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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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Have you ever wanted to be a part of the Memory Box Design Team? Well, now is your chance! We are taking applications through Sunday, August 16 for a new member. What are we looking for? We would love someone who is an experienced blogger who can provide clear and well lit photos of projects, work well as part of a team and will post regularly (3 times/month) on the Outside the Box blog. In return, design team members are provided with Memory Box products whenever there is a new release. So, how do you apply? Step 1: Fill out... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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It is the first of the month, so that means it is time to announce another Memory Box Challenge. The design team will provide a few samples for inspiration and hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month. You will even have the chance to win prizes! Speaking of prizes, the winner of the Small Flame Rolling Pin from Birch press design was Maureen Chandler. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. The winner of our blog badge for last month's "red, white, and blue" challenge is Penny Ward from Penny Ward Ink. Her... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
Thanks Donna...plain white cardstock, of all things!
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Hi Crafty Friends! Any Summer birthdays to celebrate? Today let's break out the watercolors, Peerless Watercolors, available from Birch Press Designs, and a few really cool Memory Box dies. Personally, I love these watercolors. They are color intense, long lasting and easy to access. I arranged mine in a notebook with color swatches inside the plastic sleeves but the actual watercolor laden paper on the outside of the plastic. You can get the urge to watercolor and be creating in just a few seconds--just add a brush and water. Once you get started, it's hard to stop---this is one of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hi there - Jean Okimoto here with a simple Christmas design for you today. It's Make Merry time with Birds of a Feather and the new Woodland Oval die. Memory Box Products NEW Open Studio Make Merry Die Set 30062 NEW Open Studio We Wish You Die Set 30064 ("christmas" attached inside the card) NEW Woodland Oval Die 99185 Open Studio Rectangle Layers Die Set 30033 Pool Distressed Dots Signature Pattern Hope you like the contrast of the sparkly red glittered craft foam birds and the plush red velvet greeting. The Pool Distressed Dots Signature Pattern creates the illusion of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello Everyone! I wanted to share another card that I will be teaching at The Stamp Addict in San Diego on Saturday Aug. 1st in my Memory Box Holiday Cards class. I used my Micron pen to draw some eyes on each bat! I used the Glue Gloss pen to glue all the pieces down...I love that little lipgloss like sponge tip applicator, it is so easy to use! So please tell me you see the smiley face! :) And I even put the extra bat on the inside so when the recipient opens the card they get a little... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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It's time for some cake and a party time celebration! Thanks for stopping by - Jean Okimoto here this evening. Don't save the new Stitched Happy Holiday Square Frame for winter cards...use it for celebrations throughout the year. The "holiday" portion of the die is separate and interchangeable so you can mix and match typestyles, backgrounds and colors. I've combined it with the "birthday" from the Open Studio Party Clear Set. Memory Box Products NEW Stitched Happy Holiday Square Frame Die 99265 Blooming Sketch Border Stamp F2037 Open Studio Time for Some Cake Die Set 30020 Open Studio Party Time... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Hi there - looking for a way to use the other section of the new Blooming Poppy Die? We used the left side in my previous post - now we get to play with a beautiful butterfly and some glitter. Jean Okimoto here today with a flowery summer design for you. Memory Box Products NEW Blooming Poppy Die 99223 NEW Pinpoint Rectangle Layers Die Set 30065 Seeds of Happiness Stamp B2054 Cascadia Butterfly Trio 99095 Imagine Crafts Products Memento Dye Ink Refills - Angel Pink, Dandelion Brilliance Inkpads - Pearlescent Lime, Orange, Coral and Thyme - and Sunflower Yellow and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Christmas in July is always so fun! Pam here...I kinda got off the beaten path color scheme wise with this card but never fear...keep scrolling and you'll find more traditional colors with the same dies. Here's the NEW Chatfords Wreath combined with some other Memory Box dies. Check out the links at the bottom of the post. I die cut the wreath two times from two different green card-stocks, kept all the pieces and just interchanged them between the two cards. I love how these cards turned out! So fun... there is another, different one on my blog that I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Outside The Box
Good Afternoon! Christmas In July is in full swing at the store I teach at CraftFancy. So we are all very inspired by the fun stuff Memory Box and Poppy have come up with. Everyone is humming Christmas Carols and plotting their holiday projects! It always makes for a fun little break in the Summer festivities. Here is a Christmas card I created using the Corby Ornament 99264 which is colored and shimmered with Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls. This is layered over a shiny red Drop Ornament Layers 99225 on top I added a cap from the Ornament Caps... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Greetings everyone! We finished our Blog Blitz last Friday, but we will continue to show you ideas for using all the new products during the weeks to come. We also wanted to continue our celebration of the new holiday release, so we are offering the chance to win another prize. This time you could win a Small Flame Rolling Pin from Birch Press Design. Interested in winning the rolling pin? All you have to do is visit the Birch Press What's New section and take a look at the new products. Then, return to this post and leave a comment... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Congrats to all of the Holiday Blitz prizewinners - enjoy your wonderful dies! Jean Okimoto here today with some soft pretty colors - and a bit of sparkle for you. I love the new Blooming Poppies Die - here's just a portion of it. I'll use the other beautiful, delicate section on another card. Memory Box Products NEW Blooming Poppies Die 99223 NEW Sketchbook Imagine Die 99253 NEW Open Studio Pinpoint Rectangle Layers Die Set 30065 Open Studio Stitched Country Border Dies Set 30042 Cherry Blossom and Granny Smith Notecards (for diecutting) Imagine Crafts Product Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz Paint... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Outside The Box
Hola a todas!!! Les tengo a las Ganadoras! de la semana pasada de estrenos festivos 2015 gracias por su participación y espero verlas seguido por aquí... *****Por favor envíenme cuanto antes sus direcciones, vean sus correos electrónicos!****** A- Ganadoras Blog en español: 1- Ganadora: JENNY LAWRENCE; ganó el troquel "stitched... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at A Crear Se Dijo!
