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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 Everyone! It’s Isha today sharing a Clean and Simple card, which also happens to be the theme for the April challenge too. Clean and Simple doesn’t mean you can’t play with techniques you love. It’s simply lots of white space. I started by creating a white card base. I then added a bit of shimmerz paints to create the background wash. I then die-cut the circle frame in white and added a bit of pink color to it too. Let this panel dry. I diecut the butterfly parts. To the back solid piece, I stamped and embossed part of... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. Or should I say whale hello there friends? Today I want to talk about creating a striped background using Distress Oxide inks. First, I started by adding some strips of low-tack tape to my white cardstock. I used strips of Eclipse tape, but you could use washi tape as well: I used a ruler/lined mat underneath my card so that my stripes would be straight. Notice that I used various widths of tape as well as random spacing between the tape strips. Next, I colored between the various strips of tape using Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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I had this crazy idea to make pirate-themed cards when I first saw the Sailboat Frame die. I found the perfect paper collection to pair with it from Echo Park called Pirate Tales--I chose 6X6 papers, stickers, and ephemera. I made three cards which could also work as party invitations for a pirate-themed gathering. the first card materials used SAILBOAT FRAME 94226 white, red, navy, light blue, and medium blue cardstocks "ahoy matey!" stamp from the OCEANSIDE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS clear stamps set CL 5240 VersaClair Nocturne (black) ink various printed papers, stickers, and ephemera pieces from the Echo Park Pirate... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone. No butterflies today. I have a clean and simple (CAS) Spring card to share. Since I love stretching my supplies and it is Easter weekend, I couldn’t help but bring back the Snow Much Fun stamp set to create this bunny in a field of tulips card. One great trick for preserving white space and keeping cards CAS is to work within a frame. Here I took a square die from the Square Basics set and die cut an opening from a Bristol panel. Used that same die with one that is two size up and die cut... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Create sweet treats for Easter baskets or brunch with Memory Box bunnies, Simple Chicks and Half a Dozen Eggs. Glossy embossed greetings from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set add the perfect finishing touch. Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with my last Easter project - and a great excuse to buy a few more packages of Easter candy. Cut 8" x 3" strips of Bubblegum, Key Lime, Pool and Squash Dots and Gingham. Score them at 3-⅞", 4" and 4-⅛". Fold it on the 4" scoreline. Place the largest die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set about ⅛" beyond the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Today I have some quick and easy tags for your Easter baskets this weekend. I started with some white tags and then used different colors of washi tape to decorate them. On one tag I put all the tape at an angle and the other I just added it straight. It looks cute both ways! I added the super cute Gentle Bunny die to the center of each tag and finished each one off with a coordinating ribbon. Easy and cute for Easter morning! Have a wonderful day! Supplies 94237 Gentle Bunny craft die Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello Everyone! It’s Isha today sharing a Clean and Simple card and this is the theme for the April challenge too. Clean and Simple doesn’t mean you can’t play with techniques you love. It’s simply lots of white space. I started by creating a square card base. I then cut a teal mat layer and adhere it to the card. I then cut a white mat layer and adhere it to the teal layer. Stamp the sentiment. I then die-cut few floral twigs and sponged some distress inks to it. I then took all the pieces, applied versamark ink and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. I have been working on Easter cards this week and thought I would share one of the designs. It combines the Egg Basket Frame die as well as the Tall Grassy Stems border. I wanted to add some grass to the bottom, but I had to give it a bit of a "haircut" around the basket so that you could see the eggs better. For the eggs, I cut them out with white cardstock and then colored them with various Copic markers. Here is a quick tip when choosing what copic markers to use. The numbers on your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at Outside The Box
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I have two more bunny cards to show you today. Let's look at the turquoise one first. materials used turquoise notecard one strip of the smaller-scale turquoise plaid for the background and another piece cut with the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924; a circle cut from the larger-scale turquoise plaid JUMPING BUNNY CIRCLE 94236 cut from white cardstock GENTLE BUNNY 94237 cut from white cardstock SPRINGTIME TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS CL5239 -- "Hoppy Easter" stamped with Hero Arts Tide Pool ink on a large white cardstock circle to assemble Place a rectangle of plaid paper on the left front of the side-folded... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Happy Sunday everyone! It appears I am on a butterfly roll and have a couple more really easy clean and simple (CAS) butterfly cards to share today. Then again, it’s not surprising since Memory Box offers so many gorgeous butterfly dies. Some of them come with a matching shadow die, while some do not. But there are two easy ways to create that shadow if the latter is the case. For my first card, I took the butterfly die from Butterfly Heart Frame and created a DIY stencil from acetate. Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio distress inks were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at Outside The Box
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A Wildflower Circle window card sets the scene for the Gentle Bunny on a sparkly Easter card today. Glittery pink, violet and purple blossoms from the Forget Me Not Blooms create a bright background. The sweet bunny is cut from textured gold paper to resemble a foil-wrapped chocolate treat...I hope! Happy weekend everyone - Jean Okimoto here with a just-in-time Easter card. It's amazing how fast the year is flying by. Thank goodness we have so many great Memory Box dies and stamps to keep up with the holidays. Cut a circle on a side-folded A-2 card of textured white... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Happy Friday everyone! Easter is fast approaching, but we have time for one more Easter card. To make this card, I die cut the words Happy Easter 6 times and glued them across white cardstock. Once the words were glued down I trimmed my cardstock to 4" x 5 1/2". I die cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame in the middle of the prepared card front. Using white cardstock I die cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame and the Jumping Bunny Circle. I sponged the grass circle with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and glued it on top of the first... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Outside The Box
