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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

Thursday, December 23, 2010


I just love the serenity of this monochromatic card, but I shamefully must admit it is cased from heaven only knows where, and I'm sure not nearly as pretty as the original.  The background paper of this card is one of those shimmery things with lots of glitter and sparkle, however it doesn't show in the photo.   The image by Serenity Rubber Stamps was colored with Copics and mounted on Spellbinders nestabilities dies.  A Spellbinders die was used to create the border.

An Early Christmas Present

Merry Christmas everyone.  Our Anything Goes card for this weeks Digi Doodles Challenge seemed an extra challenge for me and I found it necessary to kill two birds with one stone. Being Christmas week and and all I'm extra busy like everyone else, and to add insult to injury I have a a gravely ill  dog who just ruptured a disk and is paralyzed.  He requires a ton of attention so this card is one I had to make for a friends new Granddaughter anyway, thus the two birds thing.   Actually amid all the chaos, it was a relaxing and fun card to make.  This image called BABY GIRL from the Digi Doodle Shop was fun and easy to work with.
I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background and a Martha Stewart border punch for the top design.  The image was colored with Copics and mounted on a nestabilities Die.  The only embellishment is the bow.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Joy ToThe World

It's that time of the year again so I thought I'd share this little guy with you before it's too late.
The background snowflakes were stamped and embossed in silver.  The two chipboard letters, J & Y are from Heide Swapp and are colored red with a copic marker.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Let It Snow

Our challenge for the DIGI DOODLE SHOP this week was to let it snow.   It was easy to get in the mood for this one as old man winter has finally arrived here in Arizona.  We even had to cover our tender plants at night since the temperature dropped down into the freezing range the last three nights.  "BURR."
I started with a distressed navy panel that I stamped all over with an old snowflake stamp I picked up at Michaels in their $$ bin.  I stamped this in white then embossed with an irredescent powder to create the starry, snowy night time sky.  Next I created the image panel by stamping the Christmas Door Image by Digi Doodle, coloring it with Copics, then finishing it off with punched foliage, beads,  puffy liquid applique and two kinds of glitter, fine and chunky for the snow.   This door image was cut out then mounted on foam tape for a raised diminsional effect. The card was finished with a bow and large punched snowflakes,and gold cord with two mini jingle bells.   The last thing I added was a few stray  white plastic snowflakes.  What a fun fun project.  I love those two little bells, they really do jingle.

What I Used On My Card:
Christmas Door Image: by Digi Doodle
Snowflake background stamp:  Michael's $$ bin.
Foliage Punch:  Martha Stewart
Snowflake Punch: Marvy Uchida
Ribbon, gold cord, jingle bells, beads and plastic snowflakes: Michaels
Glitter by Barbara Trombly's Art Glitter Faux Snow

                                        Digi Doodle Shop's Christmas Door

Thursday, November 25, 2010


For this weeks Digi Doodle Shop's best, we were challenged to create a card using red and green.  I used their Poinsettia Image coupled with several neutral colored die cuts.   The image was printed then glue applied to the lines in the design, covered with gold embossing powder then embossed with a heat gun.  It was layered on several Die labels seperated with dimensional foam tape, and frames.  Image was colored with Copic Markers.

Poinsettia Image: DIGI DOODLE SHOP
Sentiment: GINA K
Die Frames and Labels: SPELLBINDER
Designer Paper:  ANNA GRIFFIN