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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! I can't believe Halloween is this week! So here's an idea for a quick last minute card. To make this card, I die cut the Diagonal Stripe Collage die on the left side of a piece of white cardstock. I spattered the cardstock with black ink, trimmed it and then glued it to a orange card base. I die cut three black bats from black cardstock and adhered them to the card front. I only put glue on the bats body so that they would have some dimension. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment with black... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Outside The Box
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Let the Stitched Circle Wreath add a burst of contemporary color to a traditional design. Need glitter? Bright sparkly berries and bows from the Mistletoe Bundle set are the perfect accents. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday idea for you. Prep Stitched Circle Wreath by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny dots. Cut it from Granny Smith cardstock. Trim it with the 3-¼" and 1-¼" Circle Basics dies. Stitch the starbursts with green floss - tape the ends of the floss to the backside with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear). Cut... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Una tarjeta rápida para estos tiempos ocupados .... Siempre es bueno enviar algun saludito o abrazo virtual...y esta tarjeta es perfecta para estas ocasiones en que uno no goza de tanto tiempo pero que al mismo tiempo uno desea demostrar afecto y aprecio por alguien... Estampé... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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I had some time this week to experiment with the PINPOINT SNOWFLAKE PLATE 94513 and cut a number of backgrounds from a variety of materials--foil papers, different colored cardstocks, and printed papers. I love the way it cuts not just the pinpoint snowflakes but the edges for a perfect card front at 5 1/2 X 4 1/4. I chose the one I made from the pale green dot paper as the background for the PINE TREE COLLAGE 84504. materials used PINPOINT SNOWFLAKE PLATE 94513 pale green and dark green dot papers from GARLAND STRIPES AND DOTS PP1011 PINE TREE COLLAGE... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello and welcome! I have a clean and simple Christmas card made with some of the brand new mini release from Memory Box! I used a brand new backgound pinpoint die and a new beautiful mistletoe die set. Here's how I made my card: 1) Die cut bright white 5.5" by 4.25" piece of card stock with "Snowflake Pinpoint Plate" die 2) Using green & red glitter paper from "Twinkling Jewel Glitter" paper pack cut the "Mistletoe Bundle" die 3) Added the "Snowflake Pinpoint" panel to a piece of black card stock so you can see the design clearly 4)... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Designs from our latest Christmas collection are great for Halloween treat wrappers too! Mistletoe Swags grow into a scary tangle of twigs, cozy Cabin Collage becomes a haunted house and Little Orchard Collage sets the scene for ghosts, bats and pumpkins. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a project inspired by a wintry fall weekend. Cut black and dark orange cardstock into 8-½" x 3" strips. Score and crease them at 4-⅛" and 4-⅜" to form a wrapper for snack-size KitKats, chocolate bars or Mounds. Trim the corners with a corner rounder. The Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set includes ghosts and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Bonjour les Amies: J'éspère vous trouver en pleine forme... Pour ce Poste, Je vous propose ce project fait avec des étampes et une découpe pour célébrer la saison d'automne.... Pour ce project, les feuilles proviennent d'une étampe pour la saison d'automne que j'ai embossé avec de la poudre en doré... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello everyone! Today I have a fun technique for you called " Die Cut Letterpress". I saw this technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog: Here. I used the new Mistletoe Wreath Die for my card. I die cut the Wreath 3 times from cardstock and once from vellum. Next I glued them all together, with the vellum wreath on top. This forms our faux letterpress die. You want the vellum die cut on top to have a non-porous surface to ink the die cut. Next I inked the vellum side of the die cut with Distress Oxide Inks and placed it... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Here's another mix of new dies and classic favorites designed to make the most of our Memory Box stash. Trim the new Pinpoint Burst Plate with a Knotted Circle Wreath and create a radiant background for the Gilded Angel. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a detailed - but simple - card in just a few colors. Cut white cardstock with the largest Knotted Circle Wreath. Cut the offcut with the central portion of the Pinpoint Burst Plate. Wondering if you'll have a zillion little dots falling out? No - thank goodness - the die pierces the cardstock without creating a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello there! Michelle here. Today I am sharing a shaker card I created using some of the newest collage dies, Pine Tree Collage Die, Wooded Glenn Collage Die, and Little Orchard Collage Die. I chose three coordinating shades of cardstock for the Collage layers. I die cut the tree tops with the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad. Adhere the tree tops to the tree trunks before layering. I trimmed a piece of clear acetate paper and adhered between the medium shade and darkest shade cardstock. I filled with coordinating shades of sequins. Adhere all layers. I splattered with white paint to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a fall card with you. I absolutely love the season and never want to skip over it just to work on holiday cards. For today's card, I paired the Little Orchard die with some plaid papers. I found the papers in the Christmas Plaid 6" x 6" pack also work well for fall. I also like to mix patterns, so I paired it with some polka dot paper. The Little Orchard die has a coordinating die that is larger in case you want to create a forest scene that has depth. You can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Espero que se encuentren bien de salud y con muchas energías y ganas de seguir adelante... Hoy les traigo esta tarjeta hecha con los troqueles de Memory Box... Primero corté los marcos en papel blanco...y al centro le dí un poco de color con una plantilla... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Today I have three cards made from three of my plaid collections envelopes that I posted last Monday. Remember these? You can find that post here. I thought I might begin with this envelope... And here is the finished card, both the front and the inside. I used a white notecard as a backdrop for the darker red plaid and used a white cardstock mat behind the brighter red plaid before layering on the holly branch and the cardinal. I used a different red plaid for the background inside. Then I layered on a white square on more of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Happy Sunday everyone. October is breast cancer awareness month and there are several challenges honoring it with a pink theme. I’m sure you’ve figured out where my inspiration came from. 