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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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Remember, from my last post I told you I would share a quick CAS card for those last minute Easter card emergencies. Here it is and you can adapt it any way you choose. That's the beauty of this card. I die cut Grand Bunny and layered it over distressed dot paper with foam tape after edging the card with pink marker. I added the sentiment and a pompom as a bunny tail. This card can be made easily with 15 minutes and is just as cute as the bunny on it! Have a happy and blessed Easter everyone! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hi Everyone, I hope we finally get some nice spring weather. We had a couple of nice days last week and then more snow on Tuesday. Unfortunately the only flowers that are blooming at my house are the flowers on the card. Memory Box Products Used: Contempo Circle Border Die #98451 ( I used the die to dry emboss my cardstock) Zinnia Bouquet Die #98783 Zinnia Bouquet Background Die #98784 Dill, Parchment,Bubblegum, Kraft and Bubblegum Distressed Dots I hope you all have a wonderful Easter! Enjoy, Donna Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Good Morning! Here is a little Spring Garden Card, wishful thinking since the snow from Monday has just now melted in our yard. But we are hopeful as you can see. Dies used Bare Sapling - 98666 Tiny Tulips - 98834 Mini Clouds - 98689 Wrought Iron Fence - 98164 Poppy Dies Vegetabel Border - 843 & Fluffy Bunny - 980. I cut the Tulips and Vegetables out of white and colored them with Distress Markers. Hope you like it this is part of my Die Cut Class at Craft Fancy this week! Wishing you a Great Day. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a simple thank you card this afternoon. Spring seems to have come - and gone - within a few hours today, but the birds are here to stay. Memory Box Products Grand Thank You 98841 NEW Alessandria Tree Background 98857 NEW Alessandria Tree Outline 98877 A Flock of Birds 98752 Key Lime Dots Signature Print Granny Smith Cardstock Mocha Cardstock Pool Cardstock (5" square card) The Alessandria Tree Background and Tree Outline dies are perfect throughout the year paired with the Signature Prints. The birds are cut from red felt - and the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Need a birthday card for a special girl? The Happy Birthday Background is perfect for any age - and a tiered chocolate cake makes any celebration a special event. Jean Okimoto here today - let's get started... Memory Box Products Happy Birthday Background G1921 Solo Stars Designer Stencil 88565 Petite Cake 98547 Scalloped Cake Stand 98541 Cosmic Star Set 98464 Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots Key Lime Cardstock Taffy Notecard and Envelope Inkpads Imagine Crafts Memento Luxe - Angel Pink, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud, Dandelion Stamp Happy Birthday Background with Angel Pink band heat-set it. Stencil Solo Stars with Lilac Posies... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hey, there! Given how difficult it is for most of us to make masculine cards, I'm always pleased when a new product makes that task easier, and If there is one thing of which I'm COGnizant, it's how cool the new Gearworks Border and Mini Gears dies are for just that purpose! This card is deceptively intricate. It looks like it took a long time, but this thing flew together pretty quickly. Use metallic, shimmer paper if you want to replicate the feel of real metal. (Can you believe the detail on those cogs?! Dave is the Wild Man of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut mes Chères Amies: J'ai eu un petit "repos", mais me voici aujourd'hui avec une nouvelle carte pour Pâques! ou plutôt 2! Je sais que quelques unes d'entre vous, vous avez déjà reçu vos prix gagnés dans mes blogs pour la sortie du Printemps 2014...je suis ravie pour vous et... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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I decided today to go back to a card style I haven't made in awhile--the side step card. Materials Used: pre-scored side step card (directions available at many sites online) Memory Box Patterned Papers: Key Lime and Squash Distressed Dots Red cardstock; white cardstock to create the banner leaning out from the left panel; this gave me another place to anchor the Wildflower Corner better Memory Box die Plush Bow 98870 Memory Box die Wildflower Corner 98895--I cut it twice, once from Key Lime Distressed Dot Paper and again from red cardstock. I used post-it tape on the back of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Thanks for stopping by today and hope your weekend has been wonderful. I have a couple of cards to share with you today. The first card has me hoping that today's snow storm is the last one for the season. Apparently I had an issue getting my Small Alder(98792) tree straight, but I say, hey the wind is blowing in this scene. The beautiful blue birds are from the set Resting Birds (98527), the clouds (one of my sets and so versatile) are Puffy Clouds 98172 and the fence is a Poppystamp Picket Fence (827) and cut in two pieces... