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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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Hi everyone! Pam here...welcome to another Memory Box Blog Blitz post! Are you enjoying all the new dies from Memory Box this year? WOW! I am! So easy to create festive and fun cards with Memory Box products! The Blitz started yesterday, Monday the 20th and will go through Friday. You have until 11:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, October 26th, to leave comments on all the posts. The winners will be randomly drawn and announced on Monday, October 27th. Good Luck! Comment on my post for a chance to win the Snowy Tree die! I'm sharing a card I made... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Ayer empezó el Blog Blitz de Memory Box en los 3 blogs de MB. Ayer en el blog de francés: "un brin de créativité" les mostré una tarjeta hecha con un marco con piñitas de pino... Hoy les tengo por supuesto otro NUEVO troquel de la... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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T I P S If you don't have silver shimmer cardstock, apply Delicata Shimmery Silver ink directly to the paper and heat set - it's identical to shimmer paper. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Welcome to Day One of the Blog Blitz featuring the newest Winter 2014 Memory Box Collection! This afternoon I am featuring the Woodland Tree Silhouette Die No. 98969 on several cards. Materials Used: Woodland Tree Silhouette die No. 98969 Frosted Vine Border die No. 98993 Merry Chrsitmas stamp B2019 white cardstock Russian Sage notecard from Imagine Crafts--Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink, White embossing powder small circle punch (for the moon) Stamping and embossing the sentiment really makes it pop against the dimensional die cuts. For this card, I used the same basic materials but changed the stamp, using the Vintage... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hi Everyone! Welcome to day 1 of our Winter release blog blitz. Now through Friday, there will be two posts a day featuring the dies and stencils of the Winter 2014 release. Today I'm featuring the new Forest Pine Branch Die. Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this post for a chance to win this fabulous die. Instead of a card today, I thought I would make a small gift pouch. I love these printed bags you can find in all the craft stores. This could be used as a gift card holder or a little... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les Copines: Aujourd'hui on commence avec 5 jours, jusqu'au vendredi, d'inspiration dans les 3 blogs de Memory Box: c'est le Blog Blitz avec la toute nouvelle collection pour les fêtes de 2014, (lien aussi à côté, sur la barre )... Pour notre blog en Français, Voici ce que j'ai... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good morning everyone! I hope your weekend has been going well. We had another great day of Memory Box classes yesterday at Simple Pleasures Stamp and Scrapbooking store in gorgeous Colorado Springs. A big thank you to all of the fabulous students and for their continued support of the Memory Box awesomeness. One of the five cards made in yesterday's class was using the wonderful new die called Woodland Tree Silhouette. I created a winter scene using the Woodland Tree Silhouette, the Classic Deer die cut and stamped the Darling Doe (E1986) in Memento Desert sand. I left off a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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The classic Portia Ornament makes a contemporary statement on a simple holiday card this evening. Jean Okimoto here, with another Christmas project for you. Memory Box Products Pine Needles Die 98968 Grand Joyeux Noel Die 99027 Portia Ornament Die 98920 Globe Ornament Die 98927 Ornament Hooks and Caps Die 98958 Dove Gray Notecard Dove Gray Envelope Raspberry, Key Lime and Granny Smith Notecards (for diecutting) Cut the needles from Key Lime and Granny Smith and dip the ends in glue. Slide them behind the ornament cap, layering them for texture and dimension. Let the needle tips 'float' delicately above the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello Everyone! I love this time of the year....making cards for Christmas, the holiday season is beginning, people are happy... Christmas Trees with snow on them make me a happy girl so I just love this card made by Theresa one of our teachers here at The Stamp Addict. She will be teaching this card along with several others in November classes here in San Diego so if you get the chance check out our calendar and come take the class! In the card she used the Snowy Tree Die and the Deer Trio Die and just cut off the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
Good Morning, Marnie here. Today I have another Fall Thank You card, since Fall is officially here not only in date but also just with the weather. It's time to begin staying in and crafting on gloomy, rainy, cold days. For this card I used the Elliana Background 98956 which is cut out of Gold Mirror Card. I pieced together a background fall colored strips of cardstock and popped up the Elliana Background with foam tape over the handmade background. I layered some of the Marvelous Maple Leaves 98766 in the bottom right corner using the Fall Colored Cardstock found... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Just returned from visiting Dad for a few days and found our backyard looking like a mosaic of fallen leaves. Like one of everything was blowing around in a swirl of color. Jean Okimoto here with a garden-inspired card for you tonight - between those erratic flickering lights and power glitches. Memory Box Products Delicate Fern Die 98341 Grape Vine Die 99002 Tall Chloe Stem Die 98773 Marvelous Maple Leaves Die 98766 NEW NEW Pine Needles Die 98968 Drip Rings Stencil 88582 Vanilla Bean Notecard Jack O Lantern Envelope Notecards for diecutting – Jack O Lantern, Dill, Granny Smith, Mango... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Can you believe Halloween is just two weeks away? Here’s a cute-and-spooky design for you. Jean Okimoto here today, let’s get started... Memory Box Products Spooky Background Stamp G1996 Haunted Webs Die 99007 Ghost Trio Die 98376 Metal Adapter Plate 98100 Graphite Notecard Graphite Envelope Imagine Crafts Products VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad Radiant Neon Inkpads – Electric Orange, Electric Purple, Electric Green Black Embossing Powder Daubers Daub the stamped, embossed background with Radiant Neons for a colorful contrast to the white webs and ghosts. Attach some googly eyes to one of the spookys – and add a few orange sequins... