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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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The Holly Swirl Oval Frame creates a soft monochromatic backdrop for the Valley Deer Trio and their warm felt scarves. Dasher, Dancer and Prancer? Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with - can you believe it - a Christmas card in traditional holiday colors! Cut Holly Swirl Oval Frame from textured natural cardstock - don't remove the diecut. Dry-emboss it for more dimension using the embossing mat and plates recommended for your machine. Attach it to a top-folded 5-¼" square card of textured natural cardstock. Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to dark kraft cardstock and cut Valley Deer... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! The nights are definitely getting cooler and the days just a little shorter which means Fall is definitely on the way with Halloween right around the corner. I love the warm colors of Fall and used them for today's Halloween themed shaker card. The background was done with Distress Paints (barn door, mustard seed and carved pumpkin) and water creating a marbling effect. I inked up the edges with Black Soot to tone down the colors. The Swirling Ghost Circle die is a die whose cut is meant to stay in the paper so I used that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Good Morning Memory Box Friends! I've recently returned from Colorado Springs where I had the pleasure of teaching some Memory Box classes at Simple Pleasures, a wonderful store-- and not just because they stock every single Memory Box stamp and die....but that is one good reason. If you're ever in the area you must spend some quality time at that store, you'll love all the friendly folks there too. A highlight was meeting the 0h-so-talented Shelby from our Memory Box Design Team and sharing an evening of laughs and more laughs. Here is one of the cards in my "All... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with some Fall colors. I live in Florida where it is hot, hot, hot 365 days of the year. But I can dream of cooler weather! Give this a try: Start with Olive Green card base. On White cardstock, brayer on some Kaleidacolor Tomato Vine ink. Add the Lovely Oak stencil on top and apply the same inks with a sponge dauber. Die cut a couple of Stitched Ovals from Olive Green and White cardstocks as shown. Stamp Journey sentiment with VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink. Wrap card front with Olive Burlap String and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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The Swift Reindeer - boldly prancing through the Snowflake Ring - creates a quick card for everyone on your list. Add a glittery red scarf, sequins and a greeting from the Party Time Open Studio Stamp Set for a simple, classic design that's easy to mass-produce. Hope you're enjoying your weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another holiday idea that just might help keep you a bit cooler during the heat wave. Attach dark kraft cardstock to adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) and diecut Swift Reindeer - you don't need to cut the entire scarf because it'll be... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Making Spirits Bright and cooling off with a frosty snowflake wreath might be wishful thinking this weekend...but it's worth a try! Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping a pile of colorful diecut snowflake confetti might keep us refreshed today. Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors in shades of green, turquoise, aqua, teal and chartreuse. Dry the paper, then diecut several sets of snowflakes with the Snow Burst and Distressed Snowdrift Collage dies. Diecut silver glitter cardstock with Snow Burst. Diecut the 3-⅜" x 4-⅜" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer from white cardstock. Dry-emboss a Studio Octagon Layer onto the rectangle using an embossing... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: Me voici avec une carte pour l'automne... Pour la saison des "remerciements" / "Thanksgiving" aux USA Des petits oiseaux et des citrouilles, en couleurs assez vives... Q'en pensez-vous du bleu, j'adore cette combinaison des couleurs oranges/marrons..terre... avec du turquoise... J'espère qu'elle vous plait...bisous et à la prochaine...... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola mis amigas: Una tarjeta de Otoño... Usé una combinación de colores que me gusta mucho para la estación de otoño...grises con naranjas/ocres...algo de verde y para iluminar un poco de crema... que les parece? espero que les guste esta tarjeta y les agradezco la compañía ... las veo en... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hi everyone! I have another fall themed card for you today because I am so done with the dog days of summer! I'm dreaming of crisp cool autumn days. For the card background spread texture paste through the Falling Maple Leaves stencil onto white cardstock. Immediately sprinkle with gold embossing powder. Shake off the embossing powder and leave the piece to dry. Once dry, emboss the paper using a heat tool. Sponge Wilted Violet and Ripe Persimmon distress ink over the embossed leaves. Spatter with gold ink. Die cut the pumpkins from orange paper and ink with Vintage Photo ink.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello Crafty Friends! Today I'm "beating the heat" with an elegant snowflake card--I can dream can't I? I'm hoping this card can take the sizzle out of the hot temperatures here in SoCal. Let's cool off... Navy, silver and white have always been one of my favorite holiday color combinations so I die cut the snowflake in silver glitter paper. This glitter paper is easy to use with the Memory Box die cuts since the glitter is very fine and the paper is thin. You may want to test several brands to find your favorite. I pieced in some gold... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello! I am so glad you stopped by today! I have a fun tag set for you, using one of the newly released stamp sets, and it's coordinating die. These are very easy to make, and are a lovely addition to any gift that you give! I started by stamping all of my images onto Bristol Smooth White paper, and coloring them using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I then die cut them out, and added a bit of ink blending, and stenciling to the globes. To create this particular tag, I colored in the pine trees with... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning Memory Box fans! It's the best day of the year (besides Christmas morning)...the first day of school. The summer was great, but now it is on to Autumn and the Christmas season For today's card I used the gorgeous new We Wish You Elegant Script. The background is more simple than it appears using just some distress paints, stains and embossing folder. The below video is step by step and organized by card section...so speed up or slow down to get to the part which strikes your fancy. Distress and Embossing from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo. Thanks for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Outside The Box
