Odd YELLING men Printables

OK, it seems like Sunday has become a printables day for me.  And these, once again from The Graphics Fairy image collection, use a couple of things that really struck my fancy.  First, she posted these oddball bit of quirky antique text – they are very strange indeed, phrases that don’t immediately conjure up something specific, but that could actually be used for a few different things. There have been two posts on this, the first post is linked THERE  from the one I’ve linked HERE. Next, I had downloaded a couple of little yelling men images.  I had one open-mouthed man who came in some sort of collage pack and I came across it while tidying up my chaotic room.  See him eating the word ART?

artcalendarI just loved him, and at the time I made this piece I went on a hunt for similar images – I found the GF ones (sorry, adding the link to the ODD category) and downloaded them, but never used them.  They have been lurking on my Mac for ages, just waiting for inspiration. When I saw the piece again, it all just came together in my head and I HAD to make something.

yellingmenHere is a list of some of the ways I think they could be used – do feel free to add a comment with YOUR ideas.  I’d love to hear them! And I think you could easily print and cut any text and add it over the ones here – I’ve tried to leave enough room around the text that it won’t be a struggle or too tight a fit! They could also be used on a scrapbook page, although I would maybe resize them to more 2 x 3-ish rather than 3 x 4.

Independent Barbarians:

  • Kids running wild
  • Halloween costumed kids
  • Men doing something odd – they do a lot of odd things so use your imagination LOL!

Cackle, Blab and Rattletrap:

  • Perfect for Hen nights
  • Any gathering of women – a crop even!
  • Little girls chatting
  • Anyone on the phone or perhaps even at a computer
  • Witch costumes

Queer Artistic Notions:

  • Any photo of crafting
  • Kids artwork

Ridiculous Airy Illusions:

  • Anyone dressed up smart/elegant
  • Teens ready for Prom
  • Magician Costumed kids

Here is the PDF – I’ll find it really interesting to see how many people share my love of this sort of quirky image and oddball text!


A little more on the Display Stand card

I made another of these cards, refining the process, like I tend to do.


Really happy with this one.  I also made a little YouTube slide show for it.  I added a better way to make the flap for the surrounding card to house the bits if you want to mail it.

I’m going to make this bit a PDF and incorporate it into the original, if I can but today (and tomorrow, and Monday) is all about the room tidy and re-org.  I got 3 additional bookshelves, AND managed to figure out (much to my DH’s dismay, as it requires some shifting of large, heavy pieces of furniture LOL!) where to put them.  It will allow me to group all my stamps in one area of my room, and shift all my magazines and books, and to organize those for ease of finding.  That has to happen quickly as we have a visitor coming n Tuesday and at the moment the whole downstairs is a bit of a tip.   But let me lay out the process for you with photos:

Working with an 8 x 6 card blank, and I am working portrait, but you can switch it up and work Landscape it you want, start with at least an 8 x 12 bit of patterned cardstock.

Mark 3 inches from the bottom and cut it across just to the 8″ mark – it will look like an L:



Stick the left to the front of the card to cover it, with the side extending out past the opening edge. Score and fold the flap, wrapping around just the front of the card, to the inside.


Trim off a bit from the short section, so it is about 1/2 inch from the fold.  I like to round just the top right corner.


Add double-sided tape along the bottom edge of the flap and secure it.  This creates your pocket.

theflap5 theflap6Now you can slip the card bits into the flap!

theflap7Have fun with it!

I’ll sort the PDF and add it here, as well as replace the original – to be honest, I’m not sure how the page breaks will happen so it may end up a bit odd when I insert the additional pages, but I’ll try to annotate it so it makes sense.

Wait for it…..

Circle Tray Display Card – instructions, improved card with flap, and template all in one PDF

OK, I THINK it works.  It may be a bit odd where I inserted the info, but it is all there.  I also added the template so everything you need is in one place.  Phew.  Now, off to the cleaning…


Circle tray display card – PDF template and instructions

NOTE:  I’ve added some additional info on making the card-with-pocket to the original PDF, and incorporated the templates as well.  THIS PDF should have everything you need.

