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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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We are taking a brief break from the Blog Blitz to start a new Memory Box Challenge. We hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month. You will even have the chance to win prizes! Thank you so much to everyone who created such wonderful bird projects for last month's challenge. The winner of our blog badge for last month's bird challenge is Cornelia from the Stempel Spass blog. Her bird-themed holiday card was absolutely stunning: The lucky winner of the draw for the monthly prize is Deanna from Deanna's Papercrafts. Congratulations! Please contact... Continue reading
Posted 58 minutes ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles, Un nouveau mois qui commence et me voici avec cette petite carte en rose pour un anniversaire. detail du colibri et du ruban découpé en papier "glitter" (en paillettes) et "close-up" du centre... une dernière vue J'éspère que tout va bien pour vous merci de votre compagnie... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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It's time for another post in our mini blog blitz! I got the chance to use the super cute Bumblebee Daydream set that I am sure you are going to love. I went with a simple card to let that cute little bee shine. I stamped the honeycomb and my sentiment on the yellow paper. I stamped the super cute bee onto white paper and die cut him out. I colored the bee with some Copic markers. I stamped the little bee's dotted flight trail and then used some foam tape to add the bee to the card. Some gems... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Good morning Memory Box fans! I hope you're enjoying the new release and getting a little inspiration! On June 4th, 5 random people (from the comment sections) will be chosen to win their choice of one of the new releases. So the more comments you leave this week on the posts, the greater your chances are of winning....easy peasy:) For today's card I used the stamp set, Thanks a Melon and the coordinating die set, to great a fun summery shaker card. The watermelon pieces were stamped with MFT hybrid ink and then colored with Copics. The background was created... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone, Welcome to day 1 of our Mini Blog Blitz! I hope you enjoyed Laura's cards this morning! For my post today I am featuring the new stamp and coordinating die set, Veggie Good. To make this card, start by stampimg the tomato images on watercolor paper and painting them with watercolors. Die cut the images with the coordinating die. For the card front, spatter white cardstock with blue paint. Adhere a strip of patterned paper to the bottom edge of the white cardstock. Stamp and emboss the words "Thank You" on a strip of licorice cardstock and glue... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Greetings everyone! Have you noticed that Memory Box has a new release of of clear stamp sets with coordinating stamps? There are new fruits and veggies as well as a sweet bumblebee set that will make wonderful cards for the summer. This week from Monday, May 30th- Friday, June 3rd, the Memory Box Design Team will be showing you ideas for using the new products. There will be lots of inspiration and even chances to win prizes! To get the week started, I am going to share a couple of cards using the new Easy Peasy set. For the card... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a card fit for summer. Flowers, butterflies and a little bling! I am so loving the technique of using a die to emboss with. Yes, look closely...beneath the butterflies and twine I have embossed rather than using the die to cut with. Let's make a card: Start with a base card of medium Pink card stock 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Cut White card stock just a bit smaller in width. Using the Modern Blooming Frame stencil, eBrush with bright Copic markers. Emboss this panel with Silver Springs Butterfly die as shown. Adhere... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Greetings everyone. Today I wanted to talk about the versatility of the Speckled Background die. It is a die that adds a nice dotted background to your paper. What you might not know is that Dave designed the die so that you have the option of running the die once through a die cutting machine to get a few dots, or you can rotate the die 180 degrees and run it through a second time to get twice the number of dots. He planned the location of each hole in the die in such a way that if you rotate... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello! Summer is finally here in my neck of the woods, and I love it! I also love the new dies from Memory Box, combined with ink blending! I chose a couple of dies from the latest release to showcase on my project today. Let's take a look! The Honeycomb Background die is so fun, and I decided to make it the focus of my project, by ink blending a few bright masculine colors of ink, and running it through my die cut machine with the die. I started by blending in a lime green, turquoise, and bright blue from... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Spring is finally here so let's celebrate with a simple floral card! The Tickle Flower Landscape is a perfect die for this, let's get started. For this card, I die cut a scalloped circle and a regular circle in blue card stock to form the background. Then using the Tickle Flower Landscape, I die cut two in green and then four more in the colors that I wanted to make my flowers. Glue the two green flower borders to the circle. Then cut off the flowers from the different colors of paper and glue them onto the green borders. Add... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis amigas "virtuales": Un pequeño conjunto de tarjeta de agradecimiento con una tarjetica para poner en un regalo, todo haciendo juego... Las vacaciones se aproximan a pasos agigantados y a finales del año escolor siempre hay que dar alguno que otro regalito al personal de los colegios... así que... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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The embossed Butterfly Whirl takes celebrations to a whole new level today! Bright bits of felt, rosegold cardstock and a greeting from the Open Studio Party Time Set make any event special and memorable. Hello, Jean Okimoto here...it's time to celebrate! Do you like butterflies? You'll love theMemory Box Collection of butterfly dies and stamps here. You'll find them in all sizes from teeny tiny to big and bold, individually and in groups, simple outlines or delicate details. They're classic and universal and always perfect. Cut textured white cardstock with the 3-⅜" x 4-⅜" Stitched Rectangle Layer. Dry-emboss a portion... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning Memory Box fans! I hope your week is off to an awesome start and those who have school aged kids, you're getting ready for the impending summer vacation:) For today's card, I've used the gorgeous Chrysanthemum (anyone else have to look to get the spelling right of this flower?!!) Bouquet combined with the Honeycomb Collage. I inked up the panel portion with 3 distress inks (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron) using the inks and water and just allowed the inks to do their thing. The layering panel was inked lightly with squeezed lemonade to provide a little... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Outside The Box
