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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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The new Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape makes it easy to create cards for any occasion. Add a quick greeting and some Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad dots and your card is done! Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a fresh floral design from our 2020 Spring Collection. Attach Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape to pale peach cardstock and diecut the smallest and second-largest flowers from the Birch Press Design Vivid Bloom Stitched Layer Set. Diecutting the tape ensures clean, crisp edges - and a delicate stitched pattern to match the green background rectangle. Here's a tip I learned from Dave Brethauer...attach... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Outside The Box
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The new Cottage Meadow 6x6 prints are perfect for quick floral cards to brighten a winter day. Add a glittery Gilia Stem blossom and some Cherry Blossom Elements for extra sparkle. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring our 2020 Spring Collection. I love dark florals and the Cottage Meadow 6x6 set has several that are perfect with spring pastels. Cut the print with the new Stylish Rectangle Trio. Attach the pieces to a pink A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card. Cut the Gilia stem from green cardstock. Cut the blossom from the pink Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. Today I to talk about how to combine watercolor paint and the stencil of your choice to create a decorative background. Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design all have new releases of stencils, so I thought this would be the perfect time to show you one method for using the beautiful patterns. To begin, I took a piece of the new Memory Box watercolor paper and taped it to a heavy piece of chipboard using some washi tape. The new watercolor paper is a thick 140lb paper that resists warping. I taped it down to really keep... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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We are so happy to announce a new release from Memory Box that includes stamps, dies, papers, stencils, embossing folders, washi tape and even glitter glue! There are so many new items, and we are excited to show you ideas for the Spring release. If you would like to flip through the new catalog, you can view it here. There are beautiful flowers to welcome Spring. New 3-D embossing folders for extra texture and dimension. And SIX new 6" x 6" paper packs including fun patterned papers as well as glitter paper packs. The glitter papers come in a large... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! Today I have one last Valentine's Day card for you. It's a pretty simple design that you can make at the last minute. I created this card by embossing white cardstock with the Pinpoint Leaf Plate die and adhered it to a red card base. Next I created a blended background on white cardstock using Distress Oxide inks. I die cut the Leafy Heart from that background and glued it to my card front. I stamped the sentiment with Versa Ink and heat embossed it with red embossing powder. I trimmed the paper and glued it to a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Meet the new Gilia Flower Frame from our 2020 Spring Collection! It's just one of many fresh, trending products from our latest release of dies, stamps, 6x6 prints, glitter cardstock, embossing folders, stencils, watercolor paper and glitter glue. It's everything you'll need to brighten winter days and add color and sparkle to your spring projects. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many designs our team will be creating to share with and inspire you. Retailers are receiving their orders now - visit your favorite store soon! Cut Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the large frame from the Gilia... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Only a few more days until Valentine's Day and I have one more valentine to show you. There are so many things I love about this card. The PINPOINT LEAF CIRCLE COLLAGE 94384 leaves a beautiful pinpoint leaf impression on the cardstock and cuts out the wreath's center. I cut this one from a 3.75" square of white cardstock and backed it with a 4" square of Memory Box Bubblegum Dots paper. Next I took more of the Bubblegum Dots paper and die cut the BELLFLOWER CIRCLE WREATH 94369 and the LOVE AIRY SCRIPT 94326. I continued building the front... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello there! Michelle here. I created this card using Pinpoint Leaf Plate Die, and Friendship Floral Heart Clear Stamp Set. I embossed kraft cardstock with the metal plate than used some PrismaColor Pencils to shade in the leaves. I used shades PC934, 932, 938, 105, 992, 935, 912, 913. I splattered some white and gold paint. I used similar Copic colors to ink up some white cardstock in shades BG05, BG09; V12, V17; YG05, YG17. I embossed the sentiments with gold embossing powder onto the Copic colored cardstock strips. I trimmed the panel slightly smaller than 41/4 inches to allow... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Hello there! I am sharing a quick and easy card today inspired by cover dies. I wanted to create the look of a cover die using regular dies. I chose the Verdant Leaf die for my card, but many of the Memory Box dies (or even dies in your stash) would work beautifully. Started off by die cutting a whole bunch of the leaf from Bristol paper and adhering them to a vellum panel. A frame was then die cut with rectangle dies from Bristol paper and affixed on top, hence, completing the faux cover die. To complete the card,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. I am continuing my striped theme with my latest card. Once I glued my pink/red strips to another piece of cardstock, I ran the paper through my die cut machine with a heart die to cut out a heart window. The die has faux stitching around the edges that adds a nice embellished element to the card. Next, I stamped my flower onto XPress It Copic paper using Black Memento ink. I colored the flower with several red markers (R22, R32, and R39) and the leaves with green markers (G14 and G19). I don't know about you, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Add dimension to the background of the Scribble Rose Trio by pressure-embossing and heat-embossing it to a glossy finish. Add a Verdant Leaf for contrast, a Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out layer and a quick greeting from the Big and Little Valentines set. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with two techniques to extend the use of a favorite die from our 2020 Valentine's Collection. I've used the Scribble Rose Trio for several cards here on the blog - and for classes at Impress. Here's another technique to take advantage of this popular die set. Cut the solid Scribble Rose Trio... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Michelle here, sharing a simple card for Valentine's Day. I used Hugs Loving Heart craft die and Drifting Hearts Stencil. I inked up the background with tattered rose and aged mahogany distress oxide inks. I also splattered some white and gold paint. After I die cut the heart, I used an embossing ink pad and just turned it upside down and directly inked the die cut with the sponge pad. I sprinkled the top half with mayan glintz and the bottom half with metallic copper Wow embossing powders. I die cut the heart 3 more times to stack them up.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! This months MB blog challenge is Hearts, so I created a get well card using a few new products. To make this card I die cut the Get Well Soon Loving Heart Die from a piece of white cardstock. I created a watercolor background which I glued behind the heart opening. Then I glued the die cut back into the opening. I used watercolor paper and stamped the flower twice from the new Friendship Floral Heart stamp set. Once the flowers were painted and fussy cut, I used foam tape to adhere them to the card. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2020 at Outside The Box
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This month it's all about hearts on our blog challenge and on our greeting cards. I made a card for today that uses the DRIFTING HEARTS STENCIL 88614 to create a soft background. materials used DRIFTING HEARTS STENCIL 88614 BIG HUGS PREMIERE 94113 GILDED HEART CIRCLE 94388 (I used just the center heart.) BIG AND LITTLE VALENTINES clear stamp set CL5252 Hero Arts Raspberry Jam ink white cardstock; raspberry notecards raspberry ribbon I began by taping the stencil to a piece of white cardstock with washi tape. I applied the ink with a brush, varying the amount of ink applied... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at Outside The Box
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An embossed Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet creates a unique background for today's card. Layer the Antique Heart Label over it and fill the outlines with glittered hearts. It's a bold design...ready for your favorite guy. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple Valentine design today. Cut red cardstock with the second-largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die. Pressure-emboss it using the rubber mat and plates recommended for your machine. Cut Antique Heart Label from black cardstock - save the black heart offcuts. Cut the hearts again from red glittered cardstock. Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. Somehow January has already passed and 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 played along with us for our last challenge. We really enjoyed your ideas for celebrating friends. The winner of the blog badge as well as the random prize drawing was Donna Mikasa from the Three Umbrellas blog. We loved her bold, graphic design. Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize. Want... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Bonjour mes amies: Une carte pour la Saint Valentin avec les découpes de la nouvelle collection janvier 2020... Le fond a été épongé avec un pochoir en coeurs. J'ai utilisé encore une fois cette combinaison de couleurs en gris / blanc et des "splash" en rouge et vert... Les papiers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hi everyone! I have a quick post for you today that features the Heart Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder. I love, love, love this folder and I wanted to be able to show you a different way to use it. I apologize in advance for the quality of the images. The weather has not been cooperating at all for photographs. This project uses Card Stock, Nuvo Dream Drops, and the gorgeous Heart Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder, the Love Airy Script, and one of the dies from the Champagne Heart Dies. It is simply stunning by itself, but I wanted to create... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Con los troqueles de la colección enero 2020 hice esta tarjeta... La quería para el día de los enamorados pero los colores que fui escogiendo me llevaron hacia otro lugar así que decidí hacerla para un saludo en general... Los colores no sé porque no fotografiaron... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Salut les Filles: Me voici avec cette nouvelle carte... Une combinaison qui me plait bien...avec des bleus et des oranges... Toutes les découpes sont de la nouvelle collection janvier 2020... J'aime bien ces petites marguerites... Le coeur a été épongé avec un pochoir avec des coeurs... et le bord du... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Splash brightly stenciled Drifting Hearts across a pink background and top them with the Hugs Loving Heart. It's a very basic design - just updated in glitter-embossed shades of pink, coral and orange. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful card to warm a winter day. Brush a 6" x 4-½" rectangle of watercolor paper with a loose, watery layer of Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide. Diecut the two largest hearts from the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out set from watercolor paper. Paint them with varying amounts of diluted Picked Raspberry too. Dry the painted papers. Stencil the Drifting Hearts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: J'ai déjà utilisé cette découpe plusieurs fois...ce mois-ci... Vraisemblablement le mois de janvier est plus dur que les autres en ce qui concerne la santé... Cette découpe dit en anglas: "rétablis-toi bien!"/ ou " Bon rétablissement" et je suis ravie que Memory Box ait sorti cette découpe,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hola mis amigas: Estoy tan contenta que Memory Box haya sacado este troquel... pues no hay en las colecciones pasadas muchos troqueles dedicados a este tema... al de la enfermedad Este corazón en inglés dice: "¡Que te mejores!" Y ¡Cómo! ...lo he usado últimamente... Pareciera que en el mes de... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Emboss the entire Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out set and create a soft, poufy background for the Scribble Rose Trio. Glitter the roses and add a greeting from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - that's it! Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a design that can be a Valentine...or not. We love the latest collection for more than just Valentine projects. The dies, stamps and embossing folder are so versatile you'll reach for them throughout the year for weddings, birthdays, thank-yous and cards of encouragement. Cut Coral Creme cardstock (textured-side-up) with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone, today I have a fun resist technique to create backgrounds for your cards. I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock, and filled the background with my stamped images. Next I white heat embossed the images. The embossing powder acts as a resist to the watercolor paint I added to the background. I did dry my paper in between adding more watercolor to build up a deeper color. I added white paint spatters to the background. Next I die cut the Hugs Loving Heart from white cardstock and glued it to a piece of vellum. I trimmed around... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2020 at Outside The Box