You'd think that I would be able to know by now when I get a stamp set that will become a favorite, but I still get surprised. "By the Tide" surprised me. Of course, I really liked the images in this set, but I didn't imagine how wonderful it would be to use, particularly in the form of collage. It is perfect and so easy to work with! And that tiny script image is actually a poem that reads:
Pink shells, white shells, and shells colored blue;
smooth shells, crinkled shells, old shells and new;
striped shells and plain shells lift by the tide;
my shell is magic - the sea sings inside.
Isn't that a sweet poem? It's too bad that the script is so small and easily overlooked, but that image is great for a little background/texture when you need it--perfect to keep a tag from looking too plain! And, of course, all of the images in this set (in my humble opinion) simply scream to be used in a collage.