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola hola... Ay! las margaritas como me recuerdan ese jueguito y dicho..."me quiere , no me quiere" y le vas quitando los petalos a la flor..estoy segura que muchas de ustedes lo recordaran, no es cierto? Bueno pues este troquel me recuerda esto... Para el fondo usé varias tintas "distress"... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello, everyone - glad to see you've returned for a visit! I decided to make some Christmas tags before all the holiday madness started, and the two below feature easy and simple designs that can be mass-produced lickety-split. S U P P L I E S All supplies by Memory Box unless otherwise noted. Card stock: kraft 120-pound; Patterned Paper: Morocco, Gingham & Distressed Dot with coordinating card stock; Accents: gems (Mark Richards), buttons; Dies: Lindeman Snowflake; Fibers: Twine (Hempotique), seam binding Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day! Deborah Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles! Une petite carte toute en rose pour suivre la campagne annuelle de prevention du cancer du sein! Le fond a étè épongé avec un pochoir avec des encres en rose *Je viens de me rendre compte que le pochoir sur la photo n'est pas celui que j'ai... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Here's a pretty card and coordinating envelope using two Memory Box stencils, a Memory Box die, and a Memory Box stamp. MATERIALS USED: white notecard and white envelope; white cardstock Memory Box Stencil: Flurry Frame No. 88579 Memory Box Stencil: Snowflake Lace No. 88576 Memory Box Die: Beloved Snowflakes No. 9044 Memory Box Stamp: Merry Christmas B2019 from Imagine Crafts: Memento Bahama Blue ink, VersaMagic Sea Breeze ink, and Jumbo Dauber Place the Flurry Frame stencil over the front of the envelope and sponge on the Sea Breeze ink using the Jumbo Dauber. Take the white notecard and mask the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you tody, i have another christmas card for you, that I made on kraft cardstock. I have stamped the sentiment couple of times on this cardstock, making my own background... Memory Box products used: Pine Needle Border (98467) Limoges Snowflake (98935) Merry and Bright Combo (B2005) Have a great weekend! Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Outside The Box
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I am including starfall with this series because the stamp is similar to snowfall. If you missed the first installment, please check out this post. Do you see the falling images, you can see why I have used both these stamps in my series. Starfall just had to be done in gold and the best gold ink I own is the Delicata-Golden Glitz by Imagine Crafts. I stamped all the images with the gold ink and I fussy cut the forest pine. The hill was free hand cut with scissors. I sprayed it with irRESISTible gold spray from imagine Crafts.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Outside The Box
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'Morning Crafty Friends! It's a beautiful day today and I have a sparkly Christmas card to share with you. Do you see the brand new die used here? It's not the Frostyville Wreath (though that's one of my favorites)--it's the Pine Needles! They're covered in chunky glitter and peeking out from the flower bouquet. The die looks like this: These were die cut in white, colored with 2 different shades of green, dabbed with clear glue, "dunked" (a highly technical term) in clear vintage glass glitter then tucked behind the decorative embellishment. You'll see these again on the inside of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! This is Dave, and it has been a long time since I have posted! I co-own Memory Box with my wife Monica and these past few years have kept us busy behind the scenes as we work hard to keep everything going at Memory Box and Poppy Stamps. But over the past year, we have also been working on something new! We just launched a brand new site birchpressdesign.com featuring another pursuit - letterpress stationery! You'll notice that I have used a touch of my designs to the stationery - and you will probably recognize several craft die... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Good Morning, Marnie here today. Today I have a Fun Fall card using the Paper Cut Tulips Circle 98828 which is cut out of brown cardstock. I pieced together fall colored strips of cardstock and cut it into a circle then cut again with the Paper Cuts Tulip Circle out of it so that it could be inlayed with the brown die cut. I layered some of the Paper Cut Tulips 98827 out of Orange Cardstock onto each of the flowers. This all was layered onto a larger circle cut out of white I spritzed Imagine Crafts irRESISTible Gold. Out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Need another Halloween idea? Add a face and some eyes to the Andover Ornament from the Winter 2014 release and turn it into a Jack O Lantern! Jean Okimoto here, with a googly-eyed idea for you. Andover Ornament (98908) 2.2 x 2.3 in. or 5.6 x 5.9 cm. This item goes well with: 98927 Globe Ornament (98927) 2.2 x 2.3 in. or 5.6 x 5.9 cm. This item goes well with: 98908 and 98920 Memory Box Products Globe Ornament Die 98927 Andover Ornament Die 98908 Curled Ribbons Die 98936 Jack O Lantern Faces Stamp C1883 Spooky Background Stamp G1996 Notecards... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Outside The Box
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The Tinsel Rope die is a great tree trim (especially if you remove half of each star burst!) Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Greetings everyone. Peerless watercolors seem to be all the rage, and I thought they worked really well with the Memoory Box Triangle Tree (F1995). There is a large and small version of the Triangle Tree, and both work well when you let colors blend over the various triangles. Remember, any watercolors would work with this technique. Peerless just tend to give you vibrant colors and are easy to blend. Instructions: Stamp tree onto 140lb watercolor paper with Versamark ink Emboss tree with black embossing powder Wet the tree with water and then paint it with an assortment of Peerless watercolors... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone! I was thinking about Christmas cards this weekend and wondering how many cards everyone was making this year. I have mentioned it before, but the number of cards I make greatly affects my design. The card I am sharing today is one you could mass-produce. Stamps: Memory Box Candy Cane Stripes G1993 Memory Box Pristine Ornament C2003 To make this card, I stamped the ornament onto a white circle with red ink. I then layered it onto a red scalloped circle. For the background, I stamped the peppermint stripes onto white cardstock and then trimmed around the edges... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Outside The Box