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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

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Welcome.  Come on in and lets get hoppin’.

1.  For my first card today (above) I used the new image, 'Sparrow Fairy' 
I sized my image toward the smaller side so I could incorporate the frame. The flowers were all hand made.
What I used on my Sparrow Fairy#1 Frame card:
Image: Meljen’s Designs: Sparrow Fairy

Ink: Marvy Matchables
Color: Copic Markers
Designer Paper: Imaginisce
Spellbinders Frame Die
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Dew Drops
Foliage and Flower Punches
Glitter: Art Institute Glitter
Flower Soft
Glimmer Mist Gold
Sparrow Fairy#1  is also for alota32 challenge to use one of something, two of something, and three of something.  This card has 1 bird, 2 pairs of wings, 3 flowers.
2.  "Sparrow Fairy #2  I used the same image but scaled it much larger.  I had a sentiment to include but couldn't make it fit so it was included inside the card.  It reads:  'I Will Paint Peace On Your Wings And You Will Fly Over The World.'  
Sparrow Fairy #2 is also for alota#32, to incorporate 1 of something, 2 of something, and three of something.  I used 1 bow, 2pairs of wings, 3 kinds of embellies:  buttons, ribbons, flowers.
What I used on Sparrow Fairy #2:
Image: Melgin’s Designs Sparrow Fairy
             Alota Rubber Stamps (Cherry Blossoms)
Ink: Marvey Matchables
Color: Copic Markers
Large Daisey Punch: Martha Stewart
Lattice Border Punch: Martha Stewart
Mini Daisy Punch, Foliage Punch: Misc.
Spellbinder Nestabilities Dies
Designer Paper: Wildflower, K & Co.
Glitter: Art Institute Glitter
Paper Piercer
3.  For my third card for todays hop I used Firefly Fairy:

Image:  Meljen’s Designs FireFly Fairy
Color: Copic Markers

Ink: Marvy Matchables
Spellbinder Dies
Cuttlebug embossing folder

Rosebuds: Prima
Green and Purple Glimmer mist
Firefly Fairy is also for the challenge over on Fairy Fun Friday. 
Now, if you got here from Shannon’s Blog you’re just where you should be.  If not, the list below will help you find your way or take you back to the beginning.
For everyone else, just stay awhile and poke around, then be sure and leave a little love for a chance at that really cool prize that’s up for grabs at the end of the hop.  Stay with us to the end, leave a comment on all the Design Team's blogs and there will be a special surprise waiting for you.  I can’t say what it is, but you’re going to love it. Good luck to everyone and enjoy all that fabulous Meljen's eye candy.

Meljen's Designs DT Blog – http://meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.com/


Melissa's Blog - http://meljensdesigns.blogspot.com/
* Meljen’s new store: http://meljensdesigns.com/

1. With this new website we will be offering INSTANT DOWNLOADS!  Download links will be available right after purchase and will also be emailed to you.  We also now have a search feature which you can use to find specific images.
2.  Meljen's Designs Challenges launches today, April 1!  We will have a "Weekly Thursday Challenge" for you to play along in.  This week's theme, is "Anything Goes" which runs from April 1 to April 7, 11:59 PM EST.  You DO NOT need to use a Meljen's Designs image to play along, but if you do, you will be entered twice for the prize drawing.  Prize will be three free digis of the winner's choice.  Read more details about the challenge at the DT blog.

3. Blog hop prize will be a $10 GC to Meljen's Designs Store: Winner will be randomly picked from the links  at the DT blog, but blog hop participants must comment on all the DT's blogs to be qualified to win the prize.
And Remember the Challenge too.  We Design Team Members are counting on you to help keep us on our toes.  (besides there is a prize involved there too)
Now with all the details out of the way it’s time to hop on over to Lisa S’s Blog.   Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’re having fun and that you have been inspired.   Hugs, Melanie

*Remember if you get lost just refer to the list above. 

PS.  Please forgive me, I'm having fits with the fonts and spacing on this post.  Fonts are bouncing from one size to another and from one font to another.  I noticed a whole section of text is underlined too.  I didn't do that.  I don't seem to have any control over anything here today at all.  But at least my links are working.  That's an improvment from last night when I was checking it out.

Quote of the Day

Imagination is more important than knowledge.


greyparrot said...

I am so loving that sparrow!

Cheryl said...

Wonderful cards! They all are adorable.

Nancy said...

Fabulous card, Melanie:O) Lovely design!!! Great colouring.
Hugs, Nancy;O)

scrappingdragon said...

cute card :-), love all the purples

Lauretta See said...

OHHHH MEL... that 1st card is my favorite.. can i have it ??? LOL!! this card is stunning.. incredible.. i LOVE it.. all your creations are wonderful.. but.. this one.. the sentiment and colors and all.. it is for ME.. heheheh ;) happy to team up with you..

Hugs x

Michele said...

wow, great cards! I love the one with the blue bird, very vibrant colors.

Smita said...

OMG!! Awesome... Love the layers and colors and hints of glitter.

DQ said...

Love all the cards but the first one is my favorite, love how you used both flowers and image as accents to the frame, and love the handwritten words as well. Beautiful card.

Gloria Westerman said...

