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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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Hola mis queridas amigas: Un "tag" con estos lindos colores de tintas y troqueles de Memory Box para este verano... Primero difuminé tres colores de tinta "distress/Tim Holtz" (rojo, amarillo y azul) Después corté les troqueles y los coloqué en el "tag". Rápido, ¿no? ¿Qué les parece? Me encantan los... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Looking for a way to feature the Plush Narrow Succulent on your cards? Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - sharing a simple, flat version of another Plush Felt Flower diecut. Simple and flat...sounds exciting, doesn't it? Diecut the 4" x 3" Stitched Rectangle Layer from watercolor paper. Press the Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor inkpad against a large acrylic stamp block to create a palette of inks - keep the inks separated so you can work with the individual colors. Brush the colors onto the paper and set it aside to dry. Cut 5 each of the 2 biggest Plush Narrow... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Un Grand MERCI "virtuel" aux copines qui n'en envoyé de belles cartes... J'ai adoré toutes ces différentes versions...pour les découvrir allez-y dans mon blog personnel Voici ma petite carte pour aujourd'hui Détail des fleurs et des fonds faits avec des "Sprays" pour voir le tuto des fonds... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Un Brin De Creativite
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Happy Tuesday morning everyone! I hope all is going well. I pulled out one of my favorite MB clear stamp sets for today's post. I love the versatility of this set and how I can use it all year round. I mean who couldn't use a little love all year?!! I used just a couple of stamps from the set to create today's card. I stamped the pot, then masked the pot with Inkadinkadoo masking paper and stamped the flowers so it appears as though they are coming from the pot. The seed packets were stamped while the pot was... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hello! Now that summer is here, I am so excited about what is happening in our garden! So far we have been able to enjoy lettuce, and spinach, as well as summer squash! But, the one vegetable I am super excited to harvest is carrots! I don't think there is anything better than a home grown carrot. Well, maybe to me! So, to show my love for this humble vitamin A-packed veggie, I bring you this card. I love the Veggie Good set, and matching dies. I began by die stamping and then cutting out five carrots, coloring them with... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hey there Memory Box friends. Penny here today with some very simple flowers and clean lines. I have decided I am obsessed with the color Teal and just can't get enough of it. What is your go to color for now? Just change out the color on the flowers and a different washi tape for this card to make it your own. Here we go: Start with a White card base, add a large strip of Black card stock along the left side. Add a bit of washi tape. Die cut Swirling Stitches as shown and stamp Hope sentiment with... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Happy Saturday, everyone! Hopefully you will all "beet" the heat this weekend! Today's card once again features the Garden Variety set of stamps and dies. I must be loving the beet die from this set because this is the second card I've done with this cute little veggie! I'm thinking this would make an unusual but cute anniversary card! I stamped and die cut two of the beets, then sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink on the leaves, Worn Lipstick on one beet, and Dried Marigold on the other. The faces were stamped next, and as you can see, I added... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! Today I have a quick and easy card that would be perfect for the 4th of July featuring the Starlit Breeze die and a lot of sparkle. This die was so much fun to play around with. For this card, I started with my white card stock and the Starlit Breeze die. The first time I used the die on the diagonal, then I die cut the white paper two more times to fill in the blank space. Once the die cutting was finished, I glued the three different colors of glitter paper behind the white. I did... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! Donna here with another card featuring the new Veggie Good stamp set. These images are so much fun to watercolor! To create this card, I stamped the images with black ink and watercolored them anddie cut them with the coordinating die. For the card front and the purple strip of paper, I did a watercolor wash on watercolor paper and spattered the background with the watercolors. Once the watercolor is dry, I used black ink to stamp the sentiment. I assembled the card as shown and added black embellishments to finish the card. That's it! Quick and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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A felt Plush Anemone thank you card is like a frosty Creamsicle on a hot summer day...refreshingly bright and perfect for any occasion. Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight - the late bloomer who finally caught up with the Plush Felt Flowers trend! Did you see the great Plush Flowers video by Memory Box's now-famous Dee and Brenda? It explains - and shows - all you need to know about creating these delightful flowers. Attach them to cards, layouts, tags and gifts - if they get crushed, they'll bounce right back and be as pretty as ever. Thanks Brenda and Dee... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Let's celebrate summer with the Bumblebee Daydreams stamp and die sets and the new Honeycomb Remnant today. Hi - Jean Okimoto here - mixing and matching old and new again. The stems and florets from the Long Stem Lavender set create the bright green foliage for the flower trio. You can dry-emboss the new Honeycomb Remnant instead of cutting it for the perfect garden-themed background. There are so many great designs in our Spring and May releases - hope summer stays around long enough for me to use all of them before we get started on fall and holiday projects!... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Welcome to the 2nd day of summer! I had a fun play with some deli paper and the Ranger Distress Crayons to create a unique effect for today's cards. The Dizzy Butterflies die was cut from deli paper which had been colored up with the distress crayons and then die cut. The background paper was created with Distress Inks (peacock feathers and Squeezed lemonade) with a water technique and the edging was done with the same DI colors sponged onto the cardstock. Same technique and design elements for this card. I just changed up the colors to Seedless Preserve and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Outside The Box
