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Here you will find challenges, inspiration, encouragement, and a whole lot of fresh brewed fun!


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July 29, 2014

DT Feature: Marji

Our lovely DT member, Marji, has created a PICTURE PERFECT
little card to share with you today.
If coloring images leaves you intimidated, you will LOVE this fun idea!

Marji used the following digital  images for this creation:

I love how she chose just little bits and pieces of the images to color
and highlight. Very simple and sweet! 

Check out her blog post HERE

July 24, 2014

Summer Fun!

Trying to get a card made during the day can be a challenge sometimes - with the phone ringing, someone at the door, and kids wanting something (usually fed!!). I finally finished my reminder card for our challenge of By the Sea/Summer. I used the Fresh Brewed Designs digi Beach Ball, printing it off three times, even flipping the one so it's facing the other direction. I simply had to use this fun embossed and shiny paper I found in my stash, it reminds me of water. A simple layout yes, but with the way my day went today, it was totally needed!! I sure hope you can join us for our By the Sea/Summer challenge, read all about it HERE. You have until August 5th to play along.

I also wanted to give a shout out for our new digi release starting August 4th. Splashes of fun will be had by all!!


July 23, 2014

July Challenge #2 Reminder : By The Sea

Happy Wednesday Morning! 
I hope it is bright and sunny where you are.
We are slap dab in the middle of summer here in South Carolina.
The sun is shining and temperatures are rising. 
If you can't hit the beach, you can CREATE your own beach 
getaway for our July #2 Challenge


Here are a few DT creations to get your
creativity brewing:



By playing along and using an FBD image, 
you have a chance to win THIS BLOG CANDY:

Happy creating!
                                     Have a SUNNY day.
                                                                   Heather and the FBD DT

July 18, 2014

July New Releases: There is Some Monkey Business Going On

In case you missed it, Monday, July 14th, saw the release of a whole new line of images. If you haven't seen them yet, you are going to go bananas over these cute little critters!

Let's check them out...
First, let's meet Betsy.  Today is a pretty special day for Betsy.  It is her birthday!  Betsy thinks that she is just going to spend the day with one of her friends and then hang out for a bit with the rest of the group at their local haunt, Banana Rama.  However, her friends have planned a birthday party for her.  Looks like Betsy is in for quite the surprise.  Literally!

This is Bubbles.  Bubbles happens to be Betsy's best friend and she is responsible for getting Betsy to the party on time.  She has a full day of activities planned to keep Betsy occupied.  First up, Bubbles is taking Betsy over to the Funky Monkey Grooming Salon for some grooming and pampering.   After that, they are headed to the theatre to see a matinée of the new, recently released Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie.  Apparently both Betsy and Bubbles have a crush on Caesar and have been anxiously waiting to see him is this latest sequel.   The final stop before the surprise party will be a quick shopping trip to their favourite clothing store Banana Republic, so that Bubbles can buy an nice new dress for Betsy to wear that evening.  Bubbles usually buys Betsy a gift each year so it shouldn't raise Betsy's suspicions that anything is up other than meeting the gang for dinner.

How many restaurants do you know of, that have live banana trees growing inside for their patrons?  Well, I know of only one.  It is called Banana Rama and it is THE spot for all the local chimps, apes, orangutans and other hip primates in the area.   Banana Rama has a special room that can be reserved for small parties and this is where the remaining members of the group are currently waiting.  It is time to meet them.

This is Louie.  Louie is the one in charge of getting everything set up over at Banana Rama.  He has been friends with Bubbles and Betsy for years and always has a good time when he hangs out with them.  However, lately he has been itching to spend a little bit more time specifically with Betsy.  You see, he has a bit of a crush on her and plans on asking her out at the end of the party.  We'll just have to keep our eyes on those two and see if anything develops between them.   For right now though, he still has a bit of setting up to do, so we'll let him get on with it.

Finally, it is time to meet Clyde.  Clyde is psyched that the party is at Banana Rama since it happens to be his favourite restaurant. It has an all-you-can-eat buffet and as you can see, he is already indulging.  Clyde is one of those primates who just loves to hang out and have fun.  Hopefully, he won't get into too much trouble tonight.

Since Louie is responsible for organizing the party he is also in charge of the menu and currently he is sampling one of the wonderful chocolate-chip banana cupcakes that are a speciality of Banana Rama.  It is important for him to make sure that the food is of the highest quality to ensure that everyone has a wonderful experience.  It is almost time for Bubbles to bring Betsy in, so Louie needs to finish everything up quickly to prepare for their arrival.

Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!  It looks like the surprise came off without a hitch.  Betsy was thrilled that all of her friends thought so highly of her to plan something so special.  It will definitely be a day and night she never forgets.  Louie caught a really great picture of her blowing out the candles on her birthday cake.

After several hours of monkeying around, the party is finally wrapping up.  Of course Clyde couldn't help himself to one last treat atop the banana tree.  The evening turned out fabulous and everyone had a great time.  It will be fun to see what these guys have planned for us next!

The following day...

Oooh, it looks like Louie finally got up the nerve to ask Betsy out.  Just look at the two of them enjoying that banana split milkshake.  One desert, two straws...the start of a budding love.  I can't wait to see how this relationship develops!  I can just see it...a sweet courtship followed by a circus themed wedding, and little baby monkeys down the road...ahhhhhhh...yes, I tend to be bit of a romantic.  Whether these events take place or not, I wish Louie and Betsy all the best.

Each of the above images would be great for so many different types of occasions.  You are only limited by your imagination.  Heather has also created a collection of phrases to pair up with these precious new images...
Be sure to go and check all of the new monkey related images available in the Fresh Brewed Designs store by clicking HERE

Well, that is it for this one.   I hope that you all have a great weekend ahead!

Until next time,

July 17, 2014


There are just a few more days to WIN
a digi from our NEW DIGI RELEASE

Here are a few adorable birthday themed projects from our DT members:

Betsy's Birthday Digital Stamp

Louie's Cupcake Digital Stamp
Betsy's Birthday Digital Stamp

Be sure to stop by our MONDAY post>>HERE<<
for lots more fun projects AND for to find out how

Have a happy day!

July 16, 2014

July Challenge #2 - By the Sea / Summer

Happy Wednesday!

Just to let you know, we have released several new
digis this week! If you want to check it out and play along in a
few fun games to win a free digi, check out THIS POST. 

Those of you who are here to play along in our NEW CHALLENGE -
here's what you are looking for. 
The theme for the next three weeks is:


Check out what your FBD DT has created
to inspire you for this fun challenge:

Featured card winner from our last (in the sky) challenge:

(a complete list of July winners will be announced on August 6th)

(At any time, if you have been featured, you can still play along in each challenge to win
the blog candy! It does not take place of that. Your name is still in the draw)

Now it's YOUR turn! 

  • 1)  This challenge ends Tuesday, August 5th
  • 2)  You can enter up to 5 times with your NEW creations.  (no back linking please)
  • 3)  One winner will be chosen by random to receive 3 digis of choice. 
  • 4)  Anyone who uses an FBD image for any of the JULY challenges will have a chance to win a surprise blog candy! Just put FBD after your name and make sure you tell about it in your post!
  • **(BLOG CANDY FOR USA RESIDENTS ONLY! If you win the blog candy and you live outside of the USA, you will be given a digital stamp gift card for the same value of the candy. I know this doesn't seem fair and I hate that it has to be this way :( IF you would like to pay shipping to receive the blog candy, we can do that too. I just can't afford to pay shipping outside of the USA at this time. Thank you so much for your understanding.)


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