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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 hope your weekend has been a good one and thanks for swinging by today. I've definitely been thinking of and wishing for Fall this past week since the temperatures were somewhat on the "too hot" for Fall side. If you're like me, sometimes a card with a simple design and only a couple of steps to completion is just what is needed. I've been reorganizing my craft space and came across things that either a) I forgot I had or b) I don't remember ever purchasing and the 3D stamping paint was one of those finds.... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Hi Everyone! Today I have a quick and easy card that could be used for any occasion. I stamped and embossed the Large Cattails image using Black Ink and Black Embossing Powder. I masked the moon using a circle punched from a post-it-note. I sponged over the background using several colors of Memento Ink. I die cut the Gold Finch from Black Cardstock. Glue the die cut as desired on your card. I finished off the card by wrapping Black Twine from The Twinery around the card. Add a button and you're done. Memory Box Products Used: Gold Finch Die... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hello from Hot Sunny San Diego! Here in the middle of a heat wave I have been creating cards that make me think of cooler times...Christmas to be exact! I hope you enjoy this Christmas Tree step card I created. It will be one of the cards I will teach in my Memory Box Card class in October at The Stamp Addict, so if you like it and want to join the fun, just give us a call to reserve your seat! I used the Grand Merry Christmas Script die...I think it is so elegant looking, don't you just love... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut mes chères amies: Je viens aujourd'hui vous faire partager cette carte... C'est une carte toute simple à réaliser et qui pourrait passer comme "CAS". Ce sont les sigles des mots en anglais "Clean And Simple" (sands trop de garnitures et simple à faire)... Je n'ai pas trouvé en français... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good Morning! Marnie here with a pretty quick Christmas Card using the Hanging Ornament Die 98929 in some fresh modern colors. For this card I cut the die first out of white cardstock and then out of the silver. I used the negative of the white cardstock and embedded the silver mirror card Hanging Ornaments into the white piece. Super simple just some fine detail gluing needed. The Bluebird Distress Dots with red is my favorite color combo so far this year. For some accent I have added some black mirror card strips and the entire thing is mounted on... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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An upside-down Snowfall? No problem - it's such a versatile stamp it works both ways - and use it for confetti or champagne bubbles on a celebration card too! Jean Okimoto here this evening, with a simple design in my go-to holiday colors. Snowfall (G1999) © 2014 Memory Box Memory Box Products Frosted Spruce Tree Die 99005 Resting Birds Die 98527 Cosmic Star Set Die 98464 Snowfall Stamp G1999 Wonderful Time Combo Stamp B2013 Juniper Notecard White Notecard Juniper Envelope Imagine Crafts Products VersaMark Memento Luxe Love Letter Pigment Inkpad Memory Box Dies make it easy and economical to create... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Looking for another way to use your favorite new Merry Background stamp? Create a word bubble for that jolly guy and add some red glittered foam stars. I found the glittered foam – in great holiday colors – at Impress. Jean Okimoto here today – this one’s fun! Memory Box Products Holiday Hats Die 98736 Beard Set Die 98726 Cosmic Star Set Die 98464 Small Word Pop Straight Die 99054 Merry Background Stamp G1998 Key Lime Notecard Holly Berry Notecard Kraft Notecard Granny Smith Notecard Granny Smith Envelope Imagine Crafts Products VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad Daubers Use the Key Lime,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello, Stampers! I'm afraid I'm still without my glasses, so if anything is crooked, that's why! Today's card features the Lindeman Snowflake die and snowflakes cut from the Merry Christmas Tidings die and the new Time To Be Joyful sentiment. S U P P L I E S Memory Box dies (Lindeman Snowflake, Merry Christmas Tidings), stamp (Time To Be Joyful), Soiree Shimmer Paper and Gingham patterned paper; ink: Memento Luxe (Imagine Crafts) Accents: button (Jillibean Soup), gems (Mark Richards); Other: foam dimensional adhesive Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day! Deborah Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Con esta tarjeta de cumpleaños otoñal, aprovecho para felicitar a mis amigos del norte y de centro américa : A los de Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras Y México pues hoy 15 de septiembre están celebrando su Día de Independencia...! Y para los Mexicanos... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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A festive, sparkly, Frosted PIne trees day to you! Pam here...wishing you merry Christmas card making! For the starry background, I applied Imagine Crafts Delicata Silver ink through the Stardust Stencil with Imagine Crafts large round ink Dauber onto a Memory Box A-2 Sapphire Notecard. Don't you love sparkly snow on cards?! I die cut and embossed the Frosted Pine die five times in Memory Box Dill card-stock. I went over the embossed snow areas with Dries White glue, shook on and tapped off the glitter and let it dry. You can click on the photos to see the detail... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone. I hope your weekend is going well. We had our first snowfall this past week, and I'm still wondering when the hot weather of summer is going to arrive! With the snow came the reminder that Christmas is only a few months away. Today's card was made with the Wildberry Branch stamp (G2015). The card was created with white card stock (3.75" x 5.0") layered with Memory Box paper of Juniper (22065) and Snapdragon (22059). The background was created by scoring at each 1/2" across the cardstock on the diagonal. Using a sponge dauber from Imagine Crafts,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Looking for more Halloween cards? It’s less than seven weeks away – that’s still plenty of time to create a few like today’s designs. Jean Okimoto here – let’s get started… Memory Box Products Spooky Background Stamp G1996 Grand Oak Tree Die 98462 Ghost Trio Die Set 98376 Licorice Notecard Jack O Lantern Envelope Jack O Lantern and Kraft Notecards (for stamping and diecutting) I love background stamps – especially ones like this, with great typestyles and a chalkboard effect. Place your cardstock on the Craft Mat by Imagine Crafts to create a cushiony, non-slip stamping surface – then stamp... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Outside The Box