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I've been having a great time using the HOLLY BOUGH STENCIL 88611 and my Hero Arts inks. I've got lots of backgrounds ready for cards: For today's card I did something a little bit different instead of using one of the prepared backgrounds. I cut three pieces of KEY LIME DOTS paper and three pieces of white cardstock to layer together on a card front, each one a bit smaller than the last. I used a quarter inch corner rounder punch on all of the corners. I stacked up the three pieces of white cardstock and secured the stencil on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis amigas: Muchas veces tenemos que mandar una notica de agradecimiento... Así que decidí, hacer estas tarjetas para tener a la mano cuando las necesite y sobre todo las hice con varios meses de antelación pues en Navidad no hay tiempo de nada...de esta forma me preparo con tiempo... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hey Memory Box friends. Penny here today with my favorite Holiday color combo. There is just something so striking about Navy, White and Silver. You will also notice that there is quite a bit of bling going on here. Let me show you how to recreate this card: Start with a Navy cardstock panel measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Stamp and heat emboss the snowflakes and sentiment from the Making Spirits Bight stamp set as shown. Die cut the Elegant Snowflake Flourish, spray with adhesive and sprinkle on Glitter Ritz Cool Highlight, let dry, then adhere to card front. For... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone! Sherry here to start your weekend off with an autumn card. I’m sure ready for Fall, aren’t you? I inked the Drifting Oak Leaves background stamp with Peeled Paint Distress Ink, stamped off once and then onto a 5.25” x 4” piece of white card stock, sponging Peeled Paint around the edges. The pumpkin from the Harvest Pumpkin Oval Frame die was used to create this card, cutting two from orange card stock and another from white card stock. I shaded the orange pumpkins with Dried Marigold and Rusty Hinges Distress Inks, colored the stem with Frayed Burlap,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! Today I have a whimsical fall birthday card for you, because it's fun to think of crisp fall days during these hot, hazy days of summer. These busy squirrels give me hope for cooler days! To create this card die cut all the elements from watercolor paper. All of the die cuts were sponged with distress ink. The Graceful Branch Oval was inked with Vintage Photo Ink, the squirrels with Hickory Smoke and the oval background with Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint. Mist each die cut lightly with water to blend... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: Alors je vois que certaines d'entre vous ont déjà reçu leurs Découpes gagnées ici...Super! Pour Cette petite Carte, j'ai utilisé une technique que je vois à chaque fois que j'y vais aux "Expo de Scrapbooking", mais que je n'avais pas pris le temps d'y faire... Voir petite... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
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The quirky, hand-drawn look of the Scribble Christmas Stamp Set creates a casual design in cool contemporary colors. Add some twirly "string" from the Millbrook Ornament and send your unique card to someone special this Christmas. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a new stamp set that's quickly becoming a holiday favorite. Stamp the solid ornament backgrounds on white cardstock with Pearlescent Purple, Lime and Jade Brilliance. Dry the inks, then stamp the circle outlines and interior details with Onyx Black Versafine. Emboss the designs with detail clear powder. The purple and jade ornaments have the same details - stamped upside-down... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Let it snow with the Snowflake Spectacle, shimmery sequins and a simple greeting from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set. So many dies, so many stamps...it's a pleasure to pick some favorites from the best designs of the Memory Box 2016 Holiday Collection! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick Kaleidacolor-ed winter design for you today. Press the multicolored inks of the Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large stamp block. Paint watercolor paper with all of the pretty greens, teals and turquoises. Let it airdry for a few minutes, then heat-set it with a dry iron on the cotton... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hola queridas amigas: Flores y más flores en Fieltro...que bonitas se ven, no les parece? A finales de este mes tengo una celebración de cumpleaños para mi mamá...Y hemos decidido que para la ocasión; de Bienvenida, les vamos a regalar a todas las mujeres un prendedor hecho a mano en... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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My three cards today feature snowy backgrounds using two of the newest stencils with die cuts layered on top. SNOWFLAKES STENCIL 88609; Hero Arts Cornflower Ink; fingertip dauber; white cardstock STITCHED CLOUDS die set 30053; Distressed Dots Paper SNOWFLAKE SPECTACLE die 99566; cornflower blue shiny cardstock SCATTERED FLAKES STENCIL 88612; Hero Arts Tide Pool Ink; fingertip dauber; white cardstock STITCHED CLOUDS die set 30053Pool Dots Paper VALLEY DEER TRIO die 99167; dark brown cardstock "let it snow" from SNOWGLOBE WISHES CLEAR STAMP SET CL5180; VersaFine Onyx Black Ink SNOWFLAKES STENCIL 88609; Hero Arts Tide Pool Ink; fingertip dauber; white cardstock... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a trio of ornaments...in Teal no less! The intricate ornament is a a newbie called Millbrook Ornament. I must admit I am a little in love with that loopy string. Watercolors were used in my sample, but I use that in the loosest terms. :) Let me show you how: Start with a watercolor paper panel of 4 x 5.50 inches. Using the ornament stamp from the Delightful Ornament set, stamp near the top right. If you want to follow my colors, I used Surf Blue ink, then stamped again with a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Outside The Box
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A colorful Reverse Butterfly Collage is great for any summer celebration - and watercoloring it is almost as enjoyable as the event itself. Yes, it's Friday! Hi there, Jean Okimoto here - with a design featuring one of my favorite dies. Paint a rectangle of watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors in a random pattern of greens, blues, teals, violets and purples. Air-dry it for a few minutes, the press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting. Cut Reverse Butterfly Collage from white cardstock. Place the watercolor paper behind the collage and lightly tape the layers together with removable... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Me voici avec une carte pour Noël et toute en blanc....ou presque! J'ai utilisé plusieurs découpes de la récente sortie des nouvelles découpes pour les fêtes 2016... Et toutes découpées en papiers blancs de différente texture et teint pour donner plus d'intérêt... Il a fallu un peu... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
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