😉 One of the challenges is generously donating $4 per entry to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Pretty amazing, right? So if you are interested in entering to donate, head on over to the Jingle Belles challenge HERE. Okay, now onto my simple pink Christmas card. Started by die cutting the Charming Snowman Collage die from mixed media paper resulting in this. Adhered a torn snowy ground mask to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Hello and welcome! Today I have made two slimline Christmas cards using some of the newly released dies from Memory Box. I used the new "Knotted Diamond Background" die cutting it twice and putting one on the top half of the slimline and the other on the bottom half. The sentiments are in the center where the two larger dies meet. I cut the background die twice from the beautiful turquoise glitter paper in the "Twinkling Jewel Glitter" paper pack and also from white card stock for my first card. I adhered the white diamond backgrounds to the card base,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a non traditional Christmas wreath. I used the stamp set Berry Wreath and the coordinating die. I stamped the wreath using Memento Ink in desert sand and used a no line coloring technique. I used Copic Markers to color in shades B21, B23, B39, BV04 (blue shaded berries); BG11, BG23, BG75, BV20 (aqua shaded berries); W2, W5, BG96, BG99 (leaves). Die cut after coloring is complete. Trim and score a card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I trimmed a piece of black gingham pattern paper from Christmas Plaid 6x6 paper pad. Adhere to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Diecut a Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and construct the new Charming Snowman Collage, complete with paper-pieced glittery accents. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two of our newest holiday designs. It feels like we skipped fall and went directly from summer to winter...so let's build a snowman today. Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and the mid-sized Stylish Rectangle from smooth white cardstock. Cut Charming Snowman Collage from the rectangle offcut. Attach black and orange cardstock scraps for the head, eyes, nose and buttons. The buttons are actually partially-cut, but I used a skewer to push the cardstock back and form squarish circles, like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Bonjour les Amies: J'éspère vous trouver en pleine forme... Pour ce Poste, Je vous propose ce project fait avec plusieurs découpes pour célébrer les saisons d'automne et de l'hiver Pour ce project, il nous faut un peu plus de temps et dédication, car les pommes de pin prennent un tout... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2020 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello everyone. I have another simple Christmas card to share today featuring the just released Mistletoe Bundle die and a fun and easy watercolor background technique called Print Making Coloring that Kathy Racoosin shared HERE. The mistletoe was die cut from Memory Box (MB) watercolor paper and placed on top of a full sheet of MB watercolor paper. Spritz lightly with water then started watercoloring the mistletoe using Zig markers. Spritz more water to get the colors to move and flow over onto the bottom piece. While the mistletoe is still wet, flipped it over onto the panel to make... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. I thought I would give you a small sneak peek of new items that will be released tomorrow. One of my favorite new dies is the Bountiful Wreath. The reason I like it so much is that it is just so practical. Of course you can use it for autumn and Christmas, but you can use it for other holidays as well! I immediately knew that I wanted to make a Halloween wreath. I think it is also the first time I have ever made a gray wreath! To make the card, I cut out the wreath twice...once... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Now for something completely different...I am not going to show you a finished project. Instead I'm going to show you how I approach using a variety of papers together with watercolored images because I love mixing up multiple papers on one card. This past week I received Memory Box 6 X 6 paper pads in the mail that I had ordered--CHRISTMAS PLAID PP1009 and GARLAND STRIPES AND DOTS PP1011. And this is what I did with them: Let's see how I got to these ten envelopes. You can guess from just the front covers of these paper pads how many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Add rows of white, orange and yellow floss to the Stitched Tree die for a giant candy corn to tower over two little ghosts. Hi, happy weekend...Jean Okimoto here with my last Halloween 2020 card - let's use a winter die for a fun fall card. Cut the top three sections and a bit of the 4th section of Stitched Tree from dark Kraft cardstock. Trim it with the second-largest die from the Birch Press Designs Tall Triangle Set. Trim the bottom of the triangle about ⅛" below the third stitching section. Stitch the pattern with white, orange and yellow... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Hello there. I have a simple Christmas card to share today made with products from the latest Christmas release. It was inspired by this month’s Playing with Plaids challenge. I don’t know about you, but plaids are great for masculine Christmas cards. Alcohol ink-friendly cardstock was used for the cardinal from Spirit of Christmas stamp set and the Forest Pine Branch die-cut. Did no line coloring on both using Copic Sketch markers (R24, R27, R46, R89, Y32, Y35, Y38, 100 for the cardinal and BG93, BG96, BG99, E23, E25, E29 for the branch). Added snow to the branch with a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Espero que se encuentren bien de salud y con muchas energías y ganas de seguir adelante... Hoy les traigo esta tarjeta hecha con ls troqueles de Memory Box... Una tarjeta Otoñal con colores modernos que ví en una blusa y deçidí utilzarlos como isnpiración para esta... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Happy Friday everyone! Today I have another fall themed card for you. The colors are very similar to my last card I posted. I guess I liked that color scheme. To create this card I started by using a stencil to dry emboss the card background. I used 110 lb. cardstock and ran it through my die cut machine as if I was embossing a die cut. Next I stamped the pumpkin and multiple leaves from the Halloween Pumpkin clear stamp set. I only used the leaves on the top portion of the pumpkin image. I used Copic Markers to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at Outside The Box