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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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A quick trim transforms the delicate Calla Oval Wreath into an overlay for the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame. It's an easy way to re-purpose two great dies and create a card that would work for any spring or summer celeberation...Mother's Day, birthdays, graduations, retirements, anniversaries. Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - with another way to get the most out of your Memory Box products. Cut Calla Oval Wreath from pale green cardstock - but don't remove the diecut from the die. Dry-emboss it using the embossing mat and plates recommended by your machine's manufacturer. I know you're anxious to... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: A tiempo estamos para hacerle este pequeño paquetico a nuestras mamás... usé el troquel de las rosas, que lo puedes usar como cualquier otro troquel con fieltro, como se ve en la portada del empaque... corté los pétalos en papel, les dí forma y color, fui... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Here's an idea for May's "For the Birds" Challenge...Resting Birds sitting in the shade of the new Torrance Trees. These contemporary trees borrow some background color for the leaves. They could also play well together with the Half a Dozen Eggs die set for a contrasting pop of color - just diecut some green egg-shapes and layer them behind the treetop cutouts for a simple card. Just planning ahead...imagine the possibilities for autumn and Halloween cards with the Torrance Trees and fall colors! Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of Monday inspiration to start the new week. Cut the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Somehow it got to be May already, so that means it is time for 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 created blossom and bunny projects for last month's challenge. The winner of our blog badge for last month's "anything but a card " challenge is from the accessolace Live Journal Blog. We loved her use of the Trellis Border die to create an elegant bookmark: The lucky winner of the draw... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Happy Saturday! I hope it is a beautiful day where you are, here I am just waiting for Spring to stick around longer than a few days. For my card today, I used the beautiful Elodee Bird dies and the Honeycomb Background. First, I die cut the Honeycomb Background in white and glued it to my card. I just love the texture it adds to the background of the card. I used two of the Studio Oval Layers dies in the center of the card. To give my bird a place to land, I die cut the Delicate Coral dies... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone, I have a project for you today which features one of the new plush flower dies. I hope you had a chance to see Laura's tutorial yesterday for creating these flowers. I used the Plush Gardenia die to create my flower that I used as a gift box topper. Instead of shaping each petal into a flower shape, I stacked the petals on top of each other to form my flower. I die cut all the petals from the set using cardstock and misted the petals with water before scrunching them. Once the petals dried, I hot glued... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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We have created this post specifically for those of you who are interested in the the Plush Floral dies! Using these dies with felt opens up a whole lot of creative opportunities - though you may be wondering how to get started, so we've put together a basic guide to help you. After all, dies can be used for so much more than just cardmaking! Many of you have asked about assembling the flowers once they are die cut, so hopefully the following pictures and instructions will help get you started. The April 2016 Look Book is loaded with ideas... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Classy, simple and elegant...the Sketch Daisy is perfect for any occasion or celebration. The layers add dimension and depth - and soft felt petals and leaves contrast the shimmery spritzed background. Hello there, Jean Okimoto here, with a fresh spring design inspired by (or copied from!) the beautiful Sketch Daisy package. Spritz watercolor paper with water. Spritz Bahama Blue, Pear Tart and Grape Jelly Fireworks! sprays in overlapping layers and let the colors begin to mix and mingle. Spray it lightly with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Air-dry it for a few minutes, then press it with a dry iron on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning Memory Box fans! I have an easy peasy card (I promise) for you today. I love when the dies are meant to be used for the entire front of an A2 card. It makes designs easy and production even easier The Whirling Butterflies fits perfectly on the front of an A2 card. One die cut and voila, almost a completed card. I was practicing using less water with my watercolor paints to work on my control and blending of colors and actually liked how this panel turned out. I die cut the panel and then trimmed to 4... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Love the look of layered blossoms? I do - and decided to improvise and create some for you today! I used the English Rose Bouquet from my stash of favorite dies - and layered it over the brand-new Plush Perfect Gardenia from the Spring Release. The just-released English Rose Collage would work perfectly too. It's a popular look right now - and we can create it with Memory Box Dies - yay! Jean Okimoto here this evening...let's get started. Cut English Rose Bouquet from gold mirror cardstock and snip three of the blossoms. (Yes cutting - with scissors, by hand... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Outside The Box
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A Stitched Oval Layer creates the perfect backdrop for the delicate new Calla Oval Wreath from our Spring 2016 Collection. Fresh garden colors of shimmery Brilliance inks highlight the intricate design and celebrate spring...or Mother's Day! Hi there - Jean Okimoto here today with another cut-and-emboss design for you. Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) behind smooth white cardstock to add a bit of dimension to the diecut. Cut the Calla Oval Wreath - but don't remove the diecut yet. Dry emboss it using the plates, embossing mat and layering sequence recommended by your machine's manufacturer. Leave the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Salut les filles: Je vous remercie encore une fois de m'avoir accompagné lors de la sortie des Nouveautés de Printemps... Voici encore une nouvelle carte faite avec des Chrysanthèmes...en vert et jaune J'ai découpé les fleurs en jaune et je les ai superposé les unes sur les autres pour donner... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hey there Memory Box fans. Penny here today with a bit of nature. Needing a card for a man (and you know those are the hardest cards for me to make), this card came together so easily because Memory Box dies are so simple to pair together. With Father's Day just around the corner, it is time to get prepared. Those Tall Cattails are just stinkin' adorable and would perfect for any "manly" card. So...Let's do this: White card base inked with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress inks. The script portion of Skywriting was inked and stamped along the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello - here's another watercolored butterfly card for you today - it's the richly-embossed Hovering Butterfly Frame. It's been a fabulous year for Memory Box butterfly dies - you'll love them! Jean Okimoto here this afternoon...let's get started. Cut Hovering Butterfly Frame from watercolor paper. Paint it with light washes of Peerless Watercolors. Blend the neighboring colors about halfway between each different color to create a softly framed look. Dry the watercolors. Watercoloring will soften the detailed embossing...not a problem. Just dry-emboss your diecut using the embossing plate, rubber embossing mat, base plate and process recommended by your machine's manufacturer.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Outside The Box
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A bright background of Peerless Watercolors creates a quick setting for the beautiful Silver Springs Butterfly die. It's quick, colorful and works for any occasion. Hi there, Jean Okimoto here today, with an easy design in bright spring pastels. Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to textured white cardstock and cut Silver Springs Butterfly - save the negative. The attached layer adds a bit of instant dimension to the diecut, without any tedious gluing. Place the negative over a strip of watercolor paper and use it as a guide to quickly paint the paper with Peerless Watercolors. Go... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by today! I have a colorful spring card for you using a couple new dies. Chrysanthemum's come in a variety of colors, and I wanted to bring my favorite three of those onto my card! I started by die cutting the Chrysanthemum Bouquet from a variety of colored card stocks, along with white, and separating, and trimming the pieces. I adhered the white base die cut onto my card front, and began inserting my color pieces with a small dot of liquid glue, and my tweezers. I know it takes a bit of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hola a todas!!! Les tengo a las Ganadoras! de la semana pasada de estrenos primaverales 2016 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: COCO; ganó el troquel "adelaide... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
Salut les filles: J'ai 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: NATHOUEST; a gagné la découpe "Wild Prairie stem", poste avril 4 2016 (blog en... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello Crafty Friends! Today's card shows that you can send flowers AND a card together using the new Plush flower dies. I'm showing off the Plush Camelia, one of several new flower dies offered in the Spring release, on this cheery birthday card. Using combinations of colored felt, it's easy to create a beautiful bouquet that's light enough to go on a card. I die cut the center of the flowers from paper (didn't have any yellow or black felt) and used 2 layers. Starting with the rolled paper stamens I applied a small dot of hot glue to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! I hope your week has been off to a wonderful start. I had a fun play yesterday with the new dies and pulled out some of my pan pastels and got busy. This gorgeous die is called English Rose collage and I love the versatility of this one. This die is meant to be a "negative" cut in the paper instead of a positive one. I first colored up the front panel with blue, yellow and white pan pastels and blended them together. The layering cardstock was also colored with yellow and light blue pan pastels to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Outside The Box
Greetings everyone! Thank you so much for visiting us during our blog blitz. We really appreciate all the comments. Congrats to the winners who were randomly selected from each post to win a prize. Winner of the Crusty Crab die- Wahnita Hammond Winner of the Airin Bird die- Alice H Winner of the Dizzy Butterflies die- Susan Lang Winner of the Silver Springs Butterflies die- Debbie S Winner of the Thank You Tiles die- Kristen Winner of the Adelaide Stems die- Nancy Penir Winner of the Chrysanthemum die- Linda F Winner of the Wild Prairie Stems die- Mimi R Winner... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Outside The Box
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The GRACEFUL OVAL BRANCH die no. 99465 is the focal point for today's cards. It creates such a lovely silhouette when placed over a watercolored background. And I couldn't resist adding one of the BUSY SQUIRRELS from die no. 99394! I die cut the Graceful Branch Oval twice, once from gold cardstock with a wide border and once from a dark brown cardstock with a narrower border. By offsetting them a bit, there's a lovely gold layer that peeks out from behind the dark brown. The watercolor panel was one I had made previously. (I think I've probably said before... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hello Memory Box fans. Penny here today with more goodies from the new collection. Felt projects are all the rage right now and Memory Box delivers with so many new dies just perfect for that soft pliable fabric. One pass through my diecutting machine and I have Felt flowers to play with. Let's get started: Begin with a Medium Gray card stock. Die cut a Light Gray card stock with Honeycomb Collage and trim just a bit on one long side to give a little contrast at the bottom of the card. Die cut the Plush Gardenia from three different... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today reviving an older set from this past Fall release. Mr. Memory Box comes out with so many new dies and stamps that I never got a chance to play with this adorable set while I was busy making card with leaves and pumpkins. I thought it would be fun to do a "dig through my stash" and give a little love to an older set. Let's do this: Starting with white card stock, I masked the area with a torn piece of printer paper to ink the "clouds" background with VersaMagic Aspen Mist.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas; Finalmente pude hacer este artículo... Tuve algunos problemas con el internet y es hasta ahora, casi final del día que puedo publicar este artículo... Quería hacerlo desde primera hora pero bueno más vale tarde que nunca... Y aquí estoy... Afortunadamente, todavia hoy, viernes, pueden llevarse a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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