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The two cards I made today feature the tiny airplanes from the AIRPLANE ADVENTURES die set 99389. Either of these cards would be just the thing to send to someone off on a summer trip or to the new graduate. For the card on the left: White notecard STARLIT BREEZE die 99398 cut into the card front STITCHED CLOUDS die 30053 cut from Memory Box Dot Paper and mounted at three different levels AIRPLANE ADVENTURES die 99389 cut from silver mirror card "possibilities" stamp from WORDS TO LIVE BY Clear Stamp Set CL5154 stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black For the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Happy Saturday! Today I have a floral card to share with you using the Blooming Flower Frame. I love how the Blooming Flower Frame cuts and embosses those cute flowers. I decided to highlight the embossed portions with my Copic Markers. I die cute the blue background paper with the Zimmer Oval Background and then used some foam tape to glue the Blooming Flower Frame onto the card. I stamped the butterflies and the you are so sweet from the Bumblebee Daydreams stamp and die set to finish off the card. I hope you have a wonderful and crafty weekend!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with something on the "manly" side. It seems all of a sudden I need these kinds of cards. Super Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy and just take a look at those adorable 3D cattails. Here is how to recreate this: Cut Lime card stock as a base. Cut Gray card stock just a bit smaller, emboss Thank You Tiles across the center as shown. (Depending on your die cut machine, most likely you will use a rubber mat instead of a cutting mat to achieve an embossed look) Adhere this panel to the Lime... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Estas florecitas salvajes....que se encuentran en los estanques, están perfectas para el fondo que hice usando tintas y alcohol con el troquel de "Windham collage"... En esta tarjeta usé 3 diferentes plantas, que puse unas detrás de otras para hacer este pequeño arreglo... Para ver otros... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello everyone and welcome - we have created a special blog post featuring our plush floral dies! We've had a lot of questions on the basics of using these fantastic dies, so we've created a video that shows a step by step lesson on how to assemble a flower from scratch. The video was created by Dee (our inventory manager) and Brenda (our shipping manager) - these two are in charge of getting our orders pulled and shipped to stores around the globe. In addition to working hard at Memory Box, they are serious crafters - and we found time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Avec l'été bien devant nous on songe a des merveilles comme celles-ci...la paix et beauté des océans avec tous ces merveilleux habitants.... Je me suis inspirée pour le fond d'une technique que j'avais essayé il y a plusieurs années déjà et que j'avais oublié.... en organisant mon... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello! Thanks for stopping by today! I have a fun, bright floral card, using a simple border die to share with you today. I used quite a bit of ink blending, and Copic coloring for this. I took a panel of white card stock, and die cut the Thought Cloud in the center. I sponged on blue ink, and set it aside. I took a scrap of white card stock and ran it through with the Summerville Landscape die. I then colored it in with a variety of Copic Marker colors. I masked off the sides of my white card... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello Crafty Friends, Todays card features the adorable peas in a pod from The Garden Variety set and a fun patchwork background. I have to say, the pea pod and the corn on the cob are my favorites in the set---but the eggplant, potato, onion and the beet are pretty cute too---the whole set is a "must have" in my book. "Peas keep in touch" now that's kinda "punny". I used the four smallest rectangles from the Pinpoint Rectangle Layers Die set and cut them all from 4 different colors of card stock so I could mix-n-match the sizes and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone! Today I have a quick and easy card for you. I love all the cute veggie images from the new release, but for today I decided to use the ear of corn to make a belated birthday card. To create this card stamp the corn image on white a piece of white cardstock and cover the entire piece. Stamp the corn image one more time on a piece of white cardstock, and color and die cut the image using the coordinating die. On a licorice strip of paper stamp and emboss the sentiment. Type the sentiment, I forgot... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Good morning! Sherry here with a summery card featuring the Row of Poppies die. I hadn't used this die yet, and I thought it was about time. It's so delicate when cut, and it can easily be snipped apart to use on a smaller note card if desired. I made this a thank you card, but this design could also be used for just about any occasion. I first cut a circle from the Stitched Circle Layers, and sponged on Peeled Paint through the Distressed Grid Stencil. I die cut the poppies from green card stock and again from white... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Outside The Box
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At our monthly card-making group, my friend Connie shared a technique for card fronts that I want to pass along to you. Start with a decorative paper in a 4" square and cut it on the diagonal. Attach the two triangles to opposite corners of an A2 notecard which leaves a band across the center. This band will go from the top left to bottom right or top right to bottom left depending on the triangle placement. The next step is to add whatever decorations you wish to the card front--die cuts, stamps, stickers, etc. (You could also change this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of an unusual flag creation. This would make a really cute invitation for an Independence Day party. Who says a flag has to have the proper amount of stars and stripes?!? Super simple to pull together...Let's get going: Cut a Red card base. Cut White card stock just a bit smaller, run the left and top edge along a Delicata Shimmery Silver ink pad and adhere to base. Die cut Grosgrain Ribbons and Isabella Butterfly from White card stock. I used and eBrush on my die cuts, but paint, colored... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Bumblebee Daydreams bees buzzing around the Zinnia Bouquet create a quick garden card for summer greetings today. Pretend it's this summer's newest hybrid...a multi-colored zinnia! Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with another something old/something new - and something in between - design for you. I love combining products from different releases - it's just another way to get the most from our favorite Memory Box products. Scrunch some deli-sandwich wrap or waxed paper and rub it briskly over the detailed Zinnia Bouquet die, especially the flowertops. This will help release the die from the gold mirror cardstock - and make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Outside The Box