Well that was a challenge!  The template I used for my original cards was on the disc from the book – that is something I am not able to share.  So I had a go at making one myself, using the basic idea as the starting point. Mine (the pink one below)  is smaller, in order to fit it inside a card , and the shelves are farther apart so you can add text and have it a little more readable.  I think it works.

circletraycards 1. Download the PDF template here.

2. Cut out the base and the circles from really heavy weight cardstock (or cut double and stick them together)

circletrayThere are some little bits of text  in the PDF as well – if you are hand delivering this, I would say you can omit that and just set it up for them.  The plain text bits are for YOU, not to include on the card LOL!

circletray3 circletray5Obviously if you alter the card you will have to type up your own instructions {wink}

A word about that: Only the base is critical. The squares inside the circles can be bigger or smaller (but not too much!) to change the “shelf”  position, up or down, closer together or farther apart, but they need to be in the centre.  The circles themselves can be cut to lots of different sizes.  Mine are 5.5 inches for the lower one, and 4 inches for the top one. I’ve said cut a second circle B (the smaller one) for the “display circle” but feel free to alter that.  In my sample, the display circle is about 4.5″.  You can instead:

  • make it a square or rectangle – what about 4 1/4  x 6 1/4 so a standard photo fits on it?
  • make it oval
  • leave it out entirely so something like the birth announcement or a wedding invitation can be displayed

I see no reason square rather than circle shelves wouldn’t work.  Give it a go with 4″ and 5.5″ squares.  Bet it looks cute…

3. Decorate them as you like – cut a 2nd template to use to cut the patterned paper, stick patterned paper to the back of the template then cut, or decorate just the central panel. I added a little bit of Washi tape along the top edge, before I cut the slits that hold the display.  Totally the wrong colour, I’ll probably cover it or remove it (Washi tape is SO forgiving!)  but it will make the top more sturdy.  I cut to the OUTSIDE of the lines on the template, but maybe just a snip along the line.  You want it to hold the display item securely, and it may depend on how thick your cardstock is, how many layers you have, etc.

circletray2I love my Distress ink, so of course I inked the edges, and you can see I used the focal point paper just on the front panel.

circletraycardinkedCut the circles and decorate them on the BACK, leaving the squares visible so you can cut them out after they are decorated.

Note: I made my folded photo corners, so they matched the paper, but commercial photo corners work too.  I also cut a 3 x 3 inch square as a sort of mat, attaching the photo corners to THAT and then the square to the display circle.

shelves4.  Add double-sided tape to the flap – don’t peel off the backing!

That is it for the display – now, you can make another card to house it.

1.  Fold an A4 sheet in half for the card base.  An 8.5 x 11 inch sheet should also work.

2. Cut another strip widthwise, from the same size paper.  Mine is about 2- 3 inches wide. Round the upper right corner.


3. Attach this just along the bottom edge, along the bottom of the inside page, folding it over to the front of the card and attaching the full area to the front of the card. This creates a little pocket for the display stand bits.  Decorate the front of the card as you like.

circletraycardholder3Now, I want to test a theory.  I THINK if I use the trick to make a blog tutorial a PDF it will make the link to the PDF doe the template clickable.  Let’s see if it works…. in any case, here is a link to that in this blog post, but it won’t be in the PDF as I have to make the PDF before placing the link!

Note: Well yippy skippy!  The PDF of the preview of my blog post worked perfectly, and includes a  clickable link to download the template PDF from the instructions PDF.  Woo hoo!

Have fun with this project, and LMK if you have a brilliant use for it.  My feeling is it’s perfect for a new baby, or for a wedding card, as those events seem to naturally include something to display (like a photo) but I also think it would be cute as a birthday card, maybe with a photo of the birthday person as a child for the display part! I may just make one of them now, so I can do a YouTube doodah for it.  But I’d be interested in any other thoughts you might have.


