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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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Hello Hello! Marnie here I have for you today a Spooky House made from the Village House 98594. I'm getting into the Halloween Feel can you tell? I was so happy with my little trees. They came from the Harvest Moon Tree 99029 I cut out the center and one of the longer branches, they are really cute little trees. The clouds are stenciled in black Momento Ink with the Cloud Cover Stencil 88558 and the hills are made out of two shades of green and the Big Word Pop 99047. Finally a moon punched from yellow and some stars... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Need another reason to add the new Spooky Background stamp to your Memory Box collection? Create a word block with it – and let a friendly ghost do the talking! Jean Okimoto here – with another quick card for you. Memory Box Products NEW Big Word Pop Curve Die 99047 Ghost Trio Die 98376 NEW Spooky Background Stamp G1996 Jack ‘O Lantern Cardstock Mango Notecard Mango Envelope Stamp Spooky Background with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black – then heat-set it. Imagine Crafts’ Memento Luxe inks are rich, vibrant pigment inks. They’re great for stamping, stenciling and shading. Just heat-set them or... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick Halloween card today. I love our typography stamps - the new Spooky Background creates a great backdrop for the Haunted Webs and Scary Spiders. Stamp it with quick-drying Memento Morocco ink for a subtle monochromatic look that makes the web and spiders jump out at you. Save yourself some time by cutting the spiders from self-adhesive craft foam for dimension and quick assembly. Add a few bright green sequins for a pop of color...and that’s it! Memory Box Products NEW Haunted Webs Die 99007 Scary Spiders Die 98704 NEW Spooky Background Stamp G1996... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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I'm also still playing with our latest holiday release, and I decided to change it up a wee bit by using PARTS of die cuts to see what would result. I really like what happened - check it out: Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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People drive for miles and miles and wait in line for up to two hours for one of Red's Eats famous Maine lobster rolls. Earlier this year I created a scrapbook page in homage to Red's Eats. This was before the DEEP OCEAN LOBSTER die No. 98986 appeared in the Memory Box catalog. I now need to revise this page and add some cute little lobsters! Since I got my DEEP OCEAN LOBSTER die, I've been making a variety of cards. You may remember that I created a shore dinner card when I first got the die and posted it... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut mes chères amies: Voici une carte pour Noël en forme de "TeePee" (ou tipi en français/tente ou habitaient les Indians d'Amérique) décorée avec une fleur "Poinsettia".... Les découpes, La fleur "Poinsettia" et le cadre sont des découpes de "Poppystamps"... Une de plus prés on peut mettre cette carte dans... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good morning everyone! I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying the waning summer season and gearing up for Autumn and the beginning of school for those with kids. A big thank you to all of the awesome participants who joined me last month for our day full of all things Memory Box at Simple Pleasures. The uber talented Jenny Griffiths will be teaching some amazingly cool classes this coming weekend at Simple Pleasures...August 22st and 23rd. Call the store or stop in to register for a few hours of fun and creativity!! These classes are also available... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Let it snow! Well, it's raining here anyway...close enough for August! We're glad because Tim is re-seeding the yard. Grow grass grow! For my card today, I cut the Pinecone Corner die from Dill and Vanilla Bean card-stock. Cut the brown pinecones away from the complete corner piece, shape them with a stylus on a molding mat or mouse pad, ink them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and the ink blending tool and then mount them over the green pinecones die cut with mounting foam squares. Die cut the NEW New Castle Snowflake die from white card-stock, adhere it with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Morning Crafty Friends! Today it's all about the beautiful Delicate Butterfly Arches---Since I love their detail and lacy-like quality there are two on this card. By positioning them with curved sides together, they look like a gate-fold card. This is one of those cards where the paper piecing takes a little time but the results are worth it. Also, fine tipped tweezers come in handy. Here is what you need to get started... #98982 Delicate Butterfly Arch #98992 Solid Arch Background B1851 Something Special Combo Stamp Paper: Lagoon #10154 12x12 Veronica Other: Gemstones Instructions: Die cut 2 Delicate Butterfly Arch... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good Morning, Marnie here! I have a very Spooky Harvest tree today. I created a background with yellow Distress Ink for the moon and blue and black Distress ink in the Distressed Web Stencil-88580. Once that was complete I added my die cut Harvest Moon Tree Die-99029, the extra hills were cut with the Big Word Pop Curve-99047 on either side. Once everything was down A Bunch of Bats-98708 were put on flying all around the tree and moon. To add a bit of sparkle I added some Stickles dots. Like stars shining. Hope you like it. Have a wonderful... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas after the heavy rains last night! Jean Okimoto here, with another holiday card this afternoon. The lights have been flickering – so let’s get started before anything happens… Memory Box Products NEW Script Merry Designer Stencil 88575 NEW Frosted Spruce Tree Die 99005 Resting Birds Die 98527 Hearts and Stars Die 98755 Parchment Cardstock Parchment Envelope Dry-emboss Script Merry on Parchment Cardstock and trim it to 3-3/4” x 3-5/8”. Cut Frosted Spruce Tree from Lime Fizz Silk Cardstock. Leave the cardstock in the die and dry-emboss it for extra dimension. Cut the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another Merry design for you today. I love the new Merry Background for the popular chalkboard effect when stamped in black. For a different look, stamp it with VersaMark and emboss it in white for a cool, frosty background. Remember to clean your stamps to remove any residual ink after stamping, especially on ‘reverse background’ stamps. Do you like sequins but wonder how to attach them? Just cut Contempo Circle Border from Scor-Tape Sheets for a whole bunch of adhesive circles. Carefully remove the die, leaving the circles and liners intact. Pick them up and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Esta tarjeta otoñal está hecha con un troquel Navideño o de invierno...Y el Troquel es de la marca Poppystamps, que es una sucursal de Memory Box No les parece buena idea sacarle el mayor provecho a nuestros troqueles? Buenoe esa es la idea, tan sólo al... