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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

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Happy Thursday.  I hope you are all having a wonderful week.  It's that time once again for Digi Doodle Shop's Thursday Challenge.  And this week the Challenge is SCRAP.  Being guest designer for the month of July, I've already got my card ready.  It was created almost entirely of scrap except for the base card stock.  All the designer papers, ribbon, and buttons are scrap, although I've ordered more of the buttons.  The Little boy's clothing was paper pieced, and he was colored with Copics.  This image was dublicated three times, cut out, debossed, and layered with dimensionals for 3-D effect.
IMAGE:  BOY AND BALL by Digi Doodle
OVALS: Nestie Dies
BORDER PUNCH: Martha Stewart
Ribbon: Scrap

Boy and ball image can be found here and he's on sale through the month of July.

RILEY AND COMPANY: Cut it Out, pop it up
THE CRAZY CHALLENGE: It's hip To Be Square
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS: SPORTS: MY Little guy is playing ball.
STARS AND STAMPS: Shippers Choice: Card for a little boy


Pascale said...

Hi there Melanie your paper piecing is wonderful I love your design and your ribbon looks great. Hugs Pascale

Katja of Katzz said...

Great card Melanie. Love the colors you used.

Monika Reeck said...

Oh wow Melanie I love the paper piecing on the Boys clothes so adorable and your color combo is fabulous...Adorable card dear...see you on my Blog...Monika DT member from DDSB :)

Jóna said...

Love your card Melanie :o)
Nice to have you as a guest designer :o)
Hugs, Jóna

pam124 said...

Melanie, oh my goodness, what a DEE-LIGHTFUL card!! That image is priceless and you have colored it so well and/or paper pieced I'm not sure! Either way, it is pure perfection. The b/g ef, dps and over the top fun button/ribbon treatment won me over on this one. You created a most special creation this week!

Thanks SO MUCH for joining the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week and I hope you can come out and play with us next week!


Phyllis said...

A BIG WARM WELCOME to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. I am so delighted that you have found us. This is just the cutest card. Love your colors and that image. Great ribbon treatment!! The MMDesign team thanks you for playing along with us this week!!

Nana said...

Very nice boyish card. Love the colors, the masking you used and the ribbons!
Thank you for joining us at "Crazy challenge" this week. Hope to see you again!
hugs Nana

KymKreates said...

I adore what you have done with this image. He has truly come to life!!! Thanks again for being a part of the team for the month.

Carol said...

Melaine welcome to our Midnight Madness Sketch Challenges. What a delight to have you play with us. Your card is just adorable. What a cute little boy image. Everything is so perfectly executed and it is simply delightful to gaze upon. Great job with the sketch this week. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :O}
Midnight Madness Design Team

debby4000 said...

Adorable sweet card, beautiful colours.

Lovely Linda said...

Hi Melanie - this is just gorgeous! I love that image - I just want to cuddle him! Your colours and DP are fabulous - what a perfect take on the sketch this week! Love it! Thanks for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, we love to have you with us! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC Design Team

KarinsArtScrap said...

hi melanie

it's a long time, but this card is wunderful, lovely and sweet.
beautiful colors.
we share the same mmsc challenge.

greetings and hugs from karin

Judy said...

Hi Melanie,

You did a fabulous job with this card. I love all the colors, and different patterns. It looks so much like what a little boy would wear.

Great job hun,

Jill said...

aww this is gorgeous I love the image thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Yolanda said...

This card is precious.

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Joycelyn Turner said...

This is absolutely precious!!!! Love that sweet image...fabulous creation!!

Sherry H said...

Your card is so cute! I love the button treatment.

Priscilla said...

Wow, this is for sure one of my faves this week. Melanie I am becoming big fan. This image is just adorable :)Such a wonderful entry and great take on the sketch too. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness sketch challenges.
p.s. would love to see a group over on CDAC featuring these images :)
MMSC Hostess

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

Hi Melanie! Great card and you have done and outstanding job with the paperpiceing! Looks amazing! Great take on the sketch too!

Thanks for joining Midnight Madness Challenge. We appriciate your support and hope to see your faboulus work next week also!


Jan Hunnicutt said...

Wow, another outstanding card! Very nice!

Operation Write Home said...

What a great card - supersweet image!! Your coloring is fab, and I love the design :)

stephanne said...

This is a really sweet creation, LOVE the outfit that you put together for him too!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations this week!!

Francie G. said...

Over the top adorable, Mel! Fabulous coloring!