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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

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


My card for this weeks Meljen's Design Team was to incorporate the anchor away image and to use lace or ribbon.   I've got to tell you, I just couldn't get my head around this type of image with ribbon or lace, so after stewing about it all day I settled for an underwater scene where I could use twisted grosgrain ribbon as a sea foliage embellishment.  I'm not claiming the rope twine is ribbon or lace.  Even though I used a very small anchor image, I figured I'd be forgiven by using Meljen's Ocean Floor image too.  I cut the underwater image out so I could use this great looking designer background paper.   Then I added some punched foliage in purple and peach & gold colors to use as coral along with a few broken pieces of seashell.  The image was colored with Copics.
IMAGES: Meljen's, Ocean Floor & Anchor Away
PUNCHES: Martha Stewart
EMBOSSING FOLDER: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles
Clear Dew Drops, broken seashells,
Rope Twine (found on the garbage heap of a construction site)
Stickles and Spica pen for shimmer
Matted Image was mounted on foam tape
Crushed gold Beads used for treasure Chest

CHARISMA CARDZ: Challenge #24 Bling
TTT:  Masculine Card:  Men do like to dive.
TREE HOUSE : Challenge #054 Tool Time:  My favorite tools are Punches and Copics
FROSTED DESIGNS:  Both my bucket of seshells, and the twine are from around the house.
SPEEDY THE CAT:  Challenge #8 is to use embossing.  I hope dry embossing counts.
PRAIRIE FAIRY: FOR DAD:  Dad loves to dive.
RAISE THE BAR: FOR DAD: #23 For the Dad who loves to dive
DRUNKEN STAMPERS: Bling.  I've used lots of glitter, dew drops, crushed beads and lots of color.
PAPER GARDEN:  Whatever makes us feel cool.


cynthia richards said...

All I can say is HOLLY COW!!! This is amazing!

Shelly's Images said...

What a stunning card. There is so much to see. Thanks for your entries this week in our challenge at Shelly's Images. We are so happy that you are joining us again. :)

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Hi there! I found your card through the Charisma Cardz challenge... it's brilliant and full of really neat details. I love the ribbon sea grass!


KarinsArtScrap said...

Hi Melanie

you have made a beautiful card
love the rope that you have addit at
great job

greetings and hugs from karin

Anonymous said...

gorgeous card, really stunning !

Faye said...

What a sweet card, I love it. Thanks so much for playing at Charisma. x

Fairy Cardmaker said...

The ribbon sea grass is quite clever!

Annika said...

Absolutely beautiful, wonderful colouring and gorgeous balance of embellies! Such a gorgeous scene you have created, would love to know how you stuck that grosgrain ribbon.

Markie's Mom said...

What a FRABULOUS card!!!! Love the embossing for underwater!!!

Thanks for playing Speedy's Challenge!

Lindsey said...

Oh i love this! I love how you have made sea weed out of ribbon, brilliant! Thanks for joining us at OSCC this week xx

Claudine Poch said...

Wow, lots of great details on this one. That seaweed ribbon is great! Thanks for joining us at Speedy's Friends.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Mel - Excellent entry...for ALL those listed challenges! Look at you go! Wonderful idea to use the ribbon as seaweed! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Debbie said...

Wonderful card! Love all the colors and embossing. Love all the details you put into it. Thanks for playing along with us at Frosted Designs.

Joanne Travis said...

Mel, this is phenomenal!!! Wow, I can't stop looking at all of the beautiful details on this, there are so many. I really love the way you twirled that ribbon to use as seaweed. Awesome creation.
Hope to see you at Speedy's Friends challenge every week, I love your work!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing card! I love all of the little details you have added! Thanks for playing along with the Drunken Stampers this week!

Julia Aston said...

Wow! the details on this are wonderful - a very artistic creation! thanks for playing with Speedy this week!

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous card! I love this scene!

Diana said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS. WOW!!!! This is such an amazing card, I love all the elements you used to make it look like you are truly under the sea. Just GORGEOUS.

CraftyGirl said...

Spectacular card!!! All of the details you included make for a stunning under the sea theme!! Love the way you used the seashells!! Thanks for playing with us at Frosted Designs!!
barb :)

Kim said...

OMG, I feel like I'm deep sea diving while looking at this one. I must say the ribbon is perfection! Love the tiny air bubbles too! Fantastic job. thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs this week.
Kim xXx

My Creative Outlet by Janna said...

Fabulous card! All of the detail is just amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Stamp Something!

Janna :)

Linda Ledbetter said...

Great card and a brilliant use of the ribbon as seaweed! Thanks so much for joining the Drunken Stampers Challenge!

Liz Williams said...

Melanie, you are so creative with so many of the fabulous elements of this card. Thanks for playing along in this week's challenge and congratulations on your win last week.

Connie Babbert said...

Wow...such an awesome detailed card! Thanks for playing along with the Father's Day challenge on Create with Connie and Mary!

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

WOWIE! This card is AMAZING! I LOVE the textures you used and all your embellishments are FABULOUS. AWESOME work! Thanks so much for joining us at SHELLY'S IMAGES this week. Hope to see you again soon:)

Min @ Kaymin Kreations said...

Holy Moley- this card is just breath-taking! Gorgeous work!

Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Shelly's Images!
Hugs & Happy Days!

CuddlyBunny said...

Geez, I sure hope you were forgiven for whatever it is you didn't exactly do correctly here ... because your card is AMAZING!

Dawn Mercedes said...

wow...love that sea week. Thanks for joining Speedy Cat's Friends!

Becky said...

What a fabulous card you created. It is just adorable.

Chrissie said...

Another great card Melanie!
Thanks again from OSCC!

Maggie Bob said...

Wonderful card - love how you've tied the image in with all the embellishments.

Thank you for playing along at One Stop Craft Challenge.


Alyssa S said...

What a fabulous card! I love all the little details but especially the twisted grosgrain - too cool! Thanks for playing with PGP!

Cathy at Paper Garden Projects said...

This is awesome! All of the detail is amazing. I love it.

Thanks for playing the Paper Garden Projects Keep it Cool challenge.