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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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If you are missing someone and want to sending them a card to brighten their day, this is an easy, stunning card. This is building of the techniques of my last Blooming 3D embossing folder post. Half of the coloring is built into the paper making this an easy card to create realistic flowers in no time. Emboss the darkest shade of paper from Fresh Aqua paper pack with the Blomming 3D embossing folder. Remember to light spritz water on the paper so it will not crack. Trim down the paper to 4" x 5 1/4". Take a sandpaper block,... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Outside The Box
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I have been playing with the largest floral stamp and its coordinating die from the ALL THE HAPPINESS clear stamp set CL5265-D, stamping it on a variety of papers, coloring it (or not) in many different ways, and placing those images against various layered plaid backgrounds. The card I'm showing you today is all about the purples! Here are the materials I used. the largest floral cluster stamp and coordinating die from ALL THE HAPPINESS CL5265-D VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink various purple plaid papers from SPRING PLAID SLIM PP1015S and from MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014 purple cardstock... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a plaid floral slimline card made with products from the new Spring 2020 release! Here's a close up of my card: Here's how I made my card: 1) Stamp and heat embossed in clear, the large flower from "All the Happiness" stamp and die set, then die cut it out 2) Color the image with alcohol markers and colored pencils and white gel pen 3) Die cut the "Birthday Mail Posh Script" dies, background in black and in purple to stack, and the top part of die from white. The purple paper... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Surprise a special friend and celebrate a lasting friendship with a flowery slimine card. The Slim Diagonal Collage creates a subtle, dimensional background and a nice contrast to the bold flowers. Hi, Jean Okimoto - and yes, it's another slimline card! I love how slimlines provide a lot of the whitespace to balance large design elements and bright colors. Stamp the floral design from the All the Happiness Clear Stamp and Die Set on smooth white cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder. Sponge the stamped image with Distress Oxides - picked raspberry, worn lipstick,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Welcome everyone. Hope you're ready for some creativity. I have a floral shaker card featuring the Stained Glass Floral die cut from the spring release. I have a video for this card as well, link is below. Start by die cutting the Stained Glass Floral die out of 110lb white card stock, twice. Keep 1 set of the flower petals and leaves. Use Washi or low tack tape to secure the petals and leaves back into the die cut. Color each petal using Copic markers, YR07 for the dark tone and YR02 for the light tone. Flick the darker orange... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Let the Slim Basic Rectangle Layers eliminate guessing and measuring to create perfectly-proportioned design elements for your projects. They're great for backgrounds and layering on stylish slimline cards. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another Madras Plaid and wildflower design from our Spring Collection. Cut the layering strips with the Slim Basic Rectangle Layers - from the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet Collection (1-⅛" x 6-⅛"*), watercolored and gold-spritzed paper (1-⅜" x 6-⅜") and from the Twilight Purple Collection (⅝" x 5-½"). *Use the entire sheet - including the extra amount at the top - for the 6-⅛" strip. Cut Dreamy... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello and happy Wednesday! I have a super easy card to share today made with more products from the fabulous 2021 Spring release. It was inspired by this month’s Beautiful Backgrounds challenge. I’m not going to lie, but this went in a slightly different direction than what I had in mind. 😂 I love the posh script line of sentiment dies and thought they would make beautiful sentiment backgrounds. Each sentiment is made of two pieces die cut from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension. Arranged and adhered them at an angle onto an A2 sized Bristol panel for a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a Thank You card I created using some of the new flower dies from the Spring Release: Lavender Stems Die, Wildflower Stems Die, and Daisy Stems Die. I die cut the flowers using Memory Box Watercolor Paper and used Karin Brush Markers to watercolor. While the watercolored flowers are drying, I used the Crysral Frame Die and the Twilight Purple 6x6 Paper Pack and die cut the frame. I adhered the frame directly to the card base of an A2 card. When the flowers are dry, I layered them on top of the frame, over-lapping.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. It is March and time for a brand new challenge! We hope you will join us in the fun. Thank you so much to everyone participated in last month's purple challenge. The winner of the blog badge was Beverly S from Bev's Creative Path. We loved her purple card using our retired gnome set: The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prizes was Inkami from the Inkami blog. Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize. Want to play along in this month's challenge? The rules are simple - just create a project... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Hola; ¿Qué tal? ¿Cómo están? Deseo de todo corazón que todo esté iendo muy bien por sus hogares... Aquí les traigo la última tarjeta del mes de febrero... mandándoles un abrazo muy grande... Estas letras super grandes abarcan casi toda la tarjeta... Le puse unas maripositas y ya!...super rápida de... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Bonjour mes amies: Une autre petite carte de condoléances... Cette fois-ci j'ai utilisé une découpe de la dernière collection de découpes... Ces petites feuilles encadrées sont parfaites pour n'importe qu'elle occasion... Assez simple mais sobre comme il se doit... Je vous embrasse trés fort et je vous donne rendez-vous pour... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello, it's Angie here today with some of the new 2021 Spring dies, stamps and papers from Memory Box! This latest release not only has some amazing new large stamp sets and beautiful dies, it also has the newest product - 6" X 6" card stock pads in the most amazing solid coordinating colors! My card showcases several of the gorgeous colors available in these new pads of card st0ck. I used several new dies, new paper and a new stamp set, along with a few previously released dies too. Here's a video showing how I made this card: 1)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Bonjour mes chères amies: Aujourd'hui je vous apporte cette petite carte de condoléances... Bien simple; avec deux fleurs uniquement....au centre... Malheureusement, tôt ou tard on a besoin de ces petites notes de sympathie... Je pense que pour ce type de cartes "moins" c'est "mieux" et les couleurs doivent être sombres....... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2021 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Saludos a todas: Espero que se encuentren bien de salud y con muchos ánimos para crear... Hoy vuelvo con algunos troqueles de las colecciones pasadas... Usé el "hola" en tonos café, y el marco del fondo está cortado con papel dorado... También añadí un troquel en la esquina de la... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2021 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Una tarjeta bastante geométrica... Usé estos marcos rectangulares, muy geométricos...y en el centro puse el troquel de "abrazos"... Bien simple y fácil de hacer... Son esas tarjetas que se pueden hacer en serie para savcarnos de un apuro cunado no se tiene el tiempo de hacer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2021 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Dies and papers from the Spring Collection make it easy to create fresh cards for every occasion. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another flowers+plaid idea. The colors Dave chose for the Spring Plaid, Madras Plaid Coral+Green and Madras Plaid Blue+Violet offer so many design options for spring and summer projects. To remove the green plaid sheet carefully from the pack...place the open pack on a hard surface and press firmly along the center line to loosen the sheet, then carefully pull it out. The 6-⅜" x 1-⅜" die from the new Slim Basic Rectangle Layers fits perfectly if you include... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! Today I have a Spring themed slimline card for you. I used products from the new 2021 Spring Release to create this card. I began by die cutting one of the Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles from white cardstock. Next, I placed painters tape on the long sides of the die cut to create a 1/4" border on the rectangle. I used Distress Oxide Ink to make a blended background on the rectangle and spattered the background with plain water before I removed the tape. The Distress Oxide colors I used were Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, and Picked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Brighten a winter day with a paper-pieced Crystal Corner and a pair of Layered Cosmos - diecut from the new 6x6 Color Wheel Collections. There are 108 beautiful colors to chose from - all on 110# cardstock for stamping, diecutting and layering. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a flowery-bright Spring Collection design. Cut white cardstock with the largest Rectangle Basics die. Prep Crystal Corner by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help remove the little pieces, then cut the rectangle. Splatter the rectangle with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry. You won't really... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing an Easter Slimline Card. I used a few of the newest products from the 2021 Spring Release. Happy Easter Posh Script Die Bunny Face Die Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles Die Spring Plaid Slim Paper Pack Vibrant Violet 6x6 Paper Pack A traditional slimline measure 3 1/2 by 8 1/2, so I used the slimline stitched rectangles die slightly smaller than the card base and die cut the largest panel. The smallest slimline stitched rectangle die can be any size you choose. I chose a much smaller one so I could see more of the pattern... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone. Hope everyone is doing well. I am having fun with all the new wild flower dies from the spring release. I have gone a little "crazy" and created a wild flower garden with a gate fold. This is going to be a long project but worth it in the end! Card base: Cut 80 lb card base to 5 1/2 tall by 8 and 3/4" wide. Score along the width at 2 1/8" and 2 1/4" flip the base around to score the other end at the same measurements. Cut at the 2/14" down to 1/2" and cut... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Today I have three Just a Note cards in layers of Coral Madras Plaids with layered Coral Madras Plaids flowers using three of the newest die sets: LAYERED DAISIES 94472; LAYERED FRESH FLOWERS 94474; and LAYERED COSMOS 94473. I used many of the different coral plaids from the MADRAS PLAIDS CORAL AND GREEN 6X6 pad PP1013 for both layering the card fronts and for die cutting the layered flowers. I added JUST A NOTE POSH SCRIPT 94527, just the words and not the background, cut in gold foil paper from POLISHED FOIL PAD PP1001. And I added just the leaves... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Have you entered our February Pretty Purples Challenge? Here's a Spring Collection card with a mix of purples ranging from soft lavenders to bright violets, and everything in between. Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a new collage die and two butterfly sets that just couldn't wait for warmer weather. Cut an 8-⅝" x 7-¼" piece of white cardstock. Prep the new Slim Diagonal Collage by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little pieces. Cut the cardstock with the Slim gDiagonal Collage. Score and fold the cardstock at 3-⅝" for a slimline card.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone. Today I am sharing a super easy thank you card made with the Layered Daisies die from the 2021 Spring collection. I drew inspiration from this year’s Pantone colors Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. The daisies were die cut from Bristol paper. To make them look fuller, each daisy consists of two offset pieces. The centers were die cut from the lightest yellow sheet in the Sunny Orange paper pack. Copic Sketch markers YR24 and YR 21 were used to add shading to them. Arranged and adhered the daisies onto a light gray panel from my stash that had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Bonjour les Filles: Un petit bonjour depuis la Californie ou pour l'instant est le seul endroit du pays oú il fait beau... Une carte avec des feuilles en tonalités vertes et bleus...faite avec la dérnière collection de découpes... Le fond utilise une dépoupe en feuilles pointillées et le cadre central... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello everyone! Today I have another card featuring the new 2021 Spring release. To create this card, I stamped the background on brown cardstock, using Distress Oxide Inks. I used the Misti Stamping platform to do this so I could stamp the image multiple times to build up the color. I used Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed and Bundled Sage Oxide inks for this card. Next, I brushed the flowers with a little Mustard Seed ink and used a white gel pen to add some details to the leaves, flower centers and berries. Using white ink, I spattered the paper. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at Outside The Box