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April 14, 2012

Fresh Brewed RUBBER RELEASE April Hop!

Turn up the music, put on your party hat and get ready to boogie!!!
Not only is it time for our FRESH BREWED DESIGNS RUBBER RELEASE HOP this weekend;
 it is MY  Birthday Weekend as well!
I have tried to be sneaky ... I planned this all along... and didn't tell our FBD DT  until the last minute. hehehe
If you are just arriving to the party, then you are in the right place!  Freshly Brewed Challenge  is the first hop stop!! You are READY TO PARTY!!! 
Since it IS a surprise party, of course we HAVE TO HAVE PRESENTS!!!
I am giving away birthday blog candy here BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!!!
You have a chance to win more SURPRISE BLOG CANDY just by hopping. 
All you have to do is hop in full and leave a comment on our CHALLENGE BLOG letting us know the most
favorite gift you have ever received and why it was so special to you. 

We have a few different packages to offer  you during this hop.

you can choose from this set:
Stamp deal #1

 This set:
Stamp Deal #2

 or this set:
Stamp Deal #3

OR another set that includes 6 digis!!!
Stamp and Digi Deal #4

 *ALL packages include a  card backer / angel policy stamp, 5 yards of twine, four 4 x 6 pieces of double sided Heidi Grace paper and a SURPRISE RUBBER STAMP. You can also earn BADGES toward your next FREE stamp!!!*

You can check them all out in the shop HERE: APRIL RUBBER RELEASE DEALS

Are you ready to try to win some CANDY?
You don't have to wait any longer!!! 
It is time to start the hop!!! Hop on over to
 MY BLOG: Heather's Coffee Break and see the cards I have created for you today. 

Here is the hop order just in case you are having too much fun and get lost along the way :))

Freshly Brewed Challenges:
Vanessa :



  2. WOW!! What generous deals!! Off to hop the FBD trail!! :-)

  3. My goodness girly, you certainly do have a suprise for everyone and lots of fun presents... Happy birthday!!!

  4. Holy cow just realized I forgot to say Happy Birthday!! Hope your day is filled with much love and joy!! Many blessings today and in the year ahead!! Hugs!!

  5. Super dork here - Now I realized I didn't tell you my favorite gift. I have 2 as well. My first is my relationship with the Lord and the grace he has give me. The second has to be my family. The Lord blessed me with an incredible husband and 2 wonderful girls.

    Sorry for so many comment posts. Guess I should read the directions a bit better!! :-)

  6. Enjoyed the hop. My fav gift(s) have been the artwork my daughter creates for me. You can see the Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow on my blog sidebar along with many other pieces of her creations on my blog. My other fav gift are my cameras that my hubby gave me. He gave me my first 35mm camera, then upgraded me to digital & since then many other wonderful digital cameras that I enjoy photographing the world with. Thanks for the giveaway chances.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  7. Happy Birthday! Today is my brother's birthday too! My husband tries to outdo himself every year on gifts but one year we went to the Florida aquarium & then they have a boat ride that takes you out to see the dolphins. It was awesome. Thanks for the chance to win. I like the one with the digi stamps. I just started but I am hooked. :)

  8. fabulous and fun hop! wow- what great, fun package deals!

  9. Happy Birthday to you and Many more!!!stamps are AWESOME and thanks for the Giveaways!!!TFS
    New Foillower.

  10. Happy Bday!! Hope is wonderful, i love all the new stamps and i always love your blog hops, thanks for the invitation!!!

    I am a follower already
    Gaby Beard

  11. Wish You A Very Happy and fabulous Birthday with loads of success for your future. Have a great n funfilled time.

  12. My favorite birthday gift was a surprise bd party given by my best friend. The thing is, I got meningitis during the planning phase and it kept having to be postponed because I was hospitalized. The party finally took place about a month after my bd, and let me tell you, was I ever surprised! All my best girlfriends were there and it was the best birthday ever!

  13. had fun on the hop Heather! Awesome cards everyone. My birthday is on Mon. & last year(my 60th) I received my favorite gift ever...a beautiful gold necklace with a heart that is engraved "Grandma". Everyday I enjoy the gifts of my family & friends & the beauty of the world around me! Hope your BD is special!

  14. Happy Birthday my friend! I have a HUGE cup of coffee and I am ready to HOP! Can't wait to see the new stamps and what your DT has done with them.

    Hugs & birthday kisses,


  15. Ok, now that I have finished hopping I am going to tell you about the "best gift I ever received and why it is so important to me"...sorry this might be long. One Christmas, when my son was in Kindergarten and my daughter was in 2nd grade, they had the opportunity to go to a "Secret Santa Shop" put on by the PTA to buy their parents Christmas Presents. My son was so excited about what he had bought me. So Christmas morning, I opened my daughters present first. It was a HUGE fake ruby ring..of course I made a big deal out of it, put it on, showed it off, said how gorgeous it was. I noticed that my son had slipped away. I asked him where my present was, he said he didn't want to give it to me. He said it couldn't compare to a ruby ring. He was embarrassed. I finally talked him into giving it to me. It was a little 1 1/2 inch wooden owl figurine. I LOVED it. I took it to work with me and put it on my desk right next to my computer. Every time my son came to visit me at work, he would look to see if it was there and he looked so proud! When I had to retire from work on disability, I brought the little owl home with me and he sits next to my computer at home. I am looking at it right now. I know that when my son, who is now 29 almost 30 sees it, it means love to him. It means that I carry him in my heart and I always will.


  16. my favourite birthday gift was a very cute little bear (peluche!!!!) by mu daddy!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND THANK YOU!!!! :)

  17. this gift is so important simply because it is daddy's gift!!!!

  18. What an awesome hop! I enjoyed everyone's projects. The new release is wonderful.

    My favorite and best gift EVER is my daughter. We share the same birthday month so that was the best I could get. :-)

  19. thanks for the opportunity. my favorite present is a coupon book that my lovely daughter had made for me when she was 10. She bought a little book from the dollar store and decorated it with flowers and wrote out a ton of items that she would do for me.... it was the sweetest thing.

  20. Oh, wow, Heather. This hop was such fun. Your DT is just about the most creative group of women . Absolutely loved every visit. I couldn't post a comment on Vanessa 's blog for some reason. But her cards are just beautiful. I'm so glad she posted the other card today with the girl and the gift. It's adorable.

    My best , most beautiful gift I have ever been given, is the love of my childhood sweetheart and being married to him for 45+ years
    Along with 2 awesome children, and 3 grandchildren, well it just doesn't get better than that. My gifts are not tangible, I carry them in my heart. They put a smile on my heart and face when I think of them.

    Thank you and your team for sharing your gifts from Him. You all are so talented, and we are blessed that you share those gifts with us.

    Blessings on you for your birthday.

  21. my best gift ever (crafting wise) was my cuttlebug which a bunch of friends got togeth for and bought me for a wedding present! :) i absolutely LOVE it! :)

  22. First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, have a wonderful day. The most favorite prize I won was from JustYolie/Just Create and I won the "Save The Hooters Stamp set" and used it on Link Up For Pink and was so very glad to have it and use it for such a great cause. So thanks to you for having such a great stamp set as I use it often for cards that church members and friends ask for.

    Take care and God Bless,

  23. My most favorite gift is a hand drawn "bank note" from the "Bank of Love" that my daughter gave to me when she was in second grade. She is now 38. I carry that in my wallet and feel so very rich. It's priceless.


  24. Happy Birthday and what wonderful presents you will be giving. Hop hop now!


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