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A sweet bird from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies and the Side Butterfly Circle create a spring birthday card here today. Pick a greeting from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout Clear Stamp Set and you're ready to celebrate! Hello, Jean Okimoto here with combination of a favorite set from my stash - and a design from our Spring Collection. The Deep Edge dies are designed to cut through layers of fabric - so they're perfect for felt and special artpapers too. Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind pale peach felt and cut the main section of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Celebrate a special birthday with the Cottage Flower Circle Frame and the Bold Friendly Greetings. It's easy to color the delicate blossoms with bright pigment inks and emboss them for a glossy finish. Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here with a colorful spring design today. Prep the circle frame by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to make it easy to remove the delicate diecut. This looks messy, but it's the easiest way to color the delicate Cottage Flower Circle Frame. Diecut it from the smoother side of watercolor paper - don't remove the offcuts. Use... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Hello Everyone! It’s Isha today sharing a Clean and Simple mixed media card. Now that is the theme of our April challenge too 😊 Clean and Simple doesn’t mean you can’t play with techniques you love. It’s simply lots of white space. I started by creating a square card base and applied some embossing paste through a stencil. I then added a bit of watercolor to it. I then die-cut the floral twig twice using white cardstock. I added a bit of color on one of them and adhered it onto the 2nd. Die-cut. I then added a few washi... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Maybe you'll recognize this first card from the introduction to this month's challenge. I chose to feature one die on a series of clean and simple cards for each season: BLOOMING FLORAL CIRCLE FRAME 94218. For this spring card, I used an aqua notecard, white cardstock cut with the Blooming Floral Circle Frame, cloud paper cut with one of the Wrapped Circle dies just a tad bigger than the floral circle as an underlay, and a scrap of pool distressed dot paper cut with a small circle die the same diameter as the inner circle of the frame. I stamped... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Today I wanted to share a card that was inspired by this month's "clean and simple" challenge. Memory Box has a lot of new circle dies, but that doesn't mean that you have to use the entire die. When you cut the new Springtime Tulips die, this is what you get: As you can see from the picture, I used just the tulips without the circle and then cut everything out of white cardstock. You could cut it using different pieces of cardstock, but I found it easier to use... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Hello there! No surprise, but I’m loving this month’s Clean and Simple (acronym CAS) challenge. As mentioned in the intro of the challenge, CAS is a simple card design that can be mass produced easily. It is also characterized by minimal layers, patterns, textures, embellishments and plenty of white space. So when I spotted my blue masking tape on my desk, I decided to use the simple masking tape technique to create these cards. Started by trimming two panels measuring 4.75”x3.5” from regular white cardstock. Inked the sticky side of a strip of masking tape by pressing onto a dye... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Hello everyone! Today I have a card for you that follows this month's CAS challenge theme. It also includes a fun technique! I saw a technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog using embossing folders with alcohol inked background papers. It is so much fun to make backgrounds to have on hand for future projects. (for the background I used for this card, I followed Jennifer McGuire's video using the Pearl Alcohol inks) I used my die to dry emboss the alcohol ink background that was done on Yupo Paper. You use your die with the embossing mat for your die cut... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at Outside The Box
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A crisp white Wildflower Circle on a watercolored background creates a quiet garden scene here today. It's a design that works for any occasion - from birthdays to thank yous and messages of enouragement. Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and colorful spring design. Paint watercolor paper with diluted dye ink refills. I've used Kaleidacolor refills here. Dry the ink, then cut it with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die. Spray it lightly with Imagine Crafts Frost Shimmer Spritz. Set it aside to dry. Prep the Wildflower Circle die by rubbing it briskly with a wad of scrunched wax... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Winter's Snow Bunny is also perfect for spring cards especially when it's layered over the new Side Butterfly Circle. Add a quirky greeting from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set and it's ready to go! Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a sweet felt bunny card for Easter. Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white and pale peach felt. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating the fabric. Cut the Snow Bunny's big ears, face, paws and body section from white felt. Cut the nose from peach felt. Cut the eyes from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Here's a contemporary Asian interpretation of this month's CAS Challenge theme - and it's quick and easy! The Splendid Rose Frame is a very popular set for any occasion. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this versatile design. Cut the Splendid Rose Frame circle section from black cardstock. Cut the solid blossom from red cardstock. Cut two of the Little Dragonflies from gold mirror cardstock. Cut a 1-⅛" strip of printed paper. This beautiful pattern is from Shizen Design. Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of Kraft cardstock. Make a set of notecards with flowers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. It is a new month and 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 last challenge. We are always inspired by your submissions! The winner of the blog badge was KT Fit Kitty from the KT Designs blog. We loved her graphic design: The random winner drawn from all the entries was Loll, who entered on her blog Stamping with Loll. Please... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at Outside The Box
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"Hello"...Comment ça va? Salut mes amies, me voici aujourd'hui avec une carte qui pourrait bien s'offrir pour un d'anniversaire sur le thème de la mer... Le fond a été fait avce des pochoirs et encres en bleus et roses... Vous aimez? Merci de votre fidélité et je vous dit à... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Greetings friends. I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend. Today I wanted to share a card using the Serene Goldfish die. This is one of those cards that I envisioned turning out one way and then changed the design along the way. However, I am going to show you all the steps I took and then talk about why I changed my mind in the end. When you cut out the die, you get two pieces: I love that it is in two pieces because it is easy to color one part without getting color on the other. In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Outside The Box