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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. Ok...I will admit this card is beyond simple. But what an impact!!!! Talk about a 10 minute card. With Summer in the air and July just around the corner, how fun to create a lovey card for someone special with Red, White and Blue! Here are the steps: Start with a White card base. Trim White cardstock 4.25 x 11 inches, then fold in half. Add a small strip of Red & White striped paper along the left side, color the right edge of card base with a Copic/Spectrum Noir marker (I used DR5 to match... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: Voici les cartes faites et quelques photos prises lors de ma dernière classe de carterie... Pendant l'année scolaire, je ne peut pas trop donner de cours en carterie cars mes cours en langues me prennent presque tout mon temps, mais lors des vacances je donne des cours... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Una tarjetica muy estival que presenté en una de mis más recientes clases... El fondo lo hice difuminando tintas "Distress inks" en tres tonos (Evergreen Bough, Mustard Seed y finalmente Picket Raspberry). Añadí, un troquel para la esquina, le puse unas lazos en papel brillante con... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello crafty friends, Cuteness alert! The following fun nautical scene is from the new Whale Hello There stamp and die sets and is loads of cuteness. There are so many clever components...fish, waves, sea weed, and the coolest octopus ever. You can make a variety of scenes and soooo many cards from just this one set. Here's one I created today... I also used the Pinpoint Circle Frame die to create a sort of "porthole" effect and stamped the waves with Peacock Feathers blue ink on the front of the note card. The "porthole" layer was added and raised up... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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I know it is almost officially summer, but I couldn't resist one last Spring Lilacs tag! I've been revisiting my Distress Inks and reviewing techniques I learned years ago. This tag features four stamps from the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and a Distress Ink Spritz & Flick technique. To make a tag like this, ink up a large manila tag with ink blending foam tools inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. Start from off the edge of the tag on a non-stick craft sheet or piece of scrap paper larger than the tag, working inward with a circular... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hey there Memory Box fans. Nothing I like better on a card than a little bling. Using Matte Metallic cardstock and some Glitter cardstock makes putting a card like this together so very easy. I love how the tiny circles really let the Blue shine come through. Let me walk you through this: Start with a White cardstock base trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half. Cut Teal cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches, Use a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen around the edges and across the top half of the panel. Adhere this panel to the card base.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! Today I have another card using the Whale Hello There stamp set from the spring release. This set is so cute, and the sentiment I used today could be used for many occasions. To make this card, die cut the Sheer Circle Trimming die two times on a strip of Licorice cardstock and trim each side following the curve of the die cut. Glue this to a white cardstock layer, which is then glued to another layer which has been inked with Abandoned Coral distress ink. Die cut the Pinpoint Circle Frame from watercolor paper and ink the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Summer is in full swing here so it's time to escape to the beach! Since I can't make it to the actual beach I decided to create an ocean themed card. The Seal of Approval stamp set is so cute. I decided to stamp the smaller seal for my card today and I added the beach ball on top of his nose. Then I used some masking paper and stamped another seal to protect the card while stamping the waves. I then stamped the saying and finished it off with the little water drops in the same color as my... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Transform Elegant Shorebirds into glittery faux-flamingos on a quick summer card for a great grad or someone on your awesome list. These beautiful multi-taskers are great cranes for an Asian card too! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, still playing with my Distress Oxides. I have 10 of them - but these four colors create the perfect combination for our Spring and May Releases. They are Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick. I used a scrap of watercolor paper to blot some of the darker areas on a larger piece of spritzed, smushed inks and ended up with this... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chantilly Butterfly dies: CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY 99777, CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY BACKGROUND 99783, and CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY COLLAGE 99781. And I particularly like these three dies used in combination with the LEAFY RING 99780! I have become so enamored of Dave's glitter technique using Scor-Tape sheets and glitter that I had to purchase more glitter last week! On this first card I began by die cutting the Leafy Ring into the front of a white notecard. I added a circle cut from olive green cardstock behind it. I then cut the Chantilly Butterfly Background twice, once from yellow cardstock... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello and welcome to our Memory Box blog. Today I have created a card using brand new dies and pulled an older one out of my stash. We all have those older dies that just don't see much action, but I love to find ways to combine them with newer items. My new favorite color is Coral, so be prepared for future creations in this color. :) Let's make this: Start with a White cardstock base trimmed 4.25 x 11 inches, then fold in half. On this panel, color the two long edges with Copic R35 marker. I eBrushed the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Ah les vacances...enfin!!!, mais avec tellement de choses à faire à la maison...je ne vois pas le repos!!! Bon, passons à notre passion, les cartes... voici une faite avec l'une des découpes du mois de mai, une silhouette de femme... J'ai voulue la faire en couleur "melon",... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Thanks julye - I'll be using Distress Oxides often and hope you'll be inspired by the future designs too!
Thanks Thalia - it's the dies and inks that are over the top! Our favorite colors help too.