WOYWW 206 – more of the same

Hello you WOYWW-ers! I’ll be hanging on the phone trying to book DDs Challengers events today, while doing my visits so may not actually get to what’s on my desk till much later.  It’s more of the same, really.  I mentioned that the project from yesterday grew, sort of, from the thought of the new baby card I need to make for DDs bus escort.  She’s been with us for many years now, and in July, when DD moves on to her Foundation Learning course at the local college, it will be the end of an era, really.  So I need to get that card finished so I can give it to her for her Grand-daughter (due in October) because I won’t be seeing her every day anymore.  Very sad for us all, I think.  But what is on my desk is the beginnings of that, in the same style as Madman Drummers.

woyww206Lucky I asked, because the Mom-to-be apparently dislikes PINK and is having a girl.  Oh dear.  Back to an old Basic Grey collection that has a touch of pink but not so much that I would expect anyone to object to it.  I may make a feature of the GIRL journaling card that is just hidden by the circles, not sure yet.

I also plan on a good long look at the disc from the book, to make sure I print any of the files that I think may be potential jumping off points for future projects before I have to return it.  I wonder if it’s still in print…..



SDC99 – some assembly required?

There is so much back story to this one LOL! But I won’t make you read it before showing you the project, for  SDC99 – Summertime:


First, I went to the library and stumbled on this book:

sdc99summerIt is full of interesting packaging items, from boxes and bags to displays and folders.  It comes with a disk of .eps files.

I opened up the file from the disk (yes, I KNOW – a library copy, checked out by who knows how many people, and the disk was not scratched!) in Intaglio.  I converted it to a PDF for Editing (which breaks apart the bits) and re-grouped them as I wanted them.  Then I copied over the base into a new file, and scaled it up 300% (which made it fit an A4 sheet.


I did the same with the circles, more so I had the exact size of the center cuts than because I can’t manage to cut a circle! Now the nifty thing – I can save the Intaglio file as an .svg.


And THAT means I can open and cut it using SCAL.

baseinscalWhich would be fine if I had a bigger machine than the baby bug.  So in the end to make full use of ALL the A4 sheet I cut it by hand.  I did all the decoration and assembled it for the photo, but it breaks down flat if you want it to:

sdc99summer2This project came about due to a collision of a lot of things.

  • Obviously, finding the book
  • then needing to make a special new baby card – I had the idea I could use the structure from the book to make the card, but make it so the slot in the top could hold a photo or the birth announcement.
  • but then Blinded By the Light (the Springsteen version NOT Manfred Mann – please!) came up on my iPod in the car – followed within a song or two by Madman Mora Blues by Boiled in Lead – Madmen being the link… but I digress…
  • and DS is a drummer, due home for a summer visit, and I just KNOW he will want to get in to the garage and drum, long and loud…

Now the lyrics are shortened a bit, and that is both due to the length of the quote, and size of the font (before you ask, Hot Coffee)  as well as me being overly sensitive to how they might possibly be construed.  It has everything to do with the UK substitution of BUM for BUTT, and hearing something voiced by a homophobe on TV that made me think BUMMERS might not be something I wanted to put on a card.  And then while I think  American Indian has been shelved for Native American… or has it??  A simple card becomes a minefield of potential offense to SOMEONE, and 20 years on the Internet has taught me that if there is possible offense, sure as eggs is eggs, there will be SOMEONE who WILL take offense and make it a point to tell me I have offended them.  Still I am taking a chance with Madman, but there is simply not enough of the original quote left for it to make sense if I leave that off!

Some assembly required (for the card) and no offense intended…..


Pretty? Grungy? Vintage? Project Life Month Cards…

I have seen a LOT of Project Life cards, both for sale and as printables.  Most of them seem to be more … I don’t know what … maybe Graphic Design style?   I’ve seen some that are rather cartoon-y, lots that are more my sort of style (text and colour and simple shapes) and while I’ve seen a few more vintage-style ones, they are not in the majority.  I wonder why that is?  Is it because the people who are likely to do PL like that style?  Is it that vintage-y things don’t “fit” as well with the style of the books and layouts?  Is it that people like me, who enjoy the designing process, tend to make things that are in keeping with the “official” Project Life stuff?  Honestly, you may laugh, but this kind of thing keeps me up at night LOL!

So I did my usual end-of-week check at The Graphics Fairy, to see what had been added, and I was so taken by this Menu graphic that I just wanted to do something with it.  I have a little project germinating in my head, and it mixed with what I was seeing and ended up as this little set of Month card printables.  I can’t decide if they are Vintage (too much colour?) or Grungy (maybe not grungy so much as Distressed?) but I DO think they are pretty.

