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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 and Welcome! It's Isha and today, I want to share a Christmas card using the new release products. I am enjoying the triangle stamps to use on my Christmas cards. There are so many various shapes and designs to choose from. I started by cutting a white mat layer and flicked some red, green and black splatters to it. Let it dry. In the meantime die-cut the Poinsettia Circle Frame from white cardstock, cut the base a little and adhere to the mat layer. I then stamped the sentiment and cut the stripe. Finally, I stamped, embossed the triangles... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Outside The Box
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Stamp the Typewriter Holiday Elements text block and trim it to create the perfect background for the Delicate Pine Frame. Add a trio of glittered birds - also from the Delicate Pine Frame set - and a greeting from the Bold Christmas Greetings set for a classic holiday greeting. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to mass-produce for everyone on your card list. The "'twas the night before Christmas" text block is about 5-½" square and generously-sized for backgrounds. It's easy to diecut two 2-½" x 3-¾" rectangles for this design. Stamp the text block on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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About a year ago I packed up all of my alcohol inks because I felt I'd run out of interesting things to do with them. Since discovering Ranger's Alcohol Ink Paper and Yupo paper, I've unpacked them again and I'm getting inky all the time. They're like this brand-new thing again! I've been dropping ink spots on the alcohol ink papers and have been fascinated with the results. And I love the way the images shine after die cutting. today's card materials used ELEGANT HOLLY DOUBLE FRAME 94018 PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017 bright yellow notecard glue pen, glue dots, plaid... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hi there. Penny here today with another fantastic holiday card for anyone on your list. These new Triangle stamps and matching dies will be useful all year long. Yes, Please!!! Here we go: Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches when folded. Add a couple of small strips of Navy to top and bottom of base card. Trim a panel of White cardstock 4.25 x 5 inches. Emboss with a pretty embossing folder. Die cut the Equal Triangle set several times from pattern paper, plain cardstock and metallic cardstocks. Adhere as shown straight to the card... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Today I have a fun stamped card that I want to share with you all. For the background of my card I did some partial stamping with the background stamp from the Typewriter Holiday Elements stamp set. You can see a picture of how it stamped below. For the red paper I took one of the triangles from the Equal Triangle stamp set and used a red ink in the same color as my paper to create the tone on tone look for my patterned paper. I alternated the triangles as you can see below and I love how it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Una tarjeta de cumpleaños para un hombre... Memory Box ha sacado una serie de sellos geométricos, muy interesantes... Les aconsejo que vayan a la página principal de Memory Box para que vean las tarjetas tan diversas que las demás niñas han creafo con estos sellos... bastante... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Happy Friday everyone! Today I have another Christmas card for you featuring products from the new release. To make this card, I die cut the Pinpoint Snowflake Circle five times from white cardstock. I used the negative and positive center circle from the die cut. I saved the rest of the die cut pieces for a future project. I glued the diecuts to white cardstock using matte medium. Once the matte medium was dry, I painted over the card front with liquid watercolor. I inked the Typewriter Holiday background with Versa Mark ink and randomly stamped the background. I heat... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Leaf Collage and Kaleidacolor create a fall backdrop for the new Thankful Jotted Script die set. It can be a Thanksgiving card - or a thank you card for a special gift or act of kindness. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another November Challenge inspiration design. Press the inks from the Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor onto a large acrylic block - keep the colors separated as though the inkpad is in storage. Use a tissue to remove the strip of brown ink. Spray the inks with two or three light spritzes of water. Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks, then... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello and Welcome! It's Isha and today, I want to share a Christmas card using the new release products. There are so many fun stamps and a gorgeous dies in this release. To start, I cut a white mat layer and stamped the background using a teal ink. I then sponged the edges a bit using the same ink. I stamped the stripe using black ink to use as a side stripe on my card. Now, I die cut two of the triangles and sponged some inks to them. I die cut the twig and colored using gold watercolor. I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Merci les Filles... de tous vos passages... Je commence par cette carte de remerciement et je me dis chaque jour; je suis "reconnaissante/thankful" de toutes les bonnes choses qui se passent dans ma vie... Voilà, le mois de Novembre est ici est ce mois-ci represente le mois des "mercis"... Avec... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Combine That's Acute Triangle Dies and That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps and create a forest of colorful trees for the holidays. Stamp and diecut a Bold Christmas Greetings message for a pop of bright purple. Add sparkly gem stickers - and that's it! Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a plush felt design to warm a frosty winter day. Or a rainy fall day! Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet - to wool-blend felt and cut triangles with the dies from the That's Acute Triangle set. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Yesterday I got out my box of alcohol inks, some Ranger Alcohol Ink Cardstock, and got busy. The card I came up with is the result of some experimentation between inking the cardstock first and then die cutting it and die cutting the cardstock first and then inking it up. This was the first time in ages that I'd used my alcohol inks. And I LOVE the results!!! The first thing I did was to drop a bunch of fall colors of alcohol inks onto a sheet of the alcohol ink cardstock. I then ran it through my die cutting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Bonjour Mes chères Amies: Voici une carte faite avec la partie dite "Négative" de la découpe... Mon dernier poste; le voici ICI J'utilise la même découpe et voilà qu'aujourd'hui je me décide d'utiliser le "négatif" et le résultat est bien différent... J'éspére que tout va bien pour vous... Ici avec... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hi there Memory Box friends. Penny here today with some Fall colors. I mean really...is there anytime of the year prettier than Fall?!? Now to disclose that I live in Florida where there is no Fall. Boohoo!!!! But I girl can dream and make Fall cards anyway! Here we go: As always start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 when folded. Add a panel of Purple cardstock right on top. On White cardstock stamp the Equal Triangles using Spectrum Noir inks Crushed Velvet, Orange, Bordeaux, Lemon Tonic and Smoked Emerald. I used a Misti tool for placement... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Add details to Leaf Collage diecuts with the new Equal Triangle Clear Stamps, then layer them over stamped triangles cut with the coordinating Equal Triangle Dies. It's just one of many ways to use the new triangle dies and clear stamps from the Holiday Happenings release. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another beyond-the-box way to accent your Memory Box diecuts. Begin by pressing the Kaleidacolor Tomato Vine inks onto a large acrylic block. Keep the colors separated, as though it's in storage. Use a tissue to remove most of the strip of brown ink. Spray the inks with two or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Create a simple fall card with the new Thankful Jotted Script set and Looking for Mr. Right Triangle stamps. The delicate Snowberry Sprig - like autumn seedpods - adds a woodsy botanical look perfect for Thanksgiving. Wouldn't it be nice to send (and receive!) Thanksgiving cards before the big holiday rush? Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a November Challenge inspiration card today. This month's theme is "Falling for You" - and we can't wait to see your great designs. View the Challenge details here. Diecut the 2-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from smooth white cardstock. Stamp three triangles from the new... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Une carte faite avec cette belle découpe de feuilles, parfaite pour ce temps d'automne... Le papier de fond a été fait avec des encres "Distress"; Et par dessus j'ai mis plein de "Stickles" pour faire scintiller les feuilles... Merci de votre compagnie et je vous donne rendez-vous... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Y Feliz Día de Todos los Santos...con esta tarjeta otoñal... Anoche tuvimos una noche de "Halloween" bien atareada pero sin ningún contratiempo; al contrario la pasamos de maravilla con todos nuestros vecinos... Si quieres ver algunas fotos de esta noche de Brujas, puedes ir a Mi... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Greetings friends. It is 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. We are always inspired by your submissions! The winner of the blog badge was Greta H from the GG Creations blog. Her tag card really captured the Halloween spirit. The random winner drawn from all the entries was SuperStickChick from the Super Stick Chick blog. Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hi crafty people, hope you are having great fall! Today's project is actually a technique experiment. I am going to create a shaker card with Grand Maple Frame craft die and add some color and pattern to a clear window using washi tapes. Washi tape is a very unique material - it's a really thin paper that is semi-transparent (especially the light colored one). So adding it to acetate will result in creating patterned areas that you can still see the sequins through. Watch the video tutorial below where I am demonstrating the entire process step by step! Thanks for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: Et bien Ici aux USA c'est bien le debut des fêtes... Aujourd'hui on commence par la fête du jour de la "Halloween", grande journée tout au long du pays ... C'est bien rigolo de voir tous les gens y participer, même les adultes on les voit aujourd'hui... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Happy Tuesday! When I first saw the That's Acute triangle stamp set I immediately thought of Christmas trees. I love the simple and graphic look that these stamps give. I stamped the larger triangle with the lines in it first and started with the center tree. I left a little bit of space between each of the big trees for the smaller ones to get stamped in. The smaller lined tree got stamped in the spaces and I stamped them in a different and slightly darker green ink, it's a little hard to tell the difference in the photos but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hello and Welcome! It's Isha and today, I want to share a graphic CAS Christmas card using the new release products. There are so many fun graphic stamps and a gorgeous background stamp in this release. To start, I cut a white mat layer and stamped the background using a very light grey ink. I then stamped the triangles in various sizes using 4 different colors of dye inks. Then die-cut the word greetings and the winter frame using white cardstock 2 times, apply embossing ink and emboss using WOW! Silver Bells embossing glitter on one of them and then... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hello, hello! Penny here today with my favorite holiday color combo. Nothing better than a Blue Christmas! A little stamping, a little heat embossing, a little die cutting. And really...how stinkin' cute is the background stamp?!? Probably my favorite Holiday stamp ever! And here we go: Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches when folded. Round the upper right corner. Stamp the card front with Typewriter Holiday Elements background and heat set with White embossing powder. Ink around the panel with Spectrum Noir Baby Blue, Ocean Blue, Midnight and Silent Night. I love the ombre effect!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Happy Weekend crafty friends! Today I have a last minute Halloween card to share with you all because I don't know about you, but this holiday snuck up on me all of a sudden. Let's get started! I started with the Cottage Gate Frame die and just used the circle portion with the gate as the base of my scene. I cut it in white and placed it on a purple circle. Then I cut the super cute Friendly Ghosts from white and then colored them with a clear glitter pen to make them sparkle. I love making my ghosts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at Outside The Box