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Something old, something new...the classic favorite Brand New Bicycle, Mini Butterflies, Rectangle Basics and Distress Oxides meet up on a quick card tonight. The greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - makes it perfect for a special grad! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another simple diecut design on a background of spritzed, smushed Distress Oxides. The bicycle was one of my very first Memory Box dies. I love how it still complements new designs and greetings and is always ready for another summer card. What's your favorite Memory Box die? Press Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Broken... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Una tarjetica para una cumpleañera... El fondo lo marqué con uno de los troqueles del estreno de mayo "bluble burst"... Y claro para un cumpleaños no podía faltar un ramo de flores...este troquel pertenece a varias colecciones pasadas pero muy versátil .... Ok mis queridas amigas... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Let's celebrate summer with a Dragonfly Stems Left Corner on a color-washed center from the Pinpoint Circle Frame. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a splashy-bright background for the delicate golden dragonflies. They'd be beautiful anywhere - but I think these four Distress Oxide inks created the perfect summer backdrop for them. Hope you agree! Press Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick onto separate areas of a large acrylic block. Spritz the block with water and allow the colors to start blending for a few seconds. Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks. Drag and lift the paper... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! It's kind of unusual for me to create a card using only one stamp set, with no dies or popping anything up with foam tape. It was my muse who said, "Go one-dimensional for a change!" There's really no limit to all the many ways this set can be used ... as you've seen from the beautiful cards already presented by my fellow design team members! And I love all the sentiments that come in the set, not to mention the matching set of dies. I decided to "hang" the lilac stamp for a little different look, although... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Neighborly Narwhal (minus his tusk) becomes a birthday whale with Rectangle Basics, Pinpoint Single Frame and Family of Fish. Everyone's joining in on a summer celebration. Hello - Jean Okimoto here - loving how the Family of Fish is reversible and can swim in both directions! Paint watercolor paper with a light wash of green and turquoise Peerless Watercolors. Dry it, then cut it with the 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die. Cut it with the Pinpoint Single Frame. Rotate the inner rectangle for increased color contrast. The Rectangle Basics set eliminates the guesswork (and wonky paper trimmer edges) and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! Today's video incorporates glitter and coloring - two of my favorite things to do when making handmade cards! For those of you who can't get enough sparkle, you'll really appreciate the shimmer on these cards. I combine glitter glue over a glitter embossed image for plenty of underwater brilliance. And how easy is it to create an underwater scene with Distress Oxide inks! Just adding droplets of water onto a background that has been sponged with these wonderful inks creates the look of little bubbles - perfect for the brightly colored fish to swim around in. (Watch this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Outside The Box
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In keeping with this month's challenge, I made two birthday cards to share today. For one I used the PINPOINT CIRCLE FRAME 99760 and for the other I used the PINPOINT DOUBLE FRAME 99765, each cut into the front of a green notecard. On both cards I chose the PERKY HAPPY BIRTHDAY 99761 as the sentiment which I cut from black cardstock. Let's look at the Pinpoint Double Frame Card first. I began by cutting the Pinpoint Double Frame into the front of the notecard, saving the center rectangle which popped out. Using two dies from the Rectangle Layers set... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today and as you can tell, it's not a card. As soon as I received the Plush Funny Fish die, I immediately knew he should become a pincushion. I am forever looking for pins to unclog glue bottles, or poke out small pieces left in dies. Now I will always have pins at my fingertips. Pretty cute isn't he?!? Gather your bright colored felt, Elmers glue, yarn and a large eye needle. Die cut two of the largest pieces of the Plush Funny Fish, then a couple of fins, the heart and a couple... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Happy Saturday! Today I have a bright and cheery birthday card to share with you using some of the products from the latest release. For this card I started by stamping the candle from the Wishing You Sentiments stamp set repeatedly. I used an ink that was the same color as my paper to create this tone on tone look. I die cut a circle and stamped the happy birthday sentiments in coordinating colors. I die cut the bubble burst die in a purple card stock and then I trimmed the edges of my paper before putting it on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! I can't believe it's June already! We've had a very cool and dreary May here in New England, so I am hoping June will be a little better. That is the inspiration for today's card, something bright and summery. To create this card, ink a piece of white cardstock with Twisted Citron distress ink. Get a good coverage of ink on the cardstock and heat set it with a heat tool. Rub the cardstock with an anti-static brush and ink the turtle stamp with Mowed Lawn distress ink and stamp the turtle onto the prepared cardstock. Sprinkle... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Outside The Box
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A new month means that it is time to announce a new 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 created such wonderful projects for last month's challenge using markers. The winner of our blog badge for the last challenge is ElizStewart from the Paper Sweetness blog. Here is her card using the Floral Fantasy Frame and Zig Clean Color markers: The lucky winner of the draw for the monthly prize is Constantly Carding from the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Outside The Box