Tuesday, November 14, 2017

lasse and peer and zigs oh my!

Greetings! I've been on a turbo Christmas-card-set-for-neighbor-gifts production tour the past week. Actually getting to my Christmas TO DO list ahead of time. We'll see if it helps. It should help when it comes to time spent in the kitchen; I usually do cookies or candies or something homemade. To eat.

I'll be sharing my card sets with you. But first two cards.

The first was the result of me finally figuring out my Pentel Aquash water brush. I'd taken it apart so many times (thanks to this video) but it still seemed "clogged" and would let out a big blob of water on the side of the brush. I finally read somewhere to put the valve in bleach to clean out any pigment that might be dried in there (don't know if it's happened to you but sometimes the valve seemed to have worked in the wrong direction and soaked color into the tank, which after time I guess can clog that tiny hole in the valve) and voila!  So I did a test piece with Zigs and the brush. It appears to work again! The test piece was the bear in a square...

 Using Klartext Lasse and Peer

... which became this card thanks to the sketch at Just Add Ink! I'm playing at:
Just Add Ink - #385
 Danipeuss Kartenchallenge - Bunt
CAS Watercolor - November
Addicted to Stamps and More - Addicted to Holidays

And then, since Lasse and Peer were out, I made a birthday card for the little guy DD babysits. Last year he got a shaker with the polar bear. This year a reindeer jack-in-the-box (was not my intention, but somehow that's the feeling I get from the design!)

Using Klartext Lasse and PeerSTAMPlorations Gift Builder #2

Again, used my Zigs and water brush. And some little boy colors. Added a bit of Wink of Stella to the stellars up top and voila!

I'm playing at:
Addicted to CAS - Bows
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies November

Thanks for visiting. I'll be back with my sets shortly. The first one features Lasse and Peer. In holiday attire!


  1. I saw that sketch and immediately discounted using it - I din't like it at all and yet I adore your colourful quirky card! Actually I like both cards and the stamp set - I followed your link and I've never heard of this company before - I think they're in Europe so maybe I could buy from them, before Brexit!

  2. Awww, these cards are truly amazing. Love them! xx

  3. Two awesome cards Maria. LOVE the sweet polar bear Christmas card. Adorable!! And same for the reindeer jack-in-the-box ... the little guy is going to love it! Bet he laughs ... it's so fun! Thanks for the tip about cleaning out the valve with bleach. I will give that a try. I have two waterbrushes I just stopped using because of the same trouble you were having. Thanks for sharing your polar bear card with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

  4. Sweet cards, Maria! LOVE these images and how you've used them in your designs. That bear is adorable, and I do love the string of stars you've created. Fun reindeer, too. I'm pretty certain that the little guy is going to love this cute little card! Well done you!! Bev

  5. I just love these C&S cards Maria, the colour draws you right in to those adorable images. Love the way you used the sentiment to suit the sketch. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  6. These are two gorgeous cards Maria! I love how vibrant your colouring of this super cute image is and using your sentiment for the sketch elements is so clever! Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.

  7. Great to see this whimsical little bear again, Maria ... cute, quirky and fun ... not sure if he's Lasse or Peer, but I'm looking forward to seeing more of them both here soon! Hugs, Anita :)

  8. Such SWEET images, love your cards.

  9. I love your sweet bear and the wonderful layout, Maria! The reindeer is adorable too! It looks like you got your waterbrush working just fine! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  10. Just love those stamps - almost ordered them and then I thought how little time i have to use them in between all my DT obligations....LOVE your cards!!!!

  11. great stamp, love the polar bear reindeer so clever, and the polar bear with stars is so cute :)
    Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour.

  12. I've got a big smile on my face...such a delightful card mf.!!
    xx Karen

  13. Two simply brilliant Cards! I love the combination of images and colours - beautiful. Thanks for joining us at ATSM

  14. Two great cards! Especially like the boy card, lovin' the big blue bow!
    Thanks for joining us at Addicted to CAS.

  15. it is a very cute card
    thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers
    Barb Housner (DT)

  16. Gorgeous cards! Delighted to have found my way to your blog, Jo x


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