They look like this:


A closer look, and a confession…. See the white bits of the design?  Can you see the little curl over the B is not coloured in?  And the one at the far right? Grrrr. I fixed them but then went and copied the wrong file to create the  cards.  I printed the whole set out, cut them up, and THEN noticed.  DOH!


I had to go back and delete alllll the little frames and replace them with the corrected one.

whitecurl2Interesting, too, that the screen versions are all MUCH brighter than the printed versions.  Not sure if that is a printer setting I got out of whack or if it is the fact I need to change a few ink cartridges, or something else.

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Colour version of the pretty printables

I did have a comment regarding this from someone who said they would like the COLOUR version, so I just went ahead and made the change.  The rest of the cards are the same but this one has the alternative spelling.  I’ll pop in to the other post and add the link to the PDF. colourone

Happy Friday!


Gelli Plate surprise! Tee Shirt transfers

OK so you can’t be surprised by this, really.  You will know from past posts that I am really loving exploring tee-shirt transfer paper and using my arty supplies with it.  Well, since I had my Gelli plate out, it occurred to me that the transfer paper might take the prints.  Had to give it a go.

Two problems – first, I only have the smallest scrap of transfer paper left.  And second, the only kind I have is what I think is the more unusual of the two, the stuff you decorate then peel OFF the film, lay it face UP on the fabric, then lay the silicone paper it comes on OVER it, then iron to adhere it to the fabric.  I am 99% sure that the more common transfer paper, and the one I am currently out of, is the one that you lay face DOWN on the fabric and simply iron the back.  The issue with that is that of course you need to reverse text, so stamping doesn’t really work for words, etc.  But I already know I can print over a Gelli Print, like I did on the bird, so that is not an insurmountable problem.

OK so I did a very small Gelli print on the transfer paper – I used the 2″ circle punch to get  the shape, I have that little paper left I wanted to make sure I could try more than one if it all went wrong.  It didn’t.  I also used only a scrap of fabric, again because I certainly didn’t want to mess up an entire shirt if it didn’t work!

I didn’t go mad with the printing, so just a couple of colours and a simple bubble-wrap press to give it some texture, then stamped the Mad Hatter on there, more because it fit the space and it was fairly detailed so I wanted to see how that worked.


The usual caveats apply – you can launder it, but on a gentle cycle, do NOT put it in the dryer or iron over it. But you can see the sample has been washed (ok, not in the machine, but I was pretty vigorous in my hand washing) and there is no bleed of peeling, although I did slightly crease it when I scrunched it up in the washing.  It’s dry now, and has smoothed out.



I think it looks lovely and vibrant.  I am heading out to get more transfer paper, probably the more common kind, to see how it works.  I can see this being great on a canvas bag, for example, or like this, a small area on a larger shirt.  Carolyn, of A Colourful Journey, printed with her plate right on a shirt (see it here) which cuts out the iron-on step, but I like the controlled aspect of using the transfer paper, and being able to compose my piece just how I want before I add it to the shirt (or bag or whatever) – plus the stamping and anything else I want to add.  Remember, Distress Stains work as does Distress Ink, and edging with permanent marker to define it better.

I have three large blank canvas bags and I think at least ONE of them needs to be experimented on, but needing the paper first….





WOYWW 205 – Gelli again

I am prepping for a little demo at my crop this weekend so my WOYWW desk is covered with Gelli play.


The prints are using a little technique (if you can call it that!) that I have been playing with.  What I do is dot the paint in areas of the plate, sort of scattered.


When I brayer them to cover, I try to take care to keep them from mixing too much.  The pattern it produces is a little like ovals of colour.


You can see on the brayer how they are distinct, rather than one uniform mix.


It’s a way to get an interesting secondary pattern with no effort.  I like it.


And of course you can carry on with the usual masking and printing and stencilling.


Not entirely sure where I will go with them, but for now it’s just playtime!

Hope you have a great day!


A strange sort of post….

This is a sort of strange post for me.  It concerns crafting, sort of, but from an odd angle.

