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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 everyone! Since this weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season, I thought I would create a fun summer themed card for you today. To create this card I used blue alcohol inks on glossy cardstock to make a background for the whale to hang out on. I stamped the whale and waves on watercolor cardstock and colored the images using distress inks. The colors of distress ink I used were: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Pumice Stone and Worn Lipstick. To assemble the card I cut out the whale and the waves. I cut around the whale fin... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Wondering how to use the new Sheer Circle Wreath in May? Don't wait till the holidays - it's a great backdrop for the Dazzling Dragonfly on a summer card. Diecut circles and rings create an artsy background or accent for any occasion. Try it with butterflies, birds or your favorite design from Fish Tales. And with snowflakes in December! Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with congrats to all of the May Blog Blitz winners - enjoy your prize! Sheer Circle Wreath is great for diecutting soft, textured papers - like marbled paper from Shizen Design. The swirly waves of metallic... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
Greetings friends. I hope that you have been enjoying the blog posts using the latest May 2017 release. Here is a list of winners from our Blog Blitz. I have already sent an email to each of the winners: Winner of the Seal of Approval stamp set from Laura's post-Tracy Steinbach Winner of the Leafy Ring die from Anne's post- Kristen Winner of the Fish Tales stamp set from Jenny's post-marta Winner of the Whale Hello There stamp set from Melissa's post-Arlene Waddell Winner of the Fish Tales stamp set from Jean's post-Lynn Hardy Winner of the Whale Hello There... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello! Before I begin, I just wanted to let you know that this will be my last post for Memory Box. Life has taken me in another direction, and I have found I just cannot devote the time and attention to card making like I used to do. I am so appreciative of your comments, and kindness these last two years, as I shared my projects with you. I will leave you with a clean and simple Thank you! The Floral Fantasy Frame is a must have. I just had to do an inlay technique with it the moment I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola amigas: Una tarjeta para los graduados....que dice..."La mejor de las suertes"... que se podría utilizar para otra ocasión, claro!... Encontré/compré un paquete que estaba en rabaja de estas Tartejas con fodos pastel y con una frase que decía "Hola" en el centro... Así que decidí tapar la frase con... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello Crafty Friends! Jenny here with a note of thanks to share today. I like to keep 'thank you cards' on hand just to be ready since sometimes I can't get to my craft room to create one quick enough. This one went to someone I had never met but showed great kindness to me and my family. It was unexpected and I was happy to give this card which I enjoyed making and loved the way it turned out. One of my favorite clear sets from the new release is this Thank You Sentiments set. It's not a large... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello and Welcome! Did you check out the new release yet? It's GORGEOUS...love it. It's been such a cool and wet weather that I am longing for some warmth....The new release is perfect to get me into the summer mood...lol To create this card, I started with the mixed media background panel. First I used applied some modelling paste to create the bottom bubbles and let it dry. I then used distress inks as watercolor and created a wash. Let it dry. Then I used Imagine Crafts creative medium and applied it through another stencil to create small bubbles. I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello my friends. Penny here today with a Sympathy card. I like to have a few of these in my stash for unexpected occasions. I love all the textures with the dotted lines, stitched swirl and dimensional flowers. Doesn't this card just look peaceful? Let's do this: Start with an Olive Green card base. Die cut the Pinpoint Circle Frame from Pale Peach cardstock. Die cut the Swirling Stitches to the left side of this panel. Before adhering this panel to the card base, take a scrap of White cardstock, ink lightly with Oxide Fired Brick and flick water. Figure... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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The new Plush Elegant Butterfly - designed to be lovingly layered and stitched - is also perfect for quick inlaid felt designs. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, hoping you're having a great weekend! Gather some scraps of summer-colored wool-blend felt and back them with adhesive label or sticker paper. The backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through. Diecut the felt pieces. Here's an easy way to remove the little stitch dots - place the diecut on a scrap of felt in a weird color that you won't be using - then use a toothpick or BBQ skewer to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Happy Friday everyone! Today I have a cute summer card featuring a few new stamp sets from the May release. There are so many cute images that it makes it hard to figure out which ones I wanted to use. To make this card, I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock and stamped the waves using Blueprint Sketch distress ink. With clear water and a paint brush, I brushed over the waves to activate the ink and give a watercolor look to the waves. Next, I spattered the paper with the same Blueprint Sketch ink and die cut a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: Cette carte me rapelle la chanson ..."Il était un petit navire..."que j'adorais chanter... Pour la faire J'ai utilisé plusieurs tampons et découpes de la collection du moi de mars que vous pouvez voir ICI Le petit bateau suit la technique du "paper piecing", ou l'on place des... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola amigas: Hice esta tarjeta pensando en los caballeros, papás o esposos... que dice: "tu eres mi ancla"...en papel pergamino... Y que puede ser enviada muy pronto para el día de los padres en junio... El fondo lo hice ... con los sellos y los troqueles que combinan con estos... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Celebrate a birthday with the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps Set and Spring Lilacs Die Set - it's sure to be a special day! Add a trellis-y background with a die from the Distressed Baptisia Collage Set and a classic greeting from the new Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an easy way to eliminate some of the stress of watercoloring. It's a challenge to stay inside the lines - literally and figuratively - when I'm coloring. The watercolors just have a way of escaping out onto the background, especially a white background. Eliminate that issue... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello! Summer is so close, and all of those fun activities will be happening soon! I am excited! One of my family's favorite things to do is go fishing, so I couldn't resist playing around with the adorable Fish Tales stamp set. Using some watercolors, and a stamping tool, I was able to create a fun background for this colorful birthday card. I started by taking all of the fish, and and laying them out over my panel. I then picked them up with the door of my stamp tool, and inked it up with black ink. I cleaned them... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello and Welcome! Did you check out the new release yet? It's GORGEOUS...love it. Today, I used one of the new dies and sentiment from the new stamp set for my CAS mixed media card. Love how delicate it turned out. To create this card, I started with die-cutting this delicate Floral Fantasy Frame die out of white cardstock (notice, I didn't remove all the die-cut pieces. This is just for added interest). I then Took another piece of white cardstock to create the background. First, I applied picked raspberries, squeezed lemonade and mustard seed distress ink onto the piece.... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Outside The Box
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For today's post I'm going to show you three cards I made featuring the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL 5199 and BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209. The first card is a matchbook card, 11 1/2" X 4 1/4" and scored at 4 3/4" from one end and 1 1/4" from the other end so that it folds down from the top and the shorter piece folds up from the bottom to make the shape with the top edge then tucking behind the smaller flap. The finished folded size is the same as an A2 card! Now for... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Aujourd'hui, ici aux Etats-Unis on célèbfre le jour des mères... Je sais qu'en France ce n'est qu'à la fin du mois de mai... Voici un petit bouquet de fleurs...pour toutes les mamans... fait avec des acquarelles "Zig marquers" et avec l'un des nouveaux sets de tampons du... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello and welcome to the last day of our Memory Box Blog Blitz. So happy you have stopped by and I am hoping you have checked out all the new dies and stamps that are now available at you favorite retailer. This stamp set I am using today Spring Lilacs has soooo much to offer. Adorable flowers for Summer and Spring, pretty leaves to use now or in the Fall, and great sentiments to use year round. Here is how I made this card: Start with a white case card. I always make my base cards the same...cut white cardstock... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Welcome everyone to day six of our blog blitz! I hope you’ve been enjoying all of the inspiration this week. There are so many possibilities with the new Memory Box “Whale Hello There” set and matching dies. Another super die is the Sheer Circle Trimming die ... a thin but mighty die ... which is also used on this easy-peasy card. The ocean’s the limit with these stamps and dies from the fun and fabulous new release!! I started with a 5” x 3.75” piece of white card stock, and ran the Sheer Circle Trimming die twice through my die... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Happy Friday Friends! I have another look at the fun stamp set Whale Hello There to share with you today for our Blog Blitz. I just love the waves in this stamp set! I stamped them 4 times on the base of my card in a darker ink of the same color to create the background. Then I stamped these cute sea creatures and die cut them using the coordinating die set and colored them with Copic Markers. To add the texture to the whale and the octopus, I used dots of the same colors I used to color each... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Une petite carte faite avec les nouveautés du mois de mai 2017... J'ai utilisé des découpes de "bord" de carte pour en faire un "fond" en répétant le motif à deux reprises... et par dérrière j'ai mis des papiers en couleurs... et les phrases se trouvent dans... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Bright tropical colors and the new Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set send birthday wishes today. Hello, welcome back to our May Release Blog Blitz! Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring this great new clear stamp set and the matching set of dies. It's easy to organize (and find!) your favorite "open" die sets if they're attached to curtain rings from a fabric or home store. I attach the rings to a magnetic bar that's attached to a shelf in my work area. That's a lot of attachment - but it works for me! Paint deckle-edged rough watercolor paper from... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Welcome to day 3 of the Blog Blitz! Today I have a fun card using the new stamp set Whale Hello There! It has so many cute sea creatures and sayings I know you are going to love. For my card today I started by stamping the whale and die cutting him out. He is super cute! I colored him with my Copic Markers in colors C00, C1, C3 and C5. I added some dots with the markers to give him some texture. Next I die cut the new Pinpoint Circle Frame. I stamped the waves onto the inside circle... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas lectoras: Esta tarjeta la hice para regalarsela a una de mis amigas... pero cambiándole la frase se puede usar para cualquier ocasíon, incluso para el día de las madres que ya se acerca... Primero... A la flor le puse "glitter" (brillantina/escarcha) dorada y a las hojitas les... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello and welcome to another fun day on the blog as we spotlight several brand new designs from the May 2017 release...it's another great one. My favorite is the Fish Tales clear stamp set. I designed two cards today, the first using distress inks to watercolor the scene and the second card using Tombow markers. After stamping the fish onto watercolor paper using black archival ink, I watered down several distress ink swatches applied to my craft sheet and painted the fish a variety of whimsical colors. I used Mermaid Lagoon (background), picked raspberry, ripe persimmon, mustard seed, carved pumpkin,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Outside The Box
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