This is Dave Brethauer's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Dave Brethauer's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Dave Brethauer
Creative thinking - inside and out
Interests: I am the designer for memorybox stamps and papers. I teach, write, paint, draw, travel + design.
Recent Activity
Image
Hello everyone from sunny hot San Diego! It seems a little odd in this heat to be thinking about Halloween but Anne at our store The Stamp Addict has a fantastic class coming up with four great Halloween cards using Memory Box stamps....here is one of them! She used the Harvest Moon Tree Die, Flying Bats Die and the Happy Halloween Stamp. I loved what she did with them all! If you are in the area on Wed. Sept. 17th or Saturday Oct. 4th give us a call to reserve a seat and come take the class! Until next time....happy... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Outside The Box
Image
Hola mis queridas amigas: Bueno las vacaciones de verano llegan a su fin, regreso de nuevo a mi trabajo y las fiestas navideñas están a la vuelta!... Por esta razón, Decidí continuar haciendo tarjetas navideñas, para ir teniendo algunas tarjetas desde ahora listas y no estar corriendo a última hora...... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Crear Se Dijo!
Image
For Monday, Labor Day in the U.S., I made cards that feature these gear dies from Memory Box: top left: DELUXE GEAR SET No. 98962 bottom left: ANTIQUE GEAR SET No. 98966 right: GEAR ASSEMBLY No. 98964 I used cardstock to cut out the dies in rust, silver, shiny black, copper, and brass. You can see on several cards how well the gears layer on top of one another. I used Kraft, Parchment, and Graphite Memory Box notecards as well as one made from Latte Gingham Memory Box paper. I cut letters from black and gray cardstocks using Typewriter Upper... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
Image
Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone in the US! I hope all is going well, and no one really has to go to work tomorrow:) I've done a couple of masculine cards the last few posts so I decided it was time to switch it up and post an all occasion femine card. Doesn't this card just scream girly girl?! I always find myself in need of the type of card I don't have in my stock pile. I left off a sentiment so I could either add one later or write one on the inside of the card. This... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
Image
Good Morning Everyone! I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend. I love Labor Day because it means the end of Summer and the beginning of the Fall season. For me that means getting Christmas cards ready. I have a very quick and easy card for you today. Die cut the Grand Best Wishes using Crimson Cardstock. Mask the bottom portion of the card and stamp the Forest Pine stamp across the card. I used Memento Luxe Pistachio Ink Pad for the stamping. Emboss the card front using an embossing folder. Assemble card as shown. Memory Box Products used:... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
Image
Morning Crafty Friends! I've had the Chloe Butterfly for a few months now and have not spent any quality time with it--imagine! No time for this beautiful butterfly? Now I just can't stop making cards with dear Chloe. Today's card is to show you a watercolored version. Isn't Chloe a beauty? Lately, I have enjoyed making cards and watercoloring the images....this is a die so it's a little different than a stamped image. Here's how I did it: Die cut Chloe Butterfly from white paper and adhere securely to a water color paper panel. Use any form of water color... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
Good Morning Marnie here. Today I have a Christmas card for you using Christmas Ribbon Ornaments 98954 and Ornament Hooks and Caps 98958. I first cut the die out of white cardstock and used the negative piece to build my card on top of the Cranberry Distressed Dots Paper. For the outline of the ornaments I used Black Mirror Card and cut the ornament another time from Bluebird Distressed Dots Paper to insert in the decorative areas of the ornaments. The hooks and caps are cut with Silver Mirror Card and the ribbons with Gold Mirror Card. The finished product... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
Image
Pam here...I have a video for you today showing one of my techniques for adhering intricate dies. * I did take this in high definition so after you click play, you can click the gear for a better picture and click the frame to see it large! * Here’s my technique for making your die cuts into stickers for perfect placement. I’m really pleased with how it works… so many of the fine line dies from Memory Box are easy to pull out of shape. After trying several things, this is what I came up with! I hope you'll try... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
12
Image
