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Mesa, Arizona, United States
Hi: It's Merniebug here. Well actually it's Melanie but I answer to a variety of sobriquets. My mother had been reading Gone With The Wind at the time of my birth, thus, I was named Melanie. My friends call me Mel, It was my sister who coined the moniker Mernie when she was too young to pronounce Melanie correctly. It was eventually shortened to Mern. And then later when my nephew came along he called me Melwee because he couldn't pronounce Melanie either. Now my husband of thirty-four years is so confused he just calls me whatever comes to mind first. Actually I was Sweetheart until the day he realized the honeymoon was over. It was my cousin who added the bug to Mernie which is who I've always been to him and who I am on Splitcoast Stampers. So now that we've gotten past the odd name business, who else am I? I'm a child of the King, a wife and a mother to one grown son and five tailwaggin' fur babies. I am a retired interior designer, a rubber stamper, and a wanna be author who is just completing a first novel. I got into scrapping and rubber stamping to fill a creative void after retiring--it's less expensive than redecorating the house every year. LOL

Monday, February 8, 2010


Hi there:
A while back my friend Sue and I were shopping in Michaels when on a fluke I ran across a (12x12) thick pack of assorted designer papers.   When I say fluke, I mean it literally. I leaned over to re-tie a shoelace when voila there they were hiding on the bottom shelf in the floral department. If not for that shoe, I never would have seen them.  These packs ordinarily bore me. You know what I mean, the kind with one or two nice prints and the rest are dogs?  Well I was practically down on the floor anyway when I spied them so naturally I just had to take a peek. Wow they were fabulous--page after page of wonderful heavyweight, two sided papers in pretty prints and colors and nary a dog among them. Some were even gilded and heavily glittered.  Between the two of us, Sue and I cleaned them out and later realized we had gotten it all for about eight-and-a-half-cents per page.

I used one of the glittered papers (the glitter doesn't show in the photo) for my Monkey card today.  I liked the twiney, viney bird paper with the monkey image.  
For this card I've used another Jill Haddad Digi' image.  Isn’t he the cutest? I think her Monkey has a name but I just call the card, "Love at First Bite.  The banana leaves were stamps from a High Hopes set. Everything was colored with Copics.  Jill’s images can be found here:

1 comment:

Jill Haddad said...

How wonderfully adorable! Love the use of the background paper with this - It's perfect!