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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! Today I have a cute Christmas card to inspire you to get a start on your holiday card making. To make this card I started by die cutting the Starry Burst die onto watercolor paper. I sponged over the paper with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and misted it with plain water. The water helps the ink blend and settle into the rays of the burst. Next, I spattered the background with white paint. Next, I die cut the Pine Tree Hill from watercolor paper and glued this to my inked card front. I trimmed away the excess... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Hello there! Michelle Bala here with my first blog post for Memory Box! I created a slim line shaker card. These cards measure 3 1/2 by 8 1/2. Create your card base at 31/2 by 8 1/2. Trim your top layer with the same measurement. Ink up this panel using shaded lilac, wilted violet and chipped sapphire distress oxide inks. Splatter with some water than white paint. Allow to dry. I stamped the branches from Winter Greenery Stamp Set with forest moss and evergreen bough distress oxide inks. Die cut the branches than set aside. After the top panel has... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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I love the new patterned papers, both DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS PP1002 and DASHING HOLIDAY PP1001. I've used up most of the brighter colors, so today's card features the gray plaid and a dark green stripe. This might just be the perfect guy card to send for the holidays or any time this winter! I began by using a white notecard and adhered a piece of the gray plaid paper 4 X 5.25. I cut the ANTIQUE PINE LABEL 94337 from the dark green stripe... ...and used a glue pen to secure it to a piece of white cardstock cut... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. It has been quite a while since I have played with my watercolor pencils, so I thought it was about time to reacquaint myself with them. To make the card, I started by stamping my mistletoe image at the top of white cardstock using black Versafine ink. I then turned the stamp upside down and stamped it again at the bottom of the card. I thought the two sprigs of mistletoe made a nice frame for my sentiment in the middle. To color the mistletoe, I used my Inktense watercolor pencils to color the leaves and berries and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello! Vicki here with you today. I thought I would give you all a bit of challenge inspiration by using a patterned paper from the new Memory Box Dashing Holiday Paper Pad. I thought it would be super cute to have a simple wreath made from the newly released Jovial Wreath Die with the Classic Ice Skates as the focal point of the wreath. I started by selecting one of the patterned papers from the Dashing Holiday Paper Collection. The one I chose is the green diagonal plaid with grey and a little bit of white. I misted it with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Christmas will be here in 7 weeks - let's make some quick cards with the Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape. The beautiful pattern repeats about every 14 inches and each section yields 3 or 4 sections that are perfect for this design. You can make a lot of cards with each 4-½" x 11 yard roll! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, combining some classic holiday elements with a simple, contemporary greeting. Here's a preview of what we'll be using: Attach Watercolor Woodland tape to white cardstock and cut circles with the 3-¼" Stitched Circle Layers die. Cut a ¾" x 3-¾"... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello there. I have a quick and easy Christmas card to share today made with products from this year’s Holiday release. As mentioned before, I rarely use pattern paper on my CAS cards. Even when I did on my snowman card last time, it was used sparingly. This time I went all in and used a whole panel! 😂 Actually it wasn’t that difficult when the pattern paper is this beautiful. Anyway, this card is pretty straightforward since it was created with all die-cuts (supplies listed below). The oval frame was one of the leftover pieces from this card. The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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The delicately simple Chandele Star would look great anywhere. Layer it over metallic artpapers, felt, wood, glittered or glossy cardstock - or a watercolored background. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy ink-blending technique that's great for creating quick colored backgrounds for your holiday diecuts. Cut a 4-½" x 3" strip of watercolor paper. Ink a 4" soft rubber brayer with Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor - lift and roll the brayer repeatedly (about 20 times) so it's fully-inked. Spritz it lightly with water. Roll the spritzed inks onto the smoother side of the watercolor paper. Let the colors blend for about... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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I decided to make a simple card using several of the new patterned papers, the HAPPY PUZZLE LETTERS 94348, and the HOLLY JOLLY CORNER FRAME 94310. This will be a great card to reproduce in multiples that also is appropriate for multiple celebrations--Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year. I started with a piece of white on white dotted paper from the DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS collection PP1002. I cut one piece 5.25 X 4 to use as the background for the card. I cut the HOLLY JOLLY CORNER FRAME from the green/white snowflake paper in the DASHING HOLIDAY papers PP1001.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone, Vicki here today! Did you see this gorgeous card from Pam Sparks' IG or Blog on Friday, October 25th? Since I had just finished a post using this Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape from Memory Box, I was wondering what it would look like on something other than white cardstock. As soon as I saw Pam's card in my IG feed, I knew I had to try it out for myself. Here's a rundown of the colors I put this washi tape on: I tried the Winter Woodland Washi Tape on a variety of colored cardstock for you after... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at Outside The Box
