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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 Memory Box fans! It's my turn, Shelby, to bring some inspiration to your Sunday morning. Have you checked out the wonderful Shaker Frame dies? Oh these dies are so much fun and bring the fun to making shaker cards. I went with a clean style card using the square shaker frame and the coordinating Studio Square layers. The background was stamped several times with the stamp called Mercer Rose Background and the "Smile" die is from the set A Lovely Smile and was cut with 2 sided adhesive foam for added dimension. Thanks for visiting today and enjoy... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone! I wish I could say we were enjoying some spring weather this morning, but we are supposed to get snow showers all day! So with that being said, I figured my card should feature some bright spring colors. I used the Bengal Background to create the pattern for my card background. I placed watercolor paper on top of a piece of chipboard to partially cut my paper when I ran it through the Cuttlebug. I also left out my cardstock shims that I normally use to die cut. This allowed me to only partially cut my watercolor paper... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Good Morning Friends, My inspiration for today's cards come from 'framed butterfly displays' and this quote from Henri David Thoreau: "Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." I've always loved butterflies--they way they flit and flutter in the garden, their colorful wings and the magic and mystery of evolving from a caterpillar. Here are two cards intended as "His & Her" styles. These cards combine the techniques of distress inking and watercoloring. I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les copines: avez-vous entendu parler de l'effet "BOKEH"? et bien j'ai décidé d'utiliser cette technique, si répandue maintenant dans ma carte pour aujourd'hui {Le mot bokeh (à prononcer "bokè") est d'origine japonaise. Il se traduit en français par "flou". Ce terme est utilisé en photographie, non pas pour décrire... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Spring rains are forecast here in Maine for the next few days with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Because I live at the end of a rather long dirt road, what that signals for me is the beginning of Mud Season. I'll be out splashing in the puddles and the mud in my farmer's boots! I can't wait for all of the snow and ice to finally melt away. Today's card features the Memory Box die Splashing Puddles No. 99062 on the cover of the card, cut from Pool Moroccan Dot paper and layered onto a Pool notecard: The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Want a different way to use the delicate Tanglewood Frame Die? Tag it with the Tag You're It Rectangle Die Set from Open Studio. Jean Okimoto here, with another idea featuring one of the most popular dies from the January 2015 Release. It's a must-have. Memory Box Products Tanglewood Frame Die 99009 Open Studio Oh Hello Again Die Set 30010 Open Studio Tag You're It Rectangles Die Set 30040 Key Lime and Peony Notecards (for diecutting) Peony Envelope Cut a Key Lime tag. Cut a portion of the Tanglewood Frame from textured white cardstock and trim it to approximately 3-⅜"... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Is it still raining? Gathered Blooms and a trio of umbrellas from the Come Rain or Shine Set create a flowery garden scene to remind us that yes, it really is spring. Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for you today. Memory Box Products Gathered Blooms Stamp G2021 Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009 Open Studio Come Rain or Shine Die Set 30027 Squash Notecard and Envelope Key Lime and Pool Distressed Dots Signature Patterns Squash Gingham Signature Pattern Memento Luxe Olive Grove Pigment Inkpad Stamp Gathered Blooms with Olive Grove and emboss it with detail clear... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Saludos mis queridas amigas blogueras: Una tarjeta hecha con el troquel "Tanglewood" Dibvino! ¿no les parece? Este troquel no requiere de muchos adornos. La tarjeta es bastante rápida de realizar para impactar al que la recibe... Tan sólo corté varias veces esa flor para dar un poco de dimensión. y... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Sherry Hester here with my first post as a new Memory Box Design Team member! You may know of me as a member of the Poppystamps Design Team, which was a most delightful experience with lots of very talented ladies. Being on the Memory Box Design team is a wonderful opportunity for me, and I hope to bring you lots of creative inspiration moving forward. My card today features the Long Stem Lavender die. This card will be one of the cards we will be creating in an upcoming Memory Box class at Ultimate Hobbies in Orange. I cut two... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello, card fans! It was sleeting and chilly yesterday in Indiana, so I decided I needed some spring in my life! Today's card features four new spring 2015 dies, (including one from Open Studio) a 2014 die, and Morocco patterned paper. S U P P L I E S Memory Box dies (Longstem Lavender, Cascadia Butterfly Trio, Bengal Detail Plate, Merci Cursive), Open Studio dies (Rectangle Layers) and Morocco patterned paper; Accents: pearls and gems (Mark Richards); vellum I N S T R U C T I O N S Make a 4.25" x 5.5" white card base. Cut strip... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
Good Morning! Marnie here with a fun Spring/Easter Card. Spring Break has begun here and the snow has unfortunately returned. So we're back to only seeing beautiful green scenes in our projects! Oh well fun fresh projects equals a happy me! Today my Spring/Easter card can really be used for anything. I used the Coastal Tree 99100 and popped it up over the Solid Arch Background 98992 that I have used as the hill. All of the little flowers are from the Blooming Border 98922 and the bunnies are from the Baby Bunnies set 99105. All of the patterned papers... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Shall we fast-forward this to "March showers bring April flowers" and create a quick spring card today? Jean Okimoto here, with one of my favorite color combos...hope you like it too! Memory Box Products Open Studio Come Rain or Shine Die Set 30027 Blooming Lotus Background Die 99099 Blooming Lotus Outline Die 99097 Violet Distressed Dots Signature Pattern Key Lime, Violet and Lavender Notecards (for cutting and stamping) Wisteria Notecard Wisteria Envelope Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle Pigment Inkpad Cut the raindrops from Come Rain or Shine and attach a strip of white cardstock behind it. Cut Blooming Lotus Background and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone! Pam here...with news! Classes coming up in Cedar Rapids Iowa, Saturday, April 11th at Scrapmania. I'm posting a peek today... or maybe I should say a tease! More info coming soon and I'll post the info on the class page here as soon as I have the times. Thanks for stopping by! More ideas in the new Memory Box 'Look Book' HERE. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Hoy les traigo esta tarjeta "Shaker" con el tema del café...de mi país! Son estas tarjetas que al agitarlas, los pedacitos o confettis (en mi caso los granos de café) que están adentro de una ventana hecha con acetato se mueven .... Estuve buscando una traducción... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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When is a Stitched Square Layer not a square? When it's trimming a portion of Splashing Puddles for a quick spring card! Layer bunnies and umbrellas over another Stitched Square Layer, add clear sequins...that's it! Jean Okimoto here with a quick card to brighten someone's day, or at least make them smile. Memory Box Products Open Studio Stitched Square Layers Die Set 30038 Open Studio Come Rain or Shine Die Set 30027 Splashing Puddles Die Set 99062 Springtime Bunnies Die Set 99109 Dove Gray and Wisteria Notecards (for diecutting) Key Lime Dots Signature Pattern Violet Dots Signature Pattern Pool Distressed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Time to get inspired for Spring projects! Memory Box Design team member Pam Sparks has created a delightful collection of projects using our favorite dies from the new 2015 collection - and we have created a digital book to share! All dies are listed for each colorful project - enjoy an up close look at all of Pam's imaginative creations! Feel free to share the link to the book with your crafting friends! To see the Spring Look Book, click on the picture above or the link below to view: Memory Box Spring 2015 Look Book Related articles Tulip Bouquet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Outside The Box
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The card itself is a shimmer fest, thanks to Perfect Pearls and water, but it's quite difficult to see. If you click on the photographs of the card to enlarge them, I think you can get a sense of the shimmer. Another thing that's hard to see if the actual colors of the thing. Despite shooting from various angles and using various light sources, I never was able to capture what it really looks like. So I decided I'd share three different pictures - maybe between them, you'll get an accurate idea of the color palette. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Salut les copines: Aujourd'hui on célèbre la fête de la "Saint-Patrick"... et voilà ma petite carte pour ce jour-ci! dans les tons verts comme le veut la coutume! Ici en Californie en particulier à San Francisco, ce jour ci est trés célébré car la communauté irlandaise est énorme (à part... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good Monday Morning! Marnie here. Spring has finally arrived here in Chicagoland! WooHoo! Everyone is so excited. Only small tell tale piles of snow still hang on, the trees are budding, the air is crisp and fresh and the Sun is shining most of the time.... What more could we ask for? Maybe some pretty inspiration for you? I think so! Today I have the Fairytale Flower Frame 99067 die cut out of white cardstock and colored with Distress Markers, then spritzed with Perfect Pearls. Can you see the shimmer? The Itty Bitty Bumble Bees 99028 are flitting about. Their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis amigas blogueras: Les agradezco su presencia hoy aquí... Les traigo una idea bastante sencilla y que nos puede simplificar la tarea al hacer nuestras tarjetas...esta idea es buena para hacer varias tarjetas al mismo tiempo, al invertir los colores... Primero pones el troquel en el medio de un... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello from San Diego! Here is a card I created using one of my favorite techniques with Alcohol Inks on Glossy Cardstock. I love the stunning looks you can get and it is different every time! I had so much fun making this card I think I am going to teach it in a class at my store The Stamp Addict. I used the Fairyland Butterflies Die on this card with the Lime Distress Dot cardstock for the card base. It is a little hard to see the variation in color on the card in this photo so I showed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Got shamrocks? Make your own with Memory Box heart stencils! Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Another Birthday got you down? Taylor Swift will tell you to "Shake it off". But if you're excited to celebrate a birthday, "Shake Your Card!" Making a shaker card is easy with the Open Studio Circle Layer Dies, acetate and some craft foam sheets. Oh, and colorful sequins to make it actually shake. To assemble your shaker card: Select the desired circle size from the Studio Circle Layers die set. Trim craft foam sheet, clear acetate, yellow, blue card stock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Die cut the circle from craft foam sheet, layer craft foam sheet on top... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Welcome the new season with Springtime Bunnies and tulips on a fresh little Sunflower card. Add topstitched edges to the card - and the Spring Border - with the versatile Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set too. It's the Open Studio layering set that never quits...and never gets any rest either. I don't even bother to put mine away anymore! Memory Box Products Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009 Springtime Bunnies Die 99109 Spring Border Die 98115 Delicate Blossoms Die 98839 Meadow Notecard (for diecutting) Sunflower Notecard Cut Spring Border from Meadow Cardstock. Cut the left, bottom and right... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Brighten someone's day with a trio of embossed, watercolored zinnias and a short, sweet note. Jean Okimoto here today with another quick card for you. I've been hearing so much about Peerless Watercolors - and asked my friend (and card design star!) Donna Mikasa about them. You'll love her blog - Three Umbrellas - featuring her beautifully-colored cards and fresh, clean and simple style. Donna generously made me a swatchbook from her 40-color set - and the colors are beautiful! She also provided the Wink of Stella pen I used to highlight the flower centers here - they're the perfect... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Outside The Box