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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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Good morning everyone, I love this whale image and couldn't resist using it once again for a cute card. To create this card I used Versa Mark ink to stamp the large and small whale images on gray cardstock. I spattered the background with white paint and glued the panel to a black cardstock mat. Next I stamped the large whale onto watercolor paper then painted and die cut the image. I stamped the waves using white ink on vellum paper. I cut the wave image and glued then to the card front. Next I adhered the whale image on... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Me voici aujourd'hui avec un poste d'une carte "simple" qui est connue comme "CAS" (Clean and Simple) Ce type de carte m'est trés dificile de faire, car je crois qu'elles sont toujours "vides", mais j'admire profondément les personnes qui peuvent faire avec peu des merveilles... Ce n'est... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Un Brin De Creativite
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The Elegant Shorebirds pose as flamingos and the Cat Tail Sunrise frames a watercolored sunset on a summer card today. Hello, Jean Okimoto here sharing a sunny-day idea that takes Memory Box dies a bit beyond their original, intended designs. Cut Elegant Shorebirds from flamingo cardstock. Mask them with scraps of paper and sponge VersaFine Clair Nocturne on their beaks and legs to create a trio of flamingo-wannabes. Spritz a light mist of water onto watercolor paper. Paint it in pale, overlapping shades of pink, yellow, and coral - and a light tinge of gray in a few areas. Imagine... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. The inspiration behind this card is a short drive we took and the scene, which I really enjoyed was quite similar to my card :) I started with a white cardbase. I then die-cut the oval using a white mat layer. I then die-cut the Everglade collage using white cardstock and sponged some distress inks over it. I used this piece as a reference to where the water and sun would be on the card base. I then sponged some blue and yellow distress inks to create the background. I die-cut the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis amigas: Les traigo una tarjeta al estilo "CAS" ("Clean and Simple") por sus siglas en inglés, Simple Y Sencilla... Este estilo aunque parezca fácil, para mí no lo es, pues siempre quiero añadir cosas y me parece que el resultado final se ve vacio ... Pero es un... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Grassland Collage, Little Dragonflies and Forget Me Not Blooms create an Asian-themed bit of May Challenge inspiration here today. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design for a quick card. Cut black cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die. Cut it with the Grassland Collage. Cut a silvery printed moon with the 1-¼" Circle Basics die. It's one of our most popular designs at Impress! Brayer Glamorous VersaFine Clair onto smooth white cardstock and quickly emboss it with clear embossing powder. Sprinkle it with another layer of embossing powder while it's still warm and heat it again.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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The ROARING ROCKET 99975 blasts off across a Licorice Notecard toward the STARRY SKY BORDER 99971. I found some great sticky-back glitter paper in silver and gold that I used for the Roaring Rocket. After I cut the Starry Sky Border into the Licorice Notecard, I used some double-sided paper under the star openings and to line the inside of the card where I will write (with a white or silver pen) and/or stamp a message. The paper is from the My Mind's Eye BLAST OFF! collection and is a perfect match with these Memory Box elements! This card is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. So what happened to Spring? Where did it go? It seems like we went straight from Winter to Summer. UGH! It is too hot in Florida for flowers, so I have to create my own flower beds...or containers in this case. Let's pull this one together: Start with a White cardstock base 4.25 x 5.50 inches. I love plaid!!!! I mean really...it looks good with everything. I am getting a new craft studio while I write this and you can be sure there will be plaid in my new room. oops...back to the card... I used... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Happy Weekend! Today I have a bright and fun card that I created with some of my ink cubes and some washi tape. Let's get started! For my card I wanted to use my ink cubes in another way so I started out with a piece of white paper and some thin washi tape. I took pieces of the tape and put them down at different angles to create a masked off area of diagonal lines. Then starting with the pink ink cube I dragged it over the top left corner of my paper. I continued dragging the next two... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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The Butterfly Spectacle joins a group of favorite dies on today's card - like butterflies prepping for a summer reunion. I love how Memory Box dies can be mixed and mingled into endless combinations. Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with another quick card for you. Cut natural cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die. Cut it with Butterfly Spectacle. Cut the Bouquet handmade paper - from Birch Press Design - with three butterflies from the Butterfly Ensemble set. It's such a pretty print, with so many options! Cut the the matching antennae/center sections - from the Morning... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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The multi-tasking Big Butterfly Wing makes it unbelievably easy to create a quick card! Here it is, on my May Challenge inspiration card, framing a beautiful print available from Birch Press Design. Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a super-simple design for you. Cut bright white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die. Cut it with the Big Butterfly Wing. Save the detailed butterfly diecut for another project. We're recycling and using the "offcut" here. That's what I call it - I think "negative" sounds so gloomy, especially for such a pretty butterfly. Find the perfect bright and... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. I had the Hutton Gate dies on my desk from my last card and I love the delicate dies. So for my card today, I used the same dies as last post again but changed the technique. I used my dies to emboss the background panel instead of cutting it :) I started with a coral card base. I then cut a white mat layer and used the left and right Hutton Gate dies to emboss the layer instead of cutting it. I then die-cut a circle and sponged some distress oxide... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hi crafty friends, Today's card has a real mirror incorporated into it. My original intention was to make a card with "You are beautiful" sentiment, but then I thought it would be more fun to add a real mirror and then just write "beautiful" below it - so that you'll know who the beauty is :) This is a gatefold card with a sentiment written inside. I have used a bunch of dies from Memory Box 2018 Spring Release to create it. Scroll down for some close up, a video tutorial and a supply list! Thank you so much for... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Today's cards feature die cut dragonflies on pre-scored Inner Stair Step Cards, cards we'll be making at the local senior center this week. I found several packages of these cards in my stash, but there are tutorials online for making stair step cards using an A2 notecard, a craft knife, and a scoring tool to cut and score the center panel. I precut all of the dies from Memory Box Bluebird Gingham patterned paper. I used these dies: TALL UMBELS LEFT CORNER 99673 TALL CATTAILS 99455 DRAGONFLY STEMS LEFT CORNER 99659 DRAGONFLY STEMS RIGHT CORNER 99710 DAZZLING DRAGONFLY 99668 I... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hello there. Penny on the blog today with some fuzzy Honeybees buzzing. Spring is finally in the air and these cute insects were just itching to make it on to a card. Let me walk you through it: Start with a White cardstock base 5.5 x 4.25 inches. Add a panel of Black cardstock the same size. Cut watercolor paper 5.5 x 4 inches. Color with Spectrum Noir Aqua markers or your favorite Yellow medium. Adhere to card front. Die cut Peony Oval Frame from Black cardstock and adhere to card front. On a scrap of watercolor paper, paint some... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! Today I have a fun birthday card for you, featuring the Rolling Wave Collage die and some playful seals. To create this card, I die cut the Rolling Wave from a piece of white cardstock, and then glued it onto a background layer which I painted with watercolors. I stamped, colored and die cut the seals and the ball, then adhered them to the card front using foam adhesive. I then stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card and glued the card front to a white notecard. I hope I inspired you to create a... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box Fans, Sharon Harnist back with you again today, bringing you a bright rainbow full of birthday cheer! Did you realize this wonderful cupcake image is included in the adorable Spring Bunnies stamp set? I love stamp sets that have a ton of versatility, and this one sure does! It's not only great for Easter and Spring, but also babies, love, and birthdays! I stamped the fabulous cupcake image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card, then colored it up with these Copic markers: Then I die cut the cupcakes with their coordinating Spring... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Outside The Box
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A felt owl from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies delivers a bright greeting here today. Coordinate them with the perfect printed and embossed papers from Birch Press for more texture and zingy color. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a birthday design for spring and summer celebrations. Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to fuchsia felt and diecut the Feathered Friends owl. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through. Cut the face from natural cardstock. Cut the eyes and beak - from orange cardstock. Color the eye circles with a black marker. Cut... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. I have a fun card to share with you and it's perfect for us crafters :) I started with a white card base. I then sponged some distress oxide inks onto it and flicked a little water. I then die-cut the Left and Right Hutton Gate dies onto a white cardstock and adhered them to the cardbase. I then stamped the sentiment and die-cut it using the Birch press Just Because stamp and die. Now I die-cut the Devonshire wreath from white cardstock and trimmed the flowers. I then sponged ink onto... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Happy Tuesday! Today I have a sunny and bright card to share with you inspired by the sun and blue skies we have been lucky enough to have this week. I used the beautiful Blossom Circle die and made it the focus of the card today. I die cut it in white and then glued it to a light blue circle I cut out using the Wrapped Circles set. This was layered with foam tape onto a larger circle in a darker blue. The yellow plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn and it added the right amount of sunshine to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Outside The Box
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I have two fast and easy cards today that use the DRIFTING SIDE BUTTERFLY die 99900 and the CHEERY FLOWER COLLAGE die 99946 for this month's Insects/Butterflies/ Dragonflies Challenge. Let's look at the blue one first. I used a Memory Box notecard and Bluebird Distressed Dots paper along with some plaid papers from Lawn Fawn. I die cut the Cheery Flower Collage into the front of the notecard and added large pearls in the flower centers. I used a piece of Lawn Fawn plaid paper for the inside of the card where I can write or stamp a message that... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of inspiration for the May Challenge here on Outside the Box. I love dragonflies...they are said to be messengers from heaven when you see one. I must confess, when I do see one in the yard, I always say "hi dad, mom, Rick" whichever one I am missing most at the time. I know it's silly...but I like it! So...on to the card: Start with a White cardstock base. Most of my cards are 5.5 x 4.25 inches, but you make yours whatever size you like. To make the "honeycomb... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Outside The Box
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It's the end of the school year and a perfect time to send someone a little extra encouragement. This cute stamps set Bee Yourself got the job done. I started with the background of the card. I used the Hex Drift die and I cut it on a white piece of paper 5 times. Each time I turned the die around to create this background. I glued it on to a piece of cardstock that I colored with small ink pads. Using two different yellow colors I stamped the small square ink pads all over a white piece of paper... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Happy Friday, Friends! To go along with the current new Memory Box Challenge #37 to use Insects, Butterflies, or Dragonflies on your projects, I created this card: I had fun watercoloring my die cuts again! The Honeycomb Square was die cut from watercolor paper I colored with gold metallic watercolor ... it has such pretty golden shimmer! The beautiful Intricate Bee was watercolored with with yellow and light black, to help keep it soft and subtle. The bee's wings were watercolored with a white/silver mixture and the cut-outs left/held in place by placing foam mounting tape under them. The background... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Outside The Box
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The Plush Elegant Butterfly combines a little May Challenge inspiration - and a lot of copper thread - here today. Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a detailed design that's a bit more involved than my usual "quick and easy" ideas. Hope you like it! Spritz watercolor paper and paint it in pale, watery layers of pink, orange, yellow and teal Kaleidacolor dye ink refills. They're vibrant, concentrated inks that can be used as liquid watercolors. Dry the inks. Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind the pink portion and diecut it with the Plush Elegant Butterfly. Diecut... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Outside The Box