Trendy Tuesday – Circus

   Trendy Tuesday- Circus Themes

by Katherine Elliot

Oh yeah, life can sure feel like a circus lately, and maybe that”s what draws attention to so many of these images… But I also notice that circus and carnival themes incorporate many of the trends we”ve already checked out in past trend articles, including bright colors, banners, & ticketsThere are a lot of different stamp sets with this theme from a variety of companies.  I”ll admit it now, I am addicted to collecting stamps…so if you are like me, addicted to this hobby, I hope you”ll appreciate a LOT of stamp set choices in today”s post.  Whether you love cling, traditional rubber stamps, or digi-stamps, there is a set with this theme found at many different outlets. 

 It”s a Circus card by Wanda Guess, featuring Life is a Circus stamps from Taylored Expressions

Life is a Circus

Life is a Circus stamp set, image source Taylored Expressions

A sweet cartoon theme set can make a cute “any occasion” card, and great for kids” parties and birthdays, too.


 Life”s a Circus by Kelli Palmer, featuring stamps from Gourmet Rubber Stamps image source My Little Orts

Stampin” Up! has brand new stamp sets, like the ones used in the project listed below, including the sets You”re Amazing, and World”s Greatest …

Ticket frame and image source

…and of course Stampin” Up! has a coordinating designer series paper to complement the stamps as well.


World Spectacular Designer Series Paper from Stampin” Up, image source

 Circus and carnival stamp & paper themes seem to come in two basic categories or styles, that of cute cartoons or the more artsy, vintage styles, as showcased in the Graphic 45 project seen below.  This project was highlighted in a past guest designer post here at the Paper Crafter”s Library.


Circus Shadow box by Arlene Cuevas featuring Graphic 45 Le Cirque paper, image source Papercrafter”s Library

Graphic 45 is a top choice when it comes to vintage styles, and they also have cling rubber stamps to coordinate with their ultra-chic papers! 

 Cling Le Cirque 3

Le Cirque 3 Cling Stamps and image source at Graphic 45

The altered canvas decoration below, in addition to matching today”s theme and displaying another inspirational Graphic 45 LeCirque project, also shows a very unique way to blend a papercrafter”s love of all things decorative – a mixed media “three ring family showcase” if you will…

Sharon Ngoo G45 Le Cirque Altered Canvas Trio

Sharon Ngoo”s altered canvas Family Circus decoration with tutorial and image source found at Graphic 45

 You can find more vintage circus theme stamps from other companies as well, such as the art stamp creations from Artistic Outpost and from the popular Inkadinkado brand stamps, as shown below…

Vintage circus theme card, image source Artistic

 Vintage Circus

Artistic Outpost Vintage Circus stamp set, image source Artistic Outpost


Big Top Elephant wood mount stamp by Inkadinkado,  image source

 As for some more cute circus images… Check out these cards with such perfectly colored line stamps…

Class Act card by Kristine Reynolds featuring rubber stamps from High Hopes, image source Stamping and Scrapping in California

Digi-stamp fans, there are more images for you as well, as used in the festive invitation card shown below… 


Circus Time featuring MayzyArt image, Human Cannonball, image source My Creative World

As previously mentioned, circus theme sets often inspire the use of other trends we”ve seen, such as the use of banners and tickets on projects.  A few of the card fronts showcased below, using some Darcie”s stamps, are perfect examples of this combo of some of those fresh design elements.

Cards featuring images from Darcie”s Cling Mounted Circus Circus stamp set, image source

Here”s a look at the cute stamps that are included in the set used above:

Circus Circus stamp sent from Darcie”s Cling Mounted rubber stamps, image source

Now, I am biased towards stamps since I love them so much, but what has to be another fun papercraft addiction are die cut shapes, and I found some cute ones matching this theme from Lifestyle Crafts!




State Fair scrapbook layout (shown below) using Big Top dies (shown above), image source Lifestyle Crafts

Busy juggling all the different responsibilities of home, family & work?  Take some time to sit back, relax and be inspired to create your own bit of crafting fun today.

Enjoy and happy crafting!

6 replies on “Trendy Tuesday – Circus”

  1. All of these are new to me. What a great new trend — and fun, too! Thanks for all the info.

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