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Today's card features some of our new holidays dies - Lydia Ornament and Curled Ribbons - and I think I'll be Deeply Disturbed if Memory Box ever stops making them, as I am really quite smitten with both! Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Pam here...Peace...so pretty die cut three times out of holly Memory Box card-stock, glued together with Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue...teeny dots in a few strategic places and then colored with the Wink of Stella Red Glitter Brush Pen. I die cut the NEW Kensington Christmas Tree die from white card-stock and colored it first with Copic markers and then with the red and green Wink of Stella Glitter Brush markers. Layered it on white glitter paper with mounting squares that I cut up into smaller squares! Then I decided that I just had to use some other dies... you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Salut mes chères amies: Bien contente de vous retrouver aujourd'hui dans cette journée un peu automnale ici au nord de la Californie...on se demande oú est passé l'étè? Voici ma carte d'aujourd'hui ... Mais...Avant de vous parler de ma petite carte pour la Halloween... 1-Je veux vous faire savoir que... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hi – hope it’s a great weekend for you! Jean Okimoto here today – with a contemporary holiday design to share. We usually see a big Christmas tree and a smallish greeting, right? Combine a small tree and a big greeting for a change. The triangles are all perfectly straight - so angle the 'merry' for a cheery, upbeat look. Just a few of the little details I obsess over when I design something (smile). Memory Box Products 98994 Merry Cursive Die E1994 Small Triangle Tree Granny Smith Cardstock White Notecard Granny Smith Envelope Imagine Crafts Products Kaleidacolor Caribbean Sea... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hello all! This is the last card in my berry bird series. Today, our sweet bird has devoured his berries and has flown back to the berry bush for more. (I think he also ate the last ant that tried to climb the branch!) My card uses the wildberry branch for our wee bird to land on. I used brown and orange to highlight the sentiment and this CAS card came together in no time at all. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Outside The Box
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We've had a lot of rain here this summer it's good and bad. The good is the garden is growning the bad is the weeds are too. I have created the perfect rain scene with no weeds just rain and trees and grass, see no weeding! I created the background with the Raindrops Stencil 88577 with clear embossing paste. When it was dry I inked the background darker and used the Solid Arch 98992 die for the hill. The trees are the Consenza Tree Border 98864 and then a few clouds with Puffy Clouds 98172. Hope you like it remember... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas!: La "Halloween" o el "Día de las brujas" ya se acerca... Bueno por lo menos Aquí, en los Estados Unidos! Esto es debido a la comercialisación tan frenética que se vive aquí, las fiestas empiezan a vivirse desde como dos meses antes... En los almacenes ya... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Got felt? Here’s a quick card that’s perfect for summer celebrations. Jean Okimoto here – with a few of my favorite floral dies and some felt from my stash. I love the new Word Pop Straight Die - it's versatile and works with greetings of all sizes. Use the diecut as-is, or trim and customize it for your special message. Small Word Pop Straight (99054) 4.3 x .6 in. or 11 x 1.6 cm. Memory Box Products 99054 NEW Small Word Pop Straight 98312 Fancy Blossoms 98837 Adorable Posies 98802 Perfect Petioles B2010 Sweet Birthday Kraft Cardstock Kraft Envelope Inkpad... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Salut mes chères amies: Me voilà de retour, je suis allée quelques jours sur la côte Est des Etats-Unis, à Atlanta. J'y suis allée à un salon dédié aux détaillants des magasins et aux professionnels liés à cette industrie. Ce salon se déroule 2 fois par an pour présenter les... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Here is a wonderfully Spooky card made by Ann Jackson, one of our teachers here in San Diego at The Stamp Addict. She will be teaching this card along with 3 other Hauntingly Halloween cards on Sept. 17th and Oct. 4th at our store. So if you are going to be in the area be sure to stop by to take the class! I love the detail and creepy crawly feeling I get when I see it! The spiders on the web look so realistic! She used the new Distressed Web stencil to make the background. Then stamped the Spooky... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Outside The Box
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I live in Maine where the Pine Tree is the State Tree. I know I'll have lots of uses for this new stamp-- SMALL FOREST PINE D2011. For this post I made two quick and easy, clean and simple cards using these supplies and white notecards: Simple dashed lines drawn with the fine point tip of the Memento Cottage Ivy pen accent the placement of the pine tree and frame an area where I can add a note or a stamped or die cut sentiment later. Three stamped pines on the card front and a bit of baker's twine make... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Here's some cute little guys to spice up the Christmas season. Don't forget the candy canes! I love the NEW Tiny Candy Canes die stamped with the NEW Candy Cane Stripes background stamp. I just think they are so cute die cut in kraft card-stock with the edges inked with Gathered Twigs Distress ink. Yes! They'd make darling gift tags too! Holly Branch die - die cut in white and colored with Copic markers Ho Ho Holly Leaves die - die cut in white and colored with Copic markers Jolly Combo stamp Precious... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Outside The Box