Welcome Aboard and Thank You for joining us for today’s scheduled departure ūüôā¬† OK, Aviation is (kind of) in my blood–My husband is a pilot, his uncle was a pilot, his cousin is a pilot and my father¬†was¬†and brothers are, all in the manufacturing side of aviation.¬† I spent a few years in the private/corporate sector of aviation as a flight department administrator and scheduler–The theme of aviation was going to happen at some point of my being a Trend Reporter for PCL ūüôā

I’ve shortened¬†the flight plan for today¬†with airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons…maybe even an occasional UFO thrown in there for excitement!¬† As technology has definitely increased the WOW factor in¬†aviation design, paper crafters create¬†their own¬†airworthy designs¬†with the¬†crafting¬†technology of today, that gives us images in stamp, die and¬†even digital forms (and then some!).

This wonderful 3D paper airplane creation by Ann, was made as a special Father’s Day greeting for her dad.¬† She utilized decorative papers and assembled each piece of the plane from a¬†PDF¬†pattern.¬†As she advises in her blog post about this project “..have in mind how you want to decorate it and decorate each piece as you make it.”¬† Good advice Ann!

Fathers Day Airplane 2Father’s Day airplane card by Ann-Whitch Craft

From a 3D paper airplane to the old-school style paper airplanes, Marilyn used the darling Flying By stamp set from Lawn Fawn to create this fun, love-filled greeting.  She embellished each fussy cut paper airplane image with a little heart to carry the love where ever this card may go!

Watermark_Love_Plane_1Card¬†from Marilyn’s Cricut CraftsFlying by to say Hi card

Michelle Lupton (you may recognize her name as a PCL Featured Artist) made this lovely birthday card for a friend who was going to be traveling.  Her heat embossed, die cut airplane and its banner look crisp, clean and downright tranquil against her Versamark cloud background.  Fly the friendly skies!

PlaneAlice’s Birthday Again card by Michelle Lupton at Handmade by Michelle

Dana used stamps and this digital helicopter image from¬†her (retired)¬†Kiddie Conveyance Hero Arts Digital Kit to create this whimsical card.¬† Dana’s beautiful coloring of the helicopter and use of a white gel pen, brings this copter and its furry pilot to life.

5665365707_c9d8957457Hey What’s Up card created by Dana Colbourne at her blog Reliving Tomorrow

Floating back in¬†time, Shelly Hickox created this gorgeous steampunk style, honeycomb hot air balloon that¬†looks like it’s going to lift right off of this beautiful¬†home d√©cor piece.¬† Tre magnifique!

AO Paris ExpoParis Exposition home décor piece by Stamptramp Shelly Hickox for Simon Says Stamp

Layering her background with¬†a piece of map patterned paper and making a ‘ticket to celebrate” embellishment, Tricia Ulberg (aka Lizzie) is using one of her own images to create¬†an¬†uplifting birthday greeting.¬† Tricia is co-owner of Lizzie Anne Designs and the hot air balloon image is from their Vintage Birthday set.

TU_hotairballoon_cardVintage Balloon birthday card by Tricia Ulberg-aka Lizzie at Lizzie Ann Designs

Talk about out of this world!¬† Mo created this E.T.-special card with Distress Inking for her background, heat embossing and that multi-wonder product, Glossy Accents.¬† Can you see the tiny aliens in the UFO?¬† Mo, as she said, “doodled” those in herself before sealing them off from our atmosphere (with Glossy Accents!).

rockets-and-raygunsMiss You card by Mo–Cards by Mo

Want a little interaction¬†from your UFO’s?¬† Well, at least the ones on cards?

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Melissa mounted a wobble element to give this saucer some shake!

IMG_5128 cr redLucky Stars wobble card by Melissa at Created by Sunshine Honeybee

Regardless of your relation to aviation, it’s a¬†timeless¬†theme and never goes¬†out of style.¬† You can suit your cards for all types of occasions and for¬†all¬†manner of aviation enthusiast.¬† So, before you go off into your own wild blue yonder of creation, here are just a few goodies to pack into your flight bag.¬† And Thank You again for joining us on today’s flight.

Happy Crafting-Shari

Ready to print and cut PDF airplane template

Vliegtuig Sandra's Scrapshop (1)

Sandra’s Scrapshop

Lawn Fawn carries several aviation themed clear stamp sets.


Flying By clear stamp set by Lawn Fawn

LF511_BlueSkies_largeBlue Skies clear stamp set by Lawn Fawn

LF347_BonVoyage_largeBon Voyage clear stamp set by Lawn Fawn

For vintage inspired aerial creations, you can choose images from Tim Holtz from his stamp line with Stampers Anonymous.

CMS130_remnantsRemnants cling mount stamp set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous

CMS102_air_travelAir Travel cling mount stamp set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous

There are also digital and die forms of aviation shapes ready for take-off.

t350_4bdd30f1a706a798c5f2758d0a4e0ad4Vintage Travel digital kit from Hero Arts

KiddieConveyance(retired) Kiddie Conveyance digital art kit by Hero Arts

0001Die cuts found on the Space Party cartridge from Cricut

For larger aeronautical creations-

A101023D Airplane Die kit from Sizzix

Last boarding call for embellishments that you can use for those finishing touches.

Wood Veneer Shapes

CT-0350 wood_veneer_1Let’s Go Traveling wood veneer set from ChicTags.com



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3 replies on “Trend Watch – Aviation Abounds”

  1. This has been such a fun trend watch posting! Loved the idea of using a map as background…I can see using a map for flowers, also. Thanks for all these ideas!

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