Friday, 1 June 2012


...sorry i've been AWOL these past few days...I paid a visit on Tuesday to a fellow blogger & attached to her site was a virus, my whole computer went into meltdown :( ...I got it back late yesterday and 3 years of my life was gone, all my writing work, my personal photo collection & all my blog photo's all gone...I could of cried, it's my own silly fault I should of had all this info backed up! still you live & learn eh & I missed woyww too :( & I'd made my ATC's...

...anyways I have been busy today making a Tag & cheering myself up, there are two Challenges I'll be putting it in for...

...the base for this Tag is from Tim's Ideaology papers...I used water colour paper for the embossing folder, the inks are Squeezed Lemonade & Frayed Burlap...

...which I went over with the water brush...

...of course my Dad is number one...

...this is the mini version of Old Jalopy & he's rather cute, just perfect for a Tag or an ATC...he was covered in Black Soot then embossed , set upon a road of washer's & his smoke is garden wire...

...loVe the sun rays coming out from behind the car, my Dad will loVe this he's mad about cars...

...I'm putting this Tag in for: 

...thank you for dropping by today...


  1. Oh Mel that is just awful to lose so much - I could cry for you. Sending a virtual hug (). I just checked when you visited my site and left your lovely comment as I hope it wasn't me. I don't back anything up either.

    Your tag is beautiful and what a great way to use the new Squeezed Lemon on a masculine tag! You always have such great ideas. I love all the elements they work so well together especially all the washers. A great piece of work and I bet your Dad will love it!

    Enjoy the holiday weekend x

  2. Oh noes Mel, how awful firstly to get a virus but then to lose 3 years of personal 'stuff' is hard to take in, no wonder you cried, I would of done too, still there's nothing you can do about it, apart from do a back up on a regular basis!!!

    Fabulous tag, love all your T!mmy goodness going on with it. the little car is fab isn't it, I use it quite a lot, like you say, just the right size.

    Sam xxx

  3. Gosh that's terrible. Like Jennie I've just checked when you visited my site and left your comment (Wednesday) and am crossing my fingers it wasn't mine either (although I have got a full antivirus system on the laptop and the PC as we've had this ourselves before).
    Your tag is beautiful, so much lovely detail. Good luck with both of the challenges. Hugs, Buttons x

  4. Hi Mel, when you visited me earlier I wanted to look through all my old comments and try to give you back some of your photos, but then I was scared that the virus might still be there. I feel for you, it is awful. I do back up but not often enough, so there is a lesson in there for me too. I use AVG which is a free service providing cover, if you don't have any at the moment you might want to use them until you decide longer term what to do. Love, love, love your tag, it is fabulous and a great way to use the squeezed lemonade. Anne x

  5. Ooooh, that's terrible, one of your worst scenario's, sounds like a horror story! Awful to lose so many precious things.
    I do hope it wasn't me with the virus, but I haven't seen anything strange at my computer.
    Great tag you made for your dad, he must be very pleased with it! I really LOVE the road of washer's and the garden wire smoke, GREAT!
    I would like to ask you something, will you please mail me? Thank you so much!
    Yvon xxx

  6. Darling Mel, what a nightmare.. all your beautiful photos and crafty creations.. I would have cried too!! I am glad you took a little time out to make this perfect Tag... LoVe It... simply AmAzing... great choice of inks just love how you even created smoke.. you clever girl!! Hugs May x x x

  7. Wow Mel, soooooooo BEAUTIFUL your Tag.
    Your dad is a LUCKY man.
    Greetz Patricia

  8. Oh no Mel! I never back up, think I should start!!
    I have swapped my WOYWW ATC's already but would love to swap with you too, if you don't mind waiting for me to make another..? Email me if you'd like to
    The washers and the smoke are fab touches on your tag.

  9. poor thing, I hate computer viruses, mine died a few weeks back but was lucky to have the comp doc save everything.
    great tag, glad your back with us.

  10. sad..hugs Mel. Viruses are so horrible..I guess it can happen to any of sorry it happened to your beautiful blog! Gorgeous your dad beautiful and dazzling too!

  11. How awful for you to lose all your pics and stuff. I've just transferred my photos onto a hard drive backup (almost 30 thousand!) I'd love to swap ATC with you if you want, I'd hate you to feel left out! (Just email your details and I'll post one off to you!)