I am planning on going to a crop on Saturday, and I had said last month that I would bring my Gelli Plate with me, and those cheap paints I mentioned a bit back, so anyone who had seen all the buzz about it could have a look, have a play, and see if it was something they wanted to get in to.

Flash forward – DH had ordered this odd little gadget that basically plugs into the HDMI port of your TV and turns it into an Android tablet.

We have been playing with it a bit, and it seems to work really well.  OK, so it isn’t a Mac product, so for me the learning curve has been higher, but it’s getting easier to use.  The theory is that if you are travelling, for example, all you need is this – no monitor, no keyboard, only a mouse.  With new technology, DH always looks for the thing that will make me WANT to use it, and for this, he loaded up the TED lectures.  From the site:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

In the evenings we have been watching the occasional lecture on many and varied topics.  Again, to keep me interested, he usually lets me pick the topics LOL!  Last night we watched this one:

OK, so I know you are wondering how this all ties together….

The talk speaks of the Adoption Curve, which is a classic tool to show the spread of anything (remember the shampoo commercial? You tell 2 friends and they tell two friends, and so on and so on… ) and looks like this:

The talk is about how social networks can be used to predict epidemics, but funnily enough, when I was watching it, my craft-minded brain automatically made a link between this whole concept, and the virus-like spread of the Gelli plate! At first, there were the early adopters – people who maybe had already done gelatin printing and jumped on the plate, maybe with some skepticism, but then took off running.  Little bits of info, a few posts on blogs, and more and more people decided to make the leap.   Just based on my own casual observance of the Gelli posts, I could clearly see this curve replicated in real life!  And really, the same thing happens with all manner of  things, from Candy Crush (which everyone (everyone but me) at the last crop seemed at the very least familiar with, if not actually playing it) to taking up Project Life, etc.

But it also got me thinking about what happens next?  Like many, I got a plate.  I love it, find it hugely fun to play with, and posted a few times on things like classes or videos I had seen, making homemade tools, and eventually a few posts on actual things to make with the prints.  The temptation is to just pull print after print after print and worry about what to do with them later.  Not sure at this point if we are in the Late Majority phase or are already to the Laggards, but my thought is that we might be in the Adoption Gap phase. Because where I had seen a LOT of inspiring sorts of work using the plates, what I was not seeing was as many practical, anyone-could-make-this projects.  There was a TON of work that I would call real art on the Gelli Plate Facebook page.  At first it was just print after print after print. some explaining the techniques, but more just whole posts or videos of HOW to use it, and sample prints.  Then there were many art journal pages and collage work – fine if you do that, but less of a push to actually get a plate if it isn’t your thing.  It is perhaps only more recently that I am seeing stuff that is more mainstream crafting – tags, cards, scrapbook pages incorporating Gelli prints, Tattered Florals flowers for pages or cards, and ATCs.   And that is what, I think, is going to make even the casual crafter look again at the plate and think Do I need that?

It reinforces what someone said to me once, and that is that nothing sells like actual, practical, I can do that examples.  Just showing something and saying This is so cool! is not going to make most people run out and get it.  Seeing a fabulous and inspiring project, with step-by-step instructions on how to replicate it, IS going to push them in that direction. I do know I would be hugely interested in seeing the sales curve of the Gelli Plate, and see where, exactly, the tipping point was, the adoption fall off, or if it is still to come.

So now I am planning on getting out the plate, and having a play, so when I take it to the crop I can feel confident enough to demo it at least a little, rather than just plunking it down on the table and saying Have at it…. I may have to see if I can come up with a small, simple project that people can do so they can see the fun of the playing and printing carried on to a logical, practical, final project.  I’m thinking a card is probably the easiest, but maybe a set of embellishments for a page.  I’ll see what the prints look like and if that inspires me in one direction or another, I’ll run with it.

If you managed to read this all the way thru, I would love to know what you think.  Do you have one?  What made you get one? Was getting one something that was, really, outside your comfort zone? and if you got one, how much have you used it?  Will you carry on using it or will it join the other NEED THAT items in your stash that, in the end, you didn’t really need after all? Or has it opened up your crafty life in some surprising way?  Do tell…..