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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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Good Morning Marnie here! We're counting down exactly 7 days until Christmas if you count today. Only 7 Days to make cards, craft, shop, bake, wrap, ship, decorate, and so on. I'm almost done this year only a couple more little things then all the wrapping and baking to come. Our house has come down with a cold unfortunately but they will be healthy by the Holiday's so that's AWESOME. But I adore all of the preparations. It is my favorite time and I always seem to be stuck for another idea for a few more cards, last minute? Here's... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at Outside The Box
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It's time to wrap it up! I love wrapping gifts - and watercolored tags add an artsy, personal touch to any gift. Jean Okimoto here - let's get started... Memory Box Products Merry Christmas Stamp B2019 Jolly Combo Stamp B2014 (there's a little holly stamp attached to the side) Cheers Script Die 98900 Snowflake Heart Die 99031 Party Glasses Die 98530 A Batch of Gingerbread Die 98652 Pool Notecards Key Lime Notecards Imagine Crafts Products Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor Inkpad VersaMark Inkpad Memento Luxe Love Letter Pigment Inkpad Gold Embossing Powder Clear Embossing Powder Press the Caribbean Sea inkpad onto an... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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'Twas the week before Christmas...time to be merry, bright and glittery! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with my last Christmas card of the year today. Next up? Tags and thank-yous. Memory Box Products Lydia Ornament Die 98911 Traditional Ornament Die 98917 Small Globe Ornament Die 98957 Merry and Bright Combo Stamp B2005 (there's a little star stamp on the side) Wisteria, Key Lime and Lagoon Notecards for diecutting Pool Notecard and Envelope Imagine Crafts Inkpad VersaMagic Turquoise Gem Cut Small Globe Ornament from Wisteria and Key Lime. Cut the ornament cap from gold mirror cardstock. Attach Scor-Tape to the top of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Pam here...I love Christmas! All the creating, sending and receiving cards...just makes me happy! Here's the Cabrini Ornament die cut in Licorice, Cranberry and Meadow card-stocks and pieced together. I really like the black outline. I'm so glad I purchased the Pine Needles die! They just finish the presentation of so many of the winter/Christmas dies. I glittered with stickles glitter glue... I know... the glitter cheater way! haha The whimsical touch of bakers twine...just have to stop myself from using it on every card! A little Copic coloring on the ornament, holly and berries... and then that background stamp...... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les copines: Un petit project facile à réaliser pour les fêtes; un sac à toile de jute... Voici les découpes, le pochoir et le sac que j'ai utlisé Tout d'abord j'ai épongé cette encre en rouge sur le pochoir et sur un petit morceau de toile Aprés c'est une... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good morning and welcome back, stampers! I'm afraid I have some dreadful cough that is making it very tricky for me to breathe without hacking up a lung, so my post today will be somewhat short by necessity. Today's card raises a toast to the holiday cheer we often encounter at this time of the year - lol! And a close-up.... S U P P L I E S Memory Box Dies: A Batch of Gingerbread, Tiny Candy Canes, Mini Mugs, Mini-Clouds; Stamp: Merry Christmas; Paper: Antique Gold shimmering cardstock; Thistle, white; Patterned Paper Thistle Distressed Dots (Memory Box); Embossing... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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I love garlands of all kinds, especially at the holidays. Since I have lots of mitten ornaments, I decided to make a mitten garland for the Christmas tree using the Memory Box Toasty Mitten die. I began by die cutting the Toasty Mitten die no. 98664, four each from Dill, White, and Red cardstocks. I also die cut four each of the smallest of the Precious Snowflakes die no. 98729 and the smallest in the Poinsettia Bloom Trio die no. 98995 to decorate the mittens. I went into the archives for the string of jingle bells which I die cut... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
Thank you so much for everyone who participated in our first Memory Box/ Poppystamps blog hop. We really appreciate your support. Here are the Memory Box Winners: Winner of the Birch Press Recipe Cards from Evgenia's blog post- Laura Lok Winner of the Birch Press Tea Towel from Marnie's blog post- Antonella Winner of the Apron from Pam's blog post- Patti J Congratulations Memory Box winners! Please contact Laura at memboxgroup@yahoo.com to claim your prizes. Here are the winners from the other two sites. If you see your name here, be sure to check the Poppy blog or Facebook for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning to everyone! I hear the clock ticking down to Christmas and the final push to get all of the Christmas cards completed and sent out. I wanted to stay (relatively that is) within the traditional color palette with this card. I couldn't help tossing in a little bit of pink though! The background was created with various die inks using different sized circular stamps. The die Noel Tiles (98933) was cut twice (once in red and once in green) with the green letters inlaid into the red tiles. I added some gold liquid pearls on the tiles as... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hi everyone! Holy cow, Christmas is not that far away- 2weeks! Yikes!! Where is the time going?!!? I hope all of you have started on your holiday crafting. For some reason I am ahead of the game this year. I have all my cards made, over 100!! Today's card features my new favorite color pink! Margarita- you made me a believer. Normally it is all about the green, but my pink ombre card just feels so festive! Unlike most of my cards I am using two dies I especially like. The traditional ornament and classic ornament. After I die cut... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les copinautes: Un petit bonjour de ma part à travers ce poste...je tiens à vous remercier de tous vos commentaires et de prendre le temps ces temps ci de fêtes de venir me visiter dans mes trois blogs...je ne peux pas en dire autant, je m'excuse si dernièrement je... