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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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Hola Mis Queridas Amigas: El día de San Patricio ya se acerca...es el 17 de marzo.... En los EE.UU. la colonia irlandesa es bastante grande, una de las fundadoras de este país...y con ellos llegaron muchas tradiciones de europa... una de ellas es la celebración del día de San Patricio,... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Good morning all! Spring is on its way, and today's card is just that, Springy, using one of the latest dies from the Floral Harmony collection. I've been itching to play with this one, and play I did! I won't lie ... this one was a little more labor intensive than a lot of my cards, and because it's so 3-D, it's one that I would recommend handing to a recipient rather than mailing it. I created a top folding green A2 card base. I cut a piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75", sponged Peeled Paint Distress... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Hello friends.... Penny here today with a die cut frame sitting on top of paper that has been airbrushed. Easter is just around the corner...better hop to it! It just doesn't get any easier!!!! Follow along with me: Start with a 4.25 x 5.50 inch White cardstock panel. Spritz it with an eBrush and Copic markers. (This would also be beautiful with liquid sprays you might have on hand). Die cut the Easter Eggstravagaza Frame from White cardstock. Die cut Grand Happy Easter from White and Black cardstocks. Slightly offset the black and white "happy" and glue together. Trim away... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Save the date if you are near Orange, CA. Memory Box designer Jenny Griffiths will be teaching two classes at Stamp Fever on April 1st. Her Spring-themed classes use many of the latest release of dies and stamps. Or, are you near Seattle? How about some classes from Memory Box designer Jean Okimoto? She will be teaching at Impress in Tukwila, WA – 120 Andover Park East – Phone 206 901.9101 HEY THANKS! Sat, Mar 4 10:30am-12:30pm Great dies, stamps, inks & Jean’s techniques create 6 cool, colorful thank you cards. Enjoy the wonderful products featured at Impress and create... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Welcome! I am excited to share a video with you today featuring some delightful pastel Easter cards. Adding color to a background with a sponging technique is one of my favorite papercrafting techniques and so it was easy to come up with a variety of projects to share. In the video I show you two different ways to use the Easter Eggstravaganza Frame by simply changing the areas where color is applied. I spent a lot of time designing this particular frame - making sure that there were plenty of intricate details for cutting and embossing. The easy sponging technique... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Happy Friday friends! Today I have a fun card for St. Patrick's Day or just to send to someone who could use some good luck wishes. Let's get started. For this card I started by making a fun splatter background using the metallic watercolor set that you can find in the Birch Press shop. They are so fun to play with. I painted some on the background and then I loaded my brush up with watercolor to create the splatters. I die cut the Pot of Gold in black and gold and used foam tape to glue it to the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Wondering what the other designs from the Morning Garden Butterflies look like? Here they are - with their matching Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with more butterflies from my stash of Kaleidacolor-ed watercolor papers. I like being able to really, really use my all of my supplies and help you do the same. Let's see what we can do with the three other butterflies (six in total) from these two great die sets. Cut the three Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds from watercolored paper. Cut the detailed matching Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock. Cut the antennae from the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit. Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles, from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set. I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors. I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon. Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock. We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello, and happy Wednesday! I have a clean and simple card to share with you today, using the Backyard Tree die. Spring is looking like it's right around the corner where I live, and the thought of buds on the tree sounds lovely to me! I began with a panel of water color paper, and embossed one of the layering circles from the Pinpoint Circle Layers set. You will have to check how your particular die cut machine does dry embossing! After the circle was impressed, I applied blue ink in a circle motion. To create the tree, I die... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Encore une petite carte avec les découpes de "Poppystamps"...que j'adore! (de même que celles de Memory Box, bien sûre!) Cette carte est trés gaie de par ses couleurs ... J'ai d'abord découpé presque TOUT en papier en blanc (sauf la petite fée) et aprés j'ai épongé chaque... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good morning Memory Box fans! I hope your long weekend was a good one and found time to play in your craft place. We had a wonderful Memory Box class last week at Simple Pleasures Stamp and Scrapbooking classes. This is one of the cards everyone made! I love the new Color Burst colors especially Cerulean Blue. I decided to use the Color Burst as a watercolor "paint" for today's card. Mix the Cerulean Blue with water so the crystals are dissolved. I also mixed the Chartreuse in a different palette until the crystals were dissolved. Wet the paper to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: ya la es la época de empezar a pensar en esas tarjetas para Semana Santa...el tiempo corre y no hace mucho que estabamos celebrando navidad, ¿no les parece? Bueno pues aquí tienen mi primera tarjeta de Semana Santa para este año... Primero corté los troqueles en... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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As I write this post, it is snowing outside; and for the second time in as many days we're expecting 6-10" of snow. With only a few weeks left until the official start of spring, I just had to make a floral card to lift my spirits! This card features the LARGE ANTILLES FLORAL LEFT CORNER 99610, ANTILLES FLORAL BOUQUET 99665, SPROUTING VINE 99643, STUDIO RECTANGLE LAYERS 30086, and a sentiment from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE CLEAR STAMP SET CL5196. I began by cutting a rectangle layer from an olive-y green cardstock and adhered it to a Squash... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello, hello Memory Box fans. We hardly get one holiday over and I making cards for yet another. With Easter around the corner, I wanted to show off the new Stitched Aster Blooms die and how you can incorporate them into an Easter blessing. Let's get started: Cut heavy White cardstock 5.50 x 8.50 inches, fold in half. Die cut the top right corner with Distressed Addington Collage, then round the corner. On watercolor paper, sprinkle some Lindy's Magicals, then spritz with water. Let dry and die cut Stitched Aster Blooms several times and also Happy Easter Perky Script. Adhere... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Outside The Box
