Another fun summer pastime is sky gazing (preferably in a hammock with the cold beverage of your choice)  and you can’t do sky gazing without running into fluffy white clouds adding some interest to the great blue canvas.  This week, I want to show you how versatile and playful clouds can be and how many different ways you can use them to add some interest in your paper crafting.

Clouds are so great for creating a scene and this first scene is so compelling.  A floating piggy high in the sky with dimensional clouds of different sizes and shapes just begs for a funny sentiment and Amy doesn’t disappoint in this awesome card scene.

hambofloatingpigoutside_aksinside of pig card

 card by Amy Sheffer photo courtesy of Pickled Paper Designs

This next card is another scene stunner.  I just loved the details in the die cut clouds.

card by Pam Sparks photo courtesy of Expressions with Heart

You don’t have to wait for  a rainbow to add your clouds.  Clouds can be a lot of fun colors too.  Look how fun these next cards are.  This combination of a silhouette and the fun striped clouds is just a bright little spot of happy.

silhouette with kite

card by Michele Williams and photo courtesy of Case Study Challenge Blog

And how can you have a rainbow cloud with a little bit of bling?  We get that in spades with Elena’s sparkle cloud.

sparkly clouds

card by Elena photo courtesy of Just ME

I love how expressive the clouds can be.  Emily very cleverly used them to express love, I just love that.

love in the air

card by Emily Leiphart photo courtesy of Art from the Heart

But they do make sense and look really great as encouraging cards like Jax did in this  stitched beauty.

card by Jacklyn Miller photo courtesy of Designs by Jax

I love the creative uses for clouds.  I love the inside looking out point of view that Laurie took by using the frame and the edges of several clouds.

window die
card by Laurie Wilson photo courtesy of Soapbox Creations

Clouds are also super cute as a pretty place to stamp your sentiment.   This lovely collage style is so cute and the button sun peeking out from the sentiment is just darling.

shaped card 2

card by Andrea photo courtesy of Creative Paper Trail

I have also seen this super cute trend of using a die right up to the edge of the page to create a type of border.  How awesome is this baby/wedding shower card?  So adorable.

showering you with love

card by Regina Mangum photo courtesy of The Stampin’ Bean

The same concept is used in this awesome card but the “sky” is shortened to create a raining cloud look with stitching.  This is so awesome.

because I care

card by Laurie photo courtesy of Soapbox Creations

I just fell in love when I saw this sun busting from the morning clouds card.  It is so cheerful and happy and perfect for a hello.

Simply Said Hello 2

card by Karolyn Loncon photo courtesy of Paper Therapy 

If you don’t have paper, stamps or a die, you can still play by making your own paper clouds and masking them in.  Isn’t this card lovely? Clare also has a link to the tutorial for making the clouds.   And since she is such a lovely woman, she also gave us a link to the lovely quilled flowers too, here.

masked clouds

card by Clare photo courtesy of Clare’s Creations

 Truthfully, I find it so hard not to include a shaker card in every article I write.  But they are so awesome and fun and interactive, don’t you agree?  Look at how much beautiful you can send to someone you love by making a card like the one Wida made!

wishing you a happy day

card by Wida Miller photo courtesy of Beachorado

Create your own bit of sky gazing appreciation in your paper crafts by adding some clouds to your projects, they are so versatile.

So go ahead…make something pretty.

by Aliya White

Below are a few fun cloud products I found for your inspiration.


           curling cloud

cloud paper

   echo park cloud paper

cloud punch


chipboard cloud

CT-0328 Cloud9 Acrylic Stamps

9 replies on “Trend Watch – My Creativity is Up in the Clouds”

  1. Thanks for the feature in this fabulous Trend Watch article, Aliya! I feel very honoured to be highlighted amongst such talented ladies. 🙂 Now I’m inspired to go and make a cloud card.

  2. Such a fun article, Aliya! We’ve had stormy clouds of late in my neck of the woods, so, it’s nice to see happy, fluffy, peaceful, clouds in all of these wonderful card creations! XOXO-Shari T.

  3. Such an enjoyable trend posting! Just was compelled to follow the links to leave comments. I especially liked the raindrops with stitched drop lines…very clever. One of those cloud dies looks like it could well be ocean waves, too! Loved looking at this post! Thanks!

  4. I love clouds on cards. Thanks for featuring “clouds” trends. Some I haven’t seen before. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing all the clouds! I’m saving the page so I can come back and look at it all over and over again. They’re all beautiful!

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