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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 Memory Box friends. Spring is just around the corner and that means gorgeous flowers and pretty birds flitting here and there. In my backyard I have birdhouses, blooming flowers, bushes, shrubs and a hummingbird feeder. We have yet to see one of those pretty little birds outside our window. But I keep hoping!!! Sometimes you have to make your own happiness, as I have done here with this new Marvelous Hummingbird die. I die cut the Marvelous Hummingbird from watercolor paper, then colored with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers. (Fern, Bud Green & Prussian Blue). I also die cut the... Continue reading
Posted 21 hours ago at Outside The Box
Bamboo Poles, Little Dragonflies - and a Snow Bunny transformed into a panda? Why not? Hi, happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with another outside-the-box idea for you today. The Snow Bunny Deep Edge Die set creates more than bunnies...remember our puppy? That required a bit of imagination - but the pieces were repurposed into a friendly little pup. Today's panda was more challenging (those eyes!) - the Clutch of Eggs die and a screw punch were perfect for that sweet, droopy expression. Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
Hello Friends! Today I pulled out some of my Zig Clean Color brush pens out and did a little watercoloring. Let's make a card! First, I die cut the Marvelous Hummingbird out of watercolor paper. I cut a few to work on at the same time since each one turns out a little bit different. To color with these markers I took the marker directly to the paper in a small area and then came in with a water brush to blend the color out. I repeated this with each color I added, making sure to allow a little time... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
Valentine's Day may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean you must put away your "Valentine" stamps and dies! They can be great for weddings, anniversaries, or just an everyday "Wishing you a very happy day" card! For this card, I used the Wirework Hearts clear stamp set and coordinating Wirework Hearts die set, along with the Heart Rays die: I simply gold heat embossed the beautiful large wirework heart onto 110 Lb. white cardstock, and die cut it. I prefer heavier cardstock when heat embossing, to cut down on any possible warping of the cardstock. Then I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
Stitched Rain Boots, Everglade Collage and Proper Umbrella are ready to welcome spring - even if it is Valentine's Day! Hello and Happy Valentine's Day - Jean Okimoto here with a quick spring design for you today. Cut an unfolded Parsley Notecard with the Everglade Collage. Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with the new Charming Pink VersaFine CLAIR . It's a clear, bright fuchsia-pink that'll brighten a dark winter day. Cut Proper Umbrella from a colorful floral print. I've used #1125 by Shizen Design, available at Impress, and #61096 at Birch Press Design.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
Hola mis queridas amigas: Les deseo un muy feliz día del amor y de la amistad... Para esta fiesta, hice estos paqueticos para regalarles a mis amigas/profesoras en uno de mis colegios... A unas sólo les pusé flores... y a otras les puse mentas, adentro del papel celofan... Decoré el... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
Could you use a little pampering today, to get ready for Valentine's Day? I'm here to help! Hello, Memory Box fans -- I'm Sharon Harnist. I'm new here to the blog and design team and I couldn't be more thrilled! I've loved and used Memory Box products for MANY years and I am very grateful and excited to begin this journey! I recently hosted my neighborhood ladies Bunco game night and wanted these wonderful women to feel special and pampered, so I came up with these relaxing bath salts gifts for them! An internet search for homemade bath salts will... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
I have one last valentine before Wednesday and it uses multiples of the DOUBLE STITCHED HEARTS 99929 and the WRAPPED STITCH FRAMES 30117. to make this card: Start with a cream notecard. Die cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Frame 4X5.2 from red cardstock and adhere both pieces--the frame and the inside rectangle--to the front of the notecard. Die cut the next to the smallest Wrapped Stitch Frame 2.5X3.8 from cream cardstock and adhere both pieces--the frame and the inside rectangle--to the front of the notecard, placing it at an angle. Die cut the Double Stitched Hearts (five hearts in different... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
Salut les Filles: Une autre petite carte d'anniversaire!!! Celle-ci a plusieurs éléments avec des tons tous trés pastels... Tout d'abord, cette merveilleurse fleur que j'ai découpé en plusieurs couleurs pour donner un peu plus de dimension. Vue de côté... La fleur en 3D avec la technique de l'incrustation enfin le... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
Hello Memory Box friends. Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I have a fun card for you today. I do love how it is not limited to Heart Day, just by changing the sentiment. And here we go: Start with a White cardstock base 5.50 x 4.25 inches. Trim Black cardstock the same size and adhere to base. Die cut Wrapped Stitch Frame and Cheery Flower Stems from White cardstock. Die cut a small strip of Really Rainbow pattern paper by Lawn Fawn with Wrapped Stitch Frames. Die cut Vintage Watering Can from Metallic Silver cardstock. Die cut... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
Hi everyone! It has been a rough week with all this winter weather, so I'd like to inspire you with a spring themed birthday card. To create this card I die cut the Floral Bloom Oval Frame three times, once from watercolor paper and twice from gold metallic paper. I kept the inside pieces from the watercolor die cut and taped them in the back to keep the pieces in place. I sponged the die cut with Picked Raspberry and Peeled Paint Distress inks. For the card front I applied Antique Linen, Peeled Paint and a little Picked Raspberry distress... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Outside The Box
Happy Thursday! Today I have a fun card perfect for your Valentine. Let's get started! To create this card I started with my card base and a pretty plaid from Lawn Fawns Perfectly Plaid Spring paper pad. I layered them together and then I die cut my heart window with the largest heart in the Have a Heart set. I taped a piece of clear thread on the card in the middle of the heart and then glued the plaid paper on to the card to hide the thread. Next I die cut the darling Drifting Side Butterfly and glued... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Outside The Box
Sweet, simple and special...a Heart Gift Box filled with a Valentine treats! Hi - Jean Okimoto here - Valentine cards are already signed, sealed and on their way, so let's make some pretty treat boxes today. Cut pink, red and flamingo cardstock with the Heart Gift Box die. It cuts, scores and adds a heart window in one quick step. Cut screenprinted papers - like these from Shizen Design and available at Impress - with the 1.5" Circle Basics die. Round diecuts let you rotate the circle until you find the perfect combination of colors and patterns to fill the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Outside The Box
Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Weather has started to change a bit and some days we have some sunlight and some days are cool. Now I am longing for spring, which means FLOWERS :) The new dies have so many various florals in it and they are awesome. Today, I decided to use my dies as guide for this watercolor card. I started by simply embossing the watercolor paper using the die, instead of cutting it. This gave a perfect impression and allowed me to watercolor using the Zig clean color real brush markers. The embossed effect... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Outside The Box
Hola mis queridas amigas: Una tarjeta para un cumpleaños... Como fondo Usé dos flores en blanco sobre un papel "aqua", con bordes melon y amarillo, ... una combinación de colores frescos! Para dar textura y dimensión corté el picaflor en papel cuadriculado verde... y las Palabras "Happy Birthday" en papel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at A Crear Se Dijo!