I can't pick which one I like the best....ok all of them......great job.....but I love your sparrow fairy......thank you for sharing...

Anonymous said...

vos cartes sont magnifiques
Nadyne xx

Deonna said...

Beautiful cards! I love the colors that you chose.

Randi said...

I love your creations, hard to tell which is the most beautiful, but since I love purple, fairys and nice shapes, it has to be the Firefly Fairy. I love what you've done with the green ribbon! Hugs ;)

Melissa 'meljen' Jenkins said...

Oh my gosh I love the cards - I especially love the verse on the first one. Almost made me cry. :-)

Super Jen said...

Thank you for sharing!

merniebug said...

This is a test to see if I can post on my own blog. I'm unable to post on some of the blogs today.

CreaRenata said...

Wow, what a great cards!

Lissa said...

Oh sweets, they're so beautiful!!! I still like the sparrow fairy... ;)

Tami said...

Wow you were really busy great job

Tammy said...

Okay...lets try this again!! Sheesh! I love every single one of your cards. The first one is absolutely stunning!!! Your coloring is awesome girlfriend!!! LOVE ALL OF THEM!!!!

Mariska said...

Gorgeous samples, my favorite one has to be the first, that sentiment is just perfect with the image you've used, absolutely lovely!


Jennifer Moore said...

I adore the colors you chose for your third card, my favorite of the three.

smswoope said...

Melanie, these cards are fantastic. What a different look the same image has.

WendyP said...

love all your cards - especially the fairy and bird ones, smiles W

coralie said...
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coralie said...

fantastic cards! I do really love the first one. Your handmade flowers look fantastic! xxx

Ginger Claire said...

I neeeed that chick - it's too cute :) Fabulous cards xx

Lori said...

Wow...your cards are gorgeous. I especially love the sentiment on the first one. I also love how much purple you used!!

Nancy said...

It was interesting to see the two cards using the same digi in different ways - thanks!

autumn0725 said...

Beautiful cards all around, but I think the 2nd is my fav. Great job on those homemade flowers...I'm working on different ways to do that myself.

Roberta Laliberte said...

Adorable cards all of them!

Thanks for joining Fairy Fun Fridays!


coldwaters2 said...

Fabulous cards I do love that Sparrow and fairy image and how you have used the two different sizes thank you so much for joining our challenge at PFF this week.
Lorraine x

BooksandLove said...

your cards are gorgeous!

Queen La Rubba ~ Rachael Doxsee said...

Your cards are lovely! I just love that lil' Fairy girl! Purple is just perfect for her! Wonderful card! Thank you for joining us for this weeks Prairie Fairy challenge!
Rach ~ Queen La Rubba
I invite you to hop on ver and enter in my candy give away! I will send anywhere!

Marie said...

Lovely card!

Thank you for entering in the Alota Rubber Stamps challenge and good luck!

ileana said...

Lovely cards Melanie! love the colors you chose to make them, hugs!

Fliss said...

Love the purple card....all are wonderful....!!!

ElaineBC said...

You have made some beautiful cards. I can't honestly say which one I like best.

Pinkllilac said...

Gorgeous card and love the design and details, the colours are beautiful, love the fairy image.
Thank you for joining us over at Prairie Fairy Friday this week.
Hugs Linda

jennruggeri75 said...

so cute!! i just love them both! the colors are fantastic!!!!

Marie B. said...

Wonderful creations, but my fav is the last one...I so love what you did with the green ribbon! :)

pixie sparkle said...

love all the fairy stamps & your cards are fabulous!

Alex said...

All three of these cards are STUNNING! I could rave about each one of them. Your layers and elements are just right and not overwhelming to the images. Fabulous coloring!! Love the tulle/netting/ribbon you have with the fairy and the flowers you made on the first card are AWESOME!

Shelly said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards, Melanie!!! They're exceptional. I especially like the sentiment that you used with the image on the first card.
That's my favorite image from the new collection and that sentiment makes it even more special.

Debs said...

Delightful cards, love the Sparrow Fairy. Good luck with the challenges. Debs xx

Sherry said...

Beautiful Cards.. And Your Work Is Awesome.. Thanxx For Sharing. :-)

Bekah's World said...

Beautiful cards!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Woo hoo!! I am so glad you found my blog and stopped over so I could find yours, Melanie!!!!! I just love your awesome creations!! The colors, images and designs are beautiful!! Hope you had a happy Easter!!

Jeanne said...

Adorable cards. Beautiful colors!

Callie said...

Beautiful cards. Love the sentiment on your first one. And I love how you showed the versatility by coloring the same image several different ways. So much fun!!

Tanya said...

OMG- your cards are amazing!!!

Francie G. said...

OK, why did I not know you had a blog? Amazing creations, Mel! Love the sweet images! Beautifully done, GF!

Esme said...

Gorgeous cards!!!

Esme xx

Katie said...

I just love all of your cards! Thanks for sharing!!!

GlitterEmm said...

Just love it! I put a link up on our Facebook wall. Thank you for the mention, sparkle on!


Joan Ervin said...

WOW, girl...you are working a little magic with these adorable digi images...such gorgeous coloring and I especially love how you wrapped the ribbon around the mesh ribbon on the stunning purple creation!!!