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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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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today. Sometimes you just need to create a card in a hurry and this one is for you. Less than 10 minutes and you have a creation that is simple and makes a statement Here we go: Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Cut a Light Gray cardstock the same size and adhere to base. Die cut Summer Meadow Collage from Medium Gray cardstock. Adhere to card front leaving some of the center cutouts free of glue. Lift them up a bit with your fingernail for more dimension. Stamp... Continue reading
Posted 20 hours ago at Outside The Box
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The Holiday 2018 Collection has arrived - meet the lovable All Heart Snowman and delicate Crystal Snowflakes! I love their contrasting sizes and the cool set of Typewriter Holiday Sentiments with every greeting you'll need for Christmas. Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many, many holiday designs for 2018. View the new collection here. You'll love the great mix of traditional and contemporary, bold and delicate - everything for everyone on your list. Shipments began on the 20th - they'll be at your favorite retailers soon! Paint watercolor paper with a light wash of diluted Powder Pink... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Happy Friday everyone! Today I have a fun card using the Floating Swan die to share. or they background I had some fun with liquid watercolors. I used a sheet of photo paper and placed a few drops of two different blue liquid water colors. Then I sprayed the paper with water and watched the colors move on the paper. I added a gold shimmer spray on top to make it sparkle. Once everything was dry I die cut the Floating Swan in order to get the ripples on the water I created. Then I die cut the swan in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Watercolors create a soft background for the Summer Meadow Collage and a trio of vellum butterflies. Add a greeting from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set, gold-glittered accents and turquoise gem stickers. Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a thrifty design using the remainder of yesterday's watercolored background. Kaleidacolor dye ink refills are great as liquid watercolors and come in a wide range of beautiful colors. Cut Summer Meadow Collage from white cardstock - leave a generous border of cardstock. Place the watercolored background behind it and tape everything securely so it doesn't shift. Diecut through both layers at once.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Wonderful Jotted Script and a trio of Flitter Side Butterflies create a colorful summer design today. Paint a vivid background of diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills, diecut the butterflies, add a layered greeting and gem stickers - and you're ready for any occasion. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a watercolored design in some of my favorite colors. It's a versatile design that would be beautiful in your favorite colors too! Paint the rough side of watercolor paper with loose, watery layers of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills. Outline and define some areas with a waterbrush. Add color variations, spots and splotches... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Are you enjoying the new release products. They are fun to create with. I especially love all the Script words :) It's hot and sunny here and that calls for pool, beaches and water :) I wanted to create a CAS card using the smooshing and simple watercolor technique. I started with a white cardbase. I then die-cut some pieces from the Wave Ribbon Collage die using watercolor paper. I used the negative parts of the die to create waves. I then dabbed various blue distress ink onto my craft mat, spritz... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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The cards I made for this post use a watercolor technique on the front panel and a partial die cutting technique on the inside pocket tag. Here's the front of the first card with lots of flat stacked layers topped with the TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99914 on a Key Lime notecard. Watercolor Technique Cut a piece of watercolor paper to whatever size you want to use. Mine is 3" X 5". Get out your watercolor paints--you can use any kind you have on hand--and you will need a brush and a small cup of water. Choose an acrylic... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello friends. Penny here today with my creation of Beach Birds. OK...so the Swan doesn't really fit in....but that is the beauty of art. You can make whatever you want. :) Are you playing along in this months challenge? The theme is Beach/Surf. Create something wonderful and link to our challenge HERE. Someone has to win those beautiful prizes, it might just be you! Let's do this card: Start with a base of White cardstock measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Slide the edges along a Delicata Copper ink pad. Cut another panel of White cardstock just a bit smaller. Treat... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a quick and easy watercolor background with you. Watercolors are a great way to show off a focal word or words on your card. To make the card, I started with 140lb watercolor paper and some Peerless Watercolors that I got from Birch Press Design. I like those watercolors because they are really bright and they blend beautifully. I also like that you can lay down an area of water on your watercolor paper, add the paint, and the paint will flow to the edges of the water you just placed onto the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone, Today I created a quick summer card for you featuring the new Wave Ribbon Collage die. I started by die cutting the wave collage from white cardstock. Next I cut a piece of watercolor paper the same size as my wave panel. I sponged the watercolor paper with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink and misted it with plain water. Once the paper was dry I adhered the wave die to the inked watercolor paper. I stamped, colored and die cut the boat and glued it to the front of the wave panel. I die cut the waves from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Big Butterfly Wing and Kaleidacolor inkpads make it easy to design simple summer cards for any occasion. Wrapped Stitch Rectangles create the perfect frame to balance the bold butterfly without competing for attention. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy card for you. Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle. Cut it with Big Butterfly Wing. Keep the inks separated and roll a 4" soft rubber brayer over the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor. Lift and roll the brayer towards you 10 to 15 times to ink the entire roller. Brayer the inks onto the rougher... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Outside The Box
