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Dave Brethauer
Creative thinking - inside and out
Interests: I am the designer for memorybox stamps and papers. I teach, write, paint, draw, travel + design.
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Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today with more new goodies from the September Release. If you visit here quite often, you already know I take liberties with the color of Poinsettias. I really wish they came in every color possible. Since they do not....I create my own...like this Aqua Poinsettia. Let me show you how easy this card is to reproduce: Start with a White card base. Cut watercolor paper 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Sprinkle on some Autumn Maple Crimson Lindys Magicals, spritz with water and let dry. Along the right side of this panel, go ahead and die... Continue reading
Posted 21 hours ago at Outside The Box
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The new Circle Bump Borders set creates a great frame for the Swirly Ghost Circle - and a few of his Swirling Ghost buddies. Hi, Jean Okimoto here this fall weekend. I was inspired by Melissa's great Blog Blitz card and decided to give you not one - but TWO reasons to add this versatile new border set to your collection. Everything was going fine...until I realized that the white-side-out Graphite Notecard I used on my first card is no longer available. On to Plan B - re-doing the card using a "back-in-stock" Licorice Notecard. Licorice is the obvious choice... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Happy Saturday! Today I have another brand new die to share from the September release. The Birdhouse Trio is super cute! For this card, I used a few different size ovals from the Studio Oval Layers set in different shades of blue paper. I layered them together and glued them to a white card. I die cut the Birdhouse Trio die in white paper 4 times and glued them together to add dimension to the card. To finish it off, I used my clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add some sparkle to the largest oval and I drew... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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It's the last day of the blog blitz friends! I hope you have loved seeing all of the inspiration and new dies as much as I have this week. For my card today I used the new Arpeggio Snowflake and the Circle Bump Borders for a blue Christmas card. The Circle Bump Borders are so much fun! I used the largest in the set to cut out the card front and the dark blue paper for a fun edge. I then cut out the Arpeggio Snowflake from silver mirror card paper and glued it to the circle. To finish the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good Morning, everyone. I hope you've been enjoying this blog blitz week with all of the wonderful cards showcasing the latest Memory Box release! My card today features the Snowflake Joy die. There are lots of ways to use this die, and because it's nice and large, you can always substitute a variety of things for the "O". Love it! I cut a piece of white card stock to 4" x 5-1/4", and covered it by sponging Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Pattern Tula stencil. I adhered this piece to a white card base, and added at 1" strip... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Welcome Crafty Friends~ it's day four of the blog blitz featuring the newest release from the Memory Box holiday collection. Having fun so far? Be sure to check in on the blog all week for more inspiration and creativity---and prizes! Today I'm showing off the gorgeous Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament and the Adler Star Collage, my picks for this first week Outside the Box. After die cutting the Adler Star Collage from a sky blue note card, I added a panel of watercolored paper to the inside cover allowing the mix of blues, greens and purples to show through. The watercolors... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone! Welcome to day 4 of the Memory Box Blog Blitz. Today I have a Christmas card for you that features two of the new dies from the September release. I love the delicate feel of the Enchanted Deer Collage die cut and thought the Pool cardstock worked great for a background. For a little pop of color I decided to emboss the die cut word using gold embossing powder. I misted the Pool cardstock with gold ink and once it dried I adhered the deer die cut to the cardstock. Glue the word Peace to the bottom of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Greetings everyone. For today's card, I wanted to show you one of the new dies that creates a wonderful frame for winter or holiday cards. It is called the Dancing Snowflake Square, and it cuts out intricate snowflakes as well as embosses elegant snowflake details. Here is a close up to see the embossed elements: To make the card, I took 140lb watercolor paper and added some Color Burst powders and water to create a blue/purple watercolor background. Next, I cut out the snowflake frame. Before I removed the white paper from the snowflake frame die, I ran it through... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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The new Bright Snowflake Closer pairs perfectly with Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember exclusive Love and Laughter set today! Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our September Release Blog Blitz. It's great to be introducing you to not just one - but two - great designs this week. Our September Release - and the Memory Box STAMPtember Love and Laughter set available at Simon Says Stamp - are a great combination. There are so many ways to combine the designs and we love sharing our ideas with you. Let's get started on this fun interlocking snowflake card... Cut a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Ya llegó la Nueva colección de productos De Memory Box para el otoño 2016 Memory Box ha sacado además de troqueles, unos sellos con sus respectivos troqueles para el otoño Hoy utilicé un troquel que se puede usar en cualquier estación Si me dajan un pequeño... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the Memory Box Blog Blitz. Penny here this afternoon with new goodies just released this month. I am sure you have seen these adorable bunnies with their shared scarf. They are part of the STAMPtember collaboration with Simon Says Stamp. Anytime I can use an imagine in place of a letter...I go for it. The Snowflake Joy die was designed this way to use the snowflake as the "O", but the bunnies were just too cute to resist. Let me show you how: Make a White cardstock base. Paint the top half with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello! I have a frosty, fun card to share with you today, that features an adorable stamp set designed by Memory Box for Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember celebration! The set is called Love and Laughter, and the images are absolutely adorable. The possibilities are endless with what you can create using it! I made a snowy scene for this card, let's take a closer look. I began with a white card stock panel, and masked off the top area while I brought in blue ink for the ice. I then removed the mask, stamped the adorable rabbit, and his sled,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Les nouveaux produits automne 2016 sont arrivés! Memory Box a sortie plusieurs découpes et set de tampons pour la période de lautomne 2016... Voici la découpe que j'ai utilisé aujourd'hui "Graceful Cattails" pour commencer avec notre "Blog Blitz", qui durera jusqu'à vendredi de cette semaine... Et que... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Welcome to our BLOG BLITZ!!! All week we'll be showcasing the newest of the new products from Memory Box. And there will be prizes to win by leaving comments on each blog post. Yahoo!! For this post I chose the GRACEFUL CATTAILS die 99574 and partnered it with "THANK YOU" from the THANK YOU set of 6 dies number 30084. I cut both the Graceful Cattails and the Thank You in the front of a Vanilla Bean notecard. I backed the cattails with a scrap of "vintage" Memory Box Halloween paper. (I can't believe this is the last piece I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Memory Box has a brand new release of dies that build upon the Fall and holiday release. There are snowflakes, snowglobe items, fancy closure dies, and in the case of my card, a stag. I am thrilled that there is a new deer die because it makes beautiful holiday cards as well as cards for men. For my card, I created a background using some 140lb watercolor paper and some Color Burst powders. You can definitely play around with the colors you choose for the card. I went with warm Fall colors, but you could just as easily use blues... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today with yet another unusual color combo for a Holiday card. Who said they all have to be Red & Green ?!? Are you ready to try a card that is full of texture? Let's do this: On a White cardstock base, stencil the background with Scattered Flakes and some Whipped Spackle. Flick a little Red paint on the bottom right corner and top left. Let dry. Cut a wide strip of Dark Teal cardstock, stamp and heat emboss greeting from the Delightful Ornament stamp set, notch ends and adhere to card front. Die... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning, everyone! Sherry here to share a holiday card featuring one of the new dies from the latest release of beautiful dies. I started with a white card base, sponged Versamark ink through the Winter Scattered Flakes stencil, and embossed with white embossing powder. I then sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink over the entire background to reveal the scattered flakes. I cut a piece of green card stock to 4.25" x 5.5" and die cut the Warm Wishes Border die on an angle, then sponged Peeled Paint over just the words. I wasn't sure yet how much I wanted... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Happy Friday friends! I hope that you have had a good week. Today I have a Christmas card to share with you filled with lots of red and green and gold. Let's get started! For the green background on my card, I used the Garden Holly Bough stencil and an ink color that was slightly darker than my paper to create the tone on tone pattern. You can make it as dark or as light as you want to create several different looks with the same ink, so fun! I cut the We Wish You Elegant Script die with a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Este pajarito me salió, ...la idea, de la tarjeta que hice en el blog de francés: "Un brin de créativité", esta semana...La tarjeta "double Z"... Quería utilizar el pajarito en una tarjeta más simple y quería también usar colores diferentes a los tradicionales navideños, como lo... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Good morning everyone, I have a Christmas card for you today featuring a brand new stamp set that was designed by Memory Box for the STAMPtember event for Simon Says Stamp. These bunnies are so adorable and fun to color! There are so many cute things you can do with this set. (I combined the stamped images with one of the new dies from the Memory Box September release.) To make this card, sponge white cardstock with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress inks. Spatter with plain water to create the look of falling snow. Once your background is dry,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Three holiday releases meet up tonight - Plush Sheldon, Delicate Stitched Snowflakes and the brand-new Dancing Snowflake Oval. Hi, Jean Okimoto here - loving how compatible the Memory Box dies are! Sheldon - from 2015 - gets the cutest face ever - his carrot nose is a tiny piece cut from the center of the largest Delicate Stitched Snowflake. Multi-tasking once again - see that little piece in the top snowflake below? Cut Sheldon from watercolor paper and stitch him. Attach Scor-Tape behind black cardstock and cut the hat, eyes and buttons - they'll be self-adhesive when you need them.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Our September Release debuts today and I can't wait to share two new designs with you - Poinsettia Collage and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings! Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with the first of two new release holidays cards today. I loved Dave's original watercolored design so much that I tried to copy it, using Brilliance inks as an alternative. This isn't the actual blog blitz - that begins next week - it's just a little preview of the beautiful collection that Dave's created for Christmas 2016. The classic Poinsettia Collage joins our collection of versatile designs for watercoloring, color-blending, stenciling and dry-embossing.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: Je vous présente une carte "Double Z"...parfaite pour mettre en valeur les belles découpes de Memory Box pour Noël... Petite histoire: En visitant l'un de vos blogs, surtout avec une amie : Marie dans son blog "Les reas de marie" j'ai vue qu'elle avait fait plusieurs versions... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good morning Memory Box fans. Well the time has come for me to start doing Christmas cards. I try to put this off as long as possible, but with Christmas seemingly just around the corner, it's time to get busy! I've use the Millbrook ornament die which makes for the perfect focal point for this A2 card. I cut out the snowflakes and the top of the ornament separately using shimmery holographic paper which it appears the camera caught the pattern of the paper perfectly on the top of the ornament! I layered the snowflakes over top of the existing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Today I'm using STUDIO SQUARE LAYERS die set 30021 and the MINI SNOWMAN COLLAGE die 99553 to create some holiday gift tags stamped with a sentiment from the SNOW GLOBE WISHES CLEAR STAMP SET CL 5180. I layered the Mini snowman Collage die inside one of the Studio Square Layers that was just a little bit larger on some white cardstock. I then cut another square a little larger still from the Studio Square Layers die set using dark blue dot paper. I then adhered the Mini Snowman Collage piece on top of the dot paper square. The next step... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Outside The Box