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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 Memory Box fans. Penny here today with so scrumptious non traditional holiday colors. Are you loving the Teal, Pink and Purple? I get so bored making holiday cards with Red and Green...thought I would jazz it up a bit. And a really cool way to show off the colors is with this brand new die called Snowflake Spectacle. Let's do this: Start with a White cardstock panel measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Die cut the Snowflake Spectacle, just south of center. Ink the opposing corners with Falling for Blue ink. Stamp sentiment from the Making Spirits Bright set with... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Outside The Box
Cool off with a frosty Marvelous Pine card this's sure to beat the heat! Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with another combination of designs from our Holiday 2016 Collection of dies, stamps and stencils. I love embossing - especially embossing with glitter. Cut Marvelous Pine from green cardstock. Dry-emboss Marvelous Pine Snowy Branches on watercolor paper using the mats and plates recommended for your machine. Don't remove the die - you'll be stenciling with it next. Daub Memento Luxe Wedding Dress pigment ink through the openings of the die, onto the embossed sections. Remove the die and sprinkle the inky... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
Hello! I am so glad you stopped by today! I have two cards to share with you today, using the fabulous Christmas Botanicals stamp and die sets! If you are familiar with what I create, you will know that I adore, and I do mean adore, florals of all kinds. When I saw this stamp set, I was extremely excited! It is so lovely, and die cuts to match too! Let me show you what I did! This card took on a life of it's own, I tell ya! I started out with a panel of water color paper, and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
Combine the new Poinsettia Band and classic Stitched Oval Layers for a seriously sparkly card that's sure to attract a lot of attention. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick and easy design that's easy to duplicate for the special people on your list! Cut the 4.8" tall Stitched Oval Layer from textured white cardstock. Cut Poinsettia Band from the oval. Cut it again from gold mirror cardstock - save the tiny wedge- and diamond-shaped pieces. Cut the Poinsettia sections - and one of the tiny "flowers" - from red glittered craft foam. Leave the pieces in the die- it'll... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
Hola mis queridas amigas... Espero que se la esten pasando muy bien este verano... Esta semana les traigo una tarjeta otoñal con esta casita "country" que se ve muy bonita en este paisaje de otoño... Nota: para colorear pequeños troqueles, recuerden dejarlos dentro de la parte "negativa", colorear así resulta... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
Hi Everyone, Remember snow globes? These days they're considered "Vintage"--am I revealing my generation? As a child I had a palm size snow globe with a delicate deer and bottle brush trees inside. When it was shaken, the snow would float around until it gently settled to the bottom, then I'd shake it again over and over. Unless our family drove up to the mountains we would never see snow so this was mesmerizing to me. I created this card to replicate my childhood snow globe--wonder what ever happened to it? The Snow Globe Wishes clear stamp set has so... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
Hello everyone! One way to beat the summer heat, at least a little bit, is to make a Christmas card! Today I’m featuring the beautiful Poinsettia Pillar die. The card base is from white card stock. I cut another piece of white to 3.75” x 5.5”, spattered on Forest Moss Distress Ink and lightly sponged Peeled Paint around the edges and slightly inward. I cut the entire candle die from white card stock, then just the holly from green card stock, and just the berries again from white card stock. I sponged Milled Lavender distress ink on the candle body... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a relatively simple holiday card that can be created in just minutes. (It only looks complicated). White card stock, a few dies and a little ink. ...Really! Let me show you how: Start with a White cardstock base. Ink it all over with Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass Distress inks. Die cut Fresh Pine Curved Border two times from White cardstock. Stamp one with the Believe sentiment from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set. Arrange the Fresh Pine Border on card front so they are offset. (Bottom border with glue, top border... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
