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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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Yay, it's Friday...anyone else feel that way? It's been soooo hot here in San Diego this week so let's fool ourselves with this snowy scene---maybe it will cool us off a bit (right). As you will see there are only three dies used on this card and I have shown the dies at the bottom of this page for you. I'd say this is one of those cards you could make quickly in multiples if you cut all the pieces out first and finished them in an "assembly line" fashion. Lets start Die cut the Woodland Oval into a 4"... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Estoy de regreso con esta tarjeta que realicé con las técnicas de sprays que les he venido presentando estos últimos días.... el tutorial completo lo tendré muy pronto en mi blog personal.. Así que estén pendientes de ir a visitarme allí...para ver las diferentes variaciones hechas... Continue reading
Posted 22 hours ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Salut les filles: ... Contente que mon petit oiseau ne soit pas dans une cage...:) Je l'imagine bien loin volant dans des terres belles... J'adore les images avec des oiseaux et des cages mais dans la vie au quotidien je préfère les voir en liberté! pas vous? Voici ma petite... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good morning to all! Sherry here with some juicy grapes! Most of the action was created on the small layer of white card stock which was cut from one of the Rectangle Layers set. I swiped Peeled Paint Distress Ink directly onto the Scraped Paint stencil, covering a good portion of it, but leaving some areas without ink. I spritzed the surface with water, then laid the white card stock onto the stencil, making sure it was lined up straight, and lightly rubbed the back of the card to pick up the color. I used a heat tool to dry... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Good morning Memory Box fans! I hope your day is going well and you're getting your creative on. There is a video tutorial at the end of this post showing how to create the front panels for today's cards so don't forget to scroll all the way down Today's post is showing how to make 2 different card fronts using one gorgeous stencil and some Color Burst. Fast, easy and awesome. I love me some stencils. I think they are one of the most versatile crafting tools I have, and I use them constantly and in lots of different ways.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good Morning, it's Tuesday and the kids are back in school, summer has returned and all is right with the world...... Soon enough though we will be headed into Fall and with Fall comes Halloween obviously one of my favorite holiday's. It can be so fun and cute! I cannot get enough. Today's fun Halloween card uses the Swirling Ghosts 99192 along with Uppercase Alphabet Soup 99154 and the Tilted Frames 99194 to create the word BOO this is all layered onto circles from Studio Circle Layers 30016 and Pinpoint Scalloped Circles 30050. The Black dot is a Memory Box... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you a fun card that can be customized for the birthday boy or girl (or man or woman) based on their favorite colors and their name. The base design of the card would remain the same you can just change out the name you put on the ribbon portion of the card and change the colors of paper you select based on the birthday person's favorite colors! Then they get a custom card that and get to feel extra special because you took the time to personalize it just for them. It lets them... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning Memory Box junkies! Ooooh the weekend is almost here and hope everyone has some fun things happening. I have another video so don't forget to scroll down to the bottom for the video showing how to create this fun and relatively simple background. I had play around with some distress inks and perfect pearls and of course the fantabulous Memory Box products and the results are: Isn't that a fun all purpose card with some wonderful colors going on? And doesn't take too long to make! I hope you can see a little bit of the shimmer from... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good Morning! It's time for another Spooky Halloween Card! This time it's the Forest Crows Dies 99197 cut from black mirror cardstock. The purple background was created with Distress Ink and Stickles. All of these were layered onto Memory Box Patterned Paper and a bit of black cording was added. Hope everyone is having a Wonderful Day and enjoying our mini break from summer until it returns this weekend! Thank you so much for stopping by! Related articles Spooky Haunted House Forest Crows Licorice Distressed Dots Key Lime Dot InLinkz.com Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Here's an easy Halloween design - let the Swirling Ghosts and bats from Bat Cave create a quick little gamecard for your favorite goblins! Jean Okimoto here this evening, let's get started... Stamp Articles Ledger on orange cardstock with VersaFine Smokey Gray and dry the ink. Cut the orange and black cardstock with Mini Perfect Patches. Cut the ghosts and bats. Attach everything to a square 5.5" card of gray cardstock. Add chartreuse, orange and black sequins. Just for fun...cut extra sets of ghosts and bats and toss them into the card for a real surprise when the card is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Outside The Box
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So many butterflies, so little time - use the beautiful Sketch Form Butterfly to capture a bit of the fleeting summer. There are so many great butterfly stamps, dies and stencils in our collection that it's hard to chose just one for a card. Jean Okimoto here today - with a Kaleidacolored butterfly card. We're double-dipping with the Caribbean Sea inkpad here - for the watercolored background, and the Sketch Form Butterfly. It's a quick matchup - and some of my favorite colors too! Zippy Dots, stencilled in Pearlescent Jade, softens the seriousness of the bold butterfly and plays up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: J'éspère que tout va bien chez vous...ici les écoles ont fait leurs rentrée donc notre étè est malheureusement arrivé à sa fin... Quant à notre project d'aujourd'hui... j'ai fait une Carte de noël avec cette "Poinsettia" en bordure... Le fond fait partie encore de l'une des tecniques... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola mis amigas: esta es la tercera tarjeta que hice... Usé el troquel "grape vine border" troquel del medio y le añadí dos tiras de papel a los lados... Muy fácil de hacer...ya verán las técnicas... Una última foto con las tres tarjetas juntas... Les agradezco la visita, besos y... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at A Crear Se Dijo!