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'Morning Crafty Friends, Today it's a glittery and shiny card for you....I'm one of those who loves glitter and tries to work it into my cards often---how about you? I'd be embarrased to tell you how many glitter colors I own but let's just say they're organized in rainbow order...who organizes their glitters? Am I the only one? Well, as you can see I glittered the Frosted Christmas Tree, Peace Doves, and on the inside, Small Flock of Doves. (If you click on the photo of the card it will take you to a larger view) For that shiny look,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Good Morning! How is everyone today? Happy Thursday! Yesterday it was almost 80 and humid here and sometime overnight Fall hit, and we dropped into the 50's maybe even 40's overnight. So I guess Fall has arrived? I'm happy about this and sad at the same time. Is that possible? So in honor of all the things I love about fall I have created a cute cute Halloween card for today using the Village House -98594 the Ghost Trio - 98376 and the Cloud Cover Stencil - 88558. For this card I created a background on white using Green, Purple... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: Contente de vous retrouver aujourd'hui sur ce poste... J'ai fait cette carte automnale et j'espère qu'elle vous plaira... Trés simple à faire... J'ai découpé la "fleur" 2 fois dans 2 papiers différents et j'ai utilisé mes encres "Memento" de "Imagine Crafts" (appelé auparavant "Tsukineko") avec ces éponges,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Gently remove the die. (By leaving the die cut in the die while you adhere it to the card, you will have perfect placement of the snowflake's floating circle.) Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Outside The Box
glad to see the Wednesdays posts coming back and lots of classes too. wonderful!! and thanks so much for the opportunity to win! bibiana
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2014 on its been a while... at simply me
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It's looking like Autumn here today! Love the cooler temps! Pam here to share a couple A2 size cards with the fabulous colors of FALL! I started with a MB Crimson Notecard and stamped the Autumn Leaves Collage stamp on a MB Parchment piece of notecard. The Alessandria Tree Background die and Marvelous Maple Leaves die were cut from watercolor paper and watercolored with distress inks. I added the leaf veins with the smallest stylus from the McGill Stylus set. I started this card with a MB Parchment Notecard, stamped the Journey Collage stamp on it but covered up the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: El verano se ha terminado! Y aquí en los EE.UU. las personas han regresado a sus trabajos y los niños a sus colegios, pero hay muchas fiestas por venir..y este último semestre del año es super ocupado aquí para todos, pues nos preparamos para el día... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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GLEAMING BELLS die No. 98950 BELOVED SNOWFLAKES die No. 99044 I used these two dies together to create a quick-and-easy clean-and-simple card by cutting each one from white cardstock and mounting them using a glue pen and tiny glue dots onto a Holly Berry notecard. I then added some tiny pearls to the snowflake centers and a larger one in the center of the bow. Think I'll make a bunch more of these while I'm at it! Happy Crafting! Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Happy Monday to everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and squeezed in some time to do some creating. It's my turn (Shelby) to bring you a little Make It Monday inspiration. I love to play around with different... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at C.C. Designs
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Hi everyone! Pam here to share a festive CAS Christmas card using techniques we love and easy to create multiples of! 1. I stenciled the Memory Box Flurry Frame Stencil with Tsukineko's Delicata Silver ink and one of their large ink daubers on the top portion of a Memory Box White A2 notecard. 2. I die cut the Grand Merry Christmas Script die from Silver Glitter card-stock and Memory Box Cranberry card-stock. Be sure to keep the cranberry dot for the i and the silver inside piece for the tail of the y. TIP: You could use any color for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone, I am back with another card using the hanging ornaments die. It seems when I grab something from Memory Box in my stash, I become obsessed and have to play with it until I can't figure out another use for it. Well, I digress, let me get back to todays card. I started by essentially creating a stencil from the die- I just used the negative of the die cut. Do you notice what I did? I took the positive and cut out the snowflakes from the balls. I didn't want them there- save them! Save the bubbles... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Good Morning Marnie here again! Happy September! Can you believe we're already into September? I cannot, that came up crazy fast. So I've been working on some more Halloween Cards and wanted to share one. This cute little card uses the following dies Haunted Web 99007, the Ghost Trio 98376 and Alphabet Soup 98795 for the boo. The papers are Licorice and Mango Distressed Dots as well as black and white cardstock. This is perfect for a fun Halloween Card. I have added a bit of The Twinery Cantelope Twine to the card as well. Hope you like it! Have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Summer vacation has come – and gone – so quickly. Why not take a few minutes to catch up with someone you haven’t seen recently? Jean Okimoto here – with a card just for that. Memory Box Products Large Cattails Stamp G2020 Adorable Posies Die 98837 Hello Script Die 98580 Parchment Cardstock Key Lime Cardstock Inkpad Memento Luxe Olive Grove Pigment Inkpad Adorable Posies look great diecut from felt. I love how the warm colors and texture contrast with the embossed cattails. Sparkly orange glitter and sequins add another level of texture and make the card shine. Make a bunch... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Outside The Box