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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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Hi paper crafters! My name is Olga and I am a huge fan of Memory Box dies! All of you probably know that Memory Box releases lots and lots of new dies each year, but unfortunately the old ones are gone once they are sold out. That is what happened to the Snowglobe Bases as well as the Stitched Snowflake Circle dies. The good news is that due to the high demand on those dies Memory Box have decided to bring them back! Here is the project that I have created last year using these two dies to make some... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Outside The Box
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If it's too cold (or too warm) to be outside building a snowman - let the new Build A Snowman die set create one for you! Crisp white, holiday brights, red felt and glitter help him stand out against a Wrapped Circle background of neutral kraft cardstock. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a collage-y winter design for you. Imagine the Resting Bird is a resting dove - and create a folksy little homespun " joy, love and peace" design with bits and pieces from the stash. Although I switched things out a bit with the striped print for the hat... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. Happy Thanksgiving! I can't think of a better holiday than one that takes a moment to give thanks in life. For today's card, I had to play with a brand new penguin die. The nice thing about this die set is that it cuts out a window as well as a penguin body and face. It makes it really easy to make a little window scene. For those of you who make shaker cards, the dies make it really easy to create one. In the background, I took a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled it with Colorburst... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Bonjour Les amies: Aujourd'hui ici aux USA c'est une journée trés spéciale... On fête le Jour "d'Action de Grâce"...La Thanksgiving! Et comme c'est la coutume... Je dis MERCI, Merci à Vous ... qui êtes le moteur de ce blog.... Je suis trés reconnaissante de votre présence, de votre support tout... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello everyone! I am sharing our brand new Deep Edge dies with you today - a specialty collection of dies that are capable of cutting deeper, and into thicker materials, than ordinary paper dies. They can certainly be used on paper - and I created a bunch of fun cards in the video with regular cardstock - but they can also cut through thin wood, thin metal and multiple layers of fabric. They are ideal for applique projects - you can line up the die exactly where you want on the fabric, which eliminates waste - and since they can... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: Un petite carte pour cet automne... Du côté gauche j'ai mis du ruban adhésif "Washi Tape"; les autres éléments sont 4 découpes Pour la Pomme de Pin J'ai épongé des encres en marron et pour les tiges en encre verte.. Ainsi que pour les petites citrouilles... Un... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Send birthday wishes to someone a year older - but wiser - with the happy owl from the new Deep Edge Feathered Friends and Deep Edge Swooping Branches and Leaves. This big, bright owl is framed by the new Wrapped Circles diecuts. So many dies, so many ways to use them! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another matchup of innovative Memory Box dies and beautiful printed and embossed papers from Shizen Design. Deep Edge dies are specially-designed for heavier, thicker materials and multiple layers of diecutting. They're great for quilters, fabric artists and teachers who need to cut duplicates for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Today's cards combine elements from two of the NEW dies: SNOWY TREE CIRCLE 99887 and CABIN CIRCLE 99884 . I've also used Memory Box papers that are available from Birch Press Design: Pool Gingham , Pool Snow, and Cranberry Snow. I used a large circle die from CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087 to cut out each of the other circles. The sentiment is from the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS CLEAR STAMPS SET CL 5212. Card One: steps to create this card Using white cardstock, place the Cabin Circle die inside a large circle die and run it through your die cutting machine.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: El otoño ya está aquí! Las hojas de colores caen y el clima empieza a enfriarse... Hoy les traigo esta tarjeta otoñal. Primero, corté las hojas en papel crema y éste lo utilicé como "plantilla" para poner adentro las hojitas en dorado que ya había cortado... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with yet another 10 minute card. At this time of year we all need a method of making quick holiday cards and by changing up the papers, you can whip out several like the one above in no time. As designers for this wonderful company we are blessed with many dies to work with, but this has to be one of my all time favorites! It's just too cute! Let's put this together: Start with a White card base. Cut a one inch strip of your favorite plaid pattern papers and adhere... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Happy Friday! Today I am featuring the Enchanting Snowglobe Deep Edge Die from the new Winter 2017 Collection from Memory Box. If you have been following the blog posts this week, you have seen so many creative projects using the new Deep Edge dies. These dies are designed to cut through many layers of material. Felt, fabric and acetate are just some of many examples! For my project I used a combination of felt, thin cork board and heavy weigh watercolor paper. I was able to cut through three layers of each material using the new metal shim that was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Meet the new Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies. They're from our Winter 2017 Release - and great for Christmas ornaments, placecards, gift tags - and cards throughout the year. They pair nicely with the new Swooping Leaves and Branches Deep Edge Dies too! Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with one of many cards I'll be making with these sweet birds. Deep Edge dies are designed to cut through multiple layers at once to save time. They're great for cutting some of the challenging materials we love - heavy felt, vinyl, fabric, wood veneer and handmade papers like these beautiful silkscreened and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello my friends: How are you ?, Here everything is fine, preparing for the "Thanksgiving" parties ... which as you know will be very important in the US ... One of my favorites for the meaning and of course for the company and the special food that is eaten on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Today is yet another Christmas card using the adorable Deer and Santa images. I can't seem to stop using them as they are simply ADORABLE :) To create this card, I started with die-cutting some hills using the "Stitched Curves" dies. I then sponged some blue ink to the top parts of it and adhered them from sides and lower edge onto a white mat layer. I then die-cut some pine trees using the Stitched Circle Trees dies and colored them using copic markers. Then I stamped all the images, colored them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Welcome Crafty Friends, Today you have a chance to win a special prize and see another new Deep Edge die up close. Deep Edge dies can be the workhorse you've been looking for. Wouldn't you love to cut several layers of paper, fabric, felt, plastic or even thin metal and wood at one time? These dies work best with a metal shim when cutting multiple layers but you can also cut a single layer without the shim. The fabrics I used on these ornaments include a thin muslin, a quilted cotton, an upholstery weave, a shimmery linen, a grossgrain ribbon... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends! Memory Box has a brand new release as well a new type of die. We would like to introduce you to "deep edge" dies. Deep Edge dies are thicker than normal dies and can cut through multiple layers at once, which makes mass-production projects/gifts a snap. The dies can cut through cardstock, thin wood, thin metal, fabric, felt, plastic, etc.... You can use them as you would your other metal dies with the same die cutting "sandwich" if you are cutting only one layer at a time. If you are doing multiple layers at a time, you need... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Outside The Box
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More new dies from Memory Box! I'm so excited!!! Some of them are new DEEP EDGE dies which will cut up to six (yes, 6!) layers of fabric at once! I knew when I saw the MOUNTAIN VILLAGE HOUSES 30106 that I would create a mini-quilt that could also be used as a tree ornament. The finished project: Materials used: batik fabrics (I cut from 5" charm squares) for the sky background and all of the die cuts (I chose batiks for this project because they cut crisply and don't fray easily and the fabric glue works well to secure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of watercolor and die cutting. I am totally in love with this Snowflake Lens die. I mean really...all you need is the one die and a sentiment to create your card. Use festive colors or elegant colors to create holiday and winter themed cards. Here's how I made this card: Start with a white card base. My example is a 6 inch square card. Cut Green cardstock 6 x 6 inches and adhere to base card. Cut watercolor paper 5.25 x 5.25 inches. Sprinkle with Lindy's Magicals, then spritz with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. Memory Box has brand new dies that are perfect for Christmas or Winter cards. I chose to share with you the Stitched cabin along with the Snowy Tree Circle. When you cut out the Snowy Tree Circle, this is what you end up with: I ran the die through the machine again with blue paper to end up with this: I colored the tree and the pieces of the cabin with an assortment of Copic markers to end up with these pieces: Next, I place a piece of white cardstock behind the opening on the card: The reason... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: Je viens de rentrer d'une conférence de peinture et j'ai passé du côté des feux, nord de la Californie, au pays du vin... Ah! c'est vraiment malheureux!... Mais du bon côté, presque toutes les vignes y sont toujours là! Quel miracle... Dans mon blog personnel en Anglais;... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Un pingüino para estas fiestas. ¿Qué les parece? Usé tonos en blanco como fondo y para la frase la corté en papel plateado, para darle un poco de brillo a la tarjeta... El pingüino es un troquel nuevo que acabó de salir en este mes...me parece... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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One of the things that I love most about using craft dies in cardmaking is how the shape can be transformed with clever use of color. Sometimes I use a little bit of color and sometimes I saturate the background. Both effects are fun and artistic and help take the card to another level. This year I have been obsessed with all of the Tim Holtz oxide inks - I came late to the game on these, so I have been catching up on all the fun. The way that they can layer and blend - and change their look... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Piccolo Snowflake Ornament and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes create a soft, pastel winter scene in pale blush pinks. A shimmery Ric Rac Ribbon and some help from Classic Ornament and Ornament Caps and Hooks make it easy to combine textures, shimmer and shine. Sequins from Birch Press Designs add the finishing touch! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a pretty-in-almost-pink design for you today. Mixing, matching and layering diecut design elements can be challenging - but a coordinated color scheme makes it easy. Begin with a basic layout, select your favorite colors, add sequins or glitter...and there's your card! Cut Classic Ornament... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Happy Thursday friends! Today I have a fun card that is full of texture. I decided to break out my embossing pad to create today's card. Let's get started! I used the Poinsettia Oval die for the focal point of my card. I ran it through my die cutting machine with the embossing rubber mat. Depending on your machine the layers you run through will change. It created this beautiful embossed oval that I cut out with the Studio Oval Layers. I glued it onto an embossed dot card stock onto a red card from Memory Box. I die cut... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone! Today I have a Christmas card featuring a cute elf from the Playtime Elves clear stamp set along with his reindeer friend from the Dashing with Reindeer clear stamp set. To create this card, I started by sponging Broken China Distress Oxide onto watercolor paper. I misted the ink lightly with water and dried with the heat tool, and spattered the background with white and black ink. Next, I die cut the frame from white cardstock. The frame was cut using one of dies from the Scalloped Stitch Fancy Frame die set. The frame is rectangle shape, so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Outside The Box