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Pretty colors, shimmery inks and little gold stars...quite the opposite of the winter storm and power glitches we're having right now! Jean Okimoto here with a "something old, something new" design for you. Memory Box Products Winterland Tree Background Die 98733 Elliana Background Die 98956 Snowflake Heart Die 99031 Zippy Dots Designer Stencil 88568 Merry Christmas Combo Stamp B2008 (there's a little dove stamp on the side) Robins Egg Notecard (for stamping) Pool Notecard and Envelope Imagine Crafts Products Fireworks Spritzes - Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Grape Jelly Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Gold Delicata Inkpad - Golden Glitz Radiant Neon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hello from windy, rainy Seattle! Jean Okimoto here, with a quick Christmas card for you. Memory Box Juniper and Thistle - and Memento Luxe Love Letter - are my favorite holiday colors and I just had to use them on another card today. Memory Box Products Snowy Tree Die 99013 A Flock of Birds Die 98752 Wonderful Time Combo Stamp B2013 (there's a little Christmas tree stamp on the side) Juniper Notecard and Envelope Thistle and Holly Berry Notecards (for diecutting and stamping) Thistle Moroccan Signature Patterns Imagine Crafts Products Memento Luxe Love Letter Pigment Inkpad Iridescent Embossing Powder Trim... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Today's card was inspired by a card (see my blog for a link to it) made by the delightful Julie Ebersol. Julie is the Queen of Clean (and Simple), and I think Memory Box dies are at their elegant best when they are used in the CAS style. So here is my homage to Julie and her fabulous card (please pardon the less than stellar lighting): Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Estamos en la segunda semana de adviento y decidí hacer esta tarjeta, aunque no son los colores tradicionales de navidad ni los colores típicos de las velas para la época de adviento... me pareció una tarjeta apropiada para recordarnos que estamos en adviento, y bueno para... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hi everyone! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us the Christmas rush has begun. I was wrapping presents and realized I needed more gift tags, so I figured I would share this one with you. I took a manilla shipping tag and punched a 2" circle in the middle of it. Then I embossed the tag using a Tim Holtz embossing folder. Ink the tag with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Ink the City Globe Stamp with Black ink and stamp the image on White cardstock. Adhere the stamped image behind the punched circle opening on the tag. Glue a everygreen pipe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! I hope your weekend has been creative and fun filled. The week long Thanksgiving break was nice and the kids had some fun, but dang, was I happy to have them back in school! I had all of my watercolor supplies out after teaching so I thought I'd have a play around with different colors and see what I came up with. Not the most traditional of colors but one my fav color combinations. The ornament is called Lydia Ornament 98991 and the coordinating solid die is called Traditional Ornament 98917, and I paired them up with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Good Morning! Hearing about the snowy weather in many parts of the country inspired me to create this Christmas card. I liked the idea of wilderness within sight of the city lights. It's where the peace and calm of country life meet the bright lights and skyscrapers downtown. To create the sky and foreground I sponged and throughly blended multiple shades of blues then did the same with golden yellow ink as light shining from the building windows. Once the color was in place I adhered the black die cut cityscape and lightly spritzed white ink to create the look... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hope you've been inspired by the projects we've created for you during the Memory Box and Poppystamps Holiday Gift Tags and Treats blog hop. As an added bonus, you'll have a chance to win prizes from Birch Press Design! Dave Brethauer, the owner and creater of Memory Box and Poppystamps, has a new venture called Birch Press Design. It's a stylish, upscale online shop featuring classic letterpress, laser cut, and printed cards, calendars, journals - and beautiful products for your home. Here's a complete list of today's hop destinations: Memory Box Poppystamps Kay Miller Deborah Nolan Marybeth Lopez Jeanne Jachna... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hi Everyone! This week, we are doing something a little special and having a three day blog hop with the Poppystamps design team. The hop is all about Holiday Gift Tags and Treats. We hope you will find all kinds of holiday inspiration using Memory Box and Poppystamps products. As an added bonus, you will have the chance to win prizes from Birch Press Design! Dave Brethauer, the owner and creator of Memory Box and Poppystamps, has a new venture called Birch Press Design that features letterpress, laser cut, and printed card designs, as well as beautiful products for your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Hello! Today we are doing something a little special and starting a three day blog hop with the Poppystamps design team. The hop is all about Holiday Gift Tags and Treats. We hope you will find all kinds of holiday inspiration using Memory Box and Poppystamps products. As an added bonus, you will have the chance to win prizes from Birch Press Design! Dave Brethauer, the owner and creater of Memory Box and Poppystamps, has a new venture called Birch Press Design that features letterpress, laser cut, and printed card designs, as well as beautiful products for your home. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Outside The Box
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Just a quick post for a very quick and easy card using two stamps, ink, and white embossing powder on a dill notecard. I added a tiny white bow, but it could also be dressed up with tiny white pearls on the berries. Wildberry Branch G2015 Merry Christmas B2019 Happy Crafting! Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Outside The Box
Hola mis queridas amigas: Vengo a comunicarles que Mañana Memory Box Y PoppyStamps organizarán un "Blog Hop" en los blogs de las diseñadoras (DT) de las dos compañías y claro habrán premios. Así que las espero mañana diciembre 2 en mi blog personal: "Stamping with Bibiana". para que vean mi... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at A Crear Se Dijo!
Salut les copines: Petit Message...Je passe tout vite pour vous donner quelques nouvelles... Venez nombreuses me visiter dans mon Blog personnel; Stamping with Bibiana, demain mardi 2 décembre. Memory Box et PoppyStamps feront un "blog hop", et ceci se déroulera dans les blogs de toutes les DT des deux compagnies...pour... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Good morning! I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday with delicious food and time with those you love. And for those of you who were brave enough for Black Friday shopping, I hope you found some amazing deals:) It's now the push time to get all of those holiday cards completed and ready for mailing. One down with this one and only a gazillion more to go. I wanted to use some less traditional Christmas colors and used a muted lavendar with white. I stamped the snow with the stamp Snowfall (G1999) with white Memento Luxury and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Outside The Box