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There are so many occasions this spring and summer when one needs a pretty party dress. MINI DRESSES die no. 99323 and the MODERN DRESSMAKER stencil no. 88562 are combined on this pre-cut card to create a dress shop window. I stamped "Yes" from the WORDS TO LIVE BY clear stamp set no. CL5154 in VersaFine Onyx Black..."Say YES to the dress!" I used a jumbo dauber to ink in the stencil and to add some definition around the window with Hero Arts Cornflower Blue ink. When to use a card like this? Asking a friend to be in your... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today. Really loving the new Honeycomb Corner die and wanted to feature it on a rather simple card. Follow along: Start with a base card of Purple card stock measuring 4.25 x 5 .50 inches. Adhere White card stock that has been trimmed to 4 x 5.50. ( I really like the interest of the white card stock rising above the Purple). Stamp Follow your Bliss sentiment using VersaFine Majestic Blue ink. Now for the fun part: On a large scrap of White card stock, ink with Ranger Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio and Picked... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Salut les copines: Voici une petite carte estivale, une montgolfière sur la rive "mediterranéenne"? ou californienne? à vous de décider! Pour les dauphins, que je me souviens avoir vue pour la première fois tout au long de la côte Corse, J'ai découpé 2 fois en 2 tons de gris, j'ai... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
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The Torrance Trees and Party Trees were just waiting to be used this drizzly spring weekend - and a thank you card seemed like a good idea. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hope you're enjoying your weekend, wherever you are! Have you visited your favorite retailer lately? The brand new May 2016 Release of Memory Box and Poppystamps clear stamps and coordinating dies began shipping this week. I saw them at Impress...and spotted these shiny black dog brads there too. They were just waiting to be paired with our trees. Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors in springy shades of green... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Outside The Box
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The delicate Adelaide Stem - like spring - seems like a symbol of new beginnings. A double layer of it, on a watercolored background, invites a trio of Mini Butterflies to pause and stay awhile. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a simple card in some of my favorite colors. Cut the 3" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Layer from watercolor paper. Paint it with light, overlapping streaks of Peerless Watercolors. Spritz it with a quick burst of water, then let the colors blend for a few seconds. Blot it lightly with a tissue if it looks too watery. Dry it with... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello friends! I have a fun die cut card to share with you today, using the English Rose Collage die. This die is amazing, let's see how I used it today. I won't lie, this card was time intensive, but I believe anyone can do it. The inlaid die cut technique is one of my favorites, and when I have time, it can be a really relaxing way to spend my crafty moments! I started by applying a mix of purple watercolor wash over a panel of watercolor paper. I allowed it to dry, and then ran my floral die... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello Crafty Friends, How about a "just because" card for someone to brighten their day...here is one I'd like to share today in the hopes it brings you inspiration and sparks your card making creativity. I wanted to show that you can use corner stamps in a different way. This beautiful Chrysanthemum corner is placed at an angle and adds an interesting twist to conventional card compositions. After it was layered and positioned "askew" onto the Speckled Background, I added the Paintbrush Happy sentiment which is stacked 5 layers high for great dimension. It's easy to glue the layers together... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Outside The Box
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The Butterfly Whirl has so many possibilities...here's just one of them. Hi there - Jean Okimoto here today - with a deceptively quick summer card for you. Seriously...deciding where to stick the sequins took the most time during the design process! I love the "interactive-ness"of Memory Box butterfly dies - they work and play well together. Cut Butterfly Whirl from pale green cardstock. The die cleverly cuts the wings of each and every little butterfly - AND the rectangle. Raise a few of the wings for a bit of dimension, then attach the diecut panel to a 4-⅝" x 6-¼"... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hola queridas... he estado usando este troquel últimamente... y me parecen unos arbolitos muy modernos... En el blog de francés, los usé como globos para celebrar las fiestas de graduación que se aproximan rápidamente...aquí los chicos de preparatoria o bachillerato finalizan su último año de colegio a finales de mayo,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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salut les Filles: Nous voilà presque à la fin de l'année scolaire ... J'ai parmi quelques uns de mes étudiants favoris qui se graduent dans 2 semaines, et donc il fallait faire une petite carte de graduation J'ai pris la découpe "party trees", ce sont 2 petits arbres mais qui... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello everyone! Today I have a card for you which features the new Grand Voyage Balloon die. This works perfectly with Breezy Clouds Detail Plate. It's fun to mix the old and the new. To create this card begin by die cutting the Grand Voyage Balloon, Quilted Balloon Stripes, Curled Ribbons and Breezy Clouds Detail Plate from watercolor paper. Paint the cloud background, balloon, and balloon stripes with watercolors. Stencil over the balloon using Fired Brick distress ink and the Dot Grid stencil. The bunny is stamped, colored, cut out and glued behind the balloon basket. The sentiment came from... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Outside The Box
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May is a month when I need a lot of thank you cards for my mom to send out--it's the month when we celebrate my mother's birthday (87 this year!), Mother's Day, and May Baskets. Thanks must be sent for the birthday cake baked by a neighbor, flowers that were shipped from her grandson and his wife in California, pansies to plant from her Secret Pal, and a May Basket overflowing with goodies from her church. I'll show you a couple of cards that will go out in the mail this week. I wanted to use a stencil to create... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Outside The Box