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The happy Feathered Friends owl joins the new Hutton Wreath and Thanks Jotted Script on a color-splashed thank you card today. Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here with some of my favorite dies - and a timesaving 3-in-1 Jotted Script technique. I love thinking of ways to save time - the husband says I'll spend 30 minutes trying to find a way to save 30 seconds. If everyone saved 30 seconds, it would add up, wouldn't it? Here's how to adhere the four Jotted Script dies, glitter-ize them and add a bit of contrast against a matching background. Not exactly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Are you enjoying the new release products. They are fun to create with. I especially love all the Script words :) It's hot and sunny here and I see butterflies fluttering by in my garden, so now you know my inspiration :) I really like the look and size of the "Flitter Side Butterfly", which I combined with the "Drifting Side Butterfly" from the previous release. I decided to use patterned paper to give some color to this card. So it's perfect for someone who has no time for coloring!! I started... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Since my cards on June 18th, I've been experimenting with ways to use the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE die 94005 as not waves. Here's what I came up with first. I started with Lemongrass notecards, Violet Dot paper, and black cardstock. These are the dies I used. I cut the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE 94005 in the front of each Lemongrass notecard, one card horizontally and the other vertically. I glued down a piece of Violet Dot paper 4 X 5 1/4 to the inside right panel of each notecard. I die cut the FORGET ME NOT BLOOMS 99997 multiple times--the stems... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with the promised leftover section of watercolored paper from the card I created last weekend featured HERE. This butterfly is my new favorite...so cute! And here we go: Start with White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.0 inches. Cut Red and Green cardstock the same size, then diagonally and adhere to card base. The background is a left over piece of watercolor paper that has been sprinkled and spritzed with Lindy's Magicals Red and Green. See my post last post HERE. Trim section to about 4.25 x 5 inches and adhere to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Outside The Box
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The new Birthday Jotted Script joins the Family of Fish and Rolling Wave Collage for a summer celebration today. Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of inspiration for the July Surf and Turf Challenge. Cut turquoise cardstock with the 3-¼" Square Basics die. Here's a tip...attach the Rolling Wave Collage to the square with a piece of rolled painter's tape placed in the off-cut section that won't be used on the card. It's OK if the tape damages the cardstock there. Cut Family of Fish from a portion of a Persimmon Notecard. Remove two of the fish near... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Happy Friday! Today I have an awesome card featuring the fun Wave Ribbon Collage die. Let's get started! First I cut 4 colors of cardstock all around the same size. I used black, pink, purple and a neon green. For each piece of cardstock I die cut the Wave Ribbon Collage die twice to make it bigger. Once all of the colors were cut, I layered them on top of each other making sure that they did not overlap so you could see each color. I had to trim some of the edges with scissors to make it work. Then... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone! Today I have another card featuring a few more dies from the 2018 Summer Release. For this card I used Blueprint Sketch Distress ink to create the background. I applied the ink to my glass mat, misted it with water and dipped my white cardstock into the ink. Once the ink was dry, I glued a strip of vellum across the middle of the cardstock and adhered this to a red cardstock mat. Then I glued this to a white cardbase. I die cut the Hutton Wreath from white cardstock and glued that to the card front. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. To those of you who celebrate it, happy 4th of July! Today I wanted to share a birthday card inspired by the 4th of July. Last time I shared a card with the new Wave Ribbon Collage die, I used it as a frame to weave scraps of paper. This time I wanted to utilize it for its geometric shape. I thought the stripes would look a bit like an American flag waving in the wind if I used red and white for the stripes. Changing the colors you use can make a huge difference. The first step... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. I always struggle to take pictures of metallic paper, and I realize that the front facing picture looks like I just used a yellow ochre cardstock. I hope that the side view will help you see the shimmer better: To make the card, I cut out the Summer Meadow Collage using black cardstock. I had a leftover piece of watercolor paper that I had colored with Colorburst powders- both regular and metallic gold. I didn't like that piece of watercolored paper, but it was perfect to save and use for die cutting. I cut out a solid butterfly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. It is time to introduce another Memory Box 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 played along with us for our rainbow challenge. There is nothing like a colorful rainbow to make you happy! We definitely enjoyed seeing your entries. The winner of the blog badge was Trina P from the My Crafting Closet blog. Her rainbow assortment of Copic markers to color the Watching the World Bloom wreath was absolutely lovely. Trina... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Me voici aujourd'hui avec une petite carte faite avec les découpes de "Poppystamps", de la nouvelle collection été 2018. Ce Héron est magnifique et les cadres sont mes favoris!... J'adore cette nouvelle collection, elle a plein de beautés...vous pouvez la découvrir ICI !!! Je vous remercie de... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola Mis amigas: Hoy les muestro esta tarjeta hecha con los troqueles de "Poppystamps" de la nueva colección de Verano 2018. Me encantan estos marcos que corté en azul y verde pastel... Las florecitas muy bonitas también, ¿No? ¿Les gustó? Espero que ¡Sí! Gracias por su compañía Y las espero... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Celebrate a summer birthday with the new Birthday Jotted Script - and some favorites from the Memory Box Collection of dies and stamps. The new layered Jotted Script die sets - Birthday, Wonderful, Thanks and Awesome - are more than just the greetings. The fresh typestyle and bold background become design elements themselves. Hello, happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here. After a week of separate internet, phone and email outages it's nice to create something handmade, with no chance of failure. Just place the Memory Box die on the cardstock and roll it through the machine for great results, every time!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Outside The Box
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I created a beach scene card for this month's challenge using the new WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE die and a variety of dies from the Nautical section of the Memory Box catalog. I was inspired by a wallhanging I recently made, an "accidental landscape" of the ocean and beach which I used as the backdrop for the card photo below. materials used: blue notecard Bluebird Distressed Dots paper Key Lime Gingham paper light brown cardstock with torn edge for the beach; dark brown cardstock for seaweed WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE 94005 OCEANSIDE LIGHTHOUSE AND WAVES 99736 BEACHFRONT SEAGULLS 99724 SEAWEED STALKS 99717... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Outside The Box