Sunday, 3 February 2013

Easter Cards (1): Folky stuff

As the days are getting longer now (finally! yipeee!) and there's more sunlight I begin to sense something "springy" in the air and start to long for all that freshness, energy and vibrant colours spring brings into our houses. I even spotted today some snowdrops popping out on the grass near my place. Now, since spring is just round the corner I thought I'd treat myself to some great Easter stamps and simply start my Easter stamping. This is great fun and I always look forward to it.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you probably know I'm a big fan of all folksy designs and trends and these inspirations show clearly in my cards. This year I'm planning to make my Easter and spring cards with lots of stripes, dots and gingham combined with folky stamps. The cards are to be fresh, joyful, vibrant and simple. Simply naive, just like the folk art. Here is my first batch of Easter-themed cards. These fabulous stamps I used on them come from Noolibird and Lemonade Stamps.

I started with this card first but when I'd finished I came to the conclusion I had overdone it a bit. Too much doodling, I think. Well, I forgive myself this bodge card :P it's my first Easter card this year anyway ;)


Then the better ones followed...


I wanted to try out blending two or three colours on a stamp at the same time hence some Easter egg images are double and triple coloured.



 Stripes are so folky... I dug out all my stripey papers from my craft stash.



Very pleased with this card below. Love this Lemonade stamp and it's a typical pattern seen on some wax-decorated Polish Easter eggs.


But most of all I've been pleased with this card below. It's a pretty big card - I managed to put as much as 5 eggs in a row onto it. Martha Stewart's Deep Floral Vine punch has been used on it too - my favourite design.



And the cards in group photos...



Easter cards to be continued...

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19 comments:

  1. What lovely cards. I really like the first one, and the bright red ones. I like the really strong colours.

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  2. Pretty cards - I love the hares under the tree.

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  3. Hi there again ! Love the Easter Cards (makes me slightly ashamed, that I have not even thougth about it yet). I remember making Easter Eggs like these (actuall ones) and still have some here in the UK. It's a bit difficult to get pure white eggs to start off with. Anyway lovely cards as ever...

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    1. Yes, the eggs you and me are talking about are characteristic for the Eastern Europe. I've never tried to decorate mine with wax but I do know it takes some skill, patience and a steady hand :)

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  4. They are lovely. I do like the red ones - like Ginx I love strong colours. Hope you have a good week.

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  5. I actually really like the first card too! Feels both fun and traditional at the same time.

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  6. I rather like the first one! It is lovely to think of spring again :)

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  7. wow! these are just gorgeous!! I love your Easter egg stamps and the way you've combined them with other decorations, each card has its own special character and they are all so lovely and cheerful - anyone who receives one of these is sure to be very happy!! x

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  8. Really lovely cards - bring on the chocolate I say!

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  9. They are really pretty cards! I love the stamps you've used on the eggs. Have a great week :-)

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  10. I really like the stamps. They are very effective. I particularly like the card where you have put a small gem in the middle. A very nice touch. :)

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  11. These are lovely, I like the tri colour on the eggs, yay.... spring is just around the corner.

    Jan x

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  12. Hi Martha~ I found your blog through AudreyEclectic! Your new Easter cards are so beautiful! They remind me of a mix between Pennsylvania Dutch and Russian Psanky design. Your lovely knitted Scandinavian Christmas balls were Epic! Right now , I am a level I knitter but getting better and better with practice. I would like to attempt the patterns using two colors of yarn soon so I can make some ornaments for next year. I am the author of the current blog post on Scandinavian Folk. Your crafts are quite interesting and inspirational!!

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  13. I actually love your'bodged' card...the pink one is very funky too!!

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  14. These are fab - they are so different to the usual Easter cards you see. Love the egg stamps and all the vibrant colours. Have a good week-end, Jo x

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  15. Absolutely lovely cards. The purple one looks Victorian. You are so talented!

    Pat

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  16. Wow, what a nice collection of Easter crafty card! They are all beautiful and pretty. I love the color themes and designs.

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