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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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Allo tout le monde: J'ai essayé de faire une carte pour la St. Valentin, moins "rose" pour offrir à un monsieur... et voici le résultat... à vrai dire je la voulais "plus" masculine, mais lorsqu'on part d'une idée, ce n'est pas toujours facile de suivre le rythme et le résultat... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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This week has been warmer than usual and it's got me in the mood for Spring. It's my favorite time of year! Today I made for you a bright Spring floral card using some new dies. I used the new Budding Peony die along with the Climbing Vine die for this fun card. I die cut the Budding Peony twice. Once in the green to get the stems and then again in pink for the flowers. I trimmed off the flowers in pink and glued them onto the green die cut. I glued the Climbing Vine that I die cut... Continue reading
Posted 22 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Send a lovely greeting with the new Antilles Floral Bouquet wrapped in the Heart Wire - and make someone smile on a cold winter day. It's easy with a pair of dies from our latest release. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design for Valentine's Day...or any day! Cut Antilles Floral Bouquet from gold mirror cardstock and remove the flowers. Cut the flowers again from pink cardstock. Attach a scrap of green cardstock behind the centers. Cut Heart Wire from gold mirror cardstock. Cut white cardstock with the 4-½" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die. Attach the bouquet and Heart... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Grow a Valentine garden with the new Heart Wave and Classic Stitched Heart Collection - on a background of the Tall Grassy Stems Border. Why grow roses when you can grow a garden of watercolored hearts? Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's create a Valentine card today! Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors. Spritz a few areas with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Dry the ink. Diecut it with Heart Wave. Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - on a scrap of the watercolored paper with Gray Flannel Memento Luxe. Emboss... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hello! I hope you are having a great week so far! I have a fun card to share with you, using some of the latest release. It's all love, and hearts, along with flowers, too! I always look forward to the Valentine's Releases, because there are so many fabulous heart designs! For my card today, I chose the Heart Wave die, using the inlaid die cut technique. You know I am a fan of techniques, and the inlaid is one of my favorites. I am being totally honest when I say, it took awhile. So, if you have plenty of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola amigas: Una tarjeta más para este venidero "día del amor y de la amistad", que se celebra en la mayoría de los paises anglosajones, el 14 de febrero... por ser el día de la fiesta del santo Valentín Aunque en algunos otros paises hay otras fechas para este día... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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I just love using the GIFT BASKET OVAL die 99649! Last week I filled it with hearts, and today I've filled it with ASTERS! I created a bouquet for my basket using four of the new dies, cutting the GIFT BASKET OVAL from copper cardstock to hold the florals. To create the bouquet, I cut two of the STITCHED ASTER CORNER 99644 from medium-green cardstock. I then cut it again twice from the Squash Dots Paper and snipped the blossoms from the stems. I cut SPROUTING VINE 99643 from two shades of green cardstock. Then I made a pile of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. As you probably know by now that my favorite color combo is Blue and Lime...LOVE!!! And with just two colors, this card is super simple to pull together (really fast if you have a Misti tool). It is just a matter of stamping repeatedly, a die cut and some twine. On a White cardstock panel, stamp "happy" from the Party Time set repeatedly down the right side of card front. I used Memento Luxe Pear Tart ink. I then die cut "birthday" from the Happy Birthday Friendship Script three times. Stacked and adhered them together, then... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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A glittery heart from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection transforms Sketch Floral into a flowery Valentine or everyday card today. Hi - happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a super-quick card for you. I love being able to create unique designs from the classic dies in the Memory Box collection. Sketch Floral is perfect as is - but tucking a glittered heart behind the delicate outlines quickly adds another dimension and extends the use of my dies. The Rectangle Basics set of 16 dies makes it so easy to cut the perfect background for any card. Both also semi-justify... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! The weather is exceptionally mild today, so it inspired me to create a spring like card. My card today can be used for many different occasions, and the clean and simple style makes it easy to create. I used a new die from the 2017 release, and die cut it from white cardstock, which was then adhered to a larger gray cardstock layer. For the banner I stamped the sentiment on a strip of White cardstock and mounted that to a Sugar Plum strip of cardstock. I added a button, twine and some bling to finish the card!... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
