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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, hello Memory Box friends. So excited to be bringing you a bit of Spring today. I gotta tell you, I am loving this Butterfly Swell die from the new collection. Cuts like butter and leaves the tiny embossed area around the outer wings...so cool!!! Let's do this: Start by die cutting the Butterfly Swell from White cardstock. Trim your panel to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Squish Peacock Feathers Distress ink onto craft sheet, pick up color with wet paint brush and flick across card front. Now for the fun part.... take a piece of computer paper and cover it... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Hola amigas: Como prometí en mi último artículo aquí les traigo una tarjeta para semana santa... Que también se puede utilizar para cualquier otra ocasión... Esta vez combiné troqueles de la linea de troqueles de Poppystamps (la mariposa) con unos de Memory Box. Para los palitos de las flores usé... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Good morning everybody! I have a simple birthday card for you today featuring the Happy Birthday Elegant Script die. By changing the background colors of card, it could be used for a female or male birthday card. To make this card I sponged white cardstock with Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon Distress inks. The ink was applied darkest at the top and lightest towards the bottom. Similar to an ombre effect. I placed a stencil over the inked cardstock and sponged over the stencil with Wilted Violet Distress ink, keeping the color the darkest at the top. Once the ink... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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The new Butterfly Spectacle is just too great to save for a warm, sunny summer day! A cold, sunny Seattle spring day will suffice. There are so many ways to use Butterfly Spectacle - with watercolors, vellum, powdered pigments, or layered over printed papers. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick watercolored backdrop for this beautiful addition to the Memory Box collection of butterfly dies. Paint a square of watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills. Air-dry it for a few minutes, then spritz it lightly with water and heat-set it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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The new Wildwood Collage fits perfectly onto one of the Half a Dozen Eggs to create a sweet little Easter scene. Don't you just love it when everything fits together like they were made for each other...and they were! Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a fresh spring design for you today. Are you old enough to remember those precious hollow "window" eggs with the little Easter scenes inside? That's my inspiration today - let's make a snailmail-able version of those vintage pieces. Yes, objects from my childhood are now officially "vintage." Cut the big egg from the Half a Dozen... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello, and welcome! I have a masculine card to share with you today using a few of the Spring release! Masculine cards are sometimes challenging, but with a few choice colors, and specific dies, you can make something any man would love to receive. To begin, I die cut a panel of lime green card stock using the Sapling Collage die. I also die cut the front of a top folding white note card with the same die. I trimmed the green panel down, and die cut it using the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames die set, adhering it to my... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Un collage marin, fait avec les toutes nouvelles découpes du mois de mars... et quelques unes aussi des collection passées... comme le hippocampe, les coquillages et la fleur du coin "Chloe stem" qu'en pensez vous? Merci de votre compagnie et commentaires que je lis avec enthousiasme.. bisous... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola mis Queridas Amigas: Memory Box ha sacado unos troqueles relacionados con el mar tan lindos que aunque todavía no sea el verano...no pude resistirme y adelantarme para las tarjetas estivales... Hice este pequeño paisage submarino... En tonos cálidos, que me recuerdan la playa... Saqué los corales del troquel "coral... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Fishy Greetings! I hope you are as big a fan of the new sea life dies as I am...today's card has a large school of fish carrying special wishes. The Family of Fish die is a charming design and reminds me of goldfish crackers. With a bit of watercoloring and glitter paper I created this fun and colorful card... To color the fish, I smeared Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Barn Door inks onto my craft mat and dipped my wet paintbrush into each color separately, then onto a piece of water color paper. By letting each color dry before... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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I've been playing with multi-layered cards this past week and decided to show you what I've done with layering the SEAWEED COLLAGE 99727 and SEAWEED STALKS 99717. This is the first card I made using three layers of the Seaweed Collage and Seaweed Stalks in shades of green. I added three of the CHEERFUL CRABS 99722 cut from dark green cardstock on the front of the card and one more large crab on the inside. And, of course, there's ribbon around the top layer of the card! Now I'll show you step by step how I created a second card... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello and welcome to the Memory Box blog. Penny here today with more goodies from the newest release. I don't know about you, but for me making "manly" cards is tough...until this newest release. So many things to be excited about!!! Let me walk you through it: Start with a White cardstock base and "emboss" Scalloped Stitch Trimmings using the largest and third largest of the dies. Ink blend as shown using Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade Distress inks. For the sky ...die cut the largest Stitched Cloud Trio, then use as a mask and swipe VersaMagic Aspen Mist ink... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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I just love all of the newest ocean-themed dies from the latest Memory Box release. I've combined two of my favorites today into two similar notecards: OCEANSIDE LIGHTHOUSE AND WAVES 99736 and BEACHFRONT SEAGULLS 99724. I started by die cutting both dies from watercolor paper. I colored the images with watercolor pencils, using a damp brush to move the color around each piece. The first time I removed the pieces from the larger piece of watercolor paper and the second time I left them in place which actually worked more easily for painting. I decided that I wanted the lighthouse... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Outside The Box