Salut les filles: J'ai les gagnantes !!! Merci de votre participation et pour votre fidélité à mes blogs... ******N'oubliez pas de me donner vos addresses, vérifiez vos e-mails!!!***** A -Gagnantes Blog en français: 1- Gagnante: FLO; a gagné la découpe "sleepy hollow oval frame", poste 7- 13- 2015 (blog en... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Welcome back to the Memory Box Design Team blog, Outside the Box! We have a brand new release and I'm feeling like celebrating a little Christmas in July! Today's card is a monochromatic study with subtle texture (which is a little hard to see in the photo, but it's there)! M E M O R Y B O X S U P P L I E S Drop Ornament Layers Blissful Bundle Bengal Detail Plate InLinkz.com O T H E R S U P P L I E S White cardstock, Wink of Stella (Clear) pen, Mark Richards gems and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Outside The Box
Thank you to everyone who stopped by during our blog blitz and left us comments. We really appreciate it and hope you were inspired by the new 2015 Holiday Collection. We will be continuing to highlight the new products, so please continue to stop by to see what is new! List of Winners: From Anne's blog post- patscrap- won the new Forest Crows die From Laura's blog post- Deanna- won the new Jolly Jack O Lanterns die From Deborah's blog post- Doris Sexton- who won the Stitched Thank You Square Frame die From Marnie's blog post- Joanna Carpenter- who won... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Here are a couple of cards for fall that also make good guy cards. They feature the FOREST CROWS die no. 99197 which is one of my favorites from the new holiday collection. I wanted to try the crows against embossed and debossed backgrounds, so I made my own embossing "folder" using the GARDEN BARE BRANCHES stencil no. 88556. This stencil may be found in the 2015 Holiday Collection as well. embossed: debossed: I made a sandwich for my Big Kick that stacked up like this: Multipurpose Platform open to Tab 1; a piece of thin red rubber next (I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! I am looking forward to crisp autumn days! I am not a fan of 90 degree days and humidity. So today's card reminds me of my favorite time of the year! I used several new dies from the 2015 Holiday Release for my card. Die cut the Sleepy Hollow Oval Frame and the Vintage Halloween Letters from Licorice cardstock. Using Jack O Lantern cardstock, die cut the Jolly Jack O Lanterns. I picked one of the die cuts to use on my card. Ink a Parchment cardstock layer with Vintage Photo Ink. Place a circle mask inside... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Happy Weekend everyone! Hope you enjoyed our Holiday Blog Blitz - be sure to comment on each designer's post between July 13th and July 17th for a chance to win great prizes from our holiday release. The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on July 19th. Winners will be announced the afternoon of July 20th. Jean Okimoto here today - with a (surprise!) red and green Christmas card. My usual colors are brights, jewel tones or winter pastels - but Holly Berry, Key Lime and silver gave this design a clean, crisp look. Hope you like it! Memory Box Products... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at Outside The Box
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It's been a great week celebrating the Memory Box 2015 Holiday release with our blog blitz. I hope you have felt inspired and sparked with creativity by the amazing techniques and variety of cards shown so far. It's Friday, my favorite day to share a card, so here's my card for you...it's Santa Mittens! The Stitched Mittens die comes in two parts, the cuff and the conjoined mittens. I couldn't resist die cutting the cuffs from glittered felt for a little fashion flair. Cozy looking aren't they? I also snipped the loop between the mittens so I could hook them... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Happy Happy Friday Memory Box fans! I hope you've been enjoying the amazing creations from the Design Team show casing the amazing 2015 Holiday collection. Leave a comment on each post during this week, and you'll have a chance of winning the product noted by the DT member. How easy is that? What fun and fantastic shaker card! The snowflakes, Snow Burst, are brand spankin' new and look awesome cut from the silver mirrored card. The shaker windows were created using the Studio Circle Layers and then framed up using the Tag You're it Circles. Add a little twine to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: último día del blog blitz de Memory Box, con su estreno para las fiestas 2105, en todos los blogs! Para ver la colección completa ir al sitio principal de Memory Box Hoy les traigo esta última tarjeta con el tema Navideño... En en el blog de... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Bonjour mes amies... Dernière journée du blog Blitz pour les fêtes 2015, Je finis avec une carte pour Noël en vert!... vous pouvez voir en entier la collection dans le site principal de Memory Box. Pour cette carte, j'ai décidé d'utiliser des verts à cause des branches... et du doré;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hi everyone! Earlier today Pam posted a card using the new Poinsettia Ribbon die and this afternoon I am sharing a different take using the same die. It really is a gorgeous, versatile die. I die cut the new Poinsettia Ribbon Die twice so I could use the extra flower petals to make my poinsettia more dimensional. I water colored the die cut and all the petals for the poinsettia. The card background was lightly water colored and spattered with paint. Die cut the word Merry from the new Make Merry die set. Press the die cut onto a Versa... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Outside The Box
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WELCOME to Day Four of the Memory Box 2015 Holiday release Blog Blitz! A week of inspiration and chances to win beautiful dies from the new collection! Pam here to share a festive Christmas card using the NEW Poinsettia Ribbon die. I die cut it in Metallic Gold and Red card-stock and mounted the gold ribbon piece with mounting squares behind the ribbon part and then mounting squares behind each of the red poinsettia petals. A gorgeous die! I love it! I did the ink smooshing watercolor technique for the background in three Distress ink colors, Abandoned Coral, Barn Red... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Outside The Box
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