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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. Penny here today with something a little different. I love to make cards and I love to sew I combined them a bit. My friends love receiving a package of cards for them to send as they please, and I wanted to make the packaging a bit more fancy. So today you are getting a purse tutorial that doubles as an A2 card holder. The Purse Holder can carry about 7 cards. Less if you make bulky cards, more if you make one layer cards. Let's start with the actual box. Cut heavy White cardstock... Continue reading
Posted 22 hours ago at Outside The Box
A very sparkly glittered Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and silver Classic Ice Skates are a great pair for the holidays. Add a greeting from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set and pink gem stickers for a quick Christmas card. Hi - hope you're enjoying a great weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another old+new design today. Detailed, delicate diecuts like these create their own sticky situation and adhering them can be challenging. Here's a solution... Attach Scor-Tape to cardstock, then cut it with the narrow outer Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame. Save the narrow pinpointed frame for another project. We're using... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
Happy Friday! Today I have a clean and simple card that is perfect for the rush of the holiday season. I started with a navy blue card and added three strips of silver washi tape, leaving a little space in between each piece of tape to create the background of my card. Then I die cut the Winged Dove in a white card stock and I used some foam tape to glue it to the card over my washi tape stripes. I then cut the Peace Cheshire Script in white and glued it to the card under the stripes of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
Let's diecut bright tapes with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Stitched Square Layers for a quick and easy thank you card. Add Thanks Jotted Script and top it off with glossy Honeycomb Square accents. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with the simple directions for my September Tape Too Challenge inspiration card. Cover a 6" square of white cardstock with washi tape and pink Scotch Expressions Magic Tape. Cut it into triangles and random shapes using the edges of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Stitched Square Layers dies. Cut Thanks Jotted Script from bright pink and dark gray cardstock. Attach orange Scotch... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
Here's another watercolor background technique that I've paired with the MEADOWTREE FRAME 94045. I also used a leftover background scrap for the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017. The spattering and drops in the background are created by adding rubbing alcohol on top of the wet watercolor. After painting the paper with blue watercolor, I just poured some rubbing alcohol into the bottle lid and used the pointy end of my paintbrush to dip in and touch the watercolor to make the larger splotches/circles. The darker spots were made by dipping the pointy end again into the rubbing alcohol and tapping the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
Good morning everyone! Today I have another Christmas card featuring more new dies from the 2018 Holiday Release. To create this card I die cut the Family Cabin Frame, Meadowtree Frame and the Countryside Fence Frame from watercolor paper and painted each frame. On the back of the Family Cabin frame I placed a piece of tape behind the cabin to keep all the pieces in place. Once the die cuts were watercolored I used foam tape to stack the frames on top of each other. I used a glue pen to add glitter to the die cuts and then... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Fall is in the air for us and I simply love fall. The colors are amazing and the feel of the fresh crisp air. What do you like about fall? So, for my card today, I decided to create a sponged background and used the Woodland Bridge Frame die from the new Holiday collection. This die set has adorable deer, frame and bridge dies. To start, I created a top folding Kraft cardbase. I then die-cut the outer frame 4 times using the same Kraft cardstock and stacked it together to create... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
Hello, hello! Penny here today with a card that is super easy to pull together and would make a great candidate for assembly line producing. I love to challenge myself with 10 minute about you? Let's do this: Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Now add a Shimmering Red cardstock background and a Matte Metallic Silver cardstock just a bit smaller. Die cut Three Candle Circle from Red cardstock. To add a bit of something, something to my candles I have shown here how to use True Snow for dimension and Glitter Ritz for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
Happy Saturday Friends! Today I have a fun and a little bit spooky Halloween card to share using one of the new dies from the Holiday release. Let's get started! For my spooky purple background I covered a white sheet of paper with a purple Distress Oxide ink with a foam blending tool. Once all of the paper was covered with ink I sprayed it with water to create the oxide magic. Then I added a spray of a shimmer mist to make it sparkle. I die cut the Woodland Bridge Frame in black and then covered it with clear... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Outside The Box
Greetings friends. Today I wanted to make a Season's Greeting card instead of a Christmas card. I changed up the colors a bit and chose a die and sentiment that could be used for various occasions. When you cut out the All Heart Snowman die, it looks like this: I placed a piece of white cardstock behind the large heart openings and lightly traced around the edges with a pencil: I used the pencil marks as a guide to color the hearts with an RV02 Copic Marker and an RV55 Copic Marker. Notice I didn't bother to stay in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at Outside The Box
Salut les filles: Je tiens comme toujours a vous remercier de votre fidélité et de vos constants passages para ici soutenus de vos commentaires!!! Mille Merci! Ok, aujourd'hui; je vous présente cette petite carte de Noël avec pour thème principal cette belle lanterne qu'illumine les froids jours d"hiver... Pour cette... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Un Brin De Creativite
Five bright Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts create a contemporary holiday scene - and some inspiration for September's Tape Too Challenge. Crisp white Crystal Snowflakes and a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle balance the brightness and add the finishing touch. Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here - let's see what we can do with some very bright Scotch Expressions Tape offcuts. I love triangles, unexpected color combos and making the most of my Memory Box stash. Attach Scotch washi tape and colored Magic Tape to a scrap of waterolor paper. (The green tape looks yellow-er attached to the paper.) Cut the taped cardstock crosswise... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Outside The Box