  12. I wondered where you were on Wed - thought it wasn't like you to miss the swap. Poor you :( How awful to lose all your photos etc like that.... B*"&*Y viruses - what sort of mad geezers get pleasure from wrecking people's sites like that. Hope it doesn't take too long to get back to normal..
    Sending hugs,
    LLJ xx

  13. Aww Mel that is sUch a shame. How awful for you, *hug*
    I love your tag. So much texture, and the washer road is so inspired. BriLLiant!
    Mo x

  14. Absolutely stunning tag Mel - you're so talented.

  15. Aww, Mel,so sorry to hear that...sending you big hugs. Beautiful the washers and all the different have the most fab ideas!
    Take care and hope you have a lovely weekend!
    Hugs Jo x

  16. I missed you on Wednesday to Mel, but I have put you something in the post to make you smile.
    Love Lynn x x

  17. That happend on a blogger side??? Lordy....this is to bad..yes, backup's are important...but your tag looks great. My dad would like it, too (:o)

  18. Hi Mel, Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog, so pleased you like it. I have just been browsing through yours and you have some lovely makes, and this is a great tag. I am now your newest follower.
    Sorry to read about you loosing your work on the comp.
    Avril xx

  19. Hi Mel, just to let you know I have tried to 'follow' it keeps comming up 'bad request'
    Will check back tomorrow.

  20. Stunning Tag,just love

  21. Your tag is fabulous Mel. I love the look of the washers. I'm so sorry to hear about your lost files and photos - I really need to back up on my computer aswell I just never seem to get round to it.

    Sarah x

  22. I personally don't think it's too late to join WOYWW. I'm still visiting people and will for several days.

    Believe me, I know how frustrating a virus can be. I decided to back my art and files up offsite. It is so helpful to know I can retrieve it any time I need it, as long as I can access my programs.

    Your Dad is going to LOVE that tag. It is so clever and original. I had to laugh when I saw "DAD" because it reminded me of those candles you can buy to put on birthday cakes. At least you can buy things like that in the States.

    Have a glorious weekend. Just remember, all those problems are now behind you and you can breathe again.

  23. Oh no, how horrible to lose all that stuff! I sure hope it was not my blog. Sam at HettieCraft had let me know that ShabbyBlogs was having some problems so I have changed from them to another background.
    On the upside, your tag looks fabulous! Great use of the spring as exhaust!
    xoxo Karen

  24. So sorry that you have lost so much of your stuff and a reminder that I need to do a back-up right now.((Mel))

    Beautiful tag and yellow and blue go so well together

    Love Chrissie xx

  25. Hi awful for glad everything is sorted now...I'd have been in such a panic. Love your tag...It looks those washers.
    Hugs Debbie x

  26. Hi Mel, so sorry to hear that you lost all your files. I had that problem 2 weeks ago, luckily didnt lose anything, but now I back everything up on Carbonite. I sent you an email a few days ago to get your address to send your ATC to you that we planned to swap. You can email me at to give me the info, it's all ready to go.
    Love the tag, great details.

  27. This is great Mel - love that jalopy, splash of yellow and cluster of washers! Thanks so much for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge! Sarah. I do hope you can get the computer sorted....sometimes it is retrievable - just need to find a real whizz retrieval expert who knows how to swim through the system as a computer can never get rid of just moves them. You never know....

  28. Fabulous tag Mel, love the washers and your lettering is so effective. I'm so sorry you've had computer problems, I hope it's all sorted now.

    Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man.
    Sue C

  29. This is fab Mel and love the embellishments - adds real effect. Hope your enjoying your weekend
    x catherine

  30. WOW, Mel, this is fabulous! LOVE that car and all the layers! I am so sorry that you lost all that on your computer--I would have had a meltdown, too!

    I hope you're having a beautiful weekend~

  31. oh Mel, so sorry to hear about your meltdown.. not the sort anybody wants, glad things are okay now and you are up and running again. It does serve as a warning to everyone. Fabby tag hun, your Dad is going to love it! I just love the pile of washers, brilliant!

    Thanks for your best wishes, I am feeling a lot better today. Enjoy your day. Hugs, Gez.xx

  32. morning sweetie, I love the colour you have used on this fabulous creation, big hugs love Pops x x x

  33. What a marvelous idea to use washers for the road. This is a cool tag. blessings!

  34. Full of character and texture !! Just how I like my guys. Terrific!!

  35. Very cool...very eye that car and the fun addition of washers too!

  36. Love the car and your #1 ticket for Dad. What a horrible experience you had blog surfing! Thanks for the visit and follow/I've just become your new follower as well.

  37. This is really cool, totally different from the normal masculine design I have seen.

  38. Oh mel how awful that you lost your files , dreadful news.
    Your card/tag is just fabulous what stunning work well done Hugs Elaine


...thank you so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...Mel :)