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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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The challenge for December on this blog is Marvelous Metallics. I LOVE LOVE LOVE metallic papers. Unfortunately, I had used up most of what I had in stock which gave me the perfect reason to GO SHOPPING! I found a nice selection of gold metallic papers (at ACMoore) and got to work. Card #1: Materials Used Parchment Notecard wood-patterned gold metallic paper, cut strip and adhered to card front chevron-patterned gold metallic paper for die cut PLAYFUL MERRY CHRISTMAS die 99584 gold braid, adhered with Sookwang double-sided tape small pearl to dot the "i" There is soooo much shimmer and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hello, hello. Penny here today on the blog with super cute, super fast. Using an object in place of a letter makes such an impact and when paired with faux watercolors...just adorable! Creating this is just too easy..... Let me show you how: Start with a piece of watercolor paper about 5.50 x 4.25 inches. Sprinkle on a little Lindy's Magicals Time Travel Teal and Ponderosa Pines Olive. Spritz with water and let dry (or for those like me who can't wait...dry with a heat gun). Die cut Snowflake Joy, Classic Ornament and the small Forest Hummingbirds from the watercolor... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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I can't believe it's already December! During this busy time of year I am all about cards that take a small amount of time but still make a big statement. This card celebrates this month's challenge of metallic cards. I stamped the Christmas Tree and saying from Botanical Christmas on vellum and then used a gold embossing powder to make it pop. I glued the vellum to a piece of gold mirror card paper to add even more metallic goodness to finish off my card. Quick and easy for those last minute cards that always seem to pop up this... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Happy December everyone! It is time to announce a new 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 created such wonderful projects for last month's giving thanks challenge. The winner of our blog badge for the last challenge is from Helen Liu from the Happy Stamping and Happy Life blog. We loved the background to really highlight the Memory Box thanks die. We definitely wanted to share it on the Memory Box blog: The lucky winner... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Happy mid-week everyone! Oh my gosh, it's almost Christmas!! It's snowman building time, and my card today features the Snowman Collage die. I kept this one pretty simple. I die cut the snowman from a quarter sheet of white card stock and trimmed it down to 3.75" x 5". I sponged Hickory Smoke distress ink around the edges of the snowman. The hat, band and scarf were cut from black card stock. The camera didn't pick this up very well, but I added black Wink of Stella onto the band and the scarf ... much better in real life. The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone. I hope all who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday. And now onto the mad slide into the Christmas season! I pulled out my distress inks today in various green (mowed law and shabby shutters for the background and Forest Moss for the stamp) and paired it up with the Playful Merry Christmas die. I inked up the plain white cardstock with antique linen and walnut stain and then cut the die. The great thing about these phrase dies is the ability to curve them or change the shape of them to fit your design. For today's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola amigas: Hoy les tengo un pequeño proyecto en fieltro... Estas muñequitas de jengibre... Estos personajes son muy tradicionales en las fiestas navideñas americanas... aquí es muy común que en las casas donde hay niños hagan galletas, casitas (representando la casita del cuento de "Hansel y Gretel") y muñecos/figuras de... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello, friends! I hope you are having a great start to your week! I can hardly believe Thanksgiving has come and gone already, and that Christmas is only weeks away! I am slowly winding down my Holiday card making, and just beginning to send them all out, but there are still a few that I have left to share with you! Using the Fancy Merry Christmas Channel die from the Holiday 2016 collection, that I hadn't had a chance to use yet, I die cut it from white card stock. I then cut it again, using red and light green... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of watercoloring. Three Kuretake Brush Pens and a water brush makes this card so simple to pull together. I am really loving the Holly against the Black background. Let's Make a Card: Die cut Black card stock with the largest of the Stitched Oval Layers. Make two cuts so you can use one as the "fold" of the card. On one of the Black ovals, score along the top edge about 1/2 inch down from the top. Glue this small area to the other Black oval. Die cut Holly Swirl... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Voici un petit project bien simple et chouette faire avec les Découpes de Memory Box... Un Hérisson en feutre pour décoration d'arbre de Noël , pour jouet ou décoration de paquet... Ils sont trés mignons... moi je les ai cousu, mais ils peuvent bien être fait avec... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Happy Weekend! I have a fun Christmas card to share with you all today using a great technique, let's get started! For this technique you will need a rubber mat for your die cutting machine. I used the rubber mat and ran the Merry Christmas to You Ring die through to get the embossed image instead of die cutting. You will need to check on the plates that you need for your machine to do this, each one is a little different. Then I die cut the Folding Tree in the center of the embossed ring. I glued some green... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now the countdown to Christmas officially begins, and to help celebrate I have a cute Christmas card for you. To create this card, begin by stamping and embossing the trees on watercolor paper. Watercolor over the stamped images and see the trees appear in the background. The embossed images act as a resist for the watercolor. Stamp, color and cut out the bunny, and glue it to the card front. Die cut the snowflake swirl and adhere that to the card front as shown, and spatter the background with red... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Happy Thanksgiving Friends! If you're celebrating this day with friends and family--good for you! If you're celebrating with a traditional turkey and all the "fixin's--even better. Today's card is designed for either for the holidays or the entire Winter season using only tree dies--and it's very sparkly. I began by creating the blue watercolored background layer. Using watercolor paper, paint over the entire surface with clear water, then paint on your color (in this case, I used Color Burst powder pigments) allowing the color to travel randomly. I used a turquoise color on the lower half and an ultramarine color... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Like father, like son...here's the Mini Snowman Collage on another quick holiday card! Junior's the little guy here - in a role-reversal of big snowflakes, small snowboy. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a variation of the previous Snowman Collage card. Cut Pool Distressed Dots with the Mini Snowman Collage. Cut textured white cardstock with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layers die. Layer the pieces to create the snowman. Trim the short ends of the white cardstock evenly with the Pool Distressed Dots. Diecut a 1.6" x 2.6" Stitched Rectangle of red cardstock. Cut Delicate Stitched Snowflakes from textured white cardstock. Attach... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Want to build a quick Snowman Collage for a quick holiday card? Here’s an easy way to do just that! Hi, Jean Okimoto here today, with a Christmas design in some unexpectedly cool holiday colors. I’ve been seeing – and loving – great combinations of black, white, bright and blingy holiday inspiration in stores, catalogs and magazines. Cut a reverse-snowman from Licorice Distressed Dots. The die surprised me by cutting the background portion on the right - that makes it so easy to assemble the design. Cut the 2-3/4” x 4” Stitched Rectangle Trimming from textured white cardstock. It's the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Me voilà avec une autre petite carte de Noël.... Le fond et l'intérieure de la carte ont étè faits avec le pochoir "Holly Bough" et j'ai superposé deux anneaux... La lumière en ce moment de l'année est si difficile à capturer, alors je m'excuse pour les couleurs... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good morning Memory Box fans! For those celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving and may your day be filled with love, family and friends. For today's Christmas card, I used the gorgeous Poinsettia Pillar and the Radiant frame die. I wanted to go with a different color scheme than my usual so opted for black cardstock as the background and lighter colors on the foreground. And I finally used my fancy expensive paper, you know the ones we all hoard because it's so shiny and pretty we just want to stare at it and never use it? Come on admit,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Outside The Box
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It's almost time for Cookie Swap Season, so I've been going through cookbooks and holiday magazines reading cookie recipes. I'm not much of a cookie baker, though--but I do know how to freeze those I buy during a Cookie Walk at the local church fair! Because the packaging is important to me when giving food gifts, I made some tags featuring the KITCHEN ESSENTIALS die no. 99527. Materials Used: KITCHEN ESSENTIALS die no. 99527 cut from silver mirror cardstock STITCHED SCALLOPED CIRCLES die set no. 30047, a center one cut from Cranberry Snow Memory Box patterned paper and a larger... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Unos copitos de nieve sobre fondo color "mamey/sapote" (fruta tropical)... No es un color muy usual para Navidad..pero como sabran, a mí me gusta usar colores un poco fuera de lo común para estas fiestas...eso de ser un poco diferente... Aunque debo confesar que la cámara... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with my newest love in paper...Gold Mirror cardstock. OH MY WORD!!! Found it at my local craft store and it die cuts beautifully! But I just had to take this particular Oh So Merry Frame die to the next level.... as a gift card holder. Here we go: Die cut the Oh So Merry Frame from mirrored cardstock. Very important to keep the pieces below the word Merry. Flip die over and tape those three pieces back in place. For the background panel I used Lindy's Magicals Steel Shimmer on watercolor paper.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Here's another design featuring the Sketch Journal Cling Stamp - with the Falling Maple Garden Stencil. Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight. We have so many great dies and stamp sets in our Holiday Collections - I almost forgot about the great stencils we have too! Stamp Sketch Journal on natural cardstock with Imagine Crafts Vintage Sepia VersaFine. Emboss it with detail clear powder. Mask the adjacent areas and stencil Falling Maple diagonally across the stamped background with Brilliance Rocket Red, Pearlescent Orange, Pearlescent Thyme and Pearlescent Olive. Heat-set the inks. Cut it with the 3-¼" x 4-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimming.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Voici une petite carte de noël aux couleurs de la France... avec des cerfs volants en papier "mirror/argenté" J'éspère qu'elle vous plait Merci de votre compagnie Découpes Reindeer Parade Snowflake Spectacle Delicate Stitched Snowflakes InLinkz.com Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Sketch Journal - rotated 90 degrees - creates a backdrop for the Lovely Oak garden stencil on a fall card I'd like to share today. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an inky, spritzed, stenciled card for any autumn occasion. Spritz watercolor paper with water and paint a light background with fall shades of Peerless Watercolors. Heat-set it. Stamp Sketch Journal with Imagine Crafts Olympia Green VersaFine. The dark green ink blends with the orangey background and creates a soft image that's more subtle than it it was stamped in black. Place the leaves over the branches and mask the adjacent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! Just think, a week from today it will be Black Friday! This month has flown by and I had hoped I would be more prepared for the Christmas season. One of my goals is to get all my Christmas cards done by Thanksgiving, so with that in mind, today I have another to add to my stash. To create this card, I began by die cutting a piece of white cardstock using the Beaded Background die. I sponged the die cut background with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and glued this to a white card base. Once again,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello! I am so happy you've stopped by today! I have a winter themed card to share with you, using the lovely Fresh Pine Landscape die. As the temperature drops here in Northeastern Ohio, I am mentally preparing myself for the snow, even if it is cardmaking with a snow theme! I began with a white card base, and sponged on blue ink, using a foam blending tool. Using white acrylic paint, I added some water to it, and flicked a little bit onto the card front. I then allowed that to dry, and white it did, I worked on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Outside The Box