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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 Memory Box friends, I don't know about you but I am dreaming about these cool snowflakes--we need some cooler temps around here (San Diego). It has been "blue blazin' hot", as my Grandpa used to say. Let's take a look at the new Snowy Spectrum die featured on my card today... I created the multi colored background by sponging broken china, cracked pistachio and faded jeans distress oxide inks on a small panel of watercolor paper. Just as everyone says, these inks are smooth as butter and easy to blend. A few flecks of water sprinkled then blotted off... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone.... Isha here sharing a fun card. I am fascinated with lighthouse but have never seen one in real. When I saw my daughter's places to visit during the summer break...there it was lighthouse...lol. So I had to create a card as this is how I imagine it...all whimsical and fun :) I started with taking a black cardbase. I then die-cut a scalloped trimming and adhered it to the base. Then I die-cut a circle from this panel using the pinpoint circle frame die. Then I cut a square piece of cardstock and sponged it using distress inks.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with the last day of the Christmas in July Blitz. I like to get started early on my holiday cards, so it is a good thing that Memory Box comes out with their holiday collection in the summer. How about the adorable trio of watercolored candles? And that Stitching!!!!! L O V E !!!!! So...here we go: Start with a White cardstock base 4.25 x 11 inches, then fold in half. Die cut one side of the card base with the largest of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles. Wrap Burgundy sheer ribbon and secure... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Happy Saturday! I hope you all have loved the projects on the blog this week as much as I have. Today I am pretending it's not in the 90's outside with a hint of a winter wonderland. To create this winter scene I die cut the Stitched Tree Horizon, the Snowy Cabin and the Snowbanks Drift dies in white and layered them on the card. I die cut the Let it Snow Perky Script in a silver glitter paper and then glued it to the card. I added a gem to dot the letter i since I always seem to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! Welcome to day 5 of our blog blitz! I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful posts from the design team. Today I have a Christmas card that features a few of the new dies. To make this card I used one of the one of the rectangles from the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die set, and die cut this from watercolor paper. I used Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink to create the background. I die cut Home for the Holidays, but cut a portion of the die off to read "Home for the Holidays". Once it was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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The new Piccolo Snowflakes set is featured here, with the new Snowflake Wire, in our Blog Blitz today! They're just two of the many fabulous new designs from our Holiday 2017 Collection of dies and stamps. The Design Team can't wait to share holiday inspiration with you - and provide a chance to win some great products! Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a beautiful snowflake set that's about to become a new favorite... Press broken china, faded jeans, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto a large acrylic block. Position the 1-3/4" x 3" Rectangle Basics die and cut... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis amigas "blogueras": Bueno para esta tarjeta, usé el nuevo set de pajaritos que sacó Memory Box para este mes de Julio!!! Junto con el set de la flor de Lirio! que se parece un poco a la Orquidea, flor nacinal de Colombia... Y con ésta aprovecho para desear... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Welcome to day 3 of the blog blitz! Today I have a card that is snow much fun! I used the beautiful Tisdale Snowflake Collage for my card today. I die cut the collage in a white card stock and then glued silver glitter paper behind it to make my snowflakes sparkle. I glued it to a navy blue card and finished it off with a sweet little blue bow. Now for the fun part! Would you like a chance to win the Tisdale Snowflake Collage? Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM EST. One... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Une petite carte toute en couleurs Sépia... J'ai utilisé l'un des nouveaux sets de tampons que Memory Box a sortie pour le mois de Juillet... dans se set à part cet Iris il ya un petite collection de papillons que je trouve assez beaux, et que vous... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Greetings from Maine, the Pine Tree State! And welcome to Day Two of our Design Team Blog Blitz!!! We'll be focused this week on sharing our ideas for using the newest dies just released from Memory Box. Remember that leaving comments on the blog posts enters you to win some of the new fabulous goodies! Be sure to leave your comments by Sunday July 23 at 11:59 PM EST. We love to hear from you! Because Maine's state flower is the pine cone and tassel, our state bird is the chickadee, and I live in the Pine Tree State, I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. It is that time again.....time for the Memory Box release of holiday dies! It is never too soon to start getting holiday inspiration and to start working on your holiday cards, scrapbook pages, and holiday gifts. All this week we will be highlighting some of the latest designs from Memory Box, so be sure to stop by daily to see what is new. There will even be chances to win prizes! For my card today, I used the new Snowman Heart Collage die. When you cut him out, he looks like this: I don't know if you can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello.... Penny here today on the blog bringing you another new release for the summer called Bird Sanctuary. In this set you receive three different birds, four sentiments and a few accent stamps. By changing the coloring of the birds, you could turn these stamps into festive holiday cards. For now, lets go with my Bluebird: My card base has been embossed with a woodgrain pattern. I then popped up the die cut Pinpoint Circle Frame with foam adhesive and tucked Climbing Vine die cuts beneath the Circle after coloring with a Spectrum Noir marker and snipping them apart. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone, Today I have a card featuring one of the new stamp sets in the summer release. These birds are so much fun to watercolor! To create the card I stamped and die cut the birds from watercolor paper and painted them using watercolors. For the card front I painted a background on watercolor paper for the birds to rest on. Once the paper was dry, I stamped the diamonds using gold ink and the sentiment was stamped in black ink. I spattered the background with paint. To finish the card I glued the watercolored card front to a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Yes it's true, I am bird crazy...crazy for these new feathered friends found in the Bird Sanctuary stamp set just released this month. Not only are the birds delightful but there are several very useful sentiment and accessory stamps included in the set. All three cards were created with this beautiful set and a few paper scraps! Just a touch of color was added to the branch and bird body using Zig Clean Color markers and Copic markers--so fun! This bird looks as though he's in flight so I added some ink flecks to the background area. After stamping the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Outside The Box
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A tous/toutes mes chères amis (es).. Je vous souhaite une excellente fête Nationale du 14 Juillet... que les jeux d'artifice, les bals et le défilé se passsent en toute joie, sécurité et en paix... Je pense à vous toutes et à vous tous... Bisous, Découpes: de Poppystamps; Background scribble; posing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Greetings from sunny and very hot (and humid) Southern California! It’s always fun to surprise a friend with a “just because” card to let them know they’re special, and today’s card would do just that. I love using 100 lb. white card stock to cut almost all of my dies. It’s sturdy, especially for the delicate dies, and it’s fun to sponge favorite colors onto the solid die cuts. And I love the clean and simple look of white. So to begin, I cut a piece of white card stock cut to 3.75” x 5”. I sponged Faded Jeans Distress... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Esta flor de Lirio pertenece a un set de sellos del la colección del mes de julio... La coloreé con acuarelas y despúes la corté con el troquel que le hace juego... Este set viene también con unas bellas mariposas que aquí en esta foto pueden... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Greetings friends. If you remember in my last post, I went a little crazy coloring birds. I was joking with my friends that every card I make for the rest of the year is going to have a bird on it. As you can see from my assortment, I played with a large variety of colors. Some of the birds might not be realistic in color, but I chose colors that I like. Today I wanted to share two cards using some of my stash of birds. I chose two different Memory Box dies that I thought would frame the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone.... Isha here sharing a card using the summer new release stamp set "Sentimental Iris". It has got a pretty Iris flower along with some beautiful butterflies and sentiments. I love the fonts. I started with a white top folding card. Then I sponged some distress inks to create an Ombre background. Then I used a stencil and sponged the same blue ink through it, just to add some dimension and interest to the card. I then stamped and embossed the iris flowers onto the watercolor paper and colored using zig clean color real brush markers. These images were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Outside The Box
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For today's post I used the SENTIMENTAL IRIS Clear Stamp Set CL 5202 and my Kuretake watercolors. Remember last Monday when I told you that I had cut my iris stamp to separate it from the leaves? I did that because I wanted to create clusters of iris blossoms without stems getting in the way. And because I layered irises I also created some masks by stamping two of the irises on regular cardstock and cut them out with my small detail scissors. I stamped all of my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on watercolor paper. You can tell... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Memory Box a sacado una serie de sellos nuevos para este mes de Julio... Y aquí yo les traigo una tarjeta usando uno de esos sellos... Este sello viene con 3 pajaritos diferentes y varias frases... Para esta tarjeta combiné tres marcos ... las florecitas en... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Greetings friends. I am back again watercoloring one of the new clear stamp sets from Memory Box. This time I used the Bird Sanctuary set with coordinating dies. As I did with my previous post, I colored my central image with some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers as well as a waterbrush to soften the colors. Here is a close up of the bird: For the rest of the card, I cut a large white circle using the one of the nesting Circle Layers dies as well as green foliage using the Tall Fern Left Corner and Tall Fern... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. I hope you are doing something fun this weekend, perhaps even a little stamping! For my card today, I wanted to share the new Sentimental Iris stamp set with coordinating dies. The stamp set is rather nice because it also includes butterflies as well as everyday occasion sentiments such as "get well soon" and "just a note." I chose the friendship sentiment because I have a friend who absolutely loves irises, and this card is for her. Irises can be so many different colors. I chose to go with the purple colors we get in are yard. Here... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: J'ai fait ce marque page avec l'un des nouveaux tampons transparents que Memory Box a sortie pour ce mois de Juillet... Le fond en couleurs violets/rouges a étè fait avec du papier "specialty stamping paper from Ranger" et j'ai utilisé des encres de "Wendy Vecchi" avec de... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Fresh, whimsical new butterflies from the just-released Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set are ready for any occasion. A majestic iris, five butterflies, two sweet little posies, a heart - and a bonus of five great greetings make this a set you'll reach for again and again. The coordinating Sentimental Iris Die Set includes the iris, butterflies and heart. Enjoy the 25% IMPRESS BIRTHDAY DISCOUNT on Saturday July 15th - in-store and online. Yes, 25% off the greatest papercrafting products - including the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps designs you've been waiting for. Celebrate 30 YEARS of creativity - and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Outside The Box