These years when Easter is really, really late really, really throw me off! This year Easter is so late that I'll be making Easter Cards and Mother's Day Cards at the same tim!. Somehow that doesn't seem right. It would be kind of like having Thanksgiving just two weeks before Christmas. Well, maybe not that extreme. But still.
Just to put my mind at ease that it will be awhile before Easter is this late again, I did a bit of research. Did you know – that the last time Easter was on April 24th was in 1859? The latest that Easter can be in our calendar is April 25th, and the last time that happened was in 1943, with the next time sneaking up on us in 2038. Hmmm, wonder if I'll still be around then? I definitely won't be seeing another April 24th Easter in my life time – that doesn't happen again until 2095!
Whenever Easter happens, though, it's bound to be an occasion for cards that are either very pretty or very cute. This week and next I'll share a couple of the "pretty" variety. I'll try out "cute" a bit later (and I have plenty of time! – Oh, have I beaten that one to death yet?).
All of the products that I used to decorate this card can be found in Stampin' Up!'s 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog. My current favorite is the Easter Blossoms Stamp Set, which has that lovely blossom spray. I stamped it with Always Artichoke Classic Ink and then colored it in with some Blushing Bride Stampin' Write Marker. The darker pink color throughout this card, including the ribbon, card stock, stamped greeting and brads, is Rose Red. But the blossoms seemed to need a lighter color to make them seem more delicate. Both sheets of printed paper are from the Designer Series Paper Set, Springtime Vintage, and the background card stock is Always Artichoke. As I frequently do with my cards, I tied it all together with a bit of ribbon, in this case some of Stampin' Up!'s Seam Binding.
Now that you have a bit of information about our late Easter this year, I hope you take advantage of the extra time to make some extra Easter or Springtime cards! If you'd like to start off with this card, here's the layout, complete with measurements. Whatever you do, have fun with it!