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Pam here to share a sweet Glorious Gerber Daisies and Kensington Border A2 size card. I love them together! I added the new poppystamps Classic Ribbon die for the Happy Birthday stamped banner too. Memory Box White, Kraft and Mango A2 Notecards...HERE Memory Box Signature Patterns...HERE TIP... leave your die cut flower petal and leaf pieces in the die and use the Quick Stik to remove them one at a time so they don't get all mixed up and lost! Happy Spring card creating! Thanks for visiting today! P.S. Click over to my blog, this post, to see what I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Easter came very late this year, so i thought I had all the time in the world to make my cards. Now here it is with a week and a half to go and I am just getting around to making my cards! Needless to say I am scrambling. Not eggs of course just cards! This clean and simple card was fun and fairly quick to reproduce. I die cut the grand bunny three times and I used new favorite stencil- textured mini dots to create the dotted background on each bunny in a different color. The tails were pompoms... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Good Morning Crafty Friends! Thought I would bring you a little Friday fun with this Star Flowers card. There's even a little tag pocket inside. I've had my eye on these cute star flowers when the Spring release came out---they're so easy to scatter and layer. I die cut the Beach Sprig from Kraft paper and simply added lots of the blossoms. Layering and raising the background panels add some dimension and of course, the clear gemstones in the flower centers add sparkle. On the inside... ...I added a kraft pocket--just fold a #8 tag, adhere edges on 2 sides... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Good Morning! I swear it's like Spring is finally here! I am pretending I didn't hear a possible snow shower in our forecast for next week on the news last night. They have to be wrong it was 60 degrees and sunny here yesterday and today promises to be just as warm. To that end I had to create a Garden card to celebrate the Crocus, Tulips, Daffodils and Pansies making debuts around here. I used the new Garden Watering Can - 98859 and filled it with Bamboo Shoots - 98793 and flowers from the Blushing Bouquet - 98890 I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Looking for a quick, pretty - and impressive - party favor for a special brunch or celebration? Make Butterfly Favor Boxes and fill them with sweet treats, then make a quick Easter Card. Jean Okimoto here - with two Spring projects today. Memory Box Products Butterfly Favor Box 98771 NEW Swirl Butterfly 98894 Vivienne Butterfly 98625 Dots Signature Prints - Thistle, Key Lime, Snapdragon, Squash, Bubblegum Cardstock - Juniper, Granny Smith, Violet, Mango, Raspberry Metal Adapter Plate Cut Butterfly Favor Boxes from Memory Box Dots Signature Prints. Snip through each wing on the scorelines - halfway down from the top... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hiya, Card Lovers! Today I made a card for y'all featuring two of my favorite products from the Memory Box 2014 Spring & Summer release. I kinda like it and hope you will, too! ;~D Check out the instructions and a tip on my blog! S U P P L I E S Memory Box paper (kraft, Licorice); die (Glorious Gerber Daisies); stencil (Pattern Raymelle); stamp (Thank You); Inks: Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Picked Raspberries (Ranger) and VersaFine (Tsukineko); Pen (Faber-Castell) Accents: Pearls (Recollections); Tools: foam ink applicators (Ranger) Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day! Deborah Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hello Everyone! Today I needed simple....I had this image in my head of black and white with this die ever since I saw the die so I thought I would put it together and post it today...I hope you like it. I used the Distressed Dots Licorice paper for a card base and plain white cardstock for the Gorious Gerber Daisies die. I added some bling accents on two corners of the card and voila a fast simple, elegant looking card great for many different occasions.....thank you, birthday, hello, just because, etc. What occasion would you use the card for? Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Here's a pretty card all in blues and whites: Materials Used: Memory Box notecard, fold at the top edge White Cardstock Memory Box Cling Stamp: Happy Birthday Background CS1921G Salty Ocean Distress Ink, sponge dauber, waterbrush Memory Box Stamp: Gorgeous Bloom E1760 Memory Box Stamp: Gorgeous Mini Bloom B1761 I cut and layered the flowers after watercoloring with the Salty Ocean ink. Memory Box Die: Tulip Stems No. 98782--I used just the two leaves Memory Box Die: Cottage Leaf No. 98342--I used just the top third Memory Box Die: Small Olive Branch No. 98803 Memory Box Patterned Papers--Pool Moroccan Happy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today, i have another pretty in pastels card to share with you. and some close ups: Memory Box products used: Dies: Kensington border 98743 Floral Heart 98776 Paper: 77889 bubblegum paper Have a great day everyone Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Me alegro muchisimo cuando una de ustedes comparte una tarjeta hecha inspirada en una de mis tarjetas y hecha con algún producto de Memory Box...me siento muy halagada y feliz de poder compartir lo que sé con todas ustedes y mucho más aún cuando mi creatividad... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Salut Mes Copinautes: Lors de la sortie des nouveautés de la nouvelle collection Janvier 2014, Andrea a été parmi les gagnantes... Et je viens aujourd'hui partager avec vous toutes ce qu'elle a crée avec sa découpe gagnée..."the queen of hearts" die MADE BY ANDREA... Andrea viens nous visiter depuis L'Allemagne... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good Morning everyone. I've been having so much fun playing with the new stencils in the Growing Memory Box Stencil Line. For the card above I used four of the new stencils Modern Cloud Cover - 88558, Modern Radio Waves - 88538, Delphinium -88571 and Stems - 88570 to create the scene of tall trees on a hill. I used White Embossing Paste and colored and shaded it with Distress Markers. The words were created with Alphabet Soup letters cut out of brown cardstock. Hope everyone is having a great start to April! Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hi - Welcome back! Jean Okimoto here, with another flowery card for you. I love what a few random dots from the new Bubbles Designer Stencil can add to an inky brayered background. Let's get started... Memory Box Products Pavilia Bloom Background 98899 Pavilia Bloom Outline 98888 Donnington Tendril 98764 Star Flowers 98892 Bubbles Designer Stencil 88574 Parchment Cardstock (side-folded A2 card) Granny Smith Cardstock Key Lime Cardstock Peony Cardstock Peony Envelope Imagine Crafts Inkpads Brayer white cardstock with the multi-colored inks from the Brilliance Aurora Inkpad and dry the inks. Stencil Bubbles over the background with Memento Luxe Morocco... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Outside The Box
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How about a bright, girlie card to celebrate a special day? Jean Okimoto here, with a quick design featuring three great Memory Box Designer Stencils. Memory Box Products Florina Designer Stencil 88567 Rings and Puddles Designer Stencil 88506 Happy Arrows Designer Stencil 88709 Grand Snow Globe Die 98228 (used for the circle) Bubblegum Distressed Dots Cardstock Cherry Blossom Cardstock Cherry Blossom Notecard and Envelope Imagine Crafts Inks and Embossing Powder Stencil Florina with Memento Luxe Lilac Posies, Lady Bug and Dandelion. Heat-set the inks and cut it using the Grand Snow Globe circle. Ink the edges with Lilac Posies. Attach... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Outside The Box
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I was going to post this morning but I had a knock at my door and there was this guys with a huge bouquet of roses and a TV crew putting a camera in my face screaming "Congratulations- you are the big sweepstakes winner!!" Well it threw me completely over the edge! I mean $100 grand thats a big deal huh!! All I kept thinking was the bills I could pay off, vacations new home early retirement!! Unfortunately this blog posting was at the bottom of the list. Are you excited for me?!! Have you forgiven me my late posting?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Primero que todo mil y mil gracias por acompañarme aquí en este blog de español y en mis otros dos blogs...leí con mucho entusiasmo todos sus comentarios... Pero bueno ya les tengo las ganadoras...de la semana pasada del blog blitz de Primavera 2014!... Para los comentarios... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at A Crear Se Dijo!