Saturday, October 3, 2015

Grey/Gray Pair of Cards but Still Smiling ;)

(stamp: Create with TLC digital freebie image  die: Spellbinders  Coloring Medium: Copics)

I did a bit of ombre "coloring" for a couple of challenges....

I dotty-dotted with Copics to get the ombre effect on my die cut digital.

To show you I really meant it in my quest for sets....

here is another using the scraps of the same paper...

(die: My Favorite Things Die-namic Blueprints 11)

I'm entering it in another challenge I've stumbled upon 

 This week the focus is  an "Inspired by Words" Challenge...

"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile" by American Poet William Callum Bryant.

I LOVE this idea of being inspired by words...

I was an English major many many moons I think this is the coolest idea for a challenge!

I obviously took the word smile to feature here.

I come from an island FULL OF SMILES...Hawaii ;) smiling comes naturally to me. ;)

Hawaii is not only full of Hawaiian Aloha...but Asian culture too.

I have a bit of Japanese in me (along with a bunch of other nationalities).

A smile can mean different things to different people.

I found this interesting article ...
Sometimes I think I smile when perhaps I shouldn't...

I'm working on that guys.

I didn't realize it was a "thing" that differed among cultures until we lived out of the US.

At first I thought people were angry at us...but then I took it less personal the longer I lived in that country.

The more I learn...the more I realize I need to learn...

always trying to grow here guys....


  1. I love your cards! Love the pattern paper too!

  2. I am so pleased you like our idea of being inspired by words.We do this challenge as part of our rota of challenges. You cards are gorgeous. Love your designs and mix of colours. Plus thanks for the insight into different cultures-we learn a new thing every day. Great to see you at Time Out and hope to see you again x

  3. Your coffee card looks real cool! Interesting post about "smiles", thanks for sharing!
    Also a big thank you for leaving such sweet comment on my blog, you've made my day! No I am not an illustrator but did study it for a very brief time.

  4. Great that you came up with this design! Love the subtile autumncolours and the focus on the "smile"word! Thank you for taking the TIME OUT and join us!

  5. Your cards are gorgeous and I love the coffee card you've created, that's brilliant and the sentiment is perfect! Thank you for sharing your project and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog... :)

  6. Wonderful collection of cards Marlena. I really love all those chevrons for your Time Out card. Thanks for playing along.

  7. Your card certainly brought a smile to my face. Thanks for joining in at Time Out Challenge.


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