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A candycane rosette - folded from a Dashing Holiday 6x6 print - creates a unique Christmas greeting. Add coordinating prints, bright red glitter accents and a Joy Airy Script diecut for a very special card. Happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a contemporary design today. Cut a 3" x 6" horizontal strip of the Dashing Holiday candycane print. Cutting it horizontally makes it easy to fold along the grainline. Here's a tip - scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over both sides of the paper to reduce friction and make it easier to score. Score... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. It is a new month and time to introduce another Memory Box challenge. We hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month. You will even have the chance to win prizes! Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who played along with us for our last challenge. It was fun to see all your leafy inspiration. The winner of the blog badge was Diana Nguyen from the Yours Truly blog. We loved her use of color to accentuate the leaf: The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prize was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Boo!!! Aquí estamos para desearles un "Feliz día de las Brujas"... Con este troquel que dice "Halloween" y unos marcos geométricos... Yo la pasaré ocupada repartiendo dulces!!! Un beso muy grande y hasta la próxima! Troqueles: 99280 Stitched Halloween Circle Frame 94308 Stylish Frame Trio craft die Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Bonjour Mes Amies: Je vous souhaite une bonne journée de "Halloween" avec cette petite sorcière qui se promène à la lumière de sa lanterne... Le papier du fond avec les lettres c'est du ruban adhésif "washi tape" que Memory Box a produit pour cette fin d'année.. Cette dernière photo capture... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Salut les filles: Ce petit chat bien mignon pose à travers cette fenêtre avec cette toile d'araignée Au fond scintillant J'éspère que cette petite carte bien simple vous plait Je vous donne rendez-vous pour demain avec une autre petite carte pour la "Halloween".. à demain alors! Découpes: 30117 Wrapped Stitch... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Un artículo rapidito para desearles una feliz semana de brujas... Estos fantasmitas están perfectos para la ocasión... Aunque la luz de otoño no favoreció mucho a esta fotografía... Es difícil capturar una luz clara en esta época del año! Les agradezco la compañía y espero que... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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The Snow Bunny Deep Edge Die Set is great for other winter friends too...like this furry felt polar bear cub. Add a Starry Burst background and "cheers" from the Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set and you've just created another Christmas card! Hi and Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating - Jean Okimoto here with more reasons to add the Snow Bunny set to your Memory Box collection. Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white wool-blend felt and diecut some Snow Bunny pieces for the bear. The paper layer stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Good Morning! Today I have a quick and easy Halloween card for you! To make this card I used the spider web stencil and placed it on the corner of my watercolor paper and sprayed across the stencil with Black Soot Distress Oxide Spray. Once the ink was dry, I adhered the paper to a black cardstock mat and used foam tape to glue this to a white card base. Next I die cut the large ghost 3 times from white cardstock and glued those to my card front. I sponged Craved Pumpkin Distress ink on a strip of white... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Outside The Box
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The new Dashing Holiday and Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints make it easy to build a lovable Snow Bunny. Add a greeting from the new Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps - and you're ready for Christmas! Hello, Jean Okimoto here - combining a favorite Deep Edge Die Set with our great holiday prints. Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet - to wool-blend white felt. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through. Cut the Snow Bunny pieces from the felt. Cut eyes from black cardstock. Cut the decorative pieces from the Dashing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. I recently posted a votive holder I decorated with some washi tape for the holidays. Today I revisited my local dollar store and picked up a plastic photo album that I thought would be perfect for a quick and easy (and inexpensive) holiday gift. I first started with my 5" x 6 1/2" album that I got for $1 and chose the Twas the Night washi tape for the cover: I wanted to go with the washi tape because I knew it would be really easy to adhere to the plastic. I did remove the red piece of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Hello Everyone! Vicki here today with a couple of cards for you using Dies and Washi Tape from the newest Memory Box Holiday 2019 release. This card was very simple to create. I cut the Pine Needle Oval and Candle Centerpiece from Rose Gold Metallic Cardstock. Then laying just that part of the die that I needed the inlay pieces from I cut the Holly from some Moss Shimmer Metallic scraps. I did the same for the berries only from Red Satin Cardstock. The Candle was cut from a scrap of previously painted watercolor cardstock. I used some shimmer mist... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Foliage stamps from the 2019 Holiday Collection create great backgrounds for Halloween diecuts - and treat wrappers for little tricksters. Hi, Jean Okimoto here - we can't let Halloween slip by without a few quick candy wrappers for the kids. These are great for the snack-size versions of your favorite candies. Score and crease an 8-½" x 11" sheet of black cardstock lengthwise at 4-⅛" and 4-⅜". Cut it into 3" wide strips. Cut orange printer paper or cardstock with the 2 x 3-¼" and 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles dies - cut three of each size. Stamp the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Celebrate the season with the new Antique Greenery Label and Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet Set - layered over the Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape. Hello - Jean Okimoto here - thanks for joining last week's Holiday Blog Blitz. We appreciate your comments - and special congrats to my posts' winners Lin Brandyberry and Chandhini - enjoy your prizes! Cut green cardstock with the frame from the Winter Tree Oval Frame set. Pressure-emboss the inner oval offcut with the Antique Greenery Label using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine. Here's an easy way to create the glittered... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone, today I have a cute Halloween Card for you which uses several stamps to create a wreath around an adorable ghost. I used the Gina K Wreath Builder Template to create my wreath. I picked my main stamp image to begin building my wreath. I started by placing my template in my Misti Stamp Platform, and then placed a 4"x 4" piece of watercolor paper into the template. I stamped my first image and then rotated my paper 4 times to begin to create my wreath. I picked several other stamp images to fill in my wreath. Once... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends! Did you know that Memory Box has new washi tape for the holidays? Woohoo! Both rolls are a wide width, so you can use the tape for cards, envelopes.... or even decorating! One of the things I love about washi is how versatile it is. I use it on cards all the time, but I have also been know to sink down the Pinterest rabbit hole and look at ideas for how to decorate with washi. The wide with lets you do even more. To decorate with the new Watercolor Woodland tape (pictured above) as well as the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at Outside The Box