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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 Angie here today with this lovely cactus stamp and die set called "Flowering Cactus" from the newest Memory Box release. It's a pretty large image with lots of gorgeous details. Here's a closer look at my card: I stamped the image in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in white on watercolor paper. I watercolored it with Distress Inks and re-inkers. Once it dried, I added colored pencils to it for more depth. Next I used the coordinating die and cut the watercolored image out and added it to a piece of Memory Box cream color... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a very royal birthday card! I really love the newest release, Summer Daydreams!! This adorable stamp and die combo is called Majestic Achievements. It's perfect for many occasions. I love the crown and parchment scroll!!! I inked up the card base with distress oxide inks and colored all the images with Copic Markers. I added some Pastel Jewels to give some sparkle! This is one of those stamp sets to definitely need and will become your go to stamp set!! Thanks for stopping by Memory Box today! Supplies CL5267D Majestic Achievements clear stamp and die... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Build sandpaper sandcastles by the sea with the new Fantasy and Stone Keep Castle Collages. Trim the bottom edges and take them from collage designs to freestanding diecuts on beachy summer cards. Hi, Jean Okimoto here combining the Under the Sea and Summer Daydreams Collections - and transforming castles from royal residences to sandy architecture. Prep the Fantasy and Stone Keep Castle Collage dies by rubbing them briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny pieces. If your sandpaper starts to curl, attach it to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to stabilize it. Diecut 100- and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queirdas amigas: Hoy les traigo esta tarjeta con el troquel llamado "Eucalyptus Collage". Viene enmarcado en un círculo...Y para decorarlo más le añadí dos colibris Para las esquinas corté otro eucaliptus para hacer las hojitas de las flores en papel rosado brillante... Los colores son bastante vivos, espero... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Greetings friends. Today I want to walk you through coloring some of the latest Memory Box designs with colored pencils. I still get questions about matching stamps with dies, so I thought I would include pictures for that as well. The main tools that I need for lining up stamps with dies is a diecutting machine and a good stamp positioner. First, I cut out the shape of the succulents from kraft paper, set that piece aside and then placed the outline into my stamp positioner. Use some magnets to hold the piece in place: Next, place your stamp inside... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone. I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for alphabet dies. 😂 No seriously, I do! I love how I can customize my cards with them. And no surprise I loved the Twiggy Alphabet dies from the Sumner Daydreams release as soon as I saw it. I used it here to create a very simple card today. Started by picking out the papers from the different paper packs to get a rainbow. Die cut the letters from them in rainbow order and their shadows from Bristol paper, then adhered them together. “sending” from Deep Blue Ocean... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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I needed some thank you notes and made a trio of them this week using Twilight Purple cardstocks, Violet Madras Plaid papers, the Floral Chain and Thank You Streamlined Script dies, and some clear Fairy Jewels. materials used TWILIGHT PURPLE CARDSTOCK PAD SP1008 MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PAD PP1014 FLORAL CHAIN 94542 THANK YOU STREAMLINED SCRIPT 94541 CLEAR FAIRY JEWELS JWL1001 white notecards to make these cards Cover the fronts of white notecards with purple cardstocks from the Twilight Purple paper pad. Die cut several of the FLORAL CHAIN from a variety of the purple cardstocks. Die cut several... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Imagine the sound of waves on the shore - or echoing in a pearly seashell - and create a slimline card of sunwashed pastels. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with some inspiration for July's Nautical Challenge. There are many more layers than usual - hope you like the composition, textures and soft colors. Cut the solid Grand Spiral Shell from watercolor paper painted in watery overlapping layers of pink, teal, cream and lavender. Pressure-emboss the diecut with detailed Grand Spiral Shell die. Cut the pale aqua Polished Foil 6x6 sheet with the detailed shell die. The pressure embossing adds subtle shadows... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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I am having so much fun with the castle stamps and dies in this release. I have a gift tag to go along with the birthday card from my last post using the Stone Keep Castle and Willow Globe dies. Die cut the Snowglobe backer die from Kraft Woodgrain card stock. Color the front frame using Distress Ink Vintage Photo by sliding the ink pad along the grain. Die cut the Willow Globe dies from a light green in the Lush Green paper back. Color white card stock with Distress Ink Ketch Flamingo. Let dry and die cut a hand... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! Today I have a CAS card for you featuring the new Eucalyptus Collage Die. I started by die cutting the Eucalyptus die in the center of a green cardstock panel. I sponged Forest Moss Distress ink on the stems and lower portion of the leaves to add some depth to them. I adhered a white piece of cardstock behind the die cut and mounted that on a lighter green cardstock mat. Next, I used foam tape and mounted it on white and black cardstock mats. On a strip of black cardstock, I stamped and white heat embossed the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Dreamy blended colors and turquoise jewels transform a galaxy design from a guy-card to a special greeting for a birthday gal. Highlight the details of the new Grand Galaxy 3D Embossing Folder with soft layers of color, accent strips from the 6x6 cardstock collections and the sparkle of custom-colored Clear Jewels. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a quick, double-inked, embossed technique creates a different look each time you use it. It's a variation of a technique Anne shared earlier - and a process we used for one of my spring card kits. Cut smooth, heavy white cardstock to 4-¼" x... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Salut mes chères copinautes: Avant tout! Je vous souhaite une excellente Bonne Fête Nationale du 14 Juillet... Aujourd'hui por mon "poste", je vous apporte cette carte d'été faite avec les nouvelles découpes de Memory Box. Vous puvez découvrir toute la collecton ICI... Cette carte utilise une petite couronne verte assez... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing the new Flowering Cactus Clear Stamp and Die Set, from the newest Summer Daydreams Release! I colored the stamp with Copic Markers in shades YG61, G82, YG63, YG67, G46, YG99/ RV52, RV55, RV66/ Y18, Y38, YR18/ BG72, BG75, BG78/ BG90, BG93, BG95. I used a piece of Cream Woodgrain Paper and die cut the rectangle panel using Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die. I adhered that to the card base. Next, I adhered the colored cactus to the woodgrain panel. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of paper from the Fresh Aqua 6x6 paper pack. As... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Hoy les traigo esta tarjeta hecha con los nuevos troqueles de verano de Memory Box... El tema es "Mágico" y pueden ver toda la colección Aquí. Este colibrí viene con su ventanita en forma de arco y con estas "enredaderas" o plantas colgantes... muy bonitas y... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello everyone. Have you played along in this month’s Ahoy There Nautical challenge yet? As you can see, that was the inspiration for my mini slimline card today. I find mini slimline cards can range in size anywhere from 3”x6” to 3.5”x6.5”, depending on who you ask. 😂 I have mini slimline envelopes that measure 3.5”x6.5”, so to ensure my card fits, my mini slimline cards are either 3”x6” for bulky cards or 3.25”x6.25” for flat cards. For here, I trimmed a piece of mixed media paper to 3.25”x6.25”. Using blender brushes, ink blended Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Today's cards are all about a technique using heat embossing with the GRAND GALAXY EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1017 to create cards that are out of this world! I will do my best to explain the technique but if you are a visual learner you might want to watch Jennifer McGuire's heat embossed embossing folder tutorial from 05-04-21. These are the supplies that I gathered. GRAND GALAXY EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1017 VersaMark Ink Pad brayer heat tool embossing powders: gold, silver, black, blue blaze FAIRY JEWELS, BRIGHTS, JWL003 HELLO STREAMLINED SCRIPT 94540 white notecards an assortments of colored cardstocks from the various Memory... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today featuring two brand new dies from the new release: "Floral Chain" & "Hello Streamlined Script" dies. As soon as I saw these two dies, I just knew they would go together perfectly! Here's a close up look at my rainbow floral slimline card: I cut the "Floral Chain" die 2 times from black card and once from white. With finger daubers I added rainbow colors using: Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, a combo of Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen bough, then a flower each with Peacock Feathers, and Seedless Preserves Distress... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Balloons aren't just for celebrations and special occasions. Why not send a balloon card to say hello and let someone know you're thinking about them? Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two new designs from our Summer Daydreams Collection - the fun Ballloon Bunch and slender Twiggy Alphabet. Spray colorful ink-blended cardstock with Imagine's Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it. Here's a tip. It's easy to find the right blend of colors for the balloons without the distraction of the surrounding areas if you cut a template from contrasting cardstock and use it to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! Today's card features products from the new Memory Box Summer Daydreams Collection. I saw a fun technique that Gina K demonstrated on her Youtube channel called Emerging Watercolor. I taped a piece of watercolor paper to my surface and colored the background using two colors of Tombow Markers. You can use any water based markers, watercolor or inks for this technique. Once my background was colored, I used a paintbrush and plain water to blend the color. I dried the background completely, then used embossing ink to stamp the fish on the background. I used clear embossing powder... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a few CAS style cards. I used some of the newest products from the Summer Daydreams Release. I chose the Delicate Wreath Die and die cut it three times using papers from the Lush Green paper pack. I adhered the layers together than added a twine bow. I trimmed a piece of White Wood Grain Paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and used the Double Stitch Rectangle Cutout Die to add the border. Adhere the die cut border panel to the card base. I stamped and die cut the sentiment from the new stamp/... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Celebrate summer with our newest collection - Summer Daydreams! Combine the castles, botanicals, words and stamps with our 6x6 papers and jewels on fresh colorful cards, layouts and decor projects. Hi, Jean Okimoto here and I've already discovered two new favorites - Floral Chain and the Signature Greetings Clear Stamp and Die Set. Cut ¾" wide strips of 5 coordinating colors from the 6x6 Berry Red Collection - this card uses about 2-⅜" inches of each color but I wanted to paper-piece a 6" square to use for future projects. Cut a 2-⅜" wide strip of the lighter pink sheet.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Salut mes amies: Aujourd'hui je vous apporte la toute nouvelle collection du mois de Juillet avec ce petit chateau de princesse Une carte d'anniversaire avec des papiers holographiques Et j 'ai utilisé aussi une découpe de fleurs pour le fond et les fleurs en relief du panneau principal J'espère qu'elle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello everyone. The new Summer Daydreams collection is officially live today and it’s another fabulous release. I used the new Elegant Succulent Sentiments stamp set to do some light watercoloring on color paper and create a simple card. Started by trimming a piece of aqua paper from the Fresh Aqua paper pack to A2 size (4.25”x5.5”). Stamped the succulent image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Used Zig markers to color and only a tiny bit of water with a watercolor brush to help blend the colors. This paper may be nice and thick, but it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at Outside The Box
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A new Memory Box release is here and I am loving all the castle images. There are stackable dies and a stamp set. I got inspired to create a scene looking at a castle under a willow tree. So many more amazing dies and stamps in this release. Make sure to check them all out on the website. Images: Stamped the castle, clouds, and scroll images from the Majestic Achievements clear stamp set with Clair Versa Fine Nocturne and used Copic alcohol markers to color the images. The castle is colored with cool grays,C1,C3, C7 and violet pinks,RV02 and RV04.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2021 at Outside The Box
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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a very friendly octopus! I die cut the Deep Sea Octopus and colored him with Copic Markers. I die cut the School of Fish and left them uncolored. I die cut the Bubble Coral Collage Die using a piece of Lush Green 6x6 paper. I stamped the sentiment using the stamp set, Whittle Sealife Sentiments from Poppy Stamps. I layered the under water scene with a layer of blue paper from Ocean Blue 6x6 paper. After the card was assembled, I scattered some clear jewels. Thanks for stopping by! Supplies 94571 Deep Sea Octopus craft... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2021 at Outside The Box