featured stamp set: under the big top!

I’ve been having some fun working with a new stamp set — Under the Big Top — so I thought I’d share a few cards that I made using only this set…

Just making these cards brought back memories of the first time I went to the circus. My Mom got tickets to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus when they came to the Hartford Civic Center back in the 70’s; we brought my grandparents along too and I must have been about 8 years old that first time. I remember being very impressed with everything going on at once and didn’t know where to look!  The elephants were so cute the way they circled the arena holding each other’s tails with their trunks making an “elephant chain” and my favorite part of the show was the trapeze artists and tight rope walkers–so sparkled up in their outfits and so exciting to watch! These cards bring me right back to the wonderful memory of that “first circus” experience…

I love this set for a few reasons: several wonderful images in outline for coloring with Copic markers, I love how they lend themselves to cute circus scrapbook page elements as well as adorable birthday cards or invitations, plus the font that the sentiments come in coordinates with the images so beautifully.

For those of you anxious for the details, I used sky, latte and cherry card stock as well as a polka dot embossing folder and a few of the A|S dies including the scallop circles and scallop borders. All of the cards measure 4.25×5.5″ and fit in a standard A2 size envelope.

Do you remember your first trip to the circus?  Can you think of any other card occasions besides birthday where these stamps would be perfect? Post a comment, I always read the comments and I’d love to hear from you!


  1. Wow, what a great set! I still love the circus. 🙂 I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite card here, each one has such lovely details. Those scallops with the big top tent are so neat!!

  2. Helen Moard says:

    I love your cards! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! And to think you remember that first trip to the circus so vividly. I do too! As well as the first time we took Caleb and Danielle to the circus. How I wish they had had this stamp set when I was scrapping those memories. But we’ll go again, and there will be new pics to scrap and another time to use them. In addition to the great ideas for cards for our “new” little ones. You are remarkable, honey.

  3. great cards! love the variety with the one set. I’ve been meaning to do something similar. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. These are just gorgeous Kris….the “Big Top” never looked so good!!!

  5. I love the big top tent card – they’re all so sweet!