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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 love tags. I love making tags. And I try to keep lots of tags on hand. The tags in this post feature stamped and water-colored images using the new watercolors from Birch Press Design. I LOVE the vivid colors! MATERIALS USED: shipping tags covered with Memory Box Patterned Papers, hole punched and assorted ribbons added watercolor paper; images stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink BLOOMING SKETCH BORDER stamp F2037/CS2037F PETEY BIRD stamp E2030/CS2030E "each day brings new possibilities" stamp B2052/CS2052B "always keep hope in your heart" stamp B2058/CS2058B "I am always touched by the kindness of people" stamp C2068/CS2068C... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Happy Holiday weekend to everyone in the US. I hope the weekend is fun and you're able to see some awesome fireworks displays! I finally got around to playing with my new MINC machine and was just loving foiling up everything in sight. These die cut butterflies just so happened to fall in to the foil fever and turned out oh so pretty. The die used is the Fluttering Corner. This is one of my fav dies!! It's all one die, but the butterflies cut out separately which allows for some fun color combinations and extra butterflies if so desired.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Morning Crafty Friends! I've had my eye on this little frock for a while and I'm here to share it in a Summer version. It's such a versatile dress; it could created as a white or pastel colored wedding dress, a formal "Black Tie" Gala version in black or shortened for a Spring Tea or Brunch. I die cut the dress in cream card stock and in pale yellow, then pieced the bodice to the skirt and added a little yellow hem. I adorned it with a little cluster of stitched flowers and satin ribbon at the waist. Just like... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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5 days ago
Good Morning, how is everyone enjoying their summer? We have had a slow start weather wise but my kids are determined everyday to wear summer clothes even though it is only 69 degrees outside. We are still having fun and doing most of our regular summer activities. Today I have a fun summer card using the Circle Forest Scene 30043 using pink for the little houses. The sky in the background is just inked with torn paper and ink then the clouds. To add the greeting I used some of the Open Studio stamps Smile CL5152 and Hello CL5150. I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Big congrats to our Butterfly Challenge winners - Justyna and Sonya! Thanks very much to everyone who entered the challenge - we love your cards and your support. Ready for the July Challenge? Get the details here - can't wait to see your great designs! Jean Okimoto here this afternoon - yes, still in the butterfly mode. I love how Butterfly Trail fits perfectly onto half of the Mini Perfect Patches Die to create a tile-ish look. Fireworks! and Sheer Shimmer Spritzes highlight the Peerless Watercolors, adding a luminous glow. Memory Box Products Mini Perfect Patches Die 99162 Butterfly Trail... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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It is the first of the month, so that means it is time to announce another Memory Box Challenge. The design team will provide a few samples for inspiration and hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month. You will even have the chance to win prizes! Before announcing the winner of the June prize, I first wanted to say a big thank you to all the people who entered the Memory Box challenge last month. We were overwhelmed by your amazing work. Memory Box has a special fondness for butterflies, so it was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone, Today I have a thank you card that is quick and easy. I applied texture paste through the Birch Trees Stencil onto White cardstock. Stamp the fox and the bunny on watercolor paper and color the images. Cut out each of animals. Die cut the word Thank from Bubblegum cardstock. Stamp the word "you" from the Smile clear stamp set. Assemble card as shown. Memory Box Products used: Samuel Fox Stamp #CS2032C Nathaniel Bunny #CS2034C Patient Benjamin Fox #CS2035C Smile Clear Stamp Set #CL5152 Open Studio Many Thanks Die #30051 Birch Trees Stencil #88527 Thanks for stopping by... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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As I write this post, it's another rainy Sunday in Maine. We seem to be stuck in a pattern of weekend rain. Hence, another rain card! This might make a good "sorry you're under the weather" card to send to a friend. This is just one of the cards we'll be making at the Memory Box Catalog Party I'm hosting Monday the 29th. I've titled this post "the giant watering can in the sky" and it features the GARDEN WATERING CAN (die 98859) along with some STITCHED CLOUDS (die no. 30053) which are creating the SPLASHING PUDDLES (die no. 99062).... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Salut mes chères amies: Une petite note ... premièrement, pour vous montrer une photo avec le groupe de ATC que j'ai fait ces derniers jours... Deuxièmement, la bonne nouvelle c'est que Memory Box lancera trés bientôt sa nouvelle collection pour les fêtes: de la Halloween, jour d'action de grâce et... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Sólo una pequeña nota... Primero, mostrarles una foto con el grupo de ATC que hice en días pasados... Segundo anunciarles que Memory Box sacará al mercado próximamente la colección para las fiestas: Día de las brujas, Día de acción de gracias y por supuesto Navidad... así... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Shake It Up features some of the latest Memory Box and PoppyStamps products (clear stamp sets with matching dies, doily dies and patterned papers)! You'll make three (3) A2-sized (4.25" x 5.5") cards and learn how to make shaker cards. NOTE: This is NOT a coloring class, so you will need to bring your own pens, markers, Copics, colored pencils, etc. to color the images. S T O R E: Neu Scrapbooking Store (317.781.7970) L O C A T I O N: 5135 South Emerson, Suite F, Indianapolis, IN 46237 W H E N: Sunday, July 12, 2015 T I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Outside The Box
