embossing Powder from my stash; Uniball Signo White Gel Pen; Tiny Attacher Stapler by Tim Holtz for Advantus; Tiny Type Alpha Stickers (inside the card, spelling "chocolate") by Cosmo Cricket

I'm practicing.

I've heard people say that video editing and encoding is easy.  FALSE! 

I'm teaching myself to do this, and I think I have aged considerably in the research, trial and error process.  Remember when I tweeted about Dyson and his 5,000+ failures?  Yeah.  That's what I was talkin' 'bout.

I'm getting there, albeit like molasses on a frozen pipe.  Not for lack of desire, mind you. I just don't know didley about video.

They say as we attempt to acquire and master new technology, productivity goes down. WAAAAAAY down.  Yup!

Then, once mastered, productivity soars skyward.  I'm still waiting for that to happen.  For that Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 and BINGO!!! High quality video packed into a less-than-monolith sized file.

But, I'm nothin', if not persistent. *wink*

This video was supposed to go with yesterday's post.  But, I gave up in the wee hours trying to get the dang settings right for the encoding so the end result wasn't total crap.  I'm not even going to tell you how many times I tried. Because you would then ask me if I was daft. And, at that hour, I would have to swear I was indeed. *chuckle*

Hope you enjoy, cuz Hades could indeed freeze over before I ever find the magic formula . . .


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