I have two quick and easy valentines for you today using three dies and red and white cardstocks. DIBBLE HEART BORDER 99932 RIBBON HEARTS 99931 SENTIMENTAL BE MINE 99927 Cut the red cardstock at 4 X 5 1/4. Die cut the Dibble Heart Border on an angle, sort of in the center from lower left to upper right. Save all of the little hearts that cut out for another project. (I usually tuck them into the envelope where I store the die.) Secure this panel to the front of a side-fold white notecard. Die cut Ribbon Hearts from white cardstock.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Outside The Box
Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a little Valentine's Day inspiration. Is that mini clip just too cute holding the die cut hearts?!? Let's do this: Start with a White cardstock base. Trim and adhere the Red Gingham paper from Lawn Fawn. Cut a piece of White cardstock a bit smaller than base panel. Using a favorite embossing folder, place White cardstock inside and hit it with a rubber mallet instead of running it through a machine. This way you get small areas of raised embossing instead of an all over look. Wrap red and white twine three... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Outside The Box
Have a Heart - 5, to be exact - is a great matchup for the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set. It's a practical, versatile die set you can use throughout the year. Hi - Jean Okimoto here again, with the details behind my February Challenge inspiration card. I found some pretty pieces of watercolored, shimmery spritzed papers in my stash and diecut them with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Have a Heart sets to create contrasting backgrounds. Stamp the large Wirework Hearts design onto another piece of watercolored paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Outside The Box
\ The Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set and the Have a Heart die set are more than just Valentine designs. They're perfect throughout the year and will quickly become go-to products for many occasions. Use them for friendship cards, thank-yous, showers, weddings, baby cards and anniversaries too. Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here, with another Hearts Challenge inspiration card today. February arrived so quickly - here's another way to use our heart-themed designs for Valentine and year-round greetings. Stamp the large Wirework Hearts image on pale pink cardstock with Smokey Gray VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Outside The Box
Hi girls: A little birthday card for this month of Valentine's Day! The background is made with a cutout of butterflies border, which I superimposed to make this pink background on pink And I cut the month "Happy Birthday" twice to give the illusion of shade I hope you like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Un Brin De Creativite
Greetings friends. It is time to introduce 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 played along with us for our snowy challenge. We might be tired of all the cold weather, but it was sure nice to see all of the Winter inspiration. The winner of our blog badge for the last challenge was Heidi H from the Stamping, Knitting, Etc blog. Here snowman scene had a lovely Distress Oxide background: The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Outside The Box
A background of Wrapped Stitch Hearts creates a twirly setting for the Happy Penguin on a simple card today. Add a brightly bold greeting from the Smile Clear Stamp Set - and a swirly circle print background - and it's a quick card for your favorite guy. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, the big day is just two weeks away - quick and easy is the way to go! Layer a set of red Wrapped Stitch Hearts onto a 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics block of silver and black printed paper. Cut Happy Penguin from watercolor paper and again from black... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Outside The Box
One of my favorite dies from the latest Memory Box release is the HEART GIFT BOX 99954. It is the perfect size for a small gift or candy treats for your valentine. I used it on the front of a notecard and on a tag. First, the card. I covered the front of a white notecard with Cranberry Gingham paper. I cut a heart from Cranberry Dot paper using the next to the largest heart in the HAVE A HEART dies set 30118. I glued this to the notecard at a bit of an angle. Then I die cut the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Outside The Box
Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for a new week, hopefully including some card making! I hope to inspire you with another cute Llama card. To make this card, start by die cutting the heart frame from white cardstock and glue this to a white cardstock layer that was cut the same size as the frame. Tie a ribbon around the card layer and adhere this to a black card base. Die cut the grass circle frame and a plain circle the same size for the background from white cardstock. Sponge the plain... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Outside The Box
Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with my favorite thing to make...a 10 minute card. A bit of embossing, a couple of die cuts, pretty ribbon and you have a simple yet elegant creation. Follow along: Start with a White cardstock base, then add a piece of shimmering Red paper. Cut a panel of White cardstock just a bit smaller then the Shimmering cardstock. Die cut two of the Double Stitched Hearts near the upper right corner. Now emboss the panel with a Polka Dot folder. Wrap panel with Sheer Ribbon and adhere to card front. Add die... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Outside The Box