Hello, and happy Friday! I have a fun Halloween card to share with you today, using a couple of new products from this release! I chose a panel of watercolor paper to create my night sky with, because the ink blends so well on it. I used quite a few colors of ink, such as pinks, purples, yellows, and blues. To see how you can create this background, I recommend looking up videos on YouTube, and finding a combination that suites you. Once I had my colors blended, I added water and white acrylic paint splatters. I allowed it to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Outside The Box
Hi everyone! Today I have a quick and easy Christmas card for you, because it's always fun to think of Christmas during the hot months of summer. To create this card, I simply stamped and colored the images, then die cut them with the coordinating dies. I watercolored the card background and spattered it with gold and green paint. The sentiment was stamped on licorice cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder. To finish the card,I glued the stamped sentiment to the card front. The santa and the ho ho ho were glued to the card using foam adhesive. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Outside The Box
Salut les filles: Je sais que la "Halloween" n'est pas un fête qui se célèbre beaucoup chez vous, mais quand même je voulais vous donner un tout petit envie de faire des cartes pour la "Halloween"... Moi, je les adore, elles sont trés sympa à faire et les gens sont... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
Happy Wednesday! It's hot outside so it is making me long for cooler weather and Christmas! I am in love with one layered stamped cards right now. Today I have one using the beautiful Botanical Christmas Tree set. The card is quick and easy and would be great to do if you have to make a lot of Christmas cards this year. I stamped the tree first, and then stamped all of the other elements and the Merry Christmas. I used my Copic markers to color in the tree and the birds. I mounted the stamped piece on a gold... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Outside The Box
Good morning Memory Box fans! I pulled out some Copics, the newly released Frosted Christmas clear stamp set and liquid pearls for today's clean and simple design. The Frosted Christmas stamp set is just perfect for creating fun and cheery Christmas cards. Lots of different components to this set which allows for a lot of different creations. I decided to dress up the gingerbread cookies as a boy and girl and give them each a different facial expression. The sentiment is and the holly leaf are also from the set. After they were dressed up and colored up, I cut... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Outside The Box
I've got pumpkins on my mind...and growing in my garden! The challenge this week is to keep the woodchuck from eating everything that pokes over the low fence. I just had to use HARVEST PUMPKIN OVAL FRAME die no. 99525 and PLUMP PUMPKIN die no.99521 for my cards today, two of the newest dies from the 2016 Holiday Release. And the perfect background for my first card features the new FALLING MAPLE stencil. I inked up the stencil on smooth white cardstock first using Hero Arts Fresh Peach ink and adding Butter Bar ink using a fingertip dauber. This was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Outside The Box
Hi there - we're in a big flowers mode this weekend - let's combine a Plush Succulent with some snowflakes from the Making Spirits Bright Stamp Set. Jean Okimoto here...hope you're enjoying a sunny summer weekend! Our Plush Collection makes beautiful poufy felt flowers and succulents when petals and pieces are hot-glued in a natural, organic arrangement. Or, try a more stylized look using 5 each of the Plush Succulent petals - except the largest and smallest. I'm gluegun-challenged so I just attached the velvet paper diecuts with doublestick tape. It helps to attach the petals to a circle of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Outside The Box
Salut les filles: J'ai les gagnantes !!! Merci de votre participation et pour votre fidélité à tous les blogs... ******N'oubliez pas de me donner vos addresses, vérifiez vos e-mails!!!*** A -Gagnantes Blog en français: 1- Gagnante: CHIPINETTE; a gagné LE POCHOIR "FALLING MAPLE", poste juillet 5, 2016 (blog en français)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
Hola a todas!!! Les tengo a las Ganadoras! de la semana pasada de estrenos para las fiestas 2016 gracias por su participación, fidelidad y espero verlas seguido por aquí... *****Por favor envíenme cuanto antes sus direcciones, vean sus correos electrónicos!**** A- Ganadoras Blog en español: 1- Ganadora: MARYLINE; ganó el... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