Hello everyone! Today I'm showing you how to create the "Tape Challenge" card I did for this month. I randomly placed washi tape on a white cardstock card layer, and die cut the Pine Tree Deer Collage in the middle of the paper. I also die cut the deer from black cardstock and used only the deer head from that. I glued the washi tape background to a white card base and spattered the middle with black ink. I adhered the black deer head to the card on top of the washi tape. I spattered the deer with white ink.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Outside The Box
Emboss the Elegant Holly Double Frame and add caroling bunnies from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set to a holiday card. Detailed Memory Box dies - like the Elegant Holly Double Frame set - create great embossed backgrounds too. Capture the details and textures of the dies by pressure-embossing them on watercolor paper as a quick alternative to dieutting. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a review of some basic cardmaking techniques. Let's begin with embossing... Cut watercolor paper with the 4-¼" Square Basics die. Emboss it with the larger outer frame from the Elegant Holly Double Frame. Here's how... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Outside The Box
I made two cards for today using a new-to-me watercolor background technique called Sgraffito. Sgraffito is a a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color, typically done in plaster or stucco on walls, or in slip on ceramics before firing. For the two cards below I used a common sewing pin to scratch the surface of watercolor paper before applying one color of paint to get a similar effect. For the card on the right I used a pin to scratch random lines into the watercolor paper before adding... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Outside The Box
Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with some inking, stamping and die cutting. Because that is what making cards is all about. A little of everything. Let's do this: Start with Cream cardstock for a base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Die cut the largest of the Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles and ink with Spectrum Noir Baby Blue and Midnight inks. Flick water across panel, then blot with paper towel. Adhere this panel to Cream panel. Die cut Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Holly Flourish from White cardstock. eBrush the inner circle and Holly with Spectrum Noir markers DG1 and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Outside The Box
A deconstructed Pine Wreath quickly becomes a holiday garland with the Tiny Ornament Triplet cut from shiny duct tape. The theme of our September Tape Too Challenge reminded me about my stash of colored duct tape. Diecutting duct tape creates bright accent pieces with a glossy, textured finish. Happy weekend everyone - Jean Okimoto here with another mix of old and new. Here's how the Tiny Ornament Triplet is meant to be used - to create multi-colored layered designs. Today's card uses the cute little ornament offcuts in bright shades of red, dark pink and chartreuse duct tape. Contractors probably... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Outside The Box
Happy Friday! I love that the challenge this month is all about one of my favorite things, washi tape. I have built up a large stash over the years so I decided to break some of it out for my card today. I knew I wanted to use the Crystal Snowflakes on my card so when I went to my washi tape drawer I kept that in mind. I picked some silver, blue, teal and black tapes, some with glitter and some without to use on my background. I cut out a piece of white paper and started in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Outside The Box
Bright washi tape-covered Studio Hexagon Layers create a quick card for someone who's simply awesome. A change of colors would make this a guy-card too. Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a Tape Too Challenge inspiration card today. Unlike everyone with bins full of washi tape - my entire washi tape stash barely fills a little 8" square cakepan. That doesn't stop me from designing cards with them - I love their bright colors and convenience. Mix, match and layer strips of tape over white cardstock. The pink and orange patterns are Scotch Expressions tape. The wide pink tape -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Outside The Box
Greetings friends. I don't know about you, but if I am going to make any sort of gifts for the holidays, I need to start now. I was inspired to start with some little metal tins I found at my dollar store that were two for a dollar. They are the perfect size to add a small treat. The latest Memory Box release has several circular dies that would be perfect for the top. However, I thought the Pine Wreath would be more practical for a sample since it could be sized to fit whatever containers you have. To make... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Outside The Box
I have been making watercolor backgrounds lately and used two very simple techniques with the DELICATE PINE FRAME 94031. I started by using a wide brush to wet some watercolor paper with plain clean water. Then I added wide horizontal strokes of blue watercolor with a wet brush on the paper. To add some cloudlike texture to this sky, I removed some of the paint using a small wad of paper toweling, dabbing here and there while everything was still really wet. Here it is cut down and layered behind the Delicate Pine Frame. You'll notice that I cut the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Outside The Box
Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Since I opened my packet of the new holiday release, I am not able to keep it down. There are so many ideas, so here is yet another simple Christmas card for you. I mixed an old die with the new die. They all go so well. To start, I created a top folding Kraft cardbase. I then cut a mat layer using white cardstock, added some gold color shine to the edges and then flicked some onto the layer too. Let it all dry. I die-cut the wreath building leaves using... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Outside The Box
Salut les Filles: Une crèche à noël, pour ne pas oublier le vrai sens de cette célébration... En couleurs pastels argent et or Merci de votre compagnie... Découpes: 94040 Wrapped Holly Circle Frame craft die 94030 Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame craft die 94035 Nativity Circle craft die 94021 Snowberry Sprigs... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Un Brin De Creativite
Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with more cuteness. I love Penguins, Panda Bears and Black and White checks. I do believe I have a theme going on here. How sweet is the baby Penguin standing on the lamp post? Mama has her eyes closed just in case. :) Let's make this card: Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Add a piece of glittery pattern paper to the base. Die cut largest of the Wrapped Stitch Frames from White cardstock and fun foam. (This gives great dimension to the card). Adhere a piece of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Outside The Box
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 last challenge. The winner of the blog badge was Helen F from the Moments of Crafting blog. The random winner drawn from all the entries was Annie from The journey is the start here blog. Please contact me at to claim your prize. Want to play along in this month's challenge?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at Outside The Box