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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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I ordered the HEART SLEEVE no. 99359 and the SCROLLWORK SLEEVE no. 99369 because I'd never seen anything like this, and I wanted to see how they worked and in what ways I might use them on cards. Because they actually have fold lines that are embossed in the die cutting process, I would recommend using a lightweight cardstock or the Memory Box Patterned Papers and I also use a metal plate for the extra pressure. They work perfectly added to the bottom front of a top-folded A2 notecard using 1/4" double-sided tape. The flaps fold to the inside of... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Outside The Box
Hi Memory Box friends.....Penny here today with a little Easter goodness. Yes, yes, yes I know it is not even Valentine's yet, but you have to think ahead in cardmaking. So easy to put together and when you goof up the background, splatter some paint. :) Let's Make a Card: Die cut Grand Happy Easter (don't forget to save the tiny inner piece for the letter "e"). Adhere to a pattern paper base card. Splatter paint or leave as is. Stamp and die cut the two Bunnies from the Birthday Bunnies set. I colored my bunnies with Copic markers, but... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
Good morning everyone! I have a thank you card for you today, using my favorite stamp set along with a new die from the January release. I started by sponging Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers distress ink onto white cardstock. Mist lightly with water to blend the colors. Die cut the Scalloped Thank You Circle Frame from white cardstock. Spatter a white cardstock panel with Peacock Feathers ink and die cut a circle in the top portion of the panel. Use foam tape to adhere the die cut thank you to the prepared panel. Stamp the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
Here's a way to use the Santa Paws Die and coordinating stamp set with Plush Folk Hearts - in February! Hi and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here with something a little different today. I don't usually post 'family' photos here on Outside the Box - but this picture of chocolate Taffy and beige Sage makes us laugh whenever we see it. I hope it brings a smile to your face too! Taffy does have eyes - they match her fur and are very deep-set, so you don't see them here. She's the happiest dog on earth - even wags... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
Hello! I have a colorful watercolor card to share with you today, using one of my favorite dies from this release. It is delicate, and lovely! I started with a panel of water color paper, and applied different shades of red, pink, and purple to it, using a piece of acetate. To achieve the look, simply smoosh your ink onto a piece of acetate, spritz with water, and apply it to your water color paper. I allowed it to dry, and worked on die cutting the Sketch Rose Branch three times, and layered them together with liquid glue. I adhered... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
Here's some pink challenge inspiration with the Large and Small Billow Flowers and the versatile Swirling's quick and easy! Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with big congrats to the winners of our January Challenge! Looking forward to seeing your Tickled Pink Challenge entries too. Here are the directions for my Challenge inspiration card. The featured dies and greeting (inside the card) are from our fabulous January 2016 Release. Paint watercolor paper with pink and peachy-pink Peerless Watercolors and let them dry. Cut them with the Small and Large Billow Flowers - save the little circles from the centers. Brush... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
Hola mis amigas: Aquí de nuevo con esta tarjeta y estas lindas mariposas... Para hacer esta tarjeta usé dos nuevos troqueles de la colección 2016 . El "Colette Butterfly Branch" está en el centro y usé la parte negativa de un segundo troquel "Calais" a la derecha de la tarjeta...... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
Are you ready for Valentine's Day yet? For my card today, I used colors that are more traditional for Valentine's Day, but you could just as easily change the colors and use the Bunny Tea Time stamps and dies year-round. I love getting more bang for my buck! I started by cutting out the bunny die on white cardstock and then stamping my bunny on top with Black Memento ink. I did the same with the individual teacup. To color my bunny and cup, I used an assortment of Copic markers- C00, C1, and C3 (bunny), Y11 and Y14 (crown),... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
It is time to announce another 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 shaker cards for last month's challenge. The winner of our blog badge for last month's "shaker card " challenge is Cornelia from the Stempel Spass blog. Here is her stunning creation: The lucky winner of the draw for the monthly prize is Larissa Heskett from the Larissa Heskett Designs blog. Congratulations! Please contact me at to claim your... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
Hello Memory Box fans....Penny here today with a couple of new dies you can use for Valentine's Day and beyond. Wanting to make an encouragement card for a friend going through Breast Cancer treatments, I like how the simplicity of this card makes such a big statement. I love a card I can put together in 10 minutes (no fair counting the drying time). Let's Make a Card: I started with watercolor paper and started dropping a bright pink shade of Peerless Watercolors. So vibrant!!! I used the new Straight Stitches die along the edge as well as adding the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Outside The Box
Hi everyone! Spring has not yet sprung, but here's a card for when it does! I cut a piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75" and water colored the background with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. I cut the Sketch Rose Branch from the same white card stock and sponged Peeled Paint and Scattered Straw onto the leaves and flowers. I adhered that to the water colored piece, and stamped the Happiest sentiment as shown. I then mounted that piece onto the white card base, and that was it! No muss, no fuss! Hope you enjoy this little piece... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Outside The Box
Hello Crafty Friends! As you will see, I have butterflies on my mind and in my cards today. On this card, I must also have "Chocolate-Mint-Chip" (as in ice cream) on my mind since I've pared chocolate brown and mint green colors together...see what I mean? This card features the gorgeous Scrollwork Sleeve and the Calais Butterflies dies. The Scrollwork Sleeve die is designed with bottom and side flaps to wrap around the card and create a pocket but this time I'm using it pressed flat against the background paper. I love the beautiful swirls and flourishes and thought it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Outside The Box