Hi everyone. Thanks so much for visiting us last week during the blitz to see the new arrivals. Winners from each post were chosen at random from the comments. Congratulations to the winners! I have sent you an email about your prize. Here is a list of winners: Laura's post winner of the Ocean Swell Die- CreaNancy Jenny's post winner of the Under the Sea Collage Die-julye Sherry's post winner of the Delicate Sea Fan Die-JennyH Lindsay's post winner of the Underwater Collage Die-Jutta Jean's post winner of the Butterfly Swell Die-Heidi H Anne's post winner of the Meadow Road... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello and Welcome! Today I am sharing a video that turned out to be much more of a project than I had originally planned for! So my apologies in advance - my short craft video took on a life of its own and before I knew it I had more cards, techniques and video than I knew what to do with! But I think you will see that once you get started, it is easy to get carried away with using the faeries in all sorts of ways! All of the faerie dies are from our Poppystamps collection - Poppystamps... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Spring is just around the corner friends! Today I have a card using the beautiful new Avezzano Butterflies die to share with you. I wanted this card to feel like stained glass so I used black paper for my die cut. I glued it onto a piece of white watercolor paper so I could use my Zig Clean Color Brush Pens to color in the butterflies. I added some clear gems for the butterfly bodies once everything was colored and dry. I love a simple and bright card that makes a statement. This could be used for a Spring birthday... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello, and welcome! I am so glad you stopped by today, because I have a clean and simple card to share with you! You could say I am dreaming of the ocean, and you would be correct. The winter weather just doesn't want to leave, and I am cold! Let me share with you how I created this simple, and easy seafaring card. To begin, I took the Scallop Stitched Fancy Frames, and ran the second to last frame through my die cut machine four times with white card stock. I glued them together, and set it aside. I then... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Avec la nouvelle mini colection de découpes pour le mois de mars...il y a plein de petites découpes pour faire des jolis paysages marins... Voici un tag avec un petit phare et quelques goélands... Le fond a été dégradé avec des encres "Distress" dans trois tons en... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Para el mes de marzo Memory Box ha sacado una mini colección de troqueles con el tema marino... Yo escogí este banco de peces... Difuminé el fondo blanco con tintas "Distress" en tonos azules y verdes Y corté los pescaditos en papel brillante plateado para la... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Good morning! Sherry here with a light and easy monochromatic card featuring the Butterfly Swell die from the latest release. The base card is from the Sky note cards pack. I experimented with a couple of different ink colors that would compliment the Sky card base, and found that Evergreen Bough Distress Ink worked perfectly. I love that the Butterfly Swell die can be positioned anywhere along the length of an A2 size piece of card stock. With that in mind, I positioned the die more to the right, leaving plenty of room on the left side for the sentiment.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello Everyone! I am Isha from Switzerland, where I live with my husband and 2 girls. I have been crafting for a bit more than 5 years now and just love creating. I am so excited and honored to be joining the Memory Box team. Love their products and how versatile they are :) Thank you Dave for having me here along with all the wonderful creative team. I hope you enjoyed all the new dies featured during the blitz last week :) It's still cold here, although spring has started. Now it is time to think about summer...lol And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello, hello. Welcome to the last day of the March Blog Blitz. Did you see the Inlay video Dave made using die cuts and glitter? If not check it out HERE. After watching his video, I knew I had to try this technique, and wasn't it lucky I had everything I needed to create something like his. I will admit that I have had the Martha Stewart glitter in my stash for Y E A R S! I guess that stuff has a forever shelf life. :) So here we go:0 I started with a Black card base, added a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Outside The Box
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The new Sapling Collage is one of five fresh woodland scenes that are quickly becoming favorites in the Spring 2017 Collection. It's easy to see why - they're versatile, great for layering and perfect for every season. Imagine them later with tiny blossoms in the summer, ghosts and bats in the fall and bright red birds in snowy winter scenes. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our blog blitz. Here's a super-quick Easter card that takes just a few minutes. The hardest part of it is deciding where to place those glittery eggs! Cut chartreuse cardstock with the 2-¾"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! I hope you're enjoying all the new dies featured in our blog blitz this week, as well as all the creative projects! I love lighthouses, so the new Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves will quickly become a favorite die of mine! To make this card I cut two pieces of watercolor paper the same size and ran one through the die cut machine using the Cool Cloud Collage die. I watercolored the plain paper layer. The die cut paper was inked lightly with vintage photo ink and misted with water (do not ink the clouds). Cover the clouds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Le 17 mars on célèbre le jour de Saint Patrice, fête chrétienne qui rend hommage au saint patron de l'Irlande; Saint Patrick. [La fête de Saint-Patrick est célébrée par les Irlandais du monde entier, expatriés ou descendants des nombreux émigrants, et sa popularité s’étend aujourd’hui vers les... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello, and welcome to the Blog Blitz! Be sure to check out all of the previous posts this week. And leave comments all week, Monday through Sunday, on our Design Team posts in order to be eligible to win prizes from the newest SPRING 2017 RELEASE FROM MEMORY BOX!!! Today I'm sharing cards I made using the MEADOW ROAD OVAL 99746 as the focal point with the HAPPY BIRTHDAY UPRIGHT SCRIPT 99684 as the sentiment. I also used a large rectangle from the STUDIO RECTANGLE LAYERS SET 30086 (16 dies in this set!) and an oval from the STITCHED OVAL... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Outside The Box
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