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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

Monday, June 14, 2010


Fathers Day is just around the corner.  So in honor of the day here is a masculine card.   I like creating masculine cards but seldom find the time to do them.   This Impression Obsession image was colored with Prisma Pencils and finished with gamsol;  The sky was sponged using a handmade template in this daytime version.  The cord is something I found on a construction site garbage heap.  My finished image was triple matted then mounted on plain white card stock. Clean, simple, and super easy.

TTT: masculine
TREEHOUSE:  Challenge #054 Tool Time:  You guys will think I'm nuts, but my favorite tool used on this card is my homemade cloud teemplate.  I use it so often and it's so worn it's time I made a new one.
RAISE THE BAR: Card for Dad


Amber said...

Terrific masculine card!

Lovely Linda said...

Oh my giddy aunt - this is fabulous! I love that image and the way you have sponged the sky! You are definitley skilled at the masculine cards!!I am loving this!! Thanks for joining us at the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge this week - we would love to see you again next week! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC Design Team

Jane said...

And another...WOW! These are beautiful!! Good luck again at Crafty Cardmakers XX

Gwen's Busy Little Hands said...

Gorgeous card! Love the clean lines and the puffy little clouds. I really like that you used recycled materials from a construction heap to add to your project. How cool is that? Thanks for being part of our challenge at A Crafty Little Place. Hope to see you back soon!

Gwen DTC @ A Crafty Little Place

Sarah said...

Wow, this is such a stunning card, your colouring is amazing and I love the rope knot you've added in the corner. Thank you for joining us at MCFC, good luck with the challenge xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

Hi Melanie

this card I love with the ducks
love the blue sky is that a stamp?

greetings and hugs from karin

Sheri Gilson said...

Gorgeous Masculine card!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at ACLP!!

~*Joni said...

Wonderful coloring on this card, the image is perfect for any guy who loves nature and the water. Beautiful blue skies! Thank you so much for joining us at ACLP this week celebrating the guys in our lives!
~*Joni ACLP DT

Lesley said...

Great card! Thanks for taking part in the Magical Crafts challenge xx

Unknown said...

Just so pretty! Thanks for another entry in our challenge at Shelly's Images. I have had such a great time visiting your blog and seeing your creations!

Marion Kuipers-van Eijsden said...

3 Entries for this challenge.. And they all are so stunning.
Great great creative production!!!!
Thanks for playing with us at Shelly's Images TTT

LORi said...

Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing with ACLP this week!!
Little Crafty Hugs - LORi

Lindsey said...

What a great masculine card. Thanks for joining us at OSCC this week xx

Cor* said...

Once again, great image different take! Love those clouds!! Good luck at FFF this week.

Connie Babbert said...

Wow...three submissions for the Create with Connie and Mary Father's Day Challenge! You are on a roll! Thanks AGAIN for playing along!

Amanda said...

What a fantastic card - your colouring is absolutely amazing!

Thanks for playing along with us at Magical Crafts.


Audrey Ernst (hippieaud) said...

Another STUNNING work of art. Thanks so much for playing at SHELLY'S IMAGES this week!

Unknown said...

Congratulations Melanie! Your card was chosen as a winner this week at Shelly's Images for our TTThursday Challenge. Please visit www.shellysimages.com and pick out your favorite image. Email me at shelly@shellysimages.com and I will send you your image! A new challenge has been posted for the coming week so I hope you will join us again.

Sue said...

Simply Stunning and fantstic colouring.
Thanks for playing at Fairy Fun Friday
Sue x

Chrissie said...

What a lovely card... I love the cord!
Thanks so much for joining in the fun at OSCC this week!

Maggie Bob said...

Fabulous card - somehow you've managed to make it masculine and elegant at the same time.

Thank you for playing along at One Stop Craft Challenge.


Vixykins said...

Another beauty, lovely image!

Thank You for playing at Crafty Cardmakers Mens cards challenge