Celebrate a special birthday with a zingy orange felt Plush Anemone and Party Time's big 2-9. It's an easy way to personalize a card and make it extra-special for the birthday girl - or your favorite store! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a card I designed for Impress' 29th Birthday this weekend. Cut the 4" Stitched Circle Layer from the smoother side of textured yellow cardstock. Stamp Articles Ledger with Brilliance Pearlescent Olive. Stamp the triangle circle, numbers and inside greeting from the Party Time set on the smoother side of a cardstock scrap with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle. Emboss... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Outside The Box
Hi Memory Box fans. Penny here today with a super quick and Oh so easy card that you can recreate in mere minutes. Need several Halloween cards? This is the layout for you! Here we go: Start with an Orange cardstock base cut to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Add a strip of Black cardstock at the bottom. Run this panel through your die cutting machine using a Wave folder. Die cut the Halloween Channel from Purple cardstock, trim to the height you want and adhere to card front. Die cut the tiny pumpkin included with the Halloween Channel from White... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Outside The Box
Hi everyone! Today is a hot and humid summer day, which is not my favorite type of weather. It makes me miss the crisp, cool days of fall, which is what inspired today's Halloween-themed card. Let's begin. To create this card, die cut all the elements from watercolor paper. To color the background oval, sponge Black Soot, Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade distress ink on the oval, and mist with water to blend the colors. When the piece is dry, spatter with watered-down white acrylic paint. To color the Oval Forest Clearing Frame and the oval portion of the Harvest... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Outside The Box
Have you had a chance to look through the new Summer Look Book yet? It is fun to flip though the pages and be inspired to create fun cards featuring items from the garden, flowers, butterflies, sea creatures, and so much more! To view the book, click on the picture above or find it on the blog sidebar. Remember, past look books are also on the sidebar, so you can easily find them at any time. And now for something fun.... how about giving away some prizes? Here is a list of winners from our blog blitz. Winners were selected... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Outside The Box
The new Elegant Snowflake Flourish creates a swirly backdrop for the Valley Deer Trio, cut from soft tan felt, on a holiday headstart card today. Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with another Christmas design for you. I love mixing mirror cardstock and felt. The combination of matte/shiny/soft/glossy quickly elevates a simple design - just add a dash of Blaze velvet paper for the scarves. Cut a Stitched Oval Layer from textured natural cardstock. Cut Elegant Snowflake Flourish from silver mirror cardstock. Cut two of the small Truly Gifted bows from Blaze velvet paper. Cut the bows in half to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Outside The Box
Good morning Memory Box fans! Isn't the new holiday release wonderful!! Lots of goodies to be had. I had a play last night with some acrylic paints for today's card which used the new Mara Bird die. I pulled out some mixed media papers and various colored acrylic paints from DecoArt. I applied white gesso first and then some magenta, white and pink acrylic in random patterns. I used my newest fav mixed media product called weathered wood also from DecoArt on top of the paints and allowed it to dry. Next came the light blue paint over top of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Outside The Box
What a great Blog Blitz last week! And so many new products still to showcase!!! Today I'm featuring the HOLLY SWIRL OVAL FRAME die 99522. I've used it in combination with the new GARDEN HOLLY BOUGH stencil 88611 and one die from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8 dies no. 30069. Materials Used: GARDEN HOLLY BOUGH stencil 88611; LaBlanche Specialty Stamping Paper (but any white cardstock will work); Hero Arts Mid-Tone Green Hills Ink; fingertip dauber HOLLY SWIRL OVAL FRAME die 99522; Key Lime Distressed Dots paper STITCHED OVAL LAYERS die set 30069; White cardstock; Hero Arts Mid-Tone Green... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Outside The Box
Happy Sunday! It's the final day of our blog blitz. I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of the new products and fabulous designs as much as I have. I have one last card to share with you all this afternoon using the new Evergreen Window die. To create this card I die cut the Evergreen Window from the white card stock. Behind the window I used a blue die ink and blending tool to create the sky and I also stamped the Merry Christmas from the Botanical Christmas Tree set on the card with the same ink. Using foam... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Outside The Box