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You can plan a BBQ even if it's not your birthday though! Pam here to celebrate birthdays and Summer with a fun scene card! I cut a white piece of card-stock 4.25 in. x 11 in., scored and folded it for a top fold card base. Top fold cards are the easiest to photograph and another photo tip, if you're using natural light, be sure to pull up the blinds! Open blinds let in light but you'll be amazed how much better it is when you pull them all the way up and out of the way! Your camera will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Welcome to the blog today! Pam here to share a pretty floral border thank you card with you. I started by stamping the beautiful Blooming Sketch Border stamp with Ranger Archival Black ink on watercolor paper and coloring with Zig Clean Color Brush Pens. After it was dry, I die cut the panel with the largest rectangle die from the Cross Stitched Frame Borders die set and layered it to an A2 card base. I embossed the poppystamps Thank You sentiment with super fine white embossing powder on a black banner and stamped the friend sentiment directly on the watercolor... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone from sunny southern California! Sherry here with a summery card for you today. The water colored background was created using Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Spun Sugar Distress Inks. I then sponged Peeled Paint through the Texture Scraped Paint stencil over one area of the background, and turned it once to create the cross hatch. I am loving this stencil! I trimmed this background piece down and splattered some watered down Peeled Paint over the entire top before adding the Happiness stamp and the Flllipa Corner. I had some leftover background, and used it to cut... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Outside The Box
Good Morning Happy Thursday! Today I am mom to an official 15 year old! EEEEK when did that happen? I swear she was just 3 years old and her sister was a baby. Time flies while your running around that is for sure! It's officially summer so I'm bringing you a fun ocean card today. First I created the background with Distress Inks then added the Diving Dolphins 99134 and Sketchy Circles 99149 to create their splashes. The Dolphin is water color paper colored with Distress Ink and shimmered. The Breezy Waves 99164 finish off the scene along with some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Outside The Box
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If you hadn't seen it yet, our sister company Poppystamps posted a new look book loaded with ideas. It was designed by the very talented Poppystamps designer Jeanne Jachna and features the newest Poppystamps products. What is a Look Book you ask? It is a digital book you can flip through on your computer. All of the product numbers are listed, so it is easy to identify the items used. To flip through the book, you can click on the picture above or find it here: Poppystamps Look Book Want to do a little shopping with the items you find?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Have you joined our Butterfly Challenge? View the details - and post your project soon - the deadline is 11:59 PM EST on June 28th. Jean Okimoto here - let's combine our popular Reverse Butterfly Collage with a quick, spritzy, inky technique. Watercolored backgrounds are quick and easy. To "D" or not to "D" - ??? - distress inks work for this technique, but so do the beautiful colors of Memento DewDrops. Just splotch the DewDrops onto the Craft Mat from Imagine Crafts and spritz it with water. Let the colors blend for several seconds - then pick them up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Hello, Hello! Our theme this month is butterflies. so I decided to pair one of my favorite dies, the Cascadia Butterfly Trio, with the Geo Fragments die (another favorite). S U P P L I E S Memory Box Follow Your Bliss stamp, Geo Fragments and Cascadia Butterfly Trio dies, Bubblegum, Key Lime, Mango, and Pool Gingham patterned papers and Squash Distressed Dots patterned paper, and Bubblegum cardstock; Distress Inks: Broken China, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick (Ranger); Accents: gem stickers (Starform) I N S T R U C T I O N S Make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Como prometido, aquí les tengo otro ATC ... esta vez con un caballito de Mar! El fondo lo saqué de esta hoja que pinté con pinturas acrílicas... Y estos fueron los troqueles utilizados...los caballitos de mar, los caracoles y un borde marino! La palabra que estampé... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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As I write this post, I'm celebrating the summer solstice on a very rainy day in Maine. It has been raining pretty steadily for more than twelve hours now. We have really needed the rain, so I am grateful for it as are the flowers and vegetable plants in my gardens. This card seemed appropriate for the day--a mixture of sun and clouds marking the beginning of summer. MATERIALS USED: Stitched Clouds die 30053; Blueberry Distressed Dots paper DS77885 Sketchy Rings die 99149; white cardstock "shine" stamp from Words to Live By CL5154; VersaFine Onyx Black ink 2" punch for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer woth you today. Thit time I am playing with delicate dies and pastel colors that work together beautifully. I love to add some contrast to my works by using white cardstock for my die cuts. So lets have alook at what I came up with today: and some close ups: and my favorite rings: Memory Box products used: 99149 Sketchy rings 99142 Pennington Rose border Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Voici le dernier des ATC de la série marine que j'ai fait... Le fond de cet ATC a étè fait sur ce papier qui a été peint en peintures acryliques... Et les découpes choisies ont étè sur le thème marin...en honneur de l'étè! Si vous voulez voir... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hi there - hope you're enjoying a warm, sunny weekend wherever you are! Jean Okimoto here with a card in my favorite 'keep cool' colors. Memory Box Products Perfect Patch Strip Die 99166 Sunrise Poppy Die 99133 Open Studio Stitched Square Layer Die Set 30038 (cut & trim the greeting) Kindness of People Stamp C2068 Violet Notecard and Envelope Notecards for diecutting and stamping - Wisteria, Dill, Robins Egg Imagine Crafts Products Brilliance Victorian Violet Inkpad Fireworks! Spritzes - Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Grape Jelly Sheer Shimmer Spritz Gold Memento Dye Inkpad - Bahama Blue Spritz watercolor paper with Bahama... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Vellum butterflies on a watercolor background - delicately sweet, summery and perfect for any occasion. Cut the solid Cascadia Butterfly Trio from vellum, then layer it over the detailed Leavenworth Butterfly Trio for a soft, diffused look. Jean Okimoto here, with more challenge inspiration for you. Memory Box Products Cascadia Butterfly Trio Die 99095 Leavenworth Butterfly Trio Die 99098 Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009 Open Studio A Lovely Smile Die Set 30012 Open Studio Smile Clear Stamp Set 30012 Key Lime Notecard (for diecutting) Imagine Crafts Products Kaleidacolor Bouquet Inkpad VersaMark Inkpad Please visit our Ideas Gallery... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Outside The Box