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The new Morning Garden Butterflies Set is just what I needed to complement the Butterfly Ensemble. It's a set of 6 delicately detailed butterflies - and antennae - designed to coordinate with the solid shapes of the Butterfly Ensemble. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a decidedly un-seasonal design for you. Just couldn't wait till "butterfly weather" to pair these beauties up with some paper from my stash. It's also been a while since we last followed our bliss - let's combine everything here! Cut scraps of watercolored paper - painted in soft watery layers of Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolors and Peerless... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Outside The Box
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The new Dazzling Dragonfly pauses on a shimmery gold-stenciled background from the Modern Border Trim set - clean, simple and very easy! Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick design for your busy holiday weekend. Cut watercolor paper with the the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics Set die. Press the inks from an Imagine Crafts Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block to create a palette. Paint the inks onto the watercolor paper with a flat paintbrush. Dry the inks. Diecut a stencil of the Modern Border Trim's dotted pattern from The Crafter's Workshop stencil... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: une petite carte pour les anniversaires... en couleurs douces, bleu/turquoise, rose et doré pour les mots en "script" Les fleurs de côté, ont étè découpées deux fois et coloriées au centre... J'éspère qu'elle vous plait, une carte facile à réaliser... merci de votre compagnie et commentaires que... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good morning everyone, Today I have a simple card featuring new dies from the Spring 2017 release. To create this card I die cut the dragonfly elements from Licorice cardstock. I colored the large dragofly with metallic pencils. For the background I used a scrap piece of paper from a previous project and glued the die cuts to it. The sentiment is stamped on a White cardstock strip of paper. To finish the card I glued the card front to a Licorice card layer and then adhered that to a White card base. I added some sequins to embellish the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Hice este marcapáginas con troqules de "Poppystamps".... A mí me encantan los Buhos y desde que lo ví quise hacer algo con este troquel... la silueta de los arboles está perfecta en tamaño para hacer marcapáginas y el buho le combina super bien.... Ok espero todo... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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It's a very Proper Umbrella kind of day here in Seattle...let's pretty it up with flowers from So Many Things to Love! Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a bit of rainy day inspiration. Our newest umbrella die is quickly becoming another favorite - it's classic, versatile and great for watercoloring. Imagine Crafts Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor's turquoise, blues and purples were perfect for a winter rainstorm card. Kaleidacolor Inkpads have a special locking mechanism to keep the colors separated while in storage. You'd normally slide the colors together for stamping - but keep them apart for today's card. Just press... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hi friends! I am so glad you stopped by today! I wanted to share a simple card with you today, that I created using one the the flowers from the latest release. I started with a panel of water color paper cut to 4 x 5 1/4. Using a foam blending tool, I added spots of green, and pink in the approximate location of my flower die cut. I took some water, and a brush, and splattered the panel, lifting I then die cut the gorgeous Blooming Peony Stem multiple times, and then glued them together. After I had adhered... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Plush Folk Hearts and a bit of gold create a special card for you...Happy Valentine's Day! Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a design that just about created itself as a happy discovery. The stitch holes on the Plush Folk Hearts made it easy to quickly build this abstract pattern of sparkly gold cord. Cut two of the medium hearts from pink cardstock. Punch a 3/16" hole - offset to the right. Sew long stitches from the punched hole out to the diecut holes along the top edge. Skip some holes along the left bottom edge. Sew a few more long... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Outside The Box
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My dad is celebrating his 94th birthday this week, so he needs a special card. Since he is quite a creative guy who spends a lot of time in his workshop--he makes dustpans from old license plates, for example--Memory Box has the perfect carpenter tools and workshop dies! I started this card by doing some die cutting first. I used more of the metallic gold paper from my stash to cut the CARPENTER TOOLS 99396, the WORKSHOP FRAME 99704, and the WORKSHOP BORDER 99699. I also used the STUDIO SQUARE LAYERS 30021 to cut a square from some woodgrain-printed paper... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of watercoloring and a very delicate flower. I love the simplicity of the card and how the Budding Peony stands out with its vibrant color. I saw a card layout on the CardMaker Magazine blog with the checks and flowers and just knew I had to create something like it. Here's how it's done: Make a White cardstock base trimmed 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half. Use a Black marker and color about 1/4 inch of the top edge. Cut watercolor paper 4 x 5.50 inches. Paint gray... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Simple Pleasures in Colorado Springs, CO is celebrating another year! It is their very sweet 22nd Year of being in business - everyone loves this store! Cathy Smith, the owner at Simple Pleasures, commissioned us once again to create some exclusive products for her anniversary, and this year we've come up with an incredibly versatile word set named "Wishing You" and a beautiful collage design, "Daisy Collage". These commemorative dies are amazing! The first set of Craft Dies uses the same flowing font used in past year's designs - but this time you can create the sentiment of "Wishing You..."... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Outside The Box