Salut les filles: Me voici avec les gagnantes !!! Merci de votre participation et pour votre fidélité à tous les blogs... ******N'oubliez pas de me donner vos addresses, vérifiez vos e-mails!!!*** A -Gagnantes Blog en français: 1- Gagnante: Aquacarole; a gagné La Découpe "heart party circle"... 2- Gagnante: Lili68; a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola a todas!!! Aquí les tengo a las Ganadoras! de la semana de estrenos para enero/febrero 2017 gracias por su participación, fidelidad y espero verlas seguido por aquí... *****Por favor envíenme cuanto antes sus direcciones, vean sus correos electrónicos!**** A- Ganadoras Blog en español: 1- Ganadora: Kinna; ganó el troquel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello Memory Box Fans, Sometimes you find yourself with several birthdays to celebrate in a short time span....that's my situation for January. There are 6 in my family so yes, today I am featuring a birthday card. Now it may look like a gate-fold card but actually it's not....you'll see. The Stitched Aster Panel die caught my eye right away when the new collection was revealed. I had ideas of a trellis type of design in mind and here's my take on this wonderful die. I love the stitched detail on the asters and the different sizes of centers. As... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Congratulations to the winners of the Blog Blitz. Winners we chosen at random from the list of people who left comments during the allotted blitz time. Thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by last week and leave comments. We really appreciate you and hope you enjoyed seeing some of the new products. Winners have been notified by email. Winner from Anne's post- L.r. Smith- winner of the Heart Party Border die Winner from Jenny's post-Sharon Mattingly- winner of the Lavender Bunch die Winner from Melissa's post-Jane Tyrrell- winner of the Heart Connection die Winner from Penny's post-... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Outside The Box
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I've been using the GIFT BASKET OVAL 99649 for days now and filling it with die cuts from the newest release. For today's card, I filled the basket with a variety of hearts from the CLASSIC STITCHED HEART COLLECTION 99637. This particular die cuts five separate stitched hearts in a variety of sizes. I got a bit carried away cutting hearts from papers in my pinks scrap bin! I cut the GIFT BASKET OVAL 99649 from heavy white cardstock and a slightly larger pink glitter paper oval using one of the dies from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello and welcome to the last day of the Memory Box Blog Blitz. Have you been loving all the new stamps and dies for the Spring crafting season? If this is your first look at the Valentines, Spring and Easter ...then you must click HERE to start at the beginning of the 7 day Blitz. Make sure to comment on each designers inspiration, as there are prizes to be won each and every day! I must admit I am in love with all the new floral dies! What says Spring better than flowers?!? Using a White card front, I embossed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! Donna here, with a card featuring some new products from the 2017 Memory Box Spring Collection! I hope you've enjoyed all the blog posts this week and have left comments on each post for a chance to win a prize! Be sure to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the Grateful Hearts die. To create this card I die cut watercolor paper and Licorice cardstock using the new Rectangle Basics dies. Sponge the watercolor paper with Spun Sugar distress ink and mist with water. Once the ink was dry I spattered the paper... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: continuamos con el blog blitz... Ya llegó la Nueva colección de productos De Memory Box para el invierno (enero/febrero) 2017 Pueden ver toda la nueva colección AQUI Y AQUI Hoy utilicé el troquel "Payton Heart" Si me dajan un pequeño comentario al final de este artículo... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Greetings friends. Today I wanted to show you one of the new dies that features dragonflies. I absolutely love dragonflies and butterflies, so I was really pleased to see the new additions. To make my card, I started with a couple of scraps of paper that I had colored with Colorburst powders and some water. These two sheets were not my favorites, but I save everything that I color with Colorbursts. One of the papers had dark spots that I didn't like, but I figured I could just cover them with some die cuts. For the other paper, I figured... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: SUITE du blog Blitz... Les nouveaux produits Hiver/Janvier-Février 2017 sont arrivés! Venez voir tous les nouveaux produits ICI et ICI! Memory Box a sortie plusieurs découpes pour cette période de début d'année 2017... Voici la découpe que j'ai utilisé aujourd'hui "Sending Love Heart Craft die" et comme... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Let the new Heart Wire be more than "just" a Valentine design - it's perfect for friendship cards too! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing another idea featuring this great new die - and a chance for you to win just for commenting on this post. Cut Heart Wire from glittered pink craft foam - leave it in the die. Wondering why the new Magnificient Mum Floral Blooms are shown here? Has she gone completely over the edge? Not yet - but I thought it was a great way to diecut a bunch of tiny random double-stick shapes from Scor-Tape to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Outside The Box
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The new Classic Stitched Heart Collection is about to become another go-to favorite in my Memory Box stash! Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another Blog Blitz design - and a chance to win a new die. We love introducing you to our new products - and the 2017 Spring Collection is filled with great designs perfect for Valentine's Day and Spring. Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors. Diecut it with the Classic Stitched Heart Collection. Stamp "xoxo" on the tall heart with Imagine Crafts Morocco Memento Luxe. Emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut white cardstock with the 4" x... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Ya llegó la Nueva colección de productos De Memory Box para el invierno (enero/febrero) 2017 Pueden ver toda la nueva colección AQUI Y AQUI Hoy utilicé el troquel "Classic stitched heart rings" Si me dajan un pequeño comentario al final de este artículo se lo podrán... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello, hello.....Happy New Spring Release from Memory Box. Penny here today showing a couple of the new dies that are now available at your favorite retailers. Have you been following the Blog Blitz this week? Make sure to check out what the designers have created/will create for you....and you have a chance to win some new goodies. Just make sure to comment on each designers projects between January 2 - January 8th at 11:59pm EST. Bookmark this blog so you don't miss a thing!!!! For my card today I started with an Aqua Blue cardstock panel. I die cut the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Bonjour tout le monde! Les nouveaux produits Hiver/Janvier-Février 2017 sont arrivés! Venez voir tous les nouveaux produits ICI et ICI! Memory Box a sortie plusieurs découpes pour cette période de début d'année 2017... Voici la découpe que j'ai utilisé aujourd'hui "Heart Party Circle Craft Die" pour commencer dans notre blog... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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