This is the first holiday card I have made this year and if you can believe it I didn't use one of the many holiday stamps that Memory Box has this year. I had to grab hanging ornaments. This wonderful die makes the prettiest clean and simple card. After I die cut it, I covered it with a versamark pad. I covered it with a wonderful new embossing powder called sparkle from Imagine Crafts to add some well sparkle to my ornaments. I mounted the die cut on blue paper, but you easily mass produce these with different color backgrounds.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
Image
If you're in the market for a simple but speedy design for your upcoming Christmas card assembly line and you want pattern paper flexibility, allow me to recommend this quick, easy, and inexpensive design: Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Outside The Box
Image
Hi everyone! The inspiration for my card comes from the beautiful fall like weather we are having. Beautiful days and crisp cool nights. Autumn is by far my favorite season. I love this Marvelous Maple Leaves Die and have been using it for numerous projects. Card Instructions: Sponge White cardstock using a combination of Memento Luxe Ink Pads and Distress Ink Pads. Memento ink colors are Pistachio and Morocco, and Distress Ink colors are Fired Brick, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade. Die cut inked paper using the Marvelous Maple Leaves Die. Wrinkle the leaves and ink the edges with Vintage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Outside The Box
12
Memory Box was challenged by Simon Says Stamp to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In addition to the ice, Memory Box also donated $100 to the ALS Association for each staff member for a total of $1100. If you want to see the video, you can see it here: You can also watch it directly on YouTube here. Memory Box now challenges: Ann Zazzi at Impress Rubber Stamps Ellen Hutson at EllenHutson.com and Mike at Dies Direct You have been challenged! Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Outside The Box
Image
Good morning everyone! I hope your weekend is going well and you're finding yourself doing something you love and enjoy. In the last couple of class sessions, I asked the participants what cards they'd like to see or themes they'd like to work on. One of the most repeated request was for more masculine cards. I know I'm guilty of not always thinking of my husband or male friends/relatives when I'm creating, and then I'm always surprised when I can't find something in my card stash that doesn't have a butterfly or flower on it! I went with a more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Outside The Box
Image
Most people blog about the latest shoes/handbags/foodtrucks they've found. Or cars/cocktails/hotels. I found some great new felt colors at Impress this weekend! Don't judge - these are beautiful colors, trust me! One's a rich warm orange and the other is a minty retro turquoise. Jean Okimoto here - would anyone else be as excited about new colors of felt? Memory Box Products Precious Daisies Die 98813 Zinnia Bouquet Die 98783 Star Flowers Die 98892 Urban Lowercase Alphabet Die 98874 Zippy Dots Stencil 88568 Latte Notecard Granny Smith Cardstock Granny Smith Envelope Stencil Zippy Dots partially - and lightly - on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Outside The Box
Image
Pam here to share a couple more cards with the Memory Box 2014 Holiday Collection. You already know I love Christmas and creating with Memory Box Co.! : ) This is an A2, white, side fold card...the black layer is glossy card-stock cut to 3 3/4 in. x 5 in. I die cut the Pine Needle border die in Metallic Silver card-stock, taped it to the black layer and then rounded all four corners with the EK Sucess Medium size corner rounder punch. Look at all the awesome detail! YES! That's Memory Box for you! : ) I heat embossed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Outside The Box
15
Image
I call this technique free style stamping, sounds fancy huh? It really just means doodling, something that I love to do. Did you know that doodling can make you smarted. Check out this article. Lots of famous people doodle also, so we doodlers are in great company. While have done this technique for years, it wasn't until I was taking the new online class Stretch Your Stamps, that I was reminded of it. I stamped gathered blooms using my favorite inks Momentos. The trick with this technique is to think "Outside the Box"!! (hee hee) Instead of the stems on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Outside The Box
Hola mis queridas amigas: Esta tarjeta es bastante fácil de realizar.... Utilicé, dos troqueles: la ramita ( que corté varias veces) y las bolitas ( 2) para el árbol de navidad y usé la técnica del incrustado en los adornos navideños... Para lograr el doble color en los adornos de... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at A Crear Se Dijo!
Image
Hello Hello! Marnie here I have for you today a Spooky House made from the Village House 98594. I'm getting into the Halloween Feel can you tell? I was so happy with my little trees. They came from the Harvest Moon Tree 99029 I cut out the center and one of the longer branches, they are really cute little trees. The clouds are stenciled in black Memento Tuxedo Black Ink with the Cloud Cover Stencil 88558 and the hills are made out of two shades of green and the Big Word Pop 99047. Finally a moon punched from yellow and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Outside The Box
Image
Need another reason to add the new Spooky Background stamp to your Memory Box collection? Create a word block with it – and let a friendly ghost do the talking! Jean Okimoto here – with another quick card for you. Memory Box Products NEW Big Word Pop Curve Die 99047 Ghost Trio Die 98376 NEW Spooky Background Stamp G1996 Jack ‘O Lantern Cardstock Mango Notecard Mango Envelope Stamp Spooky Background with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black – then heat-set it. Imagine Crafts’ Memento Luxe inks are rich, vibrant pigment inks. They’re great for stamping, stenciling and shading. Just heat-set them or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Outside The Box
Image
Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick Halloween card today. I love our typography stamps - the new Spooky Background creates a great backdrop for the Haunted Webs and Scary Spiders. Stamp it with quick-drying Memento Morocco ink for a subtle monochromatic look that makes the web and spiders jump out at you. Save yourself some time by cutting the spiders from self-adhesive craft foam for dimension and quick assembly. Add a few bright green sequins for a pop of color...and that’s it! Memory Box Products NEW Haunted Webs Die 99007 Scary Spiders Die 98704 NEW Spooky Background Stamp G1996... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Outside The Box
Image
I'm also still playing with our latest holiday release, and I decided to change it up a wee bit by using PARTS of die cuts to see what would result. I really like what happened - check it out: Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Outside The Box
10
Image
People drive for miles and miles and wait in line for up to two hours for one of Red's Eats famous Maine lobster rolls. Earlier this year I created a scrapbook page in homage to Red's Eats. This was before the DEEP OCEAN LOBSTER die No. 98986 appeared in the Memory Box catalog. I now need to revise this page and add some cute little lobsters! Since I got my DEEP OCEAN LOBSTER die, I've been making a variety of cards. You may remember that I created a shore dinner card when I first got the die and posted it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Outside The Box
Image
Salut mes chères amies: Voici une carte pour Noël en forme de "TeePee" (ou tipi en français/tente ou habitaient les Indians d'Amérique) décorée avec une fleur "Poinsettia".... Les découpes, La fleur "Poinsettia" et le cadre sont des découpes de "Poppystamps"... Une de plus prés on peut mettre cette carte dans... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Un Brin De Creativite
18
Image
Good morning everyone! I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying the waning summer season and gearing up for Autumn and the beginning of school for those with kids. A big thank you to all of the awesome participants who joined me last month for our day full of all things Memory Box at Simple Pleasures. The uber talented Jenny Griffiths will be teaching some amazingly cool classes this coming weekend at Simple Pleasures...August 22st and 23rd. Call the store or stop in to register for a few hours of fun and creativity!! These classes are also available... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Outside The Box
Image
Let it snow! Well, it's raining here anyway...close enough for August! We're glad because Tim is re-seeding the yard. Grow grass grow! For my card today, I cut the Pinecone Corner die from Dill and Vanilla Bean card-stock. Cut the brown pinecones away from the complete corner piece, shape them with a stylus on a molding mat or mouse pad, ink them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and the ink blending tool and then mount them over the green pinecones die cut with mounting foam squares. Die cut the NEW New Castle Snowflake die from white card-stock, adhere it with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Outside The Box