Oh, this is SO pretty, Donna!
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2015 on Bird in Flight at Outside The Box
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Welcome back to the Memory Box Design Team blog! Today's card features punkin' dies in honor of Halloween being just around the corner. (I say this rather tongue in cheek given we're still in August and all the craft stores have been displaying Halloween since July 5th.) S U P P L I E S Memory Box dies (Jolly Jack O Lanterns, Contour Typewriter Keys, Swooning Bats) and papers (Kraft, Jack O Lantern); Ink: Distress Ripe Persimmon (Ranger); Pen: Zig Fine Point Black; Accents: gems (Mark Richards); Other: fun foam S U P P L Y S U B S... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Les traigo una segunda tarjeta de regalo... Esta fue hecha con otra técnica diferente realizada con "sprays" / aerosoloes...para el fondo.. y a éste le añadí un troquel de la colección de navidad cortado en papel plateado... Les recuerdo que les tendré el tutorial completo con... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello everyone! Donna here with a another fall card. I love Halloween and have so much fun creating Halloween projects. There have been so many inspiring Halloween cards from the other design team members. For my card I first die cut the Stitched Halloween Circle Frame from Licorice cardstock. Save the bottom portion of the die cut. I pieced this back in place when I glued the frame to my card. I prepared a piece of White cardstock by sponging Distress Inks onto it. Then I stenciled various designs on top of that. Mist lightly with water to blend the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Outside The Box
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I needed a quick and easy project for a class recently and I wanted to incorporate the Open Studio STITCHED BOWS die set no. 30056. I started by making a simple tag using the largest of the STITCHED BOWS and a BOTANICAL STEM die no. 99088 adhered to a manila shipping tag. I cut the bow from Memory Box Dots paper and the Botanical Stem from Memory Box Distressed Dots, both in Pool. I was going to stop there until I found the perfect Memory Box notecard and a piece of their discontinued cloud paper. Voila: Tag Card! Here's the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Outside The Box
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The new Bat Cave from the 2015 Holiday Collection is perfect for drippy green goo! Jean Okimoto here this afternoon, with another Halloween design for you. It would be too challenging to try to follow Sherry's beautiful card with a pretty card of my own - so I decided to veer off towards creepy instead. Radiant Neon Electric Orange is perfect for the Spooky Background - especially with that scary-bright green Stitched Square Layer from Open Studio. It's nice that Halloween cards permit inky splatters. I wanted the popular cool random dots look - but got some splats instead -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Good morning, everyone! Sherry here with another holiday card for you. I first die cut the Pinecone and Greenery from green card stock. I wanted to create dimension and texture on the pinecone portion of this die, so I cut a small piece of brown card stock sized to die cut only the pine cone. I cut another small piece of brown card stock, added it to a piece of double sided adhesive, then peeled off the top liner and adhered the die cut pinecone, leaving the open areas with the adhesive now exposed. I trimmed out the pine cone,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Je vous montre une petite carte hivernale... Cette carte est l'une des première d'une série de cartes et tags que j'ai fait en utilisant des techniques assez chouettes pour la création des fonds des papiers... J'aurai un tutoriel complet à la fin de la présentation de toutes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Hoy les traigo una tarjetica de regalo que hice...utilizando una técnica para el fondo del papel que explicaré en un tutorial en otro artículo... Por ahora sólo les quiero mostrar el resultado de esta técnica hecha con "sprays"/ aerosoles...hice varias tarjetas para colocar en los regalos... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Happy Friday everyone! I have another Autumn inspired card for you today. I love the Stars at Night stamp, and feel you can use it for so many occasions. We have so many Autumn birthdays in our family and felt this could be a good card for one of the guys. To create this card I punched a circle from a post-it-note to use as a mask for the moon. I placed the mask on a White strip of cardstock. Using several colors of Distress Ink, I sponged color over the cardstock. Spray the inked cardstock with Gold Perfect Pearls... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Poppystamps just released a new look book created by the very talented Jeanne Jachna. It is loaded with amazing ideas to inspire you for Fall and Halloween. The look book allows you to page through the samples for inspiration and all products used in the book are identified by name and product number, making it easy for you to find your favorites and start your wish list. To see the August Look Book, go to August Look Book or click on the look book icon in the right hand margin! And now how about a giveaway? To celebrate the new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Outside The Box
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The new Swirling Ghosts and bats from the new Bat Cave popped into the Woodland Oval for a quick fall card today. Jean Okimoto here with a Halloween design that's probably a little more smiley than it is scary. The three dies are from our Holiday 2015 Collection. Diecut the bottom with the zigzag from the Stitched Country Borders Die for a threatening half-Jaws look. Are you scared now? The Open Studio Articles Ledger background is stamped with Smokey Gray VersaFine - it's a great inkpad for fine lines and details. Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Outside The Box