Salut mes chères amies: Des coeurs en feutre comme ornement.... ou comme pelote à é joli!!! J'oublie assez souvent que les découpes Memory Box; coupent différents maté dernièrement le feutre semble être à la mode, ...en plus à Noël, j'ai reçu des beaux ornements faits main en feutrine de la... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
Hola mis queridas amigas: Sabían que pueden usar los troqueles de Memory box para cortar fieltro, o Paño Lenci? Pues sí!, los troqueles cortan una variedad de materiales; como corcho, plástico, metal suave, tela y a veces nos olvidamos de esto... Sólo hay que pasar más veces las placas por... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
Happy Thursday everyone! For my post today I used the new Plush Heart Pocket die to create a Valentine treat holder. To create this project, die cut the heart and pocket from Kraft cardstock. Dip a pencil eraser into white acrylic paint to add the dots to the die cut heart. Once they are dry, randomly stamp words across the heart and the pocket piece. Ink the edges of the die cuts with Vintage Photo ink. Line up the pocket die cut with the heart and stitch around the heart with white embroidery floss. Die cut the small red heart... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Outside The Box
Add a Plush Folk Heart and a trio of of glittered Plush Flower Buttons to your Valentine card - it'll bring a warm smile to someone's face, even on a cold winter day. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a very pink design for you today - right down to the diecut pink 3M duct tape. The new dies from our January 2016 Collection are Plush Folk Hearts (and a flower) on the left - and the Plush Flower Buttons set of five flowers and a circle, on the right. They are perfect for diecutting felt, with little holes that serve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Outside The Box
Happy Tuesday! My name is Melissa and I am so excited and honored to be a part of the Memory Box Design Team. I live in the Chicago area and I teach classes at Craft Fancy in Arlington Heights, IL. For my card today I used the gorgeous Butterfly Wreath. It's been gray and gloomy this winter so I wanted to create a card with a lot of color. For this card cut the card base to 5 1/2 inches by 11 inches and fold it in half. Cut a piece of white card stock to 4 1/4 inches square... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Outside The Box
From time to time, we share information about Birch Press Design here on the Outside the Box blog. Birch Press is a home decor/gift site that is owned and operated by the same family that owns Memory Box. If you like the Memory Box "style," then you will love their products for the home. Right now, they are offering a sale code that is valid through January 27th. If you were thinking of purchasing anything, now is the time to do it! SHOP BIRCHPRESSDESIGN.COM Our beautiful handmade ceramic cake stands can help you create a gorgeous presentation - choose from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Outside The Box
Hello Memory Box friends.....Penny here today with a couple of brand spanking new dies. Just playing around with the Stitched Rings die, I decided it looked like portholes from a ship. Thus, the inspiration for the beautiful waves I could see from my berth. Super easy to make and by changing the sentiment, this card would be great for just about any occasion. I actually die cut the Stitched Rings two times, one being from the A2 card front, but that left just a smidge of flat edges on my outside rings...Well, you know that would drive me crazy, so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Outside The Box
Need another Valentine idea? Celebrate your love with the glittered Homespun Heart floating thru the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame -both are great new designs from our January 2016 Collection. Jean Okimoto here with a bright, sparkly design to warm this winter weekend. Cut a 2.8" Studio Circle Layer of watercolor paper. Paint it with some pink and peachy Peerless Watercolors. Using an acrylic stamp block as a palette, paint a light, diluted wash of Gold Peerless Transparent Metallics over the pinks and peaches. Dry it with a heat-tool and attach it to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Outside The Box
Hi there! This card makes me long for Spring! Blue skies, green grass, and cute little elves, okay..maybe no elves, but I will take the blue sky and green grass, any day! I used the fun Pasture Grass die to cut a place to put my toadstool, and gnome on, out of green card stock. I took a panel of watercolor paper, and blended in a was of blue to it, and allowed it to dry. Once it was dry, I adhered two green pieces of the grass die cuts, one with dry adhesive, and the other with foam. Using... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Outside The Box
Good morning everyone! Donna here this morning with a card featuring the new "Fairhaven Oval Frame" die. This die cut is so delicate I thought it was a perfect fit over a water-colored background. I used watercolor paper for all my card layers and die cuts. Die cut an oval to fit behind the Fairhaven Oval Frame. I used Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink pads to watercolor the background. Sponge Tumbled Glass distress ink around the edge of the Stitched Oval die cut and the Grosgrain Ribbons die cuts. Spatter the card background with gold ink.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Outside The Box
Hola mis amigas: Les tengo esta tarjeta hecha con uno de los nuevos troqueles de estreno de 2016 ... Este troquel lo corté tres veces en la parte de enfrente y coloreé las mariposas... En el blog de francés: "Un brin de créativité" les tengo la misma versión, pero en... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
The new Flicker Hearts and Stitched Oval Layers are a great combination - just add the classic Brand New Bicycle for a quick Valentine card. Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with another version of something old/something new. Isn't it cool how the Flicker Hearts seem to be drifting out of the bicycle basket? Cut the second-largest Stitched Oval Layer from textured white cardstock. Cut a portion of Flicker Hearts from the oval. Cut the hearts again from red glittered craft foam. Attach tape behind the oval and pop the glittered hearts into place. Stamp " LOVE" from the Open Studio... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Outside The Box
Salut mes chères amies: Aujourd'hui je viens vous montrer cette carte que j'ai réalisé avec l'une des découpes des nouvelles découpes pour cette année 2016..."The Calais Butterflies". J'ai décidé de la faire blanc sur blanc... et en personne elle est trés bien...un peu deçue avec la photo...mais en réalité elle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite