Friday, June 03, 2011

Little Yellow Bicycle; Elizabeth Park (Design Team Projects)

by   Kathy Berger

When I got a sampling of the new Elizabeth Park papers from Little Yellow Bicycle I just fell in love! I'd like to share a few of the items I made with papers from this collection.

First up is a project using the Flutterby/Fuchsia Flower Dot paper. When I saw this butterfly covered paper I was reminded of my great-uncle's mounted butterfly collection; though I found them beautiful, I always felt bad for the butterflies. I knew right away that I needed to use this paper to replicate the beauty of Uncle Mal's butterfly display without harming any beautiful insects.

I carefully cut out 18 butterflies, two each of nine different patterns. Those got mounted in pairs; one butterfly was glued flat to the center of a white mounting square while the other of the pair was glued over them, attached only at the butterfly's body leaving the wings free to be slightly curled for display. I mounted the white squares onto black card-stock, added some bling for each butterfly's body, and then affixed the whole thing onto a fabulous gold, black, and glass frame (which I had purchased for a dollar at a local store...what a find!)

This butterfly collection has already made it's way to my daughter...she just got her first real apartment and this made a wonderful little housewarming gift!

Next I had just loved the little birds from the Birds on a Wire/Tiny Lattice Teal paper, and knew I needed to make a little house for them.

I drew a template for a birdhouse card and cut it out of white card-stock. I then decided that I needed my birdhouse to be interactive (because I just love cards that DO something!), so I added a pop-up mechanism to the front of the card, so that when I pull down on the post of the card, the bird that is inside the birdhouse pops up to answer the door.

The card front is covered with Elizabeth Park Tiny Lattice Teal paper, trimmed with scraps of dark blue cardstock and wonderful self-stick paper lace trim by Leone Em, and then decorated with FABULOUS dimensional flowers put together from the Elizabeth Park Paper Flower Kit. Those flowers were SO much fun to make by mixing and matching the pieces, and they were so perfect for finishing off my birdhouse, outside and in! (The "Hello" was stamped using the Butterfly mini-set of clear stamps, INK-CSM-30135, by Inkadinkado.)

(By the way, don't you think this house template could make a really CUTE dog house, or even a people-house for something like a moving announcement?)

Lastly, I have a triple shutter card to share.

This was made with the Bloom Bands/Lacy Lattice paper. I thought the horizontal bands were perfect for the horizontal panels in this type of card. The card uses the standard vertical scores at 2", 4", 6", 8" and 10", but the horizontal cuts were made at the change between the bands rather than at a specific distance from the edges.

I decorated the card with flowers from Elizabeth Park Paper Flower Kit, butterflies stamped with the Butterfly mini-set of clear stamps by Inkadinkado and with letters from Tim Holtz's Grungeboard Iconic Elements that I colored with various Distress Inks.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects. I really love this collection from Little Yellow Bicycle and really enjoyed making these projects with it.


  1. Miss Gail12:22 AM

    Can you please explain how you did the pop up feature?

  2. @Miss Gail

    The pop-up feature was a VERY miniaturized version of the mechanism from the push-pull slider card like the one described here at SplitCoastStampers. The mechanism worked exactly like theirs, but was about 1 1/2 inches in height and 2" wide.